Ellis County, Kansas
Vincent is a small community located in the southeast corner of Ellis County in section 5, township 15, range 16. The St. Boniface Church was spun off from St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria. Construction of the church began on May 16, 1907 and it was dedicated in December 18, 1907.
The original founders of St. Boniface Church and Parish in 1907 were:
Mr. and Mrs. Moritz Baier
Mr. and Mrs. Anton P. Dreiling
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard P. Huser
Mr. and Mrs. Valentine (Walter) Rajewski
Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz Braun
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Reichert
Mr. and Mrs. Peter I. Weigel
Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich Berens
(and of course, they all had families)
The original meeting was called by Franz Schmidtberger in February of 1905, with Moritz Baier, Bernard Huser, George Vonfeldt, Sr., Mike and Andrew Wittman and John Neirenberger attending. Mr. Moritz Baier, Mr. Bernard P. Huser, and Walter Rajewski donated property for the church and cemetery. The founders listed above, after defection of others, had to undertake the responsibility to finance and construct the church. Mortiz Baier was appointed the foreman for the construction of the church. Actual construction was started May 16, 1907. The first eight pews were made by Moritz Baier, Walter Rajewski an Ulrich Berens in a shed on the Baier farm. The church was dedicated December 18, 1907. Reverand Father Vincent Brandt, O.M.Cap. was the first pastor of St. Boniface Church. The parishioners named the new town Vincent after Fr. Vincent.
The history of Vincent is documented in The Golden Jubilee of German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas, August 31, September 1 and 2, 1926, in the Vincent section.
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