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Iowa Wends

Friday 27 April 2012 at 11:56 pm


At the conclusion of a session at Concordia Historical Institute, a retired pastor from Iowa informed me that a group of Wends had also settled in State Center, Iowa. Although I found it difficult to imagine that such a settlement could exist and not be hinted at in Texas sources, I kept his assertion in the back of my mind. Finally, in 1989, I wrote to Pastor Marvin Flanscha, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, a congregation three and one-half miles north of State Center, for verification. He substantiated the existence of the Wends and on a subsequent trip to the area I examined the church records and also spoke to a woman named Mrs. Atvea Schmelich Zeisneiss who said “My father spoke Vendish.”

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