The Founding of the Town of Munjor
After landing in New York, the immigrants immediately headed westward. Arriving in Kansas, some stayed a few days in Herzog (Victoria) with earlier immigrants; others arrived in Hays on July 28 and spent a short time there. In a matter of only a few days, both of these groups moved to a tract of land along Big Creek, north of the present town of Munjor. This site proved unsatisfactory and after two months, they moved to Section 25, Range 18 in Wheatland Township to establish their permanent home which is to this day the location of the town of Munjor. Other immigrant groups arrived in Munjor in November 1876, September 1877, and July 1878. After this, until about 1900, individuals and small groups continued to join the Munjor community.
The people lived very closely together in houses built after the style of their forefathers in Russia - the lower half of the building dug into the ground, the upper part built of sod cut from prairie. Those dwellings were called "Semlinkas." The interior usually contained only two rooms: a small room with a fireplace and cooking materials, and a larger room which served as living, dining, and bed room. Straw, sunflowers, and wood were used for fuel when available and, in their absence, decomposed cattle manure know as "Mistholz." Large sheepskin coats, woven with fur on the inside, were brought from Russia and proved to be very practical during the first winters. In general the women dressed much as they did in Russia wearing neither hats nor bonnets, but rather small, black shawls embroidered with designs in colored silk. At first, the older men wore their hair long onto the neck, but this custom soon disappeared.
Founders of Munjor
Left Saratov, July
1876 and arrived on
November 1, 1876
Left Obermunjou in
late July of 1878
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St. Francis Parish
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