Pioneer Bluffs to feature story of Mennonite family

Milton Claassen
Milton Claassen

The story of how a Mennonite Prussian family emigrated to America is the subject of a Heritage Prairie Talk at Pioneer Bluffs, a historic ranch near Matfield Green.

The talk featuring Milton Claassen will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

The Abraham and Anna Claassen family left a 74-acre farm in Vistula, Prussia and came to Kansas in 1876, settling at Plum Grove in Butler County. They had 11 children, five of which grew to adulthood. Claassen, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Newton, is the great-grandson of Abraham and Anna.

Later that afternoon, there will be an artist reception at Pioneer Bluffs for photographer Pat Larkin. Then, at 6:30 p.m. appetizers will be served, followed by Jazz in the Barn. There is a $15 suggested donation for that event.

Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization and National Register Historic District on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway on K-177, 14 miles south of Cottonwood Falls or 1 mile north of Matfield Green.