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Achilles, Achilles MEC

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Identifier: KUMA-01-1309

Scope and Contents

This collection is very small, consisting of these documents: Folder 1 (of 1). Index card from previous archives indicating mentions in Kansas Conference minutes (1936), Colby District file, Southwest Kansas "Charter" file, CKS Journal (1946) Photocopied pages 215-219 of Daniel Fitzgerald's "Ghost Towns of Kansas: A Traveler's Guide" (University Press of Kansas, 1988) describing early history of Achilles, Kansas Letter (March 27, 1987) from Joanne Black, Conference Archives (Winfield), to Mrs. Florine Hurst, Oberlin, Kansas, responding to request for information Photocopy of pages 642-643 of Central Kansas Conference (1943) including "Achilles Church, Rawlins Couty, Southwest of Oberliln" under list of "Church Property Listed for Sale or Record" Photocopied page from Central Christian Advocate, September 30, 1903, including Achilles in the list of quarterly meetings to be held in the Norton District, Norhwest Kansas Conference, Third Quarter


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Biographical or Historical Information

There is very little information included in the file on the history of the Achilles church. From a letter included in the collection, it appears that the first mention of the church is in the 1886 minutes of the Northwest Kansas Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, where it is found in the appointment list. The 1936 conference report indicates that it was moved and carried "that the Achilles Church in the Colby District be listed for sale and that it be sold at the discretion of the District Superintendent and the District Board of Church Location." The 1947 minutes of the Central Kansas Conference, Methodist Church, recorded that the church and lot were sold to the Swedish Mission for $200. The exact date of the church's closing is not known as of this writing (2018), but it is possible that some of the members transferred to churches in nearby towns such as Atwood, Kansas.

Note written by Sarah St. John


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Language of Materials



This collection pertains to the Methodist church in Achilles, Rawlins County, Kansas. The church was probably organized in the late 1870s or early 1880s and appears to have been closed before the 1930s.

Arrangement Note

The four documents are in reverse chronological order, with the index card from the previous archive on top.

Sarah St. John
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US