Munjor, Kansas

Munjor, Kansas, 1890s

Munjor, Kansas, 1890s

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Munjor, Kansas is a small unincorporated town in south central Ellis County.

Another of the area many villages that were settled by German-Russian immigrants, the people first arrived in Herzog (Victoria) in August, 1876. The immigrants then  established a small village along Big Creek before moving a couple of months later to the present location. They also soon organized the Munjor Land Company, a townsite was surveyed, and each lot holder became a member of the company.

More immigrants joined them over the next couple of years. The residents built the St. Francis Catholic Church — a small frame building in 1877, to which they added on to several years later. In September, 1881, the tiny community received a post office.

In 1882, the Munjor Land Company was replaced with the Munjor Town and Grazing Company, which required that no portion of the land holdings could be burdened with debt, transferred, or sold without the consent of two-thirds of the shareholders. The organization was unsuccessful; however, as disputes erupted that split the village into  two factions. After a futile attempt to settle matters in the courts, the company was dissolved.

In 1889, the frame church was replaced by a more substantial stone building which was dedicated the next year. Over the years, it was enlarged. A parochial school building was also built in the late 1800s that was later used by the Hays public school system. By 1910, Munjor’s population was about 100, but it evidently fell over the next decade as the post office was closed in May 1919.

Unfortunately, the church was destroyed by a fire in February, 1932. However, reconstruction soon began and it was restored, but the steeple was never replaced.

The village obviously saw a growth spurt in the 1930s as it once again obtained a post office in May, 1936. Its life; however was short. Five years later, in September, 1941, it closed its doors forever.

St. Francis Catholic Church in Munjor, Kansas courtesy Kansas State Historical Society.

St. Francis Catholic Church in Munjor, Kansas courtesy Kansas State Historical Society.

The St. Francis Catholic Church continues to serve parishioners today and the old parochial school building is now utilized as a parish hall. The village continues to have a population of about 220 people. It is located about seven miles southeast of Hays, Kansas.

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of Kansas, updated October 2020,

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