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Martha McClelland , President
Bukovina Society Headquarters & Museum, Ellis KS 67637

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(Posted on the World-Wide Web by the Bukovina Society of the Americas,
 with permission of the Hays Daily News, Hays, KS)






Ellis began the same year as Hays in 1867 when workers built the Kansas Pacific Railroad westward to Denver.

It officially was founded in 1870 as a division point on the railroad, and that would have an influence on

the town for years to come.

The railroad, later Union Pacific, operated a roundhouse and terminus on the busy line.

By 1972, however, passenger service had been

eliminated, and diesel locomotives no longer required as many stopping points along the line.

The railroad division point was moved to Oakley and, with it, the employees.

Ellis was incorporated in 1888, and a variety of settlers came to town, including ethnic Germans from Russia's Volga River region as well as Bukovina Germans from Austria.

Two of the town's immigrant settlers produced famous offspring. Walter P. Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler Corp., grew up in Ellis, and a museum preserves his boyhood home.

Walt Disney, the founder of Walt Disney Studios, never lived in Ellis, but his grandfather was a settler, and his father was born there.

In the 2000 Census, Ellis had a population

of 1,873.



Oktoberfest to feature Bukovina Germans



The annual Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest, Sept. 15 and 16 at the Ellis County Fairgrounds, will feature two programs of interest to many residents of Ellis and other area people.

One of the most significant Immigrant groups to arrive in Ellis and points west were the Bukovina Germans who came from the Austrian Empire beginning in 1886, Among them were two sub groups, the Swabian Lutherans and the Bohemian Catholics. The

forebears of these ethnic Germans had been attracted from Southwest Germany and Bohemia inAustria to settle the sparsely populated crown colony of Bukovina. Among them were skilled glass workers, forest workers and others in trades and farming to support the build up up of a glass industry.

The programs will start at noon Sept. 15 with Irmgard Ellingson's material prepared on the Swabian Lutherans. This will be followed by a presentation created by Steve Parke on the Bohemian Catholics, Oren Windholz will be moderator for the sessions and those attending will also benefit from a question-and-

answer Session with Bukovina Society board members. The Bukovina Society, an international heritage Organization, has been based in Ellis since its founding in 1988. Currently, there are 480 members including 41 from 11 foreign countries. A vast Web site can be viewed on Bukovina and the Society at, the work of Werner Zoglauer, Naperville, IL. and Becky Hageman, Wichita, KS.

The two presentations are part of a series called German Heritage Days at Oktoberfest to be conducted in the Schenk Building in an air-conditioned meeting room. Information for the Oktoberfest is available at

  Oren Windholz is vice President of the Bukovina Society.





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