German Immigrants to Concordia, Missouri
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N 38° 58.974 W 093° 34.101
15S E 450773 N 4315032
How and why it was named Concordia.
Waymark Code: WM11AWM
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 09/18/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
Views: 2

County of Marker: Lafayette
Location of Marker: SE 6th St. & S. Main St., Central Park, Concordia
Marker Erected by: Lafayette County Historical Society & Donated by Corder Mfg. Co.

Marker Text:

German immigrants, seeking economic improvement, began settling here in 1838. Their post office was Cook's Store, a coach stop on the Sedalia-Lexington Road, 2½ miles west of here.

Opposed to slavery, they were loyal to the Union in the Civil War.

On May 17, 1865, the Lutheran pastor, Franz Julius Biltz (1825 - 1908), became postmaster and named this town "Concordia" since the war had ended, and there was now hope for concord between North and South. The Rev. Biltz served the community for forty-one years as faithful pastor, courageous leader, and founder of Saint Paul's College (1883).

"Between 1838 and the early 1890s, German peasant farmers from the Kingdom of Hanover made their way to Lafayette County, Missouri, to form a new community centered on the town of Concordia. Their story has much to tell us about the American immigrant experience—and about how newcomers were caught up in the violence that swept through their adoptive home.

"Robert Frizzell grew up near Concordia, and in this first book-length history of the German settlement, he chronicles its life and times during those formative years. Founded by Hanoverian Friedrich Dierking—known as “Dierking the Comforter” for the aid he gave his countrymen—the Concordia settlement blossomed from 72 households in 1850 to 375 over the course of twenty years. Frizzell traces that growth as he examines the success of early agricultural efforts, but he also tells how the community strayed from the cultural path set by its freethinker founder to become a center of religious conservatism.

"Drawing on archival material from both sides of the Atlantic, Frizzell offers a compelling account for scholars and general readers alike, showing how Concordia differed from other German immigrant communities in America. He also explores the conditions in Hanover—particularly the village of Esperke, from which many of the settlers hailed—that caused people to leave, shedding new light on theological, political, and economic circumstances in both the Old World and the New.

"When the Civil War came, the antislavery Hanoverians found themselves in the Missouri county with the greatest number of slaves, and the Germans supported the Union while most of their neighbors sympathized with Confederate guerrillas. Frizzell tells how the notorious “Bloody Bill” Anderson attacked the community three times, committing atrocities as gruesome as any recorded in the state—then how the community flourished after the war and even bought out the farmsteads of former slaveholders.

"Frizzell’s account challenges many historians’ assumptions about German motives for immigration and includes portraits of families and individuals that show the high price in toil and blood required to meet the challenges of making a home in a new land. Independent Immigrants reveals the untold story of these newcomers as it reveals a little-known aspect of the Civil War in Missouri." ~ < href=""> Amazon Prime

Who placed it?: Lafayette County Historical Society & Donated by Corder Mfg. Co.

When was it placed?: Unknown

Who is honored?: German Immigrants

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