Abraham Claassen homestead

The Claassen Ranch

The story of the Abraham Claassen family begins at the 74-acre farm near the village of Simmonsdorf in the area of the Vistula Delta between the Nogat and Vistula Rivers. Abraham and his wife, Anna, had 11 children (only 5 of whom grew to adulthood.) The Claassens immigrated to America to escape religious oppression and eventually settled to a new home at Plum Grove in Butler County, Kansas.

“So, on June 15, 1876, with the help of God, we emigrated to America for the sake of our belief. After a long, difficult journey over land, sea, and forests we reached our goal in America.” From the diary of Abraham Claassen.

by Dr. Milton Claassen