City of Hillsboro, Kansas Hillsboro State Bank Hillsboro Kansas Mennonite Settlement Musuem

Salem Orphan's Home Cemetery

category : Cemeteries
Salem Orphan's Home Cemetery Although known as the Salem Orphan's Home Cemetery, this field of graves once belonged to the Industrial School and Hygiene Home for the Friendless.

Incorporated in 1890, the purpose of the home was to "maintain and educate friendless persons, to provide and maintain a home for such persons, and to provide homes in Chirsitan families for homeless and friendless children."

Through the assistance of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren conference, sister Amanda Dohner provided these things to children who had nowhere else to go.

By 1893, 49 children, many from Chicago and other points east, had arrived at the Industrial Home. The residents helped run a successful farm, raising various grains, fruits and vegetables, and a purebred Jersey dairy herd.

By 1910, the need for an orphanage declined, and the home became a place for individuals who were mentally disabled or elderly.

In May, 1915, the name was changed to Salem Home. It continued to operate as a home for the elderly as well as hospital with a nurses' training center until 1944.

On April 29, 1944, lightning struck the building, igniting a fire in the southeast corner of the structure. All 23 patients and residents were safely removed from the home, but the building was a total loss.

The home for the elderly and the hospital were rebuilt within Hillsboro city limits. Only a few grave markers remain in the cemetery and little is known about them. On the eastern edge of the cemetery lies a children's row. Another marker honors a father, but no name can be found.

Address: 1 mile East on 190th Street to Kanza Road, south one mile, turn west 1/2 mile - north side.

Come visit us in Hillsboro, Kansas

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Friesen Dutch Windmill

The mill is an authentic replica built to specifications of the original 1876, Jacob Friesen Mill built by Mennonite immigrants. Authentic down to the square wooden pegs, this working mill uses wind power to grind whole wheat flour.

Hillsboro, KS Historic Mills

The William Schaeffler House

Reflective of a prosperous midwestern family in the early years of the century, this home of Lutheran immigrant, William F. Schaeffler from Germany, was constructed in 1909. Part of the reason the house is now a museum could be attributed to its "modern"

Hillsboro, KS Museums

The Kreutziger Schoolhouse

The Kreutziger Schoolhouse reminds us of the early education on the Kansas prairie, 1886-1960. Today the bell tower, the desks and the stove show how one teacher taught eight grades with an average of from 20 to 30 students.

Hillsboro, KS Historic Schoolhouses

1887 Olde Towne Restaurant

The three-story Olde Towne building was completed in 1880, a year after Hillsboro was founded. It was restored in 1887. Over the years, the building has housed a bank, hardware and dry goods store, apartments on the upper floor, and egg processing plant. The building was vacant in the 1960

Hillsboro, KS Historic Buildings

Hillsboro Municipal Golf

Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course is playable by all caliber players. This nine-hole course is irrigated from tee-box to green creating lush bluegrass fairways and challenging bent grass greens.

Hillsboro, KS Golf Courses

Things to do Cemeteries near Hillsboro, KS

Latham Cemetery

The Latham Cemetery has stone markers dating to the early period of the town's history in the late 1880s. Cemetery records c...

Historic Cemeteries

There are seven cemeteries located around Marquette, including one of the oldest in McPherson County with dates from 1868 to ...