5/12/1881 The Kansas Daily Tribune Lawrence
Tu German Baptists. Mr. Stephen Studebaker. of Willow Springs, called at the Tribune office to-day, to-day, to-day, and in formed us that there was quite a strong movement in the denomination to which he belongs, viz : The German Bapthts, or "Tankers," as they are sometimes called, in favor of holding their next yearly meeting at Bismarck Grove. He says the denomination, extending from Maine to California, is quite numerous, and that their annual meetings or conferences like the yelirly meeting of Friends, are attended by the members ef the church in mass, so far as they care to make it convenient to attend, and he estimates the numbers who would assemble at Bismarck Grove in case that spat should ba agreed ou, at net less than six thousand and perhaps eight thousand Mr.Studebaker gave us the origin and meaning meaning of the name bv which his people are commonly commonly called viz.. Dunkers, Dunkards, or more properly Tunkers. Tunker pronounced Toonker, "means Dipper, and denotes their faith in Baptism by immersion. These people are of primitive habits and will probably camp or 6leep on the ground to a considerable extent. Others would prefer to sleep in Louses however, and the readiness readiness of many Friends here to throw open their houses fo hem has been cheer-folly cheer-folly cheer-folly expressed." Such a meeting would be a decided boom for Bismarck, and bring a large number of sober, industrious and valuable valuable citizens to'oar doors.- doors.- When they have once seen the advantages of Kansas soil and climate they would, many of them, doubtless settle here and add a new element to our growth.