By Frank Buchman
When David Washington Mercer left England in 1858, his journey took him to a place in the Kansas' Flint Hills which he considered the "land of milk and honey."
He was so taken by the countryside, Mercer named his new hometown after a place near his former home in England: Matfield on the Green.
"Thus was the beginning of Matfield Green, Kansas," according to Lynn Smith, executive director of Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green, which will host another Pioneer Bluffs Ranching Heritage Prairie Talk Series program about the history of the Mercer family this Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1, at 1:30.
"Pioneer Bluffs, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the original homestead of the Rogler Ranch and now a nonprofit organization with a mission to respect the land, preserve history, and engage community," Smith said.
"After serving in the Civil War, forming Matfield Green and becoming its first postmaster, David Mercer operated a general store. He provided funding for his brother Alfred, and Alfred's wife and their 10 children, to join him in America, and that family homesteaded one day's travel west of Matfield Green," Smith said.
Nancy M. Griffin of Cedar Point, James A. Mercer of Kansas City, Mo., and Marilyn M. Rowley of Valley Center are the great-grandchildren of Alfred Mercer.
"The great-grandchildren along with Nancy's husband, Richard, will lead a discussion on Flint Hills ranching and their rich family history, complete with photos from six generations," Smith said.