Thrilled to have a relatively warm winter day, Jim and I went for a drive in eastern Douglas County and came upon a little country church and cemetery. According to Where the Wakarusa Meets the Kaw, members who would make up the community of Clearfield originally moved to the area as early as 1854. In its earliest days, a circuit minister would lead worship in the homes of community members; the church, which still stands, was built in 1880 and served as the Evangelical United Brethren church until 1968, when the EUB merged with the Methodist Church to become the Clearfield United Methodist Church.
The German-speaking community was at one time large enough to merit many small businesses, including a general store and a post office. By 1910, fewer than 20 citizens remained in the community. However, descendants of several of the original families are still in the area, including the Rodewalds, who originally owned the land the cemetery now occupies.