Jefferson Park - Mayfair (Chicago), Cook Co., Illinois

Names: 
Jefferson-Mayfair (Chicago), Cook Co., Illinois
History: 

Volga German immigrants first arrived in the Jefferson Park area of northwest Chicago in 1894. They came from Stahl am Karaman. Beginning in 1903, other groups followed from Schwed, Enders, and Rosenheim. Mayfair, the unofficial neighborhood which overlaps from Jefferson Park into the neighborhood of Albany Park to the east, was also settled by Volga Germans.

The central business district of Jefferson Park along Lawrence and Milwaukee Avenues was the hub of the Volga German community for years. Over time, descendants of the original immigrants moved to the outlying suburbs of Maywood and Melrose Park.

According to Sallet, there were about 450 Volga German families living in the area of Jefferson-Mayfair in 1920, most of whom were from the Wiesenseite.

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families settled in the Jefferson Park / Mayfair neighborhood of Chicago:

Altergott from Schwed
Baumgartner
Beck
Beller
Biel
Billing
Bisterfeldt
Block
Bolger
Brandt
Eberly from Mariental
Ehlert
Eurich
Felde from Krasnoyar
Fink
Friedrich
Gorr from Reinwald
Hart
Heintz
Herzog
Hilgenberg from Philippsfeld
Hoppe
Jacoby
Kramer
Kraus
Metzler
Nieson
Olberg from Kukkus
Pauli
Pfeifer
Rieb
Riemer from Krasnoyar
Ritter
Sauer
Scheck from Franzosen
Schmidt
Schneider
Schnell
Schweigert from Schwed
Schwenk
Seibel
Seiler
Sittner
Spies from Krasnoyar
Ulrich
Walter
Weigel
York
Ziegler

Notable Individuals: 
Sources: 

- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 56.

Pre-Volga Origin

Map showing the location of Jefferson Park in relation to Chicago's other neighborhoods.
Source: Jefferson Park, Chicago (wikipedia)

Map of Jefferson Park.
Courtesy of the Jefferson Park Historical Society.

Zion Church in Jefferson Park.
Courtesy of the Jefferson Park Historical Society.

Volga Colonies

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