Riverdale (Chicago), Cook Co., Illinois

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Riverdale (Chicago), Cook Co., Illinois

Volga German immigrants first arrived in the Riverdale area of Chicago in 1902 to work in the sugar beet fields in the area. They came from Bangert and Stahl am Tarlyk.

As industry began to develop, the agricultural enterprises were abandoned, and the Volga German immigrants who remained went to work in local plants and factories.

Volga German Families: 

Volga German families with the following surnames lived in the Riverdale area:

Fries from Stahl am Tarlyk
Grassmick from Lauwe
Loeb from Bangert
Lohrey from Kukkus


History of Riverdale, IL (Riverdale Library)

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies