Otis, Rush Co., Kansas

Includes the following communities: 
Otis, Rush Co., Kansas
Schaffer, Rush Co., Kansas
Shaffer, Rush Co., Kansas
History: 

Otis is the eastern most town in Rush County and was founded by Volga Germans. Before Otis became a town, there were Volga German settlements called Scheuerman (to the west) and Schöntal (to the north).

Volga German Congregations: 

Lutheran
Methodist
Reformed
Seventh Day Adventist

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families settled in and around Otis, Kansas:

Appel from Yagodnaya Polyana
Avis
Boxberger from Kratzke
Brack from Schönfeld
Butherus from Kutter
Daubert from Pobochnaya
Denning from Herzog
DeWald from Hussenbach
Eitel
Ernst from Moor
Fritzler from Grimm
Fuchs
Funk from Hussenbach
Gallowa from Wiesenmüller
Giesick from Brunnental
Gillig from Grimm
Glantz from Norka
Hagelganz
Hanhardt from Kutter
Hartman
Helin
Helzer/Healzer from Norka
Herbel
Hergert
Hinkel from Kutter
Keil from Eckheim
Kerb
Krause
Krumm
Krunch
Lebsack
Lohrey from Kutter
Luft from Yagodnaya Polyana
Miller
Mohr from Beideck
Moore from Moor
Mootz
Muth
Ochs from Pobochnaya
Ott
Pope from Pobochnaya
Repp from Yagodnaya Polyana
Riffel
Rodie
Rothe
Rudy
Scheideman from Norka
Scheuerman from Yagodnaya Polyana
Schlegel from Schönfeld
Schmidt
Schneider
Schrader
Schreiber from Norka
Schreiner
Schwartzkopf from Dönhof
Sell from Norka
Simon from Neu-Bauer
Sohm
Stang
Steitz
Suppes from Pfeifer
Wagner from Kutter
Wegele from Neu-Laub
Wertz/Wirtz
Wilhelm from Pobochnaya
Wittman from Eckheim

Notable Individuals: 
Sources: 

Homesteading in Rush County (Fort Hays State University)

Resources: 

- Lutheran Cemetery (findagrave.com)
- Otis Methodist Cemetery (findagrave.com)
- Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (findagrave.com)
- Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery (findagrave.com)

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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