Victoria, Ellis Co., Kansas

Victoria, Ellis Co., Kansas
Herzog, Ellis Co., Kansas

The first Volga Germans arrived from Topeka, and established the town of Herzog on 8 April 1876, one-half mile north of the town of Victoria which had been founded in 1874 by Scotch-English immigrants. The two towns grew together and Herzog officially changed its name to Victoria in 1913.

Victoria's founders included the following families (along with the number of people in the family):

from Katharinenstadt

Justus Bissing (7)
Frederic Karlin (4)
Peter Karlin (3)
Jacob Karlin (3)
Frederic Koerner (10)

from Kamenka

Jacob Lang
Joseph Stremel
Michael Meder (2)
Mathias Urban

from Pfeifer

Christopher Stegmann

from Herzog

Andrew Billinger (3)
Alois Dreiling (7)
Anton Dreiling (8)
Nicholas Dreiling (7)
Hammerschmidt (9)
Nicholas Dreiling (5)
John Götz (7)
John Kreutzer (2)
Michael Rome (2)
John Sander (7)
Michael Storm (6)
John Van der Dunkt (2)
Ignatius Vonfeld (2)
Ignatius Weigel (4)

from Beauregard

Jacob Arnholt (5)

from Ober-Monjou

John Geist (5)
John Jacob Geist (5)
William Geist (4)

from Mariental

Anton Herrmann (5)

from Louis

Peter Quint (7)

from Marienburg

Paul Dinges

from Liebental

Jos. Braun (5)
Franz Weber (11)
John Kreutzer (2)
John Lechleiter (5)
Michael Lechleiter (3)
John Peter Schaefer (3)
Peter Schaefer (3)

from Graf

John Bollig (2)

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families settled in and around Victoria:

Arnholt from Beauregard
Billinger from Herzog
Bissing from Katharinenstadt
Bollig from Graf
Braun from Liebental
Dinges from Marienburg
Dorzweiler from Katharinenstadt
Dreiling from Herzog
Geist from Ober-Monjou
Götz from Herzog
Hammerschmidt from Herzog
Herrman from Mariental
Karlin from Katharinenstadt
Koerner from Katharinenstadt
Kreutzer from Herzog & Liebental
Lang from Kamenka
Lauber from Graf
Lechleiter from Liebental
Meder from Kamenka
Niernberger from Ober-Monjou
Quindt from Louis
Rome from Herzog
Sander from Herzog
Schaefer from Liebental
Scheck from Herzog
Schumacher from Wittmann
Stegman from Pfeifer
Storm from Herzog
Stremel from Kamenka
Urban from Kamenka
VonFeld from Herzog
Weber from Liebental
Weigel from Herzog
Werth from Schönchen


- Appelhanz, Isadore. The Volga-Germans in Topeka, Kansas, 1875-85. Topeka: privately published, 1992.
- The Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas. Hays, KS: privately printed, 1926.
- Laing, Francis S. "German-Russian Settlements in Ellis County, Kansas." Kansas Historical Collections 11 (1910), 489-528. [Online]


- First Catholic Cemetery (used from 1873-1899).
- 1920 U.S. Census, Ellis Co., Kansas
     A-F, G-K, L-R, S-Z
- Founding Settlers of Herzog (St. Fidelis)
- Saint Fidelis Cemetery (

Pre-Volga Origin

Herzog, Kansas (1905)
Source: Standard Atlas of Ellis County Kansas (Kansas Historical Society)

Victoria, Kansas (1922)
Source: Standard Atlas of Ellis County Kansas (Kansas Historical Society)

Surving Group of Original Immigrants
Victoria, Kansas (1926)
Source: Golden Jubilee Booklet

Victoria Panorama (1926)
Source: Golden Jubilee Booklet

St. Fidelis Catholic Church, the friary, St. Joseph Grade School, and St. Fidelis High School.
Victoria, Kansas (1928)
Source: Charles Brungardt

Victoria Arial Postcard

Herzog (pre-1910), looking NW from the church or school.
Source: Charles Brungardt

Main Street in Victoria (1910).
Source: Charles Brungardt.

Pioneer Statue in Victoria
Source: Golden Jubilee Booklet

Volga Colonies

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