St. Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota

Includes the following communities: 
St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
Woodbury, Washington Co., Minnesota
Hudson, St. Croix Co., Wisconsin
New Brighton, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
South Saint Paul, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Mendota Heights, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Oakdale, Washington Co., Minnesota
Eagen, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Shoreview, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
Burnsville, Dakota Co., Minnesota

Volga German immigrants from Kautz and Schäfer settled in St. Paul after having first immigrated to other areas of the Plains (Nebraska & Iowa) and Midwest (Wisconsin & Chicago). Many were working on the railroad, in the Union Stockyards, and in the Swift Company meat packing plant.

Most of the early Volga German immigrants to St. Paul settled in the Riverview area, a neighborhood across the Mississippi River to the south of downtown St. Paul. It is bordered on the west, north, and east by the curving Mississippi River and Annapolis Street on the south.

Volga German Families: 

Volga German families known to have settled in St. Paul include:

Bohn from Dehler
Brunz from Merkel
Ertel from Schäfer
Gette from Semenovka
Giebler from Ober-Monjou
Gies from Walter
Goetz from Herzog
Holmgren from Karras (Caucasus)
Kahler (Kohler) from Norka
Lechman from Rothammel
Miller from Neu-Kolonie
Pfannenstiel from Ober-Monjou
Reitz from Kukkus
Roth from Kamenka
Schenfeld from Marienfeld
Strauch from Beideck
Trebelhorn from Beideck
Wiesner from Kamenka


- Halverson, Carol J. "Volga German-Russians in Minnesota." Journal of the AHSGR 14:2 (Summer 1991): 15-23.
- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 53. - USA Settlement List (Patricia Miller)

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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