Milwaukee Metropolitan Area, Wisconsin

Includes the following communities: 
Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin
Fox Point, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin
Waukesha, Waukesha Co., Wisconsin
Hales Corners, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin
Brookfield, Waukesha Co., Wisconsin
New Berlin, Waukesha Co., Wisconsin
History: 

Volga German immigrants began arriving in North Milwaukee in 1910-1911. By 1930, there were about 230 families living there, mostly from Dreispitz. They were joined by immigrants from Rothammel, Göbel, Semenovka, Shcherbakovka, Dobrinka, and Schilling.

The leading groups came from Chicago to work in the beet fields around Racine and Kenosha. During the winter months, they found work in Milwaukee and eventually permanently settled there working in local factories.

Volga Germans settled in North Milwaukee in a neighborhood called "Red Town."

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families are known to have settled in and around Milwaukee:

Altenhoff
Arndt
Bauer
Befus
Bender
Bernhardt
Bohl from Huck
Brunner
Buchhammer from Kraft
Clauser
David
Deis
Derring
Dittloff from Semenovka
Dolberg from Neu-Beideck
Engelman from Dietel
Erbes from Dönhof
Erdmann
Felde
Fischer from Schwab
Fladung from Schönchen
Flegler
Frank
Fromm from Fresental
Glanz from Norka
Glass
Groskopf from Frank
Hellbach
Helwer
Herber from Schäfer
Hergert
Hermann from Schäfer
Hohnstein from Norka
Huffner
Keller
Kirchner
Klauser
Kleweno
Knaub
Kuhn
Kuxhausen from Rosenberg
Legler
Lehmann from Orlovskaya
Leiker from Ober-Monjou
Liphardt
Martin from Frankreich
Mauter from Messer
Messerschmidt from Frankreich
Meyer
Michael / Michel
Miller
Muth
Peppler
Pfeifer / Piefer from Herzog
Quindt
Ramig
Reckling from Frankreich
Reinhardt
Reitz
Reis
Schafer
Schick
Schmidt
Schmies from Dreispitz
Schmunk
Schneider
Schutz
Schwien
Schwindt
Seder
Spetter from Kamenka
To(e)pfer from Fischer
Vogel
Wagner
Weber
Weimer
Weitzel
Wiegand from Reinwald
Wilhelm from Frank
Wolf

Sources: 

- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 55.
- USA Settlement List (Patricia Miller)

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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