Laurel, Yellowstone Co., Montana

Includes the following communities: 
Laurel, Yellowstone Co., Montana
History: 

Permanent settlers arrived in Laurel, then called Carlton, around 1879. The railroad arrived in the community in the summer of 1882 and since that time, the town has served as a major railroad hub for the Northern Pacific.

The first Volga German families to settle in Laurel came from Beideck, Hussenbach, and Kautz. They were joined by families from many other colonies as the sugar beet industry developed in the Yellowstone Valley.

Volga German Families: 

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

Balzer from Wiesenmüller
Bangert from Dietel
Barthuly from Neu-Balzer
Batt from Dietel
Baus from Neu-Dönhof
Behm from Dönhof
Bender from Kratzke
Bernhardt from Frank
Besel from Hussenbach
Brester from Norka
Deines from Kratzke
Deines from Norka
DeWald from Hussenbach
Eckhardt from Frank
Ehrlich / Ehrlick from Shcherbakovka
Foos from Dietel
Frank from Kautz
Frickel from Kautz
Fox / Fuchs from Kautz
Gomer from Neu-Dönhof
Hartung from Kolb
Hergett from Susannental
Hofferber from Frank
Jarger from Dietel
Kaiser from Neu-Messer
Kautz from Dietel & Merkel
Klein from Kautz
Klockhammer form Kautz
Lais from Hussenbach
Leikam from Laub
Lofing from Norka
Neibauer from Kautz
Ostermiller from Beideck
Ostwald from Kautz
Reiter from Kautz
Rupp from Strassendorf
Schoessler from Walter
Schreiner from Kautz
Steinmiller from Frank

Sources: 

- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 51.

Resources: 

- Laurel Cemetery (FindAGrave.com)

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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