Laurel, Yellowstone Co., Montana

Laurel, Yellowstone Co., Montana

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:

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
Ehrlich / Ehrlick from Shcherbakovka
Foos from Dietel
Frank from Kautz
Frickel from Kautz
Fox / Fuchs from Kautz
Kaiser from Neu-Messer
Kautz from Merkel
Schreiner from Kautz


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


- Laurel Cemetery (

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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