Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas

Names: 
Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas
History: 

A large group of Catholic emigrants from the Volga arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, on 23 November 1875 aboard the SS Ohio. They came from the colonies of Herzog, Katharinenstadt, Liebental, Beauregard, Ober-Monjou, Neu-Obermonjou, Mariental, Louis, Marienberg, and Graf.

The group arrived by train in Topeka on 28 November 1875. Some of them moved to Western Kansas and founded the town of Liebenthal in Rush County on 22 February 1876. Other members of the original group in Topeka left for Ellis County to found the town of Catharine in March and Herzog in April. Of this first group, only one family remained in Topeka.

In 1877, another group of Volga German immigrants arrived in Topeka and many of those settled permanently there.

Volga German Families: 

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

Abt from Brabander
Allendorf
Amrein
Andes
Appelhans / Appelhanz from Rothammel
Artzer
Basgall
Bauer
Bellender
Bender
Bieker
Bihn
Blantner
Boetz
Braun from Herzog
Bretz
Burghart from Pfeifer
Dagen
Dechant
Deines from Norka
Desch
Domme from Pfeifer
Eakes
Eberle
Eckermann
Edelmann
Ernst
Frank
Gaebel
Gehrling
Gertke
Gibler
Gottfried
Haberkorn
Häfner from Pfeifer
Hartmann
Hergenreter
Holmann
Holzmann
Holzmeister
Ingenthrone
Kaberlein
Kamlowski
Kippes
Kisner
Kloberdanz
Kloster
Kohler
Kuehn
Lambrecht from Pfeifer
Lang
Lechmann
Luneberg
Matz
Mauer
Meder
Merkel
Miller
Miltenberger
Muetzig
Oberst
Platner
Puhl
Resch
Rosenbach
Ruhl
Schäfer
Schechtel
Schell
Schiffelbein from Streckerau
Schiel
Schlitter
Schmidt
Schneider
Schoenfeld
Schulmeister
Schwerdt from Kamenka
Spahn
Stadler / Stattler
Stamm
Stegmann
Steinbach
Stramel / Stremel
Suppes from Pfeifer
Ulrich
Wasinger
Weigel
Weimann

Sources: 

- Appelhanz, Isadore. The Volga-Germans in Topeka, Kansas, 1875-85. Topeka: privately published, 1992.

Resources: 

Topeka Kansas, 1912 City Directory

 

Temporary Housing for Volga Germans in Central Kansas (1875). Based upon the date, this is probably a group of Mennonites coming through the Immigrant House in Topeka.
Source: March 20, 1875 issue of Leslie's Magazine (New York).

Volga Colonies

Latitude: 50.592778
Longitude: 8.856389
Latitude: 49.414146
Longitude: 7.570905
Latitude: 49.727778
Longitude: 8.292222
Latitude: 49.808639
Longitude: 7.963158