Louis

Names: 
Louis
Lui
Otrogovka
Otrogowka
Metschetnaja
Stepnoye (former Louis)
Луй
Отроговка
Мечетная
Степное (former Луй)
Daughter Colonies: 
History: 

Louis was founded on 14 June 1766 by colonists recruited by LeRoy & Pictet. The colony of Chasselois was destroyed in 1785 and many of its surviving inhabitants relocated to Louis.

Today, what remains of the former colony of Louis is known as Stepnoye (not to be confused with the former colony of Stahl am Tarlyk, which was also known by the names Stepnoye).

Church: 

The Roman Catholic Church in Louis was built of stone and dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua.

Pastors & Priests: 

The parish in Louis was served by the following priests:

Konrad Keller (1883-1884)
Alexander Staub (1894-1895)
Alexander Stang (1895-1897)
Eduard Dittler (1897-1914)
Emmanuel Bader, deacon (1928-?)

Population: 
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
57
193
 
 
1769
50
202
103
99
1773
50
237
118
119
1788
 
 
 
 
1798
52
314
163
151
1816
 
 
 
 
1834
 
 
 
 
1850
 
 
 
 
1857
 
 
 
 
1859
 
2,091
 
 
1886
 
 
 
 
1891
 
 
 
 
1894
 
 
 
 
1897
 
3,208*
1,630
1,578
1904
 
 
 
 
1910
 
 
 
 
1912
 
5,393
 
 
1920
755
4,315
 
 
1926**
545
2,744
1,328
1,416

*Of whom 3,193 were German.
**Of whom 2,740 were German (541 households: 1,324 male & 1,416 female).

Sources: 

- Beratz, Gottieb. The German colonies on the Lower Volga, their origin and early development: a memorial for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first German settlers on the Volga, 29 June 1764. Translated by Adam Giesinger (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1991): 351.
- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- Orlov, Gregorii. Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II, 14 February 1769.
- Pallas, P.S. Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs. Theil 3,2, Reise aus Sibirien zurueck an die Wolga im 1773sten Jahr (St. Petersburg: Kaiserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1776): 612.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Katholischer Teil (Stuttgart: Selbstverlag Joseph Schnurr, 1972): 127-128.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 17.

Map showing Louis (1935).

Architectural rendering of the Catholic Church in Louis.
Source: Wolgadeutsche.net via Jorge Bohn.

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