Caro, Tuscola Co., Michigan

Names: 
Caro, Tuscola Co., Michigan
History: 

Volga German immigrants from Kind and Susannental settled in Caro.

Many Volga Germans came to the Caro area to work in the sugar beet industry. In May 1901, German Russians from Nebraska were brought to the Caro area to work in the sugar beet fields. A sugar beet plant had been constructed in Caro in 1899, and in 1906, it became part of the newly formed Michigan Sugar Company. In 2002, Michigan Sugar became a cooperative, and is currently owned and operated by the local sugar beet farmers.

Volga German Congregations: 

Zion Lutheran Church

Surnames: 
Volga German Families: 

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

Borgardt
DeWald
Feldbusch
Fink
Fischer
Frick
Hart
Hergenrider
Herman
Holzworth from Reinwald
Hoppe
Kramer
Krause
Lenz
Ruppel
Schadt
Schnagel
Schultz
Seibel
Stoll
Thiel
Wagner

Volga Colonies: 
Sources: 

- Daenzer, Rod Stewart. "One Hundred Years of Sugar Beets and Michigan Sugar Company." (online)
- Pickelhaupt, Bill. The Volga Germans of Michigan's Thumb (Fort Gratiot, MI: Flyblister, 2009): 6, 13.

Resources: 

Pre-Volga Origin

Michigan Sugar Company Plant in Caro
Source: News & Events - Sugarbeet Update Magazine (Fall 1999)

Volga Colonies

Latitude: 49.100285
Longitude: 8.973628