Germans From Russia Book Shelf at Library
"Germans From Russia Book Shelf at Library." Bowdle Pioneer, 1 July 2004, 1.
A collection has been contributed to the Rev. Martin Bieber Public
Library in Bowdle by Janice Huber Stangl of Sterling, VA in cooperation
with the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) at Bismarck,
ND in honor of the many Germans from Russia who settled in this
Janice Huber Stangl, a native of the Bowdle area, is a descendent
of Jacob Huber and Rosina Ritter, who emigrated to the Hosmer area
in 1898. She is the coauthor of the book Marienberg
– Fate of a Village, published in 2000. The
founder of the Bowdle Library and Museum, the Rev. Martin Bieber,
was a descendent of Jacob Bieber and Christina Ritter, sister of
Janice Stangl hands books to librarian
Mona Kennedy for the Germans from Russia Book Shelf at the
Rev. Martin Bieber Public Library in Bowdle.
The Book Shelf includes a complete collection of the Heritage
Review, the journal of the GRHS, 1971-2003. Additional
books about Germans from Russia heritage, folklore, culture, and
life in South Russia and America have been included. The majority
of the early homesteaders in the Bowdle-Hosmer-Eureka and surround
areas were Germans from South Russia. The materials on this Book
Shelf are of the contemporary interests to the readers of The Bowdle
Some highlights gleaned from the Book Shelf. Immigration of Germans
from Russia to Dakota Territory began in 1872 to the Yankton area,
which was then the end of the railroad. In succeeding years, the
railroads and the immigrants moved north and west.
Bowdle, founded in 1886, became the destination of many later arrivals
from Russia. These settlers came from villages in the Odessa, Ukraine
region, near the Black Sea, as well as from Bessarabia and Crimea.
Free land! Ads in the newspaper that went overseas encouraged the
immigrants to start their journeys to America. The Homestead Act
presented an opportunity in America for people with large families,
who had little or no opportunity to obtain land in Russia. Over
the years the descendents of these immigrants have realized the
dreams of their ancestors.
You may learn all about it from the Book Shelf! You may find stories
about your own family!