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Knell, Victor Collection
The Victor Knell Collection was donated to the Germans from
Russia Hertitage Collection in April 2002. Victor is a historian who
has influenced identication and preservation of dialect-usage and
folk traditions. Victor serves as village historian for Brienne and
Teplitz, in Bessarabia; serves as editor for the well-informed Red
River Chapter newsletter; and serves on editorial-publications
projects at the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Bismarck. The
collection has photographs, musical artifacts, textiles, and
ephemerals which reflect ethnic pioneer life in Mercer County, North
Victor Knell has complied five family histories for Knoll/Knell,
Breitling, Oster, and Adolf heritage. The Knoll/Knell family (from
ancestral village of Necketailfingen, Wuerttemburg, Germany) were
among the religious pietists of "emigration harmonium" to South
Russia. They traveled by "ulmer barges" down the Danube River toward
the Black Sea. The Oster family were reformed religionists at
Lambsborn, Palatinate, Germany. They were tailors who immigrated in
1798 to Tscherwenka village (in Austria-Hungarian Empire, today
Yugoslavia) as linen weavers, later moving near Odessa, South
Russia. The Adolf family were printers in Berlin, Brandenburg,
Germany. From Oderberg, Prussia, they immigrated in 1817 to (the
former German village of) Brienne, Bessarabia, where the Adolf
family erected and operated a wind-powered flour mill.
Finding Aid to the Victor Knell Collection
The Victor Knell Collection was donated to the German from
Russia Heritage Collection in April 2002 by Victor Knell. Listed
below are short histories, ancestral villages, family members and
dates of the Knell, Breitling, Oster, and Adolf families. These
family histories were written by Victor Knell. They were retyped by
Kristi Krebs, September 24, 2002.
Christian and Theresa
Victor Knell's maternal great great
Grandfather on his mother's side.
The house was built in
1894. This picture was taken about 1900.
The Adolf Oster
Victor Knell's maternal great Grandfather on his
Back: Emanuel, Pauline, Edward
Theresia, Adolf, Gustav, Herbert, Rosina, Magdalina
picture was taken in 1904.
The Philip Breitling
Victor Knell's maternal great grandparents on his
Back: August, Pauline, Jacob
Phillip and Caroline
The picture was taken about
The Johannes and Katharina
Victor Knell's paternal great grandparents on
his father's side.
Back: Georg, Heinrich, Elisabeth,
Pauline, Marie, Friedrich
Front: Andreas, Rebekka, Father
Johannes, Mother Katharina, Johanna
The picture of the family was taken on February 16, 1906 in
Russia after the wedding of Andreas and Rebekka. Not pictured
are: daughter Katharina, with her husband Johannes, who had
gone with his family to America in 1902; and son Jacob, who
left Russia in 1905 for North Dakota.
The Daniel Adolf
Victor Knell's paternal great great grandfather on
his mother's side.
Back: Veronika, Pauline, Friedrick,
Front: Daniel, Katherine
was taken about 1908 in Oregon.
Wedding photo of Traugott
and Hertha Knell
Victor Knell's parents.
Double wedding photo of
Traugott and Hertha Knell and
Arnold and Ida
Victor Knell's parents and aunt and uncle.
picture was taken September 29, 1940.
Arnold and Ida, Hertha
and Traugott Knell
Studio double wedding
Victor Knell's aunt and uncle and parents.
picture was taken September 29, 1940
The Reinhold Adolf
Victor Knell's paternal grandfather on mother's
Back: Frieda, Hertha, Ida, Violet
Reinhold, Pauline, Clarence
The picture was taken in 1941
at the 25th Wedding Anniversary.
The Friedrick Adolf
Victor Knell's paternal great Grandfather on
Back: Reinhold, Henry, Gust, Ernest,
Middle: Ernistine, Anna, Emma
The picture was taken in 1942 at the 50th
Elaine (age 5), Marvin
(age 3), Victor (age 7) Knell
Youngest brother, Gary, was
not born until 1950.
The picture was taken circa
The Katherine Neumann
Victor Knell's aunt; his father's sister.
Father Michael, Byron, Mother Katherine,
The picture was taken about 1950.
The Jacob Knell
Victor Knell's paternal grandfather on his father's
Back: Walter, Deloris, Ida, Arnold, Hertha,
Middle: Clara, Alvin, Marcella, Raymond,
Front: Rudolf, Jacob, Pauline, Michael
The picture was taken in 1959 at the 50th Wedding
The Clara Neuberger
Family Victor Knell's aunt; his father's sister. Back: Leslie,
Arlene, Allen Front: Rudolf, Clara The picture was taken circa
Victor Knell (center
right) and friends at Hoffbrauhaus in Munich, Germany,
Victor Knell and friend
in Munich, Germany. 1962
Victor Knell and army
buddies on maneuvers in Germany. 1962
The Arnold Knell
Victor Knell's aunt, uncle, and cousins;
Father's brother, mother's sister.
Front: Arnold, Ida, Daniel
was taken circa 1963.
The Traugott Knell
Victor Knell's immediate family.
Elaine, Gary, Victor
Front: Traugott, Hertha
was taken in 1963.
The Knöll Sisters and
Victor Knell's paternal great-aunts and
Great-uncle on his father's side.
Heinrich, Elisabeth, Pauline, Johanna Wacker Knöll
picture was taken in 1969.
The Heinrich Knöll Family
Victor Knell's paternal great-uncle on his father's side.
Heinrich was his grandfather's brother. Back: Heinrich, Jr.,
Erich, Traugott, Emma Knöll Schröeder, Gotthilf, Friedrich,
Max Knöll Front: Heinrich, Marie Knöll The picture was taken
in 1973 in Embsen, West Germany. This was Marie's second
marriage, after she thought her first husband died in WW2. He
was still alive and her marriage to Heinrich was not
Photo_Krem_ND_321:The ancestral chart in Victor's collection
originally belonged to her. During the resettlement, the chart
was needed to prove you
Elisabeth Knöll Richter,
1977. Victor Knell's paternal great aunt on his father's
were an ethnic German to get back
Sister Emma Knöll,
Traugott Knell, Sister Maria Knöll
Victor Knell's second
cousin, father, and great-aunt.
The picture was taken
January 15, 1977
Both ladies are Lutheran medical care sisters, which is a
Sister Emma still lives in
Cemetery, west of Krem, North Dakota.
The picture was taken
July 17, 1979.
Remaining walls of mill
at Krem, North Dakota.
The picture was taken July 17,
Mathew Benz building near
Krem, North Dakota.
The picture was taken July 4,
Reinhold Eisenbeiss of
Germany visiting the North Dakota Institute for Regional
Studies in Fargo. Michael Miller and Mr. Eisenbiess' wife, son
and his American cousins from Martin, ND. The picture was
taken circa 1980.
Hazen High School, Class of 1959
Picture taken in 1954 at Adendorf, Germany. Else, Edelgard, Jakob and Ida Knöll. Front: Rebekka Schwaderer and Gerda Knöll.
Gustav and Elisabeth Richter. Taken in 1963 at Alten-Celle, Germany.
Some Knöll family members in Germany taken in late 1940’s. Back: Herta Issler, Elisabeth and Heinrich Knöll, Paul Krüger, Elisabeth and Gustav Richter, not a family member. Front: Alfred Krüger, Pauline and Rudolf Krüger, Johanna Knöll, Richard Krüger. On ground: Heinrich Knöll Jr. and Hildrut Martin.
The Johannes (John) Knoell family taken on the family farm near Hazen, ND about 1928. Seated: Christina and Johannes. Standing left to right: Albert, Marie, Bertha, Christian, Alma, Edward, Ida, John and Emma.
The Johannes Knoell sons taken about 1932. Left to right: Albert, Edward, Christian and John Knoell.
The Benjamin Oster family. Family Photo taken in 1928. Seated: Ben, Natalie and Lydia. Standing: Paul, Otto, Herman and Edwin.
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