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 area.

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 Rosina Ritter.

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 Pioneer.

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!

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller