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 Dakota.
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.
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 Oster Family
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 Family
Victor Knell's maternal great Grandfather on his mother's side.
Back: Emanuel, Pauline, Edward
Front: Theresia, Adolf, Gustav, Herbert, Rosina, Magdalina
The picture was taken in 1904.
The Philip Breitling Family
Victor Knell's maternal great grandparents on his father's side.
Back: August, Pauline, Jacob
Front: Phillip and Caroline
The picture was taken about 1905.
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 Family
Victor Knell's paternal great great grandfather on his mother's side.
Back: Veronika, Pauline, Friedrick, Martin, Heinrich
Front: Daniel, Katherine
The picture was taken about 1908 in Oregon.
Wedding photo of Traugott and Hertha Knell
Victor Knell's parents.
September 29, 1940
Double wedding photo of Traugott and Hertha Knell and
Arnold and Ida Knell.
Victor Knell's parents and aunt and uncle.
The picture was taken September 29, 1940.
Arnold and Ida, Hertha and Traugott Knell
Studio double wedding portrait.
Victor Knell's aunt and uncle and parents.
The picture was taken September 29, 1940
The Reinhold Adolf Family
Victor Knell's paternal grandfather on mother's side.
Back: Frieda, Hertha, Ida, Violet
Front: Erwin, Reinhold, Pauline, Clarence
The picture was taken in 1941 at the 25th Wedding Anniversary.
The Friedrick Adolf Family
Victor Knell's paternal great Grandfather on mother's side.
Back: Reinhold, Henry, Gust, Ernest, Martin
Middle: Ernistine, Anna, Emma
Front: Friedrick, Christina (Kuch)
The picture was taken in 1942 at the 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Elaine (age 5), Marvin (age 3), Victor (age 7) Knell
Youngest brother, Gary, was not born until 1950.
The picture was taken circa 1948.
The Katherine Neumann Family
Victor Knell's aunt; his father's sister.
LaRue, Father Michael, Byron, Mother Katherine,
Paulette, Jacob, and Jaunite.
The picture was taken about 1950.
The Jacob Knell Family
Victor Knell's paternal grandfather on his father's side.
Back: Walter, Deloris, Ida, Arnold, Hertha, Traugott
Middle: Clara, Alvin, Marcella, Raymond, Lorentina, Katherina
Front: Rudolf, Jacob, Pauline, Michael Newmann
The picture was taken in 1959 at the 50th Wedding Anniversary.
The Clara Neuberger Family Victor Knell's aunt; his father's sister. Back: Leslie, Arlene, Allen Front: Rudolf, Clara The picture was taken circa 1960.
Victor Knell (center right) and friends at Hoffbrauhaus in Munich, Germany, 1962.
Victor Knell and friend in Munich, Germany. 1962
Victor Knell and army buddies on maneuvers in Germany. 1962
The Arnold Knell Family
Victor Knell's aunt, uncle, and cousins;
Father's brother, mother's sister.
Back: Richard, Duane, Ardella
Front: Arnold, Ida, Daniel
The picture was taken circa 1963.
The Traugott Knell Family
Victor Knell's immediate family.
Back: Marvin, Elaine, Gary, Victor
Front: Traugott, Hertha
The picture was taken in 1963.
The Knöll Sisters and their Brother
Victor Knell's paternal great-aunts and
Great-uncle on his father's side.
Sister Marie, Heinrich, Elisabeth, Pauline, Johanna Wacker Knöll
The picture was taken in 1969.
were an ethnic German to get back into Germany.
Both ladies are Lutheran medical care sisters, which is a
Goetz 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, 1979.
Mathew Benz building near Krem, North Dakota.
The picture was taken July 4, 1980.
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.