The Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas

The Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas, 1926, 113 pages, reprint, softcover.


This important historical book focuses on the history and culture of the German-Russian settlements of Ellis and Rush counties in western Kansas. The book offers background information as to why these people immigrated to the United States, and focuses on the towns they created in Kansas including: Liebenthal, Catharine, Herzog (Victoria), Munjor, Schoenchen, Pfeifer, Hays, Ellis, Gorham, St. Peter, Emmeram, Walker, Hyacinth, Loretto, Vincent, Antonino, Yocemento, Ness City, Cordia and Severin.

There are many impressive historical photographs throughout the book. Articles include: "Catherine the Great Invites the German Colonists to Come and Settle the Semi-Arid Regions of Her Far-Flung Domain;" "Journey Down Volga Begins;" "Agitations for Emigration Begin;" "First Colonists Arrive at Hays;" "Largest Expedition Leaves Aratov;" "Religion;" "The People;" "Education;" "The German Settlers;" and "The Capuchin Fathers."

Ellis and Rush counties were heavily settled by Catholic Volga Germans from Russia. There are many black and white photographs of persons who joined the religious life as Brothers, Nuns and Priests especially the Capuchin Order. There are photographs of the immigrant survivors such as "Group of Survivors of 1876-77-78 Immigrants" now living in Hays, Kansas with the names of persons.

View of Liebenthal, Rush County, Kansas.
Church of the Holy Cross, Pfeifer, Ellis County, Kansas.
Sod house, typical home of early Volga German settlers in western Kansas.
View (now city of Victoria), Ellis County, Kansas.

The Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas

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