Sketch of St. Peter's Parish and the Founding of the Colonies of
Rastadt, Kathrinenthal and Speier
By Rev. Father H. Metzger in the German language on the
Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the First Settlers, 3 June 1930
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University
Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota, 2004, 85 pages, softcover.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to announce
publication of Historical Sketch of St. Peter's Parish and the Founding
of the Colonies of Rastadt, Kathrinenthal and Speier, located southeast
of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Immigrants from the Catholic Beresan
District villages of South Russia settled this area of Saskatchewan.
The publication and text was first printed in the German language,
with a translation to the English language for this publication.
There are many historical and current photographs, maps, and diagrams
included in this publication.
The Tables of Contents includes: First Settlers; Year 1891; Year
1892; Year 1893; Founding of the Colonies; Year 1899, Settlement
of the District of Speier; Pastoral Care of the New Settlement;
Rev. J.J. Zerbach; Father Van de Velde; Rev Father Metzger; Construction
of the Lourdes Grotto; The Educational System; Societies and Associations;
In Memory of Our Ancestors; Grotto Song; Maps; Photographs from
2000-2001; Cairn Inspiration; More Photos; Addendum; and Post for
The First Settlers include these family names: Ackermann, Andreas,
Anton, Babel, Bast, Bengert, Benz, Dielschneider, Dietz, Dornhauser,
Ebenal, Ehmann, Ell, Erbele, Fahlmann, Ferner, Frey, Fuchs, Gärtner,
Geis, Giese, Gustin, Herauf, Heker, Ihly, Keller, Koch, Koffler,
Kopp, Kraus, Lanz, Materi, Mayer, Obrigevitch, Ott, Reinhardt, Reinländer,
Resch, Rieberger, Schmidt, Scherger, Schneider, Schropp, Selinger,
Sperling, Sticka, Thaler, Thauberger, Thomas, Troppmann, Wagner,
Weber and Wollbaum.
Our appreciation is extended to all those involved with this publication
and especially to Christine Bast Krismer, Regina, Saskatchewan.
St. Peter's Church Rastadt
Grotto at St. Peter's, Rastadt
St. Peter's Church Cemetery, Rastadt
Paintings by Father Metzger in
Church, Stations of the Cross