By Cynthia Anne Frank Stupnik
Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, Second Edition, 2002, 118 pages, maps, illustrations, surname index, softcover
Dominic and Margaretha (Kost) Stoller, parents of Heinrich Stoller. Photo courtesy of Della Kiesz.
In the late 1700s and 1800s, the Russian government encouraged hardworking people from Western Europe to settle Russia in a number of locations, including St. Petersburg, along the banks of the Volga, and near the Black Sea. Along with inhabitants from other countries, thousands of German citizens answered the call.
Determined to maintain their own culture and nationality, many of the Germans eventually decided to relocate. The first three groups of German-Russians from the Black Sea area arrived in the United States in 1872. In the spring of 1873, they sent scouts to search for land they could settle as a group.
Depot in Yankton, Dakota Territory, where many German-Russians arrived.
In many cases the biographical sketches in this volume include
the settler's date of settlement, occupation, place of birth, death,
and burial, and names of parents, spouse, and children. Sometimes
the biography is supplemented with newspaper excerpts. The surnames
included are Auch, Bohrer, Dux, Engel, Frank, Friemark, Freier,
Hermann, Horst, Jassmann, Kost, Kusler, Mind, Mueller, Mutschlknaus,
Reister, Rude, Sayler, Schaefer, Schamber, Schorzman, Schramm, Serrr,
Sieler, Stoller, Ulmer, Vaatz, Weber, Weidenbach, Werner, Winter,
and Ziegele. The author's sources have come from various German-Russian
historical works, newspapers of the Dakota Territory, and German-Russian
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