The first German Russians to settle in Sutton were from the Black Sea area. Eight families from Balzer which had originally settled in Red Oak, Iowa, resettled to Sutton in 1875 and were followed by immigrants from Frank and Norka.
A large group from Norka arrived on June 11, 1878 by train. Included in the group were the families of:
Johann Nolde, one of the original scouts
Philipp and Jacob Hamburger
Johannes Ross (Sr.)
Johannes Ross (Jr.)
Johannes and Georg Jost
The following families are also known to have settled in and around Sutton:
VOLGA GERMAN CONGREGATIONS
- Hölzer, John. "The Earliest Volga Germans in Sutton, Nebraska." AHSGR Work Paper 16 (December 1974).
- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 43.