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
Adam Bauer
Nikolaus Sauer
Heinrich Spahn
Johannes Eusel
Hanpeter Jost
Konrad Koch
Philipp and Jacob Hamburger
Johannes Ross (Sr.)
Konrad Deines
Adam Deines
Heinrich Schleiger
Johannes Ross (Jr.)
Adam Hein
Johannes Burbach
Johannes and Georg Jost
Heinrich Reusbich
Heinrich Pauly

The following families are also known to have settled in and around Sutton:

Bender from Balzer
Brehm from Norka
Glantz from Norka
Jost / Yost from Norka
Kissler from Frank
Krieger from Norka
Miller from Norka
Popp from Norka
Schneider from Norka
Sinner from Norka


Emmanuel Reformed Church


Calvary Cemetery (
Free German Reformed Salem Church Cemetery (
Free German Reformed Salem Church Cemetery (
Sutton Cemetery (
Sutton Cemetery (
Sutton Cemetery (NEGenWeb)


- 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.