In the spring of 1874, representatives from the Wiesenseite colonies met in Herzog to discuss the possibility of emigration and five delegates were elected to investigate appropriate sites:
Nikolaus Schamne from Graf
Peter Leiker from Ober-Monjou
Peter Stöcklein from Zug
Jakob Ritter from Luzern
Anton Wasinger from Schönchen
At the same time, representatives from the Bergseite met in Balzer and nine delegates were elected:
Anton Käberlein from Pfeifer
Christoph Meisinger from Messer
Georg Stieben from Dietel
Johannes Krieger from Norka
Johannes Nolde from Norka
Georg Kähm from Balzer
Heinrich Schwabauer from Balzer
Franz Scheibel from Kolb
Johann Benzel from Kolb
These fourteen men boarded the S.S. Schiller in Hamburg and arrived in New York City on 15 July 1874.
By Richard Sallet's count, there were 118,493 Volga Germans of the first and second generation living in the United States according to the 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
PRIMARY STATES OF IMMIGRATION
AHSGR Journal 1:3 (Winter, 1978).
Koch, Fred C. The Volga Germans: In Russia and the Americas, from 1763 to the Present (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1977): 3.
Germans from Russia Settlement Locations in America (Sandy Schilling Payne)
Igor Plehve, Volga Germans issued passports to travel to America in 1886, 1890-1892, 1900, 1906-1909, 1912 (in Russian)
Igor Plehve, Volga Germans issued passports to travel to America in 1899 (in Russian)
Ellis Island Passenger List Search
Ellis Island One Step Passenger List Search
Castle Garden Passenger Search
Road Trip: In Search of German-Russian America by Sandy Schilling Payne