In search of additional farm land, Ellis County families began to move west. Ness County was one such destination and in 1913 the families of Carl Weibert and John Weibert were the first Volga Germans from Ellis County to move there, farming northeast of Ness City. In 1915, several additional families arrived from Ellis County: Melchior Weibert, Andrew Bollig, George Rohr, Jacob Gabel, Martin Wendler, John Leiker, Paul Befort, Carl W. Dechant, John Heili, Conrad Boxler, Anthony Engel, and Joseph Schiffelbein. The following year one more family, that of Elias Pfannenstiel, moved to Ness City from Topeka.
VOLGA GERMAN PARISHES
VOLGA GERMAN FAMILIES
The following Volga German families are known to have settled in and around Topeka:
Schiffelbein from Streckerau
Transcript of The Golden Jubilee of German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas, 1926.