The first Volga Germans arrived from Topeka, and established the town of Herzog on 8 April 1876, one-half mile north of the town of Victoria which had been founded in 1874 by Scotch-English immigrants. The two towns grew together and Herzog officially changed its name to Victoria in 1913.



St. Fidelis Catholic Church (Cathedral of the Plains)



Victoria's founders included the following families (along with the number of people in the family):
from Katharinenstadt

Justus Bissing (7)
Frederic Karlin (4)
Peter Karlin (3)
Jacob Karlin (3)
Frederic Koerner (10)

from Kamenka

Jacob Lang
Joseph Stremel
Michael Meder (2)
Mathias Urban

from Pfeifer

Christopher Stegmann

from Herzog

Andrew Billinger (3)
Alois Dreiling (7)
Anton Dreiling (8)
Nicholas Dreiling (7)
Hammerschmidt (9)
Nicholas Dreiling (5)
John Götz (7)
John Kreutzer (2)
Michael Rome (2)
John Sander (7)
Michael Storm (6)
John Van der Dunkt (2)
Ignatius Vonfeld (2)
Ignatius Weigel (4)

from Beauregard

Jacob Arnholt (5)

from Ober-Monjou

John Geist (5)
John Jacob Geist (5)
William Geist (4)

from Mariental

Anton Herrmann (5)

from Louis

Peter Quint (7)

from Marienburg

Paul Dinges

from Liebental

Jos. Braun (5)
Franz Weber (11)
John Kreutzer (2)
John Lechleiter (5)
Michael Lechleiter (3)
John Peter Schaefer (3)
Peter Schaefer (3)

from Graf

John Bollig (2)



Appelhanz, Isadore. The Volga-Germans in Topeka, Kansas, 1875-85. Topeka: privately published, 1992.

The Golden Jubilee of the German-Russian Settlements of Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas. Hays, KS: privately printed, 1926.

Laing, Francis S. "German-Russian Settlements in Ellis County, Kansas." Kansas Historical Collections 11 (1910), 489-528. [Online]