St. Paul


Volga German immigrants from Kautz and Schäfer settled in St. Paul after having first immigrated to other areas of the Plains (Nebraska & Iowa) and Midwest (Wisconsin & Chicago). Many were working on the railroad, in the Union Stockyards, and in the Swift Company meat packing plant.

Most of the early Volga German immigrants to St. Paul settled in the Riverview area, a neighborhood across the Mississippi River to the south of downtown St. Paul. It is bordered on the west, north, and east by the curving Mississippi River and Annapolis Street on the south.

Volga German families known to have settled in St. Paul include:

Ertel from Schäfer



Deutsche Volkskirche (Riverview Peoples Church)

Immanuel Lutheran Church


Halverson, Carol J. "Volga German-Russians in Minnesota." Journal of the AHSGR 14:2 (Summer 1991): 15-23.

Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 53.