In 1885, Georg Schmidt from Frank was the first Volga German to settle in Bellingham. He later relocated to Walla Walla, but by the turn of the century a considerable Volga German settlement had formed in Bellingham.
Scheuerman, Richard D. & Clifford E. Trafzer. The Volga Germans: Pioneers of the Northwest (Moscow, ID: University of Idaho Press, 1985): 175.
Bellingham, Washington (wikipedia)