Herr Kanzler’s Kinder – The Family of George H. Kanzler
This work deals with the life of the author’s great grandfather, George Kanzler, who was included with the first group of people to leave the small Russian village of Kolb and relocate in the United States. The story starts in Kolb, Russia with George and his family who were wheat farmers of German descent. After suffering religious persecution, dwindling tillable land and with George facing mandatory military service in the Russian Army, the family joins other families leaving Kolb looking for a better life in America. The family first settled in Nebraska, but were not satisfied. After several moves in Nebraska, the Kanzler family and other Volga German families are forced once again to move still further west. The journey would start by railroad taking the party to Utah with the remainder of the trip by covered wagon to the new settlement of Ritzville, Washington Territory.
Families included on the wagon train include:
This work provides many details of the wagon train journey for the families listed above, and in particular, the Kanzler family. Once George Kanzler arrived in Ritzville, he farmed, served as a politician and also became a successful business man. In the following years, Ritzville and Adams County would become home to many other Volga German families. Today, many of these same Volga German surnames still can be found in and around Ritzville.
Readers will discover interesting information on:
- Kanzler Bros. Wood Yard
- Ritzville Trading
- Kanzler family history
- George Kanzler
- Volga Germans
- Kolb, Russia
- Ritzville, Washington history
- Bickelton, Washington history
- Volga German wagon train of 1882
- Adams County Fair
- Pioneer Picnic
- Ritzville Round-Up
- Ritzville Wheat Carnival
- Rosenoff Church
250 pages with bibliography, index and 332 photos and other illustrations.