FIRST SETTLERS

The First settlers moved from villages east of the Red River to the west, looking for fertile farmland. Migration to the new village of Neubergthal was based on family relations, which can be seen in the surnames and marriage patterns of the first inhabitants.

"Neubergthal was settled in 1876 by a group of Mennonite families who had, only a few years prior, emigrated from Russia.  In contrast to the East Reserve settlements, the agricultural potential of the land on the West Reserve was apparent, despite the difficulties of settling on open, tall grass prairie, the scarcity of wood, and its distance from a water source.  With steadfast persistence, the village was settled in a way that reflected the pioneers’ collective experience and worldview—a merging of Dutch, German, and Russian architectural styles, and a combination of private and communal spaces for farming and dwelling. " - Neubergthal: A Mennonite Street Village: A Sense of Deep Roots