Christina and Gottlieb Raile ca. 1905
Gottlieb and Christina Raile
GOTTLIEB and CHRISTINA RAILE
Gottlieb and Christina Raile left the small village of Neudorf, Russia (now known as Karmanova, Moldova) with their three small children in 1884. With them traveled Christina's parents, John and Christina Gienger. The entire group made their way to the port of Bremen, Germany, and boarded the ship EMS for a month long voyage to America and arrived in the emigrant depot, Castle Garden
, New York.
The Raile family traveled from New York to Sutton, Nebraska, where they spent the winter of 1885. (A majority of settlers in Sutton were German-Russians who started arriving in 1873.)
The family found their way to northwest Kansas and settled on land northwest of St. Francis, Kansas, on land they acquired through the Homestead Act of 1862.
They raised sixteen children:
- died in infancy in Russia in 1879