Becherschutor, Beckers Chutor, Becker, Bekker, Bekkers Khutor, Kubcowo, Kuptseva, Kuptsevo, Kuptsovo, Kuptzev Melnitza, Ober-Dorf, Oberdorf, Obersdorf
50°18' N 45°00' E
In 1828, a colonist named Becker from Kamenka established a khutor at the place where earlier, a Russian named Kuptsov had also had a khutor. As additional colonists began settling there the place became known as Beckers Chutor. The colony of Oberdorf was officially founded in 1852 (1847 per Dietz) as a Lutheran colony by colonists resettling from Norka, Grimm, Kutter, Dönhof, Stephan, Shcherbakovka, Galka, Holstein, Dobrinka, Müller , and Schwab. It was located 180 versts from Saratov, 40 versts from Kamyshin, and 25 versts from Rosenberg.
A school was established in the colony in 1852. As of 1890, it had 269 students (126 boys and 143 girls).
As of 1886, there were in the colony 24 cobblers, 8 millers, 4 wheelrights, 4 carpenters, and 4 weavers. By 1890, there were 1 wind- and 4 water-powered flour mills. In 1866, 4 individuals relocated to the colony of Kanova in the Caucasus. In 1886, 36 colonists (18 male & 18 female making up nine families and two single men who were avoiding service in the Russian Army) immigrated to Kansas.
A wooden church building was constructed in 1871. The congregation in Oberdorf was part of the Lutheran parish headquartered in Rosenberg where the pastor also resides.
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**Of which 235 households were German.
***Of whom 2,048 were German.
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- Minkh, A.N. Historical-Geographical Dictionary of the Saratov Province (Saratov, 1898-1903): 696-700.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 156.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 18.
The Jauk's of Oberdorf Russia
Oberdorf (wolgadeutsche.net) - in Russian
Oberdorf (originally by Teri Helzer) - in Spanish
Last updated 6 April 2013.