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Our humble beginnings. . . . . 

Germans from Russia Oregon Washington (GROW) is located in Portland, Oregon and is affiliated with the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) which was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. Since GROW’s founding in 2001, our goal has been to collect, publish, and preserve our heritage as Germans from Russia, with a focus on those from the Black Sea region.

   Our Mission Statement:

The GROW Chapter functions as a non-profit, non-political, non-denominational, organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of North Dakota. Its aims are educational and social. Its purpose is to bring together people who are interested in discovering the common history unique to Germanic-Russian ethnics and to preserve the many elements of their rich heritage. We welcome all those who are interested in their heritage, whether directly or indirectly related to the Germans from Russian Saga.

   Meeting    Attendees:

* Visitors
* Members
* Guest Speakers

        Membership Benefits:

*  Access to the On-line Library & items in our Library
*  Meet friendly “Leute” (people)
*  Learn about the Germans from Russia
    through presentations at our meetings.
*  Enjoy German-related:
       - folklore                      - history
       - stories                        - literature
       - songs                          - works of art
       - photos                        - genealogies
       - documents                - recipes
       - family history support with local
               genealogists & much more...

More Info:

We actively support the involvement of our membership and youth who are interested in researching their genealogy. Now is the time to take advantage of all the new resources available to our generation not only in the form of books and maps we have at our disposal in our ever-expanding GROW library but also online. Our parent organization, GRHS, offers its members access to its extensive online research databases, including genealogical records and a letters archive.
GROW's Banner / Flag
The GROW Chapter Banner was designed in 2003 by Jan Prunier, with assistance from
Maxine Daily, who did the quilting and sewing of the banner. It tells the story of our ancestors:

The background is royal blueThe pale gold ribbon with the phrase in red:

Freiheit, Glaube, and Familie” means    Liberty, Faith, and Family 

On the left side is the state of Oregon outline to represent our Oregon Members with a jumping salmon, fir trees, and a rose (Portland’s nickname is the Rose City).

The bottom left of the banner is to honor our ancestors for working the land; there is a windmill, furrowed field, iron plow, and shocks of wheat.
The center is
an oval, wood-toned 
frame  is  a photo  of Maxine’s grandparents
John Lutz from Greenway,
SD, and Carolina Roesler
Lutz Webefrom
Eureka, SD.
At the center
of the banner is the
GROW logo, a circle with
blue mountains (Mt. Hood &
Mt. St. Helens) to represent
both states, Oregon &


On the right side is the state of  Washington outline to represent our Washington members with the apples, fir trees, and the Space Needle.

The sod house is in tribute to the last standing sod house in Greenway, SD.

Just to the right of this at the bottom of the banner is a farmer leading oxen (to honor our farming ancestors) that are pulling a wagon full of the fruits of their labors.

~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  In Erinnerung an  ~  In Memory of . . .  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

Past members:

2107  Agnes Wagemann
2016  Roger Haas
2015  Roberta Haas
          Oscar Geiszler
          Maxine Daily
          Clifford Haberman
          Robert Majhor
          Ed Weber
. . . we will be adding others as they are made known.

Agnes Ann (Jakober) Wagemann

October 11, 1936 - July 12, 2017

Agnes Ann Wagemann, known by Aggie, Agie, or Angie, was born October 11, 1936, on a farm in rural McPherson County, South Dakota. Aggie was the oldest child of Christ and Anna Jakober. Her brothers are Glenn Jakober and Charlie (Shawnee) Jakober, both of Aberdeen, SD.

The farm Aggie was born on is now part of the Samuel H. Ordway, Jr. Memorial Preserve prairie. The nearest town was Leola, about 10 miles away. Her early years of schooling were conducted in a one-room schoolhouse near the farm. Living on a farm, there were always chores that needed to be done, so Aggie learned the value of work at an early age -- a virtue that she later instilled in her children. As a teen, Aggie developed an interest in attending beauty school, and after high school she attended beauty school in Sioux Falls, SD. It was there that she learned to cut and style hair. After completing the program, she moved to Aberdeen, SD and worked at Shoops' Beauty Salon in the Alonzo Ward Hotel for several years.

On August 16, 1959, Aggie married Rudolph 'Rudy' Wagemann. Aggie and Rudy were the kind of parents that were involved with their children, taking them to sports events, scouting events, music and dance lessons, confirmation classes, camping, motorcycle riding, and more. The doors of their home were always open to many of the neighborhood kids that did not have a stable home life. Aggie would put a band-aid on a skinned knee while Rudy fixed a flat tire on a bicycle. With both Aggie and Rudy working, their children quickly learned how to help around the house with laundry, cleaning, yard work, and growing a vegetable garden.

Aggie always made time to help in the community. She groomed the residents of Evergreen Health and Rehab in Hillsboro for over 10 years as a volunteer, and often took food or other items to neighbors and church members who were shut in.

During their early years of retirement, Aggie and Rudy bought a motor home and traveled to SD several times as well as to other states where other relatives had ventured off. Aggie and Rudy were able to travel many years before health issues forced them to stay home.

Aggie and Rudy moved into assisted living in March of 2015. Rudy passed away that April. Aggie continued living there until July 12 and, prior to her recent decline in health, she enjoyed going to church on Sunday morning, attending family gatherings, and ladies night out with Tammy and her church family. As a two-time cancer survivor, Aggie fought hard to her last breath. She passed away peacefully with family at her side.

Aggie was preceded in death by her parents, Christ & Anna Jakober, her husband Rudy and her sister-in-law Sharon Jakober. She is survived by her four children -- Jeff of Beaverton, Jim of Hillsboro, Tammy of Hillsboro, and Terry (Mio) of Aloha -- along with her 8 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.

A memorial will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 17625 NW Cornell Rd., Beaverton, 97006. In lieu of Flowers, Remembrances can be made to the Agnes Ann (Jakober) Wagemann Memorial and the family will help to further the efforts of the Nature Conservancy at the Samuel H. Ordway, Jr. Memorial Preserve in South Dakota, and support the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, which was near and dear to Aggie and Rudy's family heritage. To make donations please contact the family or Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

As posted on the Dignity memorial website: