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Mark Hagge and I were reading your article about the German settlement in Avilla. The Hope Colony was settled with Germans from Dresden in 1881. My great-grandfather, Ernst Heinke, and his family arrived in Arkansas in 1881 from Dresden. They were listed on the New York Passenger List 1820-1957, roll 441, page 897. The ship, P. Caland, sailed from Rotterdam to New York, arriving September 10, 1881. As an interesting sidebar, August Hoppe and his family were listed on the manifest above the Heinke family. We were looking in the church history book today under baptisms and found a child of August Hoppe being baptized. A footnote listed Hoppe as being from Kolonie Hoffnung in Saline County.


Dorothy Fulton
Austin, AR