John Rieger was born in southern Russia.Julianna Mohr's parents emigrated to the Bender Colony prior to Julianna's birth.This colony was part of the Gluckstal Colonies in the Black Sea region of Southern Russia created by Alexander I to get German farmers into the area.
Julianna was the first born of 5 children.John Rieger and Julianna Mohr were married in Kassel, South Russia in 1878.John was a teacher while living in Russia.
Julianna's Fatehr Christian Mohr died in Russia.Her mother Wilhelmina then married Michael Meisser on May 23, 1877.Michael, Wilhelmina, his two children and several of Julianna's siblings immigrated to America in 1885.The settled in the Hosmer area of South Dakota.
In 1892 John, Julianna and 7 children (Eva, Wilhelmina(Minnie), Philip, John, Adolph, Maria and Julia) traveled from Russia to Antwerp, Belgium where they boarded the ship named 'The Weternland' and departed for America.
They entered through Ellis Island on June 8, 1892.They then traveled to the Hosmer area of South Dakota to join Julianna's family.
About a year after arriving in South Dakota, John Rieger died.
Simon Hirch, another german immegrant from Russia living in the area had lost his second wife Katherina in 1894 as well.He was a widower with 6 children.Simon and Julianna married Nov. 1894 to form a family of 13 children.They later had another 5 children.