Peter and Sophia Firestien

Peter Firestien (1869-1937) and Sophia (Yost) Firestien (1873-1929) (pictured below) and their sons, Conrad (1895-1976) and Louis (1898-1966), immigrated to Colorado as part of the group known as the "Germans from Russia" in 1899. The 1900 census placed them in Globeville, Colorado, a north-central Denver settlement that many Germans from Russia called home when first arriving in the U.S.

Peter and Sophia (Yost) Firestien


Obituary records placed them in Eaton, Colorado, around 1903 and in the Windsor and Bracewell area as early as 1911. A 1917 Greeley City and Rural Directory confirmed they were living on the property currently known as the Von Trotha-Firestien Farm.

The Germans from Russia were known for their work in the sugar beet fields and it is quite possible the sugar beet boom brought the family to the area. A wood frame house once stood to the west of the current stucco farmhouse and this is where Peter and Sophia lived and raised their six children; Conrad and Louis, who were born in Russia, and George, Henry, John and Mary who were born in the U.S. Peter and his sons all farmed for Bode and Claude, the Von Trotha Brothers.