Olgino, name of several Mennonite villages in Russia. In the province of Ekaterinoslav (now Dnepropetrovsk), volost of Novosofiyevka (formerly called Nikolaithal), Schöndorf was founded, later called Olgino in 1865; in 1910 it had a population of 96. In the province of Semipalatinsk, Siberia, one of the sixteen villages in the Pavlodar settlement was named Olgino. The settlement was made early in the 20th century between Slavgorod and Pavlodar.
In Stavropol province, North Caucasus, a Mennonite settlement was founded in 1895 as a daughter colony of Tempelhof-Orbelianovka, which was a daughter colony of Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, and was named Olgino. There were originally two villages: Olgino with 30 families from the Tempelhof, and Romanovka with 50 families from Orbelianovka. In 1905 and 1910 daughter colonies of these villages were founded and named Loshkarevo and Miropol. The population of the two mother villages was 500 at the time of the founding, with 12,150 acres of land; in 1926 the two villages numbered 600 persons with 10,368 acres of land. The principal occupation of the settlement was agriculture. By introducing the system of fallow, which served as a model for the surrounding native farmers, the yield of land was raised and good crops harvested. Of special interest were fruit growing and viniculture, in which the Mennonites were pioneers. A well-developed social sense is indicated in the organization of institutions such as "Fram" and a credit association. Religiously these settlers were Templers.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 299.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 54. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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