Davlekanovo Mennonite Settlement (Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia)
The Davlekanovo Mennonite Settlement, located in the province of Ufa, Russia, near the Ural Mountains, was established near the station Davlekanovo on the Samara-Ufa railroad in about 1894 by individual Mennonites who purchased large tracts of land and established large farms there. Although the settlement was not divided into the customary villages, groups of the landowners settled around the places named Karanbash, Golyshevo, Urtau-Tau, Gortchakovo, Berezovka and Kulikovo. Some of the large estate owners were Tiessen, Reimer, Dyck, Martens and Neufeld. Soon some Mennonites settled in and near the town of Davlekanovo and there established businesses such as agriculture machinery, a cooperative and flour mills. Davlekanovo also had a Zentralschule and later a Bible school. In Berezovka was located a "school for the poor" (Armenschule), founded by Jacob Martens, an evangelist of the community. In 1926 the Mennonite population was 1,831, distributed over 19 "villages" and estates, farming nearly 30,000 acres of land. Little information is available pertaining to the beginning and the final phases of the settlement.
Der Praktische Landwirt. Moskau: Verwaltung des Allrussischen Mennonitischen Landwirtschaftlichen Verein, 1925-1926. May 1926: 2.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga," 1911: 717.
Quiring, Jacob. Die Mundart von Chortitza in Südrussland. Munich: Druckerei Studentenhaus München, Universität, 1928: 37.
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Krahn, Cornelius. "Davlekanovo Mennonite Settlement (Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 18 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Davlekanovo_Mennonite_Settlement_(Ufa,_Bashkortostan,_Russia)&oldid=94305.
Krahn, Cornelius. (1956). Davlekanovo Mennonite Settlement (Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Davlekanovo_Mennonite_Settlement_(Ufa,_Bashkortostan,_Russia)&oldid=94305.
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