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David D. Nickel: Mennonite teacher and elder of [[Russia|Russia]]; born in Rudnerweide, a village in the Gnadenfeld district of the [[Molotschna Mennonite Settlement (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Molotschna settlement]] in South Russia on 30 August 1853, the eighth child of David A. Nickel and Helena (Janzen) Nickel. His father had come to Russia as a child from the Stuhm area of [[West Prussia|West Prussia ]] in 1819. His parents and all his brothers and sisters emigrated to [[Mountain Lake (Minnesota, USA)|Mountain Lake]], [[Minnesota (USA)|Minnesota]] in 1878; David remained in Russia. He was baptized on 5 June 1872. On 19 June 1875 he married Margareta Dück of Pordenau. Ten children grew to maturity. Three of their sons became elders and another a minister in the Mennonite Church. One son, three daughters, and three sons-in-law were exiled by the Soviets; some died there and some are missing.
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David D. Nickel: Mennonite teacher and elder of [[Russia|Russia]]; born in Rudnerweide, a village in the Gnadenfeld district of the [[Molotschna Mennonite Settlement (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Molotschna settlement]] in South Russia on 30 August 1853, the eighth child of David A. Nickel and Helena (Janzen) Nickel. His father had come to Russia as a child from the Stuhm area of [[West Prussia|West Prussia ]] in 1819. His parents and all his brothers and sisters immigrated to [[Mountain Lake (Minnesota, USA)|Mountain Lake]], [[Minnesota (USA)|Minnesota]] in 1878; David remained in Russia. He was baptized on 5 June 1872. On 19 June 1875 he married Margareta Dück of Pordenau. Ten children grew to maturity. Three of their sons became elders and another a minister in the Mennonite Church. One son, three daughters, and three sons-in-law were exiled by the Soviets; some died there and some are missing.
  
 
David D. Nickel was trained as a teacher and worked at this vocation for 18 years in Orechov, Neu-Halbstadt, and Steinfeld in the Molotschna settlement. In 1881 he was chosen as preacher and in 1891 as elder of the Rudnerweide Mennonite Church. In 1891 he moved to [[Grossweide (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Grossweide]]. In 1927 he retired from his duties as elder, but continued to work for the kingdom of God as his strength permitted. In these 46 years of service for the church he also worked outside its borders. In 1896 he and [[Unruh, Heinrich Peter (1845-1927)|Elder H. Unruh]] of [[Muntau (Molotschna Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Muntau]] were given an audience with the newly crowned Tsar Nicholas II and as symbols of true submission presented him with bread and salt. In 1898, 1899, and 1900 he visited and served the Mennonite settlements of [[Samara Oblast (Russia)|Samara]] in [[Orenburg Mennonite Settlement (Orenburg Oblast, Russia)|Orenburg]]; in 1902 those in [[Terek Mennonite Settlement (Republic of Dagestan, Russia)|Terek]] and [[Suvorovka Mennonite Settlement (Stavropol, Russia)|Suvorovka]]; in 1909-1911 in Siberia the settlements at [[Omsk Mennonite Settlement (Siberia, Russia)|Omsk]], [[Pavlodar (Pavlodar Province, Kazakhstan)|Pavlodar]], and [[Barnaul Mennonite Settlement (Siberia, Russia)|Barnaul]]; in 1913 those in the [[Caucasus|Caucasus]]. He also served for many years on the [[Molotschnaer Mennonitischer Schulrat|Molotschna Mennonite school board]].
 
David D. Nickel was trained as a teacher and worked at this vocation for 18 years in Orechov, Neu-Halbstadt, and Steinfeld in the Molotschna settlement. In 1881 he was chosen as preacher and in 1891 as elder of the Rudnerweide Mennonite Church. In 1891 he moved to [[Grossweide (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Grossweide]]. In 1927 he retired from his duties as elder, but continued to work for the kingdom of God as his strength permitted. In these 46 years of service for the church he also worked outside its borders. In 1896 he and [[Unruh, Heinrich Peter (1845-1927)|Elder H. Unruh]] of [[Muntau (Molotschna Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)|Muntau]] were given an audience with the newly crowned Tsar Nicholas II and as symbols of true submission presented him with bread and salt. In 1898, 1899, and 1900 he visited and served the Mennonite settlements of [[Samara Oblast (Russia)|Samara]] in [[Orenburg Mennonite Settlement (Orenburg Oblast, Russia)|Orenburg]]; in 1902 those in [[Terek Mennonite Settlement (Republic of Dagestan, Russia)|Terek]] and [[Suvorovka Mennonite Settlement (Stavropol, Russia)|Suvorovka]]; in 1909-1911 in Siberia the settlements at [[Omsk Mennonite Settlement (Siberia, Russia)|Omsk]], [[Pavlodar (Pavlodar Province, Kazakhstan)|Pavlodar]], and [[Barnaul Mennonite Settlement (Siberia, Russia)|Barnaul]]; in 1913 those in the [[Caucasus|Caucasus]]. He also served for many years on the [[Molotschnaer Mennonitischer Schulrat|Molotschna Mennonite school board]].

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David D. Nickel: Mennonite teacher and elder of Russia; born in Rudnerweide, a village in the Gnadenfeld district of the Molotschna settlement in South Russia on 30 August 1853, the eighth child of David A. Nickel and Helena (Janzen) Nickel. His father had come to Russia as a child from the Stuhm area of West Prussia in 1819. His parents and all his brothers and sisters immigrated to Mountain Lake, Minnesota in 1878; David remained in Russia. He was baptized on 5 June 1872. On 19 June 1875 he married Margareta Dück of Pordenau. Ten children grew to maturity. Three of their sons became elders and another a minister in the Mennonite Church. One son, three daughters, and three sons-in-law were exiled by the Soviets; some died there and some are missing.

David D. Nickel was trained as a teacher and worked at this vocation for 18 years in Orechov, Neu-Halbstadt, and Steinfeld in the Molotschna settlement. In 1881 he was chosen as preacher and in 1891 as elder of the Rudnerweide Mennonite Church. In 1891 he moved to Grossweide. In 1927 he retired from his duties as elder, but continued to work for the kingdom of God as his strength permitted. In these 46 years of service for the church he also worked outside its borders. In 1896 he and Elder H. Unruh of Muntau were given an audience with the newly crowned Tsar Nicholas II and as symbols of true submission presented him with bread and salt. In 1898, 1899, and 1900 he visited and served the Mennonite settlements of Samara in Orenburg; in 1902 those in Terek and Suvorovka; in 1909-1911 in Siberia the settlements at Omsk, Pavlodar, and Barnaul; in 1913 those in the Caucasus. He also served for many years on the Molotschna Mennonite school board.

In 1931 under pressure from the government he was compelled to leave his house and property at night and flee. In Chortitza in the home of his youngest married daughter he spent the rest of his life in wretched outward circumstances. The general destruction of the congregations and churches grieved him deeply. His mind and body, however, kept their vigor until he was struck by a cerebral hemorrhage. Ten days later, on 31 August 1940, he died, and was buried in Chortitza. A deacon of the Mennonite Brethren congregation, Wiens, conducted the simple graveside service.


Author(s) J. D Nickel
Date Published 1957


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Nickel, J. D. "Nickel, David D. (1853-1940)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 23 Nov 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Nickel,_David_D._(1853-1940)&oldid=141240.

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Nickel, J. D. (1957). Nickel, David D. (1853-1940). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 November 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Nickel,_David_D._(1853-1940)&oldid=141240.




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