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Blumstein, a village in the former Russian province of Taurida, volost and post office Halbstadt, belonged to the Molotschna Mennonite settlement, was founded in 1804. Most of the village was destroyed by fire on 4 September 1817, but was soon rebuilt. Blumstein had 2,026 desiatinas (ca. 5,000 acres) of land and 606 inhabitants in 1911, who were all Mennonites with the exception of one Jewish family and four Lutheran families, and were almost all farmers; dyeing and small industries were also engaged in. The village supported a school with two teachers and about 60 pupils. Most of the Mennonites belonged to the Lichtenau Mennonite Church, some joined the Ohrloff congregation, and a few families belonged to the Rückenau Mennonite Brethren.

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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 239.

Neuer Haus- und Landwirtschafts-Kalender (Odessa, 1910): 114.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1953

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Hege, Christian. "Blumstein (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 28 May 2016.,_Zaporizhia_Oblast,_Ukraine)&oldid=75784.

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Hege, Christian. (1953). Blumstein (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2016, from,_Zaporizhia_Oblast,_Ukraine)&oldid=75784.

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