Steinbach was the name of a large private estate near the Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, South Russia, established by Klaas Wiens, the first Oberschulze of the Molotschna settlement. Alexander I visited this estate in 1818 and was impressed by the successful planting of trees on the bare steppes. This was one of the reasons for the founding of the Molotschna Mennonite Agricultural Association. The son-in-law of Klaas Wiens, Pieter Daniel Schmidt (1789-1856), was also a successful cultural leader. He established a secondary school on the estate. His son Peter Schmidt (1817-1876) continued the tradition.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 158 ff., 167, 615.
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