Hildebrandt, Kornelius (1833-1920)

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Kornelius Jakob Hildebrandt: Mennonite manufacturer of the Ukraine, South Russia; born on 9 January 1833, in Insel Chortitza in the Chortitza Mennonite Settlement. He was the fourth of nine children of Jakob Peter Hildebrandt (3 September 1795, Insel Chortitza, Chortitza, South Russia - 5 October 1867, Insel Chortitza, Chortitza, South Russia) and Katharina (Friesen) Hildebrandt (16 March 1806, Kronsweide, Chortitza, South Russia - 23 August 1860, Insel Chortitza, Chortitza, South Russia). Kornelius married Anna Epp (10 June 1833, South Russia - 2 October 1919, Chortitza Mennonite Settlement, South Russia), daughter of David D. Epp (1781-1843) and Helena (Thiessen) Epp (1797-1864) on 25 January 1854 in Insel Chortitza, Chortitza, South Russia. Kornelius and Anna had 13 children, of which eight lived to adulthood: Jacob, Helena, Anna, Peter, Aganetha, Maria, Elisabeth, and Cornelius. Cornelius died of typhus on 2 January 1920 in Chortitza, Chortitza Mennonite Settlement, South Russia.

Kornelius worked for many years as a poor clockmaker. With the rise of industry in the settlement, however, the business flourished, and was established as a firm in 1878. In 1903 he transferred the management to his children; it then had the title, "K. Hildebrandts Erben und Priess." The partner Priess (1863-1922) was Hildebrandt's son-in-law; he was the actual founder and for many years the manager of the firm, which had a capital stock of 500,000 rubles. The factory consisted of two branches, one located in the Chortitza settlement and the other established in 1892 in Schönwiese. At the beginning of World War I the Chortitza branch employed about 80 workers, and the Schönwiese branch 100, with an annual output valued at 500,000 rubles. The firm was engaged almost exclusively in the manufacture of farm machinery, with reapers and drills as a specialty, which were sold as far away as Siberia.


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Author(s) David H Epp
Date Published 1956

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