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Kleefeld, a common Mennonite village name transplanted from Russia to America. The name appeared in the following Mennonite settlements: Molotschna and Barnaul, Russia; East and West Reserve, Manitoba, Canada, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico and in Menno and Fernheim Settlements, Chaco, Paraguay.

The village Kleefeld in the Molotschna Mennonite settlement in the Ukraine, Russia, situated on the left bank of the Yushanlee River, was founded in 1854 by 40 families, and was the second youngest village of the Halbstadt volost. The village comprised 8,300 acres of land.

The village Kleefeld in the Fernheim settlement in Paraguay was founded in 1929. By 1950 it had 104 inhabitants.

The village of Kleefeld (formerly Gruenfeld), 30 miles (50 km) southeast of the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, has the distinction of being the first Mennonite village in Western Canada.


Fast, Henry. Gruenfeld (now Kleefeld) 1874-1910: First Mennonite Village in Western Canada. Steinbach, Manitoba : Henry Fast, 2006.

Fretz, J. W. Pilgrims in Paraguay. Scottdale, 1953: 81

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 507.

Neuer Haus- und Landwirtschafts-Kalender. Odessa, 1911: XLIII, 108.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Christian Hege
Date Published 1957

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Krahn, Cornelius and Christian Hege. "Kleefeld." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 21 Apr 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kleefeld&oldid=145577.

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Krahn, Cornelius and Christian Hege. (1957). Kleefeld. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 April 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kleefeld&oldid=145577.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 194. All rights reserved.

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