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Mexico - 1907 - Russian Colonists Going to Mexico

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Mexico - 1907 - Russian Colonists Going to Mexico

Posted: 1200187252000
Classification: Immigration
Surnames: Shubin, Desatoff, Urin
Los Angeles Times, dated Aug 23, 1907, page II3

Molokanes on the Move
Russian Colonists Going to Mexico

Feeling that they fail to fit into the plan of American life, and particularly the swift pace of a metropolitan city, the hundreds of Russian Molokanes who have settled here within the past three years are soon to huddle together their bundles of bedding, their beloved samovars, their bright-colored clothing and their scant Lares and Penates, to seek a new home on agricultural lands in the republic of Mexico.

The Molokanes are farmers by their life training, and they have made a sorry try of it as dwellers in a large city. Most of them, it is said, are heartily sick of the attempt to conform, even to the slight degree in which they have unbended, to the usages and customs of Los Angeles. Some of the patriarchal old men shake their heads and declare that while Russia was a hard master, America is the ruination of their young men.

In Russia the young men of the Molokane settlements were raised in the austere ways of their forebears, and looked forward to no other condition. But in America the young Molokanes have fallen into the ways of American youth, and to the scandal of the be-shirted, be-whiskered and be-booted old men of the local colony, the youth have been found in saloons, billiard halls and other ill-favored resorts, while they have learned to smoke tobacco, abhorred by the sect as a rank poison.

It was with open arms that leaders of the Los Angeles colony received the proposition to emigrate to Mexico and take up farming again. It is expected that fully 2000 of these Russians will go from Southern California to the new settlements near Tampico, and join fortunes with a colony of 15,000 of their brethren, who are to proceed directly from Russia to Mexico.

The general movement is handled by Los Angeles men. They are represented by a committee of three, Philip H. Shubin, Abraham G. Desatoff and Efim A. Urin, all of this city, who have been in the City of Mexico to arrange for the purchase of a tract of 100,000 acres of agricultural lands near Tampico, upon which the colony will be placed.

Their mission has been successful; the money necessary to buy the land has been paid in by the members of the organization, and the prospect is that within a few weeks the exodus to the Southland will begin. Word of the success of the plans spread rapidly throughout the local colony last night and there were many family and neighborhood discussions as tot ways and means for hastening the departure of their proposed new homes.

For several months past a colony of about 200 Molokanes has been settled on lands near Ensenada, and the reports come to Los Angeles that they are satisfied with conditions there and urge their brethren to leave the city and get lands to till.
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