Ährenfeldt, Ahrenfeld, Aehrenfeld, Ahrenfeldt, Aehrenfeldt, Chkalovo, Gradsko, Kratzke
50º44’ N 47º03’ E
The colony of Ährenfeld was established in 1855 on the Wiesenseite by families from Dietel, Kautz, Kratzke, Merkel, Hussenbach, Dönhof, Bauer, and Franzosen. The nearest railway stop is in Friedenfeld, 8 versts away.
Ährenfeld was given the Russian name of Kratzke (one of its Mother Colonies) and is easily confused in records that one finds both in Russia and in the Western Hemisphere. In 1915, Ährenfeld became known as Gradsko. Today, the village goes by the name of Chkalovo.
Ährenfeld was a Lutheran colony. A new church was built there in 1907. It's steeple was removed during the Soviet era, and today it serves as a community center.
**Of whom 1,448 were German.
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Last updated 8 April 2013.