Grimm; Kamenskiy; Lesnoi Karamysh; Lesnoi Karamysch; Lesnoj Karamysh; Lesnoy Karamysh.
50º53' N 45º29' E
Grimm was founded as a Reformed colony on 1 July 1767 by the Crown. Gottfried Heinrich Ulrich Grimm, a surgeon from The Netherlands, served as the first mayor of the colony. His wife was Anna Elisabeth née Gompers, a midwife.
The parish of Grimm was founded in 1767. A new church building was built of wood in 1848 in the Kontor style. There was a balcony around three sides, and a "swallows nest" pulpit above the altar. The Lutherans and Reformed parishners used the same building.
The Grimm parish included the congregations in neighboring Bauer, Franzosen, and Dönhof. The pastor lived in Grimm but preached once each month in the other colonies of the parish.
The congregation in Grimm was served by the following pastors:
1767-1780 Christian August Tornow
1782-1786 Laurentius Ahlbaum
1786-1804 Johann Caspar Seiffert
1804-1814 Philipp Jakob Hiemer
1815-1819 Karl Jakob Früauf
1820-1857 Karl Konrady
1859-1864 Karl Dönhoff
1873-1888 Bernhard Deggeler
1890-1910 Michael Peter Stahf
1912-1913 Johannes Grasmück
1914-1924 Alexander Streck
**Of which 1,030 households were German.
***Of whom 5,608 were German (985 households: 2,724 male & 2,884 female).
****Of whom 5,460 were German.
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Last updated 9 April 2015.