Santa María, Coronel Suárez Partido, Buenos Aires Province

Colonia Tres
Pueblo Santa María
Santa María

Colonia 3, or the Third Colony (Tercera), was founded in the Coronel Suárez Partido (Section) in Buenos Aires Province on 11 May 1887 and is known today as Pueblo Santa María. It was originally named Kamenka by the first settlers, many of whom originated from that colony in Russia.

Santa María was founded by 24 men and their families:

Johann (Juan) Reser
Johann (Juan) Graff
Joseph (José) Meier
Joseph (José) Schneider
Jakob (Jacobo) Fogel
Joseph (José) Schroh
Joseph (José) Streitenberger
Friedrich (Federico) Streitenberger
Joseph (José) Meier, Jr.
Joseph (José) Schneider, Jr.
Michael (Miguel) Schneider
Johann (Juan) Schneider
Johann (Juan) Dailoff
Nikolaus (Nicolás) Walter
Joseph (José) Schmidt
Jakob (Jacobo) Schwindt
Anton (Antonio) Schwindt
Michael (Miguel) Siebenhaar
Johann (Juan) Maier
Nikolaus (Nicolás) Hasper
Gottlieb Schneider
Jakob (Jacobo) Schermer
Johann (Juan) Schwindt
Georg (Jorge) Streitenberger (unmarried)

Volga German Congregations: 

Iglesia Natividad de María Santísima (Catholic Church): The first wood chapel was built in 1888. The current structure was begun in 1897 with the most recent extension completed in the 1950s by artist Salvador Schneider.

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families settled in Santa María:

Dailoff from Kamenka
Fogel / Vogel from Kamenka
Maier / Meier
Schwindt from Kamenka
Siebenhaar from Kamenka
Streitenberger from Kamenka

Volga Colonies: 

Pre-Volga Origin

Catholic church in Santa María (2008).
Source: Unser Leit Volga.

Catholic church in Santa María (2008).
Source: Unser Leit Volga.

Street scene is Santa María (2008).
Source: Gerardo Waimann.

During the terrible drought and devastating famine of 1961-1962 in the Volga German zone, the village of Santa María made a promise of a chapel to the Virgin Mary if she would bring much needed rain.

Written on the plaque in the chapel: "We shall carry the torch of the faith in God, the progress of the culture and the love to the work passed on by our ancestors - The Volga Germans - Young people of the zone - 2/12/1978"
Photos and translation courtesy of Gerardo Waimann.

Video of children in German costume singing in Santa María.

Volga Colonies

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