Russian Quakers Coming
By Associated Press. Los
Angeles Herald, January 12, 1905. Page 5
| NEW YORK, Jan. 11.— Two
hundred thousand Russian Quakers are coming to this
country to establish a permanent colony near Los Angeles,
according to P. A. Beamans [Demens], who claims to have been at one
time a captain in one of the regiments composing the
Russian Imperial guard.
The label of Quakers and estimate for total numbers are wrong. The alarming estimate of 200,000, would be more than half the population of Los Angeles County. This was nearly 100 times higher than the actual number of Jumpers and Molokans who arrived.
Actual counts show that by 1910 about 2,500 stayed in Los Angeles with more in Mexico and San Francisco. Census data is in-progress.
Angeles Herald, January 28, 1905. Page 6
|The advance guard of the
so-called Russian "Quakers" recently arrived in Los
Angeles and it is
reported that 15,000 of the sect are preparing to follow. If they come anywhere near deserving the name which is commonly given in America to the Society of Friends they will be welcome in Southern California.
This item the same paper (above) 17 days later reported that 15, 000 were expected, which would have been 6% of the county population.
The following year, 25,000 were said to be going to Hawaii. All reported estimates were way too high. This indicates that the enthusiasm of the leaders was way in excess of the reality of the followers.
In 1980, 70 years after the immigration, a Los Angeles Big Church elder, Alex Shubin said: "I was always told that all Molokans [Jumpers] came to America. There was no one left in Russia." He had just learned that less than 1% of all Molokans and Jumpers ever immigrated to the U.S.