I also have "Russian" Schneiders in my family who settled in Greeley.
My Grandmother's maiden name was Mollie Schneider.
Her parents were reportedly "traded" from Germany to Russia in some kind of govermental land deal around the turn of the century.
They lived around the Ural mountains, I believe, and Great-Grandpa Scneider worked hauling building materials (dirt, lumber, etc.)Around the time of the first "czar wars" (early 1900s) they began fearing the draft (I get the impression it was very similar to the way Yuri was drafted in the film "Dr. Zhivago").He emigrated to the United States through Ellis Island.
She (Great-Grandma) was pregnant with Mollie at the time and couldn't make the voyage.Sometime after Mollie's birth, the woman and child followed Great-Grandpa through Ellis Island (this is proof that strong women have been in my line for generations!) It's not clear when this happened, but the records I've found on Mollie indicate her birth as January 26, 1907 in Bronx, NY. She died here in Denver on January 11, 1994.
The Schneiders had 4 other children (in addition to Mollie), Roy, Esther, Rose, and Marlietta.
It is my understanding that the Schnieders came to Greeley, CO, from either Kansas or Oklahoma, in a covered wagon during the depression.Great-Grandpa had $25.00, a fortune in those days!He got a job with the City (very fortunate) after some time doing migrant farm work (beet fields).