Elizabeth Grenz Maier Walker
months after the Grenz Family arrived in
America, 19 year old Elizabetha Grenz married
Jacob Maier on March 4, 1906 at Herried, SD.
Jacob Maier had homesteaded southeast of
Herried, so he took has Bride to her new home on
the Dakota Prairie. Jacob & Elizabetha
sold the land in 1910 & and moved tot he
Hazelton area. the farm was located in the
Prairie View Township. during the time
they were on the farm their home was damaged by
fire. Jacob, who was a good carpenter and
handyman, built a wood frame house. they
had the house moved to Hazelton in the fall of
1921. the following is an excerpt from the
Emmons County Republican Free Press Newspaper:
"Jacob Mayer is preparing to move his home
to Hazelton. His Brother-in-law
Godrey Grenz will assist him using a 8
horse power steam engine for power."
Jacob & Elizabetha had 8
children. Edward was born at the
homestead in Campbell County, SD. He
died at 10 years of age and is buried in the
Gimbel Cemetery west of Hazelton. Philip
and Magdalena were born in Herried, SD.
Philip died in 1985 at Napa, CA.
Magdalena died in 1967 and is buried in the
Hazelton Cemetery. Jake, =Amelia,
Gottlieb, Reinie, and John were born in Emmons
County, ND. Amelia died in infancy and
is buried in the Gimbel Elementary. Jake
died in 1986 and is buried in Park River, ND.
Reinie died in 1978 and is buried in the
Hazelton Cemetery. Gottlieb and his wife
Edna live at Streeter, ND. John and his
wife Faye live at Grand Forks. ND.
Jacob Maier returned to
Herried in the winter of 1922. On Feb
19, 1922, Jacob died of pneumonia which set in
after he was hit in the chest by a wagon
Elizabetha continued to live
in Hazelton and raised her children there.
The children left home at a young age to work
for to her family members or other farmers in
the area. Gottlieb remembers the Sunday
afternoon gatherings at a neighbor's farm
while he was living and working for his sister
and brother-in-law, Art & Maggie Humann.
The afternoon was spent playing baseball and
Elizabetha married John Walker
on Oct 5, 1939. They moved to Missoula,
Mt. in 1949, so John could take a job with the
railroad. They enjoyed gardening and the
yard was full of flowers. In 1965 they
moved to the Strasburg Nursing Home.
John Walker died in 1967. Elizabetha
died at the age of 92 in 1978.
Elizabetha never learned to
speak English. The older grandchildren
learned to speak German but the younger ones
never did. many conversations between
Grandmother Lizzy and the younger members of
the family consisted of one or two words of
English and a lot of sign language.
Granma's gold pierce earrings always were a
fascination because at that time not very many
women had their ears pierced. many years
later when ear piercing became fashionable we
realized that our Grandmother was fashionable
before her time. It was always a teat to
watch her wash her long gray hair. After
it was dry she would roll it into a "bun" on
top of her head and secure it with long bone
Written by grand daughter
Esther Humann Huber - Read at the 1992 Grenz
Following are articles from the
Emmons County Republican Newspaper
May 18, 1921 - Southwest Hazelton
Jacob Mayer is preparing to move his home to
Hazelton. His brother-in-law, Godfrey Grenz will
assist him, using an eight-horse power steam engine for
February 16, 1922 - Hazelton Doings:
Jake Mayer, who went to Herreid 2 weeks ago, became
suddenly ill. He wired for his wife and she left
for Herreid Wednesday.
February 23, 1922 - Southwest Hazelton News:
Henry Will is a visitor at Herreid to see his
brother-in-law Jake Maier, who is seriously ill.
March 2, 1922 - Hazelton Doings:
Jake Mayer of Hazelton passed away at Herreid on Feb.
21. They intended to bury him at Hazelton
but, as the trains are snowbound, they laid him at
rest at Herreid.
March 9, 1922 - Southwest Hazelton News:
Many friends of Jacob Mayer will be sorry to hear of
his death at Herreid where he had been at work for some
time. Mr. Mayer was injured in an automobile
accident last fall and had not fully recovered when he
took the smallpox. While still weak from the
disease, he took cold and suffered a relapse. He
leaves his wife and 5 children.
Walker was born Dec. 1 1886, in Gueldendorf, Russia to
Gottlieb and Christina Hogue. She was one of 10
children, six brothers and three sisters . In 1905 she
came to the U.S. with her parents who settled near Mound City
Feb 23, 1906, she
was united in holy matrimony to Jacob Maier at Mound City, SD.
Together they homesteaded 11 miles SW of Hazelton. Their
home was blessed with seven children, six sons and one
daughter. In 1021 they left the farm, moving into
Hazelton. About a year later her husband passed away,
On Oct 5, 1939, she married John Walker at Hazelton. In
1949 they moved to Missoula, MT, and in 1962, back to
Hazelton. In October of1965 they moved to the Strasburg
Home. Mr. Walker passed away may 24, 1967; Mrs.
Walker on March 6, 1978. Preceding her in death are her
parents, three brothers (John, Gottlieb and Phillip), two sons
and a daughter. She leaves three brothers, Godfrey, Jake
and Christ, and three sisters, Sophia, Frieda and Christina,
and four sons, Jake, John, Phillip, and Gottlieb.
Hazelton, ND, 75th Anniv. 1978, Page 75
Buried at Linton,
Elizabetha gave birth to her last
child, John, on 20 March, 1922, just a month after
Elizabeth managed to raise her
children until her youngest son, John, was 17.
At that time, she was married to
John Walker, a widower with 11 children. They
were married on 5 Oct., 1939 at Hazelton, ND.
They moved to Missoula, Montana in 1949 and lived
there until 1962. At that time, they moved
back to Hazelton. In their later years, they
both lived at the Strasburg Nursing Home.
When John Walker died in May, 19678,
he was buried next to his first wife, Lydia Maier,
at the Temvik Cemetery.
Elizabeth is buried at the Hazelton