Short History - Gottlieb
According to Gottlieb's "Declaration of Intention",
the last foreign residence of the family was Denidov,
Russia, although his "Petition For Naturalization"
states that all of the children listed above were
born in Gildendorf, Russia. The birth dates
listed above are he same that Gottlieb listed on his
According to the SS Noordland Passenger List, the
entire family left Liverpool, England on 30 Nov.,
1905 and landed at the Port of Philadelphia on 18
children of Gottlieb and Christina describe the
village in Russia as a farming community. The
family home was typical because the living quarters
were in one-half of the building, and the other half
housed the livestock.
time of their departure from Russia in 1905, a
revolution was in progress; therefore, no trains
were running, so the family walked to Kiev, where
they boarded a train to Helsinki, Finland. A
beautiful city as some of them remembered.
Gottlieb. son of Gottlieb Sr. remembered leaving
during that uprising; he said that the Cossacks were
killing people right and left, lopping heads off,
and blood was just running down the streets.
family took a ship from Helsinki to Liverpool,
England; a seven-day trip. There they boarded
the SS Noorland, a freighter, on Nov. 29, 1905 for
what proved to be a harrowing voyage to America.
The seas were very rough and on some days, even the
captain feared that the ship would capsize.
One passenger did die and was buried at sea.
According to the Ship Passenger List, their
destination was Anamoose, North Dakota, where they
were to meet a brother-in-law, J. Huber. Perhaps a
brother-in-law of Christina's?
declared $1000.00 in cash for the 12 members of his
family, although the Ship Passenger List shows that
he specified this money for 13 people. *
visit with J. Huber at Anamoose was very short,
since they were in the Eureka, South Dakota vicinity
by Christmas. They lived with and worked for
their sponsor there during the first winter of
eldest daughter, Elizabetha, was married on Feb. 23,
1906 at Herreid, South Dakota to Jacob Maier.
spring of 1906, 3 quarter-sections of land became
available near Mound City, So. Dakota, and Gottlieb
rented them. The family members who were older
got jobs as laborers and blacksmith assistants.
While in So. Dakota, Gottlieb purchased a buggy,
grass mower, wagon and hay rake for $180.
family moved to Hazelton, North Dakota in 1907,
where Gottlieb purchased land in the Liberty
District, Section 134-77. This is also where
Gottlieb filed his "Declaration of Intention" for
Citizenship at Burleigh County on Dec. 6, 1907.
"Petition for Naturalization" was granted to
Gottlieb and Christina and all ten of their children
on June 21, 1912 at Emmons County, North Dakota.
later years, Gottlieb and Christina retired in the
City of Hazelton; their son Jacob took over
operation of the farm.
Perhaps Gottlieb "Carried" someone else who did not
have the required amount of money to enter America?
All immigrants were required to have a certain
amount of money, otherwise they were not allowed to
Gottlieb Grenz and
Christina Hogue Family
Parents of Gottlieb Grenz:
Christina Hogue was
born in Grossliebental, Russia, on 17 October 1866.
Her surname, in German, was spelled 'Hock'.
All the children of
Gottlieb and Christina Grenz were born in Guldendorf,
Russia. They describe the village as a farming
community. The family home was typical in that
the living quarters were in one half of the building
which also housed their livestock.
At the time of their
departure for America in 1905 a revolution or
uprising was in progress. No trains were
running so they walked to Kiev. From there
they travelled by train to Helsinki, Finland.
A seven day trip by boat brought them to Liverpool,
England. On 29 November 1905 they boarded a
freighter fro what was to be a harrowing voyage
across the ocean to America. The seas were
very rough and on some days the captain feared the
boat would swamp and capsize. They arrived at
the port of Philadelphia on 13 December.
According to the ship
passenger list their destination was Anamoose, N.D.
where brother-in-law J. Huber lived. (Also
according to the passenger list most immigrants.)
The stop at Anamoose was short for they were in the
Eureka vicinity of South Dakota around Christmas
time. They lived with and worked for their
sponsors during the first winter.
In the spring three
quarters of land became available and Gottlieb
rented. The family members who were older got jobs
as laborers and blacksmith assistants. While
in South Dakota Gottlieb purchased a buggy, grass
mower, wagon and hay rake for $180. The farm
was located near Mound City.
After two years, the
family moved to the Hazelton district of North
Dakota and Gottlieb purchased land in Liberty
township. He became an American citizen on 21
The couple later
retired into the town of Hazelton. Son Jacob
took over the operation of the farm.
From Alvina Schurr -
From Alvina Schurr - Oct. 1990
Gottlieb Grenz was born 9 January
1863 in Guildendorf, South Russia. He
married Christina Hock on 1 September 1883.
On December 24, 1905 the deceased and his family
came to America and settled on a farm at Mound
City, South Dakota - where they spent two years.
In 1907 they came to North Dakota and took up a
homestead 11 miles southwest of Hazelton where
they lived for 12 years until 1919. then
the family moved into the town of Hazelton,
where he spent his remaining years.
About two years ago he suffered a
stroke. he recovered again and was able to
be up and around but he never attained complete
health. Three weeks before his death he
became sick again to the extend that he was no
longer able to recover. He died 22
September of 1930 at 2 o'clock in the night.
The deceased was a son of Christoff Grenz in
Guldendorf. He leaves behind a deeply
grieved wife and six sons: Johann,
Philipp, Gottlieb, Friedrich, Jacob and
Christian; and also four daughters, widow
Elisabetha Meier, Mrs. Heinrich Will, Mrs.
Johann Stoller and Mrs. Peter Stoller, all of
whom live in the vicinity of Hazelton. (We
extend to these our deepest sympathy - auth.)
The internment took place on 24
September at 2 p.m. in Hazelton cemetery.
Pastor Blodau from the Evangelical Congregation
in Linton Conducted the service in the church
here and spoke earnest words from Psalm 90 -
Lord, God, you are our eternal life, for ever
and ever, and so on. The church choir also
sang several nice songs. It ws an
impressive ceremony. The deceased attained
the age of 67 years, 8 months and 11 days.
Besides his immediate family he leaves behind 63
grandchildren and one great grandchild, also a
sister, Regina Kundert in Canada and two
brothers-in-law, Johannes Allerdings and Johan
Bauer in Wassiliewka (Wilhelmstal). These
lines are to serve to notify all relatives and
|From: Der Staats Anzeige
18 November 1930
Sailed from Liverpool, England, Noordland, Nov 29, 1905.
Arrived Philadelphia Dec. 13, 1905. Destination to
brother-in-law John Huber in Anamoose, North Dakota.
Traveling with Wife Christine age 37, and children Johann
20, Phillip 17, Gottlieb 15, Gottfried 10 and Christian 1.
History of Hazelton, N D, 75th Anniversary, 1978 page 73:
Gottlieb Grenz, Hazelton, ND, emigrated from Liverpool,
England on Nov. 30, 1905, arriving in Philadelphia.
Gottlieb was born in Gueldendorf, Russia, Jan 8, 1863.
He declared his intention to become a citizen of the United
States on the 6th of December, 1907, renouncing all ties
with the Russian government. Nicholas II was Emperor
of Russia at that time. His wife, Christina Hogue, was
born in Grossliebental, Russia in a family of ten children.
they are John, Elizabeth, Phillip, Gottlieb, Gottfried,
Sofia, Christine, Jacob, Fredericka and Christian. All
were born in Gueldendorf, Russia. Gottlieb became a
citizen on June 21, 1912.
Gottlieb left Philadelphia on a train for Eureka, SD, where
they lived and worked with their sponsors for the winter.
Three quarters of land were open near Mound City and he
rented it for two years. The family members who were
older got jobs as laborers and blacksmith assistants.
While living in South Dakota, Gottlieb purchased a buggy,
grass mower, wagon and a hay rake for $180.00. The
neighbors worked together to save machinery costs and labor.
Gottlieb purchased land in Liberty township near Hazelton,
ND. The family built a sod house and when Gottlieb
retired to Hazelton, his son, Jacob, operated the farm for
several years. Gottlieb passed away in the 30's and
Christine passed away in 1946. Both are buried in the
Hazelton Centennial History
Book, 1903-2003, Emmons Co., page 338: Gottlieb Grenz
was born Jan 9, 1863 in Gueldendorf, Russia, to Christoph
Grenz and Elisabetha Riedlinger. Christina Hogue was
born October 17, 1866 in Grossliebental, Russia. In
German it appears that her name was spelled "Hock".
Gottlieb and Christina were married Sep 1, 1883.
All the children of Gottlieb and Christina Grenz were also
born in Gueldendorf. they described the village as a
farming community. the family home was typical in that
the living quarters were in one half of the building while
their livestock was housed in the other half.