|"Gottlieb Grenz, Jr. has moved on his own farm and
expects to put up a house soon"
Their eldest son,
Bill, said that they moved from a farm in Wishek in
Spring, 1926 to a farm in Hebron. Gottlieb bought
a 1926 Model T. which Bill and his younger brother Jake
tried to drive, without their father's permission!
Bill was kicked in the face by a horse that summer, but
he can't remember if that was any worse than the
spanking he got from his Dad for trying to drive the
After moving back to Wishek in the Fall of 1926, they
moved to Hazelton in 1927. In 1928, they moved to
their grandfather Gottlieb's farm near Hazelton, then to
a farm that had a stone-built first-floor house with a
barn at the bottom of a hill. The kids thought it
was great fun to drag a hay wagon to the top of the
hill, then pile onto it and shoot thought the barn
doors. They only did that when their folks left to
go shopping or visiting, however------
That was also rattlesnake country. Fred
remembers one day when he had just started first grade,
they found a king snake; they stopped to play with it,
pitting it against a rattler that they also found.
Needless to say, they were late for school that day!
The family moved north of Tower City in 1937, then
north of Oriska in 1938, which is where Bill left to
join the Navy in 1940.
Fred remembers that they had perhaps a dozen horses
when they lived north of Oriska. He said that one
person used to cut hay, using two separate teams.
The first team just hauled a sickle bar and the person
controlling the two teams sat on the sickle bar behind
the second team. He said the first team were so
well-trained that they knew exactly where to turn to
begin the second swath and, if the sickle bar jammed,
those horses just stopped and waited until the driver of
the second team came and cleaned the sickle bar out.
Fred said that the only time you really had to shout
"whoa!" at the first team was if you wanted them to stop
so you could grease everything up.
They also had a horse that used to haul the wagon or
sleigh to take the children to school every day.
Nobody had to drive the horse, since he knew what roads
to follow during decent weather when the roads were
open. During the winter, Gottlieb took down some fences
so the horse could take a short-cut. The children
would all pile on the sleigh during the winter and
huddle underneath blankets or robes; when the horse got
to the school, he stopped and waited a minute so
everyone could get off, then he turned around and
trotted off home again, all by himself. In the
afternoon, Gottlieb would hitch the horse up and send
him on his way to the school. Fred said that the
horse only waited for a minute or so before he turned
around and headed back home again after arriving at the
school, so you had to make sure that you were ready to
leave when the horse arrived, because he left whether
you were ready or not1 Since they lived about
three miles from the school, it was a long and lonely
walk if you missed the horse!!
In 1940, the family moved north of Tower. That
is about the time that Gottlieb bought his first
tractor. During WWII, they farmed about 2000
acres; some of the acreage was north of Page, so they
had to haul the tractor there at times and stay for
several days. Tehy still had horses also.
The three oldest sons - William, Jake, and Ed - were
members of the U.S. Navy and Army during the Second
World War, which left Fred as the eldest son at Home.
Gottlieb bought a farm three miles east of Tower City
on old Hwy. 10 in 1946.
Gottlieb and Lydia were blessed with 16 children, of
whom 13 still survive.