Jakob Grenz was born on November 3, 1899 in Gildenddorf (sic)
Russia. His parents were Gottlieb and Christina (Hogue)
Grenz. Jake came to America with his parents and
siblings in 1905. he attended rural school and served in
the US army during WWI. Jake married Lydia Serr March 3,
1925. Lydia was born Sep 19, 1901 in Odessa, Russia.
She was the daughter of George and Johanna (Stopka) Serr.
Jake and Lydia farmed near Hazelton until 1937. They
then moved to a farm near Washburn. In 1942 they moved
to a farm southeast of Hazelton. Jeff and Donna Magnum
currently live on this farmstead.
Lydia passed away Jan 2, 1983, and Jake passed away. Sep
2, 1990. They had six children. Harry, Hazelton,
Martha McDonald and Irene Ostlund of Minneapolis, Minn,
Richard (deceased), Ruby and Elmer passed away as infants.
Centennial History Book 1902-2003 page 339.
the Naturalization Papers, Jacob came to the United States on
the S.S. Noordland, which sailed form Liverpool,
England on Nov. 29, 1905 and arrived at the Port of
Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 1905. He was traveling with his
parents and nine other sisters and brothers.
settled in the Hazelton area where Jacob attended rural
schools. after serving in the U.S. Army during WWI,
Jacob married Lydia Serr on March 3, 1925 at Linton.
They farmed near Hazelton until 1937, when they moved to a
farm near Washburn. In 1942, they moved to a farm near
Hazelton. Lydia died in 1983 and Jacob moved into the
Strasburg Nursing Home in 1988 where he lived until his death.