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Franklin Cemetery, Franklin California


Christoph Grenz

Travelled to America with wife, four children, Katherina's brother Phillip Mayer and the Karl Hauck family.

They settled on homestead land the SE 1/4 Sec. 2 Twp. 126 Range 75 in Campbell County between Mound City and Eureka, South Dakota  

In the fall of 1897 tragedy struck.  Seven of their children succumbed due to the diphtheria epidemic, all within one month.  Only the two youngest children, John and Christav, who was born in the US survived.  The graves of the children are located on the homestead quarter about a mile south of highway no. 10.  The area is surrounded by a fence.  In 1986 there was one lone, somewhat unsteady, wooden pole marking the spot.  It bore the inscription, Grenz along with the names of the children and dates of birth and death.  Christof sold his land April 15, 1898.  They moved to North Dakota and lived for a time in the Venturia area before moving to the Gackle-Streeter-area.  Later moved to Medina, Jamestown, Washington State and then retired in Medina.  1938 went to Calif. with son Emil and died there.


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