Friedrich Grenz was
born Jan 17, 1845 in Guldendorf, South Russia and passed away
early in the morning, Dec 7 the home of his youngest son,
Friedrich, in the vicinity of Kulm. He dame to America
in 1875 and settled in the vicinity of Menino, South Dakota.
After 18 years filled with exhausting struggle, in 1893 he
came with "pilgrim's staff" in hand to the Antelope district
where the Berlin congregation is now active, and is a credit
to the region. But he did not remain here either for old
age advanced, the work became harder, and tired, he sought
rest. He found it in Ashley. Here for 19 years in
a quiet haven he lived in sweet harmony with his wife.
The Evangelical Church was the church of his choice. He
enjoyed attending worship services as long as his strength
permitted. The Bible was his guide from early youth to old
age. In storm and bad weather and hours of deep trial he
could still sing songs of triumph.
On Dec 17, 1870, he gave his hand for life to Katharina
Heckenlaible in Johannesthal, South Russia. To this
successful marriage 11 children were born, 8 daughters and 3
sons of whom 5 preceded him in death. As dear and
valuable as his home in Ashley was, the dearest on earth, yet
he looked higher and said, "now I will go home." He has
conquered through the blood of the lamb. He is home.
The yearning has ceased.
His life is ended after 85 years, 11 months and 21 days.
He leaves behind his bereaved wife, and children: Rosina
Huether, Ashley; John, Medicine Hat, Canada: Gottlieb,
Fredonia; Paulina Elhard, Medicine Hat, Canada;
Friedrich, Fredonia; Carolina Schmierer, Ellendale; 45
Grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, and one brother.
May the Lord send a happy reunion. He rests now in the
Berlin churchyard until the resurrection morning.
Ashley Tribune Dec
17, 1931 (translated from German) in Grenz van Guldendorf
book, page 75
North Dakota, "A Century of Pulling Together" page 289:
In 1875, Mr. Grenz and his wife and two small children
immigrated to America. Their first stop was Menno,
S. Dakota. Here they farmed for 19 years. On
August 26, 1894, Frederick Grenz and his family journeyed to
North Dakota in a covered wagon to a farm which he had
purchased about 15 miles northeast of Ashley. The
journey took about two weeks. Prairie chickens, which
they shot along the way, often provided dinner for the family.
They lived on the farm for 18 years. In 1911, they sold
the farm to their youngest son Fred and his wife Maria.
Frederick and Katherina bought a home in Ashley and retired
there. When they were no longer able to care for
themselves, they moved in to a small house which had been
built for them on their youngest son's farm (Fred Grenz) about
29 miles northeast of Ashley. Both are laid to rest at
the Berlin Baptist Church cemetery about 18 miles northeast of