Friedrich Grenz

          The first few months of their marriage was spent with Mr. Grenz's folks.  Prior to their marriage, Mr. Grenz had filed on a homestead in Antelope valley.  He later erected a new house and barn and on July 1, 1907, they moved to their new home.  They remained on this farm for four years, until in 1911 they purchased Mr. Grenz's father's farm.  In the spring of that same year, tragedy struck their farm.  a mad dog with rabies went into their herd of cattle and they lost all of their cattle from rabies.  In the spring of 1919, Mr. and Mrs. Grenz moved back to North Dakota and purchased the Kroll farm south of Fredonia and entered farming.  On Feb 13, 1922, another misfortune struck the Grenz farm.  This time a severe ND blizzard struck and seven head of cattle were frozen to death in the raging blizzard.  In 1924, Mr. Grenz sold the Kroll farm which he had purchased prior to renting the Hellwig farm. That same year, he purchased the Gottlieb Dobler farm.  Here they remained for a number of years, while Mr. Grenz did extensive farming. He later rented this farm to his son Homer, who farmed here for 3 years.  In 1942, Mr. Grenz sold his farm and moved to Ennendale, ND where they bought a home and lived until 1945.  They then sold their property in Ellendale and moved to McIntosh, SD.  There Mr. Grenz bought three quarter sections of land and again entered farming.  They farmed there until 1953, when they returned to Ellendale and purchased a home where they now live in retirement.  Mr. Grenz was a long time member of the Berlin Baptist Church, having been Sunday School Superintendent and teacher for many years.  He was also the choir director and male quartet singer for many years.  He and many of his church singing friends put on many concerts.  In 1934, Mr. and Mrs. Grenz joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Fredonia ND Golden and Diamond Jubilee Town History, 1904-1979.



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