Born: 13 JUL 1843 - Gueldendorf, Ukraine
Died: 2 NOV 1899 - Sidney, OR
Georg Adam Christian Grenz
Mother: Katherina Elisabetha Dengler
|Snap Shot: The family first settled in Salem, Oregon, after coming to Oregon. They lived in the north section near the location of Tile Road. Grandpa followed his trade as a brick mason and worked on buildings still standing in the present day Salem. Dad often mention going to school in Salem. As near as he could recall it would be the Washington Grade School or a school located near there, he also recalls the horse pulled trolley. One of the highlights of his childhood was riding the trolley and going to the "round house" to meet Joe Bordune who used to drive the trolley. John Joseph Bordune was the husband of Christina Ammon. Lee and Rosa were born in Salem.
| Apparently the family then moved to Junction City were Lydia was born.
| They later moved to the Sidney-Talbot area and lived in a log house. This is where Uncle Bill and Uncle Charlie was born. Lee, Lydia , Bill and Charlie all attended school there.
| Grandpa died before Charlie was born and the whole family worked to make ends meet. The boys worked the threshing crews and of course Grandma picked hops. Grandpa was buried in the Talbot Cemetery and Grandma is buried in the Cemetery at Jefferson.
| Henry, Dad, and Bill all married Sisters in the Thiessen family and settled near Jefferson to farm. Lee worked in the woods and later moved to Salem, Charles worked at various tradces and in the woods also. He now lives at Lacomb. Those no longer living at this time are Caroline, Adam, Dorothy, Christina, Henry, Elisabeth, and Jophn. rosa is living in Salem, Lydia is in Portland.
| Carolyn Grenz Schildmeyer: written about 1967
Notes: In Grenz book from
1895 Marion Co. (Oregon) Enumeration of
Inhabitants and Industrial Products:
Grenz, A -- German nationality, born in
Russia; 5ft 6 in; 180lbs; light complexion;
laborer; ailment-rheumatism; protestant
religion; males; 51 years, legal voter, 2
Immigrated April 14, 1887, SS
Weser to Baltimore, Maryland with 3rd wife Eva
He settled briefly in the
vicinity of Freeman, South Dakota and filed
his intent to become an American citizen in
the Yankton County Courthouse. He moved on to
Salem, Oregon before 1890.
Died of a Liver ailment. Buried
at Sydney Oregon-per Grenz book, the cemetery
at Sidney, Oregon remains but the town is
gone. Left only a sign beside the
railroad tracks to mark its former location.
Cox Cemetery Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon