Gottfried Samuel Grenz
Per Grenz Von Guldendorf book
page 107: from passenger list microfilm national
archives Wash. D.C.: Gottfried Grenz, farmer, and wife
Catharina, with their three children, Philipp, 11, Catherine,
9, and Ferdinand, 4, sailed on the S.S. Lahn from Bremen,
Germany. They arrived in New York on 14 April 1893.
Their last place of residence was given as Gueldendorf,
Russia, and their destination, Chicago, Illinois. Mother
Carolina Grenz, age 69 was also listed.
1900 Census: McIntosh
Co. ND. Roll 1229, Township 129, rage 71, SD 199, E D 222,
Sheet 5, Page 4707, 245A. Mother of 9 children, 5
living. To the U.S.A. in 1893. Own farm free.
Per Diamond Jubilee,
Streeter, N.D. 1905 - 1980 page 75: Mr. & Mrs. Grenz
came to America in 1904 and homesteaded near Venturia, in what
the children recall as being a hilly, rough and wild country.
Here they built a stone hut. To help supply the family
needs, Mr. Grenz worked away from the home, leaving the mother
and children alone. How frightened they were at night
when the hungry coyotes came howling around their door.
Once when there was nothing in the house to eat, Mr. Grenz
walked to a neighbor's home to borrow a little flour.
This lady had none to loan, so she sent to another
homesteader. She too had very little, but being a kind
woman shared it. At last they decided to settle seven
miles east of Streeter. This trip was made in a covered
wagon drawn by oxen. There were no roads.
The weather was terribly hot and the oxen were tired and
thirsty. Coming to a big lake, they decided to quench
their thirst; so into the lake they went. Mr. Grenz,
being afraid of having their of having their few possessions
ruined, including a sack of precious flour, climbed out of the
wagon into the water and headed them for the trail again.
At Streeter, Mr. Grenz worked for the town's "rich people",
until he had earned enough to buy a cow. Now he belonged
in their category, having enough milk and unheard of butter
for the bread. Mr. & Mrs. Grenz retired in 1917 and
moved to Streeter. They were members of the Baptist
Gottfried Grenz died at his
home in Streeter Monday, March 13, at the age of 77 years and
11 months. Born in Russia March 17, 1855 (hard to read),
he came to America in 1893, settling at Venturia, ND. In
1880 he married Katherine Heberle, who came to this country
with him. They came to the Bloomenfeld district, nine
miles east of Streeter, in 1903. Later they moved to
Streeter, where Mrs. Grenz died in 1930. In 1931, Mr.
Grenz married Catherina Zimmerman, Lehr, who survives him.
He also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Conrad Rivinius and Mrs.
John Donat: three sons Ferdinand, John and Ausof; 15
grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Six children preceded
their father in death. Also surviving are two sisters,
Mrs. Gottlieb Land, Jamestown and Mrs. Fred Haas
(Katharina), Gackle and a brother
Services were conducted
Wednesday by Rev. Klewin in the Streeter Evangelical church.
Musical selections were sung by Carl, Jacob and Willaim Moser.
Olga Shuck and Pauline Seher. Pallbearers were Conrad
Rivinius, Ferdinand Grenz, John Grenz, Ausof Grenz, John Donat
and Walter Enzminger.
Out-of-town people who
attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. John Lang, Mr and Mrs.
Daniel Lang, Anamoose; Mrs. Bauer, Mrs. Borth and Mr. and Mrs.
Jacob Herman, Harried, SD
Napoleon, Homestead, 3/24/33
Katherina (Heberle) Grenz
Streeter, North Dakota,
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1930
Unknown Newspaper, Volume I, No ?
OBITUARY OF MRS. GRENZ. Funeral Held here on Last Thursday.
September 4th, the body a long resident of Streeter was laid
to rest. Mrs. Katherina Grenz, nee Heberle was born in
southern Russia on the 7th of December 1857. Then coming to
this country with her husband. Mrs. Grenz and family lived
for a while near Venturia, coming into this neighborhood of
Streeter, she lived on a farm in the Bloomenfield district
for 13 years, then moving to the village where she was a
resident until the end of her life. On September 2nd she
closed her earthly career at 73 years, 3 months and 7 days.
deceased had been ailing from diabetes for about 5 years and
in the last years was stricken with blindness, yet she
remained resolved to her lot and complained very little. A
few days before her death, heart trouble set in, from which
she passed away. A few minutes before her death, friends
were by her bedside and talked with, while she yet was
sitting up. A few minutes after company had left, she
quietly passed beyond.
Pall-bearers were; Conrad Rivinius, John Grenz, Asof Grenz,
John Donnat, Ferdinand Grenz and Adam Herman.
girls were, Mrs. Otilida Lang, Mellitta Grenz and Sadie
who survive her are: Her husband, Mr. Gottfried Grenz, 5
children; Ferdinand, John, Asof, Mrs. Conrad Rivinius and
Mrs. John Donnat, all are in and around Streeter. Also 4
sisters and two brothers, all of whom are still in Russia,
except one sister, Mrs. Hanna Lang of Anomoose, N. D., who
attended the funeral. 14 Grandchildren and 1 Great
Grandchild besides a host of friends and relatives who will
ladies aid sang a nice song to show their love and kindness
as the deceased was a member of the ladies aid for years.
B. W. Krentz conducted the services in the Baptist church
which was filled with a great number of relatives and
took place at the Streeter cemetery.
Homestead (by Street Correspondent), ND
March 24, 1933
GRENZ PASSES March 13
Gottfried Grenz died at his home in Streeter
Monday, March 13, at the age of 77 years and 11
months. Born in Russia March 17, 1855 [? Hard to
read], he came to America in 1893, settling at
Venturia, N.D. In 1880 he married Katherine Heberle,
who came to this country with him. They came to
Bloomenfeld district, nine miles east of Streeter,
in 1903. Later they moved to Streeter, where Mrs.
Grenz died in 1930. In 1931 Mr. Grenz married
Catherina Zimmerman, Lehr, who survives him. He also
leaves two daughters, Mrs. Conrad Rivinius and Mrs.
John Donat; three sons Ferdinand, John and Ausof; 15
grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Six
children preceded their father in death. Also
surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Gottlieb Lang [my
great grandmother Regina], Jamestown, and Mrs. Fred
Haas [Katharina], Gackle and a brother Christoff,
Services were conducted Wednesday by Rev.
Klein in the Streeter Evangelical church. Musical
selections were sung by Carl, Jacob and William
Moser, Olga Shuck and Pauline Seher. Pallbearers
were Conrad Rivinius, Ferdinand Grenz, John Grenz,
Ausof Grenz, John Donat and Walter Enzminger.
Out-of-town people who attended the services
were Mr. and Mrs. John Lang, and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
Lang, Anamoose; Mrs. Bauer, Mrs. Borth and Mr. and
Mrs. Jacob Herman, Harried, S.D.
March 31, 1955
Gottfried Grenz, 73, Streeter, died at his home
Monday after a short illness.
Mr. Grenz was born Sept. 10, 1881, in
Gueldendorf, South Russia. Mr. Grenz and Miss
Barbara Bier were married in Gueldendorf in 1904.
They came to the the United States and filed on a
homestead west of Hazelton in 1908. They lived on
the homestead until 1921 when they moved into
Hazelton and in 1951 went to Bismarck, remaining
there two years when they returned to Hazelton,
coming to Streeter in 1954.
Surviving are his widow, two brothers, Karl,
Hazelton, and Gottlieb, Missoula, Mont. He was
preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and
Funeral services will be held Friday at the
Streeter Lutheran Church. Rev. Theo. Judt is in
charge. Burial in the Lutheran cemetery.
The body is at Haut Funeral Home in Gackle
until taken to the church Friday at noon.