During the first five months of
their marriage, Gottlieb and Magdalena lived with his parents,
the Frederick Grenzes. During the summer months, they built a
house and barn made out of mud and sod. In
September 1904, they moved into their own home on land which
Gottlieb had claimed as his homestead in 1901. They were
a distance of about 2 miles from Gottlieb's parents. The
nearest town was Ashley, which also served as their homestead
and bought land about 10 miles south of Fredonia, North
Dakota, where they built a new frame house and barn.
Three more children were born into the family while they live
there. They lived on this same farm for about 36 years.
In Nov. 1943, they sold their farm to their daughter, Bertha
(Mrs. Fred Hoffman) and her husband. They bought a home
in Fredonia where they lived until their death. A Century of Pulling Together, `1888-1998 - Ashley, North
Funeral services at Berlin
Baptist church. Nickisch Funeral Home of Wishek In
charge. Came with parents to ND from Minno, SD in 1894.
Homesteaded near Fredonia after marriage. In 1943 they
retired from farming and moved into Fredonia. Mr. Grenz
was very active in the church as SS Superintendent for many
years, choir director, trustee and deacon for 30 years. Active
on the School Board and supervisor of Roloff township for a
number of years.
Obituary - The Kulm Messenger, Sep 9, 1965
Napoleon Homestead, ND
Grenz, Fredonia, Dies
September 1, 1965, Page 8
Gottlieb Grenz, 85, an area resident for more than 70 years
The funeral will be at 2 Friday in Berlin Baptist Church,
Rev. David Littke officiating.
Mr. Grenz was born Aug. 26, 1880 in Menno, S. D. He came to
North Dakota with his parents in 1894. [Friedrich and
Katharina Heckenlaible Grenz] He married the former Magdalena
Gehring in Fredonia March 29, 1904, and they homesteaded near
They retired from farming in 1943 to live in Fredonia. Mrs.
Grenz died in 1962.
He leaves three sons and two daughters, Karl and Mrs. Fred
Hoffman, both of Fredonia; Theodore, Mobridge, S. D.; Henry,
Grafton; Mrs. Karl Wolf, Sioux Falls, S. D.; two sisters and
one brother, Mrs. Christ Elhart, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Fred
and Mrs. Mike Schmierer, both Ellendale; 12 grandchildren and
23 great grandchildren. (Nickisch Funeral Home, Wishek)