Karl Friedrich Grenz
It was April 1888 when Friedrich and Rosina with their children
and Friedrich's two brothers left Gueldendorf for America.
It is believed that Peter Gramita, age 13, a nephew of the Grenz
brothers was also with them. His name does not appear on the
passenger list but such omissions did occasionally occur.
Children travelling with their elders did not require emigration
papers. the group travelled to Bremen, Germany, where they
booked passage on the S.S. Aller. Listed as passengers were
Friedrich Grenz, age 33, farmer; Rosina Grenz, age 33, wife; Jacob
age 7; Gottfried age 4, Carl age 6 mo. Gottfried age 30
farmer, Peter age 28 farmer, Elisabeth age 3 child. Arrived
at the port of New York on May 12, 1888. Baby Carl had died
the previous day, May 11, of inflammation of the brain and was
buried at sea.
From New York, the Grenzes (sec) travelled to
Campbell County in Dakota Territory by train. Other Grenzes
whose roots can be traced to Gueldendorf had already settled west
of Eureka. Samuel and Christina Lutz had come in 1885,
Gottlieb and Johanna Heer Grenz had come in 1886. Christof
Grenz and Rosina Mayer followed in 1890. On Dec 22, 1888
Friedrich paid the Register's and Receiver's fee of $2 to file
Declaratory Statement no. 8148 for lots 3 and 4 and the south half
of the northwest quarter of Section 4 in Township 126 north of
Range 75 and west of the 5th principal Meridian, contained 162 and
57/100 acres, settled upon Dec 20, 1888, being "unoffered".
Prior to that, on Oct 17, 1888, Friedrich Grenz had made Timber
Culture Entry No 6281 for a tract of land containing 160 acres.
Sometime between 1890 and 1895 Campbell Co Census as being 71
years old and living with son Gottfried Grenz and his wife Rosina
Cause of death for Karl Friedrich Grenz was Tuberculosis
Source: Grenz von Gueldendorf