Karoline &  Jacob


Karoline Grenz

Karoline immigrated to Romania with her husband Jacob Pfeifer in 1881, probably in the fall, since youngest son born the end of August 1881, was still born in Gueldendorf.  Perhaps they moved because a serious shortage of land had developed around the older settlements in South Russia.  Many people from the Bessarabian colonies and those who migrated from the province of Odessa gave the reason for going to the Dobrudscha, an eastern area of Romania, as the search for land.  The Pfeifer family settled in the village of Ciucurova.  It was here that their youngest child and only daughter was born (Caroline).  Ciucurova was located in a Slavic valley 7 kilometers southeast of Atmadscha.  Jacob was a farmer.  The five horses he owned all became sick and died.  One of the horses had bitten Jacob and 5 days later he also died.  The widowed Karoline Pfeifer remarried to Georg Krieg who was a widower.  He emigrated from Gueldendorf with his family around 1881 to settle in Kodschalie in Constanza province.  He would not accept the 5 sons of Jacob Pfeifer so they were put in foster homes.  At various times before 1900, all of the Pfeifer sons emigrated to the USA.  Karoline was married to Georg Krieg 11 years when she was widowed a 2nd time.  Karoline married her 3rd husband, a widower by the name of Daniel Nuske, in 1898 and they and her three daughters by Georg Krieg, Friederika 21, Rosina 19, and Katharina 16, sailed from Bremen to Baltimore on the S.S. Chemnitz arriving on 28 March 1908.  They were listed as being from Jukorowa, Romania.  Their destination was Anamoose, North Dakota.  In June 21, 1910, they continued on to Canada to settle there with some other families from Romania.  About 1920-21, a son-in-law Karl Feigner, married to a Nuske daughter, visited Canada and urged Daniel and Karoline to come to Oregon.  It sounded good and they moved.  The Feigners were 7th  Day Adventists and Daniel Nuske was a devout Baptist.  Daniel died in Oregon 15, Dec 1926, and Karoline was no longer welcome. She stayed with several of her children, but none of these arrangements worked well.  She returned to Canada because Daniel Nuske had not sold his homestead quarter section in the Big Stick Lake community in Saskatchewan.  Her daughters Caroline Erman and Rosa Krieg Kandt, were still in the same area now known as Golden Prairie.  A small house was built for Grandma Nuske on the farm of her son-in-law John Kandt.  She spent her time helping care for the children.  John Kandt, too, was 7th Day Adventist and Karoline joined the Adventist Church on March 15, 1933.  When John Kandt family moved away from the Big Stick Lake district, Grandma Muske went to live with the Fredrick Erman family and it was here that she spent the last 5 years of her life.  A cement marker bearing her name was made by grandson, Jacob Erman, and placed on her grave in the Rosenfeld Baptist Cemetery (Golden Prairie).

Source:  Grenz von Gueldendorf book.



Daniel & Karoline


Daniel Nuske

Her third marriage (Karolina's) in 1898 was to a kindly man named Daniel Nuske (or Nuszke).  He was born in Leipzig, South Russia on 27Feb 1843.  "D. Nuszke" is recorded as one of the immigrants from South Russia to settle in the village of Tschukurow (also spelled Ciucurova) in the years from 1859-1869.
Daniel Nuske was a farmer and a PRIMAR, a man appointed by the government to manage the community affairs of a village.  We would call him a mayor.   Daniel too was widowed and had children by a previous marriage.
Karoline and Daniel Nuske and her three daughters by Georg Krieg, Friederika 21, Rosina 19, and Katharina 16, sailed from Bremen to Baltimore on the S.S. Chemnitz arriving on 28 March 1908.  They were listed as being from "Jukorowa" Romania.  Their destination was Anamoose, North Dakota.  The passenger list describes Karoline as 58 years old, 5 feet 2 1/2 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes and in good health.  Daniel was 65, 5 feet 8 inches tall with grey hair and grey eyes.  He suffered from a hernia.
Daniel died in Oregon 15 Dec 1926.

Source:  Grenz von Gueldendorf book.


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