A map of Campbell County prepared about 1911 shows
Jacob as the owner of the Timber Culture quarter
section which was homesteaded by his father, Friedrich
Grenz (died 1902). Sometime around Aug1, 1904,
Jacob filed his first homestead claim at Aberdeen, SD,
which contained 120 acres. However, after about
two years he abandoned and relinquished the claim.
According to an agreement dated 28 march 1905, Jacob
purchased 160 acres in Campbell County for the sum of
$800. An Article published in the Dakota Free
Press of Nov 18, 1909 listed Jacob Grenz as one of the
early settlers in the Aplin district of North Dakota.
According to the paper, he moved there in 1907.
Also, according to the records of the Courthouse of
Mercer County, North Dakota, on June 6, 1907, Jacob
Grenz agreed to purchase 320 acres for the sum of
$3500. Payment in full was acknowledged on
Second wife Katharina left him. Jacob had begun
to drink heavily. Katharina took their three
children and went to work as a domestic. Jacob
spent the last days at the home of his brother,
Gottfried Grenz on the farm at Hebron. His
mother, Rosina Grenz, was there to prepare meals that
he could eat and otherwise care for him. He was
ill for about three years with cancer of the stomach.
His obituary states, on July 1893, he accepted the
Lord as his Savior and was baptized in 1895 by Rev.
Golling. In his Christian life he became
'lukewarm' and not active, but regardless, he
was concerned about his spiritual life. He came
back to his Lord. To his family and friends left
behind he said. 'They should not grieve nor