THE PETER LOHRENZ FAMILY

Peter Lohrenz, his wife and their children came to America in the first year of Mennonite immigration. They settled fourteen miles northwest of Halstead. The towns Moundridge, Inman and Buhler were founded years later. There they established a village modeled after the village, Elizabethtal, where they had lived in Russia. The parents lived in the center and near to them on either side the oldest son, Peter Lohrenz; and the oldest daughter, Elizabeth, who was married to Johann M. Wall; and also the son, Heinrich Lohrenz. The farms were laid out in less than a half mile. They were connected with private roads. From house to house they had a path that they used when they wanted to go quickly from one to the other. Close to their dwellings there was little farm land; most of the farm land was farther away.

Five years later the daughter, Katherina Lohrenz and her husband, Abraham Schellenberg, the father of the editor, also came to America.

When the sons (of Peter Lohrenz), Jacob and Johann and also the daughter, Maria, grew to adulthood this close neighborhood (living together with the family) ceased. The land was divided so everyone had his land in one piece. The buildings of the village were either moved or new ones were built. By now the first dwelling places have all been dismantled, but there are still some traces of garden plots.

Of the children living are daughter Elizabeth, a widow, son Heinrich, and daughter Maria, who is married to David F. Penner.

The mother of the editor was the first one to die. Later Jacob, Peter, and Johann also died.

Each year the descendents celebrate with a family reunion which this year took place last Sunday on the farm of widow, (Mrs.) Johann M. Wall. Almost all descendents were present.

Each family has their individual trait that one can say of the descendents, "he is a true Lohrenz". Seldom does one find a family reunion where so many men are six feet (tall) and over as when the descendents of the Lohrenzes get together. They are all calm and thoughtful people. And whatever they set out to do they finish. They are also careful not to start something that they cannot finish. Among them none are rich; for that they are too honest. Also none are poor because they are very industrious and careful.

The Lohrenz grandparents both reached the age of eighty-eight years The grandfather was very vigorous until his last sickness. The grandmother suffered and was bedridden often and somewhat sickly. By now most of the children are gone with the exception of the oldest daughter Elizabeth Wall, a widow, who is already past the age her parents reached and still she is so vigorous she works in the garden every day because she enjoys it so much. Also (the) Uncle Heinrich Lohrenz and (the) Aunt (Mrs.) David F. Penner are still vigorous. September 30, 1927 VORVARTS

Writen by Editor, Abraham Schellenberg, son of Katherina Lohrenz Schellenberg and Elder Abraham Schellenberg

Item located by Peggy Goertzen 1991.
Translated by Rufus Lohrenz.

Paragraph #1 Heinrich Lohrenz married Elizabeth Wiens, these are the grandparents of the children of C. V. Lohrenz.


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