Samuel C Hintz d 10 February 1981

Sam Hintz was born 17 September 1882, in Leipzig in South Russia, the first of nine children of Christoph and Sophia (Fink) Hintz.  When he was three, he came with his parents, grandmother, uncle and aunt, travelling on the ship EMS, in 1885. Sam’s parents joined Christoph’s brother Christian in South Dakota.  The family moved the prairies out of Hebron, then homesteaded north of Elgin, in Leipzig ND. 

Much of the following was copied from a history about Elgin and Sam Hintz.

Sam Hintz, an Elgin pioneer, was born in Leipzig, South Russia.  He was three years old when he came with his parents to the United States.  The family lived on the prairies south of Hebron first, then homesteaded north of Elgin, in Leipzig.  Sam’s father passed away in 1900, so Sam had to help support the family.  He later homesteaded two miles south of his mother’s place in 1903.  He built a two-room wooden house with a bedroom and combination living room and kitchen.

Raising a big family in pioneer days on a farm near Old Leipzig was by no means an easy task.  It took lots of stamina, perseverance, thrift, initiative, and lots of plain hard work.  In spite of all the hardships, the family, like many others in those days, survived and prospered.  The children were taught the basic moral principals of Christian living and knew the necessity of work and the attainment of an education as shown by the responsible positions they had acquired. 

Sam Hintz recalled many narrow escapes and hardships as well as humorous incidents that happened in those early days.  He told of having gone on a 350 mile ride alone at the age of 15 years on horseback in search of some lost horses, when he slept on the ground and in a chicken coop one night.  Also in those days it was quite common to meet up with Indians on the hunt who were both friendly and appreciative of what the white man did for him.

In 1920, Sam and Adolph joined with other farmers to start a farmers’ telephone line. 

Mr. Hintz’s daughter, Elsie Zazzie, wrote a very interesting Life Story of Sam Hintz.  She wrote it as he told of all his experiences as a young boy and also of his homesteading and farming experiences.

Many of the early neighbors of his were busy in those days building sod and rock houses and barns.  An adequate water supply was a major necessity.  Such were the circumstances when Sam Hintz’s family grew up.  Sam retired from farming, and moved to California, on August 1, 1946, building a home next to their daughter Ida.  They were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Sam registered for World War 1, although I have no record that he served in the military.  This war was difficult for the Germans from Russia, as at this time, even having been in the US for 30 or more years, they still spoke German in their households, and Americans questioned the loyalties of these settlers. 

Samuel had married Karolina Pahl on 5 February 1906.  Sam’s brother John married Karolina’s sister Sophia.  Samuel died 10 February 1981 in Sacramento.


1 Comment

  1. Charles Hintz said,

    August 3, 2017 at 20:59

    Samuel was my grandfather whom as a child looked up to. My father Albert Hintz was a twin to Otto. I would like to know more about my family. I have lost touch with all of them after my father passed away in 1990. Thank you for the work you have done. Thanks Charles Hintz

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