Daniel Sprecher m Susanna Hintz on 24 February 1886

Daniel Sprecher was born 11 March 1862 in Leipzig, Bessarabia, Russia, of “German from Russia” ethnicity.  His parents were Jon Friedrich Sprecher and Christina Louisa Grunning.   He came to the United States on the vessel Gellert, from Hamburg/Harve, arriving July 7, 1880.  Daniel was counted in the 1885 Dakota territorial census at Hutchinson, a farmer, living with his parents Fred and Christina.

 Susanna Hintz was born 8 January 1864, also in Leipzig, daughter of Johann Friedrich and Louisa (Nueske) Hintz, the tenth of 13 children.  After her father died, she travelled with her mother, younger brother Martin, and older brother Christoph and his wife and son, arriving 7 November 1885, on the ship EMS.  The rest of her siblings had either died in Russia, or had already emigrated to the US.

Susanna’s family went first to South Dakota, and lived with her brother Christian.  They had settled near Scotland, SD.  Daniel Sprecher married Susanna Hintz on 24 February 1886, in Scotland SD.  The families were already known to each other in the old country, as Daniel’s brother Christian had married Susanna’s sister Anna in Leipzig, before they moved to the US in the late 1870s.  Daniel and Susanna’s marriage may have been planned before he left Russia, or they may have just become reacquainted when Susanna arrived. 

In 1886, the family  moved to North Dakota, and homesteaded south of Hebron.  Daniel was a photographer.  He later relocated to Antelope Creek in 1893, in Leipzig ND.  Daniel Sprecher was the first postmaster, in 1897, with the post office in his home.  He was also the first man to administer medicine and very likely saved the lives of a few early homesteaders.

In 1900, the family was counted in Morton County, where Daniel reported his occupation as farmer.  The area was so undeveloped that rather than have a community name, the description was given as Township and Range numbers.  In 1910, the family ws listed in Morton County.  In 1920, the couple lived in Antelope with children Ben and Hulda, where he operated a general farm.  Nearby is Susanna’s nephew Sam and his family, with whom she travelled from Russia.

Daniel died 23 April 1925 in Elgin ND.  Susanna moved to Idaho where she died 9 Dec 1934 in Buhl, near Idaho Falls.  Her son Rudolph was living in Blackfoot, ID, so she was probably living with him after her husband died.


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