Adolf Hintz d 10 Jun 1966

Adolf J Hintz was born 29 September 1886, in Hebron, ND, at the home of his uncle Christian Hintz.  He was the second son (and first to be born in this country) of Christoph Hintz and Sophia Fink. Adolf’s parents were Germans from Russia, who had come to Dakota Territory in November 1885. They lived with Christian while their sod home was being built. Adolf’s older brother Samuel was born in 1882 in Leipzig, Bessarabia, Russia.  The younger siblings and born in North Dakota were Johann born in 1890, Reinhold in 1892, Robert born in 1894, Fredrich born in 1896, twins Amelia and Wilhelm born in 1898, and Anna Marie born in 1900. Wilhelm died at age 6 months from burns he received when he got too close to a fire or stove, and his clothing caught on fire.  He was buried at the Old Stone Church. 

In a history book about the area, Adolf Hintz told about a three day blizzard around Easter time, when upon getting up in the morning, they could not get out of the house because the snowdrifts were as high as the sod house and all the windows and the doors were banked shut.  In order to get out his father opened the door to the inside and shoved snow into the house until enough steps had been made in the drift so the family could get out.  Then the snow from the house was carried outside.  At the same time, his uncle, Dan Sprecher, had snow drifts banked as high as the sod barn.  Dan made a hole in the roof of the barn in order to let himself through in order to feed his horses and cattle.

Adolf’s family was counted in the 1900 census in Morton County, North Dakota.  The area was sparsely settled, and the census taker recorded the area as Township 135, Range 89, rather than giving it a town name.  The Hintz family homesteaded and lived in an area called Antelope Creek.  Adolf’s father died in 1900, five days before  his sister Anna Marie was born.  Adolf was the first person to be confirmed in Hope Lutheran Church, also known as the old stone church, in 1900, before the church was completed.

In 1903, the town of Leipzig was formed, and Adolph claimed a quarter section of land near the church, about a mile east of his mother’s place.  In 1908, Adolf was hired to clean the church for $14 a year.  About 1909, the railroad decided to built a line through the area about five miles south of Leipzig, so most of the town, except the Ebeneezer Church and Antelope School, which Adolf attended, moved to what  then came to be called New Leipzig, to be on the railroad line. 

On 31 December 1909, Adolf married Marie Stern, daughter of Christian Stern and Christine Hennich, at the home of his uncle, Christian Hintz.  The 1910 census shows that Adolf and Marie lived next door to Christian Hintz.  Adolf was a farmer and carpenter. 

Adolf and Marie had one child, Pauline, born in 1914.  Adolf was counted in the 1915 state census, living in Morton County.  Two years later, Adolf registered for the WWI draft from Elgin, Grant County, ND. As might be expected, it was difficult during this time for the Germans living in the United States, particularly those who had not yet learned to speak English.  Loyalties were questioned – were they Germans or Americans? I have no information to indicate that Adolf served in the war.

By 1920, Adolf’s neighborhood is called Antelope Creek.  The census shows that besides Marie and young Pauline, Adolf’s sister Anna also lived in the family.  Adolf was listed as a farmer with a general farm.  In 1920, Adolf and his brother Sam joined others in starting a farmer’s telegraph line.  North Dakota conducted another census in 1925, and AJ Hintz was listed in Grant County.  By this time, his sister Anna had married and moved to Saskatchewan. 

The 1930 census lists their town as Old Leipzig, although I don’t believe they moved.  I think that the town name changed.  Adolf served as deacon of Hope Lutheran Church. 

Adolf and Maria spent their lives farming until 1956 when they retired into the town of Elgin.  Adolf died 10 June 1966 in Elgin, of a heart attack, at his home.  He was buried at the Hope Lutheran Cemetery.  Mary died 28 April 1969.  Adolph was remembered as a “thrifty” man, who never threw anything away, and who was confirmed, married, and buried in the same suit.


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