Biography of Mrs. Louise Grehlenger

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Grehlenger, Mrs. Louise, Grand Island, p. o. Inland.-Lewis Grehienger, was one of the old, prominent and successful farmers of Grand Island. He was born in Prussia in 1831, reared in Luxenburger, Germany, one of two sons and two daughters born to Jacob Grehienger. He pursued the wagonmaker's trade while in Germany, and in 1855 came to America, coming direct to Grand Island, where he found employment with John Nice, boating on the Niagara River summers and getting out timber winters. By his industry and careful attention to his employer's interests he was soon promoted to captain of the boat, which he followed twelve years. He purchased a farm and was hard working and successful, purchasing from time to time until he owned 323 acres. In politics he was a Republican, always doing his duty as a voter, but never an aspirant to public honors, but was persuaded by his friends and family to accept the office of assessor one term. In 1861 he married Mrs Louise (Lucha) Walter, and they had ten children: Jacob and John (twins, died in infancy), Clara, John, George, Lewis, Frederick, Sarah, Frank and Eleanor. In religion Mr. Grehienger was a Catholic. He was an active member of the Farmers' Alliance and was a member of the School Board for three years. He died in 1894. Mrs. Grehlenger was born in Hanover, Germany, November 2, 1833, daughter of Henry and Justina Lucha. She was married to Henry Walter in Germany and came with her husband to America in 1857. Arriving at Tonawanda Mr. Walter immediately found employment on a wood boat and three days after their arrival he fell off the boat into the Niagara River and was drowned, his body. never being recovered. Mrs. Grehienger resides on the farm which is now conducted by her four younger sons. She is a member of the Protestant church. Her Sons are all Republicans, all members of the Knights of the Maccabees and stockholders in the Grand Island Creamery.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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