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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Christ Kurtz was born in Germany, Dec. 19, 1841, son of Christ and Annie (Boetke) Kurtz. The father was born in Germany, Dec. 21, 1812, and came to America in 1869, spending one year in Indiana. Then he moved to Wabasha county, Minnesota, where he lived for seven years, going next to Renville county and making his home with his son, Christ, at Beaver Falls township. He died April 6, 1895. The mother was born Sept. 8, 1814; and died Nov. 11, 1912. Christ Kurtz, the son, came to America in 1868 and lived in Indiana for one year. Then he spent six years in Wabasha county, Minnesota, farming. Sept. 16, 1879, he purchased 80 acres in section 6, Beaver Falls township, where he still lives. He now owns 360 acres of land and has improved the farm in various ways. He has erected good farm buildings and a modern seven-room house. He raises a good grade of stock, making a specialty of Durham cattle, Poland-China hogs, Belgian horses and Shropshire sheep. Mr. Kurtz is a member of the German Lutheran church and is a stockholder in the Farmers' Elevator Company of North Redwood. He was married July 4, 1875, to Amelia Dusterhofdt. Her father, Martin Dusterhofdt, came to America from Germany in 1864 and farmed in Marquette county, Wisconsin, where he died. Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz have had eight children: Louis, born April 26, 1876. now a farmer in Crooks township and married to Annie Weigel. They have two children. Wilhelmina, wife of William Wilschnack, a farmer of Alberta, Canada. They have one child. Fred is a farmer in Colorado. Amelia is the wife of Ferdinand Seibert, a farmer of Redwood county, and they have three children. Augusta is the wife of Frank Prodhel, a farmer, and has two children. Christ, August and Annie are at home. Mrs. Kuntz died June 16, 1892.
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