Casper and Marianna
Hirsch were of German
descent but very proud to become Americans.They valued their life in America.They came to America
because they could see a
better future and believed they could adapt to the American way of life.Casper
and Marianna retained their heritage, but displayed it only in their
children went to school it was
important they learn the English language; German was only spoken at
the descendants of Casper and
Hirsch can be very proud of them for the life they gave us in this
Casper was born January
6, 1865, in Rastadt,
to Jacob and Catherine (Matz) Hirsch.Casper
died January 31, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.He is buried at St.
Philomene Cemetery in Birnamwood, Wisconsin.Marianna Gribnau was born
to Phillip Gribnau (her
mother is unknown) on February 2, 1871 in Rastadt,
and died August 24,
1924, in Gilette,
Wisconsin.She is buried in Eland Junction, Wisconsin.
married Marianna Gribnau in 1890.Casper, Marianna and baby Regine came to the
via Ellis Island on Apr 16, 1892,
was 27 years old and the first person in
his family to move to America.Casper
Marianna spent several years in New York.The hope
of owning land, free land in a free country was the magnet which
and his family to
the Great Northwest between 1900 and 1902.
December 12, 1910, Casper
and Marianna donated
six acres of land around Taylor, ND
for a country church – St.
Philip’s Catholic Church – to hold services for the
after the church was
established a Grocery and Hardware store nearby.
May 11, 1911, a U.S. Post
office was annexed to the General store.The station was called Hirschville in commemoration of its
1911 to 1912 the store took in $3,224.17.Casper
stated that it was little enough, but his family alone needed a store
thirteen people (including not only his family but others that lived
ate almost everything.He
life would have been worse had they not had the store.They threshed 208 bushels of flax from 36
acres, 83 bushels of wheat from 75 acres, and 8 bushels of oats from 22
acres.He hired his
brother Johannes to
help farm the land and paid him $200 for the year.
a letter from Casper Hirsch dated January 19, 1912, to his sister
her husband Raphael
Mosbrucker he explained that he was tired of North Dakota.He wanted to sell out and
return to New
York.His thoughts were to buy one or two houses
and not have to freeze as much as they did in North Dakota.He encouraged his sister
to join him in New York
as it was “much better
and Marianna never made it back to New York.Between 1912 and 1923 he purchased the Hoffman Hotel in
resided in Wisconsin
until their deaths.