Information courtesy of Elmer A. Bonnell




                                                 Thursday, February 11, 1943



Resident of County 47 Years; Funeral Friday Afternoon

  John Grebe, who had lived in Pierce county for 47 years, died suddenly at his home in Rugby about 1:10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Altho he hadn't been in the best of health for several years his sudden demise came as a great shock to his family because he had partaken of a good meal Saturday night and had sat around reading the papers. He didn't feel well during the evening but went to bed and slept until 1 o'clock in the morning.

  Funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. Herbert Brown Friday afternoon at 2. Burial will be at Persilla Watts Cemetery.

  John Grebe was born Feb. 24, 1866, at Clifford, Ontario, Canada, a son of Matthew Grebe and Barbara Gischler. He lived in Canada until he was 26 years of age and in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Washington before coming to Rugby in 1896.

     Married in Canada

  John Grebe and Elizabeth Miller were married at Ayton, Ontario, in 1908. Five children were born to this union, two boys, who died in infancy, and three girls. Surviving are Mrs. Grebe and three daughters, Mabel, Mrs. Richard Wenstrom, Sykeston, N. Dak.; Velma, Mrs. Garry Lovette, Willamina, Ore.; and Sylvia, at home. Also surviving are three brothers, Justus, St. Catherins's, Ontario; Henry, Chicago; Louis of Rugby, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Kate Cline, Flora, N. Dak., and Mrs. Thorvald Sollin, Rugby, and 3 grand children.

  On coming to North Dakota Grebe engaged in farming until 1917 when he began working for Jacobson's, where he served in various capacities until ill health made him retire in 1939.

  While farming 3 miles south and 1 mile west of Rugby, Grebe was active in community affairs, serving as a member of the school board and as township road boss for several years.