Chrtistine Hostrup

by

Bobbi Jo Schulte

 

The sun rises and it sets. Each day starts with work andends with work. How often we've heard this story of pioneers. It makes aperson wonder were there no joys along with the work, no dreams. Our dreams,of course, become realities only with work.

You read all the time of pioneers with great ambition,who built up the land, fought the Indians, pushed railroads through andstood up to great hardships. But what of the many whose lives are nevertouched upon in history books. Their story only known to their families.Theirs is the story of hardships, raising a family with nothing, dreamingand working for a life they never had a chance to hope for before. Surelytheir dreams of making a better life for themselves and their children havecontributed much to us.

Christine Hostrup's story is much like the others. Shewas born in almost utter poverty, where hardship is a common word. Christinegrew up with the fact that if you wanted better you worked for it.

Her parents, who were of German heritage, owned a smallpeasant's farm in Russia. The farm was located about two Russian miles fromthe city of Alexandria. The farm consisted of fifteen acres of land. Theyhad three cows, a team of horses, and other livestock.

Christine Pauline was born to Carl and Hannah Kuball onDecember 6, 1879. She was the oldest of a family of eleven children, sevengirls and four boys.

Life was very hard on their farm. Neither parents had anysort of education to speak of. Christine's mother only went to school oneday in her life.

At this time, the Czar of Russia wanted to clear the nationof all the Germans. He was making living conditions extremely hard for allthe Germans. When things finally got too hard to bear, the Kuballs alongwith hundreds of others, were forced to flee from Russia

They sold their farm, cows, horses, and other livestockfor a total of seventy-five dollars. With this money and two uncles theyset out walking from Russia. They walked from Russia to Germany, the neighboringcountry.

Christine was eleven years old when they started out. Shehad had two years of schooling in Russia which was the extent of her schoolingthrough her entire life. In her later years, she taught herself to read,and speak English. She could speak English just as well as German.

They traveled for four weeks until they reached the cityof Koenitz in Germany. Koenitz was a large industrial city. Mr. Kuball hadhoped to find employment here, unfortunately Koentiz was out of opportunitiesfor further employment.

Mr. Kuball decided to stay on. For the next five years,Mr. Kuball was just doing odd jobs where he could pick them up. It was astruggle to get the bare essentials to live.

One of their uncles beckoned them to come to America andlive. The decision was made. Germany wasn't offering them much. On June23rd, 1897 they landed at Gretna, Manitoba, Canada.

Their first days as immigrants were not happy ones. Mr.Kuball had received instructions on how to reach their uncle's farm. Thefamily was to stay at the Gretna depot until Mr. Kuball came to get them.

Darkness came and still no Mr. Kuball. His family was coldand hungry and homeless. They had no place to stay. So they stayed at thedepot much to the distress of the agent. Since Mrs. Kuball knew no Englishand the depot agent knew no German they had no way of communicating. Thefamily spent the night there. When morning came, Mrs. Kuball decided togo look for her husband. She took the baby and one of the little girls withher. The rest of the children were to stay put.

Finally, Mr. Kuball came back with Uncle Ed. He had madea mistake and nearly went six miles out of his way.

Mrs. Kuball too got lost. She had started out in the wrongdirection. She was then caught in a downpour of rain. The gumbo turned tosticky mud which caused them to travel at only a snail's pace.

Mr. Kuball, with his children drove through the countrycalling out Mrs. Kuball's name. At last, Christine spotted them. They werehuddled in a wheat field where they were nearly starving.

It was a happy time when they all sat down together attheir Uncle's table for their first meal together in the new country.

Mr. Kuball found work at Neche, North Dakota. He workedthere until he claimed a homestead about two miles south of the Cariboustore, the historical trading post of Kittson County.

Christine was now twenty years old. Old enough to be doingher share to help support the family. She worked on various farms. By working,she helped to keep the family in clothing and food on the table.

Andrew Hostrup, a native of Denmark, and Christine Kuballwere wed on May 3rd 1907.

Andrew Hostrup, for some years had a small farm in McKinleytownship. He raised mostly cattle although they did grow some small grains.Since their farm was small not much profit was made from it.

Mr.and Mrs. Hostrup went through many hardships in raisingtheir family of seven children. They had four boys and three girls.

In her last pregnancy, Christine was driving a team ofhorses. Somehow the team went wild and Christine was dragged for quite aways.

She had twins, two boys. The one boy, Frank lived onlyfor eight days.

During the early years of her marriage she would dig snakeroot and sell it for only twenty-five cents per pound. Also, she raisedchickens, gathered the eggs, and sold them for ten cents per dozen.

In exchange for some groceries, she would churn cream tomake a jar of butter.

In the falls, Christine would walk sixteen miles to a farmto dig up potatoes for money. Then after working all day, she would haveto walk another sixteen miles to go home.

At this time it was hard to travel, there were hardly anyroads and these roads were usually covered with water. The Hostrup's livedabout sixteen miles from the nearest town which was Lancaster. It was manyyears after her marriage before she got to see the county seat, Hallock.

Mr. Hostrup, who was advanced in years, passed away onMarch 10, 1939. After his death Christine Hostrup decided to live with herson Simon in his little house in Lancaster.

Christine Hostrup passed away on October 25, 1961. Herlast years were spent in the Kittson County Nursing Home.

Although Christine Hostrup's live wasn't filled with adventureof historical deeds. She lived a life that helped to better her children,saw that they got the education, and opportunities that she missed out on.Christine, who was born with nothing, was capable of working and buildingup dreams. She was part of a generation that helped to build an Americathat stands today.

 

Bibliography

Lancaster Herald (Old clipping)

Peterson, Martha Interviewed January 2, 1972aphy

Lancaster Herald (Old clipping)

Peterson, Martha Interviewed January 2, 1972