Yes, there is a connection there. My grandfather Ernst had a brother Alfred and relatives in Cavalier ND. I can remember the story about a man who married one sister and when she died in a car crash, he married her sister. I think the sisters were Hartz girls. I have the newspaper clipping somewhere. Ernst was a minister and I think he was from Winnipeg. My mom was born in Minneapolis, MN. Alfred lived in Medford< oregon and was married to a woman named Elmira. My sister said Uncle Alfred died a few years ago. Ernst also had a brother who lived in Alaska . Let me know if these are the same relatives. My email address is email@example.com Where are you located? I am in New Jersey. I hope to hear from you soon.