Dickey County Pioneers
Dickey County NDGenWeb- Pioneers
First settlers into Dickey County in 1881 were: F. M. DANN; E. J. HERMAN; A. S. JACKSON; Herbert WELLS. They came in the fall of 1881 and spent the winter in claim shanties in what is now Ellendale.
Mrs. BISHOP came from Fargo who kept a hotel. Then came Thomas SHIMMIN and Nels KNUDSON. By 1882, many settlers were coming.2
The first County Commissioners elected July 1, 1882 were2:
GESCHKE, H. E.
OLIN, Q. C.
WHITNEY, A. H.
The first county meeting was held August 1882 and officers appointed were2:
ARNOLD, Miss E. F.
BECKER, W. H.
BROWN, J. E.
CALDWELL, W. A.
CHAMBERLAIN, M. N.
DUNCAN, Dr. W. F.
SCOTT, J. A.
STEPHENSON, J. L.
VAN METER, H. J.
Many of the early pioneers were listed in a 1930 edition of the History of Dickey County edited by R. M. Black and published by the Dickey County Historical Society1. Another source giving names of Dickey county pioneers is the book Cemeteries of North Dakota, North Half Dickey County, Volume 18, compiled by the Red River Valley Genealogy Society, pub. 1987.2 Independently submitted Dickey County Pioneers3
This listing of pioneers is organized by townships.
TOWNSHIPS OF DICKEY COUNTY
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Hart, Orville Childs came in 1882 from Lake Lillian, Minnesota
Johnson, Peder came in 1882 from Minnesota
Saunders, C. L.
Saunders, E. M.
Shimmin, Thomas came in 1882 from Lancaster, Wisconsin
Traagesund, Christ (later known as Ole Olson)
Bear Creek Township(Oakes)
Brown, John A., (1852-murdered in 1896)
Dill, George (1851-1932)
Mills, William, erected the first house in 1882
Nelson, John (1849-1916)
Nelson, Mons (1852-1928)
Singleton, Thomas (1853-1934)
Singleton, W.R. (1872-1956)
Anderson, Isaac, brother of Swan
Anderson, Louis, came in 1884 from Iowa
Anderson, Swan, came in 1884 from Iowa
Denning, J. H. came in 1883 from Illinois
Edwardson, Nick (1854-1900)
Gronbeck, Henry (1856-1941)
Gronbeck, Nicolai (1833-1910)
Johnson, Andrew, came in 1884 from Iowa (1855-1934)
Johnson, Swan (1852-1930)
Mfalmquist, Peter, came in 1884 from Iowa
Olson, Ivar, came in 1883 (1845-1937)
Pederson, Arne (1858-1935)
Pederson, Herman S. (1854-1927)
Swanson, Alexander (1855-1950)
Early settlers of Divide Township
Anderson, Pel, (1853-1940) first came to Oakes , then on to Divide Twp. in 1890.
Andrus, Sylvester (1838-1895) came in 1883 from Minnesota
Dethlefson, Julius, (1864-1936) came from Germany in 1883
Hansen, Henry (1838-1917) came in 1883 from Fort Ransom.
Stevens, Burton H., (1866-1947) came to Glover in 1886
Stevens, E. F. (1858-1953)
Griffin, Alonzo came in 1882, was born in Nova Scotia
Hull, L. H., came in 1882
Kilby, Joe came in 1882
McDonald, A. W. came in 1884 from Ontario, Canada
McGlynn, Jim, came in 1882 from Wisconsin; started a lumberyard in Ellendale
McShane, Patrick came in 1882 from Wisconsin Falls
Pehl, Andrew came in May 1883
Saunders, Charles came in Aug. 1884, later relocated to Albertha Twp. in 1895
Ed M. Saunders came in 1883, later relocated to Albertha Twp. in 1895
Saunders, Steve came in 1882
Scott, John J. came in 1882 from Lyle, Minnesota
Sperry, H. H. came in 1882 from Eaton Rapids, Michigan
Wright, Alexander came from Scotland
Anderson, A. J.
Bartlett, L. D., Dr.; member of committee which framed the state constitution in 1889.
Helm, Jim, arrived in 1883 with the Monteith family
Keogh, John, came in 1882; brother of Mrs. Patrick Whelan
Monteith, David came in 1883 from Lancaster, Wisconsin
Monteith, Miles came in 1883; cousin of David Monteith
Whelan, Patrick came in 1883 from Quebec, Canada
German Township, organized in 1912 from Whitestone Township
Bader, Samuel, came from Russia to McIntosh County in 1883, then to Dickey.
Hildebrand, Fredrick (1867-1929)
Lemke, Adam, (1861-1948) came in 1885
Miller, John S.
Montaney, George R., (1868-1952) came from Wisconsin
Retzlaff, Carl, came from Russia in 1892.
Retzlaff, Otto, (1909-1974) son of Carl
Grand Valley Township
Benson, Charles, came in 1883 with M. M. Cook and James Hyde
Bristol, S. A.
Cook, M. M. came in 1883 from Charlotte, Michigan
Haas, Adam came in 1883
Hyde, James G. came in 1883 from Charlotte, Michigan
Shepard, U. G.
Fiechtner, Gust (1872-1958)
Fiechtner, Wm. (!870-1943)
Gebhardt, Jake (1869-1953)
Kellogg, W.E. (Kellogg brothers came from New York in 1883)
Lane, George M and Hannah Mary [Duncan] came from Unadilla, Michigan in May of 1883
Oster, Gottlieb (1857-1927)
Peek, H.C., came from PA in 1882
Speidel, George (1855-1932)
Wilson, J.C. came from PA in 1882
Hudson Township (including the town of Guelph)
Baker, George M. (1837-19130 came in 1883 from Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Brown, Phillip, school first began in his claim shanty
Courtney, Frank (1865-1939) came in 1894 from Michigan
Denning, J. H.
Hall, Mary and two daughters
Hall, William, son of Mary Hall
Hodge, David (1858-1934) came in 1883 from Drayton, Ontario, Canada
Huffman, Dan a veteran of the Civil War from Ohio
Kendall, John came in 1882 from Michigan, originally from England
Kunrath, George, (1866-1948); brother of John Kunrath
Kunrath, John (1854-1931); came in 1883 from Germany
Ladd, George H. (bro-in-law of Truman Thatcher)
McLean, George came in 1882 from Canada
Millham, T. W.
Morgan, James A. came in 1883 from Goshen, Ohio
Patchett, John and dau. Libby
Puffer, Myron H. (1842-1921); came in 1883 from Wisconsin
Root, Jason D.
Thatcher, Truman (1851-1932); came in 1883 from Wisconsin
James River Valley Township
Bergstrom, Peter B., (1856-1936) came in 1883.
Ekern, L. P. came in 1888.
Johnson, Swen Henry, came in 1886
Olson, Andrew, came in 1888
Ulness, Elling O., came from Kindred, Dakota Territory in 1883.
Whitfield, George, came to Dakota from Hamilton, Ontario in 1881
Whitfield, Harker, bro. of George, came in 1883.
Bean, E. A.
Bowerman, B. F.
Cross, A. N.
Gilbert, E. S.
Higgs, J. W.
Leonard, F. J.
Lindahl, J. O.
Mangold, E. A.
Olds, John M.
Pryor, A. S.
Redmond, Anna (later Mrs. James Pollock) came in 1883
Roberts, H. J.
Roberts, W. N.
Sutton, A. F.
Canfield, Ross, came from Livonia, New York
Collins, S. M.
Fountain, E. B.
Kent, M. B.
Kentner, E. W.
Kentner, S. R.
Long, D. H.
Morrison, J. W.
Tibbetts, Byron H. came from Concord, Minnesota, d. 1905 while fighting a prairie fire.
Beaver, Mr. (a Civil War Vet)
Carney, Patrick3 (click here for obituary - CARNEY)
Haggerty, J. F.
Magoffin, Beriah, from Kentucky
Allen, W. B.
Eaton, H. F.
Lovell, Alanson and sons were the first settlers in Lovell Twp.
Lovell, Egbert, son of Alanson
Lovell, Ogden, son of Alanson
Lovell, Thomas, son of Alanson
Randall, Frank E. came in 1883 from Ortonville, Minnesota
Hancock, Alonzo, came in 1882 from Beurent, Illinois
Ingraham, Thomas, came in 1882 from Beurent, Illinois
Sweet, E.F., came in 1882 from New York
Hartman, August, came from Kansas, brother-in-law of Joe Hollan
Mouldenhour, John, was the first Russian to locate in NW part of county
Schniker, Samuel, was the second Russian to locate in NW part of county
Port Emma Township
Bush, T. W.
Cowley, Daniel from Wisconsin
Pikkaraisen, Erik came in 1882 from Calumet, Michigan.
Pyokko from Michigan
Witham, N. D., Rev. came in 1883 from Beddeford, Maine
Alcorn, M. C., came from Pennsylvania
Alexanderson, Alexander came in July 1882
Anderson, Nils Peter, (1858-1925) came in Aug. 1882
Alin, Alex, came in Aug. 1882
Barta, Joseph, (1851-died Aug. 30, 1918, kicked by a horse)
Barta, Joseph Jr. (1883-died July 17, 1920, also by a horse).
Dreunner, Henry C. of Erie, PA, took one of the first claims in Apr. 1882
Gordon, Benjamin, First death in twp. On June 30, 1889, age 45.
Keep, David S., came from PA, died 1891 in Pennsylvania
Krook, Raynard (1857-1948) came in Aug. 1882
Peterson, Swan, (born in Sweden 1836-1920), came in July 1882
Shauble, Wm. J. of Erie, Pennsylvania was one of first claimants in Apr. 1882
Porter Township - additional pioneers from the 1930 Dickey County History
Anderson, Andrew J.
Anderson, J. M.
Archer, Charles M.
Beaver, James H.
Corliss, Calvin H.
Cox, N. E.
Darby, S. H.
Deane, Frank T.
Johnson, George P.
Kelsh, T. J.
Nelson, John P.
Ulmer, J. G.
Van Middlesworth, Edward
Van Middlesworth, Frank E.
Youngquist, R. N.
Zimbleman, Henry W.
Potsdam Township- Settlers from Michigan included
Anderson, A. J. came from Sweden in 1884
Leffingwell, William H. came in 1882 from Kalamazoo Co., Michigan
Lowe, Hans came in 1883, originally from Denmark
Millham, T. W.
Brown, Fred W. came in 1882 from New Jersey
Campbell, H. H. came in 1882 from New Jersey, later returned to New Jersey in 1889.
Foley, John A.
Halloway, James came in 1882 from New Jersey, he later went back east.
Harris, Frank came in 1882 from Iowa
Harris, Reuben came in 1882 from Iowa
Merrifield, G. H. came in 1882 from Wisconsin
Ponoyer, I. M.
Rogers, A., came in 1882
Russell, Wilbur F.
Shear, C. P.
Smith, Alva, came in 1882
Smith, Joseph W.
Smith, O. J., came in 1882
Stephenson, John, came in 1882 from Illinois
Stephenson, William, came in 1882 from Illinois
Stevenson, N. G.
Van Meter Township
Brown, John C. came in 1883 from Eaton Rapids, Michigan
Brown, W. P.
Bunker, James from Hudson, Wisconsin
Chambers, Mrs. Mary (sister of the Van Meter bros.)
Davis, W. W.
Dinsmore, Henry, Civil War Veteran
Dyer, Mrs. (sister of the Van Meter bros.)
Geschke, H. E.
Green, John A.
Hughes, Emily V. (later Mrs. Ackley)
Laubach, J. C. came from Indiana
Leiby, Ed N. was the first to establish a residence
Mallory, W. H. H., Civil War Veteran, came in 1882 from Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
Morrison, C. A.
Mullen, R. J.
Perry, Charles, bro. of Hon. H. H. Perry of Ellendale.
Peterson, August came in 1883
Pollock, James came in 1882 from Huron County, Ontario, Canada
St. Ores, Will
Van Meter, E. W.
Van Meter, H. J.
Van Meter, John H.
Van Vleck, Irving
Watson, Clara, from Hudson, Wisconsin.
Wilkinson, L. W.
Wilson, Arthur G.
The following were landowners in 1886; not all of them were residents of the township.
Anderson, Charles, came abt. 1882
Anderson, Fred, came abt. 1882
Arndt, Carl, (1829-1901), came in 1883.
Berg, Peter, (1831-1892), came in 1882
Bowen, Albert, came in 1882
Holm, Lars, came from Minn. and took a claim in 1882
Howe, Andrew E., (1858-1931) came in 1882
Jorgenson, Peter, (1845-1922) came from Minn. and took a claim in 1882
Larkin, Roy and mother
Lewis family, Mrs. Lewis was sister to Mrs. Jorgenson and the Thompson brothers.
Mattson, James, came in 1883
Mattson, Martin G., (1862-1927) came in 1883
Thompson, S. S.
Strutz, Gust (1860-1945)
Wright, Wilson, came in 1882
Note: I believe the “James Mattson” listed above as arriving in 1883 should actually be Jacob G. Mattson,
who was the brother of the Martin G. Mattson, who follows in the list.
Jacob G. Mattson was my great grandfather and donor of the land for the St. Ansgar Lutheran Church--
which I’m not sure is in Dickey or LaMoure county. The only time I recall being at the church was
for my grandfather Jul Mattson’s funeral. Submitted by
Stacie Mattson (May 2010) -csk
White, E.F. came in the spring of 1883 from New York
White, George, came in the spring of 1883 from New York
White, Rev. G.S., came in the spring of 1882 from New York to select government land
Yorktown Township - Additional Pioneers from the 1930 Dickey County History
(from a list of the first settlers or squatters who filed in the township in 1883-1884)
Barnes, Ira A.
Birdsell, C. A
Bucklin, Mrs. Bell
Cook, R. D.
Cox, M. Sr.
Dawe, J. A.
Fell, E. A.
Flagg, M. P.
Gamber, B. M.
Hogaboom, A. C.
Holms, Miss Carrie
Holms, E. C.
Holway, H. P.
Lewis, Mrs. Alida
Main, W. H.
McKorkell, A. C.
Merchant, M. F. Dr.
Morey, A. P.
Morey, G. F.
Nelson, B. L.
Palmer, C. W.
Peck, H. H.
Priest, Mrs. M. B.
Roundy, C. A.
Seward, W. H.
Uecker, William, Sr.
Vanfleect, George, Sr.
Van Middlesworth, Frank
Wells, A. J.
Clark, Mrs. Emma B. (was a sister of Mrs. Walter Webb)
Glenn, C. M. (Mrs. Glenn was a sister of the Webb brothers)
Hyde, Mrs. J. G. was a sister of the Webb brothers
Sweeney, E. A. from Michigan (Mrs. Sweeney was a sister of the Webb brothers)
Lane, George M and Hannah Mary [Duncan]
"My name is John Lane Lowrey. My grandfather was George Emerson Lane, who was born on a homestead in Hamburg Township on the 4th of November 1884. His older sister Cora married Willard E Kellogg. As you well know, the Kellogg's (now Ken) still farm and ranch on the original Kellogg - Lane property. WE's property was the section next to the Lane's. I have been to the property nearly every summer of my life visiting my relatives.
"George Emerson Lane was one of 6 children of George M Lane and Hannah Mary Duncan Lane, who came from Unadilla, MI in May of 1883. Hannah Mary [Duncan] Lane's brother was William Titus Duncan (unfortunately in historic records he is noted as W F Duncan). He came the summer before, in 1882 and is listed as one of the founding citizens of Dickey County. His homestead was in the Lane family until the 1930's when my grandfather sold it.
"My grandfather George worked as a cashier at the First Bank of Ellendale for nearly twenty years, then bought the First National Bank of Hecla, where he was President for over 30 years. My mother Eleanor was the only child of George Emerson and Eunice [Owen] Lane, who met as children in Ellendale -- the Owens farmed property in Fullerton from around the turn of the 1900's. My mother lived in Hecla until she went away to the University in Minneapolis, where she met my father."
Contributed by John Lane Lowrey (Feb 2014) -csk
Hon. Edwin F. Sweet who has been connected with this district since
its early history, was born at Dansville, New York in the famous Geneseo
Valley. Educated in the public schools at Yale and Michigan University
Law School; is by profession a Lawyer at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Married
to Sophia F. Fuller 1876. Member of the Grand Rapids Board of Education
('99-'04). Mayor of Grand Rapids, 1904-1906. Member of Congress from
Fifth District of Michigan, 1911 to March 1913. Assistant Secretary of
Commerce, 1913-1921 – Wilson's Administration. Member of the American
Canadian Fishery Commission; Federal Electric Railways Commission;
War Industries Boards.
Came to North Dakota in 1882 and has a large land holdings; has done
much toward making Fullerton and vicinity the place it now is. Mr. Sweet
gave the right of way to the “Soo” Railroad In 1887, donated town lots to
several who erected places of business; giving a plot of his tree claim west of
the village for a cemetery; the lots for the Union Church; also the base ball
A History of Dickey County by the Dickey County Historical Society, Ellendale, ND.
The Society , 1930. p.213.
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