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According to North Dakota History & People: Outlines of American History written by Lounsberry in 1917, Sargent County was named for H.E. Sargent, general manager of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was interested in the development of the agricultural interests of the Red River Valley.
The North Dakota Blue Book for 1942 states the same information. In addition, it states that Sargent County was formed out of parts of Ransom County and the Sisseton and Wahpeton Indian reservations. The first settler of the county is said to have been John Langies, a half-breed Indian, who located in Tewaukon township in May, 1873. The first white settler was E.D. Post, who settled in Herman township in June, 1879.
Click here for Early History of Sargent County by H. A. Soule in Sargent County Fair Book reprinted in the Sargent County News newspaper, August 28 1924.
Note to Sargent County researchers: Click here for information regarding newly published Sargent County History books by Susan Kudelka.
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