VAN SOLEN FAMILY
George L. Van Solen was a civil war veteran, who for a period of time resided in Sioux County and was a prominent sawmill engineer at Fort Yates. George married Mary Louisa Picotte in April 1879 at Standing Rock Indian Reservation at that time part of Morton County. Mary Ann Barnes Williams, author of Origins of North Dakota Place Names credits the townsite of Solen as being named after Mr. and Mrs. Van Solen. The internet has extensive information on both the older and younger generations of the Van Solen and Picotte families. This website will document just the primary information as the internet information is large and sometimes confusing and contradictory. A daughter and lifelong resident of Sioux County is Lucille Zoe a school teacher, rancher, and peacemaker born 28 January 1882 at Fort Yates.
George was born 12 May 1835 in Massachusetts. He lived in Minnesota and Missouri before settling at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. He enlisted in Company C, 1st Minnesota Voluntary Infantry Regiment as a Private on 9 September 1861 and was discharged with disability on 18 April 1862. He enlisted again as a Private in Company G, 6th Minnesota Voluntary Infantry Regiment on 13 August 1862, promoted to Full Private on 1 October 1864 and discharged on 29 May 1865. He started receiving his pension in North Dakota on 25 August 1890.
George died 28 December 1896 and is buried in Bismarck, Maria died in March 1920 (see obituary) and is buried at Saint Peters Catholic Church Cemetery and Lucille died 23 August 1929.