BIOGRAPHIES OF TRAILL COUNTY
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CARL FREDERIK BAHNSEN

Some records have referred to him as Charles.
Editor and publisher of the "Statstidende" (State Journal), is a gentleman of wide experience in newspaper work and is meeting with success in that line in Hillsboro, Traill county. He is well educated, intelligent and possessed of excellent characteristics and occupies a prominent place as a true citizen.
Our subject was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 8, 1859, and was the second of nine children, born to Nic. F. and Louiso (Schroader) Bahnsen. He went to live with his maternal grandparents when he was two years of age and was given liberal educational advantages until his fourteenth year, when he was apprenticed to the printer's trade and served five years. He went to Chicago in the spring of 1882 and worked there about three years in the office of the Scandinavian paper, although he was well educated in English. He later went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and in a short time established a small job printing shop, which he conducted one year and then worked in Minneapolis four years. He went to Hatton, Traill county, in the fall of 1892 and worked on the sheet established by A. S. Froslid, known as the "Banneret," a Norwegian sheet. Mr. Bahnsen leased this plant in 1894 and edited the paper until 1895, when he disposed of his interests and entered the employ of the purchaser and the plant was removed to Mayville. He went to Hillsboro in October, 1898, and in April, 1899, leased the plant which he now operates. He publishes a weekly paper, Tuesdays, containing four seven-column pages, and the paper has a liberal patronage. The "Statstidende" was established in May, 1897, by the Banner Publishing Company and operated by them until our subject assumed charge in April, 1899.
Mr. Bahnsen was married, in 1889, to Miss Ida Carlson. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bahnsen, named as follows : Frederick W. and Eda. Mr. Bahnsen is a Republican in political faith and is a strong adherent to party principles.
Carl Burial and Eda Burial

Source in part from: Compendium of History and Biography Containing A History of North Dakota, Chicago, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1900


WILLIAM BANISTER

Some records have his surname as Bannister.
William was born about 1838 and died in Traill County 19 November 1901.
He enlisted on 11 September 1862, mustered in on 22 Oct 1862 as a Private in Company C, 15th Vermont Infantry, mustered out on 5 August 1863. He then enlisted 28 December 1863, mustered in on 6 January 1864 as a Private in Company C, 9th Vermont Infantry; transferred to Company A on 13 June 1865, mustered out 24 July 1865. His pension application is dated 3 March 1875.
In the 1890 Veterans Census reports he is living in Hillsboro.
William is listed in the document "Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903" and records he is buried in Hillsboro and he served in Company C 15th Vermont Infantry Regiment and lists his death date.
He is buried in Hillsboro #1 Cemetery.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.

See Vermont in the Civil War for more information.


EDWARD D. BARKER

Edward was born about 1834 in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois. A death date of 18 February 1913 is recorded by the Veterans Administration. There is a Find A Grave Memorial located here but there is no indication of burial place.
In the 1890 Veterans Census reports he is living in Hillsboro.
He enlisted from Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota on 2 November 1863 into Company F, Minnesota 2nd Cavalry Regiment. He was promoted to Full Quartermaster in 1863 and later to Full Sergeant. Edward mustered out as a downgraded Private on 2 December 1865. He started receiving a pension on 30 March 1885. He was a member of the Minnesota Grand Army of the Republic.


AMOS M. BARNUM

Amos was born about 1825 and died in Traill County 20 December 1893.
In the 1885 Dakota Territory amd the 1890 Veterans Census reports he is living in Mayville.
He enlisted as a Corporal on 15 August 1862 into Company B, Wisconsin 27th Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Full Sergeant. Amos mustered out on 29 May 1865. He started receiving his pension on 22 March 1890 in North Dakota and his wife, Sarah, started receiving a widow's pension on 15 January 1894 in North Dakota.
Amos secured land in Section 32, Township 148, Range 51.
He is buried in Mayville Cemetery.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


EMIL BAUMANN

Emil was born in Jun 1839 in Switzerland.
In the 1900 Census he is living in Reynolds.
He enlisted as a Corporal on 15 August 1862 into Company E, Wisconsin 20th Infantry Regiment. He mustered out on 14 July 1865 at Galveston, Texas.
He is buried in Grand Forks County.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


HALVOR O. BERG

From the 1959, A History of Hatton, North Dakota 1884-1959
HALVOR O. BERG, born in Valdres, Norway, Feb. 10, 1828, came to the U. S. in 1853 and farmed for several year in Dane County, Wis.
He was married in 1853 to Brita Mele, born June 24, 1823 in Bergen, Norway, and the family moved to Worth County, Iowa, in 1868.
In 1873 Halvor set out on a scouting trip to Dakota Territory and picked a homestead in section 28, Newburgh township. He made arrangements with nephews to erect cabins on claims while he (Halvor) returned to Iowa.
In 1874 he returned to Newburgh as leader of one of three caravans who settled along Goose River in Steele and Grand Forks counties. In 1876 he built a store on his homestead and in 1877 started a post office in connection with his store.
Halvor Berg died Feb. 2, 1881, and his wife died in 1903. They had three sons, Nicolai, who died in infancy, Nicolai (N.H.) and Joseph, both now deceased. Both sons helped their father with the store and post office.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


JOHN J. BERGH

John was born 9 February 1843 in Norway and died 22 June 1904 in Norman County, Minnesota.
In the 1880 Dakota Territory Census he is living in Township 146 Range 50 (Caledonia area). In the 1900 he is living in Norman County, Minnesota.
He enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862 in 25th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry. He mustered out on 7 June 1865 at Crystal Springs, Maryland. He started receiving his pension on 24 December 1886 and his wife, Karie J., started receiving a widow's pension on 1 August 1904 in Minnesota.
John secured land in Section 26, Township 146, Range 50.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "BERGH, John J. WI 25th Inf Co K. Residence: Bloomingdal, Vernon County, Wisconsin. Born 1842 in Oiers Prestegjeld, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. Came to America in 1853 to Coon Prairie, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 19. Farmer. Unmarried. Blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5’9”. Enlisted for three years on 14 Aug 1862 at Viroqua, Wisconsin, and mustered at La Crosse, Wisconsin, on 14 Sep 1862. Private. “This man, a Norwegian by birth, has proven himself a good and true soldier. Has never been absent but once and then sick for five months after our miserable existence on the Yazoo River. He has been in all the battles and marches of the regiment and has never been known to falter or flinch in any occasion whatever.”; a citation in the soldier’s record. Post war: In 1880, he moved to the Red River Valley near Hillsboro. In 1892 [one source has 1893], he moved to Hendrum, Minnesota. He died in 1904 of diabetes. Sources: (WHS red book vol 30) (Ulvestad p271) (Rootsweb, Norwegian Obituaries) “Berg, John J”."
Information from a distant descendant, Howard Bergh, indicates he: [1] enlisted at the age of 19; [2] fought at siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi; [3] fought at Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennesse; and [4] moved to Hendrum, Minnesota in 1893.
He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norman County, Minnesota.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


HENRY BIERMANN

The following is taken in part from the Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota 1900 and in part from the writings of Gerry Mohn:
HENRY [Heinrich Dieterich] BIERMANN [BIERMAN]is one of the leading and influential farmers of Traill county, wherein he is a large land owner. His farm is in section 22 of Eldorado township, and his residence is located on the northeast quarter. He has been successful as an agriculturist, but many years were spent in a seemingly fruitless struggle for the accumulation of a comfortable home. He lived in his first log house for manv years and labored with untiring energy, his efforts being rewarded by the acquisition of a fine property and a high station as a citizen.
Our subject was born in Nemberg [Neurenberg], Germany, July 10, 1847, and was the younger of two children born to Henry and Mary (Patroson) Biermann. His mother died in 1853 and in 1859 the father with his two children crossed the ocean and arrived in New Orleans shortly before Christmas and there took a steamer up the Mississippi river to St. Louis and there visited an uncle of our subject. The father began farming in St. Louis county, Missouri, and after a few years remarried.
Although but fourteen years of age our subject enlisted, August 14, 1861, in Company G, Twelfth Missouri Volunteer Infantry. Pea Ridge was the first engagement and then followed Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain and the battle of Atlanta and the capture of Atlanta, and then he marched with Sherman to the sea and then northward and participated in the grand review at Washington. He took part in some of the hardest-fought engagements and though but a boy proved himself loyal to the cause of his adopted land. He was home but eight days during his long and hard service and most of the time was actively engaged at the front. He was mustered out September 3, 1864, and afterward worked in Missouri at farm labor. He went to Cook county, Illinois, in 1867 and followed farm work and about 1870 returned to Missouri and from there, in the fall of 1878 [1877], went to Dakota, arriving at Fargo with thirty dollars and a few household goods. His father-in-law had preceded him to the Goose river country and he took land as near him as could be found and erected a l6x24-foot shanty. He incurred debts in getting farm machinery and teams and his second crop was destroyed by prairie fire. He now owns four hundred acres of plow land and ten acres of timber and on his home farm has erected a large barn and comfortable residence and enjoys country life.
Our subject was married, December 17, 1870, to Miss Augusta Housemann [Hausmann]. Eleven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Biermann, as follows: William; Louisa: John; Katie, deceased; Henry; Amelia; Emile; Hammon, deceased; Henrietta; Carl, deceased, and Alfred. Mr. Biermann is a member of the German Lutheran church and in political sentiment is a Republican and is also a member of the G. A. R. He is a member of the township board and is influential in public affairs.

From The Grand Forks Evening Times, 21 November 1908:
Hillshoro, N. D., Nov. 21—Henry Bierman, an old and respected resident of Eldorado township and one of the pioneers of this neighborhood, was the victim of a fatal accident. Mr. Bierman, accompanied by Herman Riemer, had spent the day at Grandln farm No. 1, closing up some business affairs with Superintendent Holstrom. From there he went to Halstad. When ready to leave for home and in stepping from a high sidewalk, he fell under his team. It is believed that one of the horses kicked him. However, he straightened up and got on his feet, but immediately fell over backward under another horse tied nearby. The animal became frightened and stepped on the unfortunate man, crushing his ribs directly over the heart. Mr. Riemer instantly sprang to his assistance, dragged him fro his perilous position and placing him in the buggy, took him to a physician's office, where he died within a few minutes.

Henry is buried in Immanuel Cemetery, Hillsboro
Burial, Tombstone Picture


HALVOR T. BJERTNESS AND LOTTIE HOLTER

Bjertness, Halvor T. was born in Hadeland, Norway in 1861 and came to America in 1878, settling first at Montevideo, Minnesota. In 1880, he came to Dakota Territory and settled in Newburgh Township.

March 24, 1885 he bought two quarters of land in Washington Township, Section 32, from Erick Aase.

Halvor married Lottie Holter in 1902. They had one daughter, Myrtle, born October 16, 1903. Mr. Bjertness died may 17, 1925 and Mrs. Bjertness died July 7, 1939.

Myrtle was confirmed at Zoar Lutheran Church and was a 1923 graduate of Hatton High School. Myrtle was married to Gustav Skojoiten.
Contributed by Gerry Mohn from Hatton Centennial 1884-1984, "A Century Of Change," Page 375. Note there is a picture on Page 375.


OCTAVIUS BONNELL

Octavius was born in New Jersey with a date recorded as 1844, 1845, and 1848.
In the 1910 and 1915 Census he is living in Blanchard and in 1910 is the Postmaster.
Octavius enlisted in Company D, 4th Wisconsin Infantry as a Private on 31 October 1861 and released on 11 April 1862. He then enlisted in Company K, 25th Wisconsin Infantry on 13 August 1862 and was mustered out on 7 June 1865 in Crystal Springs, Maryland. He started receiving his pension on 3 August 1883 and his wife Ida started receiving a widow's pension on 15 March 1918.
He died on 2 April 1922 in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, Minnesota.


JOHN H. BRENEMAN

John was born 22 July 1836 and died 16 September 1896.
In the 1880 Dakota Territory Census he is living in Township 149 Range 49. In the 1885 Dakota Territory census he is in Traill County.
Although this writer could not find his civil war records, his pension record indicates he served in Companies A and K in the 8th Missouri Infantry. He started receiving his pension on 29 March 1885 [maybe 1888] in Dakota Territory and wife, Mary L., started receiving a widows's pension on 31 October 1896.
John secured land in Section 24, Township 145, Range 50.
He is buried in Caledonia Cemetery.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


BERNHARD "BARNEY" OLSEN BYE

During his time in the civil war, he used the alias Bernhard Olsen.
Bernhard was born in Roras, Norway 15 May 1845 and died 21 October 1921 in Halstad, Norman County, Minnesota.
In the 1880 Census he is living in Traill County having moved there in 1878. In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census and the 1900 Federal Census he is living in Caledonia. In the 1910 Census he is living in Herberg Township.
In 1909, Bernhard was elected a Judge of Elections in Herberg Township. He was also a township moderator and a supervisor. He owned 160 acres in Section 3 of Herberg Township.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "US 16th Inf Co B [Tombstone describes it as CO. B. 2D BAT. 16 U.S. REG.] From Ostlandet, Norway. Civil War: Enlisted 11 Mar 1862. Private. Wounded in his left hip. Discharged 11 Mar 1865. Post war: Lived at Caledonia, Traill County, North Dakota. Sources: (Ulvestad p305) (1890 Veterans and Widows Census, North Dakota, No.123, roll 59)."
Bernhard starting receiving his pension under his alias in North Dakota on 7 May 1883. His wife Jane started receiving a widow's pension in Minnesota on 26 November 1921.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.