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BIOGRAPHIES OF TRAILL COUNTY

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NELS KNUDSON HAGA

Nels has been difficult to research by this writer because of the use of both given and surnames. Records have his given name as Nels and Nils. Some records have his middle as Knudson, Knudsen, Knutson, Knudtson, and Knutsen. Further, it is not clear by this writer how and when the surname Haga was used. Apparently in the civil war and for his pension records he used the name Nels Knudson. There is no indication in his civil war records that he was using an alias.
Nels was born in Vossestrand, Hordaland, Norway on 18 March 1834 and died in Traill County 22 January 1905.
He enlisted as a Private from Decorah, Iowa on 15 August 1862. He mustered into Company E, Iowa 38th Infantry Regiment on 4 November 1862 and transferred on 1 January 1865 to Company K, Iowa 34th Infantry Regiment. He mustered out on 15 August 1865 at Houston, Texas. He started receiving his pension 15 Jun 1890 in North Dakota and his wife, Martha [Nils Knudson and Martha Larson married in Iowa in 1866], started receiving a widow's pension on 5 May 1908 in Iowa.
In the 1880 Federal Census he is living in Dayton, Dakota Territory. In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Mayville and in 1900 Federal Census he and Martha are living in Roseville Township.
The Hatton Diamond Jubilee Book: "Nils K. Haga, a Civil War veteran of Co. K. 34, Iowa Infantry, was born in Norway on March 18, 1834. His wife, Martha, was born in Norway June 6, 1842. They homesteaded in Viking Township, Section 8, N.E. about 1880. Their original log cabin is a part of the house still standing on their homestead where they lived until they died, Mr. Haga passing away in 1905 and Mrs. Haga in 1908."
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "KNUDSON, Nels IA 34th Inf Co K. Born in Norway. Civil War: Enrolled in August 1863 at age 27. Post war: Came from Iowa to Traill County, Dakota Territory, in May 1879. Private. Sources: (Traill County Veterans Index, 1885 Dakota Territorial Census, p138)"
also "KNUTSON, Nels IA 34th Inf Co K. Civil War: Enlisted 15 Aug 1862. Private. Discharged 15 Aug 1865. Post war: In 1890, he was living in Portland, Traill County, North Dakota. Sources: (1890 Veterans and Widows Census, North Dakota, No.123, roll 59)."
also "HAGA, Nils K. From Voss, Norway. Civil War: Private. Wounded. Post war: Lived in Traill County, North Dakota. Sources: (Ulvestad p286)."
He is buried in Aurdal Cemetery.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.
INGVOLD HANSON

Ingvold's given name is various in records such as Ingvold, Ingvald, Ingewald, Ingrold, and Engrold,
He was born June 1828 in Norway and died before November 1910.
He enlisted as a Private from Minnesota on 1 October 1864 into Company D, 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery. He mustered out on 26 June 1865. He started receiving his pension on 4 August 1890 in North Dakota and his wife Gunil [Gunhild] started receiving a widow's pension on 8 November 1910 in North Dakota.
In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Norway Township. In 1900 he is in Eldorado Township.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "HANSON, Ingvold MN Hv Arty 1st Reg Co D. Residence: Spring Grove, Houston County, Minnesota. Born in Hadeland, Norway. Civil War: Age 35. Enrolled 1 Oct 1864. Mustered 13 Oct 1864. Private. Discharged from the service 26 Jun 1865. Post war: Lived at Hillsboro. Sources: (MINN p583) (MCIW p621) (Ulvestad p288) “Hansen, Ingvald”."
Ingvold held a land patent in Sections 32 and 33, Township 146, Range 50.
He is buried in Hillsboro #1 Cemetery
Burial, Tombstone Picture.
EDGAR SPENCER HARROUN

Some records have his middle initial as E.
Edgar was born 1 August 1843 in Pennsylvania. He died 21 August 1911 in Pennsylvania.
He enlisted as a Private 4 January 1862 into Company A, Minnesota 5th Infantry Regiment and mustered out as a Corporal on 5 February 1865. He was wounded in the war. He received his pension beginning 27 January 1891 in North Dakota and his wife, Ellie, started receiving a widow's pension on 11 September 1911 in Pennsylvania.
In the 1880 Federal Census he is living in Traill County. In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Mayville and in 1900 he is in Pierce County.
Edgar held land grants in Section 2, Township 147, Range 52 (Lindaas Township).
He is buried in Greendale Cemetery, Meadville, Pennsylvania.
JOHN MICHAEL THOMMESSON HERBERG

North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

For over four decades John M. Herberg, a farmer of Herberg township, has resided in Traill county, and he is recognized as one of the leading citizens of the county. He began his career empty handed, but through the exercise of sound judgment, determination and industry he has gained financial independence and now holds title to five hundred acres of excellent land. A native of Norway, he was born on the 15th of February, 1839, of the marriage of Thomas and Bertha Herberg, both natives of that country, where they lived and died. To them were born ten children, of whom only two now survive, our subject and a sister, Bertha Benedickson, who is living in Norway.
John M. Herberg was reared and educated in his native land and remained there until 1870, when he came to America and, making his way into the interior of the country, settled in Minnesota. The following year, however, he came to North Dakota and located on a claim near Fargo, which he soon afterward sold. He then removed to Traill county and took up a homestead on section 36, Herberg township, where he has since resided. The place was totally unimproved when it came into his possession, and as soon as possible he erected a small log cabin, which was covered with a sod roof and which had only the ground for the floor. For some time this primitive structure was his only home, but later he built a substantial and attractive frame residence. He has also erected good barns and other necessary farm buildings and the improvements upon his place compare favorably with those on adjoining farms. He has brought his land to a high state of development, has carefully conserved its fertility and has seldom failed to harvest large crops. From time to time he has purchased additional land and now owns five hundred acres. He was one of the pioneers of the county and has always been among the leaders in movements for the community welfare, and the high esteem in which he is held by the early settlers of the county is evidenced by the fact that Herberg township, in which he lives, was named in his honor. The school district was also given his name.
Mr. Herberg was married in Norway to Miss Magel Serine Kolsto, and they have become the parents of ten children, namely, Thomas, Tracy, Olof, Bertha, Albert, Olga, Edward, Thorolf, Herbert, and one who is deceased.
Since becoming a naturalized American citizen Mr. Herberg has stanchly supported the republican party and he has been called to office, having served acceptably as supervisor and as treasurer of his township. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Lutheran church, and take a commendable interest in the moral advancement of their community. He is a fine representative of those self-reliant, determined and public-spirited men who in a generation transformed the state of North Dakota from a wild, uninviting and sparsely settled region to a prosperous and highly developed commonwealth.
JALMER HERRE
North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

Jalmer Herre is one of the younger farmers of Traill county and is also one of the most substantial as he holds title to seven hundred and sixty-six acres of fine land. A native son of the county, be was born in Elm River township on the 18th of July, 1883, of the marriage of Alford and Alfred Johnson, natives of Norway, who emigrated to the United States in 1860 and first located in Wisconsin. Eighteen years later they removed with their family to North Dakota and settled upon a farm in Traill county, where they passed their remaining days.
Jalmer Herre, their only child, was just three months old when bis mother died and he was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Nels Herre [see biography below]. He was reared under their roof and received his education in the public schools of Traill county and in the North Dakota Agricultural College at Fargo. He is progressive in his methods of farming, profiting by the experience of investigators who are seeking to make agriculture more of an exact science and utilizing the most improved farm machinery. He seldom fails to harvest large crops and as he understands the importance of studying the market so as to sell to the best advantage he realizes a large financial return from his land. He owns three hundred and twenty acres on section 33, Herberg township, on which his residence is located, and three hundred and twenty acres on section 8, the same township, and one hundred and twenty-six acres on section 6, Elm River township. All of his land is well improved and everything is kept in excellent condition.
Mr. Herre supports the repiiblican party and takes the interest of a good citizen in public affairs. He is now serving on the township board and is proving a very able official, he ranks among the foremost farmers of his county and has done much to promote an interest in scientific agriculture in this section. He has passed his entire life here and his genuine worth is indicated by the fact that those who have known him most intimately are his warmest friends.
NELS A. HERRE
North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

Nels A. Herre, a wealthy farmer residing in Herberg township, Traill county, where he owns six hundred and seventy-five acres of excellent land, is a native of Norway and has manifested the sturdy characteristics of his race. He was born on the 14th of August, 1852, of the marriage of Andrew and Julia Herre, both also natives of that country. In 1860 they removed with their family to America and first located in Wisconsin, where the mother passed away. The father subsequently became a resident of North Dakota and here his demise occurred.
Nels A. Herre, who is the only one living of a family of four children, was reared in Wisconsin as he was but a child when the family emigrated to the United States. He is indebted for his education to the public schools of that state, and after putting aside his textbooks engaged in farming there until 1877, when he came to North Dakota and filed on land on section 32, Herberg township, Traill county. He has since resided upon his homestead but has increased the boundaries of the place from time to time until it now comprises six hundred and seventy-five acres, all of which is finely improved. His success as an agriculturist has been due not to any fortunate circumstances but to his enterprise, his untiring industry and his good management.
In 1879 occurred the marriage of Mr. Herre and Miss Johanna Sunfry, who was also born in Norway. Both belong to the Lutheran church and in their lives seek to conform to the teachings of that organization. He has supported the republican party since becoming of age but has never sought nor desired office. When he came to this state conditions were those of the frontier and there were few who were able to foresee the marvelous transformation which it was destined to undergo within four decades. He has thoroughly identified his interests with those of his adopted state from the first and at all times has sought to further its advancement. He found here excellent opportunities and through his readiness in utilizing them has gained more than financial independence, although at the time of his arrival here he was practically empty handed.
HENRY O. HODGES

Henry was born in March 1845.
He enlisted (civil war records list him as Henry A. Hodges) from Westmoreland, New York on July 1862 and mustered 11 August 1862 into Company E, New York 117th Infantry Regiment and mustered out on 8 July 1865 at the De Camp General Hospital, Davids' Island, New York. He started receiving a pension on 31 July 1865 and later a minor pension was issued in his name to Asa Sargeant (by next friend).
In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Hillsboro and in 1900 he is in Caledonia.
On 3 October 1897 Henry married Josephine Aamot in Traill County.
Burial, Tombstone Picture
ANTON AND LOUISE HOLTER

Holter, Anton and Louise were born near Olso, Norway and were married in Norway. Like many other couples they became interested in emigrating to America and came to Worth County, Iowa. The family, together with several neighbors, took off by covered wagon and oxen for Dakota Territory and arrived in June 1879. They settled on NE1/4, section 1. Newburgh Township. Nine children were born, all of which have passed away. Mrs. Holter died July 21, 1917, at the age of 78 and Mr. Holter died Dec 31, 1923 at the age of 86. A daughter, Mrs. Lottie Bjertness, became the owner of the farm in 1930 and since then it has been unoccupied. Mr. and Mrs. Gust Skoiten became owners of the land in 1939. The family group shown here was taken about 1890.

Contributed by Gerry Mohn from Hatton Centennial 1884-1984, "A Century Of Change," Page 312. Note there is a family picture on Page 313.


DAVID JEROME HOLTER

Holter, David Jerome was born April 4, 1936 at Hatton, He is a farmer in Garfield township. His parents are Jerome and Esther Holter. His wife is Dawn Iris Wegenast, born Jan 28, 1939 at Edgeley, ND. Her parents are Adolph and Iris Wegenast.

They have three children; Kari DeAnn, Nancy Dawn, Nathan David.

David was born and raised in Hatton City. He had additional schooling at Wahpeton, ND and NDSU. He served two years with the Army in Germany. Dawn and David were married July 17, 1959 at Portland, ND. They made their home two and one-half miles east of Hatton where they joined David's father, Jerome. With the family farming operation. This land was also farmed by David's grandfather, Albert Bjertness.

Their children: Kati is a graduate of UND in Grand Forks, ND. Nancy is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and Nathan is a student at Hatton High School and now farming with his father. He is a fourth generation farmer in Garfield Township.

Contributed by Gerry Mohn from Hatton Centennial 1884-1984, "A Century Of Change," Page 244. Note there is a family picture on Page 244.


FRITJOF HOLTER

Holter, Fritjof was born in 1873, the son of Bernt Anton Holter and Anna Lovise Aarhus. He married Jennie Holman, daughter of Jens and Thea Holman. Fritof (Fred) Holter came with his parents by covered wagon from Northwood, Iowa when he was about six years old. They homesteaded 2 miles north of Hatton. Fred was a carpenter by trade and built the house, which is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome. Jennie came from Norway with her mother. Fred and Jennie were the parents of four children: Jerome, Hatton, farmer, wife: Esthers, 8 children; Norine, Hatton, wife Olive, three children; Lucille is deceased, she had two sons; Jordis is married to Darrell Dahl, Tampa, Florida., has 2 children.

Contributed by Gerry Mohn from Hatton Centennial 1884-1984, "A Century Of Change," Page 312. Note there is a wedding picture on Page 140.


HJALMER HOLMAN AND SELMA HOLTER

Holman, Hjalmer was born June 10, 1881 in Norway to parents Jens and Thea Holman. He was a carpenter and a farmer. His wife Selma (Holter) Holman was born Jan 10, 1970 in Newburgh Township. Her parents were Anton and Louise Holter. He died Mar 5,1922 and Selma died Dec 6, 1940. Hjalmer Holman and Selma Holter were married July 2, 1910 by Rev. Ramstad of Hatton.

Hjalmer worked around in the building trade, construction and later decided to farm. He bought land 14 miles west of Hatton, built all the buildings on it, together with his brother-in-law Fred. They sold the house they had built in Hatton and began farming. When Hjalmer died Selma continued on for two years but then decided it was time to move off the farm and into town. It was 3 miles to the country schools. Selma had the usual farm sale and moved into Hatton, renting out the farm.

There were 4 children, Harris T. a laborer in Hatton; Rudolph A., Clerical and bookkeeper, Hatton; Anton Jerome and Ruth died in infancy.

Contributed by Gerry Mohn from Hatton Centennial 1884-1984, "A Century Of Change," Page 195. Note there is a picture on Page 195.


JEROME HOLTER

Holter, Jerome was the first born of Frithof and Jennie Holter who built their homestead in 1909 and lived there until their deaths in 1923 and 1947. It is the present home of Jeerome and Esther at 110 First ST. Through lean years and good Jerome worked at the Post Office and as butter-maker in Hatton Co-op Creamery from 1933 until 1945 when he started farming 2 ¼ miles east of Hatton on the original Ole Bjertness homestead. Albert and Hannah Bjertness were the father and mother of Esther Holter. Albert and Hannah lived on the farm from 1923 to their deaths, 1964 and 1974. At present the farming is a Holter family operation. Jerome retired from active farming in 1975. Jerome and Esther Bjertness Stoa married Nov. 25, 1923.

Their children are: Marilyn married to John Harms of Bristow, Iowa. They have four children, Jennifer, Valerie, Tracy and Timothy. Gordon married to Jackie of Shawnee, Kansas; have three children, Terry, Jeffery and Stephanie. Janice was married to Richard Grotte (deceased July 31, 1979) has five children: Mark, Mitchell, Jana, Dane and Eric. David of Hatton married Dawn and they have three children: Kari, Nancy and Nathane. Neal of Park River, MN married Carol and they have two children: Christopher and Heidi. Paul (Rick) of Hatton married Gayle and they have two children: Jason and Jennie. Carl of Waukesha, Wisconsin married Jan and they have three children: Daniel, Mark and Joy. Michael of Virginia Bay, Virgina married Cyndy and they have three children: Heather, Ashly and Beth. Jerome and Esther have 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Gerry Mohn from Hatton Centennial 1884-1984, "A Century Of Change," Page 140. Note there is a picture on Page 140.


LOTTIE HOLTER

See Halvor T. Bjertness.
PAUL RICHARD HOLTER

Holter, Paul Richard, was born Oct 10, 1939 at Hatton, ND. His parents are Jerome and Esther Holter of Hatton. His wife is Gayle Ann Christopherson, born Nov 4, 1944 at Minneapolis, MN. Her parents are Gladys and the late Allen Christopherson of Minneapolis, MN.

They have two children, Jason Paul, born Dec 17, 1968, and Jennie Tomesa, born Feb 22, 1972.

Contributed by Gerry Mohn from Hatton Centennial 1884-1984, "A Century Of Change," Page 243. Note there is a picture on Page 243.


SELMA HOLTER

See Hjalmer Holman above.


GUNDER HOWARD

North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

Gunder Howard has built up a large business as a dealer in agricultural implements in Hillsboro and is also one of the most extensive landowners of the county, owning sixteen hundred acres of fine land in North Dakota and Minnesota. He has not only been connected with the agricultural and business interests of his locality, but he has also taken an active part in public affairs, having represented his district in the state legislature.
Mr. Howard was born in Fyrisdal, Norway, on the 28th of August, 1855, a son of Gunderson and Anna (Bcndikson) Howard. The father passed away in his native land but the mother emigrated to the United States with her four sons in 1872. She located on a preemption claim in Clay county, Minnesota, near Moorhead, where she remained until 1882, when she came to Hillsboro. She is still living here and is held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. Three of her sons are also living, namely: Gunder; Ole, who is associated with our subject in business; and Jorgen, a resident of Kildeer, North Dakota.
Gunder Howard received the greater part of his education in Norway, attending the public and high schools there. After coming to the United States he only attended school for eighteen days. Soon after his arrival in Minnesota he squatted on a claim adjoining that of his mother and later proved up on that place as a preemption. Until 1875 he divided his time between farming and steamboating, being employed on boats running between Moorhead and Winnipeg. In the fall of 1875 he entered the employ of Barrett Company of Fargo as a salesman of farm implements and remained with them until the fall of 1880. During that time he had become thoroughly familiar with the implement business and decided to establish a store of his own. He came to Hillsboro and founded his present business, which has developed into one of the leading commercial enterprises of Traill county. He carries a large stock of the best farm machinery made, understands the points of superiority of each line handled and is able to assist his patrons in choosing the implements best fitted for their purposes. He recognizes the fact that real estate is an excellent investment and that as the public land has been largely taken up realty values are certain to increase and he has invested heavily in land both in this state and in Minnesota, owning in all sixteen hundred acres.
In 1899 Mr. Howard was united in marriage to Miss Andrea Treet, who was born in Norway but came to this country with her parents when five or six years of age, the family home being established at Moorhead, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Howard have four chiidren, Ellen, Ruth, Bernice and Gertrude.
Mr. Howard supports the republican party and is recognized as a leader in local political circles. In 1897 and 1898 he represented his district in the state legislature and his record as a member of that body was highly creditable to his insight into public affairs and his devotion to the general good. He has also served in local offices, having been an alderman of Hillsboro for several terms and having served as president of the school board for years. He has had much to do in promoting the advancement of his community along material and also along civic lines, and he holds the high esteem and the warm regard of all who have been closely associated with him.
JORGEN HOWARD

History of North Dakota
The Bismarck Tribune - 1910

".... A fair example of the public men who have grown up in this healthy environment is Judge Jorgen Howard of the county court of Traill. American to the core he has displayed all the active intelligence of the best Norwegian element and has long been prominent in public affairs of the county. Mr. Howard is of Norwegian birth, the son of Gunderson Howard and Anne Howard, and was born July 8, 1866. He came as a boy of five and one-half years to this country and received a very thorough education, graduating from the Bishop Whipple School, June 7, 1887. He was but fifteen years old when he became a resident of Hillsboro and he has lived there continuously since then. He was for years a bank teller; was deputy county auditor for four years and his fine accomplishments as an English scholar and penman led to his appointment as chief enrolling and engrossing clerk of the house in the session of 1895. Since January 4, 1905 he has been county judge of Traill county and has discharged the duties of that office with impartial intelligence and judgment. Judge Howard is socially popular and a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity. He is a 32d degree Mason and a member of that famous organization, El Zagel Temple, of the Shrine. He has served as worshipfulmaster of Hillsboro Lodge No. 10, A. F. & A. M., and as venerable master of Hillsboro lodge of perfection."
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