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Iver Brandon was born in Gulbransdalen, Norway. He is a farmer. His wife was Marit Brandon, also born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. Their children are Ole of Hatton, ND; and he was a farmer. Amund of Hatton was a hotel and saloon owner. Andrew of Hatton was a farmer. Ocsar was a resident of Canada and a farmer. Sarah Mortenson of Tacoma, WA a housewife. Anne Johnson of Fargo, ND a hotel owner.

Marit and Iver Brandon came from Gulbrandsdalen, Norway in 1872. First they came to Colfax, WI, then to Buffalo, ND. In 1876 they came to Enger Township and homesteaded on a tree claim in NE1/4 of Section 6. Mrs. Brandon planted the half mile of Cottonwood trees on the north and west of their farmstead. She carried water from the Beaver Creek which is in Newburgh Township, across the road, to water the newly planted trees. There remains only large cottonwood tree on the corner, a landmark you may notice for a long ways off. It remains as a living monument to the pioneer spirit.



Simon Brandon was born in Norway and came from there to Audubon, MN where he married Annie Skjold. They came to Dakota and homesteaded on the NW 1/4 Section 30, Newburgh Township in 1880.

They had 3 children, Elmer, Gustav and Hazel.

Later they sold to Gunnerius Berg and moved to Oregon. In 1907 Erick Ramstad bought the place, built it up and made a beautiful home for himself and family. Erick died in 1953.

Present owner is Wallace Ramstad.



Brandon, Grant was born Oct 10, 1955 at the Northwood Hospital. His parents are Henning and Muriel (Nelson) Brandon, residents of rural Hatton. Wife Jackee Brandon was born Nov 14, 1955 at Mayville. Her parents are David and Carol Sparrow.

Grand graduated from the Hatton High School in 1973 and attended Mayville College and Wahpeton S.S.S. He and Jackee Sparrow were married in October, 1975 at St. Johns Church in Hatton. Jackee graduated from Mayville High School She attended Capernwray Bible College, Cornforth, N. Lancashire, England. Grant is the owner of the Hatton Welding Machining Company.

They have three sons: Lukas, David and Jordan, who were all baptized at Goose River church where their great-grandfather, Joseph Sparrow had been baptized 75 years before.


Thorval Stavens was born in Newburgh Township in 1923. He is the third generation on the Gunder Stavens homestead farm. His parents were Thorval Stavens Sr. and Cora Hove. He married Muriel Nelson Brandon born 1925. She was born in Traill County. Her parents were Henry and Pearl Nelson. Muriel is a LPN at the Tri County Home Hatton.

Her children are Susan Dart, Citrus Heights, Ca. a homemaker, Charles Brandon, Park Rapids, MN. and he is a teacher and Grant Brandon, Hatton, ND is a welder.

The Stavens farm has been in the Stavens family since 1876. Section 26.

Contributed by Gerry Forde Mohn. Source is the Hatton 1894 Centennial.

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