Kittson County Historical Society

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At the present time Fargo North Dakota has been fighting the Red River flood crest which is now moving north to Grand Forks. The river is out of it’s banks west of Hallock but there is a chance that it will not flood as wide an area as it did last spring. It flooded the county at least five miles east of the river and all roads were closed. The flood crest has about another 50 miles to go before it reaches our county.…


Added by Glenn Browne on March 22, 2010 at 9:04pm — No Comments

CEMETERY DIRECTORY - Kittson County, Minnesota - November 2009

This is the cover for the new Cemetery Directory which has a total of 82 pages. It was produced by the Kittson County Historical Society - Editor Marcy Johnson. It sold out shortly after it was printed.

This is the Table of Contents, listing the Cemeteries, followed by a sample of a couple…


Added by Glenn Browne on February 28, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

metis cemetary

hellow friends my sister betty and i visited metis cemetary in about 1990 and seen bones shards of glass laying around, i put a few on monument and took photos later i found that john c boucher and wife viginia minnie buried an infant there in 1893 art. in grand forks herold sas church was blown to bits with cannon fire from hatches battalion during there occupation of pembina (1000 man army) ( see gen sibleys raid on pembina online) dennis b

Added by dennis duane bushie on February 16, 2010 at 5:06pm — No Comments

metis trappers and traders 1635-1996

I have spent many years studying my roots in fur trade the old bouchers were ship builders in normandy france and sailed to england about 1050 and on to ireland in about 1275 and made many explorations, by as old records show came to east american coast in1501 on fishing expiditions and were soon trading with natives for 1635 gaspard boucher brought his brother marin and son pierre to settle .pierre was about 15 and started studying under therecollects and later the jesuits he married a… Continue

Added by dennis duane bushie on February 13, 2010 at 11:57pm — No Comments


I have been assisting Marcy Johnson take photos of Kittson County Churches and Cemeteries to be included in a booklets on the same topic. As a result I have come to appreciate that in addition to the recognized Church Cemeteries the county also has private family cemeteries, abandoned cemeteries, township cemeteries and single burials.

There are so many interesting stories connected with these sites I am compelled to share them with you.

One concerns a Civil War Veteran… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on June 24, 2009 at 9:28pm — No Comments


When I crossed the Drayton bridge it was Sunday so no one was working and I was able to drive down to the construction site and examine the progress in detail. It looks like the large steel pilings are almost all in place on the North Dakota side. The bridge has been designed to start farther back from the river on the Drayton side and sit much higher when it crosses the river. This results in a longer and higher bridge.

I noticed that a number of the bridge supports which the bridge… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on June 23, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments


I was in Drayton ND on Sunday June 20th, and crossed the Red River on the bridge that runs from Robbin, Mn to Drayton. When I saw the construction for the new bridge I was reminded that it will not be long before the old bridge is history. With that in mind I stopped and took a few photos

I walked down to the bank of the river and took a few more shots. It is hard to believe how high the water rises to shut down this bridge.…


Added by Glenn Browne on June 23, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Baby Lewis Leskiw grave

We were very happy to find out the information about the location of this cemetery just south of the Canadian Border. Baby Lewis was the infant son of Alex and Julia (Ogorek) Leskiw and a little brother to Helen Domainiak of Virginia, MN, well know to many local Lancasterites, . Lewis is a first cousin to Anne (Leskiw) Anderson. Anne, age 94, was very happy when we took her to see this cemetery before Memorial Day, as she had not known where the baby was located prior to this. We put a floral… Continue

Added by Louise Coffield on June 12, 2009 at 11:10pm — 1 Comment


Here is a perfect example of one of the goals of the Kittson Historian web page.

Steve Swiontek (Devils Lake, ND) posted an old Orleans photo called "Orleans kids 1941". (click on the Photos tab)

He was able to identify only one person in the photo.

Lon Jerome (Los Vegas) sent a copy of the photo to his mother-in-law Peggy (Hunter) Sanner

Peggy Sanner (Lancaster, Mn) identifed almost every one in the photo!

The photo now comes to life and has an… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on June 5, 2009 at 10:07am — No Comments


I have mentioned elsewhere that photos posted in the PHOTO section each have a counter that indicates the number of times it is viewed. If you fail to reduce your photographs before you post them they take too long to load. A person looking at the photos will not wait for your photo to load and quickly moves on to the next photo. Take the time to reduce the size of the photo, it will load faster, it will be appreicated by more viewers. When you include a large photo at any other location it… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 28, 2009 at 9:40am — No Comments


Progress is important to a Social Network like ours. If we do not grow in number and if the content is not interesting, it dwindles down to two or three individuals who bore each other to death. Progress is a must.

MEMBERS - we have increased 13 members in the last month and average 10 a month since starting. Total 32.

GROUPS - an increase from 15 to 21. Towns and Misc., each grew by two, one new family and one new township. We only have a limited number of towns and… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 28, 2009 at 9:26am — No Comments

Kittson County Census as of June 1st 1895

While checking the 1895 Census for some information I noticed the author, Dennis Sorenson, had included a list of the population counts for the Townships and Villages of Kittson County. Only two were villages and the balance were all townships or unorganized territorys.

St. Vincent Village...........141

St. Vincent Twp..............487

Clow Twp.......................163

Davis Twp......................236

Svea Twp.......................152

Hallock… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 24, 2009 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

A small piece of Civil War history

I was recently asked for some help by a fellow who is writing a book about the 1st Dakota Cavalry. He was trying to obtain some photos of the grave stone of Pvt William R. Goodfellow who was a volunteer in a unit that served on the Dakota frontier 1862 - 1865. The grave was reported to be in the Pembina Cemetery, west of the town of Pembina. After the war Goodfellow settled at Fort Pembina with his family. He died in 1886 at the age of 49.

The… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 22, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Another piece of the past.

During my travels last Sunday I also spotted this hay rake hidden in the woods. It will be impossile to see or photograph once the leaves are out. It was in very good condition considering it last worked about 60 years ago. I believe the Museum at Lake Bronson already has one on display. I can remember my Uncle Bill working with his on his farm about 1943. His farm was located between Elm Creek and Carman Manitoba at a place that was called Barnsly.… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 15, 2009 at 9:18pm — No Comments


During my travels around the county photographing cemeteries, particularly in abandoned farms with private cemeteries, I discover lots of old signs of the past. At this time of the year, with no leaves on the trees and brush,

much is to be seen. Take this old wagon. It work was done and it was moved aside into some brush in some out of the way place on the farm. Now trees have grown up all around it… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 12, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Spring Flood of 2009

Talk of towns flooding has died down on the news and so those of us who do not live close to the river hardly think about it. This photo was taken the other day on Highway #175 about five miles west of Hallock. The photo was taken looking west towards the river about 4 miles away. The bridge over the Red River is still closed and it will be some time before the water all drains away and the fields dry. This photo was taken in North Red River Township.… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 9, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments

We lost something along the way

This is a blog posting that I made on my brother dane II's blog site, The national party Times ( Dane allows me to ramble on about whatever comes to mind, and from time to time I find it a great release for what plagues my mind:

As I get older, I find my mood tends to swing more and more to the nostalgic. More "personal history" keeps popping up in my weekly newspaper column, I have gotten very… Continue

Added by Dan Nordine on April 27, 2009 at 7:12pm — 2 Comments

First two months

The Kittson Historian is now two months old. It is only reasonable that a page dedicated to Kittson County people and history should evaluate this project from a historical perspecive. We now have 19 members and eleven have submitted personal portrait photographs. Hopefully the remaining eight will find an acceptable photograph of themselves and come out from behind the curtain. Some Ning groups do not allow people to join withought first submitting a photo.At present we have not insisted on a… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on April 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Ray's Father's Store, Lancaster

Does anyone have any information on this store or the owner in Lancaster?

Added by Cindy Adams on March 30, 2009 at 2:35pm — No Comments



The best way for everyone to get the most out of this web page would be to start out with a photo of one of your grandparents, or better still a great grandparent. Post it to a group page in the name of the family. Tell us something about the person. Where were they born, when did they first come to this country and when did they end up in KITTSON COUNTY. In time you can… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on March 12, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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