Kremlin Montana Homesteaders and Settlers

 

Some of the Earliest Arrivals

Some of the earliest Kremlin Montana homesteaders and settlers were: Axvig, Baker, Banks, Barden, Benson, Berg, Bishop, Brumbaugh, Cady, Cameron, Carruth, Casey, Clark, Dees, Dobie, Donoven, Erlandson, Farley, Fenton, Gilead, Gomke, Haugen, Havskjold, Hill, Holsapple, Howser, Jensen, Johnson, Kezar, Koutnik, Laughnan, Mansfield, Miller, Nelson, O'Connor, Oltesvig, Purdy, Reum, Reynolds, Schucha, Sjordal, Sohm, Swartout, Vogel, Vosen, Wall, Williams, Wright.

 

1909

Vogel, Otto A: Otto Vogel was born in Frohna, Missouri on May 16, 1884. In about 1905 he went to Petersburg, North Dakota where he worked for various farmers until he had saved enough money to go to Kremlin, Montana. In 1909 he filed on a homestead nine miles northeast of Kremlin. More ...

1910

Barden, Frank: Frank Barden was born on December 21, 1867, near Massillon, Ohio. He married Lena Moelhman of Lafayette, Indiana on January 15, 1896. On March 19, 1910, the Frank Barden family arrived in Kremlin, Montana, and settled on their homestead 4½ miles northwest of Kremlin. More ...

Brumbaugh, John: John Brumbaugh was a native of Pennsylvania but had emigrated to North Dakota in the late 1800's. The intriguing idea of free land resulted in emigrating on to Kremlin, Montana. He was one of the first census-takers in Hill County, and started the Church of the Brethren north of Kremlin. More ...

Dees, Andrew M: Andrew Dees was born in Kongsberg, Norway, on November 19, 1888, and raised on a small farm. He came to America in 1906, to Marvin, North Dakota and worked on a farm through haying and harvest and got $3.00. He came to Kremlin, Montana in 1910 and filed on a homestead six miles south of Kremlin. More ...

Donoven, John "Jack": John Donoven was born December 7, 1873, in Ishpening, Michigan, the son of Irish immigrants. John and Lida Ruth Ryall were married on December 22, 1902 in North Dakota and the first three of their children were born there. In 1910 the family came to Kremlin, Montana by train to homestead 10 miles north of Kremlin next to the Milk River. More ...

Havskjold, Ingvald: Ingvald Havskjold was born in Drammen, Norway, in 1865. He came to the U.S. as a young man, and settled near St. Ansgar, Iowa. In 1905 he moved his wife and three children by emigrant car to Granum, Alberta, Canada. Two more children were born in Canada, and seeking better school advantages, Invald went on a scouting trip to Kremlin, Montana in the fall of 1910. More ...

Jensen, Jule: A prominent figure in the growth of the Kremlin Community, Jule Jensen arrived with his wife Mae to homestead in 1910 in Kremlin, Montana. He had the McCormick Deering store, and built, owned and operated the International Harvester hardware and implement store in Kremlin. He also had a Ford dealership, and was Kremlin's postmaster from 1912-1914. More ...

1911

Berg, August: August L. Berg was born August 7, 1874 in Norway and immigrated to the U.S. in 1883 with his parents. He farmed in North Dakota, and had four children with his first wife, who died in 1908. In 1910, a widower with four children, August married Margith Skjoldhammer, and they came to Kremlin, Montana to homestead in 1911, where they had six more children. More ...

Cady, Harry W: Harry Cady at the age of 26, in the summer of 1911, left Nebraska by railroad, going to Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Sask. and on to Camrose, Alberta, Canada, looking for land. All the land close to roads or railroad was taken, open land was out fifty miles and too boggy. So he crossed the border down to Shelby and boarded the "Skidoo" for Kremlin, Montana. More ...

Haugen, Christ (Kristoffer Johan Haugen): Christ was born on July 31, 1885 at Sandane, Nordfjord, Logn og Fjordane, Norway, the son of Jorgen and Valborg Hauge. Christ came to the United States in 1908, and to Kremlin, Montana, in February 1911. More ...

Hill, Vernon: Vernon Leo Hill was born at Worth, Louisiana March 23, 1889. His parents were Wesley Eugene and Emma H. Hill, natives of New York state. Mr. Hill came to Montana in 1911 and on April 9 of that year filed on a homestead 7 1/2 miles south and a mile west of Kremlin, Montana. More ...

Reynolds, John: John Reynolds was born October 16, 1882 in Grand Forks County, east of Inkster, North Dakota where his father had a homestead. In 1905 his father, brothers and he homesteaded about forty miles north of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. In 1911 he sold his homestead in Canada and bought land northwest of Kremlin, Montana. More ...

1912

Holsapple, James: James Franklin Holsapple was born Nov. 14, 1879 in Wisconsin. He married in 1899 Lenora (Nora) Jeanette Mansfield. They came from Minnesota to the Kremlin area in 1912 and homesteaded land southeast of Kremlin, 32.14 Section 18 adjoining Emery's and Schend's land, about five miles southwest of Fresno. More...

Koutnik, Joseph: Joseph M. Koutnik was born July 10, 1887 in Michigan to Joseph and Ann Koutnik, who had immigrated from Czechoslovakia. He came west to Montana to file on a homestead in Kremlin, Montana in 1912. In 1914, he married Margaret J. Sterling of Minnesota. They had five children: Eleanor, Robert, Russell, Louis, and William. More...

Purdy, Emmett: Emmett Purdy and his brother Burt came to Kremlin, Montana in 1912 in an emigrant car with 8 horses, 2 colts, 1 cow, a plow, harrow, drill, binder, 2 75-bushel wagons for hauling grain, corn binder and cultivator. The plow they brought was a one-blade breaking plow. They brought seed, durham wheat and flax with them. More ...

1913

Axvig, George: O.G. Axvig (George) was born at Milton, North Dakota in 1883. He earned his first money trapping gophers at three cents each. He attended the State Agricultural School, came to Montana in 1912 and in 1913 filed on a homestead southwest of Fresno, Montana. More ...

Howser, Robert: Robert's son Ralph wrote, "When we came to Kremlin, Montana in 1913 we had two emigrant cars, consisting of eleven head of horses, two cows, farming machinery, feed for the stock, household goods and many other items needed to start life in a new country. There were also other things we did not have, and one of them was money." More ...

Kezar, Lee: Lee Kezar, was born July 31, 1888, in Wisconsin to Clancy and Alice Kezar. He was a light heavyweight boxer and could still do the splits when he was in his 80's! He played the French horn in a band in North Dakota, and later played the fiddle at dances in Kremlin. He homesteaded 9 miles northwest of Kremlin, Montana. More ...

Mansfield, Walter: Walter Mansfield came to Montana in 1908, first to Kalispell, then to Hamilton for five years, and then to homestead 320 acres three miles southeast of Kremlin, Montana in 1913. His father Franklin E. Mansfield, and brother-in-law James Holsapple followed and homesteaded five miles southeast of Kremlin. More ...

Sjordal, Odin: Odin O. Sjordal was born June 8, 1872 in Minnesota to Ole and Guriana Sjordal, who emigrated from Norway in 1870. He married May Belle Peters in North Dakota in 1903, moved to Kremlin, Montana in 1913 and started a General Store, open through late 1929. Odin and May had nine children. More ...

Swartout, Fred: Fred Swartout, his wife Mabel, and 3½-year-old daughter Marion came to Kremlin, Montana from Champlin, Minnesota in the year 1913, homesteading five miles south of Kremlin. He did his farming with horses as the other farmers did at the time. When the crops were poor, he worked for the Great Northern Railroad. More ...

1914

Sohm, Joseph Sr: Joseph Sohm was born February 23, 1869 in Guttenburg, Iowa along the Mississippi River. When news of 'Homesteading' and cheap land out west reached him and his wife and six children on his 80-acre farm in Danbury, Iowa, in 1914 he decided to take a chance and moved to Kremlin, Montana. More ...

1916

Gomke, Jacob: Jacob Gomke and his wife Justina came to Kremlin around 1916 from North Dakota following their immigration from Russia in 1905. They were descended from Germans who had been allowed by Czar Alexander to settle in Russia when the Ukraine and Moldova were obtained from Turkey in 1812. More ...

1917

Cameron, Ross: Early in March of 1917 Ross sold his farm in Illinois, and held an auction sale. At the request of the children the family dog was not sold, and rode to Kremlin, Montana in the freight car with other belongings. There was drought, cut worms, grasshoppers, and hail, but with each year of defeat there was a hope for success
"next year". More ...


 
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