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held the office of school clerk, and is at this writing- clerk of the town
board. He is an industrious farnier and a g^ood citizen.

Coats, Oscar P., was born in Wisconsin, March 31, 185(), and
lived there until October, 1880, when he settled in Diikota. He made
a homestead entry upon the northwest quarter of section 9, in the
town of Clear Lake, and has lived there ever since. He has held
several town and school offices, is a gfood farmer and a g-ood citizen.

Pinney, Georoe H., was l)orn in England. June 22, 1850. He
emig-rated to America in 1860, and lived in Wisconsin, Nebraska and
Colorado, and came to Dakota in the fall of 1882. He then filed a
pre-emption upon 1()0 acres of section 5, but exchang-ed it for 1()(>



968 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



acres of section 3 in Clear I>ake, where he now resides. He has
been school district clerk, constable, and town clerk, and is a re-
spected citizen.

Gage, Eugene S., was born in Addison county, Vermont, An-
o-ust 30, 1836. During- his youth he worked on a farm and attended
the district schools. He arrived in this county May 28, 1880, havino-
previously resided in New York, Illinois and Iowa, and has always
been a farmer. He resides on his homestead, the southwest quarter
of section 1 in Clear Lake, which he secured when he first came
here. He has been assessor four years, supervisor of the town
board, and town treasurer for several 3^ears, He is a good farmer,
and a good citizen. His son, Luther K., is also engaged in farming
in this county, on quite an extensive scale, although he resides
across the line in Moody county, and during- 1898 raised more grain
than probabh' any other farmer in the county.

Gage, Luther S., w^as born in Vermont, March 9, 1842, but re-
moved with his parents when quite young- to New York, and later
removed from there to Illinois and Iowa. During the civil war he
enlisted in the 60th New York Infantry, and after receiving- his dis-
charg-e, enlisted in the 15th Illinois reg-iment. He came to this
county and settled in Clear Lake on the 14th day of May, 1876, He
took up a homestead and a tree claim, and from time to time since
then has purchased land in Clear Lake and adjoining- towns until he
has become one of the larg-est farmers and land owners in the countv.
Three horses and SlOO in money, constituted all his worldly posses-
sions at the time he settled here. He has been chairman of the town
board of supervisors of Clear Lake, and has held other town offices.
He has taken active part in politics, is an enterprising citizen and
g-ood neighbor.

Gage, Winfield Alton Hubbard, was born in New York in
1857; resided there and in Iowa until 1878, at which time he removed
to Dakota and settled in Clear Lake, where he pre-empted the east
half of the northeast quarter of section 2. He afterwards boug-ht
about one hundred acres of land in sections 5 and 6 in Grand Meadow.
In a postscript, after filling out a circular sent him by the writer,
he said: "The above is only a part of my name, but I think this will
do for a county history," Mr, Gage was an industrious, quiet
farmer, a good neighbor and a good citizen, and his death, which oc-
curred on the 24th day of December, 1894, was deeply reg-retted by
all who knew him. His wife and five children survive him.

Gilmore, James, a native of Ireland, was born February 4,
1829, and lived there until in April, 1873, when he emigrated to' the
United States. He lived in Michigan two years, in Iowa four years,
and settled in Minnehaha county in 1878. He took up as a tree claim
the southeast quarter of section 19, and as a homestead the south-
west quarter of section 20 in Clear Lake township, where he still re-
sides. He has been town supervisor about ten years, and also jus-
tice of the peace, and is a good farmer and citizen.

Gilmore, John, was born in Ireland in 1856. He left Belfast
on the 5th day of December, 1881, and came directly to Sioux Falls,




Luther S. Gage.



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where lie arrixed on Christmas (lav of tliat \ear. He secured as a
homestead the southwest quarter of section 1*), in Clear Lake, and
still resides there. He has a o'ood farm, and is an industrious, u])-
ri^-ht citizen. In 1893 he was assessor of Clear Lake t()wnshi]>.

Hanisch, Frank, is a native of Austria, and was horn the 'Hh
day of Janurury, 1866. He emi,i>-rated to the United States in 1SS(.,
and has been a resident of this county ever since. He residi's on his
farm in the southwest quarter of section 35 in Clear Lake, is a iiood
farmer and citizen and has been clerk of the school board and as-
sessor several years.

Larson, Albert, is a native of Norwav, and was born in 1850,
He emio'rated to Wisconsin and lived there until he removed to Da-
kota. He arrived in this county May 15, 1878, and secured a timber
claim on the northwest quarter of section 4, and a homestead on the
west half of the northeast quarter of the same section, in Clear Lake,
and the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter and the south-
east quarter of the southwest quarter of section 33 in Buifalo. He
has been on the town board about ten years, ei^-ht years as chairman,
and has held other offices in Clear Lake. He is a o-ood farmer, a
o-ood neig-hbor, and an enterprising-, respected citizen.

McAvARY, Patrick, a native of Ireland, was born November 1.
1852. He emio-rated to the United States in 1873 and resided in
JNIichig-an and Iowa five years. He came to Dakota in 1878 and set-
tled in this countv, filing- a homestead upon the northwest quarter of
section 20, in Clear Lake, where he now lives, having- a good farm.
He has held the office of road supervisor, is an active farmer and ;i
good citizen.

Staudenmeier, John, a native of Wurtenburg, (Termany, was
born in 1826. He emigrated to this country and lived in Illinois and
Minnesota until 1878, when he came to Dakota and settled in this
county. He filed a timber claim on the northeast cpiarter of section
20, and a homestead on the southeast quarter of the same section, in
Clear Lake, where he still resides.

Staudenmeier, Jr., John, was born in Minnesota on tlie 23d
day of June, 1858. He came with his father to Dakota in 1878 and
took up as a homestead the north half of the southeast (juarter of
section 28, in Clear Lake. He has held several school offices and is a
g-ood citizen.

WiLLEY, Edgar T., was born in Richford, Vermont, on the 4th
da}^ of February, 1850. He was reared on a farm and educated in
the common schools. After stopping- temporarily in several states,
he arrived in this county April 1, 1880. He took up land in Taopi
and Clear Lake, and resided in the last named town until he removed
to Montrose, McCook county. South Dakota, in 1803. He was con-
stable three years and assessor in 1890. He was one of the pioneers
in Clear Lake, and was hig-hly esteemed by his neig-hbors.

Williams, Joseph R., is a native of Illinois and was born June
25, 1859. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common
schools. After residing- in Wisconsin several vears he came to this



972 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



county in 1882, and settled in Clear Lake where he secured the south
half of the southwest quarter and the south half of the southeast
quarter of section 5. He has held various town offices, and is a g-ood
farmer, neig^hbor and citizen.

ZiMMER, Charles, was born in Minnesota, in 1857, and lived
there until May 26, 1879, when he settled in Minnehaha county. He
filed a homestead upon the northeast quarter of section 28, in Clear
Lake, where he still resides. He has been school district and town
treasurer several years. He is a prosperous farmer and a o-ood
citizen.

ZiMMER, Xavier, is a native of Germany, and was born May 19,
1852. He emig-rated to the United States and located in Minnesota;
removed to this county in 1878, and took up a homestead and a tim-
ber claim on the west half of section 28, in Clear Lake, where he still
resides, and has a g-ood farm with substantial building-sand improve-
ments. He has held the office of town supervisor, and is a g-ood
citizen.



104-47)

This township is bounded on the east hv the ^Minnesota state
line, which was surveyed in 1859. The north, south and west lines
were surve\'ed in October, 1864, by M. K. Armstrong", and the subdi-
visions by Carl C. P. Meyer in November, 18()4. Its acreag-e is 15.-
05'). 20, the surface g-ently rolling-, and the soil g-ood. Pipestone creek
runs diagonally throug-h the north half from west to east. The first
upon the records of this township is a brief history of its settlement,
from which it appears that it was first settled in 1874. That year Ole
(). Graves, S. J, Rislov, Christopher Benson, David Anderson, Gil-
bert E, Lee, and others, settled there. In 1875, J. J. Simenson
located on the northwest quarter of section thirty, and a post office
was established at this point, named Hig-hland, and Mr. Simenson
was appointed postmaster. lu 1884, Albert Stromme succeeded Mr.
Simenson and held the office two years when L. A. (rrant was a]>-
pointed and held the office until it was discontinued in 1894. In 1870,
several families were added to the settlement. In 1880, the name of
Highland was g-iven to the township by a vote of the residents, the
vote standing- 2>2/()r, and one ag-ahist. At an early date a road called
the stag-e road went throug-h this township from east to west, on sec-
tions 27, 28, 29 and 30, and Hig-hland can boast of having- a hotel
on this road as early as 1877, which was built by C. G. Auley.

The first school was taug-ht by Anna E. Ellefson in a sod house
belong-ing- to Ole O. Graves located on the east half of the northwest
quarter of section 15.

The nearest shipping- point is Shernian on the Great Northern
railway line located near the south line. The farmers of this town-
ship are all up to date in their methods of farming-, and the fine farm
building-s, school houses and churches are unmistakable proofs of a
prosperous and law-abiding- community.

During- the spring- of 1899 a creamery company was organized in
Highland under the name of Highland Creamery Stock Companv.
Its place of business is on the northeast quarter of section (». In
April, of this year, a post office was established at this point called
Hig-hland, and Haider T. Bratsberg- was appointed postmaster.

GUST. OLSON'S RECOLLECTIONS OF PIONEER DAYS.

Late in the fall of 1877, when the nearest shipping point was
Luverne, Minnesota, our informant took a load of wheat to that place
by ox-team, and thinking- it would prove interesting*- reading for those
who have settled here during the new era pro])erly termed "after



974 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



the railroads" and only have to take an hour's drive to the nearest
railroad station to dispose of a load of g-rain, we insert his account of
the trip: "I started early in the morning-, and when I g-ot there at
nig-ht I found there were so many teams ahead of me that it seemed
as though I went half way to Rock Rapids, Iowa, to g'et in line. The
teams were taken off, and the loads were moved up by hand. It was
late in the afternoon of the third day before my turn came to unload.
I had about seven dollars left after paying- my expenses, and re-
turned home during- the nig'ht in the midst of a snow storm.

"Job Wood in those days kept a hotel on his farm in section 4 in
Palisade township, and was also the postmaster. The road was run-
ning- by his place, and all the teams hauling- wheat from Lake and
Brooking-s counties, sometimes as many as fifty loads, all in line,
passed this point. On one occasion seven teams from Brooking-s
countv stopped there, and the drivers asked Mr. Wood if they mig-ht
sleep over nig-ht in his straw stack, which he told them they could
do. Soon after he informed them that supper was ready, but thev
said they had supper of their own with them. The next morning- he
called them to breakfast, but they replied the}' had already had their
breakfast. When ready to leave, Mr. Wood helped them hitch up
their teams, and charg'ed them seventy-five cents each. They re-
fused to pay, saying- they had only slept in his straw stack. Mr.
Wood replied: 'I am keeping- a hotel, I had beds for you, I prepared
your supper and breakfast, and it is your fault that you didn't oc-
cupy the beds and eat the supper and breakfast I had ready for you.'
He insisted upon payment, and they finally paid the bill, and learnt^d
a g-ood lesson."

RosENDAL Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Congrega-
tion. — This church org-anization, which is connected with the Amer-
ican Synod of that denomination, was perfected in 1874 by the Rev.
(). O. Sando. It has a g-ood church building- on the northeast quarter
of section 28 in Hig-hland. The Rev. O. O. Sando had charg-e of the
cong-reg-ation until 1885, and the Rev. H. Aanestad is its present
pastor. It has a membership of one hundred and fifty, and eig-hty com-
municants. In connection with the church there is a parochial week
day school for the relig-ious instruction of the children and young-
people of the cong-reg-ation.

HicmLAND Evangelical Lutheran Church. —This church was
org-anized on the 11th day of February, 1893, with eig-hteen charter
members. Services were held in school houses until 1895, when an
appropriate church building- was erected on the northwest corner of
section 17, with a seating- capacity of two hundred. The cost of this
church was about $1,800, which has all been paid for by its members.
Services are held every third Sunday, and the minister in charg-e of
the church is the Rev. S. J, Nummedal, who has been its pastor
since the org-anization, except one year, when the Rev. (t. O. Skaret
conducted the services about once^ a month. The present member-
ship of the church is one hundred and fourteen. There is also a
Sunday school connected with the church with about fiftv scholars,
also a Woman's Missionary Society.



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 075



A Norwegian Lutheran church hiiildino- was crocted in 1(SS4 on
the southeast corner of section 17, but on the 21st (la\ oF Jnlv, the
same year, after having- been enclosed, and three ser\ ices held tliere-
in, the buildin^- was blown down durino- a heavy wind.

StORDAL EvANGELICAI. LuTHF:RAN CHriRCH.- This churcll
belono-s to the l)ranch known as Hauo-e's Evant»-elical LuthcM-an
Church of America. It was or^'ani/ed at an earlv date, but no
church buildino- was erected in this township until 1804. It is located
on the southwest corner of the southwest quarter of section 10, and
cost about Sl,5()(). The following- ministers have been in charj^^:
The Reverends G. L. Graven, C. C. Holter, Chr. C. Moe and O. E.
Mortvedt of Dell Rapids, who is the present pastor. Services are
held every other Sunday. There is a flourishinu- Sunday school, also
the usual Ladies' Aid societies, the Youny Ladies' society being"
known as Good Hope.

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP BOARD.

1<S<SI. The first officers elected in Highland township were:
Supervisors, Ransom Walter, Andrew Anderson, Asle K. Wold;
clerk, J. J. Simenson; assessor and poundmaster, S. J. Rislov; treas-
urer, Christian Aslesen; justices, Erik Ellefson and William Walter;
highway overseer, A. C. Barnes; constables, E. C. Ronning and M.
D. Barber. January 3, the board organized by electing Ransom Wal-
ter chairman. July 18, a vacancy having occurred in the office of
treasurer, M. D. Barber was appointed to fill the vacancy.

1882. January 2, board met at the clerk's office, and organized
bv electing Ransom Walter chairman, the other supervisors were
Asle K. Wold and Christian Aslesen; J. J. Simenson, clerk. At this
meeting the first township warrant was issued to Ransom Walter for
services as supervisor during the preceding year in the sum of
S6.25.

1888. Supervisors, Asle K. Wold chairman, Severt J. Rislov,
Peter Benson; clerk, J. J. Simenson; assessor, M. D. Barl)er.

1884. Supervisors, S. J. Rislov chairman, Peter Benson, 10m-
brick Olson; clerk, A. J. Stromme; treasurer, David Anderson; as-
sessor, Ole A. Espeseth. June 2, the board met the t<nvn board of
Palisade and divided the work upon the highway on the town line.
June 23, Andrew C. Berg was appointed clerk to fill vacancy. Bal-
ance in treasury at the end of the year, S71.82.

1885. Supervisors, Ole O. Tofte chairman, h'rank \\'. l\'«i\ce
and Ole Hermanson; clerk, (justave A. (irant; treasurer, S. J. Ris-
lo\ ; assessor, O. A. Espeseth; justices. Ransom Walter, Ole < ).
Graves; constables, E. Ronning, M. D. Barber. At this meeting a
motion was made and carried that all elections and pul)lic meetings
should be held at the school house in district No. 45.

1880. Supervisors, F. W. Royce chairman. S. I. .Megard,
Horace Walter; clerk, A. C. Berg; treasurer, S. J. Rislov; assessor,
Ole A. Espeseth; constable, (xust. Olson. May 18, the board estab-
lished ancl ordered opened a highway north and south through the
township one mile east of the west town line. At the end of the fis-
cal year there was a balance on hand in the treasury of S143.()2.



976 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



1887. Supervisors, Horace Walter chairman, S. I. MetJ^ard, K.
Knudson; clerk, A. C. Berg-; treasurer, S. J. Rislov; assessor, G. A.
Grant; justices, F. W. Royce, Ransom Walter; constables, P. O.
Dig-re and Gust. Olson. November 8, G. A. Grant was appointed
clerk to fill vacancy. Balance on hand in treasury. S152.27.

1888. Supervisors, Horace Walter chairman, S. I. Meg-ard,
Knud Knudson; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; as-
sessor, Ole O. Graves. Twenty-six votes were cast. June 2, the
board met in joint session with the board of Log-an and divided work
on hig-hway on the line between the townships. Balance on hand in
treasury, S7().56.

1889. Supervisors, Horace Walter chairman, Peter Benson, P.
Estenson; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; assessor, Ole
A. Espeseth; justices, Ransom Walter, Ole O. Graves; constables,
Peder O. Digfre, Gust. Olson. Thirty-six votes were cast. March
26, the board met with Jacob Lorentson, county commissioner of
Moody county, to settle a site for a county bridg-e on the county line
across Pipestone creek, and it w^as ag-reed that Highland should
l)uild the bridg-e and W'hen completed Moody county should pav one
half of its appraised value. A special town meeting- was called for
May 14, to determine whether the township should be resurveyed or
not, and on that date it was decided to resurvey the township by a
vote of thirty-two for to twenty-nine ag-ainst. Horace Walter was
appointed to receive bids for the survey. Julv 6, John O. Lang'ness
was employed to chain the rang-e line, and on the 9th the board en-
tered into a contract with John O. Lang-ness to resurvey the town-
ship for the sum of S140. On the 21st day of September a resolu-
tion w^as passed to release the surveyor from establishing- the section
and quarter section corners on the north boundary line. October 26,
the bill of John O. Lang-ness for S148 for resurveying- the township
was allowed. At the end of the fiscal year there was a balance in the
treasury of S13.87.

1890. Supervisors, Horace Walter chairman, Peter Benson,
John C. Berg-; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; assessor,
Ole O. Graves. There were sixty-eig-ht votes cast. October 2, the
hig-hways, according- to the new survey, w^ere declared opened. The
balance of money in treasury at the end of the year was S6.66.

1891. Supervisors, Gust. Olson chairman, John C. Berg-, P. O.
Dig-re; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; assessor, Ole ().
Graves; justices, Ransom Walter, Ole Graves; constables, G. E.
Eee, P. O. Dig-re. Sixty-one votes were cast.

1892. Supervisors, O. A. Espeseth chairman, I. Ellefson, S. I.
Megard; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; assessor, Ed-
ward Olson. Sixty-three votes were cast. April 7, at a special town
meeting it was decided by a voteof twenty-nine forandone ag-ainst, to
again survey the township. April 13, a contract was made with
County Surveyor T. M. Patten to survey the township, and his bond
of SI, 000 was approved. At the end of the fiscal year there was
S3().28 in the treasury.

1893. Supervisors, A. Wold chairman, I. E. Ellefson, S. I. Me-
gard; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; assessor, Ole O.



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 977



Crraves; justices, Horace Walter ami Ole ( ). (iraves; C()nslal)lc^^,
(Tiist. Olson, Ole Estensen. Forty-three votes were cast. March
18, Esten Ronning- was appointed constable in the place of Ole Esten-
sen, who failed to qualify. May 27, the board met in joint session
with the board of Alliance township in Moody county, and divided
the road work on the hig-hway between the townships. The treas-
urer reported a balance on hand in treasury of S20.(j5.

1894. Supervisors, A. Wold chairman, I. E. Ellefson, S. I.
Meo-ard; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; assessor, ( )K'
O. Graves; constables, Ole Skjellum, Gust. Olson.

1895. Supervisors, Asle Wold chairman, S. I. Menard, hrr
E. Ellefson; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, S. J. Rislov.

1896. Supervisors, Asle Wold chairman, A. Sorenson, I. E.
Ellefson; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, S. J. Rislov; assessor, Ole
J. Graves.

1897. Supervisors, I. E. Ellefson chairman, Andrew A. Helm,
John J. Mong-er; clerk, (t. A. (rrant; treasurer, S. J. Rislov; as-
sessor, Ole J. Graves.

1898. Supervisors, I. E. Ellefson chairman, John J. Mong-er,
S. I. Meg-ard; clerk, G. A. Grant; treasurer, S. J. Rislov, assessor,
Ole O. Graves.

1899. Supervisors, I. E. Ellefson chairman, Peter Benson,
John J. Mong-er; clerk, (t. A. Grant; treasurer, L. A. Grant; as-
sessor, Ole O. Graves; justices, G. A. Grant, Ole O. Graves; con-
stables, E. Ronning-, G. E. Lee.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

Aslesp:n, Chris, was born in Norway in 1844. When first com-
ing- to this country he located in Minnesota, and removed to Dakota
in 1878. He then took up a homestead and a tree claim in Hig-hland,
this county, and afterwards purchased 280 acres of land adjacent to
his homestead. He resides on the northwest quarter of section 10.
He has always taken an active part in town and county affairs; was
the first treasurer of Hig-hland after the county had been org-anized
into townships, then supervisor of the town board, and in 1882 was
elected county commissioner, acting- in that capacity until Janiiar\-
11, 1883, when he resigned.

Bf:im, Andrew Anderson, was born in Norway, November 14,
184*). He emig-rated to the United States and located in Minnesota,
removed from there to Iowa, and came to Dakota in May, 1877. Ik-
took up a homestead on the southeast quarter of section 8 in Hig-h-
land, where he still resides and has a g-ood farm. He was one of t he-
first supervisors of the town board of Hig-hland, after the county had
been org-anized into townships.

Benson, Peter, was born in Norway, January 27, 183'). IK-
emig-rated to this country, lived in Iowa for some time and located in
this county May 26, 1876. He filed a homestead upon the northwest
quarter of section 3 in Hig-hland, and still resides at that place. He
has held the offices of town supervisor and overseer of hig-h\va\s sev-
eral years, and is a prosperous farmer and a good citizen.

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978 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY



Berg, Chris. A., was born in Norway in 1830, He einig-rated
and lived in Michigan two years, and came to this county in 1874.
He secured the southeast quarter of section 19 where he still re-
sides, and also the south half of the northeast quarter of the same
section, and has a fine farm. He is an enterprising- farmer and a
g-ood citizen.

BoLSTAD, Ole Thorson, emig'rated to the United States from
Norway, and resided in Illinois and Iowa before he came to Dakota,
where he arrived June 22, 1874. He located in this count}^ and se-
cured a homestead upon the southeast quarter of section 21 in Hig-h-
land, where he has since resided, and has a fine farm. He was born
in December, 1835, and was a soldier in the Norweg-ian army, but
since coming- to this country he has been principally eng-ag-ed in
farming-, and has made a success of it.

Braa, Torres, is a native of Norway, and was born Aug-ust 3,
1860. He emig-rated to Michig-an in 1881, and the year following-
came to this county. He first lived in Sverdrup, but later on he
bought the southwest quarter of section 7 in Highland, where he
now resides eng-aged in farming-, and has a good farm.

DiGRE, Peter O., was born in Norway, September 30, 1848. He
came to the United States May 28, 1871, and lived in Kansas until
March, 1874, when he removed to this county. He took up as a



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