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Fergus Falls Township

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From Trygg Historical Maps, Trygg Land Office, Ely, MN www.trygglandoffice.com/maps.html
b=bottom land, m=marsh, p=prairie, s=swamp

 Basic Facts:

Township 133N, Range 43W
Government survey 18??
First Settled 18??
Organized June 29, 1870

History

[Copied by Lory Brasel, lbrasel@leagent.net, from the book "History of Otter Tail County" Volume I - 1916 by John W. Mason]

The first effort of the citizens of Fergus Falls (township 133, range 43) to Organize a civil township was made June 29, 1870. The petition for the organization of Fergus Falls township carried the names of the following legal voters residing here at the time: Ernest Buse, Henry Oppermann, Gustav Kalling, Henry Hanigson, Carl Haarstick (?), August Westberg, Peter Johnson, Lars Johnson, Johannes Petterson, Mathias J. Halden, Erik Nilson, C. H. Westberg, R. Kalling, J. Kalling, Mathias Syverson, Frederick _______, Iver Skistad, Mathias Halverson, Nels Johannson, Theodore M. Ulvigen, Henrik Burgdorf, T. Marks, C. Kosbau, T. C. Kosbau and Peter Sims. The first election was held at the house of Ernest Buse on July 15, 1870.

The first tax duplicate in Fergus Falls township (1870) gave the folIowing taxpayers: Andrew Holes, James McLane, Hiram S. Teall; Iver O Skistad, John C. Guist, F. B. Van Hoesen, Syver Thorsen, Amund Nelson, Henry Lornier, James A. Beaver, Knut Halverson, Lars Larsen Bakken, Ole Gunderson, Charles Alexson, Mary L. Wells, Henry Opperman, William Tims, Joseph Smith, Charles Wells, George B. Wright, Lorenz Johnson, Henry Lehmier, Frederick Mathias, Henry Burgdorf, Michael Dalton, Albert

T. Upham, N. P. Clark, Calvin F. How, Sewell A. Wolcott, Chester Wail, Henry Cook and Lewis J. Brown.

This was the eighth township organized in the county. It is bounded on the north by Elizabeth, on the west by Carlisle, on the south by Buse and on the east by Aurdal. There are thirteen lakes of considerable size in this township. Wedel and Oppermann are the largest, with Lake Alice and the others ranging down to a few acres. Red and Pelican rivers flow through this township and furnish excellent natural and artificial drainage for this section. The Red river also affords water power for the mills which are located along its banks. The Red river enters the township in the east central part of section 36, then takes a westward course and leaves it in section 34, meandering into section 31, then returning to section 32, where it leaves the township, flowing due south. Pelican river enters the township on the line between sections 4 and 5. It then flows across the northern por tion of the township, entering Carlisle township from the southwest corner of section 18, only to return again in the southwest corner of 30, and empty ing into Red river, where the latter makes the bend into section 31. The maximum elevation of this township is in the northeastern part and rises to a point thirteen hundred fifty feet above sea level, while the minimum eleva tion of eleven hundred fifty feet is in the southwestern part, where the Red river leaves the township; The average elevation in the northwest central part ranges around twelve hundred fifty feet to thirteen hundred feet. There is much broken land in this section but, as a whole, it is excellent farming land.

Fergus Falls is the only town that has been platted in this township, and it will be taken up in another chapter. Most of the history of the township is concerned with the city of Fergus Falls.

The present township officers are as follow: Supervisors, H. Steinbach, E. Peterson and L. Tomhave; clerk, J. F. Tomhave; treasurer, William Haarstick; assessor, William Schoening; justices, William Schoening and Max Kronemann; constables, G. A. Tomhave and Albert Schmidt.

Population

Population totals in state and federal census summaries.

   Fergus Falls
 1870  376
 1875  122
 1880  279
 1885  463
 1890  479
 1895  560
 1900  635
 1905  568
 1910  568
 1920  522
 1930  550
 1940  470

Places of birth for Fergus Falls Township in the 1905 state census.

 Native (USA)  50   9%
 Minnesota  852   150%
 Foreign  166   29%
     Germany  107   64%
     Sweden  16   10%
     Norway  33   20%
     Canada  0   0%
     Ireland  0   0%
     Denmark  3   2%
     England  0   0%
     Poland  0   0%
     Finland  0   0%
     Russia  0   0%
     Scotland  0   0%
     Other  7   4%

Land Maps


Names



The following names have been extracted from original land records (by John Nelson) and Mason's History (by Karen Terry). Amundson , Ole ; Anundson , Ole ; Axelson , Charles ; Bakken , Lars Larsen ; Beaver , James A ; Brown , Lewis J ; Burau , Edward ; Burgdorf , Henrik , Henry ; Buse , Ernest ; Clark , NP ; Cook , Henry ; Dalton , Michael ; Guist , John C ; Gulbrandsen , Peter ; Gunderson , Ole ; Haarstick , Carl , William ; Halden , Lars J , Mathias J ; Halverson , Knut , Mathias ; Halvorson , Mathias ; Hanigson , Henry ; Holes , Andrew ; Hoops , Hans ; How , Calvin F ; Johannessen , Nels ; Johannson , Nels ; Johnson , Lars , Lewis H , Lorenz , Peter , Peter G ; Kalling , August R , Gustav , J , R ; Kosban , Carl ; Kosbau , C , TC ; Kronemann , Max ; Lahmier , Henry ; Lehmeir , Henry ; Lomier , Henry ; Lord , Humphrey ; Lornier , Henry ; Marks , T ; Mathias , Frederick ; McLane , James ; Mclane , James W ; Myrstrom , Carl A ; Nelson , Amund , Knute ; Nichols , Sam H ; Nilson , Erick , Erik ; Oleson , Erik ; Opperman , Henry ; Oppermen , Henry ; Peters , Charles ; Petersen , Johannes ; Peterson , E ; Petterson , Johannes ; Prinzl , Peter ; Reynolds , R ; Saurer , Anton ; Schmidt , Albert ; Schoening , William ; Schroeder , Ferdinand , Wilhelmine ; Siems , Peter ; Sims , Peter ; Skistad , Iver , Iver O ; Skisthad , Iver O ; Smith , Joseph , Joseph G ; Steensland , Halle ; Steinback , H ; Syverson , Mathias ; Teall , Hiram S , Hiram T ; Thorsen , Syver ; Tims , William ; Tins , Margery ; Tomhafe , John ; Tomhave , GA , J H , JF , Kate , L ; Ulvigen , Theodore M ; Upham , Albert T ; Van Doosen , E F , J F ; Van Hoesen , FB , Francis B ; Wail , Chester ; Wait , Chester ; Wedl , George ; Wells , Charles , Mary L ; Wessberg , Charles ; Westberg , August , CH ; Wolcott , Sewell A ; Wright , George B


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