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Leaf Mountain Township

 HISTORY
 POPULATION

 LAND MAPS

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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 131N, Range 39W
Government survey 18??
First Settled 18??
Organized Jan 7, 1884

History

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

Leaf Mountain township (township 131, range 39) was organized on January 7, 1874, under the name of Dovre Fjeld, a name which would indicate that a majority of the petitioners were Norwegians. The first election for township officials was held at the house of Ole Bakke on the 29th of the same month. The present name of the township was given it by the commissioners on March 18, 1874.

The petition for the organization of the township was dated September 6, 1873, and contained the following signatures: Ole Amundson Bakke, Lars Aslesen, August A. Rauben, A. E. Rauben, Emil Bern, Iver Olsen Marftad, Nils Olens Haugen, Martin Iversen, Theodore Iversen Morstad, Iver T. Morstad, John Bjeaketvedt, Robert Halverson, Peter Strobuk; Benj Storbuck and Luis Hansen.

Leaf Mountain is one of the most rugged townships in the county and with its many lakes, precipitous hills with their corresponding deep valleys and with stretches of prairie land, this township presents a varied topography which is ever a delight to the eye. Scattered over the township are Lakes Spitzers, George, Jessie, Samson, Tom, Johnson, Olson, Line, Christian, Monstad, Edward Moling, St. Mary, Joseph and Belmont, while many others of lesser size may be found here and there. The township is drained toward the south, although there are many landlocked lakes with no outlet.

No railroad has ever broken the quietude of this township, no village has ever reared its head, and the one postoffice, located in the northern part of section 9, has long since disappeared. With no urban population this township has remained essentially a rural district and its people have devoted themselves to agricultural pursuits altogether. With the introduction of improved methods of farming those who engage in this most ancient of occupations have been able to wrest from the soil a comfortable living and the many thrifty farmers to be found here bear ample witness to success which has attended their efforts. Many years ago some one made the startling announcement that gold was to be found in the township, and for a short time the people had visions of wealth floating before their eyes, but with the discovery that the supposed gold was nothing other than pyrites, the bubble burst.

Population

Population totals in state and federal census summaries.

   Leaf Mountain
 1870  
 1875  159
 1880  283
 1885  530
 1890  623
 1895  668
 1900  716
 1905  683
 1910  670
 1920  723
 1930  631
 1940  583

Places of birth for Leaf Mountain Township in the 1905 state census.

 Native (USA)  14   2%
 Minnesota  474   69%
 Foreign  195   29%
     Germany  74   38%
     Sweden  67   34%
     Norway  49   25%
     Canada  0   0%
     Ireland  0   0%
     Denmark  1   1%
     England  0   0%
     Poland  1   1%
     Finland  0   0%
     Russia  0   0%
     Scotland  0   0%
     Other  3   2%

Land Maps


Names



The following names have been extracted from original land records (by John Nelson) and Mason's History (by Karen Terry).

Ahlberg , Per ; Anderson , A S , Anders ; Andersson , Anders , Peter ; Arneson , Karry ; Aslesen , Lars ; Baardson , Anne ; Bakke , Ole , Ole A , Ole Amundson ; Bannach , John ; Bern , Emil ; Bjeaketvedt , John ; Christiansen , John ; Daas , Mathilda , Peter ; Danelke , Mary ; Fluker , Lauris H ; Freske , Frank ; Gammalson , Telof ; Gbur , Andreas ; Glebe , George ; Gunbjensen , Ole ; Gundach , Martin ; Hagedorn , Franz ; Halvorson , Robert ; Hansen , Charles J , Luis ; Hanson , Hans , Oscar ; Haugen , Nils Olens ; Holta , Andreas O ; Ingebretsen , Ragnild ; Iversen , Martin ; Iverson , Edward ; Jacobsen , Ingebrigt ; Johnson , Morris , Zacarias ; Jonson , Carl P ; Jonsson , Ola ; Klemak , John ; Klimek , Johann , Marcel , Theodor ; Knoerl , Paul ; Knudtson , Hans A ; Koselke , Johan A ; Langenes , Iver A ; Larson , Even , John ; Leiendecker , John ; Lindberg , Carl G ; Line , Simon A ; Marftad , Iver Olsen ; Markling , Louis ; Michelsen , Andrew ; Mielke , Albert ; Mikkelson , Martin ; Moling , August , Johan P ; Morling , Magnus ; Morstad , Iver O , Iver T , Theodor I , Theodore Iversen ; Mortenson , Ragnild ; Murach , John ; Nelson , Andrew ; Nilson , Nils ; Nilsson , Mary ; Olsen , Nils ; Olson , Knut ; Palzer , Phillip ; Pedersen , Ole ; Pehrson , Hans ; Pischke , Paul ; Priess , Adolph ; Rauben , AE , August A ; Redik , Matis ; Roto , George ; Samson , Magna ; Sjoberg , Anders A ; Spitzer , Joseph ; Storbuck , Benj ; Stroback , Bengt ; Strobeck , Nils ; Strobuk , Peter ; Stukel , Gregor ; Suchy , Joseph ; Svensson , Johannes ; Taylor , Charles ; Thompson , John ; Thorson , Johanes ; Tornqvest , Tom ; Turczyn , Albert ; Valli , John J ; Woesle , Mary


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