Red River Valley Historical Essays

March 1971

Humboldt - St. Vincent Public School

Humboldt, Minnesota

English XIII, XI, X and Top Junior High

Editors:

Loann Bergh, Tim Clow, Lois Diamond, Keith Finney, Doris Giffen, Adele Hoglin, Denise Gooselaw, Linda Twamley

 

Illustrators:

Barbara Bostrom, Andrea Hoglin, Venessa Reese

 

Introduction . . . . .Adele Hoglin

Mimeographers . . William Ash, Bette Giffen, Craig Olson, Larry Seed

Typists . . . . . . . . Each writer typed his own stencils and the Office Practice

Class typed for the Junior High

Preface

Adele Hoglin

Someone dreamed a dream . . .and it came true. Someone wished a wish . . .and it came true. The moment that dream and that wish came true, history was made.

But history isn't a single moment, it's days, years and decades of hard work and disappointments mingled with the joys of living. As each man, woman, and child lived, he built toward an ultimate goal. The goal which began as a dream . . . as a wish.

The Red River Valley didn't become famous in one day. It took people years to construct, bit by bit, a productive valley. Finally, there were thousands of builders and a monumental task was near completion.

It is about these individuals that the English classes under the direction of Mrs. Martha Roberts and Mr. Richard Heine have written. The essays are not about the people whose names appear in bold print in history books. They are about the farmers and small-time businessmen who laid the groundwork for the succeeding generations. The people who dreamed the dream . . .wished the wish . . .and made them both come true.

Table of Contents

Anderson, Wanda. . . Father Goiffon: The Fire That Saved His Life

Ash, Bradley . . . . . . Sylvan Miller of the Past and Present

Ash, Steven . . . . . . . The Adventurous Life of Daniel Howard Wilson

Ash, William . . . . . . A Leader in Agriculture: Carl Ash

Bahr, Julie . . . . . . . . Hilma Nordling Olson, Pioneer Mother

Bergh, LoAnn .. . . . . Albert Bergh: Early Pioneer

Bostrom, Barbara . . . The Hard Life

Clow, Janet. . . . . . . . The "Lapp General Store"

Clow, Richard. . . . . . St. Vincent Firehall

Clow, Tim . . . . . . . . George Hugill: A Man on the Move

Diamond, Lois .. . . . . Cal Farley: Humboldt Athlete

Finney, Keith .. . . . . . E. J. Finney - Businessman and County Commissioner

Finney, Norma... . . . . History of Emerson, Manitoba

Friebohle, Roxanne . . .Annie Coulter: Pioneer School Teacher

Giffen, Bette. . . . . . . . Donald Clarence Giffen - Jack of all Trades

Giffen, Doris . . . . . . . Lake Agassiz: Heart of the Red River Valley

Giffen, Duane. . . . . . . Marvin Nordberg, A Friendly Man

Giffen, Renee . . . . . . . Northcote: The Industrious Center

Gooselaw, Denise.. . . . It Began at a Box Social

Hoglin, Adele . . . . . . . A Portrait of a Baseball Team: 1910

Hoglin, Andrea . . . . . . The Individualist

Ingeman, David . . . . . . Sigrid Ingeman, Pioneer Woman

Jerome, Louis . . . . . . . Eva Gardener: Pioneer

Jerome, William. .. . . . The Red River Ev. Lutheran Church

Karol, Clair . . . . . . . . The History of the First Lutheran Church

Ness, Michael. . . . . . . . Helmer Ness

Olson, Craig . . . . . . . . Albert J. Christopher, Mayor of Pembina

Olson, Mike. . . . . . . . . Elmer Berry

Rabe, Debbie . . . . . . . . Otto Berg

Rabe, Theresa .. . . . . . . John Swanson

Reese, Vanessa . . . . . . .The Birth of Northcote, Minnesota

Rustad, Jamie . . . . . . . . Store of the Past, Present and Future

Schulte, Bobbi Jo. . . . . . Round House of St. Vincent

Seed, Roger . . . . . . . . . George Fleming

Surface, Pamela . . . . . . Episcopal Churches of the Red River Valley

Symington, Thomas . . . .Great Grandpa Harvey

Turner, Daniel . . . . . . . Della Lang Turner

Turner, Judy. . . . . . . . . Annie Turner

Twamley, Linda . . . . . . The Ward Family

Webster, Keith . . . . . . . The Old North Star Church

Wilkie, David . . . . . . . . Louis Kreitz - Devoted Farmer

Wilkie, Gary . . . . . . . . .The Scotsman, William A. Wilkie

 


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