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Hart, Arthur
B. 03 Aug 1873, Tillsonburg, Ont
D. 04 Jul 19 1964-65, McArthur N.D. - Farm, Interned in St.Vincent Cemetery next to Mary
12 Jul 1904, Mary L. Bernath, St Vincent, MN

FN: Thomas Hart
MN: Catherine Worden

Children of Arthur Hart and Mary Bernath:

1. Warren Hart
B. 20 Oct 1916
M. 04 Jul 1946, Betty Jane Peabody, East Grand Forks, MN. No children

2. Milfred D. Hart
B. 11 Aug 1919, at the Hart farm.
M. 21 Jan 1944, Myrtle Peabody at East Grand Forks, MN.

Thomas Hart came from Tillesonburg, Ontario in 1880 and homsteaded on a quarter section of land in the Casselwood, Dakota Territory, area. The Homestead office in Watertown, Dakota Territory on December 3, 1886 states that Thomas Hart has made payment in full for the South East Quarter section of section 4, in Township 115 North Range 51 West of the 5th principal meridian containing 160 acres. Note the Hart Farm in Joliette Township is on Range 51 West.

The Harts sold their land in S.D. and came to the Joliette area in 1899 and purchased196 acres from August Short for the sum of $2,000.00. Mr. Short owned the land to the south and members of the Short family who live in Calif. still still retain ownership of the adjoining land. Our son, Charles Hart, still manages the land.

Arthur Hart

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Methodist Church in Joliette for Arthur Hart, 91, pioneer resident of Pembina community who died Thursday at his farm home. Burial will be in the St. Vincent Cemetery. Stennes Funeral Home of Drayton was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, 2 sons: Warren at home and Milfred in Pembina, and five grandchildren. Mr. Hart was born in Ontario Aug. 3, 1873 and came to Pembina in 1899 and has made his home here since. He married Mary Bernath in 1904 at St. Vincent. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Modern Woodmen, a township supervisor 40 years, member of the School Board and was a committeeman on County AAA.

- - Pembina New Era

Mrs. Arthur Hart

Pembina, N.D. - - Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Joliette Methodist Church for Mrs. Arthur Hart, 81, lifelong resident of the Pembina community who died Tuesday at a Hallock, Minn. nursing home. Burial will be in St. Vincent, Minn. City cemetery.

She is survived by two sons, Warren and Milfred of Pembina; two brothers and a sister residing in Pacific coast states and five grandchildren. Her husband died last April 15.

Mrs. Hart, born Feb. 7, 1884, at St. Vincent, was married there in 1904 and the couple made their home at a farm near here. She was a member of Joliette Methodist Church, a life member of the Pembina Order of Eastern Star and member of the Joliette Homemakers Club.

- - Grand Forks Herald

Hart Family History

What follows is the text of an interview that I, Russell Hart, had with my grandfather, Arthur Hart, on December 15, 1957, when I was twelve years of age.

Today, little to known of the Hart Family before the late 1850's when Thomas Hart came from Ireland to Tillsonburg, Ontario, somewhere around Hamilton.

This is where he met Catherine Worden, married her and they had three boys. Charles H. Hart, John W. Hart, and Arthur Hart. They lived in Ontario about thirteen years. A friend, Tom Adams, came down to South Dakota Territory in the late 1870's. He liked the country and wrote back to Thomas Hart that it looked like a nice place to live, so Tom cam down with his family to a small settlement near Watertown called Castlewood. They traveled on the Michigan Central from Ontario to Chicago, then on the Northwestern to Castlewood in the year 1880.

The Hart family lived near Castlewood on a farm for about nineteen years. The oldest son, Charles, joined the army. He was first stationed at Fort Burford, later at Fort Keog, and then he transferred to Fort Pembina. In 1898, Arthur, traveling mostly on the Great Northern came to visit his brother, Charles, who was now out of the army, married and lived along the Red River near where the present Hart farm is located.

About that time, John Hart drove from Castlewood, S.D. to Joliette, N.D. in a team and wagon, looked over the country and much impressed drive back to Castlewood to spend the winter with his folks. In July 1899, the Thomas Hart Family left Castlewood for McArthur by emigrant car on the G.N. Ry. to locate on the present farm.

Charles farmed along the Red River about 1 and 1/2 miles distance from where Thomas located. John bought a store in Joliette in the fall of 1897 and operated it until 1920 with a partner by the name of Asseltine. John passed away in 1920. While in Joliette, John married Effie Storms and had three sons and one daughter, Harold, Leslie, Robert and Jean.

Charles farmed along the Red River until 1904 then moved to McArthur and operated an elevator and store-post office until leaving for Foam Lake, Saskatchewan in 1907. He married Julia Bernath in 1892. They had three children, Barbara, Arthur and Lloyd. Charles passed away in 1912.

Thomas and his wife, Catherine, moved off of the farm in 1913 to live in Joliette. He passed in 1915 and his wife died in 1922. Arthur married Mary Bernath in 1904 and they still reside on the farm. They had two sons, Warren and Milfred.

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Milfred D. Hart July 7, 2000

Russel M. Hart, 17 Sep 2002 ( (Has many pictures)