Humboldt is located along Hwy. 75, North of
Hallock and Northcote. Currently, there is a gas station, elevator, post
office, church and residential district in Humboldt.
Even though Humboldt wasn't officially
incorporated as a village until September 29, 1919, it grew rapidly. With a farm family on every quarter
section of land, business boomed, but as the small farm disappeared so did the
In 1878, James J. Hill owned all the land
along the tracks from Northcote to Humboldt . . . a total of about 40,000
acres. He soon found it advisable to sell his land to the settlers.
Local historians say that Charley Clow was
the first settler. Nels Finney came by boat up the Red River and James Diamond had to get off the train just south of Humboldt
because the tracks stopped at that point.
Even though Hill opened the area to the
settlers, developed bonanza farming and brought in the railroad, it was Edward
and James Florance who developed the village. Edward Florance who came in 1897
was instrumental in organizing a bank. By 1904, the First State Bank of
Humboldt was incorporated.
James Florance spent most of his life in
Humboldt as a merchant, postmaster, and community builder. He came with his
brothers in 1898, but left shortly thereafter since he felt business was poor.
But he returned in 1911 with a wife and two children, bought a store from Nels Finney
and continued in it until 1949 when he sold out to Mayme Jury.
Business places developed cautiously. The
Booker McFadden Store met the needs of everyone from 1878 to 1890.
After that the following came: The Florance
and Nelson Store, Jack McCullum's Blacksmith Shop, George and Lynn Sylvester's Barber
Shop and Livery Barn, Victor Clow's Repair Garage, and Wm. Sylvester's International
Harvester Agency. A hotel, a restaurant and a local butcher also emerged.
The Humboldt United Methodist Church will celebrate its100th anniversary this summer. A
big centennial celebration is planned for July 18-19 at the church.
There will also be an old fashioned ice cream
social August12th at Humboldt United Methodist.
Source: Visitors Guide to Kittson County, Published May19, 1999 by the Kittson County
Enterprise based on information compiled from Kittson County History Book.
Essays Relating to Humboldt
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APortrait Of A Baseball Team, 1910 - by Adele Hoglin
TheBockwitz Farms - by Bradley Hemmes
JamesDiamond - by Loree Johnson
Farley:Humboldt Athlete - by Lois Ann Diamond
U.S. GovernmentHonors Cal Farley With Postage Stamp
TheFirst State Bank Of Humboldt - by Bradley Ash
FirstCombines In Humboldt Community - by Brian Finney
TheFirst State Bank Of Humboldt - by Linda Diamond
FirstState Bank Of Humboldt - by Mark Baldwin, Jr.
The FloranceEra - by Bill Johnson
JamesFlorance: An Early Pioneer - by Layne Turner
JamesFlorance: Progressive Businessman by Gary Wilkie
ForgottenCemetery - by David Ingeman
TheGreat Depression - by Kelvin Keena
A Great Farm - by John Bergh
JamesJ. Hill: Empire Builder by Doris Giffen
HumboldtBlasts Into Existence - by Keith Finney
HumboldtElevator Association - by Rick Bakken
HumboldtElevator Association - by Ron Gatheridge
HumboldtLandmark: The Old Irving Store - by Vernon
HumboldtMethodist Church - by Darryl Ash
HumboldtOf The Past - by John Bergh
HumboldtPost Office - by Kent Ash
StoreOf The Past, Present, And Future - by Jamie L. Rustad
HistoryOf The Humboldt Area Telephones - by Martha
HumboldtUnited Methodist Church - by Kimberly Ash
HistoryOf Humboldt, Minnesota - by Mark Lommen
The Individualist- by Andrea Hoglin
Iten'sWater Service - by Mike Cote
ClarenceIten, Humboldt's Water Provider - by Kurt
TheJoe River Schoolhouse - by Mark Ash
Lake Agassiz:Heart Of The Red River Valley - by Doris Giffen
A LifeOf Farming: Walt Clow - by Bruce Ash
GeorgeMatthew, Pioneer With Ambition - by Dan Finney
MemoriesInto Greatness - by Mark L. Baldwin, Jr.
MemoriesOf An Old Country School - by Daniel Ohmann
HumboldtMethodist Church - by Ron Gatheridge
OurTown: Humboldt - by Diane Giffen
PioneerBuilding - by Scott Wallenberg
TheHistory Of The Red River Floods - by Jerry Bernath
ForgottenCivilization Near The Old Salt Pool - by Tony Rustad
A SleepingTown Awakes - by Delores Diamond
The TownOf Humboldt - by Marshal Hemmes
TracesRemain Of Glacial Lake Agassiz - by Marlyce Cleem
The TownOf Humboldt - by Marshal Hemmes
TracesRemain Of Glacial Lake Agassiz - by Marlyce