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Joliette Township

First among the setlements made after the Pembina RiverValley had become settled, was Joliette . on the Red River. In the year1878 seven young men left Quebec to homestead in the Red River Valley..They had heard that tools and equipment plus good wages were given to railroadworkers. They traveled to Minnesota via the Great Lakes waterway and foundjobs on the railroad being bkuilt to St.Vincent, Minnesota. Crossing intoDakota Territory at Pembina they traveled about ten miles southwad and tookup claims along the river.

Frank LaRose was the first settler and ran a ferry acrossthe Red River. His farmhouse was a stopping place for stagecoaches as wellas a re-fueling stop for steamboats. For quick shelter the first houseswere made of prairie sod. The four Pariseau brothers: Ernest, Joe , Frank,and John sent for their parents and sister, Permelia. The orphaned sisterof Joseph, Euclid and Dolphus Riopelle and others came with them. This wasthe nucleus of a thriving French Candaian settlement. They named the PostOffice, which was established August 7, 1879, for Joliette, Quebec, Canada.John B. Rivett was appointed postmaster.

Others settled in the Joliette area. From 1880 to 1882.The Emersons, Barrons, Storms, Dietrichs and Shannons began farming. OnDecember 18, 1882 the Joliette area was designated one of 19 townships inPembina County.

In 1897 John Hart came with a team and buggy from Castlewood,South Dakota. He drove back and the next year he and his brother, ArthurHart arrived by immigrant car, coming on the railroad into Bathgate. Belgainsettlers in great numbers came beginning with Charles Demestre and AldophVon Leberge in 1890.

Because of river flooding the settlement of Joliette wasmoved inland about 1900 to a site along the Northern Pacific Railroad. Thetownsite was platted on Section 27 and 34 and became a railroad station.A thriving town built up, a bank, Hart and Asseltine's general store, alumberyard, a farm machinery business, a hotel, town hall, two churches,a new school and grain elevator were built.

A rural postoffice of short duration was established Oct.15, 1912, along the railroad at a settlement six miles south of Joliette.The settlement was named Fleece, a family of the Postmaster, Walter F. Moody.

McArthur was a settlement located four miles north of Joliette.It was also was moved from the river when the railroad was established.A grain elevator moved on greased skids from the river across the prairieto the townsite. The Norther Pacific Railroad located a stockyrds and loadingstation, and a postoffice was established on Section 9, 162.51, August 4,1904. Charles H. Hunt Postmaster. McArthur also had a school and a generalstore.

The entire Joliette community now consists of farmers andthe community of Joliette is a grain elevator, fertlizer plant, MethodistChurch, town hall and postoffice.

Charles Hart, December 20, 1987


LOCATION : Joliette, N.D . is an unincorporated communityin Pembina County, about halfway between Pembina and Drayton, N.D. Justoff interstate 29, Joliette is about 70 miles north of Grand Forks. The town is served by a branch line of the Burlington Northern & SantaFe Railway. Joliette reached a peak population of 319 in 1930. That wasfollowed by a sharp decline 36 in 1960. According to an informal count,there are now just ten people living in the town.

What's big in Joliette? The former Joliette Farmers GrainCo., now known as Cargill Aghorizons, was acquired by Cargill Inc,. a major Minnetonka , Minn. based grain-trading company April 1, 1997. It is a major grain shipper for the region.

NAME Frank LaRose, the first settler in the Joliettearea, named the pioneer community for his home town of Joliette, Quebec.That French - Canadian town had been founded in 1823 by a sawmill operator,Barthelemy Joliette.

What some people say about the community - The Rev. LindaBaldock, pastor of the Jolliette Methodist Church, whose husband.. Gerry,is employed at the Pembina State Museum: "I really enjoy the peoplein the community and in our congregation as well as living in a ruralcommunity. The people are so involved in the church."

Joleen Holter, who lives outside of Joliette and who hasbeen employed for a year at the Joliette Express Truck Stop, serving asthe past three months as manager: "You know a lot of people in asmall community such as Joliette. The people are really friendly; I enjoy living near a small town."

Cory Tryan, manager of Cargill Aghorizons elevator in Joliette:"It's always nice and green, and there are trees. I grew upnear Plentywood in northeastern Montana, and that area is often parchedand dry."

From the Grand Forks Herald Newspaper - summer 2000

Submitted by Mildred Hart

ld Newspaper - summer 2000

Submitted by Mildred Hart