Rustad, Alfred Hagbart Thoresen
B: 17 Apr 1891, near Oslo, Norway
D: 17 Aug 1972
M: 01 Nov 1919, Margaret Marie Petersen b. 25 Jan 1889 d. 04 Jul 1964, dau of Ludvig Peterson and Mette Katrine Ewald Essay-Rustad-Margaret.html
FN: Herman Thoresen
MN: Anne Helene Christens Heier
Alfred Thoresen Rustad and Margaret Petersen Rustad moved to St. Vincent Township shortly after their marriage. During the early years, the Rustads rented the William Easter farm, five miles west of Humboldt. During the first nine years, there was rampant inflation. The Rustads received loans at 10 percent interest to begin their farming venture. The young farm family endured a decade of poverty. Their wheat rusted for the first eight years. On the ninth year, the family did have a good flax harvest. The family somehow survived raising cattle, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens and ducks. The Rustads purchased the Ambrose Clow farm, one mile west of Humboldt, where they resided until 1957.
Alfred and Margaret had three children: Einar, Alfred Jr., and Dorothy. Alfred Jr. lived on the home place until his death in 1986. Alfred Jr. (Rustee) Rustad served as the Humboldt postmaster from 1961 to his death in 1986. Rustee Rustad was a graduate of the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, where he played varsity basketball. Alfred married Patricia Carrigan of Hallock, Minnesota.
Children of Alfred Thoresen Hagbart Rustad and Margaret Petersen:
1. Einar Edward Rustad
B: 27 Jul 1920
M: Francoise Degagne
3. Dorothy Clare
B: 13 Jul 1929
M: Burton Lang Turner b. 24 Sep 1921 d. 06 Apr 1977
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred H. Rustad
Alfred Rustad was born April 17, 1891, near Oslo, Norway.
Several of his brothers and sisters immigrated to America
around 1900 and when Alfred was twelve years old the rest of
the family came. They lived in Minneapolis the first year,
where Alfred had to enter the first grade to learn English. In 1905
his parents homesteaded 40 miles north of Williston, North
Dakota. They lived in a kerosene-heated tent the first year.
Alfred's brother dug a hollow in the side of a hill and
floor with sandstone. This was were their mother baked
bread. One of Alfred's vivid memories from early homestead
days was of being sent out to shoot a rabbit for dinner. He
was timid, small for his age, and not used to guns; but the
rabbits were plentiful and not too wild. He felt very proud
when he arrived home with a big jack rabbit hanging over his
When Alfred was a young man he went to a business school
in Minneapolis and operated a feed store in Iowa. Then he
returned to North Dakota to help his brother, Ole, on his
homestead. Ole's wife, Hanne, was seriously ill so her sister,
Margaret Peterson, came from Champlin, Minnesota, to
help care for the family. Alfred and Margaret became very
good friends. The friendship blossomed into romance and
they agreed to be married after Alfred returned from the army
where he served in France with the Engineers during WWI.
Margaret Peterson was born January 25, 1889, in Denmark
and the family immigrated to America when Margaret was
four years old. They lived near Champlin and when she was
ten years old Margaret began working out for her board and
room while she went to school. After graduating from high
school she attended St. Cloud Normal and taught rural
schools for several years. Then she went to help her sister,
Hanne, in North Dakota and met Alfred.
Alfred and Margaret were married Nov. 1, 1919, and moved
to St. Vincent Township where they rented the William
Easter farm, five miles west of Humboldt, for nine years. This
was during the inflation and they had to borrow money at
10% interest to get started. Their wheat rusted for the next
eight years but the following year they had a good crop of
flax. During those years, they raised cattle, sheep, pigs,
turkeys, chickens and ducks. Margaret helped with everything
and never complained but was always cheerful.
In 1928, they bought the Ambrose Clow farm, one mile west
of Humboldt, where they lived until they moved to Humboldt
Alfred and Margaret had three children: Einar and his wife,
Francois De Gagne, live in Gardena, California and have five
children. Einar worked for Jerseymaid for years.
Alfred, Jr. lives on the home place and is postmaster in
Humboldt. He and his wife, Pat Carrigan, have four children:
Michael, Tony, Jamie, and Janine.
Dorothy and her husband, Burton Turner, farm near Humboldt.
They have three children: Leslie, Layne, and Daniel.
After working hard all their lives, Alfred and Margaret
thoroughly enjoyed the trips they made to California to
visit Einar's family.
Margaret died in 1964 and life was never the same for Alfred.
However, he kept busy working on the farm and he took a
big interest in cooking. He baked his own delicious whole
wheat bread and could roast beef or chicken that was
just as good as Margaret's!
After having been in declining health for two years, Alfred
passed away on Aug. 27, 1972.
Source: Kittson Historical Society, Book 1, Author unknown