Engel Dahl

Mr. and Mrs. Engel Dahl

At the age of twenty-five, Engel Dahl emigrated from Norway to the United States. From New York, he traveled to Makoti, North Dakota to visit with a friend, John Hojem. He spent one week with him, then hired out to Emil Forsman and John P. Nelson.

Later, he went to Washington State, where he worked as a lumberjack for a couple of years, but he liked North Dakota, so he returned and started farming on reservation land in 1926. His first year was rough, and there was no crop because of a draught.

Esther Dahlberg arrived in the United States from Norway, at the age of twenty-six, with her mother, one brother, and a sister; three brothers, Art, Seth and Frank, had arrived earlier, so Esther made her home with Seth. He and Frank were both farming in the Roseglen area.

The day that Esther arrived at Seth’s, he had company - Engel Dahl - and they struck up an acquaintanceship. Engel left that winter, but he returned and he and Esther were married at the parsonage in Makoti in 1929.

The Dahl’s had some tough years in the 1930s. They were living on land that Engel had purchased from John Bye, and they remained there for about five years before buying Carl Anderson’s land, two miles west and one mile north of Roseglen.

In 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Dahl returned to their native Norway for a visit, after having been away for about forty-five years. At the time that the Golden Jubilee book was published, in 1967, the Dahls were still living on their farm.