Fred Osmon

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Mr. and Mrs. Fred Osmon

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Osmon were married on June 23, 1909, at Portland, North Dakota. That same year, they moved to their homestead in Blue Hill Township, McLean County.

Fred was born in Kongsvinger, Norway in 1877. In 1882, he immigrated with his family to Ottertail County, Minnesota. As his father passed away when he was young, he had to assume the responsibilities of helping his mother support his younger brothers and sisters.

His wife, Ida Mathilda Koppang, was born in 1878 at Spring Valley, Minnesota, and later moved to Traill County, North Dakota with her parents.

Fred had traveled up the Missouri River into Montana several time before deciding on a site for his homestead. Each year, Fred and Ida broke more sod for needed crops and for raising cattle.

They did move to Ryder for a twenty-year period, where their only daughter, Norma, received her formal education. She graduated from Ryder High School, and received her second grade professional certificate from Minot Teachers College.

They then moved back to the homestead in 1938. As Fred’s health was failing, their daughter and her husband, Walter Fielder, came out to take over the farming operations in 1942.

Fred and Ida Osmon were active in Blue Hill Township affairs, as well as in the affairs of Ryder, while they lived there. Fred served as a cattle buyer for the Farmer’s Shipping Association at Ryder for a few years in the 1920s. He was also a member of the Farmers Elevator Board at the time when the Ryder Elevator burned and  had to be rebuilt.

Mr. Osmon passed away in 1945, and Mrs. Osmon died after a long illness in 1957. Walt and Norma Fielder still living on the farm in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.

Walt was Chairman of the Board of Directors at McLean Electric when it was organized, and served as Senator from McLean County (46th District) from 1955 to 1961. Norma taught at the Romsaas School from 1957 to 1960, when it was closed due to consolidation with the Garrison Reorganized School District.