Henry Hove

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hove

Henry Hove was born in Union, North Dakota in 1883. In 1903, he came to Blue Hill Township and took a homestead twelve miles southwest of Ryder.

In 1908, he and Bessie Gilbertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilbertson, were married. For three years, they lived in a 12x18-foot sod shack, with a laundry stove that was used for both heating and cooking.

They farmed with oxen for two years, then with horses until 1925, when Henry bought his first tractor, a Fordson.

Mr. and Mrs. Hove lived on the original farm site until his death in 1953. Later, their house, which had been extensively remodeled, was moved to Minot, where Bessie rented out part of the house, reserving a couple of rooms for herself. In 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published, she was still living there.

The Hoves had six children: Hazel, Alice, Doris, Mabel, Walter, and Arnold.