Paul Folden

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Folden

Shortly after their marriage in Norway, Mr. and Mrs. Folden immigrated to Effington, South Dakota, where they stayed for two years. Mr. Folden worked in the woods, and worked for local farmers there.

Learning that there was homestead land available north of Garrison, He came and filed on a homestead in Blue Hill Township, McLean County, North Dakota. In 1905, the Foldens loaded an emigrant car and left for Garrison.

Mrs. Folden, with her two small children, Osta, who was two, and Jennie, who was nine months old, came ahead of Mr. Folden because the freight train had broken down. Mrs. Folden could not speak English at the time, and had only a few cents to buy food for the children. Fortunately, she met a girlhood chum who was employed at the hotel.

After three days, the freight came in. On June 5th, early in the morning, they loaded their possessions onto a wagon, pulled by two oxen, and leading two cows and a heifer behind, they started out across the prairie, heading northwest from Garrison.

They arrived at their new home at ten o’clock at night. After unloading only the bare necessities, they found they had no fuel or water. Mr. Folden, having been at the site before, remembers a small slough, where he was able to dip enough water and cut enough grass to cook their evening meal. Their new home had no tar paper and no shingled roof, just boards; when it rained, it rained inside as well as out.

Between them, they had ten dollars, and after getting settled, they had only three pennies left. Their only means of living was the churned butter from their two cows.

Ole, their third child, was born on this farm. They also raised Inez Methisen, who had lost her own mother as a baby.

In 1937, after his marriage to Selma Troite, purchased the Lo Robbins farm, just west of his folks. They had four children: Ardell, Dennis, Dean, and Diana.

Mr. Folden passed away in 1947. Mrs. Folden sold their farm and moved to Ryder, where she purchased a home. She died there in March of 1957.