Peter J. Weigel

Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Weigel

Peter Weigel was born in Hauge, North Dakota, in 1895. In 1904, he moved to Portland, Oregon, returning to North Dakota in 1908 to farm near Harvey. In 1912, he moved to Selz, where he operated a grocery store. On March 6, 1915, he married Mary Ell.

In April of 1916, he left Harvey with four horses and a wagon, headed for the Roseglen area of McLean County to homestead, having filed a claim in Deepwater Township. The trip took two days. He then set to work building a barn and a granary.

In June, he brought his wife and oldest daughter to the homestead, and they lived in the barn until a homestead shack could be built.

He later recalled buying a cow from Gust Wohlk of Ryder. It was a good cow, and gave sixteen quarts of milk a day. The milk that the family didn’t use was given to neighbors.

Their first few years on the homestead were not prosperous. Because there weren’t many crops,  Pete was kept busy putting up hay, cutting flax, and hauling lumber for the homestead shacks of his neighbors.

Since Pete had horses and a wagon, he would start out for Roseglen, then known as Snippen’s Store, to buy groceries. By the time he arrived, he might have ten neighbors who needed groceries, but no way to get to the store except on foot.

Mrs. Weigel baked bread for Frank Dahlberg once a week, and he would walk over to get it, bringing it home in a gunny sack.

Pete recalled that Bill Olson, Bill Solberg, and Oscar Johnson stayed with them for about three months while they were building their own shacks. They slept in the barn and when it was too chilly for what blankets they had, Pete would go out and pitch hay over them.

Pete and Mary Weigel were the parents of seven children: Eva, Frank, Leonard, Arthur, Vernon, Donald, and Joyce.

Vernon married Clara Qualley, and took over the home place. Their children were Donna and Ronald. Donald married Lila Olson, and farmed near Roseglen.

In 1951, the Weigels retired from farming and moved to a new home in Minot, where he worked off and on for Voeller Furniture. In 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published, they were still there.