John Sliper

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Sliper

Ingeborg Olson was born in Hennes, Helgaland, Norway, in March of 1978. She came to the United States in 1901, settling in the Oakes, North Dakota area. In 1905, she moved to McLean County, taking up a homestead in Gate Township.

John. H. Sliper was born in Trondjhem, Norway in 1879. He came to the United States as a young man, settling in the area of Hillsboro, North Dakota. He later took up a homestead in Ward County, near Ryder.

On December 3, 1913, he was married to Ingeborg Olson. He traded his land for a quarter near Inga’s, and they made their home on Inga’s homestead. They had two children, Crystal May and Harold T. Sliper.

The Slipers continued to farm in Gate Township. On August 15, 1928, at 8:20 o’clock, in the morning, a tornado struck their farm, demolishing the house, barn, and other outbuildings. Fortunately, no one was injured, as there were four others besides the family in the house at the time. These included Rita Schilling, daughter of Ferd and Roxie Schilling, who were among the earliest settlers in Hiddenwood Township. The others were three men from Roseglen, who saw the storm approaching and turned to the Slipers for what they thought was safety.

The Slipers rebuilt, and remained on the farm until 1937. Retiring then, they moved to Dwight, North Dakota, to live with their daughter, Crystal, who had married Howard N. Solberg.

Mrs. Sliper passed away there in August of 1949, and John Sliper died in November of 1956 in Fargo, North Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Sliper were both buried in Riverside Cemetery in Fargo.