Tom Akan

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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Akan

Lydia and Tom Akan came to the area that was to become Gate Township, McLean County, in 1925. They had come from Wisconsin, where they were born, to Washburn, North Dakota in 1899.

Tom became active in politics, served in the state legislature, and organized the Nonpartisan League. He was also the community auctioneer. He passed away in 1958.

Lydia kept busy as a practical nurse in the Gate Township area, assisting Dr. Grangaard sometimes and when he wasn’t able to come, she worked alone to bring a number of babies into the world.

The Akan children are Marion (Mrs. Louie Fjeldahl), Joe, and Ned.