Ed Bjornholt

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bjornholt

Ed Bjornholt emigrated from Norway to Clarkfield, Minnesota in 1903. The following year, he moved farther west and homesteaded in Blackwater Township, in McLean County, North Dakota. Ed, Borger, Antonson, and Konrad Iverson, all cousins, came to North Dakota and homesteaded in the same area.

For the Golden Jubilee book, published in 1967, Ed told of an evening, after they had finished their evening meal, they started to hear strange noises in the distance. They couldn’t imagine what it could be unless it was Indians on the warpath. Like most homesteaders, they had heard stories of Indian raids. They decided that they had better turn the oxen loose, to fend for themselves. Since Ed had some money buried in a tin can near the barn, he decided he’d better dig it up and take it with them, and they would leave for Konrad’s place. But, as they got outside, the noise subsided, then faded away completely. So they decided that it might be safe to sit tight after all. Nothing bothered them the rest of the night. A couple of days later, they learned that the noise, coming almost two miles on the night air, was from a charavari of local newlyweds.

Ed’s future wife, Rachel Hanson, came from Benson, Minnesota, to the Romsaas area, and took a homestead in 1905. Ed and Rachel were married in 1907, after which Ed disposed of his land and the couple settled on Rachel’s homestead until her death in 1929. Ed lived until 1964, but he was in ill health for some time before passing away.

Ed and Rachel Bjornholt had five children: Reuben, the first, passed away in childhood; Melvin, who married Eulalia Timm, the daughter of Dr. J.F. Timm; Louisa, who married Harry Amundson; and twins, one again named Reuben, who remained single, and Emil, who married Loretta Kowarsch, and lived on the home farm.