Ervin Hopkins

Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Hopkins

Ervin Hopkins was born in Indiana, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hopkins. He came to North Dakota with his parents in 1905, where they homesteaded in Blue Hill Township, in McLean County. He and his three brothers, and five sisters, attended the Blue Hill Consolidated School.

Ervin and his brother, O.K., broke pairie sod with a sulky plow when they were fourteen and twelve years old, respectively. After Ervin finished school, he drove the Blue Hill school bus for eight years. He had a buggy, a sleigh, and a very special team of horses he called Frank and Minny Bear.

Ervin met Lena Sletten at a basket social at Blue Hill school. Lena had come to the United States from Norway with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Magnus Sletten, along with her five sisters and one brother. They homesteaded near Douglas, moving to a farm in Blue Hill Township that was owned by Hank Hanson in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.

Ervin and Lena were married at Washburn, North Dakota, in January of 1917. They lived on several farms in the Blue Hill and Romsaas community until 1929, when they bought the Joe Martinson homestead in Romsaas Township.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins were active in community affairs, including the Farmers Union, Mount Zion Church, the Ladies Aid, and Ryder Odd Fellows and Rebecca lodges. By 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published, Ervin had been county assessor for seventeen years, served as director and clark of Romsaas School District for seventeen years, chairman of the Farmers Union Oil Company, and had been an active member of the Ryder Odd Fellows lodge for forty-two years.

Ervin continued his farming operations through the oxen, horse, and tractor eras. He owned one of the largest horse-drawn plows, a three bottom one, which used seven or eight horses on one hitch. Ervin and O.K. also operated a custom threshing machine from 1916 to 1940.

Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Hopkins had two children: Dale, who married the former Albina Kubicek, who lived on the home farm; and Robert Sletten, a foster son, who moved to a farm a mile and a half north of Hopkins.