Will Flynn

Mr. and Mrs. Will Flynn

Along with his brother, Frank, Will Flynn came to Romsaas Township, in McLean County, North Dakota, with his father, Barney Flynn. They were the first settlers in the area, more properly known as Township 149, Range 86.

Will Flynn married Hannah Nelson, who had homesteaded on neighboring land, in 1905, and they lived on Will’s homestead until they moved to Minot in 1942.

For many years, Will was a state highway maintenance man on Highway #37, from the Ryder junction, west about ten miles, past Roseglen. This was in the late 1920s and early 1930s, when maintenance was conducted by a blade drawn by a four-horse team, and snow was moved mostly by hand.

Both Will and Hannah have passed away. In 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published, the Flynn farm was still owned by his sons, although the farm was operated by a renter.

Will and Hannah had four children: Merritt, Rosetta, Willard, and Kenneth.