Byron Brumwell

Byron J. Brumwell

Byron J. Brumwell, of Iowa, came to Minot, North Dakota in 1915, and found work as a thresher. Some land opened up on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation at Roseglen, and numbers were drawn for homesteads. His name was among those drawn, so he went back to Iowa that winter. In the spring, he returned in an emigrant car, all alone, and settled in Roseglen Township, North Dakota.

There were no buildings anywhere in sight, only rocks and prairie grass. There were no roads, trees or wood of any kind, with which to build anything. He brought five horses and a dozen chickens with him. He lived in a makeshift tent until he could get a house built. While building the house, he continued working off and on at Parshall in order to get enough money to carry on.

In 1920, he married Ida Marie Hanson, who was living on a nearby farm. She passed away in 1963, and he married again in the fall of 1964. He had met his second wife, Allene Powell, of St. Petersburg, Florida, in New York City, where they joined a group touring Europe for two months.

In 1957, he decided to retire and move to Florida, returning to Roseglen each summer and fall. In the fall of 1966, he sold three quarters, including his home place, to Donald Giffey of Roseglen.