Christ Halvorson

Mr. and Mrs. Christ Halvorson
by Christ Halvorson (1967)

Our homestead, located one mile north of Roseglen, in Gate Township, had its beginning more than fifty years ago, in the fall of 1915, when I registered for homestead rights in Bismarck. I filed for a claim at Minot, and received a claim number the following May.

In October of 1916, I left my wife, the former Thea Wibstad, and four children, Harold, Louis, Lloyd, and Lillian, at Stewartville, Minnesota, where we had farmed my parent's farm, my birthplace, for five years, to come here and prove up my homestead rights.

I had shipped our belongings, machinery and livestock, so that it would be at Ryder when I arrived there by train. From Ryder, I came to my homestead site by horse and wagon. Upon arrival, I began to put up a shelter to protect myself from the cold wind and the rain that later turned to snow. By morning, my clothing was soaked and I was nearly frozen stiff. I had covered the horses with blankets to protect them from the cold.

I started to build the homestead shack with what means there was available. During those lonely days, I froze, prayed, thought of my family, and wondered what would be in store for us in the future. To come to North Dakota to settle on a homestead had been our dream, so I struggled to finish the shack.

After two weeks had gone by, my wife and children came by train to join me. After they came, life on the prairie didn't seem so bad and we looked forward to better days.

Four of our eight children, Lawrence, Adeline, Curtis and Eleanor, were born on the homestead site.

I was born near Stewartville, Minnesota in 1883, and was was baptized, confirmed, and grew to manhood there. My wife, Thea, was born in 1892 near Garfield, Minnesota. We were married in Ypsilanti, North Dakota in 1907. We farmed here for five years, and then moved to Stewartville, Minnesota, where we farmed for another five years.

Of the more than fifty years we have resided on our homestead, there have been some strugglesome ones, especially during the 1930s, which was a depression period most  North Dakotans won't forget, who were farming at that time. Despite this, there have been more good years than bad. Our homestead holds many happy memories for our entire family, as does the entire Roseglen community and its people. We thank God for the many blessings we have shared on our homestead and in the Roseglen community. My wife and I are most happy to have soon shared sixty years of married life.

All of our eight children are living (written in 1967). Harold, the oldest, lives at home with us and operates the Auto-Electric Shop in Roseglen. Louis and Lloyd live at home and farm the land. Mrs. Marvin Anderson (Lillian) lives at Wahpeton on a farm with her husband and four children, and farm near Roseglen. Mrs. Erwin Thompson (Adeline) is a teacher, and lives in Minot with her husband and one child. Curtis is a diesel mechanic, and lives in West Fargo with his wife, Corothy Carlstrom, and son. Mrs. Alvin Kolkind (Eleanor) lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and four children.