Hans Skeiten

Hans and Belle Skeiten

Born in Toten, Norway in 1866, Hans immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1880, first stopping in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Belle Langen was born on a ship on the way to the United States. Her parents settled in Rushford, Minnesota, later moving to Winona, Minnesota, and then to Fargo in 1907.

Hans and Belle were married in Hudson, Wisconsin. They had two sons, Arthur and Helmer (Scotty), and two daughters, Helen, who became Mrs. Baron Gage, and Evelyn, who passed away at the age of fourteen.

When the Reservation Coal Grant Land was opened to homesteaders, they moved to Roseglen Township. Shortly after that, Art and Scotty were called up to serve in the U.S. Army during World War I, serving nearly two years, with eleven months served overseas.

After returning from their military service, Art and Scotty farmed, while their father worked as a plumber. Mrs. Skeiten passed away in 1938, Mr. Skeiten in 1958. At the time that the Golden Jubilee book was published in 1967, Art and Scotty were both retired but living on the farm, except for the winter months.