Lars Kolden

Mr. and Mrs. Lars Kolden

Lars Kolden was born in Lom, Norway in 1879. An early Roseglen settler, he came to the United States as a young boy, taking a homestead at Roseglen, North Dakota in 1902.

Lars built a two-room house on his homestead and, once he had accumulated enough money, he sent for his sweetheart in Norway, whose name was Anna Synsness. She was nineteen years old when she packed her trunk and, with three other young girls, who later became Mrs. Ole Daleness, Mrs. Bernt Fines, and Mrs. Lloyd Austad (then Mrs. Kvale) and young son, Erling, traveled to the new land. Upon arriving in Quebec, there was quite a hunt on the map for the town of Ryder, North Dakota, as Ryder was then a very new town, and not yet on all of the maps.

They boarded the train to Bismarck and, upon their arrival in Ryder, they were met at the depot by Ole Oleness. The services of Charlie Leonardson, with his double-seated buggy were available, and he took them through the trails of mud to the Ole Rostad homestead, which seemed to be a stopping off place for everyone. With this many overnight guests, the little house became a bit crowded, so a room that was partly filled with grain was used for sleeping quarters.

On August 16, 1907, Lars and Anna made a trip to Garrison by horse and buggy, then by train to Washburn, where they took their marriage vows. In the years to come, they became parents of six sons.

In those early years, mail was received once a week at the John Snippen store and post office, where it was kept in a cupboard.

Church services were held in the various homes whenever the minister would come. If a death occurred, the body was buried and services were held whenever the minister came again.

Traveling to Minot for supplies was a three-day trip with horses and wagon, and the waiting was long for the children at home who knew their dad was returning when they heard the bells on the horses.

Lars and Anna continued to live on their farm until their deaths. She passed away in 1945, and Lars followed in 1950.

Their six sons were Julius, Anton, Chris, Lloyd, Clifford, and Ervin.

Julous married Martha Mirriam, and they moved onto a farm near Emmet, where they were living in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published. Martha taught fifth grade at White Shield. They had two daughters: Jean and Rita. Jean married Howard Trueblood, and they had two children. Jean was a third grade teacher at White Shield. Rita Bakken has one son, and was employed at McLean County Independent in Garrison in 1967.

Anton married Fern Slocum, formerly of Ryder, and they were living in Minot in 1967. Anton was on the police force in Minot for several years. They had six children: Annabelle (Mrs. Lawrence Pollert) of Bismarck, Joyce (Mrs. Harland Olson) of Nevada, Lorraine (Mrs. Emil Forsman, Jr.) of Ryder, Duane, Ronald, and Sandra (Mrs. Duane Olson) of Minot.

Chris was married to the former Evelyn Nelson. In 1967, they owned and operated Kolden's Store in Roseglen, where Chris was also the postmaster. They had two children: Sandra and Roger.

Lloyd married Blenda Johnson, and they were living on a farm near Roseglen in 1967. Lloyd was also a trucker. Their children were Jerry, Linda (Mrs. Dean Semmen), Patsy, Terry, and Teddy.

Clifford was married to Ella Forsman, and they resided on the home place and farm, where they were in 1967. Clifford was also a rural mail carrier. Their three children were Darrell, Robert, and Cheryl.

Ervin married Evelyn Larson, and they lived on a farm near Emmet. He was a school bus driver for White Shield, while Evelyn was employed as a secretary at the same school. They had three sons: Wade, Kent, and Tommy.