Paul Kolden

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kolden

Paul Kolden was born in Lim, Gudbransdalen, Norway in 1873. At the age of fifteen, he came to Wisconsin and, from there, he moved to Cyrus, Minnesota, where he worked as a farmhand. Later, he purchased eighty acres of land where he built up a small farm.

He filed on a homestead claim at Roseglen in 1904, after it was opened up to homesteaders. In 1906, he returned to Minnesota to marry Caroline Raaum on March 24th. Soon after that, the newlyweds returned to North Dakota to begin their dreams of the future.

The Koldens endured hardships along with many good times, they recalled, but one that was harder to bear than the rest was when this large family of eight children were left without a mother, at a time when the youngest, Victor, was only five. Caroline died on October 4, 1925, at the age of forty-one.

Mr. Kolden continued to live, with his children, on the farm, where a new house had been built in 1915. His oldest daughter, Jennie, who was an eighth-grader at the time of her mother's death, quit school so that she could help out at home. Leva Kolden, Paul's mother, spent the first years after Caroline's death helping to keep house and care for her grandchildren.

Leva Kolden and her husband had come from Norway in 1899, bringing their four sons, Peter, Paul, Lars, and Torger, and settled at Cyrus, Minnesota. In 1900, Leva was left a widow and, in 1903, she came to Roseglen where she lived until her death in 1932, at the age of eighty-eight. Grandma Kolden served as midwife for many mothers when their children were born.

Leva Kolden is also remembers by many for helping with the lefse baking at various homes  in preparation for the Christmas holidays. At that time, no one knew that lefse and other goodies could be made in advance of the busy days to follow. She also did a lot of knitting, both for her grandchildren and for the neighbor children, and her wool stockings were said to wear like iron.

Paul and his family belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as janitor for many years. He held various positions on local boards until his health began to fail. He passed away in June of 1953, the last of four brothers.

Mr. and Mrs Kolden's children include John, who was farming at Roseglen in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published. He was married to the former Birdie Shafer, a widow left with five young children, who he helped to raise, along with two of their own: Marsha (Mrs. Klindworth) and Johnny, who married Dorothy Engel.

Leonard was employed on the Jorgenson farm by this brother-in-law and sister in 1967. Albert passed away in 1942. Jennie (Mrs. Arnold Johnson) was living in Minneapolis, where her husband was a carpenter, in 1967.

Valborg married James Drever, who died in 1964.

Myrtle married Albert Jorgenson, and they were operating a large grain farm northwest of Roseglen in 1967. Their three children were Bonnie (Mrs. James Suydam), Jerry, who married Mary Boysun, and Randy, who was living at home in 1967.

Richard was married to the former Peal Kerzman, and resided in Kalispell, Montana in 1967, where he was a school custodian. They lived on the home farm in Roseglen before it was sold. Their six children were Patsy, Sharon, Carol, Dicky, and the twins, Jean and Janice.