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Jacobsen Family headstone

The stone's plinth is 20" by 33" and the monument is 14" by 27". The entire installation is about 39" tall.

LARS and KIRSTINE JACOBSEN

By MRS. CARL LIND and BERMAN JACOBSEN

From “Pioneers and Progress,” Volume I, The Burke County and White Earth Valley Historical Society, 1971, ©1972, printed by Quality Printing Service, a division of Bismarck Tribune, pages 809-810:


Lars and Kirstine Jacobsen family

Lars Jacobsen and his wife, Kirstine (Jensen) were both born in Moen, Denmark and came with their parents to Alden, Minn. Lars was born September 25, 1865 and Kirstine August 3, 1868. They grew up in Alden, married and farmed there for a number of years. Berman, Hilda, Rudolf and Dagney were born in Minnesota.

In the fall of 1898 Lars, Mads Strandskov, Henry Barner, Ole and Anton Winther came to North Dakota and took homesteads close together in what is now Richland Township. In 1899 they came back, built homes and housing for horses and other livestock, and brought their families in June. Two carloads of livestock were shipped to Bowbells. Here Berman and Fred Winther started out on foot with the cattle, running into a hailstorm just as Dad caught up with them. Berman was just eight years old, so was glad to get a ride the rest of the way.

Being one of the first, Dad located quite a few other homesteaders, putting them up for the night and driving with them over the prairie to pick their own spot. He also dug the first well — going down nine feet before they got thru the frost. It is very good water. He and Strandskov brought their threshing rig from Minnesota and did the first threshing around Flaxton.

A school was built ¼ mile from our place with school about three months at a time. With 30-40 pupils we learned from listening to the other classes as much as from our own recitations. Dad was also a charter member of the Rural Lutheran Church north of Flaxton.

At first there were few fences so a blizzard was a real hazard. One evening we had been at Strandskov's, Dad had to walk along the fence with a lantern while Berman drove the team. The rest of us were in the sleigh under blankets. Many stayed at Strandsdov's overnight. This was not uncommon; neighbors got together a lot, played cards or danced and the children fell asleep on beds, chairs or on the floor.

Farming was all done with horses. We had nineteen at one time counting colts and old horses. Father raised his own and thought a great deal of them. They were very gentle, we could ride most of them and often did, if it wasn't a work day. We had a light buggy, with three spring seats, in which we made a three day trip to Dagmar, Mont., with a team of horses. The buggy was converted into a covered wagon with hoops and canvas. I guess people thought we were gypsies.

Father did not have many idle minutes. There was harness to repair, overhalls to patch and always some child's shoes needed new soles or heels.

Agnes (myself), Astrid and Grundtvig were born in North Dakota. "Gunny" was only three when mother died in 1910. Father often said he wished she had lived to enjoy the good years when she could have a few conveniences and not have to do everything the hard way. They both worked hard long hours but ours was a happy home.

In 1916 we had a bumper crop. Dad built a large barn to replace the sod barn used until then. He also bought a Buick touring car. After mother died he devoted his time to bringing up the children and making a good home for them. He kept samples of all his grain since 1900 and Carl Lind has kept it up so we have grain samples from 1900-1970 with a few years missing.

He quit farming about 1918 but the land has always been farmed by one of the family; Berman, Rudolf, Gunny, and in 1940 Carol and I moved in from Montana. Later we bought the home place and farmed until 1963 when we moved to town. Dad had moved in with us from Montana and died in 1942.

In 1963 the third generation took over, our son, Chris Lind married and moved on the farm. He still rents the land but also has a mail route so moved to town in 1968. The original house enlarged and modernized is still in good condition. The grove my folks planted also stands as a living memorial of their work.

Surviving children: Berman at Hemet, Calif., two children; Dagny (Pedersen) and Astrid (Sondergaard) at Southgate, Calif.; Astrid had two girls but Linda died at the age of 24; Gunny at Anaheim, Calif., two children; Agnes (Lind), a son. Deaths: Mother, 1910; Father, 1942; Hilda (Gammelgaard) died in 1958, she leaves one son, Earl, in Anoka, Minn.; Rudolf died in 1970, he leaves a son, Etlar, at Flaxton and daughter, Herdis (Mrs. Gordon Miller) in Nebraska.

Burial place of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Jacobsen and Rudolf is the Danish Lutheran Cemetery, 2 miles north of Flaxton.


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