Is Honored on Anniversary
1935 Article in Reporter and Farmer
Kari Grove, pioneer resident of .the
An appropriate program was rendered, consisting of devotions led by Rev. M. J. Nilsen; anniversary speech by Rev. A. E. Distad, guest speaker; music number by ladies quartette; duet by Mrs. C. Gust Johnson and Mrs. Lars Larson; reading, “A Parable to Mother” by Mrs. E. A. Esche; reading of appropriate poems by Mrs. Lars Sandvik and Mrs. Lars Larson; a history of the past 50 years prepared and read by Mrs. R. Egge, daughter of the honoree.
After the program, a delicious
lunch was served to all in the church parlors by the
The history as written by Mrs. Egge, is an interesting chapter of pioneer life and is
reprinted in part being typical of the experiences early settlers of
Mrs. Grove with Mr. Grove and
daughter Inga left Wells,
21st, they arrived in
When they arrived at Milbank, the caboose was detached and the
family was forced to ride in the car with the livestock and machinery. This
did not leave very much room for anyone and when they arrived in
Wednesday morning, April 22nd, they arrived at
They went, to the Brokaw Hotel, the largest building in the
village which was only a small structure at that
time and found Mr. Brokaw the proprietor who helped them unload. Mr.
Brokaw having a team of ponies and wagon, kindly consented to haul a load for
them. Iver Skaare also came to
The Grove’s arrived at the Skaare home that same evening and were happy again to be in a place where it was warm and where they could rest.
After resting a few days they went to
Their first undertaking on this new land was to dig a well, then they dug a cave for a dwelling. This cave or house was finished with rough lumber inside, and banked with sod to the roof on the outside. When the roof was completed they moved into their new home. They built a similar sod building that was used for a stable. Potatoes were planted where this sod was taken away. The potatoes were their first crop planted; they grew nicely and looked as though it meant real food for next winter, but much to their disappointment they were all destroyed by a hail storm later.
Later on this same spring more settlers came including the Sigdestads, Ole Bakken, Ole Simonson and many others. These people all formed one community. One day after the Grove’s found themselves fairly well settled they had a visitor, a man by the name of Shultz. Shultz arrived with his 4 horses and a breaking plow and starting breaking on the Grove land. They tried to tell him the land was theirs, but it was of no use as he claimed the same.
So Shultz kept on breaking the
land. Mrs. Grove tried to find out who this man was and where he lived. She
could not speak the American language very well and neither could Shultz, so
they had a hard time getting acquainted, and about all Mrs. Grove found out was
that he lived “about 3 miles (behind) town”, but he did not say which town it
was. Mrs. Grove to this day doesn’t know which town he meant. After a number of
arguments this man Shultz was convinced through comparing papers with Mr. Grove
that this was not his land, so he went on after plowing five acres. The
The first religious service
attended by the Grove’s in
Fall was soon upon them and the Grove’s found that
the supply of flour they brought along from
It took them two days and two nights to make this trip, leaving Mrs. Grove and the two small children at home alone. With the return of this trip the Grove’s had a fairly good supply of food and clothing for the winter. They also had an abundant supply of long slough hay that was twisted and used for fuel as well as being fed to the livestock.
The early years of Mrs. Grove’s life in
Here is a humorous incident. Early one morning Mrs. Grove was startled when she saw two men come running up to their place. Mr. Grove was out in the barn doing the chores. They were Joe Sigdestad and Per Grodis; following them equally fast came Iver Skaare and Cornelius Verlo. They breathlessly asked what the matter was. Mr. and Mrs. Grove equally startled answered all was well. Then it dawned upon Joe Sigdestad that it was April fool’s day. Young Kolbin Mork, about 13 years old then, now living in Pierpont had aroused the neighborhood with a sudden announcement that they must all rush over to Grove’s to help lift up an old horse that had fal1en down.
Prairie fires were frequent scares. We shall tell about one fire in particular where it looked, for awhile, as if their home would be destroyed. All the children were ordered to stand by the well and if there was no other escape, thy were all to be let down into the well. This well was not very deep and had about two feet of water in it. But the home was saved also this time by the grace of God and their success in getting a furrow plowed around the buildings and back firing.
The settlers of that
new community were spiritually interested from the very beginning. They had
brought a priceless heritage with them from
From time to time the women volunteered to sell certain amounts of eggs and butter and. donate the. money so that work material could be bought for the Aid. They assembled in the forenoons, had dinner together and did a great deal of garment cutting in the afternoons. Before leaving for home they had lunch. The ready useful garments were brought to the next meeting and a sale was held each Fall.
The first aid meeting was held in a sod house, then the home of Jacob Mork. Mrs. Eric Winson served as leader for the Aid. After the first Aid sale they found it necessary to provide for more officers to avoid confusion and mistakes. It was during the discussion of the advisability of this that Mrs. Grove was chosen lender of the Aid. It was not an envied position and she too would like to have declined it but it fell to her lot to direct the work of the Aid for the next six years in succession.
Even in these pioneers times the children were not neglected with reference to their religious instruction. The early settlers provided for at least one month or six week of parochial school, and were only glad to take their turn in housing and boarding the teacher. Several of the first teachers were Jens Reinertson, Inga Reinertson and Rev. Homeland.
Mr. and Mrs. Grove were
blessed with nine children: Inga,