Early Settlers


While Granville, North Dakota was founded in 1900, and incorporated as a city in 1906, people began moving into that part of McHenry County before then. Mr. and Mrs. William Christianson were the first people known to have settled in the part of the county that was to become Granville. This was in 1895, and Mr. Christianson was the first Great Northern Railway depot agent.

Another early settler was Granville M. Dodge, for whom the town was named. Mr. Dodge was a civil engineer for the Great Northern Railroad.

Other early settlers were Harmen K. Smith, who opened a general store in Granville in 1900, as well as a Mr. Nordmarken, who opened an implement store known as Nordmarken and Brothers.

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