Helen Hendrickson Foyen

Helen emigrated to the United States from Norway with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.M. Hendrickson, and the rest of the family, in 1884. Helen was four years old at the time.

They arrived in Minnesota, where they stayed with their Uncle Ludvik, who had emigrated two years previous. Mr. Hendrickson worked among the farmers for going wages, which were very small at the time. There was no homestead land still available in Minnesota.

Knowing that some friends from the Old Country had settled in the Mouse River area, in McHenry County, North Dakota, Mr. Hendrickson decided to go there and take up a homestead. After saving up a little bit of money, they packed up what little they owned and bought a ticket for Granvlle, arriving in June of 1887. Helen was seven years old at the time.

At that time, the railroad was built only as far as Minot, North Dakota. The only house in Granville at the time was the section house, and it was located one and a quarter miles east of the present townsite.

A rancher by the name of Ivar Gjellstad happened to be in Granville with a load of wood, and offered to take the Hendricksons to his home for the night. The journey to the Gjellstad homestead, over what would later become Granville and Hendrickson townships, was made by oxen and lumber wagon, without a box. Mrs. Hendrickson sat on a sack of flour, placed on the reach, holding the baby, Clara, who was about one year old. There were no trails or roads, so it was a rough ride.

The next day, Mr. Gjellstad took them, with the same vehicle, to their friend, Simon Hestness, where they made their home for some time.

Later, they moved to their own homestead, some ten miles southeast of Granville. That first winter, they lived in a sod hut. It had no floor, but it was warm and comfortable. During that winter, much snow fell and, on January 12, 1888, a blizzard came and remained for three days. All over the northwest, people froze to death that winter, as they were caught outdoors, unprotected.

Mr. Hendrickson was not at home during the storm, and no one could get to the barn for three days but, on the fourth day, they were able to feed their only cow. They had no close neighbors until the Granville area was settled in 1889-1900.

Helen married Martin Foyen in 1903, and lived on a homestead for several years. Later they moved to Granville, where Martin worked on the railroad and ran a restaurant.

They had five children. Clarence married Elva Habeck. Gladys married Rey Nurse. Irene married Ralph Kemp. Lorena married George DeCarie. Bernice married Clifford Roberts.

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