Hiatt & Kringlee Families

Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, many people were lured to North Dakota with the promise of land, made possible through the Homestead Act. Some succeeded and other failed, returning to their original homes or moving elsewhere.

Victor D. Hiatt and his wife homesteaded on Section 13-156-80 in Kottke Valley Township, McHenry County, North Dakota. He came to North Dakota from Doras, Iowa in 1902, arriving in Granville in an immigrant car that carried all of his possessions, which included four horses, wagon, harness, one cow, and some farm implements. He built a small tar paper claims shack, and something like a shed type of barn.

Victor found work doing odd jobs to supplement the family income. One of these involved hauling rock that was used to build a stone bank building on Main Street in Granville, North Dakota.

Shortly after his wife died in 1907, Victor returned to Iowa.

The Martin Kringlee homestead in Kottke Valley Township was Section 12-156-80. Mr. Kringlee came in the spring of 1902 from a place near Fargo, North Dakota.

Martin built a claim shack that he and his wife lived in for about ten years, when he built a larger, more permanent, home in 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Kringlee lived their whole lives on the homestead, both dying in the home that they had built.

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