John & Lizzie Rosenberger

John Rosenberger came to Granville from Pennsylvania, with his new bride, Lizzie, to file on a homestead in 1903. John's brothers, Andrew and Willie, had arrived earlier, filing claims in the Granville, McHenry County, North Dakota area. By 1903, much of the land had already been filed on, but John found a quarter section on the south shore of Buffalo Lodge Lake that was still available, although the lake covered part of it, leaving 101 acres.

John Rosenberger was the son of a Pennsylvania farmer and carpenter, and  had picked up some skills from his father. He worked at various jobs while proving his claim. He helped in the construction of the stone bank. He worked for Bob Nolan, who ran a drayline, and he also worked with a railroad crew.

After a few years, he had built a permanent home on his homestead, and his farm became a diversified one. His cows were milked but, since there was no market for milk, it was churned to butter in a large barrel churn, and delivered to customers in Granville. In those days, a trip to Granville and back in a horse and buggy was an all-day affair.

The lake provided a lot of fish in the early days, so neighbors often came on Sundays to visit and to set their net to catch a week's supply of fish. Muskrats were also in abundance, and John Rosenberger shipped thousands of muskrat pelts to furriers in the east, including badgers, mink, and weasels.

After a few years, John bought two more quarters of land. Sheep and cattle were raised, as well as turkeys and chickens. The turkeys were dressed and cooled, packed into barrels, and shipped to Boston.

John Rosenberger also ventured into the beekeeping business. His apiary grew to about thirty hives. The honey was extracted from the combs, with the whole family taking part in the work. Local stores bought much of his honey, and the Rosenbergers followed the auction sales where they found other customers. The income from the honey business sustained the family during the depression and drought years, as clover covered the roadsides and fields, growing well even in drought.

Buffalo Lodge Lake dried up in the summer of 1930. The next years were very dry, and winds blew the sands from the dry lake bottom into drifts along the shoreline. Many people searched the lake bottom for Indian artifacts, and the Rosenberg family accumulated a large collection.

John Rosenberger died in 1936 from a ruptured appendix. Mrs. Rosenberger and Carrie then spent several years in Pennsylvania. Gladys, who had become Junior Administrative Supervisor of the Farm Security Administration of North Dakota, was transferred to the Pennsylvania area, and worked there for several years. She married Dick Evans and lived in the Cleveland, Ohio area for many years, before moving to Reno, Nevada.

Mrs. Rosenberger later purchased a home in Granville, where she spent part of her time there, and part of it in Reno, before passing away in 1960.

The Rosenbergers had three daughters: Carrie, Edna, and Gladys.

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