Oscar & Cecelia Selberg

Oscar Selberg was born in Stavanger, Norway in 1848. Cecelia was born in 1856 in Trondheim, Norway. They married while in Norway, and their son, John, was born in Stavanger.

The family immigrated from Norway to America in 1875, first settling in Radcliff, Iowa, later moving to northern Iowa, farming for many years at Buffalo Center. Their crops were good but prices were low, so low that they burned corn on the cob for fuel in the winter. Their children, with the exception of John, were born in Iowa.

Their nine children include John, Lavina, Ella, Swan, Tillie, Emil, Julia, Nettie, and Matilda.

In 1902, The Selbergs homesteaded two miles south and four and a half miles east of Granville, in McHenry County, North Dakota. Their son, Emil, arrived in North Dakota in August, and Mrs. Selberg came with her three youngest girls in October.

In November, Oscar Selberg went back to Iowa to bring back a carload of cattle and machinery. The family still had interests in Iowa, so Swan and Tillie stayed on at the Iowa farm to dispose of the family's property. Oscar didn't return to North Dakota until March of 1903.

The Selbergs had built a good-sized sod barn, which had room for three loads of hay, four horses and seven milk cows, as well as a room on the side for thirty hens.

Mrs. Selberg made butter to sell in Granville, where she also sold eggs to regular customers. For heat, they burned wood hauled from the river.

The first winter, there was no school, but a school house was built the next summer on the Selberg homestead.

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