Selma Lyng Boutilier

Selma Lyng Boutilier came to Dakota Territory with her parents, the Axel Lyngs, in the spring of 1886, when Selma was not quite two years of age. They came accompanied by Mr. Lyng's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John S, Lyng, from Meeker County, Minnesota.

From Minneapolis, they traveled by rail to Devils Lake, which was the end of the line at that time. After unloading their stock and other belongings, the father and uncle left with the wagon and team for the Mouse River Valley to look for land. Finding something southeast of Granville, as near the river as possible, they drove back to Devils Lake to file on their homesteads, and to get their family.

During the journey back, a hailstorm scattered their stock, and was very unpleasant for the family, as they were traveling in open wagons.

After reaching their destination, they lived in a log cabin that belonged to Ole Hovin, whose land joined that of John Lyng. They lived there while the logs were being cut, and John's house was built. It was a 1 ½-story structure.

Five more children were born, and raised to adulthood, on the homestead. They were Nora, Henry, Agnes, Marie, and Sigrid.

Selma's parents lived on the farm until 1916. Due to ill health on the part of her mother, her parents moved into Granville. Mrs. Lyng passed away in 1926, and Mrs. Lyng died in 1936.

Selma married Alexander "Sandy" Boutilier. Sandy, along with a brother, William, had a livery barn in Granville. Sandy and Selma farmed in the Granville area until he died. Selma then moved to the state of Washington.

Selma and Sandy had four children. Blanche married Dalton Hanks, Harry married Lida Covell, Jimmy married Dora Bloom, and Edna married Ted Anfinson.

Selma's sister, Marie Shaw, died, so Selma took three of her sister's children to raise. The girl remained with the Boutiliers and the two boys, Ralph and Bernard, went to live with their father.

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