Henry Hector came to Fargo in 1878 and started a grocery business. He was burned out in 1882 but did escape the great fire of 1893. He became a member of the Continental Hose Company in 1888 and served as President of the company in that year. Hector was a member of the city council, representing the Second Ward. Hector lived in the first house built in Fargo. In 1931, Hector's brother, Martin, donated the land for Hector Airport.