Pierce County in 2011: 125 Years of History

125th Book Committee, Rugby, North Dakota, 2011, 435 pages, hardcover.


This valuable book covers Rugby and Pierce County, North Dakota. Especially valuable are the many family histories, centennial farms, the plat maps with family name ownership for Pierce County, and Pierce County History Resources. Many Germans from Russia families immigrated to Pierce County, north central North Dakota from the Catholic Black Sea German villages of the Kutschurgan District in South Russia, today near Odessa, Ukraine – the mother colonies were Baden, Elsass, Kandel, Mannheim, Selz and Strassburg. They settled in large numbers in the Balta, Orrin and Selz areas.

The Pierce County History includes:  1) County history; 2) County, District, Municipal Court System History; 3) County Map Showing Townships; 4) Township Population Chart; 5) Township Plats; 6) Balta History; 7) Barton History; 8) Orrin History; 9) Selz History; 10) Silva History; 11) Wolford History; 12) Centennial Farms; 13) Agriculture in Pierce County; 14) Centenarians; 15) Tribute to Veterans; 16) County Services; 17) Pierce County Cemeteries; 18) Churches; 19) Pierce County History Resources; and 20) Events.     

The Rugby History includes: 1) City of Rugby History; 2) Points of Interest; 3) School History, Rugby Public Schools and Little Flower School; 4) Organizations; 5) Business Histories; 6) Women in Business; and 7) Building Histories.

The Family Histories section for pages 120 to 298 includes these names:  Allickson, Anderson, Austin, Axtman, Axvig, Bachmeier, Baillie, Baumann, Baustad, Bednarz, Benson, Berg, Beginski, Bickler, Bischoff, Bjerke, Bjoraa, Blekeberg, Blessum, Blomster, Bohl, Bonnell, Borth, Bosch, Braaten, Brandt, Brossart, Bryn, Bullock, Burgard, Burkhartsmeier, Busch, Cebula, Christenson, Christman, Cichos, Dahl, Degenstein, Dendinger, Deplazes, Drege, Duchscher, Dufner, Dunham, Ebach, Eickson, Eisenzimmer, Ekren, Ellingsberg, Elverud, Enga, Erdman, Erickson, Fedje, Fjellanger, Foster, Friesleben, Fritel, Fritz, Frueh, Fueller, Fursather, Gahley, Gault, Gibbs, Goldade, Goven, Grochow, Gronvold, Gross, Grove, Hagboe, Hagen, Hager, Hageness, Hager, Halvorson, Haman, Hannemann, Harmel, Harper, Hartvickson, Haugen, Hauser, Haverstraw, Heidlebaugh, Heilman, Heintz, Held, Hersey, Hillman, Hilzendager, Hjelle, Hoffart, Hoffarth, Hoffert, Holm, Hooker, Hornstein, Houim, Hovland, Humble, Hutchinson, Ingebo, Jacobson, Jaeger, Jelsing, Jobe, Johnson, Johnston, Jordan, Jorgensen, Jundt, Kanagy, King, Kittilson, Kjelstrom, Klein, Knudson, Knutson, Koenig, Korner, Kraft, Kuehnemund, Kuhnhenn, Kuntz, Kurtyka, Lake, Larson, Lavik, Lee, Lehmann, Leier, Ley, Lind, Lindberg, Lindseth, Loken, Loucks, Lybeck, Lysne, Marchus, Martin, Mattern, Mayers, McClintock, McIntyre, Mears, Meckle, Medalen, Mettler, Migler, Miiller, Miller, Miltenberger, Minette, Mitzel, Moller, Monger, Monson, Montonye, Moorhead, Morken, Muffenbier, Mullally, Mund, Mundahl, Munyer, Myaer, Myers, Mygland, Myhre, Nelson, Ness, Niemi, Niewoehner, Norsby, O’Connell, Odden, Ohm, Oksendahl, Olson, Oppen, Opstedal, Ostrem, Paterson, Paul, Peters, Peterson, Pfeifer, Pieterick, Pretzer, Rasmussen, Razook, Repnow, Rham, Robbins, Rocheleau, Roerick, Romfo, Rose, Rothgarn, Rothschiller, Ruff, Sander, Sattler, Saude, Schall, Schilousky, Schirado, Schmaltz, Schmidt, Schmitt, Schneibel, Schneider, Seefeld, Selensky, Selland, Seter, Shjerve, Sinclair, Sjol, Slaubaugh, Sliper, Smith, Sobolik, Solberg, Srur, Stevenson, Strand, Stutrud, Swanson, Tank, Teigen, Thompson, Toyne, Traeger, Teigen, Triplett, Tuff, Vangsnes, Vigeland, Voeller, Volk, Weigel, Welk, Westereng, Westgard, Wiederoder, Wiggins, Wilmot, Witt, Wolfe, Wurgler, Yoder, Zacher, Ziegler, Zimmerman, Zinck, and Zurcher.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Balta, North Dakota. Orrin Public School built in 1903.
An early view of Selz, North Dakota.

Pierce County in 2011: 125 Years of History

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