Mr. Christensen came to Golden Valley seven years ago from a position as shipping clerk with the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co. Without farming experience he homesteaded a quarter-section, bought another and set out to till the soil which he did in a manner to draw a large measure of success. With characteristic energy and push he established a store at Williams, was appointed postmaster, and all round has been a mighty busy man. When the new county of Golden Valley was formed he was appointed its first clerk of the district court and it goes without saying that no better selection could have been made for he is particularly well fitted for the position and his conduct of the office has met with the entire approval of all who have business with that official. Mr. Christensen is a veteran of the Spanish-American war, having enlisted in the 13th Minnesota, Co. A of which he was first sergeant. He saw service in the Philippines and during that service received a bullet wound in the neck, which fortunately, however, did not prove serious. He was in the service a year and a half, participated in eight battles and was granted a medal of honor for his faithful service. Mr. Christensen is a Democrat politically, but numbers his friends in all parties, and regardless of political lines is recognized as the most competent man who could have been chosen for the position he now fills. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
P. C. ERICKSON
No better example of the possibilities of the Golden Valley can be cited than the case of Mr. P. C. Erickson, who ten years ago landed in Beach with hit earthly possessions in a car of immigrant goods, the world before him, but little cash, a good stock of energy and the determination to take advantage of the opportunities put in his way through the homestead laws. He settled upon a quarter-section of land three miles south of Beach, later he bought another quarter and today he owns another quarter and today he owns a half-section of as good land as there is in the county, and which he values at $65.00 per acre. His improvements are of the best, a $4,200 house with all modern improvements, barn costing $1,400, machine shed $700, other improvements proportionate, has a steam plowing and threshing outfit, city property, and real estate in Minnesota, all the result of his labor and the prolificness of the soil of Golden Valley. No wonder Mr. Erickson thinks there is no other section of country offering such opportunities. It must not be thought that soil alone has done his, it is the combination of brains, energy, good judgment and hard work, but what Mr. Erickson has done was possible for any man with these requisites, and it is truthfully said that chances for such success are by no means exhausted. Mr. Erickson believes the country well adapted to diversified farming and cites his success with potatoes, a crop of which he dug this year 1,086 bushels from less than five acres. Mr. Erickson has a fine family of eight children ranging from 23 years to 10 months of age, bears the respect of the entire community and is recognized as one of our best citizens. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
HEATH & CO.
Mr. Heath was the pioneer merchant of Beach, opening the first stock of goods here, at a time when there were few to buy and his venture was doubtful of success, but time proved his wisdom and he still conducts the business as the Pioneer Store, with a full stock of general merchandise, which serves a large trade. Mr. Heath also opened the first hotel here and now conducts the State Line Hotel, a modern house which enjoys a large trade. It is equipped with steam heat, electric lights, baths and sample rooms and carefully looks after the wants of its patrons. Mr. Heath stands high with our people whom he has served for years as Justice of the Peace. Mr. Heath was Beach's first postmaster, being appointed in 1902, when the office was established. Mr. Letson is the pioneer barber of Beach and has so carefully attended to the wants of his patrons and given them such expert service that his business has been a constantly increasing one. He now operates a 5-chair shop with two baths, all with the best modern equipment, and his shop is a model of cleanliness and the best sanitary conditions. The employes are all first class barbers, who extend courteous treatment to all. Mr. Letson and his shop are both popular in the city and their continued success are assured. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
ED. HOVERSON, Beach, of the thirty-ninth legislative district, was born September 10, 1867, in Nodreland, Norway. Arrived in the United States in the spring of 1889 and came to North Dakota in the spring of 1892. Received his education in the public schools of Polk county, Minn., attended the Willmar, Minn. Seminary and graduated from Caton College, Minneapolis. Has been a member of the Beach city council for four years, and a member of the board of education for four years. Was elected to his present position in 1912 as a progressive republican. He is married and has nine children, six sons and three daughters. He has been engaged in the hardware and furniture business at Beach and Sentinel Butte for the past seven years. [Source: North Dakota Blue Book, 1913 Legislative Manual, Published under the direction of Thomas Hall, Secretary of State, 1913. Submitted by Linda R.]
Mr. Linger came to Golden Valley county from West Virginia six years ago and engaged in the profession of school teaching. Today he conducts one of the largest businesses in the Valley and also farms on a large scale. For two years, while engaged in teaching his home was at Sentinel Butte, but in 1910 he removed to Beach and in company with W. H. Woodhull embarked in the agricultural implement business. The past spring he purchased the interest of his partner and is now sole proprietor of the institution. He carries the full line of implements selected with the view of meeting the wants of the farmers of this section. The extensive use to which the tractor engine has been put in farming operations has caused him to make a specialty of kerosene and gasoline engines, of which many have been sold. He has the agency for the Ingeco engine and the success with which that machine has met in its use here has established it as one of the best made. Other lines of machinery in the stock are all of standard and well known makes, and there is no want of the farmer but that can be readily filled from the stock. The P. and O. wagons and buggies, standard for many years, are handled in large quantities. Mr. Linger also conducts extensive farming operations. He owns 800 acres of land in this section, of which he has 500 under cultivation. He takes an active interest in public affairs and has been identified with much of a progressive nature that has been done for the improvement of Beach and the Golden Valley, and as a first-class citizen he stands among those at the head. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
J. G. ODLAND, Sentinel Butte, of the thirty-ninth legislative district, was born in Hurley, S. D., Mar. 24, 1885. Received his education in the South Dakota Normal school; afterwards taking the law course for two years at the University of Minnesota. Came to North Dakota in 1906 and for the past six years has engaged in farming and stock raising. He is married. Was elected representative as a progressive republican from the new county of Golden Valley. [Source: North Dakota Blue Book, 1913 Legislative Manual, Published under the direction of Thomas Hall, Secretary of State, 1913. Submitted by Linda R.]
Mr. Page is one of the early homesteaders of the Golden Valley who has distinctly made good. Coming here nine years ago from Idaho he has successfully operated a half-section farm and gained a large acquaintance among the people of the Valley. When the new county was organized and the county commissioners selected him as the first register of deeds, that choice met with the general approval of all the people, and the efficient manner in which he has conducted the affairs of the office has amply demonstrated the wisdom of that choice. The methods he has adopted are of the best and the economical administration of the county affairs have set a mark which means that that office will always find a model worth emulation in its first administration. During the year by hard work and economical management, Mr. Page has been able to turn to the county $625.00 over and above the expense of the office, a record which is being appreciated by our people. Miss Ruby Shear fills the position of deputy, and with this pair in charge the public is assured of courteous attention and painstaking care for all its interests. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
Mr. Swan, who fills the position as first treasurer of Golden Valley county, is a gentleman unusually well equipped for the duties of the position he fills and who has given perfect satisfaction to the people of the county in his conduct of the office. A student of the Northwestern University, he came to this section five years ago, taking up a homestead, and he now conducts a farm of three quarter-sections which is run in the same successful manner which characterizes his management of county affairs. To his advice and judgment is due much of the credit for the excellent system of book-keeping adopted by the county and one cannot over-value the advantage of such a start in county business. Mr. W. P. Arnold is his efficient deputy in the office. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
TRI-STATE IMPLEMENT CO.
The extensive farming operations of the Golden Valley have caused the location here of many strong firms engaged in the sale of farm implements, of which the Tri-State Implement Co. stands at the head. This concern succeeded the Beach Implement Co. a year ago and has since enjoyed a large measure of success. The business is in charge of Mr. James Donaldson, who in the year he has been here has established himself as a first-class business man and a material addition to the commercial life of the town. He is a thorough implement man of large experience, knows the business from start to finish, and is familiar with the merits of the many articles handled and can start their users right from the first turn. The stock carried is a very large one in which are found the full John Deere line, Deering binders and mowers, Viele buggies, Stoughton wagons and De Laval cream separators. Each of these is too well known to need any special mention. A line to which Mr. Donaldson has given some attention is the sale of silos and silo cutters, of which several were put out the past year. This is a matter worthy of consideration by Valley farmers, for as they get into more diversified farming, a condition that is bound to come, they will more and more realize the value of the silo on the farm. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
WHITNEY ROOMING HOUSE
Mr. A.O. Whitney is the proprietor of this business, where he is able to take care of the stranger in search of a comfortable room. Mr. A. O. Whitney is the proprietor. He was one of the earlier homesteaders here, but three years ago sold his farm interests and purchased the business which he now conducts. Mr. Whitney takes an interest in public affairs and is now interested in a project for town improvement which he hopes to bring to a satisfactory conclusion. His careful attention to the comfort of his patrons makes his place a popular one and all wish for him abundant success. [Golden Valley Chronicle. (Beach, N.D.), 12 Dec. 1913]
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