Traill County ND
Early History of Eldorado Township

Transcribed by Fred Coleman from the Illustrated Historical Atlas of Traill and Steele Counties, North Dakota, p. 10. Published by J. J. Kelly & Co. Mayville, ND, 1892.


Eldorado, which is Township 146 N.. Range 50 W., is in the central part of Traill County directly north of Hillsboro. It was one of the first towns settled. Carl Mergenthal came from Yankton in 1870, and settled on the Goose River, northeast of the present city of Hillsboro. The next year he was joined by Henry Gronke. John and Carl Housman and Fred Kulhman took up claims along the Goose River in 1874. In 1878 there was a large immigration into this town.

In that year came H. H. Strom, 0le N., Peter N. and Andrew N. Yedstie, E. Halvorson, A. M. Anderson, John Olson, O. I. Hanson, O. O. Lee and J. A. Sorum.

When the first town meeting was held, Jan 19, 1882, Eldorado and Ervin were included under one organization. They were organized as separate towns March 20, 1883.

The Goose River crosses through the southern part of the town. Its banks are here lined by a heavy growth of timber, which in some parts, where the river is very crooked, extends to a considerable distance on both sides of the stream. Eldorado is one of the best and richest towns in the county. There is one church, German Lutheran, situated on the south bank of the river in Section 34. There are five schools. The School directors are: John J. Berg, J. A. Sorum and A. Steenson; Clerk, H, H. Strom; Treasurer, Carl Mergenthal. The town officers are: Chairman, H. H. Strom; Supervisors, H. Beirman and J. A. Sorum; Clerk and Assessor, A. Steenson; Treasurer, Carl Mergeathal. The inhabitants are German and Norwegians, with a few native-born Americans.


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