Kremlin Homesteader George Axvig, 1913

This history of Kremlin Homesteader George Axvig
was written by Earl C. Winter in 1941:

Kremlin Homesteader George Axvig was among the earliest arriving
Kremlin homesteaders in 1913.

Ole T. and Lena Axvig, parents of George Axvig, were natives of Norway. They came to America and located at Milton, North Dakota when that state was young. Ole Axvig became a large land owner and took an active part in the political activities of the state and at one time was a member of the General Assembly. Along with his farming operations, he also ran quite a large herd of cattle.

O.G. Axvig (George) was born at Milton, North Dakota in 1883. In his youth he worked on his father's farm and attended school at Milton. He also attended the State Agricultural School for two and one half years. Sickness caused him to quit school so he returned to his father's ranch and took am active part in the operations of the place until he came to Montana in 1912.

George says he earned his first money trapping gophers at three cents each. For his services on his father's ranch, he received one hundred and sixty acres of land. His first work in Montana was in a lumber yard.

In 1913, he filed on a homestead about six miles southwest of Fresno, Montana. He attended to what duties were required on the homestead, and in 1915 started farming with six head of horses and four cows.

He increased his herd of cattle to about 200 head which he ran on the range in the early days for the N-N ranch of Big Sandy, for his foreman, Bird. George says Bird was quite a character and lived quite a lively life as a cowboy in the early range days of the state and no doubt many of the early cowboys will remember him.

International Harvester Co.

In 1926, Mr. Axvig sold the last of his cattle and quit the cattle business. During these years he had increased his farming interests and bought more land until he now owns 2400 acres of land and is farming it under the Parity Program on a 50-50 basis. [Written in 1941] Before that time he used to crop about two-thirds and summerfallow about one-third each year.

Mr. Axvig is listed with the first 500 International Harvester Co. tractor farmers of America. During the poor crop years in 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22, Mr. Axvig traveled for the I.H.Co., as a collector and salesman for their machinery. After these years, crops were better and after getting into the tractor farming, he had some good crops that turned the tide for the better.

In 1938, Mr. Axvig bought the St. Anthony & Dakota Elevator at Fresno, for storage for his wheat. He has a residence in Havre where they live now. However, Mr. Axvig still attends to the ranch operations being on the ranch most of the time during the summer months. He also has some property in Kremlin.

Marriage, Family and Politics

In 1914, Mr. Axvig married Miss Edah Dunn who was born in Iowa. They have two children. Kenneth, who is an operator for the Northwest Airlines and Louise who is attending Montana State College.

Mr. Axvig's ranch is known as the A-X Ranch, this being his cattle brand. He has been active in the farm Parity program, and has always been willing to take part both financially and socially for any program that will help the community and especially for the betterment of the conditions relating to farmers.

Politically, Mr. Axvig is a republican, and has just recently been recommended by the Hill County Republican Committee and the Farmers Union of Kremlin for the office of State Commissioner for Agriculture, Labor, and Industry. Besides being a successful farmer, Mr. Axvig has the education, business experience and ability to handle any office that he may seek with success.

Mr. and Mrs. Axvig are highly respected citizens of the community in which they live. He has a full line of power farm machinery and equipment, and on this large farm does his part to take up some of the slack in the unemployment problem as he keeps several men employed on his farm during the farming season.

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