Kremlin Homesteader Ingvald Havskjold, 1910

This history of Kremlin Homesteader Ingvald Havskjold and family was written by his son Knute and daughter-in-law Marie Havskjold.

Kremlin Homesteader Ingvald Havskjold was among the earliest arriving
Kremlin homesteaders in 1910.

Ingvald Havskjold was born in Drammen, Norway, in 1865. He came to the U.S. as a young man, and settled near St. Ansgar, Iowa. My Mother, Cecelia Gunderson was born in 1874, in that same area of Iowa, where she grew up to marry Ingvald in 1894.

They then farmed until 1905 when they moved by emigrant car to Granum, Alberta, Canada. They had three children at the time they moved: Jennie, born in 1895, Palmer in 1898, and Inga in 1901. Then in Canada, Carl was born in 1906 and Knute was born in 1908.

Due to lack of proper school advantages, my dad Ingvald went on a scouting trip to the U.S. in the fall of 1910, with a view to moving back to the states. He found and purchased a relinquishment north of Kremlin covering 320 acres.

We moved from Granum, Alberta to Kremlin, Montana with teams and wagons that were loaded with household goods and equipment. After crossing the line at Sweet Grass, we came across country with little or no road. I can recall the trip by the rough ride as Palmer, who was driving one of the wagons, amused himself by hitting as many rocks as possible while we younger ones were trying to sleep.

Times were difficult for all in those first years. "The good old days" were filled with things such as "running water" carried a quarter of a mile from a very shallow well.

Cooking fuel ranged from cow chips and corn cobs to old railroad ties, and then later to kerosene. Water for the stock was hauled from the river.

The family began to disperse in the early 1920's when Jenny was married to James Meldrum and went to live in Somers, Montana until her passing in 1955.

Inga married Carl Hanson and went to live in the Conrad area. Palmer married Opal Ergenbright, living in Eureka.

Carl married Pearl Johnson and farmed in this vicinity until he had a fatal accident in his own plane in November, 1952.

Dad passed away in 1933 and Mother in 1954. They are both interred in the cemetery of the Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Farming with horses continued until the late 1920's when a Fordson and a John Deere replaced them in 1929. The farm expanded to include the homesteads of Leland Van Beber, G.A. Renner, William Scheilds, and Sarah and Mary Fenton.

Marie Buckneberg from Columbus, North Dakota and a teacher in the Kremlin Schools became my wife in 1940. Daughters Karen and Judy appeared on the scene in 1945 and 1946.

We were members of the Kremlin Lutheran Church, where Karen and Judy were baptized, went to Sunday School and were later confirmed. They attended the grade school in Kremlin and finished their high school training at the Dakota Lutheran Academy in Minot, N.D.

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