Kremlin Settler Odin Sjordal, 1913

This history of Kremlin Settler Odin Sjordal was written by
his daughter, Doris Sjordal Seel, in 1994. granite countertops.

Kremlin Settler Odin Sjordal was among the earliest arriving
Kremlin settlers in 1913.

Additional Research: Odin O. Sjordal was born June 8, 1872 in Minnesota to Ole Torkelson Sjordal, born near Trondhjem, Norway, June 17, 1829, son of Thor and Ingebor Sjordal; and Guriana Sundby Sjordal, born February 19, 1833, daughter of Joe and Karen Sundby. Ole T. and Guriana were married in 1858. The Sjordal and the Sundby families were both farmers in the Trondhjem area of Norway. Ole T. emigrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1868 and went into the lumber business. Guriana and the children followed in 1870.

By Doris Sjordal Seel:

Odin O. Sjordal and May Belle Peters, born August 21, 1885, in Boonesville, Virginia to Nancy Susan (Eller) and Orin D. Peters, were married in Surrey, North Dakota on May 30, 1903. Odin and May Sjordal moved to Kremlin in 1913 and started a General Store, which they ran until late 1929.

Odin and May had nine children: Goodwin, April 26, 1905; and Ena, October 9, 1906; both born in Surry, Ward, North Dakota. Ellis, August 28, 1908; and Victor, May 14, 1910; were born in Deering, McHenry, North Dakota. Ruby Montana, January 7, 1914; Doris, Raymond Hartzell, February 9, 1919; Phyllis and Roger Odin, May 21, 1924, were all born in Kremlin, Montana. We lived in a house our Dad bought from Fred Athearn, later occupied by the Callies Family. Our family moved to Havre in 1937.

Richard Sjordal, a nephew of Odin's was postmaster and worked in the store. Hjalmer, another nephew, worked at the elevator and in the store. Both nephews moved back to North Dakota.

Some of My Other Kremlin Memories:

Fred Athearn was from Ambrose, North Dakota, and with Freeman Johnson opened the First State Bank of Kremlin. Mr. Athearn was appointed U.S. Commissioner and was in charge of final proofs for homesteaders. They had two sons, Jim who was a Professor at a University in South Carolina and Bob who died in Colorado. Jim and his wife summered at Lake McDonald. He was Master of Ceremonies at our Havre High Reunion in 1984.

Joe Hollenhorsts lived on a farm west and north of Havre. His step-daughter, Margaret (Maggie) Lowe married Ellis Sjordal. Maggie died in 1974, and Ellis moved to California. He died in 1986. His stepsons, Delbert Lowe died in W.W.II and Wallace (Tubby) Lowe died in California in 1981.

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Brookshire Hotel Article Shared by Doris Sjordal Seel Matt Bjornstad started a store and turned it into the town hall where we played basketball and went to dances every Saturday night.

Mr. Brookshire built a beautiful hotel, am enclosing an article about it.

The Schiltz family lived across the street from us. He owned
the lumber yard. We played with their girls.

News Items From The Havre Daily News Provide
Additional Information on the Sjordal Family

The Havre Daily News Promoter, July 25, 1929
O. D. Peters of Kremlin left Tuesday for Dayton, Ohio, where he will visit relatives. Mr. Peters is the father of Mrs. O. Sjordal of Kremlin.

The Havre Daily News Promoter, October 30, 1929
Kremlin News

Odin Sjordal sold the balance of his store stock and household goods at an auction sale Monday afternoon.

The Havre Daily News, May 17, 1941
Final Rites for Mrs. O. Sjordal Set for Sunday
Husband and Nine Children Survive Her

Funeral services for Mrs. Odin Sjordal, 55, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Lutheran church with Rev. O.A. Anderson officiating. Mrs. Sjordal died Friday after being in ill health for many years and acutely ill for several months.

Seattle Times, May 29, 2011
Phyllis May (Sjordal) McMASTER died May 6, 2011. She was born to Odin and MayBelle Sjordal on August 3, 1920 in Kremlin, Montana. Living in Kremlin and Havre through high school, she was the tenth of eleven children.

Phyllis worked at Buttrey's Dept. Store in Havre after high school and during the war years she worked for the Great Northern Railroad. After the war she married Robert B. McMaster on November 10, 1945. In 2010, they celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary and their 90th birthdays. They have four children, Leslie (Vince) Caceres, Jan Koval, Bobbye (Tim) Day and Greg (Kim) McMaster. They have enjoyed eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

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