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My Great Grandfather, Gilbert Pederson, and his cousin, John Halvorson, walked to Roseau, from North Dakota, in March of 1888. The grass was knee high, and they thought they had found the Garden of Eden! They both filed homesteading claims, 3 miles N on 310 now, and built log homes. They then walked back to ND to retrieve their families.
Shortly after coming back, an Indian came in Gilbert's yard, and indicated he's seen a Moose, and wanted to borrow Gilbert's rifle. After thinking it over, he decided to lend his rifle and his only three bullets to the Indian. The next day, he came back with the rifle, two bullets, and half a moose!
In 1891, rumors were that the Indians in Warroad were doing a war dance, so most of the farmers, went into Roseau. Not Gilbert and John, they built a fort, and were going to fight right there.
Roseau sent scouting parties to Warroad every day, they always reported back that the Indians were still doing a War Dance! After a few weeks of this, the Indian Chief from the old Lake NW of Roseau, sent some of his people to Roseau, to tell them that the Indians were Warroad were only having a Pow Wow, and the farmer's needed to go home, because the Chief and his people were tired of caring for their livestock!
This was taken from what I remember of John's diary, translated by Gaylord Halvorson, his son.
One of John's last entries was that they had been fooled, they never again had a Spring like 1888! I learned a couple years ago that NYC had its worst blizzard ever, in March of 1888!
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