Biography of Jerry E. Stevens of Northwood North Dakota

Jerry E. Stevens, a self-made man and prominent figure in North Dakota, was born near Elgin, Illinois, on April 8, 1854. After moving to North Dakota on July 21, 1881, he engaged in farming and later established a successful general merchandise business in Northwood. A staunch Republican, Stevens served as a senator from the fifth legislative district and held various school and township offices. He married Mazie Rank in Minnesota on January 10, 1883, and they had two children: Joy E. Stevens and Maud C. Stevens.


Jerry E. Stevens, one of the self-made men of the day, came to North Dakota on July 21, 1881, and engaged in farming. He now lives in Northwood, where he conducts a thriving general merchandise business.

Mr. Stevens is a staunch Republican and was born near Elgin, Illinois, on April 8, 1854. His opportunities for education were limited, except what he obtained in the public schools of forty-odd years ago, and he attended these only occasionally until he was fifteen years of age. About that time, he entered the great university of ‘Hard Knocks’ and has acquired most of the degrees from that institution. Quite recently, he declared he took a post-graduate course and believes there may be other degrees to follow. Thanks to a clear conscience and a good constitution, he feels able to make his way through. He is currently serving as a senator from the fifth legislative district. He has also served as a school and township officer and went through a heated primary fight during his victorious election to the legislature.

He is a shrewd, level-headed, and hardworking senator, and one of the leading members of the upper house. He was married in Minnesota on January 10, 1883, to Miss Mazie Rank, and they have a family of two children: Joy E. Stevens, sixteen years old, and Maud C. Stevens, aged thirteen years.

Source

C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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