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Biography of George Van Arnam of Wahpeton North Dakota

George Van Arnam, a respected figure in Richland County, North Dakota, served as the county judge after being elected in 1908. Prior to his judicial career, he engaged in farming, teaching, and the newspaper business. Judge Van Arnam was known for his broad-mindedness, sound judgment, and dedication to his community. He was married to Nettie Heath, and they had four children. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in organizing the Old Settlers’ Association and was an active member of fraternal organizations.

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Biography of Frank Squier Talcott of Buffalo Township ND

Frank Squire Talcott, a successful farmer in Buffalo Township, Cass County, North Dakota, has been actively involved in the community since his arrival in 1881. Born in New York City in 1863, Talcott came from English ancestry with connections to revolutionary figures and the development of Massachusetts. He received education from prestigious institutions and later engaged in various public roles, including chairman of the Board of Supervisors, member of the School Board, and State Senator. Talcott’s work focused on education, and he actively participated in numerous fraternal organizations. He married Agnes W. Thompson, and together they have four children. Talcott’s strong Republican beliefs align with his family heritage and personal convictions.

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Biography of Andrew Sandager, of Lisbon, ND

Andrew Sandager, a prominent figure in Lisbon, North Dakota, has played a vital role in the growth and development of the region. As the president of the State Bank of Lisbon and a senior partner in Sandager & Hangan, a general merchandise firm, he has made significant contributions to the area’s economy. Born in Iowa in 1862, Sandager began his career as a registered pharmacist before venturing into the general merchandise business. He became involved in the State Bank of Lisbon and the Enterprise Milling Company, which thrived due to the region’s excellent wheat quality and well-equipped facilities. Sandager’s active engagement in politics and membership in various secret societies further exemplify his influence. Additionally, his donation of land for Sandager Park has enhanced the city’s beauty and reputation as a desirable residential and business area.

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Biography of Adison Irvin Hunter, of Grand Forks, ND

Addison Irvin Hunter, a resident of Grand Forks, North Dakota, was born on July 29, 1860, in Freetown, Indiana. He is the son of Cyrus R. and Margaret M. Hunter, who have Scotch and Irish heritage. Addison attended high school in Southport, Indiana, and later pursued two years of study at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, from 1879 to 1880. In 1883, he moved to North Dakota and entered into a partnership with E. L. Emery, engaging in the real estate and loan business until 1887. Subsequently, he operated a livery business for ten years. In 1897, he ventured into

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Biography of Ole Bolstad of Northwood, North Dakota

Ole Bolstad, who is a successful dentist in active practice at Northwood, North Dakota, was born at Ringsaker, Norway, October 3, 1875, son of Ole L. and Thonethe Bolstad. They were farmers in their native country, being poor tenants till they immigrated to America in 1880. They arrived at Philadelphia, July 4, that year, and from there went to Richland county, North Dakota. Our subject lived on the farm with his parents, received the rudiments of his education at the district school, which was supplemented by a course at the Mayville Normal, and a two year scientific course at the

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Biography of William John Bailey of Inkster, North Dakota

William John Bailey, lumber dealer, of Inkster, North Dakota, was born December 11, 1854, at Toronto, Canada. His parents, Alexander and Susan Bailey, were both natives of County Monaghan, Ireland. They came to Toronto, in 1840. His father was a carpenter by trade. William J. was educated in the schools of Toronto, Canada, and came to Euclid, Minnesota, in 1881, and engaged in the lumber business; in 1883 and 1884, he operated a sash and door factory, at Crookston, Minnesota. In 1884, he removed to North Dakota, and began his present business at Inkster. He is a member of the

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