Humboldt, Minnesota


Population 66

Humboldt is located along Hwy. 75, North of Hallock and Northcote. Currently, there is a gas station, elevator, post office, church and residential district in Humboldt.


Even though Humboldt wasn't officially incorporated as a village until September 29, 1919, it grew rapidly. With a farm family on every quarter section of land, business boomed, but as the small farm disappeared so did the business places.

In 1878, James J. Hill owned all the land along the tracks from Northcote to Humboldt . . . a total of about 40,000 acres. He soon found it advisable to sell his land to the settlers.

Local historians say that Charley Clow was the first settler. Nels Finney came by boat up the Red River and James Diamond had to get off the train just south of Humboldt because the tracks stopped at that point.

Even though Hill opened the area to the settlers, developed bonanza farming and brought in the railroad, it was Edward and James Florance who developed the village. Edward Florance who came in 1897 was instrumental in organizing a bank. By 1904, the First State Bank of Humboldt was incorporated.

James Florance spent most of his life in Humboldt as a merchant, postmaster, and community builder. He came with his brothers in 1898, but left shortly thereafter since he felt business was poor. But he returned in 1911 with a wife and two children, bought a store from Nels Finney and continued in it until 1949 when he sold out to Mayme Jury.

Business places developed cautiously. The Booker McFadden Store met the needs of everyone from 1878 to 1890.

After that the following came: The Florance and Nelson Store, Jack McCullum's Blacksmith Shop, George and Lynn Sylvester's Barber Shop and Livery Barn, Victor Clow's Repair Garage, and Wm. Sylvester's International Harvester Agency. A hotel, a restaurant and a local butcher also emerged.


The Humboldt United Methodist Church will celebrate its100th anniversary this summer. A big centennial celebration is planned for July 18-19 at the church.

There will also be an old fashioned ice cream social August12th at Humboldt United Methodist.

Source: Visitors Guide to Kittson County, Published May19, 1999 by the Kittson County Enterprise based on information compiled from Kittson County History Book.

A Few Essays Relating to Humboldt
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APortrait Of A Baseball Team, 1910 - by Adele Hoglin

TheBockwitz Farms - by Bradley Hemmes

JamesDiamond - by Loree Johnson

Cal Farley:Humboldt Athlete - by Lois Ann Diamond

U.S. GovernmentHonors Cal Farley With Postage Stamp

TheFirst State Bank Of Humboldt - by Bradley Ash

FirstCombines In Humboldt Community - by Brian Finney

TheFirst State Bank Of Humboldt - by Linda Diamond

The FirstState Bank Of Humboldt - by Mark Baldwin, Jr.

The FloranceEra - by Bill Johnson

JamesFlorance: An Early Pioneer - by Layne Turner

JamesFlorance: Progressive Businessman by Gary Wilkie

ForgottenCemetery - by David Ingeman

TheGreat Depression - by Kelvin Keena

OwnershipOf A Great Farm - by John Bergh

JamesJ. Hill: Empire Builder by Doris Giffen

HumboldtBlasts Into Existence - by Keith Finney

HumboldtElevator Association - by Rick Bakken

HumboldtElevator Association - by Ron Gatheridge

HumboldtLandmark: The Old Irving Store - by Vernon Bahr

HumboldtMethodist Church - by Darryl Ash

HumboldtOf The Past - by John Bergh

HumboldtPost Office - by Kent Ash

StoreOf The Past, Present, And Future - by Jamie L. Rustad

HistoryOf The Humboldt Area Telephones - by Martha Roberts

HumboldtUnited Methodist Church - by Kimberly Ash

The HistoryOf Humboldt, Minnesota - by Mark Lommen

The Individualist- by Andrea Hoglin

Inhabitants- by Unknown

Iten'sWater Service - by Mike Cote

ClarenceIten, Humboldt's Water Provider - by Kurt Keena

TheJoe River Schoolhouse - by Mark Ash

Lake Agassiz:Heart Of The Red River Valley - by Doris Giffen

A LifeOf Farming: Walt Clow - by Bruce Ash

GeorgeMatthew, Pioneer With Ambition - by Dan Finney

MemoriesInto Greatness - by Mark L. Baldwin, Jr.

MemoriesOf An Old Country School - by Daniel Ohmann

HumboldtMethodist Church - by Ron Gatheridge

OurTown: Humboldt - by Diane Giffen

PioneerBuilding - by Scott Wallenberg

TheHistory Of The Red River Floods - by Jerry Bernath

The ForgottenCivilization Near The Old Salt Pool - by Tony Rustad

A SleepingTown Awakes - by Delores Diamond

The TownOf Humboldt - by Marshal Hemmes

TracesRemain Of Glacial Lake Agassiz - by Marlyce Cleem

The TownOf Humboldt - by Marshal Hemmes

TracesRemain Of Glacial Lake Agassiz - by Marlyce Cleem