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Gardar from HWY32

Gardar view from Highway #32

Gardar GeneStore
Gardar Hall

Gardar Store and Post Office - Now an Antique Store

Gardar Community Hall

Gardar Church

Gardar Lutheran Church

GardSchool Monum

Monument to the Gardar School District #26 is located on the northwest corner of the Gardar Lutheran Church site.

The school district was formed in 1882 and was disbanded in 1961. At this time, the school became part of the Edinburg School District. The Gardar school was finally closed in 1971. The school was located one block east of the church on the north side of the Main Street.

The monument was erected in 1976.

Gardar Pioneer

Gardar Pioneer Church
Located southwest of Gardar

Monument Photo - to the right

This monument is found on the north side of the church steps.

GarPion Monument

Gardar was originally named Park.

The first post master was Eirikur Bergmann.

The first school was built in 1882.

The first Icelandic Church service in Pembina County was held December 5, 1878 at a home near Cavalier of their Norwegian friend, Butler Olson.

November 24, 1880, there was a general meeting regarding a church at Gardar. A congregation was organized and a formal call to a pastorate made to the Reverend Pall Thorlaksson. The members promised contributions to pay his modest salary, starting with a collection of $50 at the meeting. The following week, November 30, 1880, there was a meeting at Mountain to organize a congregation and to call Rev. Thorlaksson as minister. This meeting collected $95 towards his salary. Two other congregations followed shortly afterwards.

March 1, 1882, the settlement suffered the loss of its leader, the Rev. Pall Thorlaksson, who died after a long struggle against ill health. Because of the severe weather, the burial service was not held until April 12. Four pinoeer children were baptized at the casket. At the time of his death, the congregations did not own a single church building or meeting house. Rev. Pall Thorlaksson had donated land in Mountain for a cemetery and he was one of the first to be buried there. His marble column tombstone marks the grave of “the father of the Icelandic communities in North Dakota.”

In 1886, Reverend Fridrik Bergmann came to Dakota Territory. He was the first teacher and also a prominent minister in the Gardar area. From 1886 - 1893, he covered an extensive territory from Pembina to Grafton, to the Pembina Mountains. He stayed the minister to the Gardar area until 1902 when he  became a professor of Icelandic language and literature at Wesley College, Winnipeg, Canada.

The Gardar Homemakers Club was  active from 1926 to 1985. It performed a variety of services to the local  community of Gardar as well as participating in a broad range of training  and education lessons. It also functioned as a area social club. NDSU has records that document well its history and activities.

55 Years Ago Story

The population in 2000 was 89 people.
In 1900 there were about 770 people.

Gardar Township historically was part of Thingvalla Township, which was first organized in 1881 and was assigned the #17 in 1883. The south half of Thingvalla Township was known as the Park District because of the Park River and all the tributaries of that river. In 1886, Thingvalla was divided and the south half became Gardar Township.

Gardar look west

Gardar - looking west down Main Street

Gardar look east

Gardar - looking east down Main Street

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