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BERNT ANDERSON, of the twenty-first legislative district, Church's Ferry. Ramsey county, was born at Hadeland, Norway, on December 2. 1861, and is married and has nine children. He came to North Dakota from Ottertail county, Minnesota, in 1883. is a farmer and was educated in the common schools. Has held various school and township offices. He was elected to the house as a republican in 1906, and re-elected in 1908, 1910 and 1912.
[Source: North Dakota Blue Book, 1913 Legislative Manual, Published under the direction of Thomas Hall, Secretary of State, 1913. Submitted by Linda R.]

John G Jacobson. Persistent industry is not without its reward to whatever vocation it is applied. This gentleman has pursued an active life, and since taking up his residence in North Dakota Bank at Church's Ferry, and has extensive land interests in the county.
Our subject was born on a farm in Allamakee county, Iowa, January 27, 1856. He was reared and educated in Allamakee county, and lived there until 1880, when he went to Hillsboro, North Dakota, and followed the carpenter's trade there one year. He was called to Iowa by the death of his mother and remained there until the spring of 1882, when he went to Brule county, South Dakota, and followed carpenter work there until August, 1885. He then returned to Hillsboro, North Dakota, and was employed by the Hillsboro National Bank two years as collector, and then entered the employ of C. Aultman & Company as collector. He held the position until the spring of 1892 and then went to Church's Ferry. He purchased a third interest in the North Dakota Bank and also a fourth interest in the lumber business of Morgan, Davis & Company. He has acted as cashier of the bank since March 31, 1892, and is also in the lumber business with A. H. Noltimier. He has prospered and each of the enterprises with which he is connected is ably represented by him. He also owns about one thousand acres of land near the city.
Our subject was married, at Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Miss Anna Erickson, a native of Albert Lee, Minnesota. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacobson, of whom one died in infancy, a son named Roy Arthur. The surviving children are named as follows: Ray Arnold, Walter H. and Gladys C. Our subject is a gentleman of active public spirit and is president of the village board, and is serving his fourth term as such. He is interested in educational matters, and is a member of the school board. He has always taken a leading part in temperance work, and is an exemplary citizen. [Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900 - Tr. By Debbie Gibson]

Hon. James McCormick. This gentleman is one of the most prominent citizens of Coulee township, Ramsey county, having resided there since 1883, and has always been associated with  every good enterprise or public project which had [ for its purpose the upbuilding of business or social | interests in his community. He is a man of the [ highest integrity of character, intelligent and well educated, and well merits his high social standing.  His home is in section 12, of Coulee township, : where he conducts a good farm and enjoys rural  life. Our subject was born in Queens county. Ireland, April 21, 1847, and when he was about six  years of age came with his parents to America. He resided in LaSalle county, Illinois, for many years, and was there reared to manhood, and from there enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in February, 1865. He was in the service eight months, and then returned to LaSalle county, Illinois, and engaged in railroad contract work, grading, for some twelve years. In April, 1883, he went to North Dakota, and at once located on the farm where he now resides, and where he has since engaged in agricultural pursuits. He has made valuable improvements and erected good buildings, and cultivates and owns two sections of land.
Our subject was married, in Wayne county, Iowa, in the town of Allerton, June 22, 1876, to Miss Cynthia A. Carmony, a native of LaSalle county. Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. McCormick are the parents of five children, four of whom are now living, and are named as follows: Jessie AI., Mabel, Ada C. and James L. A daughter, Margaret, died at the age of fourteen months. Mr. McCormick was elected to the first state legislature in 1889, and his efficient work and popularity while a member of that body is best evidenced by the fact that he was returned to the senate in 1890. He was president of the board of trustees of the North Dakota School for the Deaf four years., being appointed by Governor Shortridge, and he has been county commissioner for Ramsey county from 1885 to 1889, and was again elected' in the fall of 1898, and is now serving. He has always been identified with the Republican party politically, and is an earnest worker for party principles.
[Source: "Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota", Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Dena Whitesell]

August H Noltimier, president of the North Dakota Bank at Churchs Ferry, is one of the well-known and influential business men of Ramsey county. He is interested largely in various financial enterprises of the village and locality, and is a gentleman of excellent characteristics.
Our subject was born on a farm in Warren county, Missouri, September 18, 1855. At the age of five years he removed with his parents to Minnesota, and settled on a farm near St. Paul, which land is now included in the city of St. Paul. He was reared to manhood there and at Cottage Grove, Minnesota. He left home in the spring of 1878 and went to North Dakota, and engaged in farming in Barnes county, where he remained until the fall of 1881. He went to Larimore in the spring of the following year and engaged in the mercantile business, with his brother, Hon. H. A. Noltimier, and continued there until the winter of 1886, when he removed to the old Churchs Ferry and engaged in the mercantile business until July. He then disposed of the business and about two years later engaged in the stock business, and also farm machinery business in company with the late John Erie, and was thus engaged until the spring of 1891, when he purchased an interest in the North Dakota Bank, and the lumber business in which he has since been engaged. He was chosen president of the bank in the spring of 1900. He had formerly served as assistant cashier of the institution. He owns four hundred and eighty acres of land in that locality, and is one of the solid men of Ramsey county.
Our subject was married, at Churchs Ferry, North Dakota, to Miss Nellie C. Campbell, a native of Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Noltimier are the parents of one child, who bears the name of Ruth A. Mr. Noltimier has served as a member of the board of supervisors of Coulee township, and takes a hearty interest in local public matters. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Modern Woodmen of America. [Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900 - Tr. By Debbie Gibson]


The community of Churches Ferry is located in Coulee Township. Because of the encroaching waters of Devils Lake the town was disbanded and today only a handful of people still live in Churches Ferry.

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