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Actual Settlers


In April 1895, The Fargo Forum reported: “...the Great Northern railway took a train of 405 people, actual settlers, not excursionists, to the Red River Valley and the Turtle Mountain country of North Dakota. They occupied nine coaches, and their household effects and farm implements filled several long freight trains.

“We believe this to the largest movement of settlers to a new locality that has taken place in one body for several years,” the report continued. “The people composing this colony are known as Dunkards, or German Baptists, and come mainly from Indiana, with a few from Ohio, Kansas and other states... This is the second party of these people to locate in North Dakota, 235 having gone there last spring in one body, and their report being favorable this train was the result.”

Source: The Fargo Forum, April 18, 1895

Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm