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Dallas Centennial 1870-1970 : August 15-16, 1970

The Railroad

Lucius Keyes arrived here about 1892 and
raised a large family. One daughter, Mildred
Amdall, still resides here. George Schutz now owns
the Keyes farm, which is the farm Henry Bor-
gen farmed. George also owns the Martin Borgen
and Sigward (and Albert) Borgen farms; three of
the four on the corner.
Andrew Hanson homesteaded to the north of
the village, and the farm remains in the family
name, but it is not being farmed as Mrs. Ole
Hanson lives at the Dallas Rest Home. One of
her sons is Ing Hanson who married Lois Espe-
seth of Dallas. Mrs. Ole Hanson is the daughter
of Ole Smith, and a sister of Conrad Smith in
Dallas, whose son, Donald, recently moved back
into the area with a bulk oil business and plans
to build a new house on the Dallas hill.
Also close to the village are two farms which
have been in the same families for many years.
They are the   Torkle (Tom) Lystie   place  with
Robert and Halbert residing at present and Carl
Nelson lives where his grandfather, Nels Nelson,
started many years ago.
The farm home of the Freeman Hansons was
bought soon after the turn of the century by
his father, John A. Hanson. Arthur was on the
home place for some years and Joseph was a
farmer east of the village until his death. Several
of the family will be recalled by friends who
grew up with them.
Seventy-two years ago, in 1898, the Albert
Randalls bought the Joe Knipshield place across
the road from the John Randall home. John has
been active in many areas, school, town and base-
ball. His daughter, Lorraine, married Ben Rudi,
son of Matt, another old-timer. Ben is on the town
board and loves horses. Others of the family are
mentioned elsewhere in our history.,
Olaus Berg bought his farm in 1895, and his
mother lived with him. Ten years later, when he
married, he built a house for his mother across
the road. There was a large family growing up
when the father was taken from them and Mrs.
Anna Berg was both father and mother to the
family. There was a close family tie and many
of them still live near by. Knute owns the Berg
Transfer business, Olaf has a     bulk oil truck
and delivers for the Farmers Union. Arthur is
on the home farm, runs a feed mill in Hillsdale,
and is the Dallas representative on the County
Board. Signe is Mrs. Donald Halverson, Alma is
Mrs. Emmett Amdall, and Esther lives in Dallas
and works at a hospital in Minneapolis.
James Berg bought a place across the road
from his brother in 1900. Selmer farms there and
has recently built a new house. Mrs. James Berg
lives in the village with her son, Herman. Another
son, George, is in Dallas township.
If you walked down the railroad tracks one
mile south and turned to your right a short walk
up the hill from the creek you would visit the
Knute Jacobson's. Of this large family one son,
Carl, makes his home here. Others will be re-
membered: Olive was Mrs. Ole Wall, mother of
Lowell and Lester. Agnes is the widow of Dr.
H. C. Wiger. Often the July Fourth picnic wag
held at this home.
Andrew Midboe, in his late years, is remem-
bered sitting in a rocker in the neat log house
of his son, Jacob. He had a long white beard
which would really be a prize in these centennial
days. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Midboe built up the
farm buildings. Their son, Joseph, farmed for some
time and then moved into Dallas. His widow, Beth,
and two sons carry on the family name.
The Halverson family had many members who
made their home here. The John Halversons ar-
rived in 1902. Oscar still gets his mail each
morning at the post office. His wife, Tilda, is
of another former Iowa family, the Flagstads.
Richard Halverson had a filling station on Sec-
ond Street where the Baldwin Body Shop is located.
He married Eva Owens. Carl married into the Vik
family and Hilda became Mrs. Elmer Johnson.
With all of these large groups there must have
been lots of visiting done.
Herman Zuehlke came to America in the eight-
ies. His son, Elmer (Pete) resides in the village.
So does Delilah, the widow of another son, Al.
When the railroad was completed in the fall
of 1900, it opened travel from greater distances.
The next few years brought several families from
Iowa. The men shipped their possessions and cattle
riding with them in the box cars while the women
and children came in the passenger cars. Each
helped the new ones get settled in the new homes.
For many years there were Fourth of July picnics
with homemade ice cream and fireworks. There
was a kindred feeling even if there was not a
direct relationship. Perhaps this was because they
talked the same dialect of Norwegian.
Ove Amdall bought the farm on the east side
of the railroad tracks in town and platted sev-
eral building lots so this was called the Amdall
Addition. His oldest son, Andrew married Mildred
Keyes, daughter of another pioneer, and have con-
tinued to live here. He farmed and had a home
delivery milk service until World War II took
his sons and his help. Emmett and Lawrence re-
turned from the service and   now  farm  here.
Agatha Halverson is a daughter and Otto is a
son from Ove's second marriage. Grave Omtvedt
is a granddaughter.
Ejil Hagtvedt brought his family from Decorah,
Iowa. Ejelive, his daughter, lives in the village.
Another daughter, Ruth, married into the Bonkrude
family and their daughter, Doris Berg, also re-
sides just out of town. Ejie remembers the Sun-
day dinners alternating with the Iowa families, two
at a time so there were plenty of children with
whom to have a good time.

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