George Domek Sr.

The price of land in Iowa was going up. George Domek, and his wife, Pauline, would have to pay $50 an acre, or $3 an acre cash rent, for the farm land he was renting at the time, so he decided to move to North Dakota, having heard that land was cheap there.

At this time, George's family consisted of his wife, Pauline, two boys, Lawrence and Clarence, and a daughter, Clara, who was five, while Clarence was two.

George bought land in Corwin Township, Stutsman County, North Dakota, for $18 an acre. The Domek's loaded their furniture, farm machinery, and horses onto an immigrant car and came to this area on St. Patrick's Day in 1907, staying at the Mike Finnegan home in Montpelier for about two weeks, as Mr. Finnegan was a family friend from Iowa.

Meanwhile, George was preparing a temporary place for his family to live on his land. It was a house offered to him by Nels Folk, a hardware dealer in Montpelier, to use while he was putting buildings up on his acreage.

A one-room rural school was built in this area in 1907, of which Mable Simmers was the first teacher. She stayed with the Julius Ukestad family.

A sons, George Jr., was born in 1908, and another son, Roy, was born in 1910. In 1914, Lloyd, the last member of the Domek family, was born.