Peter Hogden

Peter Hogden was born on January 4, 1876 in Ettrick, Wisconsin. His parents were Andrias and Annie Hogden. He came to North Dakota in 1896 as a young man, worked during the harvest and threshing season, returning to Wisconsin to work in the woods during the winter.

Jennie Tolokken was born on April 5, 1879 in Trempleau County, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Hans and Maren Jakevs Tolokken. Her mother had come to American from Norway.

Peter Hogden and Jennie Tolokken were married on March 12, 1900 in Cooperstown, North Dakota.

In the fall of 1906, they bought a section of land in Corwin Township, one and a half miles west of Ypsilanti, in Stutsman County, North Dakota. This farm was a Tree Claim, which required the owner to plant seven acres of trees, and to improve upon the land in order to retain ownership.

On their farm, the practiced diversified farming, raising all kinds of livestock and fowl besides raising grain and hay crops. At one time, they had as many as one hundred turkeys, which they dressed, packed into barrels, and shipped for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

In 1918, they built a large barn and a silo, and added dairy cattle, milking as many as thirty-three cows by hand, besides the hay and grain farming. Their milk was separated and the cream was shipped to the Oakes Creamery in Oakes, North Dakota, until Bridgeman Russel started in Jamestown. They also delivered, daily for several years, bottled milk and cream, which was sold in the Hyslop Store, until the store burned.

Their children were: Lester William, Inez Luella, Helene Margaret, and Hazel Marie.

While living in Corwin Township, they were active members of the James Valley Lutheran Church of Ypsilanti, where Peter served on the church board, and Jennie was a member of the Ladies Aid Society.

Their children attended Ypsilanti Grade School and Jamestown High School. They were members of the 4-H Club, Luther League, and Helene and Inez were members of the church choir. 

Peter was one of the farmers who founded the Ypsilanti Elevator. He served on the Corwin Township board, as well as the school board.

In 1930, Billy Maulding, son of William and Mable Maulding, came to the farm to live for a time with his grandparents.

Peter Hogden died on December 6, 1942. Following his death, Mrs. Hogden and Billy, their grandson, continued to live on the farm, except for one period in which Lester and his family lived there.

In 1946, Jennie sold the farm and she and Billy moved to Montpelier, where she had purchased a home. Jennie died in Jamestown on April 22, 1956, and was buried in the family plot in Ypsilanti Cemetery.