Per and Axel Sten made two train trips to Davidson. The first, in 1904, was to find homestead land; the second was the move itself, from Roseau Minnesota, a year later. The lure of the land, and perhaps the threat of tuberculosis may be why the Stens packed up and set out in the spring of 1905.
When the train reached its destination in Hanley, the Holmlunds couldn’t believe their eyes. There were people everywhere, celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday.
Before I tell you about my family and homesteading, I want to explain why they chose to go where they went. I think two Roseau, Minnesota men, Edgar Book and Andrew Berg had a big influence on them. Here’s why.
The only memory I have of my grandmother was when she was already dead. The night before she died, however, has become part of our Stone family’s folklore.