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James McLean

Posted: 5 Jan 2010 6:17AM GMT
Classification: Biography
WALSH HERITAGE, ND: 1881- 1981, VOL 2 PAGE 627
JAMES McLEAN - bio
James first came to what is now Walsh county in 1882, arriving in Grand Forks by train. He spent two years at Minto working as a farm hand.

In 1884, he filed a homestead claim in Tiber Township. He and hi brother Allan, built a sod shanty on the homestead and endured the hardships of the pioneer. Prairie fires were one of the hazards and when he and Allan saw the fie coming, they knew there was no way they could save the shanty. so they carried a few pieces of furniture to what they thought was safety, only to have the wind switch and the furniture destroyed.

In 1887, he married Margaret FERGUSON, the first school teacher in Tiber School District No. 91. She too, was Canadian. Her parents were Alec and Katie Ferguson and had settled on a tree claim and operated a post office, known as the Silvesta Post Office.

Jim and Margaret lived in the sod shanty until 1895, when he purchased a quarter of land fra Oscar Tovaaton, which included the first frame house in the area.

Five children were born to this union:
Stella McLean BOTSFORD - Adams, ND
Irene McLean TANKE - Anaheim, CA
John McLean
Lloyd Mclean
Elva McLean JOHNDAHL

After the death of his wife, Margaret, he married Annie CARLSON. she came to the United States and the Edinburg-Adams community fra Sweden at age 16 years. Five chilren were born to this union:
Mildred McClean ANDERSON - Hopkins, MN
Clarence McLean
Sadie McLean LARSON
Edna McLean OLSON
Roy McLean

He served on the Tiber Township Board and was Clerk of School District No. 91 fra the time it was organized until his death.

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