Walsh Heritage, ND Centennial Issue 1881 - 1981
Kinloss Township, Walsh County Page 772 - 773
JACOB P. & AMELIA ARNESON WESTBY
Jacob P. Westby, born 16 Dec 1892, in a sod house at the farm home, half a mile north of Fairdale, in Kinloss Township. He was the son of Peder J. Westby and Inger Westlie Westby, both born in Nordre, Odalen, Norway.
There were eleven children in the family; three sisters survive (1980); and they are:
Hannah Stoehr, Jamestown, ND
Ida Barber, Burns, OR
Mary Loe, Silverton, OR
Jacob grew up on the farm. He became a mail carrier and also worked at other jobs, and helped his father on the farm when Ingolf and Einar went into the service during World War I.
In 1919, Mrs and Mrs Peder Westby had an auction sale and moved to Silverton, Oregon. Then Jacob and Peder took over the farming and a sister, Hannah, cooked for them.
In 1922, Jacob was married to Amelia Arneson and they lived on that farm 42 years. Peder left for Oregon and Hannah got married.
Amelia Arneson's parents were Sigvort Arneson of Solar, Norway; and Hannah Gunderson Arneson of Cumberland, Wisconsin. The grandparents were Arne and Inger (Rollness) Olson of Fairdale and Gunnorious and Mathia (Tappen) Gunderson of Cumberland, Wisconsin. There were 13 children in the family. The six now living are:
Helen Fassell, Kennedy, MN
Mrs Glen Temple, Montevideo, MN
Melvin Arneson, Hallock, MN
Norman Arneson, Crookston, MN
Raymond Arneson, Boulder City, NV
Jacob and Amelia started their life on the Westby Farm. Eight children were born to them.
Elaine Marie: born 15 Jan 1924, married Leonard Fagerholt on 4 Aug 1946 at the Silvesta Church. They had two children: Bruce Fagerholt who lives in Hoople and Bette (Fagerholt) Nelson, lives in West Fargo, ND. Elaine passed away 16 July 1968.
Dorothy Mae: born 13 May 1925, married Alfred Mohagen of Grafton on 4 Aug 1946. She and her sister, Elaine, had a double wedding in the Silvesta Church - the only double wedding to have been held there. Dorothy liked to take care of the sick so she worked in several hospitals. They have four children: Paul Mohagen, Wayne Mohagen, Sandy (Stark) and Allan Mohagen.
Arlene: born 9 Dec 1926. She taught school for one year and worked at the Hilton Hotel for many years among other jobs. She married Merle Knorr and they live in St. Paul, with their children: Robert, Kelly, Mark and Laurie.
Grace Lorraine: born 11 March 1928, married Herb Fischer at Langdon on 2 Sep 1947. They have six children: Lynn, Langdon, ND; Debbie (Anderson), Aberdeen SD; Janice (Henkles), Augusta, WI; Lavonne (Spenst), Orlando, FL; Scott, stationed in TN with the Marines; Tracy, at home.
Stanley Elsworth: born 14 Oct 1929. He attended State School of Science at Wahpeton and married Ruth Krueger. They have been married for 24 years. They reside in Wahpeton.
Ruth Inez Westby: born 13 Aug 1932 attended Aaker's Business College in Grand Forks. She is employed with Minot Teachers College. She married Robert Jagd at Grand Forks. They have one son, Douglas, and a granddaughter, Tamara Lynn. They all reside in Minot, ND.
Jerome Allen: born 20 Dec 1938, spent two years and nine months in the service, the greater part in Okinawa. He is married to Rita Overland and they have two girls: RaNae and Rhonda. They all live in Grand Forks, ND.
Richard David: born 18 July 1946. He attended Devils Lake region College for one year and the Aakers Business College, Grand Forks for two years. He is married to Linda Nework and they have three boys: Robert Scott, Michael Todd and Richard Ryan.
All the Westby children attended and graduated fra the Fairdale High School.
Amelia has been a member of the Silvesta and Our Redeemer's Church for 57 years, joining the Silvesta Church and Ladies Aid when Jacob and she were married 22 Nov 1922. She was in Sunday School for for thirty-two years and in the A.L.C.W. a long time but is now on the Honor Roll.
In 1964-1965 she cooked at the Park River Bible Camp and cooked at the Fairdale School for 14 years. She enjoyed the children.
On 11, Nov 1964, the Westby's moved into Fairdale when the last child left to go to school.
Jacob farmed until1974 and then sold the land to Elmer Hammer.
Jacob passed away 4 Aug 1979, but he remained alert at all times. He wrote the history of Fairdale for the Walsh Heritage Book, Volume 2, that was published in 1976.
Left alone now, Amelia continues her hobby of quilting - making quilts for missions in church; a quilt for a grandchild as they get married; and a crib quilt is planned for the first grandchild.
The Westby's already have 22 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.