'Wonder of Williams', Vol 2,
OTTO JULSON FAMILY
The Otto Julsons came from Norway and lived in Minnesota and eastern North Dakota before homesteading in Round Prairie. Mrs. Julson was an aunt of Mrs. Jul Haugen.
Church services were held at various times at the Julson home. The minister came from a distance and stayed overnight. There was no guest room in those days so that their neighbor, Mary Brenna, would stay at Julsons and the minister would stay in Mary's homestead shack.
The two Julson children, Hilda and Herman, were a brother and a sister adopted from the Lakepark Orphanage in Minnesota.
HERMAN JULSON came with his parents, Otto Julsons, to Round Prairie and his wife, Deva, was also from Minnesota and a school teacher. Herman had been working at Buxton where he met Deva who was teaching there. They were married and returned to Round Prairie.
Herman and Deva adopted a son, Herman. They were members of the Round Prairie Lutheran Church and Deva worked in the Sunday School department. After Herman died, Deva returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where she still resides. Their son, Herman, resides in Miami, Florida
SEVERT JULSON was a twin brother of Otto. He proved up on his claim and left 14 months later.
CARL KRABY was a brother to Herman Julson and Hilda (Mrs. Ole) Fugleberg. He served in World War I in France. He spent many years in Round Prairie.
ROY AND DAISY PENMAN FAMILY
Roy Penman was born in May 14, 1887, in Roden, Illinois, and came to North Dakota in May 1907. He homesteaded in Stony Creek in 1911 and on March 4, 1911, married Daisy Huntington, who was born on August 24, 1887 at Kempville, Ontario, Canada. They lived on the homestead until 1916, then moved to Huseby Hill where he was employed. Later they moved down near the tannery and in 1919 sold and moved to Williston.
Mrs. Penman taught school at Avoca for three years and at Stony Creek for one year. After Roy's death December 1, 1914, she worked as a bookkeeper for Larvick Dray for nine years and Borruds Bakery for eight years.
Penmans were the parents of six children, Robert, Munster, Indiana; Jack, Hopkins, Minnesota; Allen, Hindale, Illinois; Jean, Silver Lake, Wisconsin; Sylvia (Mrs. Carl) Larson and Marian (Mrs. Robert) Smith, both Williston. Daisy lives in Williston.
Silas Huntington was born in Ontario in 1889. When he was four his family moved to the Drayton,, North Dakota area. Silas came to Williston in 1912, his family came in 1913. They homesteaded a place at Avoca near Daisy and Roy Penman. The elder Huntington, Joshua, died here in 1915 and his wife some years later. There were five Huntington children: Millie married William Ehrky and lived in the drayton area, she died recently at 93; Jean Huntington worked in the Williams County courthouse several years and taught school in the Crosby area, she married Arnie Tollefson, McKenzie County auditor for years; Marie Huntingtondied in about 1923; Daisy Huntington taught school at Trenton and Avoca and married Roy Penman; Silas Huntington married Alice Jones, who was raised by her grandmother, Mrs. Pet Hendrickson.
Aftoer their marriage in 1913, Silas and Alice lived around Williston He broke land for others, hauled coal and did various other jobs. When the family was living on 5th Ave West their house burned. Friends told Alice when she moved into that house she wouldn't be able to keep it warm but Alice sure did. She made such a good fire the whole house burned. They had three children, Silas was out hauling coal so Alice wasn't able to let him know what happened. Mrs. Stice took the baby, Mrs. Hendrickson the other two children. The firemen had carried all the household goods outside so there Alice was with everything on the front lawn. Mr. Lukins drove by, noticed her plight and offered his help. He found a place to store things and got someone to help him do the moving. Alice still speaks with gratitude for his kindness.
In 1940 Silas bought a bar in Froid, Montana. He operated it and did practical veterinary work as he loved houses and cattle. He died in Froid in 1967 and is buried there. Alice returned to Williston in 1968 were she makes her home. They has five daughters: Dorothy, Mrs. A. J. Christensen, of Helena; Florine, Mrs. Francis Hogan, of Chatsworth, California; Joanne, Mrs. Sid Engman, of Williston; Millie Jean, Mrs. M. W. Montgomery, of Decatuer, Illinois; and Viola Stone of South Holland, Illinois.
JOHN C. AND NINA SMITH
Nina F. Brownlee and John C. Smith homesteaded in Oliver Township. She was a teacher and he was a doctor, practicing in the Thompson-Mayville, North Dakota, area while she fulfilled the homestead claim. Nina and John were married and she returned to the Thompson-Mayville area after their marriage.