|Birth: ||Dec., 1856, Norway|
South Dakota, USA
Adolph K. Eggen was born in Norway in December 1856 and married Anne Maria (Mary) Sather in 1882. They immigrated to the United States of America in that same year. They traveled by train from the East coast to Minnesota where they attempted to farm. However, the soil was too sandy to retain enough moisture for their crops.
Sometime between mid 1892 and early 1894, they moved by horse and wagon to South Dakota. New land had opened up there for homesteading. They settled in the Sisseton Township in Roberts County and homesteaded some land. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt signed their application for the homestead. The legal description of the land is SW quarter of Section 20 of Township 127 North of Range 50 West of the 5th Principal Meridian in the Sisseton Wahpeton Indian Reservation in South Dakota - 160 acres. dated 27 Sept 1902. In a 1923 edition of a South Dakota Atlas, A.K. Eggen is listed as the owner of Sections 18, 20, and 29 in Township 127 North of Range 50 West of the 5th Principal Meridian in the Hart Township.Sisseton.
They built a house and barn on the homestead. To obtain water for the home, a well was dug by hand about 70 feet deep. The barn was struck by lightning in 1916 and burned to the ground. It was rebuilt and was still standing in 2008. The house burned in the 1950s sometime after Maria Eggen died. The house was not rebuilt.
In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census Adolph K. Eggen is listed with his wife and eleven children in the Sisseton Township, a farmer, and owning his own home. A school teacher, Bessie Monson, boarded with the family.
He died sometime between the 1910 and 1920 censuses from the census information and was buried in the Scandia Cemetery.
The names of the children of Adolph and Mary Eggen are:
Olia, Emma, Christina, Carsten, Annie, Morris, Jennie, Gustof, Oscar, Peter, Esther, and Ruth.
Sources of the data are the United States Census Reports for Roberts County, State of South Dakota for 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 and a South Dakota Atlas. Also the gravestone and conversations with a grandson.
Anne Maria Sather Eggen (1858 - 1942)
Christina or Christine Eggen (1885 - 1912)*
Anna or Annie Eggen (1889 - 1905)*
Morris Eggen (1890 - 1970)*
Jennie Eggen Eneboe (1892 - 1995)*
Gustof (Gustav) Eggen (1894 - 1925)*
Oscar Emil Eggen (1896 - 1915)*
Carl Peter (Petrus) Eggen (1898 - 1983)*
South Dakota, USA
Created by: W. Bruce Hilton
Record added: Jul 21, 2011
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Added: Jul. 24, 2011