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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Arthur and Anna Adamson

Well here is a little bit of interesting information that I now know: Arthur and Anna married in New York sometime before 1892. And had at least three of their children there: Leo, Mary and Walter. They moved to Pennsylvania for awhile where I think they may have had three more children: Dorothy, Gerald and Russell.

Arthur and Anna migrated to Beach, North Dakota around 1910. Where they built a dugout house and then lived in it for another 10 years. The walls and floors were made of dirt and to make it a little more homey they covered the walls with sheets. It was a one room home that could be divided up by the use of hanging curtains. Here they had two more children: Charles and Margaret. They seen children pass and being born in this extraordinary home.

Sometime around 1920 they moved to Bennie Pierre, which I believe but could be wrong, is in North Dakota. There they spent the rest of their days together till Arthur passed away in 1946. Anna moved to Sidney, MT and then followed Arthur in 1949.

I am hoping that we have yet to hear the end of Arthur and Anna's story. I still am reeling from the fact that they lived in a one room dugout house for almost 10 years. With a small story like that I am sure that we have not heard the last of Arthur and his family. What their day to day life must have been like is so fascinating to me. I hope to learn more and share with you all the back story to these wonderful frontiersmen. Just think we had family that "came out west". What wonderful history. And finding these families is truly what keeps me moving forward in my work.

P.S. I know that I had said I would move forward, or back depending on your point of view, and go on to Minerva's parents but this was so exciting for me that I wanted to share with you all right away. So look forward next time to Dr. and Mrs. Mulford's story.


  1. There is a Bennie Pierre Road in Cartright, ND - near Sidney, ND.

    Here's the link:,+Cartwright,+ND&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=31.426353,69.873047&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bennie+Pierre+Rd,+Cartwright,+McKenzie,+North+Dakota+58838&ll=47.611718,-103.956757&spn=0.417535,1.091766&z=10&iwloc=A

  2. This is the "nice lady" from the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney, MT, thank you for the compliment, but there is no such thing as Sidney, ND. The Bennie Pierre Road is south east of Sidney across the Yellowstone River just across the ND border. Leann

  3. Yes Thank You... Now I understand. Thanks for the link Laura too. I think I need to invest in a better map of North Dakota too. :)


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