Aadne Aadneson Hoiland

Aadne A. Hoiland, with his wife Johanne, and her widowed mother, Ellen Kristofferson, and his nine remaining children, came to Barnes County in 1887.  John Hoiland, the oldest son, had preceded the family in 1883.

Aadane, Jr. took a claim in Ransom County.  Andrew eloped with his bride and went to Oregon.  The two youngest sons remained with their father when the family moved to East Prairie, where Anton file and bought additional land.  Sarah, the oldest daughter, married Harry Jones of Valley City.  Marie married Tyler Janus Walker; Miller, Merchant and Postmaster at Fort Ransom.  Berntine married R. D. Flavin, Walker’s miller.  Hanna married Robert Bowen, and they built a hotel in the new town of Litchville.  Emma, the youngest, married Attorney Alfree Zuger, later Assistant Attorney General in Bismarck.

Albert and Anton rented out their farms and Albert moved to Fargo where he made and sold his patented “Hoiland Wild Oats Separator.”  Anton married Amalie Stahlem and worked at the Valley City Power Plant.

John Hoiland

Born September 24, 1854 at Decorah, Iowa, John Hoiland was destined to leave his mark on the history of Barnes County.  He grew up in Fillmore County in Minnesota, where his father, Aadne Aadneson Hoiland, was a millwright.  Later, back at Decorah, he worked for his father tending hop kilns.  With the decline of business in the Panic of 1883, John decided to go to Barnes County.  He first worked for an implement dealer in Fingal and gained title to the S. E. ¼ Section 14, Oakhill Township.  As clerk of the Daly School Board, he met Nettie (Annette) Johnson first teacher in the Oakville School.  They were married on December 13, 1883.  They lived on a homestead owned by his wife just across the county line in Lamoure County.

By 1896, four children had been born; Lillie, Mable, Eison, and Tyler.  Not liking farming in 1896, John with A. H. Gray and John Simons, formed the Pioneer Implement Company of Valley City.  Later he dissolved this partnership and entered in another with A. I. Anderson.  This venture succeeded until 1912 when A. I. Anderson withdrew.  John carried on alone and the next few years were very lucrative.  It ended with his death on July 8, 1918.  His last sale was a motor hearse in which he rode to his funeral a few days later.

Tyler Hoiland, his son, returned from service in the Navy to find the family fortunes on the wane.  He found a position with an auto dealer and married Marie Langemo of rural Fingal area.  Two sons were born to this couple, John Tyler and Harold Philip.  In personality and character, Tyler stood out among others.  A fellow Mason spoke of him as “noble” and this truly characterized the man. 

John Hoiland was most identifiable with Barnes County because of his wide connections, both fraternal and political.  Normally, a Republican, he nevertheless was liberal in his thinking, especially where local candidates were concerned.

In 1914, John was appointed by Governor Hanna to present a statue of Lincoln to Norway on its Centennial.  He could not accept the appointment due to the press of business, but it points up the esteem in which he held in North Dakota.