Ole K. Boe's House in Valdres
submitted by Olav Boe, Porsgrunn, Norway
This “American-Norwegian” house was built in the area of Bøflaten in Vang, Valdres between 1920-25 by my grandfather Ole K. Boe. I am not an architect or expert in house styles but the National Building Museum in
Ole was a carpenter who emigrated
to McKenzie County, North Dakota around 1911 and homesteaded a few miles
south of Watford City. He owned .
In 1937 Ole K. Boe's small farm was sold back to the Olsons because Ole K. Boe didn’t want to pay the taxes needed to keep the ownership. In 1951 it was purchased by the Jorgenson family. With great help from Alice Simonson of the local historical society in Watford City, in 2005 I was able to visit the place Ole K. Boe homesteaded in the wilderness and built his small cabin. I was impressed by his (and the other homesteaders ) courage in this isolated area. There were still Indians around in 1911 although they had given up fighting by that time.
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