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John Ecklund
Ecklund-Larson-Reimers Homestead by Irene Reimers
From Left to Right: Walfred Ecklund, John Erickson/Ecklund, Mari Ecklund,
Arveda Ecklund Bakken, Hattie Ecklund Larson, John Walter Ecklund.

The log cabin was built around 1890 and is still standing. John ECKLUND and Mari LARSON both came from Sweden seeking a new life. They both heard of the abundant land in the Dakota Territory for homesteading. John and his friend, Anders, arrived in the states, seeking out his friend that lived in Boston, hoping to find a job. Boston was overrunning with land agents in 1881. John heard how people were leaving for the Dakota Territory. They both decided to set out on foot. Anders decided to stay in Bismarck to learn more of hunting and trapping. John decided to settle in the area called Elm Point. He was told that he was crazy for settling so far out where he might lose his life to an Indian. John prospered and built a small cave(called "dugout," in the side of a hill (near where cabin was built). He lived there with his ox until he built his cabin. The area came to be known as Elm Point.
Mari came to the states with her friend, Christine NELSON, and the OBERG family. She paid for her passage by taking care of the small OBERG children. They left Sweden on a cattle boat with many Swedes. One family in particular was the Issac LARSON family. Mari's daughter, Hattie, married Issac's son, Louis. The group traveled by train to Bismarck. The Obergs traveled on to Washburn to homestead. Later, while Mari (Mary) was working as a hotel cook in Bismarck, she met John Ecklund, after an acquaintance of three days.
Johhon Walter ERICKSON aka John ECKLUND5 was born July 15, 1846 in Avesta, Sweden and died July 06, 1900 in Velva, McLean County, North Dakota. Buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He is buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He married Mary LARSON5 September 10, 1885 in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota. She was born August 5, 1862, Sweden and died February 21, 1918 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. Buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. She is buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota.
Child of Johhon Walter ERICKSON aka John ECKLUND:
i. John August ERICKSON born December 04, 1874 in Stockholm, Sweden and died May 29, 1962 in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota. He married Emily Jane MCINTYRE August 8, 1908 Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota.
Children of Johhon ECKLUND and Mary LARSON:
i. Hattie ECKLUND4 (John5 ), born September 26, 1886 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota and died July 12, 1929 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. She is buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. She married Louis I. LARSON4 (Isaac 5) April 1, 1903 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He was born January 8, 1878 Viksjo, Angermanland, Vasternorrland, Sweden and died April 01, 1948, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He is buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota.
ii. John Walter ECKLUND born April 23, 1890 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota and died September 1978 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He is buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He married Ellen. She is buried in the Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota.
iii. Walfred ECKLUND born September 24, 1893 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota and died 1922 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He is buried at Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. He married Henrietta HOLZNAGEL. Her second husband was Walter Grewe. They are also buried near Walfred in the Birka Cemetery, Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota. Walter was a WWI soldier and died in the war.
iv. Arveda ECKLUND born September 01, 1895 in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota and died March 1988. She married Chris BAKKEN.
Sources:
1. McLean County, ND 1978--Histories of towns in McLean County and biographies of early settlers and their families.
2. Pioneer Days of Washburn, North Dakota and Vicinity, Books 1 and 2, by Mary Ann Barnes Williams, 1937.
3. Irene Larson Reimers. 1954.