McIntosh County, North Dakota Area


Area Coordinators: Geneva Roth Olstad & Jean Johnson Teanio

Date Formed:

County Seat: Hoskins: 1884-1888, Ashley, 1888 - present

Cities, townships and historical communities:

CITIES - Ashley, Danzig (ghost town), Lehr, Venturia, Wishek,  Zeeland. (See Histories of McIntosh County Towns.)

TOWNSHIPS - Albrights Valley, * Antelope, Beresina, Berlin, Blumenthal, Coldwater, Danzig, Frieda, Friedenstal, Green Lake, * Hoffnungsthal, Hoskins, Iowa, Jewell, Johnstown, Kisslingberry, Lowell, Rosenthal, Lydia, Moscow, Myrtle, * Roloff (Springfield), Rosenfield, * Rosenthal, Salem, Strassburg, Youngstown, Zeeland. (See Histories of McIntosh County Towns.)
* Fredonia 2004 history book has maps of these townships showing schools, cemeteries, post offices, original farm locations

McIntosh County History:

McIntosh County legally became a county on March 9, 1883.  The first courthouse was built at Hoskins, on the south shore of Lake Hoskins about 3.5 miles west of present-day Ashley.  When Ashley was established in 1888, the courthouse was moved there along with several other buildings which had been at Hoskins. That building was replaced in 1920 by the present courthouse.  It was refurbished in 1985. The site of Hoskins is marked by a stone monument dedicated to the early pioneers. In the 1960 Census, the county had a population of 6, 700 people. McIntosh County has an area of 1,008 sq. miles.

ASHLEY:  The town-site was established in 1888.  It was named Ashley in honor of Ashley E. Morrow.  As an inducement to the town-site of Hoskins, Ashley agreed to donate lots to all those who would move their buildings from Hoskins to Ashley.  From these humble beginnings, the town grew. The Soo line railroad came to town in 1901.  A modern hospital and health facility was begun in 1951.  A new high school was constructed in 1961 and grades seven through twelve were moved to the new facility.  The airport was established in 1934. 

DANZIG:  This little town was started in 1908.  It is about in the center of the county and is half-way between Ashley and Wishek.  It was a booming little town with a population of about  240 people in the 1940s.  The town’s demise came about the time when the more modern automobile could take the residents to nearby towns to conduct their business.  The post office was closed in 1955 and the school was closed in 1958.  A few remaining buildings are in disrepair and will soon crumble and that will be the end of this little town.

LEHR:  In 1896, the Soo line railroad was extended from Kulm west through Lehr and finished to Bismarck. Mr. Johann Lehr offered 40 acres of land to be used as a town-site.  Lehr was organized as a village November 18, 1907.  It was incorporated as a city on May 18, 1909.  Lehr bills itself as the smallest city in the U.S. situated in two counties, Logan and McIntosh.  The school closed its doors for the last time in May 25, 1997. See also the Logan County page.

VENTURIA:  The village was settled in 1901. It was incorporated in 1912.  It is situated 9 miles west and 2 miles south of Ashley.  The town-site was at one time the homestead of Michael Tesky and Philipp Huber.  The Venturia post office was established in 1901 and served the area until August, 1996.  It had a grade school but no high school.  Most of the children went to high school in Ashley, Wishek or Zeeland.

WISHEK:  It was founded with the coming of the railroad. It is named in honor of John H. Wishek, Sr., an early pioneer and builder of the Dakota Territory who helped organize McIntosh County and founded Ashley, the county seat.  The rails were laid in September of 1898.  A fire in 1916 destroyed six main street buildings including the Wishek News office. The Wishek Community Hospital opened in 1954;  the Wishek Nursing Home was opened in 1964.  Wishek has been hosting the county fair since 1926.

ZEELAND:   The town is located in the southwestern part of McIntosh County only two miles from the South Dakota state line.  The town was platted in 1902.  The name “Zeeland” originates from Holland, and means” sea land”.  Zeeland was organized as a village in 1905 and was incorporated as a city in 1946.  By 1938, the town reported a population of 500.  However, the population has been dwindling but it seems to hang on .

 McIntosh County Historical Sites:

MUSEUM:  The McIntosh County Heritage Center opened a beautiful museum located on the eastern edge of Ashley.  This operates mainly on donations and has a great collection from our pioneers.  The museum is open by appointment only.  The Danzig depot is on display at the Heritage Center along with many other interesting items.

THE FORT YATES TRAIL:  This trail meandered from Old Fort Sisseton at Big Stone Lake in Minnesota with off-shoots to various forts off the line.  At last it came to the Missouri River opposite Fort Yates, ND

The trail runs thru McIntosh County from east to west, starting at: SE corner of Sect. 1  Twp, 129, R67, west thru Sect. 2,3,4 of same township and range.  It then runs in a NW direction thru Sect. 33, Twp. 130, R67,  then in a westward route into Sect. 33, Twp. 130. R.67, then westward through Sections 32 and 31. It then continues west into township 130, R68, thru Sec. 36. 35. 34,33, 32, and 31, then into Twp. 130 R69 thru Sect. 36, 35, 34, 32, 29, 30, and 19.  It then runs into Twp. 130, R70, thru Sect. 24, 13, 12, 11, 2, 3 and 4.  It follows thru Twp. 131, R70, thru sec. 33, 32, 31, then thru Twp,  131, R71, thru Sect. 36, 35, 34, and 33.  It follows thru Twp. 130, R71, Sec. 4, 5, 6 then into Twp. 130, R72, thru Sect. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.  It  then runs thru Twp. 130, R73 thru sec. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 passing westward out of the county thru Sec. 6  Twp. 130, R73

Articles:

Name Type Source
Confirmation in Wishek, McIntosh Co., ND (Staats-Anzieger, 1917) Letters Heritage Review #31-1, 2001, p. 30
Diphtheria - McIntosh County, ND - 1898, by Dr. Timothy Kloberdanz Medicine Heritage Review #28-1, 1998, p. 5
Lehr Tabernacle, by Arnold Marzolf History Heritage Review #21-3, 1991, p. 2
Lehr Tabernacle, by Carolyn Schott History, Memories Heritage Review #37-1, 2007, p. 11
Lehr Tabernacle - Readers Respond History, Memories Heritage Review #37-2, 2001, p. 31 
Lehr, ND, by Gottlieb Harr (Dakota Freie Presse, 1935) History Heritage Review #12-2, 1982, p. 6
Marriages (McIntosh Co.) 1890-1903, by Gwen Pritzkau Research Heritage Review #13-1, 1983, p. 3
McIntosh County, by F.W. Sallett (Dakota Freie Presse, 1909 History Heritage Review #18, 1977, p. 26
McIntosh County, Dakotas, by Armand & Elaine Bauer History Heritage Review #20, 1978, p. 39
McIntosh County GR's in WWI, by Gordon L. Iseminger (Midwest Review, 1992) History Heritage Review #27-4, 1997, p. 11
Officeholders in McIntosh Co History Heritage Review #12-3, 1982, p. 26
Heritage Review #12-4, 1982, p. 1
Pioneer Settlers in McIntosh Co., by John Fisher (Ashley Tribune, 1923) History Heritage Review #34-1, 2004, p.39
School Districts in McIntosh Co., by William Jahraus History Heritage Review #12-3, 1982, p. 33

Books: (These books are available at GRHS headquarters)

Cemeteries – Locations on a Map

Community/Township

Comments
Search photos of McIntosh County cemeteries – go to www.northdakotagravestones.org   &  More ND Cemetery Photos
 For Members Only Some Cemetery Transcriptions   &   For Members Only Cemeteries - GPS, location, photos 
 
Ashley City Cemetery

Ashley/Kisslingberry

 
Ashley Lutheran Cemetery

Ashley/?

 
Beaver Creek Baptist Cemetery

---/Rosenfield

 
Berlin Baptist Cemetery

---/Berlin

Cemetery list in 2004 Fredonia book
Beth Itzchock Cemetery

---/Hoskins

 
Danzig Baptist Cemetery

Danzig/Moscow

 
Danzig City Cemetery

Danzig/?

 
Danzig Lutheran Cemetery

---/Danzig

 
Ebenezer Church Cemetery

Lehr SW/Arvanda (Logan Co.)

 
Ebenezer Evangelical Cemetery

---/Rosenfield

 
Emmaus Lutheran Cemetery

---/Kisslingberry

 
Evangelical Bethesda

Ashley/?

 
Evangelical Church Cemetery

Ashley/?

 
Evangelical Lutheran Zion Cemetery

Wishek/?

 
Evangelical Trinity Lutheran Cemetery

Lehr/Hillsburg (Logan Co.)

 
Family Rest Cemetery (Sukut)

Lehr NW/Hollandsworth (Logan Co.)

 
First Zion I Lutheran Cemetery

---/Beresina

 
Friedens Congregational Cemetery

---/Iowa

 
Friedens Lutheran Cemetery

---/Frieda

 
George Baptist

---/Lowenthal

 
Gnadenfeld Congregational Cemetery

---/Roloff

Cemetery list in 2004 Fredonia book
Hoffnungs Lutheran (Schmidt) Cemetery

---/Iowa

 
Hoffnungstal German Evangelical Lutheran

Ashley/?

 
Hoffnungsthal (Reformed) Cemetery

---/Johnstown

 
Hope EUB Church Cemetery

Lehr NW/Hillsburg (Logan Co.)

 
Hoskins Community Cemetery

---/Hoskins

 
Jehovah Congregation St. Lucas Cemetery

Lehr NW/Hollandsworth (Logan Co.)

 
Jewell Station Baptist Cemetery

---/Jewell

 
Jewish Cemetery

Ashley/?

 
Johanne Reformed Cemetery

Zeeland/?

 
Kassel Baptist Cemetery

---/Berlin

 
Kassel Reformed Cemetery

---/Blumenthal

 
King Cemetery

Lehr/? (Logan Co.)

 
Lehr City Cemetery

Lehr/Lowenthal

 
Lutheran Cemetery

---/Myrtle

 
Lutheran Cemetery

Ashley/?

 
Lutheran Cemetery

Venturia?/

 
Lutheran Salem Reformed

Lehr/?

 
Marienburg Lutheran Cemetery

---/Lowell

 
Neudorf Reformed Cemetery

---/Rosenfield

 
New Kassel Ev. & Reformed Cemetery

---/Frieda

 
Old Kassel Reformed Cemetery

---/Rosenfield

 
Pudwill Cemetery

Danzig/?

 
Reformed Cemetery

Wishek/?

 
Rosenthal Baptist Cemetery

---/Rosenthal

Cemetery list in 2004 Fredonia book
Salem Congregational Cemetery

---/Beresina

 
Salem Evangelical Cemetery

---/Danzig

 
Salem German Congregational Cemetery

Ashley/?

 
St. Andrew Lutheran Cemetery

---/Strassburg

 
St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery

---/Zeeland

 
St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery

Zeeland/?

 
St. Andrew’s Evangelical German Lutheran

Venturia/?

 
St. Jacob’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

Ashley/?

 
St. James Lutheran (Nitschke) Cemetery

---/Jewell

 
St. James Lutheran Cemetery

---/Salem

 
St. Johannes Congregational Church

---/Antelope

 
St. John (Johannesthal) Lutheran Cemetery

---/Jewell

 
St. John Lutheran Cemetery

---/Rosenfield

 
St. John Reformed Cemetery

---/Zeeland

 
St. John’s Catholic Cemetery

Zeeland/Strassburg

 
St. Lucas Lutheran Cemetery

---/Coldwater

 
St. Luke’s Lutheran Cemetery

Wishek/Youngstown

 
St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery

Wishek/Youngstown

 
St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery

---/Albrights Valley

 
Trinity Lutheran

Ashley/?

 
Unknown

---/Beresina

 
Unknown

---/Lowenthal

 
Venturia Baptist

Venturia/Johnstown

 
Wetzel Burial Site

---/Zeeland

 
Wiedmann Pioneer Cemetery

---/Johnstown

 
Wishek City Cemetery

Wishek/Youngstown

 
Worms Cemetery

---/Salem

 
Zion Evangelical Cemetery

---/Frieda

 
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

Zeeland/Zeeland

 
Zion I Lutheran (Bertsch) Cemetery

---/Beresina

 
Zion II Lutheran (Becker) Cemetery

---/Beresina

Cemetery list in 2004 Fredonia book
Zion Lutheran Cemetery

---/Johnstown

 

Churches:  For Members OnlyHistories, Locations & Photos of County Churches                          

Ashley Baptist Church
Ashley, ND

Assembly of God Church
Ashley, ND

United Methodist Church
Ashley, ND

Salem Reformed Church
Ashley, ND

Zion Lutheran Church
Ashley, ND

American Lutheran Church
Ashley, ND

St. David's Catholic Church
Ashley, ND

St. Andrew's Catholic Church
Zeeland, ND

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
Zeeland, ND

Zion Lutheran Church
Zeeland, ND

Venturia Baptist Church
Venturia, ND

Grace Lutheran Church
Lehr, ND

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Lehr, ND

United Methodist Church
Lehr, ND

Lehr Tabernacle
Lehr, ND

First Baptist Church
Wishek, ND

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
Wishek, ND

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wishek, ND

United Church of Christ
Wishek, ND

United Methodist Church
Wishek, ND

    

For Members OnlyGenealogy Database:   Includes photos, headstone photos and other resources. 

Census Records:
1900 Images
1910 Images
1920 Images
1930 Images

1900 – Lehr censuses also listed in Heritage Review 10-2, 1980

Maps: GRHS Online Map Collection
1906 North Dakota
1921 North Dakota

Plat Maps:
1916 Index

Homesteader BLM  Records

Photo Album

For Members Only Search the Letter Archives for towns in McIntosh County

Schools:
Lists of school teachers and students in the country schools for Springfield School District (Roloff Twp.), Rosenthal Twp., Hoffnungsthal Twp., and Antelope Twp. are included in the 2004 Fredonia book. Includes 1909-1962; all townships do not include all years.
List of school teachers and students for the Lehr school district from 1903-1907 is included in the 1973 Lehr history book.

Surnames (A Few):
Doyle, Giedt,  Herr, Lily, Lynn, Meidinger, Moore, Pratt, Pudwill, Roehm, Roth, Wishek, Weber

Websites relating to McIntosh County:
McIntosh County US GenWeb
McIntosh County (Wikipedia)
McIntosh County Demographics (ePodunk) and more McIntosh County Demographics (city-data.com)
McIntosh County Historical Society
City of Ashley
Lehr Community Profile
City of Wishek

World War I Draft Registration