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Brevik Family History contributed by Cloie Brevik
Hello ... Thought I better get you one of my "excerpts" that I've gleaned from old issues of "The Canby News." You can use them in your history pages, or not!

There is some local history ... but usually events that note members of my family.

My father was Harold G. Brevik, born south and east of Gary. His parents were Anton Brevik of Romsdalen, Norway and Cloie Herrick of Hansonville, near Hendricks, MN.

Cloie's family names would include all the Herricks and Hoyts.

Ole Brevik is Anton's brother who farmed just over the board of SD/MN near the Brevik farm (Plain View).

Just use whatever interests you ... I do have excerpts up to 1930 ... took several years to do this project, believe me.


March - Miss Bertha Herrick is quite sick at the home of Mrs. Iver Skorseth.
April 8 - F.F. Herrick was drawing stone one day last week.

The Interstate Chautauqua Assembly will be held at Big Stone Lake July 14th to the 31st. A rare feast of reason and instruction has been prepared for those who attend this gathering.

May - We are informed that the picnic and dance in Alf Barlow's new house turned out pleasantly and a good time is reported.

Well, Ole (Brevik), how is your w---- girl? We hope you had a good time on the 17th. (Norwegian national holiday).

Gary Interstate - Master Raymond Barlow had the misfortune to run a nail into his foot which nearly terminated in blood poisoning but the timely consultation of Dr. McKey of Canby brought his foot out all right.

Town Officers - Fortier - Assessor - H.A. Herrick; Justice - Alfred Barlow

November - ... This week he (C.E. Carpenter) is putting down a well for Net (Nelson) Herrick.

September- H.A. Herrick was nominated for Fortier Township by the Republican party.

"School Notes" ... Rose Herrick has returned to school after a week's absence and it is noticed that the face of a certain High School pupil has grown brighter."

Lena Herrick re-entered school after a few days absence.

School notes ... November 16, 1900 - The Sophomore Class organized ... Vice President - Rose Herrick.

On the "Jury List" - for Fortier - L. L. Herrick

"School Notes" ... The High School Literary Society gave the following program Friday afternoon: ... Reading, Rose Herrick

Rose and Lena Herrick (first cousins) have already begun their holiday vacation. They went home Sunday and will not return until after vacation.

"School Notes" ...The Literary group met ... Reading, Lena Herrick.

"School Notes" ... The Literary Society held its meeting Friday ... election of officers ... Rose Herrick - Secretary.

Misses rose and Lena Herrick were absent last week on account of the illness of their grandmother. (Edna Preston Herrick)
Friday, December 28, 1900


February 22 - We are sorry to learn that it will be necessary for Rose Herrick to be absent for sometime yet.

OBITUARY ... Mrs. Edna P. (Preston) Herrick was born in Sharon, Vermont, April 11, 1822. She was married to Lemuel D. Herrick in Troy, Vermont, October 16th, 1838, and shortly afterwards settled in East Farnham, Canada, in the province of Quebec
and remained in that place until the spring of 1851, when with her family they moved to Marquette Co., Wisconsin and remained in Wisconsin until the spring of 1865, when she moved with her husband and three sons moved to Black Hawk Co., Iowa, and remained there until the fall of 1880, when she with her husband and three sons moved to the Town of Fortier this county. While in Wisconsin, in the year 1859 she and her husband joined the Freewill Baptist Church and has ever remained a faithful and devotion Christians.
An old kidney trouble in connection with the grippe ended her life. She died Feb. 8, 1901 at 7:30 a.m., aged 78 years, 9 months and 27 days.
She was the mother of eight children, seven sons and one daughter (Cloie). Five sons, four daughter-in-laws, eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive her, the oldest son (George) living in Devereaux, Michigan, and the youngest in Voorhies, Iowa.
Mrs. Herrick was quite well known by everyone in this section. She was at least known of her kindness and for the encouraging words she often spoke to those in trouble or distress. A good woman has passed away and the memory of "grandma Herrick" will remain a pleasant reminder to those who know her best.
Funeral was conducted from the house Sunday forenoon by the Rev. C. S. McKinney of this city, and the remains interred in the Canby Cemetery.

March 30 - Ole Brevik contemplates building a new house on his place this spring. Say Ole, who is to be the happy mistress?

April 3 - H. A. Herrick is getting back his health again after a long sickness.

April 16 - Anton Brevik and wife were at Andrew Oversons Monday. Anton purchased some barley of Mr. Overson.

Miss Bertha Herrick has been quite low with pneumonia.
There was an agent at Spring Farm Tuesday in the interest of the Home Nursery Co of Bloomington, IL, looking after the progress of Mr. Barlow's grape vineyard. The vines are doing fine and next week they will be out to prune them.

Speak of curiosities? Well, I should say. Alfred Barlow has a young pig with 5 toes on each of its hind feet and O.J. Oliver has one with three ears.

May 15 - Anton Brevik has been spending his spare moments setting out trees around his house, and we hope before many years he will have a fine grove. We are glad to see such industry, and hoe others will follow his example.

June 18 - Anton Brevik and Miss Alta Herrick visited Canby Monday.

Tom Barlow is slowly gaining health after his late sickness.

June 20

The following gentlemen went from here Monday morning to Granite Falls to serve on the jury: ..... L.L. Herrick, Alfred Barlow ...

Assessors .... H.A. Herrick ... went to Granite Falls. .. Herrick went by rail.

Misses Tina Weaver (good friend of Rose Herrick), Jessie Conn and Bertha Montgomery came home Saturday evening from Marshall, having attended the summer school there. The school is not yet through but the girls came home to be ready to attend teachers’ examinations here the 5th, 6th and 7th of August.

Fortier news - August 21 - Anton Brevik is on the sick list. We hope he will be out again soon for it is hard for a farmer to be laid up from work now.
Perry Herrick is working for Anton and Ole Brevik.

Miss Alta Herrick who was called home some time ago on account of her sister Rose, is again at the home of her sister Mrs. Anton Brevik.

“Had not the fee, but were married” … The Clerk of Court should have had power to prevent … A young couple applied to the clerk of court for a marriage license the other day, and got it only because the clerk had not full power to prevent it. The fee for such an instrument is about $1.25 ($75 in Salina, 2002) and this bright specimen was short even that amount. The clerk argued with the girl that as it costs about $500 a year to keep a wife on the common necessaries of life, she would be showing good judgment to let her father have the job a few years longer. But as usual, she thought she knew a thing or two and the couple are now man and wife. The girl will know more in a few years than she does now, and the knowledge won’t swell her head either.

Home News
Mr. Herrick (Hiram) caused a new wire fence to be built around this property in two last week, which place is rented by W. C. Spornitz.

The public schools were closed this afternoon on account of McKinley memorial day. (President McKinley’s assassination.)

October 7, 1901 - Ole K. Brevik is erecting a fine machine shed.

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Brevik were made happy by the timely arrival of a son. You would think Anton was very sick by the smile on his face.

Miss Alta Brevik is for the present staying with her sister, Mrs. Anton Brevik
Fortier - October 30, 1901 - Ole Brevik has his machine shed nearly completed. Thomas Barlow is confined to his bed with stomach trouble.

Hi Cloie;
I do not understand the following:
Ole Brevik is Anton's brother who farmed just over the board of SD/MN near the Brevik farm (Plain View).
Where is Plain View?
Roger grandfather Anton Brevik's farm was called Plain View ... the road to the east of their farm is the SD/MN border. His brother, Ole, lived about a mile away to the north east in MN. The Plain View farm's northern border is the "Mile Long Sloo ..." (or however you spell it) ... My Dad said they use to ice skate to school on the sloo ... and later on when they hunted for duck (or maybe it was pheasant - anyway whatever it was it was plentiful there) ... they would get their catch the first day.

Well the Herricks of Gary are not the same Herricks from Hansonville .. with the exception of my cousin Diane Bartles Doyle. The Bartles were related to the Gary Herricks and Diane's mother, Nina Brevik Bartels, was related to the Hansonville Herricks! So Diane is related to them all ...

It can get confusing for sure.

Our family's claim to fame is that my gr-grandfather Nelson Herrick married an Elizabeth Hoyt back in Iowa ... anyway General William T. Sherman's mother was a Hoyt ... so we're cousins many times removed ... but related nevertheless.

My father was Harold G. Brevik, born south and east of Gary. His parents were Anton Brevik of Romsdalen, Norway and Cloie Herrick of Hansonville, near Hendricks, MN.

Cloie's family names would include all the Herricks and Hoyts.

Ole Brevik is Anton's brother who farmed just over the board of SD/MN near the Brevik farm (Plain View).

P.S. I believe a Mr. Cleveland owns the old Brevik place now ... he is always gracious and lets us tramp over the old place when we are visiting. My cousin Diane tried to get federal funds to restore the old Brevik Pavillion Barn - the only one like it in the area - where Anton Brevik showed and sold his prize winning Poland China hogs. But the place is off the beaten path ... I'll send my article I wrote on the old place in another email. A Mr. Gottsch bought the place from my grandpa in 1926/27 .... the Breviks had to rent farms from that point on. In fact they went west to Oregon in 1936/37 seeking their fortune, but headed home after 6 months ... my Dad said he did everything from picking berries, to other farm labor, and some road repairwork, if memory serves me correctly. Almost the whole family went, including newlyweds.

Gary Interstate
Excerpts 1897- 1900

THOMAS BARLOW (Max Barlow's relative) had the misfortune to loose a couple of hogs. It seems he was away from home and his dogs which numbered about a dozen, got hungry with the above results. The last report is that he has less dogs ...

OLE BREVIK is digging stone and preparing to commence breaking in the near future.

WAR THEN AND NOW .... Remember back in 1897 most men were farmers ... unlike 2003. In war as in peace this part of the country goes on with the same cool precision. The boys say if Uncle Sam needs them they are only too willing to go to the front, but otherwise they can do more good producing the bountiful harvest that will be so much needed in case of a prolonged war.
(The war they are speaking of is the "Spanish-American War" ....)

TRAMPS HAVE BEGUN to put in an appearance this early.

OLE BREVIK received the intelligence that his sister in Minneapolis (Annie Brevik) has been very sick, and is so still, though somewhat better.

AND YES, THERE WERE "PERSONALS" ... Old baches are getting quite numerous out here. Come girls, there is a glorious chance for you. Do not miss the chance of a life time. (baches - "bachelors")

THAT OLE BREVIK has got threshers but cannot thresh - that wedding bells may ring in the near future - that Mister Ray Barlow (Bertha Brevik's husband) is sick with a terrible sore throat ...
Married, on December 21st, 1898, at Canby, Mr. Anton Brevik and Miss Cloe (Cloie) Herrick were united in holy bonds of matrimony. Mr. Brevick came to America from Norway about six years ago and has proven himself an honest industrious citizen, and has won a host of friends. Miss Herrick has lived here from infancy and all who know her appreciate her sweet temper and good character. On Dec. 28, they held a reception at the house of the bride's parents, Mr. N. Herrick, where their friends gathered, and joined in wishing them a long, happy and useful life. The following is a list of the wedding presents: 1/2 dozen soup bowls, 2 water sets, 2 vases, 1 set of silver knives and forks, 1 parlor lamp, 1 mirror, 1 paper holder, 1/2 dozen table spoons, 8 sets of sauce dishes, 2 glass ceuter sets, 1 toothpick holder.

MASTER RAYMOND BARLOW had the misfortune to run a nail into his foot which nearly terminated in blood poisoning, but the timely consultation of Dr. McKay of Canby brought his food out all right.

MISS ALTA HERRICK spent Saturday with her sister Mrs. Anton Brevik.

FLOOR WARMING - On Friday last (June 1899), a “floor warming” was held in Mr. Alfred Barlow’s new home. All who attended had a splendid time.

THE FOURTH IN GARY - Arrangements are well completed for the celebration of July 4th 1899 at Gary. ... Following is a complete list of states and girls to represent them: Hattie Herrick (relation to Bob Bartels) - Goddess of Liberty; Marguerite Bartels - North Dakota; (believe it or not there were 45 girls representing each state of the union then.)
CIRCUS IN TOWN - There are number of our people calculated to see Ringling Bros. circus at Watertown.

A WARNING TO HOBOS .... The article noted the problem of so many hobos “hitching” a ride that they rendered the train men powerless in the handling of their train. There was an incident where a hobo attacked one engineer - cutting his face severely with a knife.

THE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND was open with quite a fanfare March 1, 1900.
Including a marching band, orchestra, the Governor of South Dakota, glee club.

BARTELS is daily receiving his spring stock of goods and the latest arrivals are gents fancy silk dress shirts which are very nice.

GRAND VIEW CEMETERY - For many of us Breviks, Grand View Cemetery is the final resting place .... here is what was said about the cemetery over 100 years ago:

When the spot was selected for Grand View cemetery was chosen its landscape possibilities were considered, and as time goes by the wisdom of that choice becomes more apparent. A grand view certainly extends in many directions consisting of an immense sweep of prairie, diversified with groves and fields, hill and dale, residences and towns - for no less than five towns are in sight from that eminence.

The varied nature of the grounds afford choice of selection and opportunity for ornamentation. Already many trees, some of rare species, are planted, and numerous headstones - from the plain marble slab to the costly monument - mark the groves of "loved ones gone before" and every year additions are being made.

OLE BREVIK is having a well put down on his place. FH BARLOW is breaking 50 acres for Mr. Albert Ostlind of Fish Lake.

COCHRANE LANE - Oct. 21, 1898 - L.V. Cochrane was home for a week on account of sickness but is back to his work at Mr. A. Barlow's ... Misses Minnie Oliver (family friend - I have her picture) and Bertha Cochrane were on the sick list. And that B.J. Cochrane called on us Friday afternoon and ... Say! we got home Tuesday in the snow storm. .. That Ole Brevik has got threshers but cannot thresh - that wedding bells may ring in the future ... that Master Ray Barlow is sick with a terrible sore throat ...

Welcome to Plain View Farm, owned by Anton K. and Cloie E. Brevik, 1899 - 1927. Seven children and 1 grandchild were born in the farmhouse, all survived to old age. The farm is in disrepair today, but many fond memories still linger from its more glorious past.

In 1909, the Canby News stated that “AK Brevik’s Deuel county ranch of Poland Chinas had its exhibit ( at the Yellow Medicine County Fair) of the finest in the land all sleeked up, oiled and curried. Mr. Brevik believes that a pure bred hog ought to have as much care and attention as a good horse, and may be often be seen out in his yard on a sultry day fanning his hogs with his straw hat and feeding them chocolate creams.” A photograph was taken of Mr. Brevik indeed fanning his prized hogs with his straw hat.

The hog sales were held bi-annually. Lunch was provided, free of charge, and consisted of ham sandwiches, mincemeat pies, and lots of hot coffee. Good advertisement for his product! Cloie and her children worked hard in preparing all the food! Sale brochures were available, listing the animals to be sold, their pedigree, breeding probability and distinguishing marks, etc.

Plain View Farm is most noted for its Sale Pavilion Barn, where Anton K. Brevik displayed , auctioned and sold his purebred Poland China hogs, many with pedigrees like royalty. It was the only such sale barn in the area at that time.

The first sale was held in 1923. You could still smell the odor of paint and wood and of course hogs when the auction began. According to the Canby News in 1923 over 250 people attended. Unfortunately all those farmers and ranchers put quite a strain on the new benches, and some of the benches gave way, causing one old gentleman to raise his fist and promise to sue Anton Brevik, using very colorful language! In the Canby News it just mentioned that one person attending was distressed by the event. However, the sale continued and the stock was sold at a good price.

During his heyday, Anton Brevik traveled to many states outside of South Dakota looking for that certain purebred hog to strengthen his herd. Harold Brevik, his youngest son, told the story how hog dealers would come from as far away as Minneapolis to check out his father's stock. He and his youngest sister, Nina, would sit at the top of the stairs, in awe of these visitors who had come from so far away, and quietly listen in.

The auctions lasted until 1927, as farm incomes decreased due to bad crops, falling prices. Anton Brevik was forced to sell the farm. He continued raising pure bred Poland China hogs until his death in 1941, but never again on the scale on Plain View Farm.