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Blanche C. Marquart Homestead
Homesteads in Morton County, North Dakota, May, 1905

In 1965, Bernadette Jarboe Kelly had these memories of Blanche Marquart:

"Schools?  They started me at seven.  I rode my pony but could only go part of the time as the weather was too cold, and the snow too deep.  Later the teacher Miss Blanch Marquette stayed at our house.  My folks enjoyed keeping her she was so gay, and they would go to dances.  After the winter came and the snow got deep, she and I took feather beds, which we slept between, and enough provisions, and stayed weeks at a time in the school.  I got homesick.  When weather permitted, she drove a one-horse sled.  (After she stopped staying in our house, she froze to death in a blizzard on the way to school.)"

Editor's note:  It does not appear to be true that Blanche died in a blizzard.  She actually married Paul Joseph Gwyther in June 1911, had eight children and died in 1967. 

1957_08_06_ND_trip04.jpg (85228 bytes) August 6, 1957 Bender School, Morton County, ND.  Bernadette Jarboe Kelly standing by her old school.  Her teacher was Miss Blanche Marquart, who also homesteaded in Morton County, ND
Sod_house.jpg (92128 bytes) About 1907 Sod house in North Dakota owned by Blanche Marquart and her sister Margaret.  Blanche was Bernadette Jarboe Kelly's school teacher at the Bender School near St. Anthony, North Dakota.

 

  Official Homestead Documents from the National Archives Records Administration
ND_Blanche_Marquart_01.jpg (173003 bytes) May 16, 1905, Homestead Affidavit for Blanche Marquart's homestead application 30588.  She states that she is a single lady, 23 years of age and a native citizen of the United States.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_02.jpg (172160 bytes) Non-Mineral Affidavit, May 16, 1905.  Blanche Marquart states that there are no minerals on her homestead.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_03.jpg (107983 bytes) Homestead, Ft Rice Reservation Act Aug 23, 1894.

May 16, 1905.  Blanche Marquart application 30588

ND_Blanche_Marquart_04.jpg (39062 bytes) Cover document for her Homestead Application.  Dated May 19, 1905
ND_Blanche_Marquart_05.jpg (96157 bytes) Receiver's Receipt for application no 30588, May 19, 1905.  Confirms that Blanche Marquart has paid $18.00 filing fee
ND_Blanche_Marquart_06.jpg (119001 bytes) Duplicate Receiver's Receipt
ND_Blanche_Marquart_07.jpg (130272 bytes) Notice of Intention to Make Proof, Department of the Interior, June 4, 1910.  Blanche C. Marquart states that she intends to make her final five year proof.  She lists Michael C. Caddell, George Hammond, John Roethlisberger and E. Grace Ballou as her witnesses.  Also confirmation on June 6, 1910 that the notice of intent will be published in the Mandan Republican, Mandan, ND for five consecutive weeks.  Signed by M. H. Jewell
ND_Blanche_Marquart_08.jpg (112281 bytes) Notice for Publication, June 4, 1910.  Confirmation that the notice was posted in a public place
ND_Blanche_Marquart_09.jpg (113348 bytes) Notice for Publication, June 4, 1910.  Stamped with a note saying "NO PROTEST against validity of this entry" signed by W. S. Wade, Chief of Field Division, Fargo, ND
ND_Blanche_Marquart_10.jpg (166009 bytes) Notice for Publication, Department of the Interior.  S. A Young, publisher of the Mandan Republican, Mandan, ND states that he as published the notice weekly for six issues from June 9, 1910 to July 14, 1910.  Signed on July 18, 1910
ND_Blanche_Marquart_11.jpg (195099 bytes) Homestead Entry, Final Proof, Testimony of Claimant, July 19, 1910  Blanche Marquart says she settled on the land May 20, 1905 and that she taught school in 1905 then gives details year by year of where she taught and how long she was away from her homestead.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_12.jpg (185799 bytes) Testimony of Claimant continued.  Lists the crops she had in cultivation on her land and the buildings and improvements on the land.  States that she has a frame and sod house 20 x 24, a smoke house, a hog barn 32 x 32, 5 acres fenced and 25 acres broken.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_13.jpg (178262 bytes) Testimony of Claimant final page, signed by Blanche Marquart July 19, 1910.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_14.jpg (187690 bytes) Final Affidavit Required of Homestead Claimants.  She swears to the facts that she settled on the land May 20, 1905 and lived there to the present time, signed July 19, 1910.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_14a.gif (209765 bytes) Homestead Entry, Final Proof, Testimony of Witness:  Michael C. Caddell, 62 years old from Hobson, ND.  States he has known Blanche for 5 1/2 years and that she taught school
ND_Blanche_Marquart_15.jpg (174161 bytes) Second page of his testimony,  Gives the list of crops and improvements he knows on her land
ND_Blanche_Marquart_16.jpg (170766 bytes) Final page of his testimony.  He states that he sees this land about three times a year.  Signed July 19, 1910
ND_Blanche_Marquart_17.jpg (174160 bytes) Homestead Entry, Final Proof, Testimony of Witness:  George W. Hammond, age 35, of Hobson, ND.  He states that he has known Blanche Marquart for six years and that she has taught school since 1905.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_18.jpg (180964 bytes) Second page of his testimony,  Gives the list of crops and improvements he knows on her land
ND_Blanche_Marquart_19.jpg (163175 bytes) Final page of his testimony.  He states that he sees the land once a week.  Signed July 19, 1910
ND_Blanche_Marquart_20.jpg (101893 bytes) Department of the Interior, July 19, 1910.  She is notified that her application has been rejected because she only lived on the land two years and three months during the five year period.  She has the right to appeal.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_21.jpg (52065 bytes) Statement of Blanche Marquart that she wishes to withdraw her final proof made on July 19, 1910 due to erroneous testimony
ND_Blanche_Marquart_22.jpg (52322 bytes) Official statement that her proof was rejected due to failure to show sufficient residence.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_23.jpg (136244 bytes) Notice of Intention to Make Proof, August 22, 1910.  Blanche Marquart is refiling her proof.  She lists Michael Caddell, George Hammond, John Roethlisberger and Emona G. Ballou as witnesses.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_24.jpg (129662 bytes) Notice for Publication, states that the notice was posted for 50 days starting August 22, 1910.  Signed by M. H. Jewell
ND_Blanche_Marquart_25.jpg (127808 bytes) Notice for Publication, 
ND_Blanche_Marquart_26.jpg (181732 bytes) Notice for Publication with confirmation by S. A. Young, publisher of the Mandan Republican, Mandan, ND that the notice was published weekly for six issues from August 25, 1910 to October 6, 1910.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_27.jpg (41794 bytes) Registry Return Receipt, August 27, 1910  
ND_Blanche_Marquart_28.jpg (184930 bytes) Homestead Entry, Final Proof, Testimony of Claimant, October 11, 1910.  Blanche Marquart, 28 years old, single, states that she took residence on her land May 30, 1905 and was absent twice teaching school 50 miles away.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_29.jpg (179186 bytes) Second page of her testimony, lists her crops and improvements.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_30.jpg (180951 bytes) Final page of her testimony, signed October 11, 1910.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_31.jpg (192991 bytes) Final Affidavit Required of Homestead Claimants, October 11, 1910.  
ND_Blanche_Marquart_32.jpg (173458 bytes) Homestead Entry, Final Proof, Testimony of Witness:  John Roethlisberger, age 47 of Fort Rice, ND.  States that he has known Blanche for five years, and the land seven years.  Confirms when she was teaching.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_33.jpg (162877 bytes) Second page of his testimony listing her crops and improvements.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_34.jpg (158674 bytes) Final page of his testimony, signed October 11, 1910.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_36.jpg (175460 bytes) Homestead Entry, Final Proof, George Hammond, 35 years old from Fort Rice, ND.  States he has known her six years and the land 7 1/2 years.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_37.jpg (159932 bytes) Second page of his testimony
ND_Blanche_Marquart_38.jpg (153707 bytes) Final page of his testimony, signed October 11, 1910
ND_Blanche_Marquart_39.jpg (186488 bytes) Notice of Right of Election to receive patent on nonmineral claim exclusive of any deposits of coal in the land.  Signed October 11, 1910.
ND_Blanche_Marquart_40.jpg (209146 bytes) Second page of this Notice
ND_Blanche_Marquart_41.jpg (166330 bytes) Document stating that the land was withdrawn for coal classification
ND_Blanche_Marquart_35.jpg (74946 bytes) Certificate, Homestead, signed October 11, 1910 by M. H. Jewell saying that he approves the patent.  Other notes stating it was approved March 18, 1911, Patent 187636 issued April 3, 1911 and supplemental patent 498274 issued November 9, 1915
ND_Blanche_Marquart_42.jpg (159166 bytes) General Land Office, 'B' List no 153, paperwork for supplemental patent, March 18, 1911.

 

  Official Land Patent Document Images from the www.glorecords.blm.gov  website.
187636_Blanche_Marquart.gif (68059 bytes) Land Patent 187636, April 3, 1911

Blanche C. Marquart for 160 acres:  SE 1/4 of Section 14, Township 136, Range 80W.

498274_Blanche_Marquart.gif (56656 bytes) Supplemental Land Patent 498274, November 9, 1915

Blanche C. Marquart.  This is a follow-up patent to her original patent.  It seems to have been issued to confirm that she had non-coal land.

367177_Margaret_Marquart.gif (111396 bytes) Land Patent 367177, November 25, 1913

Margaret A. Marquart for 80 acres:  S 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 14, Township 136, Range 80W.  This would be the 80 acres adjoining the land of her sister Blanche Marquart.

506003_Margaret_Marquart.gif (57963 bytes) Supplemental Land Patent 506003, January 7, 1916

Margaret A. Marquart.  This is a follow-up patent to her original patent.  It seems to have been issued to confirm that she had non-coal land.

273201_Miles_Marquart.gif (64270 bytes) Land Patent 273201, June 10, 1912

Miles E. Marquart for 160 acres:  The E 1/2 of the NW 1/4, the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 and the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 24, Township 136, Range 80W.

Assume Miles Marquart was the father or a brother of Margaret and Blanche Marquart.

506002_Miles_Marquart.gif (58135 bytes) Supplemental Land Patent 506002, January 7, 1916

Miles E. Marquart. This is a follow-up patent to his original patent.  It seems to have been issued to confirm that he had non-coal land.

 

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