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Recollections And Reminiscences Of Graham's Island by  Usher L Burdick

Recollections And Reminiscences Of Graham's Island

by Usher L Burdick

22.7 cm. green printed wrappers. 84[2] pp., frontispiece, plates, portraits, double-page map of Ramsey Co., '80. Reprinted from North Dakota History, Vol. XVI, Nos. 1, 2, and 3 (January (5-29), April (101-130), and July (165-191), 1949). BURDICK, Usher Lloyd, (father of Quentin N. Burdick, father-in-law of Jocelyn B. Burdick, and father-in-law of Robert W. Levering), a Representative from North Dakota; born in Owatonna, Steele County, Minn., February 21, 1879; moved with his parents to Dakota Territory in 1882; raised among the Sioux Indians; was graduated from the State normal school at Mayville, N.Dak., in 1900; deputy superintendent of schools of Benson County, N.Dak., 1900-1902; was graduated from the law department of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1904, teaching school in a business college while attending the university; was admitted to the bar in 1904 and commenced practice in Munich, N.Dak.; member of the State house of representatives 1907-1911, serving as speaker in 1909; moved to Williston, N.Dak., in 1910 and continued the practice of law; Lieutenant Governor 1911-1913; State’s attorney of Williams County 1913-1915; assistant United States district attorney for North Dakota 1929-1932; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination to the Seventy-third Congress in 1932; also engaged in livestock breeding and farming; author; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1945); was not a candidate for renomination in 1944, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator; unsuccessful Independent candidate for election in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress; elected to the Eighty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1959); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; died in Washington, D.C., August 19, 1960; interment on his ranch at Williston, N.Dak Grahams Island is an island in Devil's Lake, a lake just outside the city of Devils Lake, North Dakota. Some memories of his Minnesota backgrounds are included by Usher L. Burdick in his “Recollections and Reminiscences of Graham’s Island,” the first installment of which appeared in North Dakota History for January. His story is an excellent illustration of westward migration, for Mr. Burdick’s parents, who hailed from Vermont and New York, emigrated first to southern Minnesota and then moved on to North Dakota. The writer reports that he was born in 1879 on a farm near Owatonna, whence his family migrated farther west in 1882. Two years later the Burdicks settled in the Devil’s Lake area which is the scene of much of the narrative.” MNHistoryMagazine/articles “The Historical Scene June Page 160. Devils Lake is certain to rise this year and Minnewaukan is right in the way. When this area was first settled by white people in 1883, the level of the lake was estimated to be about 1438. We know this because in his book "Recollections and Reminiscences of Graham's Island," Usher L. Burdick writes: ". . . when we came to Graham's Island (in 1884) there was a strip of land extending north from Graham's Island, between the Big Coulee Bay and the Grand Harbor Bay, probably a half mile wide . . ." My US Geological Survey maps show that this spit of land disappears when the lake reaches an elevation of 1440. Benson County Farmrs Press editorial by Richard Peterson 3/4/09

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