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"I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me, those who are to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond. And their eyes were my eyes." - Richard Llewellyn (Author - How Green was My Valley)
Hugh Nichol II (Family Number 13)

Hugh II and Maria
Hugh II was born in 1838 in County Antrim, Ireland. In 1869 he married Maria McKellar in Belmont, Ontario. Their nine children are listed in the chart on our Home Page. Maria died in 1903 and Hugh lived another 25 years without his beloved first-wife.

To view a family photo and census data about Hugh & Maria's family (#13) CLICK HERE.

The remainder of this page contains:

  1. More information about Hugh II.
  2. Obituary of Hugh II (Fam. # 13)
  3. The Six Sons of Hugh & Maria
  4. A generous gift and John (134) in the 1900 Census
  5. Obituary of Hugh III (Fam. # 133)
  6. Doris Nichol (13334) - A Teacher's Last Lesson
  7. Reunion of Hugh's Descendants in 2002

More Information about Hugh

The Souris Messenger, 3/8/1907

Our old friend, Hugh Nichol paid us a pleasant call this week. He just returned from relatives down New England way. We are always happy to announce the visit of hardy pioneers of the early days. They have seen the strenuous side of life and have done much to add to the value of this great state. He left Souris about the middle of December and went to Weyburn in the Canidian Northwest and from there to Salem NY, from there to North Adams and Springfield MA, where he spent most of his winter's visit, returning by way of Niagara Falls. He said that the cold varied from 50 above to 37 below. He likes North Dakota and his home yet, and it would take something stronger than he has seen to cloud his faith in the state.

Hugh Returns from Eastern Trip
The Souris Messenger, 2/18/1910

Hugh Nichol returned Monday evening from an extended visit at New York, Washington, and other Eastern points. Do you know Hugh? If you do, you can realize how it feels to have him back; if you don't - well, the sooner you cultivate his aquaintance, the better. Mr. Nichol said while in New York City, he went through the Singer building and, when on the 42nd floor, when, looking down on the street below pedestrians looked like pigmies and automobiles like baby carriages. His guide told him he had better make that floor his permanent abode, as that was as next heaven as he'd ever get. At Washington he went through the gov. building; visited the Simthsonian Museum and other institutions of note. He crossed the Potomac; visited Mount Vernon and spoke with enthusiasm of that historic old place. He visited the tomb of George Washington and saw the casket in which rest the remains of that great immortal. In conclusion Mr. Nichol said: "I have seen every State in the Union from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canidian boundary."

Hugh II's Obituary

From the 3/22/1928 edition of the Farmers Advocate

Another of Bottineau County's highly respected pioneers answered the final summons when Hugh Nichol, Sr. passed away Saturday, after an illness of 10 days, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Cameron, residing in this city.

Hugh Nichol was born on November 12, 1938, in the County of Antrium, Ireland. Immigrating to this country in 1854, Mr. Nichol spent some time in the state of New York, where he remained until after the Civil War. Moving to Ontario, where he spent spent several years and where he was married to Miss Maria McKellar, later moving to Rapid City, Manitoba, where they resided for some years. In December 1885 they moved to Bottineau County and homesteaded near Souris, and Mr. Nichol made his home in this county since.

To this union nine children were born, eight of whom survive. Mrs. Nichol passed away in 1903. Those who are left to mourn his loss are S. M., Mrs. John Cameron, and Hugh, Jr. of Bottineau; John of Innisville, Alta.; Dan of Souris; Wm. of Traussick, Sask.; James of Brookings, Sask.; and Edith of Long Beach, Calif. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church of this city, Rev. Sharpe of Westhope and Rev. I. D. McBain of Bottineau officiating. Internment was made in Oak Creek cemetery, the remains being laid beside those of his wife and daughter. Mr. Nichol was a member of the Masonic lodge for over 15 years and the local order conducted the funeral services.

The Six Sons of Hugh and Maria

James (138), William (137), Dan (135), John (134), Hugh III (133) and S M (131) - c 1900

Hugh II gave each of his sons a team of oxen, a hand plow and a cow to start their own place. S M (Mac), his oldest (born 9 January 1871) taught school for two years and then took up a claim near Souris. He married Mary Myles on 26 May 1895. Mac was County Commissioner for 12 years andthen was elected County Sheriff. The family moved to Bottineau the year Mac was elected sheriff. Mac and Mary had three children who lived to adulthood: Alice (Gustafson), Frank and Allen.

To view a family photo and census data about Mac and Mary's family (#131) CLICK HERE.

Hugh III was the second son. He married Sarah Myles, Mary's sister, on 6 December 1899. Hugh and Sarah settled on a claim in Oak Valley Township and farmed there the remainder of their productive lives. More information about Hugh III and his family is contained in his obituary, presented below.

To view a family photo and census data about Hugh and Sarah's family (#133) CLICK HERE.

John, the third son, was born 14 October 1875. John took a homestead near Bottineau. The local teacher, Florence Fuller, had the adjoining claim. John and Florence later married (3 June 1903) and they combined the two farms. Later, they homesteaded near Goodwater, Sask. Although, they were successful, the Goodwater area provided neither an adequate high school nor church. So they moved to Innisfail, Alberta, where they farmed. They had six children: Glen, Maria (Milligan), John Clarence, Doris (Walker), Walter, and Earl. John raised thoroughbred horses - Percherons and Clydesdales.

Donald (Dan) was born on 26 July 1877. At the age of 21, he aquired a homestead near Souris, built a home and, later, purchased more land. Dan married Annie Simpson on 10 June 1908. They had four children, Hazel (Bietz), Mildred (Vihstadt), Donna (Kure) and Donald.

To view a photo and census data about Dan & Annie's family (#135) CLICK HERE.

William was born 12 March 1881. He farmed in Bottineau County until homesteading near Trossacks, Sask in 1907. Wil married Millie Dyce on 2 February 1910. They had three grown children: Audrey (Parsons), Shirley (Johnson), and Lyle.

James (born 14 May 1882) took a homestead near Trossacks, Sask. in 1907. He married May McNeir on 30 August 1906. They had six children: Hugh James, Calvin, Ruby Mae (Nelson), Ruth, Myrtle (Nelson) and Pearl (Manum). Later, Jim and May moved to a ranch in Alberta, where Jim was a foreman for seven years. They then retired in Estevan, Sask. to be closer to their children.

John Nichol (Family Number 134)

John Nichol
From the 2/18/1918 edition of the "Farmers Advocate"

Most of our readers in this part of Bottineau County remember John Nichol, son of Hugh Nichol. Several years ago he moved to Saskatchewan. In a recent issue of the Weyburn Sun the following notice appeared concerning Mr. Nichol's gift to the Red Cross.

"To be presented with a pure bred stallion was a good fortune of the Red Cross Society of Goodwater this week and it is expected that as a result the funds of the society will be increased about $1,200. The donor of this splendid gift is Mr. John Nichol and the animal donated is the well known percheron "Kauton," which has been in the Goodwater district for the past two seasons. The horse was born in 1910 and was bred by M. Lehoux, Dept. of Orne, France and imported to America in 1912."

"Just what arrangements the Red Cross Society will make to dipose of the horse are not yet announced, but it is likely that tickets to the number of 1,200 will be sold at $1.00 each. It is proposed to exhibit the animal at both the Colgate and Weyburn exhibitions."

John on Homestead
In Peabody Twp.
(1900 U. S. Census)
1 Name of Person Nichol, John
2 Relation to Head Head
3 Race W
4 Sex M
5 Mo. of Birth 10
6 Year of Birth 1875
7 Age, Last B'day 24
8 Marital Status S
12 Place of Birth Canada
13 POB Father Ireland
14 POB Mother Canada
15 Immigration Yr. 1885
16 Yrs. in US 15
17 Naturalization Yes
18 Occupation Farmer
21 Can Read Yes
22 Can Write Yes
23 Speak English Yes
24 Own/Rent O
25 Free/Mortgage F
26 Farm/House F

Hugh III's Obituary from a June 1938 edition of the "Bottineau Courant"

Hugh Nichol (Family #133), a Bottineau County pioneer' died at his farm home SE of Bottineau, May 31st, after a severe illness borne with Christian fortitude. Funeral services were held June 3rd, at 2PM at the home and at 2:30 at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. L. A. Anderson, Presbyterian minister and Rev. I. D. McBain, Baptist Minister.

Hugh III
A quartet sang three of the favorite hymns of the deceased which had also been sung at the funeral services of Mrs. Nichol (October 30, 1937). Burial was made in Oak Creek cemetary where are buried the wife, father, mother and a sister (Margaret) of Mr. Nichol.

Hugh Nichol leaves to mourn his 7 children: Mrs. Ada Eastgate, Catskill, NY; Mrs. Luella Sobolik, Rolla; Mrs. Frances Laney, Olympia, WA; Pearl, Lawrence, and Elmer, Bottineau and Maurice in California.

Hugh was born at Belmont, County Elgin, Ontario, May 12, 1873. He was the son of Hugh Nichol, a native of Belfast Ireland, and Maria McKellar of Belmont, Ontario. He lived in Belmont until the age of five when the family moved to Rapid City, Manitoba. From there, they came to (North) Dakota Territory in 1886 to become American citizens and take up government land. Hugh and his brothers and sisters attended public school and thereafter continued his education thru observation and application of good common-sense.

December 6, 1899, Hugh was married to Sarah Miles, of the pioneer Myles family, one of Bottineau County's favorite daughters and a district school teacher, who went along with her husband in all that goes to uplift the community and state.

Some two weeks before his departure, Hugh remarked to several friends gathered at his bedside, that "He had not wandered far afield from Bottineau sicne coming hither as a small boy." The smile accompanying the remark betokened that his sojourneying in the county had been well. Right loyally he had stood by through summer sunshine and winter snows. His farm home being the old Duncan McKellar place adjoining the preemption where his father broke his first praire sod.

Today we hear much of the need of "Adventure" for youth and at times we grow a bit bewildered by the organizations and isms thrown around as safeguards. Mr. Nichol found adventure and thrills in the breaking of the rich soil; his safeguard was right living and good honest hard work, together with the enjoyment of the simple and best things of life. His fine farm home and well-tilled soil acres attest to love of family and home.

Mr. Nichol, together with his wife Sarah, took deep interest in education; giveing each of their 7 children good schooling. Mr. Nichol was for the past 35 years school district clerk. He was also school district treasurer and for many years township treasurer; husband and wife engraving for good the name of Nichol on scroll of community, county, state; leaving to their children a goodly heritage and an example of how very fine a thing it is to walk in the right way.

Doris Dillon 1943-2001 (Family Number 13334)
From an article by Kate Folmar in the
San Jose Mercury News, 8/23/2001

Even when her voice failed her, Doris Dillon refused to stop teaching. The nationally recognized instructor kept steering San Jose schoolchildren to the best reading books long after her voice was stolen and her body weakened by Lou Gehrig's disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - ALS). She siezed on every opportunity to teach.

Doris - Photo Courtesy Time Magazine
Doris' love of education - the way she made reading an adventure for children and helped nurture other instructors - earned her a reputation as a master teacher, one consulted by colleagues and academics alike.
In April, Doris, her husband (Gary) and several friends flew to New York City after Columbia University's Teachers College named its advanced teacher training center in her honor.
"She was a take-your-breath-away type of teacher," said Randol School Principal Linda Kakes, who knew Doris as a friend and colleague for 25 years. "There are these individuals who spread a magic that envelopes children, and she did." Doris' commitment to education was an inspiration to new teachers and experienced veterans, said Peter Cookson, president of the Doris Dillon Center at Columbia. "Doris' 150 percent commitment to teaching sent exactly the right message," he said. "She loved being a teacher."

Reunion of Hugh III's Descendants August 2002

A family reunion of Hugh III's descendants was held August 5, 2002 at Lake Metigoshe, near Bottineu, ND. Attendees, shown above (left-to-right), were Bill Bagwell (13352), Mitch Evenson (13356), Charlotte Bagwell (13352), Marilyn Nehring (13355), Lois Evenson (13356), Marion Nichol (1333), Ron Nehring (13355), Ken Nichol (13333), Pat Nichol (13333), and Gary Dillon (13334). Gary is wearing a T-shirt provided for the event by the Bagwell's. Marilyn, Ron, Lois, and Mitch reside in North Dakota; Charlotte and Bill in Colorado; Pat and Ken in Florida, and Marion and Gary in California. Marilyn and Ron hosted the reunion.

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