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Haying at Sperry’s ranch, Burleigh County, N.D.
Haying at Sperry’s ranch, Burleigh County, N.D.
TitleHaying at Sperry's ranch, Burleigh County, N.D.
Date of Original191-?
DescriptionA man and horse team are attached to a haysweep being used at the Sperry ranch in Burleigh County. A man stands on top of a large hay stack.
Ordering Information
General SubjectAgriculture
Rural views
Work Life
Subject (LCTGM)Hay
LocationBurleigh County (N.D.)
Item Number11048-19
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Transcription"Haying Sperry's ranch"--Handwritten on front of photograph.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculm
Biography/HistoryMaking hay became a common ranch practice after the winter of 1886 – 1887. Ranchers cut prairie grass, dried it, and stored it in a barn for winter feed. No longer did ranchers depend on cattle being able to find grass under the snow in the winter.
Lynn W. Sperry was born on May 1, 1877, in Mayville, New York, and came to North Dakota with is parents, Eugene Howard Sperry and Mrs. Mary L. Sperry (and sister Mabel [later Mrs. Walter Sellens], who settled in Burleigh County on April 28, 1885. Raised on the family farm, Sperry went on to graduate from Bismarck High School in 1894; he then attended Valley City State College, completing a business course, until the Spanish-American war broke out. He then enlisted in Bismarck's Company A, 1st Regiment of North Dakota National Guard, and fought as a sergeant in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines in 1898-1899.
Returning home after the war, Lynn purchased farmland in Riverview township across Burnt Creek north from his father's farm. Sperry married Idella Rodgers at McKenzie Township, Burleigh County, on June 20, 1905. Rodgers' parents were Burleigh County pioneers Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Rogers, originally from Iowa. Idella was born March 20, 1883, and graduated with the Bismarck High School class of 1903. A skilled gardener, Mrs. Sperry knitted clothing for soldiers in both World Wars. She was a member of several organizations, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, Burleigh County Pioneers, Riverview Homemakers, Pioneer Daughters, and the First United Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Sperry had four children, Eugene H. Sperry (deceased), federal engineer at Bozeman, MT; Clara (Mrs. C. N. Borman), Minneapolis, MN; Frances (Mrs. Orlando H. Benson, rural Bismarck; and Mildred (Mrs. William S. Moeller), Bismarck, ND.
Sperry was nominated for the position of Burleigh County treasurer in 1904 and served in that capacity from 1905 to 1909. Sperry served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman for Riverview Township for sixty years, beginning in 1906. Sperry was a Burleigh County state senator, elected in the 1921, 1923, 1929, and 1931 sessions. In the regular session of 1927, Sperry served as state representative, and for a special session in 1928. While serving in the legislature, Sperry introduced enabling legislation for junior colleges which led to the creation of Bismarck Junior College, which was organized in 1939. Sperry was treasurer of Riverview School District for 20 years, and became chairman of the Burleigh County Draft Board in 1948, on which he served for 15 years.
While serving in the Philippines, in 1898 Lynn Sperry became a Master Mason in the military lodge. He was also a member of the Spanish-American War Veterans, and served as state officer. A member of the Mandan Indian Shriners until he was 80 years old, Sperry was a member of the Scottish Rite and El Zagal Shrine. Sperry was also involved in the First United Presbyterian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Bismarck Elks lodge. Lynn Sperry passed away on November 15, 1969. He was survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionLynn W. Sperry Family Papers Mss 11048
Collection Finding AidConsult
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (11048-19)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh1104819
OCLC number495468375
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