Haymarsh, North Dakota

Haymarsh, North Dakota

Haymarsh is a rural community near Glen Ullin, North Dakota, about 50 miles west of Mandan.  It was originally founded in 1890.  The community, a cluster of three or four homes and nearby farmsteads, surrounds St. Clement Catholic Church and the former school of the same name.

During our visit to Haymarsh, just as we were getting ready to leave, some young people rode up on an ATV, followed by the Priest on another ATV.  As he rode by, wearing his collar, I thought to myself, “Now there’s something you don’t see everyday.”  It turns out they were having mass that day and they invited us to join them.  Unfortunately we had too far to drive that day and did not have the time.  We left them with some of our postcards and wished them well.

Haymarsh, North Dakota

Haymarsh, North Dakota

Haymarsh, North Dakota

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Haymarsh, North Dakota

Haymarsh, North Dakota

Haymarsh, North Dakota

Russ Mancl uploaded the video below to YouTube with the following description: Sister Jeanne d’ Arc Kilwein, SCSC, remembers St. Clement School in Haymarsh, North Dakota. The Holy Cross Sisters staffed and managed the school for 44 years.

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
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8 Responses to “Haymarsh, North Dakota”
  1. Valerie Sampson says:

    My paternal great-great-great grandfather Clemens Wehri came to this area with his children when he was in his 60s. He brought the wood for the original church which eventually burned. This church is the third incarnation of St. Clement’s. His homestead is west of the church, as well as his son’s. My dad’s other grandparents also lived just up the road from the church, and five generations of my family are buried there. If you would like additional information about St. Clement’s Church and School I would be happy to compile it for you. My mom collected an extensive history of the families of this area.

  2. Annette Branson says:

    Hi I too am a Great Great Great Granddaughter of Clemens I am off the Branch of Frank and Josephine Wehri. i would love to get together with you and share history we have. Which of the three son or two daughters branch do you come from?

    • Valerie Sampson says:

      Hi Annette! My branch is Frank and Josephine also! My dad’s grandma was Amalie Wehri Morman. She was married to Charlie Morman. My mom did a pretty good history of Charlie and Amalie’s family if you are interested. And Ron, who commented below, is a HUGE wealth of information.. I would love to visit with you sometime-please contact me at valimor@dvl.midco.net.

  3. Ron Sebastian says:

    Hello Valerie and Annette. As Val knows I am a Great Grandson of Clemens Wehri. I grew up just 5 miles Northwest of the church in the 1942 to 1959 era. Thanks to Ghosts of North Dakota for dedicating a part of the site to Haymarsh. I was actively involved in researching the history for a number of years and have recently taken a break from that task but still have a deep interest and would love to hear from any that would like info about the area and some of the history or share their family history.

    To the authors of this site, I have a lot of information as well as a video I did some time ago with photo’s of the church, some of the first settlers (courtesy of Valerie) and some of the people I grew up with. It is available if there is any interest.

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