Hello from Seattle, WA.
I have a few of the answers to your questions. I have been researching in
Williams and Divide County for the past 12 months. And just recently returned
from a 4 day visit to the area. You see, my grandfather was a Norwegian
Lutheran Home Mission Pastor in the area from 1908-1922. I've been researching
his life and the families he served in the area.
To answer your first question, Wildrose is in Williams County. It is right on
the boarder between Williams and Divide Counties, but is recorded as a town
within the Williams County jurisdiction. When researching though you may want
to check in both Williams and Divide County records because it wasn't until 1910
that Divide became an independent county.
I have some good news for you. I have a copy of the Ministerial Log for the
Norwegian Lutheran churches in the area and Robert K. Sarheim is listed in the
Tordfæftede (death) records.
Robert K. Sarheim
died March 29, 1922
buried April 1, 1922
age of 42 years 3 months and 12 days
born in Norway
surviving relative - wife: Caspara Sarkeim
buried Wildrose Cemetery, Block 3, Lot 56
I also have the Egteviede (Marriage) records ... and your Alice is listed!
Donald L. Rood age 26 married Alice Sarkeim age 27 on April 17, 1938. They were
married at the Wildrose Lutheran Church in Wildrose. Their attendants were
Agnes Christinsen and O.T. Christinson (This marriage took place after my
grandfather lest the area, so I'm not sure who would have performed the
I also have pages from the Wonder of Williams, a book about Williams County.
Your Dr. R.K. Sarheim is listed on page 856. The following is the text from
Dr. R.K. Sarheim was sent to the United States from Stavanger, Norway, to study
for the Lutheran Ministry in the 1890's. After a year he changed to the study
of medicine and graduated from Illinois University Medical school in 1904 or
1905. His first practice was at Capro.
He was married to Caspara M. Reed in the fall of 1905 at Grand Forks. Later
they moved to Epping (ND) where they had the first and only drug store, the
doctors office and their home in one building. They also had the only cow in
Early in 1910 Dr. and Mrs. Sarheim traveled to Norway for an extended visit with
the possibility of practicing medicine in Norway if special permission from the
King could be granted. Instead, they returned to the United States and he
practiced in Chicago prior to being sponsored by the Sons of Norway lodge to set
up practice in Wildrose in 1915. His wife and daughter, Alice, arrived in
Wildrose in 1916. His office and home were in the present Coon residence.
Alice started school in Wildrose unable to speak a word of English. Dr. Sarheim
brought her to school from which she escaped many times--mostly out of the
school window. In Chicago she had been told this was a wild country and she
really took that literally and ran wild. She watched her father light a lamp
the first evening because there was no electricity and asked if he was burning
water to get that light.
He later had his office on the second floor of the Teske building and the family
moved to a house, now Roy Tracey's, and later a Paulson house while Mrs.
Sarheim's uncle and family from Chicago came to build a new home for the
family. Dr. Sarheim had a Maxwell car and a team of horses with Otto Scherer as
Carl and Sigrid Andersen, Mrs. Sarheim's sister, arrived in Wildrose in 1919.
Carl had a garage and Mrs. Andersen a hospital in the Coon house. Dr. Sarheim
then had an office where the city jail now is located. About that time his
calls were as far west as Alamo and east to McGregor and surrounding territory.
Sometimes he traveled by car, team or speeder on the railroad track if
visibility was nil.
In March 1920 the following newspaper article was printed: "Dr. Sarheim was
called to the Nels Walen home north of Corinth, Sunday and, with Otto Scherer as
driver, reached there safely and stayed over night. The next morning they
started for home in the terrific blizzard but upon getting as far as Paul
Haugens they decided it was an impossible trip so spent the rest of the day and
the night there. They returned to Wildrose Tuesday, going between and over
mountains of snow."
Dr. Sarheim passed away March 29, 1922. Mr. Sarheim and Alice left to live at
Grand Forks for a year. later moving to Minot and then Chicago. Alice returned
to Wildrose to spend as much time with the Andersen's as possible.
Alice married Donald L. Rood of Ray and Plaza at Wildrose in April 1938. Don
worked for the Great Northern Railroad in Ray and Alice continued nursing at
Good Samaritan Hospital in Williston, commuting then to Ray.
The Thirties were good and bad and work was very hard. Salary for nurses then
was twelve and half cents an hour for twelve-hour shifts. In later years Alice
worked at the Mercy Hospital in Williston.
Mrs. Sarheim moved to Chicago in 1930. She married F.F. DeVoe in 1941. They
returned to Williston in 1945 where he passed away in 1951. Mrs. DeVoe passed
away in 1967 in Williston.
The Roods have a daughter, Sue, born and educated in Williston. She attended
Minot State College where she married Jack R. Bone. Mr and Mrs Bone both teach
in Sitka, Alaska. They have two sons, Seth and Heath.
[There are also 4 pictures in the book: Dr. Sarheim; Mrs. Sarheim and Alice;
R. K. Sarheim living room 1919, coyote rug was shot by Dr.; and Mrs. Sarheim,
1921 Dr. R. K. Sarheim.]
Finally, I have a copy of a book titled Wildrose North Dakota - Diamond Jubilee
1910-1985. Dr, Sarheim is listed on page 12 "During this time, Wildrose was
fortunate to also have Dr. Sarheim. He advertised that 'Norsk was spoken' so
it is evident that he had a large Norwegian clientele."
I hope this is useful information. I would suggest that you look for decedents
in Sitka, Alaska. You could also try the Kenningston in Williston for folks who
may recall the family.
Good luck with your research!
P.S. I recently say the following message on a list and thought you might be
Subject: [WIDANE] DeVoe Reunion
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 19:56:02 -0500
From: "Donna DeVoe" <devoe(a)le-win.net>
If you are a DeVoe or related please come to the gettogether at Evansville, WI
Aug. 13 Please e-mail me for details, Thank you, Duane