By Louise Oleson
DLJ Managing Editor
Local people help visitors learn about their history and connection to North Dakota.
Jeff Calof brought his wife, Siobhan, and son, Andrew, to Devils Lake, N.D., over the Labor Day holiday, in search of his family’s roots.
They ﬂew from their home in Orange County, Calif., to Chicago, then caught Amtrak to DL after getting in contact with individuals here who might have information to share about their ancestors who homesteaded near Garske, north of Devils Lake.
Those local individuals included Mike and Ellen Connor, Rick and Shirley LaFleur,Cathy Wolfe and Steve Shark. What they had to share was very informative, according to Jeff Calof, “a blessing.”
The group met with the family over a meal at a local restaurant, visiting and sharing with one another, then the next day, Monday, Sept. 3, the whole group met at the Sons of Jacob Cemetery and the Calofs were able to walk among the headstones of the graves of their ancestors, Abram Calof and Maier Calof.
As a stiff late summer wind blew over the newly combined wheat ﬁelds that surrounded the cemetery each of the local people shared memories with the Calofs. Stories that they had heard from their parents or grandparents or bits and pieces gleaned as they did historical research on the settlement.