NORDSTROM, Chris

US Army Scout 1876. Born in Trysil, Hedmark, Norway, a son of Ole Halvorsen Strandvold and Gullaug Sletten. Said to be the first homesteader west of the Missouri River in North Dakota. Helped establish the town of Mandan. Indian War: Hired to escort an army unit in pursuit of Chief Sitting Bull following the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He led the unit across the river to the battlefield where they found the corpses of General Custer and his 365 officers and men. Nordstrom had to return to Fort Lincoln in North Dakota to get paid for his services as a scout and while he waited for his money to come from Washington DC he rode out to find the land he wished to homestead. Post war: Married Maria Olsdatter Strandvold (sic). Eventually they moved to Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Chris died 6 Jan 1918. Sources: (History of Quatsino Colony” by George Nordstrom, c 1935, son of Chris Nordstrom. Book in possession of Tulla Kahl Froyen) “Nordstrom, Christian”

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