A hundred years strong
PARSHALL Community people are making plans to celebrate the city of Parshalls centennial June 19-22.
The array of activities planned for the four-day celebration include a school reunion, honoring of veterans, quilt show, races and walks, horseshoe and basketball tournaments, and a parade, said Marilyn Hudson, a member of the Centennial Board.
“We’ve been working on this for two years,” she said.
A Parshall Centennial Quilt made by Mildred Fox Jordt was presented to the Centennial organization and is on display in City Hall. Jordt, an award-winning quilter, is originally from Mandaree and lives in Kansas.
Publications for the centennial include a centennial cookbook and a history book.
Kids’ competitions, entertainment on Main Street, street dances, golf event, special food events and car show are among other events planned.
The Centennial Board is comprised of Jeanette Hoff, chair; Denese Westgard, vice chair; Cindy Williamson, treasurer; Roger Christianson, secretary; and Marilyn Hudson, director.
Founded in 1914, the Mountrail County community was named for the late George Parshall.
The city is along the Canadian Pacific Railway line, formerly the Soo Line.
“Tales of Mighty
Mountrail, Volume 1,” a publication of the Mountrail County Historical Society, reported the city came into being after the northern portion of the Fort Berthold Reservation became a part of the public domain about 1910 (a treaty was signed that year making that section of land public domain), and the land was opened for settlement. The land had to be appraised and one of the group of appraisers was George Parshall, a Hidatsa (also Gros Ventre) tribal member from Shell Village.
His father (William Parshall) had worked with various teams of government surveyors and George Parshall was quite knowledgeable about this type of work. It was a custom to apply the name of one of the survey groups to probable townsites.
As a result, a township was given the name Parshall. The town was organized on a section of the township and the name was adopted by the community in 1914, according to a Feb. 15, 1964, story published in The Minot Daily News.
Delores Sand, of New Town, daughter of George and Ruby White Bear Parshall, said her father was the only Indian with the group of appraisers. She said Shell Village was located about 10 miles south of Van Hook. It is now covered by Lake Sakakawea.
George Parshall died in 1950. A memorial honoring George Parshall was placed in front of the Parshall Memorial Hall (city hall) and dedicated in 1954. A plaque on the memorial reads: “George
Parshall, 1874-1950, Gros Ventre Tribe, Crow Flies High Band, When working with a group of appraisers in 1910 gave to this townsite the name of Parshall.”
More details about the Parshall centennial celebration can be found at (www.parshallnd.com/centennial-13.html). There’s also a Facebook page for the centennial at (www.facebook.com/ParshallCentennial).