Aylmer, ND

Aylmer, North Dakota

Sara Schindler of Harvey contributed these photos of Aylmer with the following comments:

Aylmer sits about 40 miles south/southwest of Rugby ND (or just northeast of Anamoose ND) along the Burlington Northern Railroad.  It is currently home to two residents.  Aside from the residence, there sits a former general store (the larger building), a garage or storage shed, an abandoned home, and another building that was possibly some kind of blacksmith or other repair shop (there are also a few grain bins and a large machine shed).  The general store building has moved off it’s foundation and the basement is filled with water so probably won’t stand much longer.

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Aylmer, North Dakota

Photos by Sara Schindler, original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

11 Comments on “Aylmer, ND

  1. oh so old! i can almost picture these building back in the 1880’s when they were painted and new!!

  2. Wow, I grew up only 3 miles from there and spent many nights in the house…

    • That is my house! We lived there until 1980. What should be done with it? Tear it down???

      Kathy & Woody Selzler

      • I lived here until sometime in the second grade. I have lots of memories of us kids growing up in this house that seems huge in my memories. The picture with the green walls was bedroom for me and my 2 younger sisters.

        • Did you sell the house back then? is that your furniture remains in there still?

  3. I worked the night shift at the Great Northern Depot in Aylmer ND for a short while in 1952 and again for a summer in 1961
    I roomed at the section foremans house in 1952, very nice people
    the store was the only business in Aylmer. the owners were very nice people, I can still picture their faces, but do not remember there names
    The agent at the depot was Jim (maybe Kaufer) and his wife also worked a different shift
    Lenore Thomas worked 2nd trick and worked there for several years.
    I was 17 years old when I worked there in 1952, I had just bought a 1948 dodge sedan, wouldnt start after the sun went down, but still loved it.
    January in Aylmer was tough, very cold and I was very young to work this very responible job in 1952

    • Hi Richard, I lived in Aylmer from about 1954 to 1962 and remember the depot well. I have a couple of b&w pictures of the depot agent, who is probably the ‘Jim’ you mention. I could scan them and send them to you by email (my email address is dkinmn45@yahoo.com).

      I also remember the store….the first name of the man who owned it was August, but I don’t remember the last name. One of the pictures I mentioned has both August and Jim in it, along with their wives.

      And yes, January was always a very cold month in Aylmer.

  4. My father worked at the depot in Aylmer about 1943-4 before
    being drafted for WWII. He started in Luverne.

    • Hi Stephen Schweyen, I’m related to you. My grand parents were Jim and Maude Burke, of Northgate, ND. My uncle Harold and aunt Carrie lived in Kenmare for years, and I’d go stay with them during basketball tournaments. I’m pretty sure we’re related. My email is ebrum@frontier.com.

      Eugene Brumfield

  5. I lived in Aylmer for a couple of years from 1955-1957. I was 5-7 years old then. My mother, Mabel, was a telegrapher at the GN depot. I remember the Kaufers and played with their daughters, Gayle and Debbie. I remember buying candy at the store. My babysitter was Ruth Schlag, wife of Ted who ran the elevator. I played with their boys, Allen, Dennis, Duane, and Jeffery. I went to White School for first and second grade. My brother, Larry, played basketball there. Nancy, I remember visiting the Vannatas home with my mother.
    Sandra Van Campen

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