Emrick, ND

Emrick, North Dakota is a tiny town in Wells County, about half way between Carrington and Harvey.  Emrick was originally named Doland, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with a town in South Dakota.  Emrick never held more than 25 people.

R. David Adams shared these photos of Emrick, and his captions accompany the photos.

Welcome to Emrick. The Main street is in the back where the buildings are lined up.

Two Abandoned garages with no houses.

What’s left of a business of some kind.

one of two occupied houses at the end of main Street

A park was dedicated here in 1968 for the Shriners.  Editor’s Note:  The Postmaster in 1906 was a gentleman named Fred Clough.  Perhaps someone can enlighten us on the relationship to “Cy.”

Full view of the front o the store. The sun has been unkind to the drapes!
Part of the main store. I talked to a lady who grew up here and said this was on very well stocked store.
Looking down the main street
Still items waiting to be sold on the shelves!
Train Tracks thru town. Had several elevators at one time as well as a water tower and coal/wood loads for the steam trains! Very new building is a big trucking loading/unloading facility!


Photos by R David Adams
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13 thoughts on “Emrick, ND

  1. I grew up just a few miles west of Emrick and loved the couple that owned the store there. Cy and Gladys Clough were kind, wonderful people who ran a great store full of all the necessities. So many great memories from our frequent visits to this little community. And I spent many hours at the Cy Clough Park as well.


  2. Cy and Gladys were my mom and dad’s best friends. My father was the town MD in Fessenden, ND. Cy ran the store and elevator which made it very convenient for local farmers to get their grain to market. There used to be a train station there that I used to play around and one time boarded there with family to Minneapolis. The Ordahls and Hornbachers were residents for years. Mrs Darlene Hornbacher was my fathers beloved nurse for many years. I will always remember Deanna Ordahl who was my first girl crush but who’s life was tragically cut short in an auto accident. Cy and Gladys had two children David and Sharon who might be the nicest people on the planet. David farmed the Bragger farm which I believe is now run by Paul Kirkiede. Sharon

    married a navy captain and traveled the world and I believe lives in the Virginia Tidewater area. I grew up in that park. It had a merrygoround that you could spin yourself dizzy and an old pump well for drinking water. I watched the Beattles debut on the Sullivan show at the Cloughs because Cy had a rotating tv attena that could get the CBS station out of Fargo.


  3. My family lived in Emrick for several years when I was very young. My Dad worked for Cy Clough at the elevator. Mr. Loosen was the depot-agent. He and his wife had a large family, we were a family of 6 children, plus there were other children, so the park was where we all played and everyone took care of each other. Great memories.


    1. That park was amazing. Jan, what years did you live in Emrick? I remember big picnics that involved everyone that lived there. Gladys had a big garden and grew dill and rhubarb that my mom would pick for her jarring projects.


  4. I’m Gladys’s great-nephew; my grandfather is G. Fally Braeger . My memories of Emerick are evening picnics behind Cy and Gladys’s in the park. I spent a lot of time at the Braeger farm in Bowden growing up and remember the area like it was yesterday.


  5. If anyone has info or pictures of the Emerick,school,It was moved to Fessenden and I just bought it and live in it,


  6. Cy was my grandmother’s brother by blood, but did not grow up in Emrick (a longer story) – she grew up near Park River, but maintained a very good relationship with Cy and Gladys, and Cy’s sister Lucille. Her name was Doris Clough – then married Erv Knoff – and their family resided in Glenwood, MN.


  7. Thank you for this post about Emrick. My grandparents, Charles and Ida Krueger, had a farm a mile or two east of Emrick. When I was 3, my mother, Edna K. Thomas, taught in the school south of the Clough store for one year. We lived in the school. Charlotte Erman was to teach there, but she resigned to marry Rollie. Cy Clough then asked my mom to take over the job. My uncle and aunt, Barney and Marge Krueger, moved into Emrick in the early 1950s and had a quite nice house situated mid-way between the store and the school. My cousin, Marcia (Vangsnes – now in Minneapolis) grew up there. Her parents moved to Fessenden when it was time for Marcia to go to high school. My uncle, Ernest Krueger, retired to a house in Emrick (see the fourth photo down in the collection of views) next to the Ziimmermanns’ house. The school was closed at some point and moved to the fairgrounds in Fessenden where it served as a small museum for the Historical Society (interesting that it’s now a private residence). I’m a composer (now living in Hamburg, Germany). In 1996, while visiting my mother then living in Harvey, I wrote a piece for piano called “Emrick Variations” (it’s been recorded and can be heard on YouTube and Spotify, etc.). I have very fond memories of Emriick, which played a very important role in the lives of my Krueger relatives. In the years when I visited my grandparents’ farm in the summer, Sharon and David Clough were my playmates. Days of yore.


  8. I am an archeologist from Germany and actually digging up large parts of Emmerich most dating back to the 16th century.
    Actually we wondered about several cities in the US named Emmerich or Emmerik (most in Wisconsin).
    There was an emigration from this specific town in Western Germany in the 1870s we cannot fully understand. Maybe some of the reviewers here have some family history dating back to that era.
    Please contact me if so! gansauer@googlemail.com


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