August 7, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 32

Staples Of The Fair

Donation Of Museum Display Case Honors Stensland Daughters

Anna (Olson) and Elias Stensland, Norwegian immigrants to Valley County in 1908, could hardly have imagined the impact their family of four daughters would have on Northeast Montana stretching even to now – August 2013.

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Fourteen descendants of Elias and Anna Stensland gather at Valley County Pioneer Museum in memory of the Stensland daughters: Agnes, Bertha, Elise, and Gladys. From left are Jed Kirkland, Elise Kirkland, Jim Kirkland, Lorin Flesjer, Sally Irwin, Mick Reyling, Ken Molvig, Alyce Tracy, Matt Reyling, Gina Reyling, Floyd Nelson, JoLynn Reyling, Lilla Flesjer and Lee Tracy.

Those four daughters – Agnes, Bertha, Elise and Gladys – have now been recognized by their respective families with the donation of a fine glass display case at the Valley County Pioneer Museum.

Situated in the newly added foyer to the museum, the case will house temporary rotational exhibits. A patriotic theme was featured in July, and August features the Valley Coun...

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