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Wild Rice, North Dakota, USA - Holy Cross Church, 1876

Wild Rice is an unincorporated community in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. Wild Rice is located near the Wild Rice River 9 miles (14 km) south of downtown Fargo.


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Holy Cross Church, 1876

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  • Founding of Wild Rice
    In the 1840's this area of the Dakotas was only occupied by buffalo hunters and fur traders. Most of these were French Catholics and one early missionary who ministered to them was Father Lafleche who wrote in 1856 about celebrating Mass at Wild River (now the Wild Rice River).

    With settlers moving into the Dakota Territories, the US Government established Ft. Abercrombie on the west bank of the Red River in 1858 to provide a military presence for their protection. This became a trade center and a native and white population grew up around the fort. In 1865 Father Genin stopped there for three days to administer to the Catholic soldiers and civilians in the vicinity of the fort while on his way to St. Boniface, Manitoba. In 1867 Genin was based at Ft. Abercrombie and started to make his plans for a permanent mission to the natives which he hoped to build near the junction of the Red and Wild Rice rivers. In September 1868 he wrote to Bishop Tache in St. Boniface that his... Read MORE...

  • The first white child born in Cass county was Ulphie Cossette's daughter, Marie Flore, born at Wild Rice on March 21, 1870.
  • 1906
    Wildrice, a post-village of Cass co., N.Dak., on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul R. The banking point is Fargo.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

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male ancestorFrançois Xavier GERIN dit LAJOIE (20 November 1831, Yamachiche, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-d'Yamachiche) - 9/1/1900, Wild Rice, North Dakota, USA)
photo of Rosalie VILLENEUVERosalie VILLENEUVE (15 January 1870, Wild Rice, North Dakota, USA - 16 September 1908, Bottineau County, North Dakota, USA)
female ancestorRosalie VILLENEUVE (Jan. 15, 1875, Wild Rice, North Dakota, USA - Sep. 18, 1907, Tarsus, Bottineau County, North Dakota)
photo of Albert Joseph OUELLETTEAlbert Joseph OUELLETTE (27 January 1895, Wild Rice, North Dakota, USA - 8 February 1973, Dickinson, North Dakota, USA)
male ancestorDonald BRUNELLE (1937, Wild Rice, North Dakota, USA - 1978, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA)
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