HAMPDEN (Ramsey). This GNRR town site was founded in 1903 in NE1/4 Sec. 4-158-62, Northfield Twp., and soon absorbed most of the nearby town site of Northfield, whose post office moved here on July 15, 1903 with Joseph A. Elliott pm. The Northfield name was disliked by GNRR officials because of confusion with Northfield, MN. Some say the name honors Frank Hampden, a pioneer settler in the area, while others say it was named for a John Hampden. The elevation is 1569, the Zip Code is 58338, and the village, which incorporated in 1917 and became a city in 1968, reached a peak population of 222 in 1930.
-taken from North Dakota Place Names by Douglas A. Wick
*The information on the History of Hampden was obtained from two sources: the Hampden Diamond Jubilee Book, which was made available during June 29-30, 1979, and the Ramsey County History book, a three volume book published in 1983 detailing the towns and families in Ramsey County, North Dakota. The Hampden Diamond Jubilee book was compiled by the then Hampden Senior Citizen Club Heritage Book Committee: Co-Chairmen: Miss Pearl Aanstad, Mrs. Carl (Mildred) Mortenson. Much of what is found in the Ramsey County History book is identical to the Jubilee book, as the same information was used. Where there is a difference I will add what the Ramsey County book offers as well as the Jubilee book.
Some of the information is no longer accurate in regards to who lives where, or who is still living. Information will be updated, but for now, all information is based on a 20+ year old books.
John Stinkeoway (May 14, 1955?)
Funeral services for John Stinkeoway, 39, of Starkweather, were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Starkweather Methodist church with Rev. Virgil Homes officiating. Interment was in the community cemetery at Starkweather.
Mr. Stinkeoway died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon at the Mercy hospital in Devils Lake.
John, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Stinkeoway, was born April 11, 1916 in Banner township, northeast of Starkweather. He attended grade school at West Banner and high school in Starkweather.
On June 14, 1947, he was married to the former Doris Lindenberg. They have farmed near Starkweather, north of the Ramsey county line, since their marriage.
John has served on the township board and was a member of the Methodist church, and the Methodist Men’s club, and the Independent Order of odd Fellows.
Surviving besides his wife, Doris, are four children, Orville 7, Lois 6, John Jr. 3, and Debray Kay 6 weeks; his father; and two brothers, William of Starkweather, and Alex of Marysville, Wash. His mother preceded him in death.
The Toomey Sorvick Funeral chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Nick Heit, Arnold Fike, Robert Stotts, Walter Scott, John Dix, Earl Anderson, John Wengler, and Emil Walters.
Honorary pallbearers were Elmer Quarness, Knute Lindseth, Milton Werner, Thomas Schonauer, James Foard, Olaf Simonson, Edwin Werner, and Selmer Overbo.
Interment rites were conducted at the cemetery by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows – Hampden Lodge No. 143 with Earl Anderson as Noble Grand.