Ole Edvart Rolvaag's First Home in America, 1896-1898When the famous Norwegian-American novelist Rolvaag (1876-1931) came to America, he worked on the 200-acre farm of Severt Eidem (NE quarter, Section 12, and 40 acres, Section 1, Brule Township), two miles north of this corner. Rolvaag's first book The Third Life of Per Smevik (1912) and later novels reflect this experience. Pure Gold is set in a neighborhood like that around Elk Point, and events in the three Beret Holm novels — Giants in the Earth, Peder Victorious, and Their Father's God — are owing to Rolvaag's first two years in South Dakota. The Indian trail of Giants is like a trail nearby, and a hill reminiscent of the Indian hill where Beret sat is to be found a quarter mile north of the farmhouse.
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|Placed By||Nordland Heritage Foundation, S.D. Department of Transportation, and the S.D. State Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 689158 N 4738501|
|Decimal Degrees||42.77571667, -96.68771667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 46.543', W 96° 41.263'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 46' 32.58" N, 96° 41' 15.78" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near SD-50, Elk Point SD 57025, US|
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