To my first North Dakota ancestors, representing the hearty pioneers whose efforts against all odds formed the foundation of our heritage. 

Peter Shier (1856-1925) was born to German-immigrant parents in Minnesota Territory, and came to Bismarck in the late 1870s.  He homesteaded in northern Emmons County in the early 1880s where his Dinner Ranch became one of that area's most successful ventures.  A salty frontiersman who was able to out-drink and out-cuss most of his contemporaries, he nevertheless was widely admired for his honesty, loyalty, and generosity.  He was a popular five-term sheriff of Emmons County, and later operated a small restaurant in Linton and served as the town constable. 

Anna Burbage Shier (1860-1937) was born in Ireland and came to North Dakota about 1879.  A prim and proper Victorian lady who is remembered for hosting annual Saint Patrick's Day parties, she raised five children while more than holding her own with work on the ranch. 

Source:  North Dakota Place Names - Front Part of Book

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