Hi All -
I've hit a brick wall and need help. I'm trying to determine conclusively the origin of the name of Kirkelie Township in Ward County ND. There are no entries in either of the ND place name books (Origins of North Dakota Place Names by M. Barnes and North Dakota Place Names by D. Wick).
I e-mailed the Ward County Historical Society and didn't hear back; looking at their website they seemed more focused on restoring historical buildings.
My suspicion is that it is named after an early settler in that area, Thor Evenson Kirkelie (1835-1919), a relative of mine via marriage who moved to Ward County from Grand Forks County, but that's speculation and I'd love to track down some concrete documentation on it.
Thanks so much!