Dakota Heartstrings
My North Dakota Diary
Kidder County
'Kidder County was named for the Hon. Jefferson P. Kidder, who was identified with the earliest history of the territory, where he resided as far back as 1858. He served four years as a delegate from Dakota, being elected in 1874. Later he served as associate justice from 1865 to 1875 and again from 1878 to 1883. The county was organized in 1881, Steele was named the county seat. The soil is of two kinds, a heavy black loam, and a lighter sandy loam, both equally fertile. Water is found all over the county, there are several small lakes, and natural hay meadows. The main line of the Northern Pacific Railway crosses the county from east to west.' Source: North Dakota Blue Book -- 1942