Norman Hoel

Norman Almklov Hoel, the son of Andrew and Ruth Hoel was born in Cooperstown, and after the death of his mother, lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Almklov.

Norman attended school in Cooperstown and finished high school here.  He worked part time in the drug store and after high school matriculated to North Dakota State University's College of Pharmacy, Fargo.

It was while attending school in Fargo that Norman met and married Marie Hermanson of Fargo.  They continued to live in Fargo until Norman was graduated from the school of Pharmacy.  Their daughter Erlys was born while they lived in Fargo.

After graduation the family moved to Cooperstown where "Norm" was employed as pharmacist with his grandfather, S. Almklov.  His uncle, Dr. Leif Almklov, was in practice in the same building.

After moving to Cooperstown a son, Donald Bruce was born.

When Dr. Almklov retired Norman and Marie bought the balance of the business and continue to operate Almklov's Pharmacy.

Norman was president of the P. T. A. , a 10-year member of the school board, -two years as president-, president of the Commercial Club.

Church activities included tenure on the Board of Trustees, and as Deacon of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. Hoel also served as Master of Northern Light Lodge of Masons as well as District Deputy.

Marie Hoel served as Worthy Matron of Northern Light Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star when they celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

After graduation from Cooperstown High School Erlys Hoel enrolled at Mayville College.  After completing her studies she taught school at Borup, Minnesota for two years.

Erlys was married to Paul Haerter and continued to live in Cooperstown.  Paul was employed at Farmers Oil Company for several years before moving to Parshall, North Dakota where they operated a hardware store.  They later sold out and moved to Williston.

Erlys and Paul are the parents of three children: 

1.     James Paul, Ruth and Robert.

Bruce was graduated from the local High School and attended D. D. S. U. entering the School of Pharmacy, after which he enlisted in the Air Force.  After basic and some special detail at Alamagordo AFB (Sandia) New Mexico.  He was stationed at Lackenheath Aerdrome in England.

Following his enlistment Bruce returned to the study of Pharmacy, and after completing this curriculum he returned to Cooperstown to work in the drug store.  After several years in the retail trade Bruce re-entered the Air Force and was stationed at the Tachikawa AF Hospital near Tokyo, Japan -

On his return from the service Bruce moved to Oregon and went into hospital Pharmacy.  He is now chief Pharmacist at Oregon State Hospital in Pendleton.

In Oregon he met and married Marie Hanggi, a native of Munich, North Dakota.  They have one son, Jarrod.

Source: Griggs County History 1879 - 1976 Page 67

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