Ham Lake, MN Real Estate

Ham Lake MN Real Estate Overview

The earliest record of settlers in the area goes back to 1855 when a number of men were living in the southern portion. They were mainly hunters.

In 1856 a group started a town just south and west of Ham Lake. They platted and sold lots for a town they named “Glen Carey”, a Scottish name meaning “Beautiful Valley”. Seven or eight homes were built. The place was widely advertised as a future city. Elegantly engraved lithographs proclaiming the names of streets and numbers of blocks were circulated in the cities, while titles to lots were offered for sale and found some purchasers. A bill to move the county seat to Glen Carey was placed in the legislative hopper but was killed by a timely opposition of a delegation of citizens from Anoka. However, in 1857 the houses were destroyed by a prairie fire. Some of the inhabitants barely escaped with their lives, saving only a very few household goods. They soon left the area as they had nowhere to live.

Another attempted settlement was made in 1856 when a Mr. Spence made a claim in the southern portion. During his temporary absence it was “jumped” by two brothers named Lampert who fenced 160 acres but moved away shortly after.

Josiah Hart, a native of Vermont, settled on Sec. 6 in 1857. He was the first settler who remained any length of time as he lived on his homestead until his death in 1876.

John Scully, a native of Ireland, settled on Sec. 31 in 1858. Also about that time a Mr. Conley settled nearby.

There was no more settlement until 1866 when Mads Gilbertson, a native of Norway, settled on Sec. 20, being the first of his nationality in this area. He was soon followed by other Scandinavians. The first recorded birth of a white child in this area was that of Maxel Titterud in 1869. His parents were adamant that he was to be baptized, so they took a wagon pulled by oxen all the way to Minneapolis. The round trip to Minneapolis took one week! On the way home, they met a terrible squall and Maxel’s father (Halvor) tipped the wagon over and sheltered his wife and Maxel. Later the oxen ran off and planted themselves in Rice Creek. Halvor stayed with the animals and his wife walked with the baby, Maxel, fifteen miles to get home.

Ham Lake was a part of Grow Township, but it was detached and separately organized by the Anoka County Commissioners on Feb. 21, 1871. The Scandinavian settlers found it difficult to pronounce the Scottish name of Glen Carey. Since no name had been chosen by the people, the commissioners named it “Ham Lake Township”, after the lake which had acquired that name due to its shape.

The first election was held on March 11, 1871. The town meetings were first held in the warehouse at Lake Netta and later at Fair Oaks Community Hall.

Life was harsh with fierce blizzards, severe droughts and dust storms. There was a bad grasshopper plague from 1873 to 1877. During these years the closest place to buy necessities was in Anoka. Some of these early settlers walked the 15+ miles, one way, to buy supplies and then had to carry them home again. Also, sickness took its toll. Whopping cough and diphtheria took the lives of many young children, with 1884 being the worst year of all. The Olaf Moore family lost four children in a month and the Charley Peterson family lost four children in a week.

Religious meetings were held for several years by the Norwegian and Swedish pioneer families in private dwellings. Due to language differences each group decided to build their own church in the mid 1870s. (It is rumored that the issue was settled when someone said “I tink ve should speak da language Yesus spoke as he valked dis earth and dat vas Norwegian.”) Out of the original five pioneer congregations in the township only one, Glen Cary, remains today. (Note: The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded in 1872 is still standing in the City, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a part of the history of Our Saviours Lutheran Church that is now located in the City of East Bethel.)

The early settlers found the soil well-suited to farming as it wasn’t as rocky as they had been accustomed to in Norway and Sweden. In 1880, the US Census listed the population as 253. The agricultural statistics of 1880 show that 677 acres were under cultivation with the products of the township to be: wheat, oats, corn, beans, sugar cane, hay, apples, tobacco, wool, and butter. Through the years dairying became an important industry. The pioneer farmers soon found the soil well-suited to growing potatoes and this became an important commodity both for cash sales and trading for many years.

In 1894 when the population was over 400 people, a group of farmers joined together to form a co-operative and built a creamery on the east side of Lake Netta. (No one seems to know how the lake got its name, but the volume titled History of the Upper Mississippi Valley published in 1881 refers to it as “Lake Nattie” and describes it as a beautiful lake.) It was a farmers’ cooperative belonging to members of the immediate area and they voted upon this central location within the northern portion of the Township of Ham Lake. The creamery was built by the farmers themselves. Several general stores were built there shortly after, such as C.M. Norquist and Ryberg in 1900 to supply the needs of local farm families. Oscar Hallberg also operated a general store on the corner of what is now Lake Netta Drive and Crosstown Blvd.

In the 1870s and early 1880s, the mailing address for Ham Lake was Anoka, Minnesota. No mail was delivered, but it could be picked up in Anoka. Ole Jesperson came to the United States from Sweden in 1867 and to Ham Lake in 1874, becoming a very good neighbor. When he and his family went to Anoka, he picked up the mail for friends and neighbors and then they would come to his house and get it. Pretty soon, they were asking him to pick-up groceries. This grew to involve more neighbors until the Jespersons put up a small store and post office and the mailing address became Jesperson, Minnesota, which it remained for a number of years.




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Ham Lake MN Real Estate Stats

Average Price in Ham Lake: $444,911  County Average: $373,280

Average Taxes in Ham Lake: $2,673  County Average: $2,466

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Ham Lake: $148  County Average: $143

Average Walkscore in Ham Lake: 6  County Average: 20

Average Year Built in Ham Lake: 1996  County Average: 1991

Average Days on Website in Ham Lake: 65  County Average: 65

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