Posted by David W. Skjerven on May 24, 2003 at 23:19:10:
The airport in Park River, North Dakota is named in honor of William C. Skjerven. The best pilot that ever lived! William C. Skjerven built the airport there himself shortly after retuning home from World War II. He was a pioneer in the field of crop dusting by airplane out of his airport there in Park River. He even designed and built his own spray plane back in the earl 50's before airplanes were built just for spraying. When he retired after about 30 years of crop dusting he sold the airport to the city of Park River. Then as a North Dakota State Representative and city father, he helped the city get funds to upgrade the airport. When he passed away, the city in his honor had the airport offcially named the W. C. Skjerven Field.
If you get a chance you should go visit Park River, North Dakota. It's about an hour from Grand Forks. The people running the airport I'm sure will gladly fill you in on why it is called Skjerven Field. It is named after a great man. Send me your e-mail address and I'll forward a picture of the deadication sign at the W. C. Skjerven Field. Sincerely, David W. Skjerven
P. S. Where are you from? The Skjervens in the Park River and Grafton area are decendents of Herman and Haakon Skjerven, brothers from the Maridalen area of Norway who homesteaded in the Park River area in the 1880's.
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