Monday, April 27, 2015
The Valker-Christensen Company –
This was a wholesale-retail seed and feed business, operating one of the largest seed houses in the state, eventually making a specialty of processing and distributing grass seeds throughout the
and many foreign
countries. It was founded in 1920 by George Valker and A. M. Christensen.
Christensen, who became sole owner in 1928, came to this state in 1910 as a
teenager. He walked from United States Chicago to his uncle’s
farm west of New England, North
Dakota and then got a summer job at the experiment station. The boy became
so interested in his work there that he devoted much of his life to the seed
business. Later in his career, he also served as president of the Dakota
Transfer and Storage Company and the Minot Building and Loan Association (now
Midwest Federal), as well as the Minot Association of Commerce. Dickinson
This company started an office building in Downtown Minot that was not completed for over 20 years and was referred to as the Sparrow Hotel. Later Clarence Parker would purchase the property and finish the building as the Clarence Parker Hotel.