Searing, North Dakota

Every now and then our name pops up in unusual places.  Recently a listing appeared on eBay for a Last Day Cover, “Searing ND) (in a group of other such covers, with other place names).  I had never heard of this place before, although I had a couple of great aunts settle in the Dakotas.   Searched around a bit and found the following, courtesy of Roots Web data:


This was a farm post office established July 25, 1916 with Thomas C. Taylor pm.  It was located in NW 1/4 Sec.10-147-103, Thirty-three miles SW of Watford City, and named for the site owner, Julius Searing Taylor, aftter Taylor had been rejected because of duplication in Stark County.  The post office closed March 15, 1921 with mail to Alexander.  It reopened February 7, 1922 in SE 1/4 Sec. 28-147-103, and seven miles SSE of the original site as Searing, but only after a name change to Dean had been rejected.  In 1928 it moved one mile NW to SE 1/4 Sec. 28-147-103, and operated until pm  Annie Kemna closed the facility September 30, 1952 with mail to  Sidney, MT.  A population of 3 was reported in 1940.

So now I’m really curious.  Anyone heard of this before?  Know who this Searing or Searing family is?  Looks like a nice little research project.

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