Jim Haugland Named 2009 Parade Grand Marshal

Jim Haugland has been named in the 2009 Sutherland July 4th Parade Grand Marshal. Jim's family has deep roots in the Sutherland area.

Jim Haugland was born in 1937 to Jacob E. and Louise (Burklund) Haugland. According to information from the Sutherland History book, Jacob was born in Lyndal, Norway in 1906. He visited the Sutherland area in 1924, returned to Norway to fulfill his military obligation, and received his immigration visa in 1926, returning to the Sutherland area. He and Louise were married in 1936. Their first child was Jim.

Louise was the daughter of Charles Wilhelm Bjorklund (later spelled Burklund) and his wife Anna (Larsen). Charles immigrated to the U.S. form Stora, Sweden via Germany in 1880. Work on the UP Railroad brought him to North Platte, and  later he moved to the Burklund home place southwest of Sutherland. His wife Anna was from Fynn, Denmark. In early 1895, Charles and Anna moved at Sutherland and opened a dry-goods and grocery store in what later became the Jack & Jill Store. This establishment also housed the post office, and Charles was the postmaster most of the time until 1918 or 1919. Louse (Burklund) Haugland was their eighth child.

After Jacob and Louise Haugland were married, they lived on the Pete Gunderson place (further south of Sutherland) for the first six months of Jim's life, before moving to the home place, where Jim has lived the rest of his life. The Haugland Ranch is unique in history, as it has many of the original Oregon Trail ruts and all of O-Fallon's Bluff except for 40 acres. The land holds a prominent place in local history.

Jacob and Louise had two other children, Mary who currently lives in Denver, and Jerry, who lives in Chadron.

Jacob Haugland died when Jim was 16. Jim explained that he and his mother took over the ranch then. They raised Hereford cattle all through the years, and other than the first year of ranching, all the cattle were raised here.

Jim graduated with the class of 1955 in Sutherland, and remembers that his mother, Louise also once served as Grand Marshal. According to old Courier-Times files, Louise served as the Grand Marshal for the Sutherland Centennial Parade in 1991.

Jim met Jan Jorgensen, and the two were married in 1960. Jan had been a school teacher in North Platte, and then taught two years in Sutherland after they were married. She and Jim had two girls, Jill, who lives in Cheyenne, Wyo. and Jo Lee, married to Rich Lee, living on the family place in Jim's mother's house.

Jan was well-known for her talent in music. She was involved in the Heartland Singers, The Festival Belles, was a piano teacher, and accompanist at Sutherland School and church organist at Grace Lutheran church in Sutherland. Jan was also very involved in the Cattlewomen, and was active in the Sutherland community in many ways. Jan passed away in 1999.

Jim's many contributions to the Sutherland community, to Lincoln County, and to Nebraskans, began at an early age. He has been active in rodeo for most of his life, as a participant, behind the scenes working, or watching as a fan. He remembers working the rodeo chutes at age 15. As a teenager, after his chores were done, he rode his horse into Sutherland to practice at the local arena until dark. He competed in High School Rodeo, representing the Nebraska state team in calf roping and bulldogging at the 1955 National High School Rodeo. He remembers that in 1954, he tied the fast calf in the Sutherland Rodeo. He was in the junior rodeo class, but still had the fastest time of all the ropers. Later as an adult, he competed at rodeo events until a knee injury sidelined him.

The Sutherland Rodeo came into existence about the same year Jim was born. He has been on the Sutherland Rodeo Board since 1968 and has served as Rodeo Committee President since 1980. He has overseen many improvements to the Sutherland Rodeo Grounds and arena, changing the configuration of the arena, the building of grandstands, designing and installing efficient pens and chutes and making the arena safe for both livestock and contestants.

Jim was a charter member of the Nebraska Rodeo Association before it became NSRA, and worked on that committee until 1961. He was also on the NSRA board in the eighties. He helped implement many of the rules and regulations used by the present day association and was awarded a buckle in 1988 for NSRA Committee Man of the Year.

HE has served on the Sutherland Rural Fire Board over 30 years; served on the Grace Lutheran Church board over 30 years; served as the chairman of the Team Penning Committee for the Nebraska Stock Growers Association, which later became the Nebraska Cattlemen for many, many years.

Jim married Donna Skov in 2001. Donna is originally from Lodgepole, NE. Donna recently retired, however she was a rural postal carrier for 30 years, and was active in the Rural Carriers Association.

Donna has four children and eight grand children. Between Jim and Donna, they have 12 grandchildren in all, ranging from age 22 to age 4. Donna enjoys seasonal decorating and flowers and has enjoyed living a 'low key' life since she has come to Sutherland.

Jim is looking forward to this years parade. He said that he had not missed a Sutherland Parade since he was 8 years old.

Be sure to say "hello" and "thanks" to Jim and Donna Haugland, this 4th of July.

The Courier-Times No. 27, Thursday, July 2, 2009