Lind was first settled in 1888 on a relatively barren area along the Northern
Pacific Railway's main line by Dugal and James Neilson. The sight had
previously been selected in 1881 for a station (an old boxcar) and section
house and was named Lind by the railroad although the exact origin of that
name has been lost.The first Lind Post Office was established November 13,
1886 with Charles Jell as the postmaster. Receiving mail was really quite
simple. The Ritville postmaster would put mail on the train and the postal
clerk would throw the bag off as they passed through Lind. The new settlers,
waiting patiently for the train, would open the bag and the settlers would dig
through the mail hoping to find a letter for themselves. (Can you imagine
doing that now?). For unknown reasons, service stopped on October 26,
1887, & reopened in 1889 with James Neilson as the Postmaster. It was the
first post office with the newly incorporated town.
Mr. & Mrs. Judson J. Merriman, early homesteaders and postmaster. In 1898, Judson ecame a postmaster and built a 12X14
office to house the postal business as well as his private real estate business. To operating the fourth class post office, his
first year's earning reached $290.
Dougal and James Neilson, founders of Lind. Dougal (Doug) died a bachelor in 1906, and Jim married Miss Lucy Middaugh
and built a home at 5th & I Street. The house is still standing.