This Milwaukee Road Railroad townsite was founded in 1907 in Sections 11, 12, 13 & 14-129-96, Hettinger Township and named by popular demand for the county from which this area was about to separate as a new county. The name is credited to Erastus A. Williams of Bismarck, who was the son-in-law of Mathias Hettinger of Freeport, Illinois. HETTINGER was named county seat in 1907, incorporated as a village in 1908, and became a city in 1916. The post office was established May 17, 1907 with Edward C. Barry as Postmaster. The elevation is 2668, the Zip Code is 58639, and a peak population of 1,769 was reached in 1960. Ole Abelseth (1886-1980), one of the last living survivors of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, was a longtime resident of HETTINGER, and Joris O. "Bud" Wigen (1917-1987), a three-term North Dakota Insurance Commissioner, was born here.(1, 2, 3, 18, 33, 40, 79, 188, 189)

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