This Great Northern Railroad townsite was founded in 1907 in the southeast quarter of section 9-162-84, Hurley Township between Sherwood and Mohall. The name is said to have been suggested by Mohall banker Sherwood H. Sleeper, the namesake of Sherwood, for Fort LaReine, Verendrye's fort on the Assiniboine River in Manitoba with a corruption of the spelling. The post office was established as LORAINE on December 13, 1907 with Pearl Robertson as Postmaster, although the Great Northern Railroad station was called LORAIN. The village incorporated in 1913, but development was very slow, with a peak population of just 92 being reported in 1930. The post office, Zip Code 58753, closed July 1, 1976.(2, 3, 18, 33, 40, 41, 71, 79)

Source: North Dakota Place Names Page 116

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