Herman Stern

By: Parker Crooks


  • Herman Stern was born in Oberbiechen, Germany.
  • He was born on August 9, 1887.
  • His father was Samuel Loeb Stern.
  • His Mother was Mina Stern.
  • He is the eight child of his family.
  • He worked odd jobs for the first 14 years of his life.
  • His uncle asked him to come to America and work in the clothing business.
  • He ran a successful clothing business in Casselton ND.
  • Before he went to Casselton ND he went to New York City on October 10, 1903.
  • He quit all of his training to go the U.S to start his own clothing business.


  • He took the second "n" out of his name during his stay in Casselton ND.
  • He worked with mens clothing.
  • He became the manager of the business in 1907.
  • Stern moved to Valley City to take charge of another store.
  • He later got married to Adeline Roth.
  • Stern purchased half interest in the Valley City and Casselton Stores.
  • He was an active member of the Valley City Chamber of Commerce.
  • He helped 175 and german Jews escape the Holocaust and bring them to America.
  • He is Honored in the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
  • He was the 40th reciprient of the ND Rough Rider Award.
  • The Valley city winter show was created because of him.
  • He worked at the Valley City Clothing Store for more than 70 years.
  • Today, his grandchildren work at one of his stores in Fargo N.D.
  • Stern also made the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC).
  • Herman somewhat helped make the Northern Lights Council.
  • He helped create a program called the Community Chest that helps raise money for the needs of the community.
  • He help fundraise enough money to help build camp wilderness.
  • He was manager of 7 stores during the time.
  • He establish boy scout councils in Fargo, Whapeton, Valley City, and Grand forks.
  • He died on June 20, 1980 in Fargo ND.

Why He Was Picked For The Award

He won this award because he helped create a program that helped youth and others in need. He helped build a foundation for North Dakota's economy. His actions still go on today.