Stanton was founded by Thomas and James McGrath. They established a post office in December 1882. It was named for their mother, whose maiden name was Stanton.

    Stanton was platted in March 1883 and was filed at the Register of Deeds office in Morton County, Dakota Territory. Surveyor work was done by H.H. Harmon.

   Some of the earliest settlers include August Borner, Edward Heinemeyer, George Williams, John Wee, Ed Councilman, David Enyart, Henry Loy, Joseph Stephens, George Knoop, Charles Egar, Magnus Swanson, Hellick Bagley, Herman Danielson, Frank Ankarberg, William Jones, D.E. Wood, A.C. McCrorie, all settled in the area in the 1880's.

Historic Time Line
B.C.                Native Americans farmed and traded
1738                1st Recorded Contact, Sier de la Verendrye
1804                Lewis and Clark Expedition
1864                Steam Boat, Captain Grant Marsh
1880                1st Doctor, S.C. Walker
1882                1st Post Office, James McGrath postmaster
1883                1st School
1884                1st Newspaper, A.C. McCrorie editor
1885                Stanton elected as Mercer County "County Seat"
1908                1st Bank, German State Bank, L.L. Beinhauer cashier
1909                Stanton incorporated as a "village"
1910                1st Church built, Reverend Schult
1912                1st Train, Northern Pacific Railway
1912                Public Telephone Exchange wired in, Alber Withnell
1916                1st Streets were surveyed and brought to grade
1917                1st City Electricity, Ben and John Janssen franchise owners
1928                1st Airplane and Airport, Martin Schow owner
1947                Stanton incorporated as a "city"
1948                Sewer System installed
1966                Streets are paved
1974               Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site Established
1979                Water System is installed
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