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Group portrait of early settlers of Manfred, N.D.
Group portrait of early settlers of Manfred, N.D.
TitleGroup portrait of early settlers of Manfred, N.D.
Date of Original1900?
DescriptionA group portrait of people who lived in Manfred, N.D. A row of men stand in the back, a middle row consists of women and a man sitting, and the front row has children kneeling on the ground. A few of the seated women hold infants.
General SubjectPeople
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)People
Group portraits
Suits (Clothing)
Clothing & dress
Personal NameMelby, Knud Olson Rudi, 1843-1927
Onstad, Ole E., 1873-1954
Jorstad, T. T. (Thomas T.)
Rogne, Carl
Christen, C. K., 1868-1936
Melby, Ole K., 1864-1940
Dahle, Gullik H., 1862-1934
Hedahl, Ole Sveinson, 1869-1917
Hovey, Nils Olson
Robel, Christian O., 1865-1941
Rogne, Bendik Eriksen
Melby, Kristen Kristenson
Melby, Annie Olsdotter Stokkebryn
Hovey, Ole
Flick, Gena Mathilda Melby, 1896-1950
Hovey, Carl
Hovey, John
Hovey, Severt
Melby, Ragnhild Skattebo, 1873-1955
Anderson, Caroline Melby, 1884-1971
Rude, Knute
Rognes, Gilbert
Hovey, O. S.
Neuhaujen, Caroline
LocationManfred (N.D.)
Wells County (N.D.)
Item NumberMM11
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original16 x 25 cm.
Transcription"Taken in 1907"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
"__ndriag of 24 de May 1900, Manfred, N. Dak." -- Handwritten on the front bottom right corner of the photograph in white.
"(On the far left, men left to right, names written below the men) Carl Rogne, K.O. Melby, Knute Rude, T.T. Jarstad. (Men standing in the back row, with names written above, left to right) Ole Onstad, C.K. Melby, O.K. Melby, Gullic (Gullik) Dahle, O.S. Hedahl, Gilbert Rognes, Nels Hovey, Christ Roble, O.S. Hovey Hovtand?, Bendis Rogne, C.C. Melby. Nellie, Lena (the two women sitting on the left with large hats.) Caroline Neuhaujen (- second women from right sitting down in middle row), Mrs. C.C. Melby( - First women seated on the right in the middle row.) (Left to right, children kneeling in the front) Ole Hovey, Mary, Gena Flick, Rogne gal, Carl Hovey, three other Hovey children, Severt Hovey" --Names handwritten on front of photograph.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryGullik H. Dahle was born in Norway in 1862. He married Margit in 1892, she was born in Valdres, Norway, in 1859. They came to the United States in 1893, and then went to Manfred, N.D. Gullik H. Dahle was an early blacksmith and farmer.
Nels O. Hovey of Manfred Township was married to Marit Hoyme in Norway. They came to Manfred about 1893, and had six children, Ole, John, Carl, Nora, Julia and Mary.
Kristen Kristenson Rogne Melby immigrated to the USA in 1880. In the USA, Kristen first used Rogne for his last name, as indicated on his marriage recorded at the courthouse, but he soon became known as C.C. Melby. C. C. first located east of the town of McHenry on a tree claim. In the early 1890's he filed on a homestead north of Manfred, soon to be followed by Anna Stokkebryn, who homesteaded next to his land. They later were married and continued to farm and build up a large farmstead as well as holdings. He built the first large hip roof barn in the area and was instrumental in the immigration of many of his countrymen, paying their fare and employing them until they worked it off and were able to be set up in various occupations.
Bendick Eriksen Rogne arrived in the USA in 1893, and settled in Manfred, N.D., joining friends from Norway, after spending a short time in Woods County, Wisconsin. Once in Manfred, N.D. Bendik and his wife Kari filed on land.
Christian Robel was born in Øystre Slidre, Norway. Christ homesteaded in 1892 on land that later became part of the town site of Manfred. He married Anna in 1898, and she ran a boarding house in Manfred for 25 years.
Ole S. and Ingrid (Jorstad) Hedahl came to the United States with their two children, Swen and Gina, in 1893 from Valdres, Norway. After living for a short time in Twin Valley, Minn., they homesteaded near Manfred in 1895. Six more children were born at Manfred, Conrad, Oscar, Clara, Edwin, Emma and Edith.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom T. Jorstad were natives of Norway. In 1893, Tom immigrated to the USA, his wife Ragndi immigrated in 1899. They were married August 29, 1900 in St. Paul, MN. Their homestead certificate was given October 26, 1908 and signed by Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President.
In the spring of 1896 Ole Onstad came to America arriving in Manfred, ND. In 1896 Ole filed on a homestead northwest of Manfred. On March 18, 1909 Ole and Gina were married at the Vang Lutheran Church in Manfred, and had their wedding reception at the Manfred Hotel. They lived on the homestead near Manfred until the fall of 1949 when they moved to Manfred.
Bibliographic ReferenceSome information from the Fessenden Diamond Jubilee Book 1893-1968, some information from Growing With Pride History Book. Information found at under Biographies, then last name.
Repository InstitutionManfred Heritage Museum
Repository CollectionManfred Heritage Museum Photograph Collection
Credit LineManfred Heritage Museum, Manfred, N.D. (MM11)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Ordering InformationManfred Heritage Museum
Visit the Manfred History and Preservation, Inc. website: - go to Guestbook.
Mailing address: Manfred History and Preservation Inc., PO Box 321, Harvey, N.D. 58341
Open May 1- September 30, on Tuesday- Saturday 10am-4pm.
When open, Museum phone number (701) 547-2564.
Manfred project historian, Audrey Solheim, e-mail address,
Winter phone numbers that are published in their newsletter for staff who could open the museum on special request are 701-547-3123, 701-324-2091, and Pam Norstedt at 701-324-2027.
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmMM11
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