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Mr. and Mrs. John Otten, Neche, N.D.
Mr. and Mrs. John Otten, Neche, N.D.
TitleMr. and Mrs. John Otten, Neche, N.D.
Date of Original1926-05-31
DescriptionMr. John A. Otten sits next to his wife Minnie Otten with an American flag in between them. On the left stands Frank O'Leary holding a rifle at attention, and on the right stands Charles H. Gynn also holding a rifle at attention. There are pine trees and trees in the distance.
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)People
Older people
Personal NameOtten, John A., 1844-1934
O'Leary, Frank, 1888-
Gynn, Charles H., 1892-
Otten, Minnie
Otten, John A., 1844-1934
LocationNeche (N.D.)
Pembina County (N.D.)
Item NumberPCHS5045
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original25 x 30 cm.
Transcription"Frank O'Leary, Mr. and Mrs. John Otten, Charles Gynn, Neche, N.D."--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/History"Taken May 31, 1926. Seated Mr. and Mrs. Otten, Civil War Veteran, standing l. to r. Frank O;Leary and Charles Gynn, Veterans of World War I."
"John A. Otten was born at Marietta, Ohio, April 17, 1844. When 17 years of age, he enlisted in the Union Army and took active part in 46 battles but was never severely wounded. He was with Sherman on his famous march from 'Atlanta to the sea.' He was discharged July 8, 1865, at Louisville, Ky. … In 1866, he and two friends came to the Dakota Territory and in May, 1869, he was stationed at Smuggler's Point (just north of Neche) as Collector of Customs. He was our first Postmaster at Smuggler's Point in 1873 and was one of our first county commissioners and Justice of the Peace. … He was married to Minnie Schultze, April 16, 1872, at St. Paul, and moved here in 1875. To them were born six children: Hattie, Edward, Henry, John G., Ben, and Annie. … Mr. Otten died February 21, 1934."
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation from page 110 in Proudly We Speak: A History of Neche, Park Center, and Bruce. Printed in 1976.
Information from page 37 in the book, Proudly We Speak, A History of Neche, Bathgate, Bruce and Hyde Park. Printed in 1976, published by Neche/ Bathgate History Book Committee, Neche, N.D.
Repository InstitutionPembina County Historical Society
Repository CollectionPembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection
Credit LinePembina County Historical Society Photograph Collection (PCHS5045)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Owned by Pembina County Historical Society.
Ordering InformationPembina County Historical Society
Address: 13572 Hwy 5
Cavalier, N.D. 58220
Phone number: 701-265-4941 or 701-265-4691
Email address:
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmPCHS5045
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