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Jonathan Winkjer homestead, Montrose, N.D.
Men; Plows; Wooden buildings; Homesteading; Plowing; Plows; Ox teams; Croplands;
Jonathan Winkjer poses for a picture outside of his homestead, standing behind his oxen and equipment, following a day of "sod-busting" in Montrose, N.D.
Rev. Burnt O. Brown farm, Burg Township, Divide County, N.D.
Farmhouses; Ox teams; Mules; Barns; Homesteading; Men;
One story combination wood frame house and tar paper shack on homestead. Man, likely Rev. Burnt O. Brown, holding two teams of oxen and a team of mules in farmyard. A barn visible in background.
John Olson, homesteader, plows with oxen, south of Zahl, N.D.
Plowing; Plows; Homesteading; Ox teams; Croplands; Men; Hats;
John Olson, plowing with oxen
Men breaking sod with a hand plow, Zahl, N.D.
Plows; Plowing; Horses; Men; Homesteading; Croplands; Hats; Boulders;
Nels Olson and Henry Halvorson break sod the hard way with a horse drawn hand plow
Little Muddy, G. Metzger's Grocery Store, N.D.
Grocers; Grocery stores; Buildings; Homesteading;
Little Muddy in 1887. G. B. Metzger's grocery store dominated the scene. In the background left to right are buildings owned by Alton Wagner, Andy Wittier, Bob Pontet, Joe Bell and Henry Eharst.
Williston, Downtown, N.D.
Homesteading; Stores & shops; Men; Buildings;
By 1888, Little Muddy, now Williston, had begun to grow. Metzger's store was still in the center of things. The two story building may have been the Carl Wittmeir store. Another of the log structures no...
Pioneers; Frontier & pioneer life; Homesteading; Cityscapes; City & town halls; Houses; Log buildings; Log cabins; Fences; Churches;
The Zahl residence in Williston appears lower left in this early image of the town. Doc Zahl lived here in the 1890s when he operated a butcher shop, sold horses and was county treasurer for a term.
Coyotes, "Enemy in the dark," Williston, N.D.
Four howling wolves are pictured, big problems for early North Dakota homesteaders.
Teacher and students of School 3, District 37 of Williams County stand outside sod schoolhouse near Zahl, N.D.
Children; Teachers; Sod buildings; Schools; Grasses; Dresses; Hats; Clothing & dress;
The teacher and students of School 3, District 37 of Williams county appear in the John Brekke photo taken in 1908. Left to right are Anna Bergeron, Teacher Eva McCoy, Elizabeth Coty, Josephine Murphy,...
S. Th. Westdal Interviews First Sgt. Harry Kulas, Williston, N.D.
Reporters; Newspaper editors; Military officers; Military personnel; Interviews; Offices;
S. Th. Westdal, editor of the Williston Press-Graphic newspaper, interviews First Sgt. Harry Kulas following his return from a Japanese prison camp in the Phillippine Islands.
Committee of fifteen prominent men, Williston, N.D.
Men; Suits (Clothing); Tables; Tablecloths; Group portraits; Doctors; Committees; Neckties; Eyeglasses; School superintendents; Jewelers; Business people; Pharmacists; Newspaper editors; Real estate business; Lawyers; People;
Group portrait of fifteen men gathered behind a table indoors, possibly a Boy Scout Committee meeting. Men seated in the front row from left to right: Dr. Harry J. Baker, Dentist; O. Fossum, County Superintendent...
Homesteading women in front of Jane Fairweather's house at her party, Howard, N.D.
Homesteading; Women; Houses; Dresses; Hats;
Four women homesteaders, Cynthia Evans, Olive Mehus, Agnes Card and Jane Fairweather, dressed for Jane's party, pose for a photograph in front of Jane's house, the day before the cyclone, Howard, N.D.....
First settlers in Williston, N.D.
Homesteading; Men; Cowboys;
Among the first to settle in Williston were these famous buffalo hunters and cowboys: Front, Frank Poe, F.R. "Doc" Zahl, and Nick Bruegger. Standing, Doug Bell, Bent Bell, Fin Barnfather and Joe Bell.
Joseph W. 'Bud' Jackson portrait
Men; Mayors; Ranchers; Pioneers; Horse boarding & training facilities; Soldiers; Business people; Land use;
"Joseph W. 'Bud' Jackson was an early settler in the Williston area... Jackson spent most of his first two years on the OH Ranch in McKenzie County, learning the ranching business from foreman Lem Burns...
Gronbecks and Witsoes outside Anondale homestead, Barr Butte township, N.D.
Women; Children; Men; Houses; Dogs; Dresses; Hats; Windows; Draperies; Meadows;
A gathering of friends might be the reason for this photo, which is labeled "Anondale Homestead." The adults, left to right, are Anna and H. Marie Gronbeck and Mrs. And Mr. R. A. Witsoe. The children,...
Two women and one man standing in wheat field
Women; Men; Wheat; Croplands; Dresses; Hats; Mustaches; Homesteading;
Watching the wheat grow...Mrs. Henry Halvorson (Dora), Mrs Walter Koepke (Clara) and Henry Halvorson stand in a field, posing for a photograph
Henry and Dora Halvorson, homesteaders, Zahl, N.D.
Interiors; Men; Women; Neckties; Mustaches; Homesteading;
Henry and Dora Halvorson, homesteaders, pose for a photograph inside their home in Zahl, N.D.
Emil Hanson, homesteader, reading a magazine, Squires, N.D.
Men; Periodicals; Magazine covers; Chairs; Photographic studios; Suits (Clothing); Neckties; Homesteading;
Emil Hanson, the brother of Hartvig, the photographer, is pictured posing for a photograph during a relaxing moment as he sits indoors and reads one of Hartvig's magazines, Popular Photography. The magazine...
Mrs. Walter Koepke and dog, Zahl, N.D.
Women; Dogs; Meadows; Rivers; Homesteading;
Mrs. Walter Koepke and a dog pose for a photograph in a field in Zahl, N.D.
Homesteaders outside house, Barr Butte township, N.D.
Men; Bicycles & tricycles; Houses; Hats; Dogs; Teapots; Drinking vessels; Pots & pans; Mining equipment; Windows; Chimneys;
Four men stand and a man and a dog sit outside a tar paper shack. This crew looks more like miners than farmland homesteaders.
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