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Title: Nielson Family

Dates: 1914-1950

Collection Number: 00117

Quantity: 378 items

Abstract: Images of the Nielson family of Valley City (ND) and of World War I and its aftermath.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Nielson Family papers from James Nielson in April 2001. The photographs were separated from MSS 10107

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Related Collection:
MSS 10107

HISTORICAL SKETCH

The Nielson Family was among the earliest settlers of the Valley City area of Barnes County, Dakota Territory.  Having sold his hardware merchandise store in Jackson, Michigan, Wylie Nielson moved his wife and three children to Dakota's northern plains in 1880.  Upon arrival, the Scotsman established an agricultural supplies store with one James Baille. This enterprise proved successful, as it outlived both men.  Wylie Nielson lived in Valley City for nearly fifty years and died at his home on October 14, 1928.  His wife, Mary, with whom he had been married nearly 50 years, died in 1927.  Wylie Nielson's most lasting legacy however, was not his business nor his pioneering effort in Barnes County; rather, it was his children, and in particular his daughters, in whom dwelt much of the same spirit their father had exhibited.

Minnie Jean and Hazel Nielson were quite young when they arrived with their parents in Valley City. Both were schooled there, as was their brother John.  Minnie Jean and Hazel both taught elementary and secondary education in rural Barnes County, the former later teaching at Valley City High School. To the end of their lives, education was a passion of both women and prompted them to take active roles in the formation of North Dakota policies with regard to the profession. Indeed, in 1918, Minnie Jean ran and was elected to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and served until 1927 when friend Bertha Palmer was elected to the same post. After her time as Superintendent of Public Instruction, Minnie Jean served as director of the Teachers' Insurance and Retirement Fund, serving in that stead from 1938 to 1950. Hazel is best remembered for her work as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction under her sister Minnie, and as president of the American Legion Auxiliary. Both women were actively involved in a myriad of women's clubs such as Pioneer Mothers, PEO, North Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs, and Delta Kappa Gamma.  Among the more unusual endeavors of Hazel was her work with the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during 1917-1918. From her letters and postcards, it appears Hazel was involved in something akin to USO. Neither Minnie Jean nor Hazel ever married. Hazel died on July 10, 1957, and Minnie Jean on February 27, 1958.  Their brother John passed away February 19, 1946 at the age of seventy.

Minnie Jean and Hazel Nielson were unique women for their time. Active and outgoing, not to mention single, the two stood in stark contrast to the Catherine Beecher ideal of female domesticity. Minnie Jean, for instance, was elected to the post of Superintendent of Public Instruction when few women were involved in politics. Even more remarkable, she was elected as the only candidate not supported by the Nonpartisan League in the 1918 election when the NPL made an otherwise clean sweep. Both women, as pointed out, were active in various organizations too. This was less remarkable for women however, as female involvement in clubs and reform groups had become quite acceptable in the wake of the Second Great Awakening nearly a century before. Their leadership in them, however, was to strengthen each club and organization in which they were involved. The same can be said for their service to the state of North Dakota.

PHOTOGRAPHS INVENTORY

00117-001            Hazel B. Nielson
00117-002            Rev. Nugent family of Valley City (ND)  
00117-003            Minnie  Nielson in front seat of automobile adorned with flags in parade
00117-004            Minnie Nielson and Hazel B. Nielson seated at table
00117-005            Minnie Nielson
00117-006            Hazel B. Nielson and Minnie Nielson outside Northern Pacific Depot, Bismarck (ND)
00117-007            Hazel B. Nielson
00117-008            Elks Building, Valley City (ND)    
00117-009            Hazel B. Nielson
00117-010            James Whitcomb Reley, James Whitcomb, State School Inspector           
00117-011            Edith Stowell, school teacher in Valley City (ND)               
00117-012            Nielson home in Valley City (ND)
00117-013            Nielson home in Valley City (ND)             
00117-014            Nielson home in Valley City (ND)
00117-015            Nielson home in Valley City (ND)             
00117-016            Nielson home in Valley City (ND)             
00117-017            Nielson home in Valley City (ND)             
00117-018            Mrs. James  Nielson and Miss Dora Large
00117-019            Hazel B. Nielson               
00117-020            Hazel B. Nielson               
00117-021            Hazel B. Nielson               
00117-022            Hazel B. Nielson               
00117-023            Hazel B. Nielson               
00117-024            Hazel B. Nielson               
00117-025            Hazel B. Nielson               
00117-026            Mrs. Wylie Nielson
00117-027            Minnie Nielson with group of women
00117-028            Kenneth McFarland, his mother, daughter and granddaughter
00117-030            Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Nielson, Wylie
00117-031            Minnie Nielson on sled
00117-032            Minnie Jean Nielson portrait
00117-034            Governor and Mrs. Fred G. Aandahl       
00117-035            Governor and Mrs. Fred G. Aandahl       
00117-036            Governor and Mrs. Fred G. Aandahl       
00117-037            Governor and Mrs. Fred G. Aandahl       
00117-038            Governor and Mrs. Fred G. Aandahl       
00117-039            Governor and Mrs. Fred G. Aandahl       
00117-040            G. W. Hanna, Mrs. Winifred Benson, D. W. Clark, Dr. Max Moore, Olson,               Herman Stern, Dr. Pray, Huett, Connally
00117-041            Mrs. A. L. Altinger and May Baillie
00117-042            Edna Dabl, second grade teacher at Valley City (ND) 1950             
00117-047            Wylie Nielson group
00117-048            Mrs. Wylie Nielson
00117-049            Mrs. Wylie Nielson
00117-050            Edith Pemne at the Donald Hotel-Riviera             
00117-051            Fortnightly Study Club, Crosby (ND)       
00117-052            Ida Lee Prokop signs her name at the bottom of a sign for Prairie Studio compositions of feathers and natural grasses 1946
00117-053            Bessie Lenvig
00117-054            Billie and Margaret Smith
00117-055            Aerial view of farm ca. 1940        
00117-056            Aerial view of Peter Hansen farm 1940
00117-057            Aerial view of Emil Schermer farm 1940
00117-058            Aerial view of Jack Heimes farm 1940
00117-059            Valley City (ND) Armory burning 1914-1918
00117-060            Valley City (ND) Armory burning 1914-1918
00117-061            Valley City (ND) Armory burning 1914-1918
00117-062            Valley City (ND) Drug Store remodeling 1949       
00117-064            First Cabin built Fort Totten (ND)
00117-065            Mrs. A. M. Powell of Devils Lake (ND) 1948
00117-066            Girl on a toboggan
00117-067            Group by car
00117-068            Young men studying or working in dorm or home interior
00117-071            Man on horse at Valley City celebration
00117-073            Children on toboggan
00117-075            Dakota Press Women   
00117-076            Native Americans and horses Fort Totten (ND) post card
00117-077            Lodge International Peace Garden post card
00117-078            Watford City (ND) High School post card
00117-079            Bridge and river view, Sanish (ND) post card
00117-080            Red River cart post card
00117-081            Fort Lincoln post card    
00117-082            Gatling gun battery, Fort Lincoln, (DT) post card
00117-083            Fort Lincoln post card    
00117-084            Fort Lincoln, Bismarck (ND)
00117-087            Bison herd post card
00117-088            Bison herd by river post card
00117-089            Bison herd post card
00117-090            Bison
00117-092            Indians dancing
00117-093            Block house, Fort Lincoln, (DT)
00117-095            Harvesting on a ten mile field color post card
00117-096            Cedar Canyon from U.S. Highway No. 10 N.D. Badlands color post card
00117-097            Auditorium at Chautauqua, Valley City (ND) post card
00117-098            Hotel Gardner, Fargo, N. Dak. Color post card
00117-099            Northern Pacific High Line, Valley City, N. Dak. post card
00117-100            Members of Mercer Woman's Study Club: Miss Schnell, Mrs. B. C. Hjelle, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Ray Nielson, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. F. O. Freeberg, Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mae  Washburn, Mrs. R. W. Redington, Margaret Wicklande, Mrs. Urban, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. J. B. Peterson, Mrs. Over 1940
00117-101            Members of Mercer Woman's Study Club: Mrs. F. O. Freeberg, Miss Schnell, Mrs. B. C. Hjelle, Mrs. Ray Nielson, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. R. W. Redington, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. Urban, Margaret Wicklande, Mae Washburn, Mrs. J. B. Peterson 1940        
00117-102            Member of Mercer Woman's Study Club” Mrs. B. C. Hjelle, Miss Schnell, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Ray Nielson, Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mrs. R. W. Redington, Mrs. F. O. Freeberg, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Mae Washburn, Margaret Wicklande, Mrs. Urban, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. J. B. Peterson 1940
00117-103            Member of Mercer Woman's Study Club: Mrs. B. C. Hjelle, Miss Schnell, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Ray Nielson, Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mrs. R. W. Redington, Mrs. F. O. Freeberg, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Mae Washburn, Margaret Wicklande, Mrs. Urban, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. J. B. Peterson 1940     
00117-104            Member of Mercer Woman's Study Club” Mrs. B. C. Hjelle, Miss Schnell, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Ray Nielson, Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mrs. R. W. Redington, Mrs. F. O. Freeberg, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Mae Washburn, Margaret Wicklande, Mrs. Urban, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. J. B. Peterson 1940     
00117-105            Members of Mercer Woman's Study Club: Miss Schnell, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Ray Nielson, Mrs. J. B. Peterson, Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. F. O. Freeberg,
Mrs. R. W. Redington, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. Urban, Mae Washburn, 1940
00117-106            Member of Mercer of Woman's Study Club: Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Ray Nielson, Miss Schnell, Mrs. B. C. Hjelle, Mrs. R. W. Redington, Mrs. F. O. Freeberg, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. Sidney Nelson,                
Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mae Washburn, Mrs. Urban, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. J. B. Peterson 1940
00117-107            Member of Mercer of Woman's Study Club: Mrs. Ray Nielson, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. B. C. Hjelle, Miss Schnell, Mrs. F. O. Freeberg, Mrs. H. L. Mattson, Mrs. Sidney Nelson, Mrs. Conrad Freeberg, Mrs. R. W. Redington, Mrs. Archie Kline, Mrs. Urban, Mae Washburn, Mrs. J. B. Peterson, Mrs. Sidney Nelson 1940
00117-108            Thanksgiving: May Baille, Jim Nielson, Mr, Strong, Sr., Mr. Schilling, Mother, Rob Baille, Annie, Hazel, Georgie’s head, Aunt Jennie, Uncle Robert, Elizabeth Baille Strong, Papa, John Gordon Strong in arms, John Strong 1940
00117-113 – 120 Glacier National Park, Going to the Sun camp
00117-125            Harbor at Cette on the Mediterranean Sea post card
00117-126            First Presbyterian Church, San Luis Obispo, Cal. post card 1916
00117-129 – 135 Mary Alice Nielson in her wedding dress
00117-170 – 171 hunting party with tents and geese
00117-172            In the garden September 4, 1917 the day before the Grand Departure for the 2nd A.E.F.
00117-186            Koblenz
00117-187            Taken in my classroom by one of the H.S. boys 1944
00117-198            Two people in canoe at sunset on Lake Bemidji
00117-199            Canoeing
00117-200            On the beach
00117-279            Toulouse June 1919
00117-287            Toulouse June 1919
00117-317            Replica of the Statue of Liberty on the Isle aux Cygnes, France
00117-318            Eiffel Tower
00117-341            Four women by ship “Bismarck’ at Mantz for trip up Rhine
00117-342            Along the Rhine
00117-343            Vineyard along the Rhine
00117-344            From hotel at Montreaux
00117-345            Cemetery at Chateau Thiery
00117-346            Napoleon’s tomb, Paris
00117-347            From train going through Switzerland
00117-358            Washington Monument from Tidal Basin
00117-359            Washington Monument from Tidal Basin
00117-360            Statue of Liberty
00117-365 – 368 Mary Alice Nielson’s wedding
00117-369            Charles M. Russell etching of Medora post card
00117-375 – 377 color slides

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