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Title: Enid Bern

Dates: 1895-1966

Collection Number: 00248

Quantity: 70 items

Abstract: Many of these images were used for “Memoirs of a Prairie School Teacher,” by Enid Bern in North Dakota History, Summer 1975 and “The Enchanted Years on the Prairies,” Fall 1973. The other images are Bern family photos of farming and activities in Hettinger County.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota received the C. E. and Oliver Bern Family Papers from Ivan Bern in May 1995. These photographs were separated from the manuscript collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researcher should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94‑553, Title 17 U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection name, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Related Collections:
10661 C. E. and Olive Bern
20301 Enid Bern

From the Mott Pioneer Press, Saturday October 2, 1993

Funeral services for Enid Bern, 94, Mott, ND, long-time area educator and historical writer were held on Friday, October 1, 1993 at 2:00 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mott. Rev. Robert Pestal officiated and interment was in Sunnyslope Cemetery at Mott. Special music was provided by Pat Schwartz, organist, and Diane Friedt, vocalist. Casket bearers were Dale Johnson, John Roster, Edgar Johnson, Larry Woiwode, Joseph Woiwode, and Mick Wangsvick.

Miss Bern passed away at Hillcrest Care Center in Hettinger, ND, on Tuesday evening, September 28, following a lengthy illness.

Enid Bern was born November 11, 1898 at Waverly, Iowa, to Carl and Olive (Isaacson) Bern. At the age of 3 she accompanied her family to River Falls, Wisconsin. Five years later the family moved with a group of friends to homestead in the Mott area. Hettinger County was only 13 days old at the time, so no schools were available until late the following year. She then attended a rural school near her home and graduated from Mott High School in 1919. In order to realize her ambition to teach, she attended college between teaching positions and received her Standard Certificate from Ellendale State Teachers College in 1925. She later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, ND, in 1932.

She taught rural and community grade schools and served for numerous years as school principal at Aneta, Sykeston, and Elgin, ND.

Enid returned to the family farm in 1950 to help with the care of her aging parents and following their deaths, taught for 4 more years in Hettinger County. She continued to live on the farm with her brother, south of Burt until they moved to Mott in 1978. She continued to reside there until failing health forced her hospitalization and nursing home care.

She was confirmed in the English Lutheran Church in 1916 and was presently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed hobbies of gardening and photography. She wrote several articles of historical significance for the North Dakota magazine.

She is survived by her brother Ivan Bern of Mott. Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother Efford.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home of Mott.


00248-01              First Jury trial held in Hettinger County (ND) December 16, 1907
00248-02              Charles E. and Olive Bern at edge of dam on homestead in Hettinger County
00248-03              Home-built dam on the Bern homestead in Hettinger County
00248-04              Charles E. and Enid Bern
00248-05              Water runs over the dam on the Bern farm after summer freshet August 1919
00248-06              17 ton culvert carried off by flash flood August 1966
00248-07              Creek wash out where four neighbors drowned on Bern farm August 1966
00248-08              Efford and Ivan Bern at dam on homestead
00248-09              Homer Batty on snow drift in front of the First National Bank, Mott (ND) March 15, 1920
00248-10              Anna Nelson and Carl Tulberg on a snow drift in front of the old Boston Store, Mott (ND) 1920
00248-11              Anna Nelson and Jewell Roberts between drifts on the sidewalk on Main St., Mott (ND) after the storm March 15-16, 1920          
00248-12              Anna Nelson, Jewell Roberts, Mr. Sampson, and Mr. Vasey next to giant drift on the west side of Main St., Mott (ND) 1920
00248-13              Enid Bern age 2
00248-14              Enid’s first doll
00248-15              Our Christmas gifts after the 1910 fire
00248-16              School luggage
00248-17              Pages in the Primer
00248-18              Primer used in 1908
00248-19              Santa Claus soap wrappers saved to buy the parents these 1847 Rogers silverware pieces for Christmas in 1910
00248-20              Ivarie School in rural Grant County (ND) 1917
00248-21              School at Burt (ND)
00248-22              Sykeston High School built in 1913
00248-23              Glenmore consolidated rural high school, LaMoure County 1920s
00248-24              Children at the May pole, Grand Rapids (ND)
00248-25              School boys Gascoyne 1925
00248-26              Boy and girl on swing in schoolyard
00248-27              Boys playing softball at Glenmore School, LaMoure County (ND)
00248-28              Gordon on a ladder
00248-29              David Blackstead on bicycle
00248-30              Durard Bohn at school desk 1920
00248-32              Eighth grade graduation exercises 1912
00248-33              Kite
00248-34              Senior class at Elgin High School 1949
00248-35              Eikamp steam outfit threshing at C. E. Bern farm 1922
00248-37              John Gilbert outfit threshing for Charles E. Bern ca. 1923-1925   
00248-38              Charles E. Bern combining 1933
00248-39              Combining on Charles E. Bern farm 1933                               
00248-40              Push binder 10-20 International tractor  1937     
00248-41              Harvest 1942     
00248-42              Charles E. Bern, 80 years old operating the push binder 1946      
00248-44              Newborn calf in snow                   
00248-45              Charles E. Bern, father of Enid Bern ca. 1895                       
00248-46              Jackrabbit Hunt near Bert and Bentley (ND) 1921
00248-47              Jackrabbit Hunt near Bert and Bentley (ND) 1921
00248-48              Jackrabbit Hunt near Bert and Bentley (ND) 1921
00248-49              Jackrabbit Hunt near Bert and Bentley (ND) 1921
00248-50              Enid Bern                            
00248-51              Enid Bern                            
00248-52              Enid Bern                            
00248-53              Group photo of teacher and students 1914         
00248-54              Enid Bern                            
00248-55              Uncle Will's Magazine for children from The Rotary, Lisbon (ND)
00248-56              Picnic after the prairie fire
00248-57              Enid Bern home, River Falls (WI)
00248-58              Corta Heirs, school teacher with horse
00248-59              Charles E. Bern, Efford Bern, Enid Bern, Ivan Bern, Olive Bern before moving to North Dakota                    
00248-60              Ivan Bern on the horse “Tony”                  
00248-61              Efford Enid and Ivan Bern shortly after the fire in 1910
00248-62              Ivan Bern and orphan colt he raised                       
00248-63              Charles E. and Efford Bern sharpening cutting blade for hay mower
00248-64              Charles E. and Olive Bern
00248-65              Efford and Ivan Bern on homestead
00248-66              Mrs. Charles Bern ca. 1897
00248-67              Public School, River Falls (MN)
00248-68              Country school
00248-69              Ivan Bern on horseback                               
00248-70              Bismarck Mandan ferryboat Marion 1921

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