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Title: Erastus Appleman Williams

Dates: 1878-1969

Collection Number:  00738

Quantity: 157 items

Abstract: Consists of portraits of E. A. Williams and his family members.  His wife’s family, the Hettingers, also have portraits in the collection.  Photos of family friends, Christmas card photos, and photos of early Bismarck (DT and ND) are also present.

Provenance: The collection was transferred to the Photo Archives from the Erastus Appleman Williams Papers (MSS 10048). The State Historical Society of North Dakota obtained the Erastus Appleman Williams Papers from Mrs. Roy S. Towne at an unknown date.  Gregory S. Camp prepared the inventory to the Erastus Appleman Williams Papers in August, 1986.

Property Rights:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.
               
Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.       
               
Access:  This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
               
Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.       

Related Collections:        MSS 10048

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

There are few people in the history of North Dakota who figured as prominently in the political and economic establishment of the state as Erastus Appleman Williams. Born to Daniel R. and Matilda Appleton Williams on October 14, 1850 in Mystic, Connecticut, Erastus spent the majority of his youth in his home state, as well as Illinois and Wisconsin. At an early age, Williams expressed interest in the bar as a future occupation.  After he received his legal training at the University of Michigan, he was admitted to the bar in Freeport, Illinois in 1871. That same year Williams moved to Yankton, Dakota Territory where he practiced law.  In 1872, Williams accepted the opportunity to move to the future site of Bismarck, then a railroad camp on the east side of the Missouri River known as Edwinton. He traveled north from Yankton with a group of railroad employees, and even took his turn as armed guard on the lookout for hostile Sioux Indians. Williams’ arrival in northern Dakota Territory marked the beginning of a colorful career in many fields of endeavor.

Erastus Appleman Williams held jobs in a wide variety of professions.  Upon his arrival in Bismarck in 1872, the Northern Pacific Railroad Company hired him on as land surveyor and agent. To Williams' surprise, he was elected to the lower House of the Territorial Assembly within a few months of his arrival. A short two years later, Williams was elected to the Territorial Council. By 1875, the railroad camp known as Edwinton was renamed Bismarck. It was at that time that Williams began his law practice.  He was, in fact, the first attorney to hang a law sign advertising his profession in what then comprised the town of Bismarck. As the decade of the 1880s approached, Williams was a familiar part of the Dakota Territorial political and business scene.

In 1883, Williams was once more elected to public office. Elected to the Dakota Territory House of Representatives that year, Williams' fellow solons chose him as the Speaker of the House.  Williams was re-elected to the Territorial House in 1885, and again in 1887. In 1899, he was a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Seven years later, Williams again served as a Speaker of the House, this time for the State of North Dakota.  Erastus Williams' service as a politician in North Dakota's lower legislative body continued into the 20th century when he was re-elected for consecutive terms in 1911, 1913, and 1915. Highly successful in politics, Williams proved himself in other endeavors as well.
In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison appointed Williams as the United States Surveyor-General for North Dakota.  He served in this capacity until 1894. In 1898, President William McKinley reappointed Williams to the same position. Williams continued as surveyor-general until the position was eliminated in June 1908. As a result of his experiences in politics and land development, Williams was an active participant in the construction and development of both Dakota Territory and North Dakota proper. In a less spectacular way, Williams and his family contributed to the social life of Bismarck.

In 1882, Erastus Appleman Williams married Jennie Hettinger and together they made their home in Bismarck. The couple had known each other during their years in Freeport, Illinois.  The Williams had five children: Eva, Odessa, Matilda, Erastus, Jr., and Alice. Mrs. Williams died after a four-day illness in April 1894, however, and left her husband to care for their young children. During her short life in Bismarck, Jennie became involved in a number of social organizations. Likewise, Erastus was a member of the Masons and Knights Templar; Mr. Williams was also a Presbyterian. Erastus Appleman Williams died on March 26, 1930, at the age of 79. He left a considerable legacy of participation and service to the state. The state recognized Williams' contributions several times during his lifetime. Funeral services for the "General" were held in the House Chambers in Bismarck and were attended by family, friends, and an array of then past and present politicos.

Sources:  
Compendium of History and Biography, (Chicago, George A. Ogle and Company, 1900), pp. 1296-1299
W. B. Hennesey, History of North Dakota, pp. 439-440
Bismarck Tribune, April 27, 1894
Ibid., March 26, 1930
Ibid, March 27, 1930.

INVENTORY

0738-1   Dan Williams and two unidentified men portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-2   Old refinery, Bismarck (ND) (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-3   Railroad bridge over the Missouri River, Bismarck (DT) (D. F. Barry photograph, DT)
0738-4   State Penitentiary, Bismarck (ND) (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-5   State Penitentiary, Bismarck (ND) (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-6   State Penitentiary, Bismarck (ND) (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-7   Evelyn Hettinger (sister of Jennie) and unidentified girl portrait
0738-8   Storefronts (two pictures)
0738-9   East on Main Street, Bismarck (DT) (two pictures) (F. Jay Haynes photograph, Moorhead, MN)
0738-10                Burned remains of unidentified building, Bismarck (ND), 1898
0738-11                Burned remains of unidentified building, E. A. William in center, Bismarck (ND), 1898
0738-12                Evelyn Haifer’s(?) room at college
0738-13                Andrew Peterson, Ole Holton, Ole Gradine, and Allen MacDonald, all of Washburn
0738-14                Main Street, Bismarck (DT) (two pictures) (published by F. A. Taylor, St. Paul, MN)
0738-15                One of E. A. William’s first offices, Bismarck (DT) (two pictures)
0738-16                Main Street, Bismarck (DT) (two pictures)
0738-17                James M. Dailey portrait, Sheriff campaign picture
0738-18                Charles Bailey portrait, age 80 (A. A. Scott photograph, Hastings, MN)
0738-19                Unidentified young girl holding a cat (Chas. W. Lawver photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-20                Unidentified young girl
0738-21 – 22       Two unidentified children
0738-23 – 24       Unidentified child
0738-25                Nancy Helen Dollar portrait, age 4
0738-26                Unidentified child
0738-27                Unidentified boy reading a book
0738-28                Salem Towne baby portrait
0738-29                Old Capitol building before addition, Bismarck (DT) (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT)
0738-30                Yellowstone Kelly portrait, Indian Scout (W. Kasten photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-31                Yellowstone Kelly portrait, Government Indian Scout, April, 1980 (Butler Studio photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-32                Unidentified military man portrait
0738-33                Bessie Gund Firestone portrait, age 7 ½, sister of Margaret Graham
0738-34                Malcolm Ford portrait (Smith photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-35                Group photo, identified: Nettie Morgan, Flora Morgan Parezhlin(?), Louise Morgan Trueblood, Mrs. Francis Ford, Malcolm Ford (son of Mrs. Francis Ford), E. A. Williams, Evelyn [Eva] Haifer, and Matilda Williams, July, 1894
0738-36                Mrs. Francis Williams Ford portrait
0738-37                Unidentified man portrait (Butler photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-38                Unidentified buildings, perhaps a water tower
0738-39                Unidentified young girl portrait (E. A. Scholfield, Mystic River, CT)
0738-40                Unidentified group portrait
0738-41                Hettinger woman portrait (Thayer photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-42                Mathias Hettinger portrait (Thayer photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-43                J. W. Henney & Co’s [Buggy] Carriage Works building and crew portrait, Freeport (IL)
0738-44                Matilda Williams, Margaret Gunn Foliorn(?), and Alice Williams Towne, braiding each other’s hair
0738-45                Women group portrait, Jennie Williams, fourth from left
0738-46                Unidentified steamboat
0738-47                Vacant number
0738-48                Unidentified man and three women, November, 1969
0738-49                Vacant number
0738-50                Vacant number
0738-51                Vacant number
0738-52                Vacant number
0738-53                Minnehaha Falls (MN) (Alice photographer)
0738-54                Unidentified woman (Samuel V. Allen Studio photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-55                Robert Webster’s two children in clown costumes, Christmas card, 1954
0738-56                The Christensens, Christmas card
0738-57                Etta reading to two children, Christmas card, 1955
0738-58 – 63       Unidentified woman and doll
0738-64                Robert Owen sketch copy
0738-65                Unidentified group of girls on lawn
0738-66                Alice Jennie Williams Towne (Mrs. R. S.) portrait (Herlocker photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-67                Alice Jennie Williams Towne (Mrs. R. S.) portrait (Herlocker photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-68                Entrance to unidentified park
0738-69                Ruth Gibbs Addison portrait, wife of Dan Williams (Powelson photograph, Buffalo, NY)
0738-70                Matilda A. Williams, left, and Evelyn Williams Haifer, right, 1885 (Thayer photographer, Freeport, IL)
0738-71                Dan Williams, seated, and unidentified man portrait (D. T. Weld photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-72                Mother of E. A. and Dan Williams portrait
0738-73                Mrs. Ruth Gibbs, wife of Dan Williams portrait
0738-74                Unidentified man portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-75                Unidentified man portrait (Samual Allen photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-76                Unidentified man portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-77                Charles Reynold, scout with Custer (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-78                Unidentified man portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-79                Unidentified woman and child portrait (Liliuthal’s photograph, New Orleans, LA)
0738-80                Nettie Morgan, wife of Walter Morgan, sister of Dan and E. A. Williams portrait (unknown photographer, Freeport, IL)
0738-81                Alice Jennie Williams, Evelyn Williams, and Matilda Williams portrait (Herlocker & Schaad photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-82                Matilda Williams portrait (Butler Studio photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-83                Unidentified man portrait (L. E. Meason’s Photographic Parlor photograph, La Crosse, WI)
0738-84                Unidentified woman portrait (V. Allen’s Studio photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-85                Unidentified woman portrait (V. Allen’s Studio photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-86                Mathias Hettinger, II portrait (White Studio, New York, NY)
0738-87                E. A. Williams, Mrs. Francis Ford, and Nettie Morgan portrait on lawn
0738-88                Unidentified man portrait, before 1889 (Butler photograph, Bismarck, DT)
0738-89                Unidentified man portrait (Rodstrom photograph, Omaha, NE)
0738-90                Unidentified man portrait
0738-91                Owl portrait, “The Duke” Bismarck (DT) (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-92                Unidentified child portrait (S. V. Allen photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-93                Ruth Gibbs Williams portrait, wife of Dan Williams (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-94                Eva(?) Hettinger, Joseph Hettinger, Alice Hettinger, Bertha Bergnau(?), and unidentified woman
0738-95                Joseph Hettinger (Charles W. Lawver photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-96                Mathias Hettinger portrait (E. D. Evans photograph, Ithaca, NY and Cornell University)
0738-97                Dan Williams portrait (David T. Weld photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-98                E. A. Williams portrait (L. D. Judkins photograph, Bismarck, DT)
0738-99                Father of E. A. Williams portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-100              Mother of E. A. Williams portrait
0738-101              Joseph Hettinger portrait Thayer photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-102              Minnie C. Gund portrait
0738-103              Minnie C. Gund portrait (G. Waldon Smith photograph, Boston, MA)
0738-104              Unidentified man portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-105              John Sutterland(?) portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT)
0738-106              Elizabeth Hettinger
0738-107              Matilda, Odessa, Margaret, Alice, Edith Bergston group
0738-108              Unidentified grandmother and grandchild (Rudrud Studio photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-109              Mrs. Dan Williams [Mrs. Dunn] portrait, 1878 (Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT)
0738-110              E. A. Williams and five children
0738-111              Eva(?) Hettinger
0738-112              Unidentified infant portrait
0738-113              Erastus Appleman Williams portrait (Lawver photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-114              Erastus Appleman Williams portrait, 1883 (Brand Portraits photograph, Chicago, IL)
0738-115              E. A. Williams’s father portrait
0738-116              E. A. Williams’s mother portrait
0738-117              Jennie Hettinger Williams portrait, wife of E. A. Williams (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT)
0738-118              Fred Gund or father of Fred Gund portrait (Herlocker & Schaad photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-119              Mathias Hettinger, Jr. portrait (E. L. Evans photograph, Ithaca, NY and Cornell University and Hamilton College)
0738-120              Terry Gund portrait, age 2 ½ years, brother of Fred Gund, worked on E. A. Williams’s survey crew
0738-121              Fred Gund portrait, age 4 ½ years, President of Cleveland West, died 1966
0738-122              Evelyn Hettinger portrait (Herlocker & Schaad photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-123              Unidentified Williams woman portrait (Meason photograph, La Crosse, WI)
0738-124              E. A. Williams portrait (C. M. Bell photograph, Washington, D. C.)
0738-125              Mrs. Dan Williams portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, DT and Standing Rock, DT)
0738-126              Herbert Hoover portrait copy
0738-127              Odessa Remington portrait (wife of Paul Remington?) (W. H. DeGraff photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-128              Alice, Evelyn, and Matilda portrait (Herlocker & Schaad photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-129              E. A. Williams “Bud” baby portrait W. H. DeGraff photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-130              Louise Williams Towne portrait (Herlocker & Schaad photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-131              Nettie Williams Morgan portrait (J. D. Perkins photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-132              Minnie Gund portrait, Marion (IA) (Volland Genelli Studios photograph)
0738-133              Nettie Williams portrait, sister of E. A. Williams (Lawver photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-134              Evelyn Hettinger (sister of Jennie), right and unidentified girl portrait (Samuel Allen photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-135              Nettie Morgan portrait
0738-136              Evelyn Hettinger portrait (Brown photograph, Milwaukee, WI)
0738-137              Mother of E. A. Williams portrait (Thayer photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-138              William Ford portrait, son of Mrs. Francis Ford (Herlocker & Schaad photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-139              Louise and Flora Morgan portrait (Herlocker photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-140              Joe Hettinger portrait (Thayer photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-141              Unidentified Williams woman portrait (Brand photograph, Chicago, IL)
0738-142              (Charles W.) Lawver portrait (Van Sickle photograph, Chicago, IL)
0738-143              Hiram Appleman portrait, of Mystic River (CT) (Bogardus photograph, New York City (NY)
0738-144              Evelyn Hettinger portrait (McCormick photograph, Boston, MA)
0738-145              Alice Williams Towne portrait (Herlocker & Schaad photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-146              Anna Matilda Larrafee(?), of Clement (IO), September 5, 1900 (James photograph, Des Moines, IO)
0738-147              Unidentified woman riding a donkey, Mexico, March 14, 1962 (postcard)
0738-148              Unidentified woman riding a donkey, Matilda and Helen Meyer wearing sombreros, Mexico, March 14, 1962 (postcard)
0738-149              Unidentified woman’s head photo overlain an illustration of matador and bull, Mexico, March 14, 1962 (postcard)
0738-150              Half-sister of Odessa Remington portrait (Willson photograph, Independence, IO)
0738-151              Matilda Williams and Evelyn Haifer portrait, 1885 (Thayer photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-152              Jennie Hettinger Williams portrait (D. F. Barry photograph, Bismarck, ND)
0738-153              E. A. Williams, Jr. (Bud) portrait (Lawver photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-154              Flower girl at Odessa Remington’s wedding portrait (Knuth photograph, Troy, OH)
0738-155              Ida E. Lawver(?) portrait, September 6, 1890 (Smith photograph, Freeport, IL)
0738-156              E. A. Williams and children
0738-157              Unidentified man and animal on a spit

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