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Title: Erling Sannes

Dates: 1902-1940s

Collection Number: 00798

Quantity: 12 items

Provenance: Erling Sannes allowed the State Historical Society to make copies of these images in January 1989.

Abstract: Images of Bertine Sem Sannes who homesteaded in Bottineau County, Russian collective farmers, and Jamestown College.

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.

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Citation: 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 Collection:
MSS 10751 Erling Sannes

Biographical Sketch

Bertine Sem was born in Snassa, Norway on August 12, 1879. She immigrated to North Dakota arriving in April 1902. Sem declared her intent to became an American citizen on May 7, 1902, and that same day, filed for her homestead in Bentinck Township, Bottineau County. The nearest town was Westhope, to the northeast, and Bottineau, the county seat, was 32 miles to the east. She filed her final homestead papers on December 22, 1904, at the land office in Mohall.

Like many young women who homesteaded in northeastern North Dakota, she married. Bertine Sem married Erick Sannes, also from Snassa, Norway, on January 25, 1905. Unlike many of her contemporaries, her husband moved to her homestead to raise their family of six children: Melvin, Olaf, Esther, Bertha, James, and Harold. Bertine died on May 27, 1955, her husband on July 30, 1972.

Photographs Inventory

00798-01              Otto Anstrom in Russian collective farming group photo ca. 1920s
00798-02              Delroy La Brache, Nelson E. Nelson, Helen Victory Nelson, Cera I. Nelson, and Lulu La Brache on a porch, Pembina N.D. ca. 1907
00798-03              Jamestown College, Jamestown N.D.
00798-04              Otto Anstrom of Wilton N.D. standing in a farm field with a cloud of locusts behind him
00798-05              Otto Anstrom and another man with some harvesting implements
00798-06              Homestead proof of Bertine Sem, Westhope N.D. May 7, 1902
00798-07              Bertine Sem and Erick Sannes wedding portrait, January 25, 1905. Photographer: Erickson, Bottineau, N.D.
00798-08              Homestead proof of Bertine Sem, Westhope N.D. May 7, 1902
00798-09              Bertine Sem portrait age 20
00798-10              Homestead application of Bertine Sem May 8, 1902
00798-11              Drawing of a homestead shack by Raize
00798-12              Bertine Sannes carrying two pails, Westhope N.D. ca. 1940

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