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Title: Zahn Family

Dates: ca. 1870-1970s

Collection Number: 00900

Quantity: 75 items

Abstract: Consists of images of William Presley Zahn, his wife Kezewin (Josephine Mary), and children, including Judge Frank B. Zahn and Clara Zahn Ramey. Collection also includes copies of portraits of Native American chiefs and individuals, celebrations, historic images and images from the Standing Rock Reservation, Fort Yates (N.D.).

Provenance: The initial donation (photographs 00900-00001-00046) were donated by Jean Tyree Hamilton. Most of the photographs are copies, which are for reference use only. Copies and originals are identified in the inventory below. Diane Partington Thomas, great-granddaughter of William P. Zahn, donated photographs 00047-00072 in January 2015, which were digitized by SHSND staff, and returned to Thomas. Photo collection 00535 was added to the collection in December 2015.

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.

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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:       
William Zahn (Photograph Collections: A0249, A1637, A2535, B1000, B1001, B1002)
Frank Zahn (Photograph Collections: 00535, B1004, B1005, B1006, B1007, B1008, B1009, B1014, C3729)
00032-SI-07 Mrs. Gladys J. Zahn Oral History Photograph Collection
00032-SI-7a Frank Zahn (copy of an old tape recording), Fort Yates
MSS 10162 Frank Zahn Papers
MSS 11064 Clara Zahn Ramey Family
MSS 20067 William P. Zahn Papers
MSS 21133 Mike and Linda Graham, Frank Zahn Research


William Presley Zahn was born on October 25, 1849 to William Zahn and Winyan Waste (sister of Chief John Grass). William married Princess Kezewin (Josephine Mary) Cloud, daughter of Chief Flying Cloud and relative of Sitting Bull. They had three sons and six daughters. William was an interpreter and soldier at Standing Rock Agency, and was one of the 26 soldiers who first helped establish Fort Yates in 1873. In 1874 he was with Custer's Company G., 17th U.S. Infantry on the expedition to the Black Hills to find gold. In 1893 he was with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Chicago as interpreter at the display of Sitting Bull's cabin. He was also a trader with a post on Standing Rock Reservation.  William P. Zahn died on September 8, 1936.


Francis “Frank” Benjamin Zahn, later known as Chief Flying Cloud, was born May 4, 1890 at Standing Rock Reservation and was educated there.  He graduated from the Riggs Institute in Flandreau (S.D.) in 1912 and from the Carlisle Indian College in Pennsylvania in 1915 with a major in law. He served in World War I as a member of Company 6 of the 351st Infantry, 88th Division. Upon his discharge in 1919 he attended Aakers Business College in Fargo for two years. He then accepted a position as official interpreter at Standing Rock Reservation, which was followed by his appointment as Chief Judge of the Court of Indian Offenses, Bureau of Indian Affairs, of both North and South Dakota. He retained that position until his retirement in 1960. Zahn was a free-lance writer, wrote a column for the Fort Yates Newspaper and collaborated with Stanley Vestal and Walter Hairghurst in writing books. He was an Indian delegate to Washington, D.C. on several occasions, a concert violinist, artist, and acted in three Hollywood movies, including "They Died With Their Boots On." Zahn was a member and former commander of several American Legion posts, the State Historical Society , former member of the Sioux County Advisory Board, member of the Bismarck Executive Club and the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Music Association. On May 5, 1947, Zahn married Gladys Fisher in Sioux Falls (S.D.). They had four children: Frank Jr., Louis, Winona Moltz, and Maria  L. Hayes. Frank Zahn died July 3, 1966.

Sources: "Frank B. Zahn, Historian, Judge, Dies Here Sunday," Bismarck Tribune, July 5, 1966
"Born in Teepee, Judge Zahn Feels Allegiance both to Whites, Indians," Mandan Pioneer, September 13, 1963
"William Zahn" [biography], South of the Cannon Ball: A History of Sioux, The War Bonnet County, May E. Hinton, p. 258
"Wm. P. Zahn" [series],  Sioux County Pioneer-Arrow, September 4-25, 1936.


00900-00001 Blackfoot tipis, Bull Head Fair, 1954 postcard
00900-00002 Chief Flying Cloud and Frank Zahn in automobile in parade, All America Indian Days, Sheridan (Wyo.), Rockford Studio postcard, 1954
00900-00003 Blackfoot dancers with hoops, ca. 1940s-1950s (copy)
00900-00004 Oglala first prize winner on horseback, All America Indian Days, Sheridan (Wyo.), 1954 (copy)
00900-00005 First to Fly (Assiniboine), Ft. Laramie Hatchet, A Crow, John Sitting Bull, American Horse (Oglala), and unidentified, ca. 1930s-1940s (same photo as 00033)(copy)
00900-00006 Grey Eagle (nephew of Sitting Bull, survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn), Frank Zahn, Little Crow (son of Little crow, famed in Minn. Massacre), ca. 1950s (copy)
00900-00007 Chief Little Crow, Frank Zahn and Chief Flying Cloud, All America Indian Days, Sheridan (Wyo.), Rockford Studio postcard, 1954
00900-00008 Harleysville Post Office (probably Pennsylvania) postcard, ca. 1890s
00900-00009 Young Skunks, brother of No Water, ca. 1940s
00900-00010 Crow Indian scaffolds (copy)
00900-00011 Crow dancers, ca. 1930s
00900-00012 William P. Zahn portrait, Company G. 17th U.S. Infantry, ca. 1870 (copy)
00900-00013 Farmer Given's house at Cannonball Substation, Standing Rock (Givens was with Indian Service to teach Indians to farm), 1886 (copy)
00900-00014 Frank Zahn and Te Ata (Chickasaw guest, Mrs. Clyde Fisher) at Ceremonial dances, Bull Head (S.D.), photograph by Clyde Fisher, July 4, 1935
00900-00015 Frank Zahn, Te Ata, One Bull at Bull Head (S.D.), photograph by Clyde Fisher, July 4, 1935 (copy)
00900-00016 Frank Zahn and One Bull at Bull Head (S.D.), photograph by Clyde Fisher, July 4, 1935 (copy)
00900-00017 Mary Louise Defender portrait, Miss Indian America 1954 (copy)
00900-00018 Lewis F. Crawford, Bear Soldier, Frank Zahn, Little Soldier, Usher L. Burdick and Blackbear in front of the Standing Rock, Frank Fiske photograph, ca. 1925 (copy)
00900-00019 The William P. Zahn family: William and Kezewin Zahn, with daughters Clara and Josephine, and sons Henry and Frank, ca. 1900
00900-00020 Frank B. Zahn at Sitting Bull
00900-00021 Little Crow, Frank Zahn and Grey Eagle (Veteran of the Battle of Little Big Horn and nephew of Sitting Bull), at the spot where Custer fell, Custer Battlefield, 1955 (same photo as 00032) (copy)
00900-00022 Sitting Bull at burial of his son Patala, 1884 (copy)
00900-00023 Two Bear, Chief Upper Yanktonaii Sioux, ca. 1870 (copy)
00900-00025 Frank Zahn and One Bull at Bull Head (S.D.), July 4, 1935 (copy)
00900-00026 Frank B. Zahn, mayor of Moorhead (Minn.) and Little Crow, ca. 1953 (copy)
00900-00028 Buffalo Bill's First Wild West Show, ca. 1870 (all Kowa Indians, Mexican Cowboys. California Joe is center of front row, Buffalo Bill is behind him, Ned Buntine is to the right of Cody, Livingston is to the right of the child, left of Cody is John Burk (Advance manager), John Baker is second left from Cody)
00900-00029 Buffalo grazing on Battle Mountain (S.D.), ca. 1930 (copy)
00900-00030 Merchants Hotel, Winona (N.D.), Jack Waldron, proprietor, left; Mrs. Rose Clark Waldron in upper left window; right, Kate Clark and Ellen Waldron in upper right window, Fuller and Fansler photograph, 1884
00900-00031 U.S. Army Ordinance Sergeant, a Sergeant and three privates of the 17th Regiment of the U.S. Infantry grouped around a gatling gun, Fort McKeen, summer 1877, Frank Jay Haynes photograph (copy)
00900-00032 Little Crow, Frank Zahn and Grey Eagle (Veteran of the Battle of Little Big Horn and nephew of Sitting Bull), at the spot where Custer fell, Custer Battlefield, 1955 (same photo as 00021) (copy)
00900-00033 First to Fly (Assiniboine), Ft. Laramie Hatchet, A Crow, John Sitting Bull, American Horse (Oglala), and unidentified, ca. 1930s-1940s (same photo as 00005) (copy)
00900-00034 John LaMonte (left), Antoine Claymore (Clement) Right and Sioux wives, ca. 1870 (copy) 
00900-00035 William P. Zahn and daughter Josephine Zahn (Peets), ca. 1900 (copy)
00900-00036 Frank Zahn on horseback, Standing Rock Reservation, 1927 (copy)
00900-00037 White Bull, nephew of Sitting Bull, brother of One Bull, ca. 1930s-1940s
00900-00038 Unidentified man, ca. 1940s (copy)
00900-00039 Young Eagle Council at Two Shield Hall (Round House), Standing Rock Reservation Fort Yates (N.D.), 1927 (Men standing, left to right: Ice, Callous Leg, Young Eagle, Eat the Dog, Twin, Elk, Chief Crow Man, Chief Meadow Lark, Chief Yellow Elk, Chief White Bear, Ernest Thompson Seaton, Frank B. Zahn, No Heart, White Face Bear. Women sitting, left to right: Mrs. Bullhead, Mrs. Tusk, Mrs. White Bear, Mrs. Two Bull, Julia M. Buttrey (wife of Seaton), Mrs. Twin, Mrs. Meadow Lark, Mrs. Eat the Dog) (copy)
00900-00040 Carlisle graduates at conference (Frank Zahn is in back row, fourth from left), Rapid City (S.D.), March 2-5, .1934 (copy)
00900-00041 Frank Zahn portrait, 1954 (copy)
00900-00042 Frank Zahn, ca. 1950s-1966
00900-00043 Franks Zahn and Old Bull portrait, ca. 1935 (copy)
00900-00044 Chief Gall portrait, D. F. Barry photograph, ca. 1885 (copy)
00900-00045 Sitting Bull portrait, standing with pipe, Palmquist and Jurgens photograph, 1884 (copy)
00900-00046 Sitting Bull portrait, Northwestern, copied by Frank Fiske, 1890 (copy)
00900-00047 Frank Zahn casket at Boelter's Home Fort Yates ca. July 3 1966
00900-00048 Mourners leaving meeting house Frank Zahn funeral Fort Yates ca. July 3 1966
00900-00049 Leaving Fort Yates meeting house for church Frank Zahn funeral Fort Yates ca. July 3, 1966
00900-00050 Color and Honor Guard leading funeral procession Fort Yates ca. July 3, 1966
00900-00051 Frank Zahn funeral procession approaching church Fort Yates ca. July 3, 1966
00900-00052 Flowers on grave of Frank Zahn Fort Yates ca. July 3, 1966
00900-00053 William and Kezewin Zahn tombstone Fort Yates ca. July 3, 1966
00900-00054 Frank Zahn open casket at wake Fort Yates ca. July 3, 1966
00900-00055 Flowers at Boelter's Funeral Home Frank Zahn funeral Fort Yates ca. July 3 1966
00900-00056 'Blind Grandma' (Blows Away) or (Whirlwind Woman) ca. 1900-1920s
00900-00057 Clara Zahn and her sister-in-law Josephine Zahn portrait 1910
00900-00058 Clara Zahn Ramey 1970s
00900-00059 Clara Zahn Ramey with shawl 1970s
00900-00060 Fighting Woman (Kisawea)
00900-00061 Fort Yates first communion portrait 1930s
00900-00062 Francis Zahn and Nicholas Blanket (White Eyes) ca. 1940s
00900-00063 Helen Zahn portrait ca. 1920s
00900-00064 Irene Zahn first communion or confirmation portrait ca. 1900
00900-00065 John Zahn portrait, ca. 1920s grandson of Chief John Grass
00900-00066 Kezewin (Mrs. W P Zahn), Jessie, Alberta, and Howard Watson ca. 1930
00900-00067 Portrait of Fort Yates Public School graduates 1941
00900-00068 Portrait of William Presley Zahn in uniform, 17th Infantry under Custer ca. 1870s
00900-00069 Victor Zahn with his son, William Presley Zahn, Bill Zahn ca. 1936
00900-00070 William Presley Zahn portrait ca. 1870
00900-00071 William Presley Zahn portrait ca. 1920-1936
00900-00072 William Zahn Jr. Christmas card 1935
00900-00073 Portrait of an American Indian man on horseback with arms outstretched looking toward the heavens (copy of a painting) (for reference use only), n.d.
00900-00074  Copy of a charcoal portrait of Frank Zahn from a photo by Frank B. Fiske, 1932 (for reference use only)
00900-00075 Image of Frank Zahn (Chief Flying Cloud) from the Sunday Herald American Pictorial Review, November 1941 (for reference use only)

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