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Title: Luther and Mary Estelle Bratton

Dates: 1898-ca.1970s

Collection Number: MSS 10842

Quantity: 3 feet

Abstract: Includes correspondence, autobiographical information, diaries kept while serving in the Philippines, printed material from the Philippines, obituaries and funeral programs, miscellaneous personal, family, political and printed material, Rugby Women’s Club programs, an 8mm reel of film and photographs. This document contains summaries of Bratton’s diaries.

Images include the Bratton and Ritzman families, Luther Bratton’s newspaper office and printing rooms, Bratton serving in the legislature, cities, towns, rural scenes, family and community activities like tennis and hunting, and Luther Bratton’s service in the Philippines with Company D of the North Dakota National Guard.

Luther Bratton started a newspaper at Knox, purchased and ran the Rugby Optimist, owned the Pierce County Tribune, and served two terms in the North Dakota Legislature.

Provenance: The Luther and Mary Estelle Bratton Papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Julie Hornstein in November 2001.  Additional material was added to the collection in October 2002.

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 are 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 10843 Frank and Catharine (Bratton) Hornstein
MSS 10844 Pierce County Tribune Photo Collection
Transfers: A variety of items were transferred to the Museum Division on September 18, 2002. The items were from the three donations by Julie Hornstein (MSS 10842, 10843 and 10844). See case file for list of Museum holdings.

One United States Spanish War Veterans card was transferred to the Archives from the Museum Division on July 24, 2008.

From A Century of Area History: Pierce County and Rugby, North Dakota, 1886-1986 p. 1

Mr. and Mrs. Luther H. Bratton had lived in Rugby since 1903. Mr. Bratton died Feb. 23, 1957 and Mrs. Bratton died in April 1967. Both were of pioneer stock.

Mr. Bratton was born Oct. 7, 1874 at Palmyra, Mo. In 1881 his family moved via pocket steamer from Hannibal, Mo., to Alexandria, Minn. After about a year they moved to Ramsey County near Crary, N.D. Crop failure the first year forced another move, this time to the Island Lake area in Rolette County.

In 1888 the family moved to Dunseith and young Luther, only 14, began his newspaper career by starting to work for the paper there. He later worked for newspapers at Leeds, Devils Lake, Crookston and Minneapolis (where the nomadic family also lived for a white, from 1890 on), and Rugby.

While working at Rugby he joined Co. D of the National Guard at Devils Lake and served with the outfit in the Spanish-American War.

After the war, in late 1899 or 1900, he started a newspaper at Knox which he published until 1903 when he came to Rugby to purchase the Rugby Optimist. In 1915 he realized an ambition of long standing, when he became owner of the Pierce County Tribune, which he published until his death.

He served two terms in the North Dakota Legislature from 1913 to 1917.

He and Mary Estella Ritzman were married at Devils Lake Nov. 20, 1900. She had come with her parents and a considerable number of Dutch settlers from Pennsylvania in “immigrant" cars in 1899. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Ritzman, settled in Juniata Township. Mrs. Bratton was of a family of 10 children who were left fatherless shortly after their arrival in North Dakota by the death of the head of the family.

She homesteaded on land in Juniata Township, which she owned until her death April 14, 1967, at the age of 89.

The Brattons had four children: Marjorie (Mrs. Sam Stenberg, who died in 1942); Catharine (Mrs. Frank Hornstein), Rugby; Walter R., a publisher at Beach, deceased; and Robert, who died in 1908 at the age of three.

They were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Rugby and aided in the construction of the church building, which was the first in Rugby. Mrs. Bratton was a member of the Presbyterian Ladies Aid, the Rugby Woman's Club, the Rebekah Lodge, and a life member of Century Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Bratton was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, Lions Club, and was a charter member of the North Dakota Press Association. He was an ardent tennis player, champion bowler and a charter member of the Rugby Golf Club.

Bratton, though he had little formal education, became one of the best-informed men in this community. His vocabulary was that of an educated man. It was like his talent for music. Although he had never had a lesson, he could get music out of every instrument he tried.

Because of the wanderings of his family in North Dakota even before statehood, his association with newspapers and his interest in politics, he lived the early history of the state, region and community. Because of a keen mind and retentive memory, he had a history book of North Dakota in his brain.

From Bratton’s obituary in the Minot Daily News, February 25, 1957 p.6

RUGBY-Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church here this afternoon for Luther H. Bratton, 83, pioneer newspaper publisher and owner of the Pierce County Tribune who died at 6:15 a.m. Saturday in the Rugby hospital.

Rev. J. Adin Mann, rector of the Episcopal church, conducted the services. Burial was in the family plot at Persilla Watts cemetery here. The Masonic lodge and the VFW had charge of graveside rites.

Luther H. Bratton was born Oct. 7, 1874, at Palmyra, Mo., near Hannibal which was immortalized by Mark Twain.

He was the son of Robert R. and Margaret E. (Smith) Bratton. His father was of Scottish and his mother of English descent.

In 1881 the Bratton family moved via packet steamer from Hannibal to Alexandria, Minn. After about a year they moved again, this time to Ramsey County, North Dakota, where the elder Bratton filed a claim and built a shack on it. The place was about three miles south of Crary.

Complete crop failures in that period forced the family to leave the claim, and they next moved to Churchs Ferry where they lived for about a year. From Churchs Ferry the Brattons went to Rolette County and settled in the Island Lake area.

Life in that locality in that period made a deep impression on young Luther. He often talked of the early settlers there, their extreme poverty and the poverty his own family; of the Indian bands that passed through; and how often, as he rode a pony over the country, he wondered if he were not the first white person to travel that particular spot.

In 1888 the Brattons moved to Dunseith, and lived there a short time. While at Dunseith, Luther, at 14, launched his long career as a printer and publisher. He took a job as a printer's devil with the Dunseith Herald, published at that time by C. I. F. Wagner.

Between 1888 and 1898 he worked on newspapers at Leeds, Devils Lake, Crookston, Minn., Minneapolis and Rugby. Meanwhile, in 1890, the Bratton family had moved to Minneapolis.

Luther was in his late teens when he worked part time for the Minneapolis Journal, and he also had a route on which he sold horseradish. He was a newspaper carrier boy also, and did about everything a youth could to help augment his own and the family's income.

It was at Devils Lake that he and members of his family were on hand to welcome the first train that came that far west.

It was there he joined Company D of the National Guard.

He left Rugby in April of 1898 to fight the war with Spain in the Philippines, with the First Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Co. D.

He served throughout the war and following the war worked for a short time for the Leeds News. In late 1899 or early 1900 he went into the newspaper business for himself at Knox (ND) where he published the Knox Advocate until the fall of 1903.

That year he came to Rugby to purchase the Rugby Optimist from A. M. Young.

In February of 1915 he purchased the rival paper, the Pierce County Tribune. He merged the two papers and until his death, he was affiliated as editor-publisher or owner of the papers operating under the name of the Pierce County Tribune.

He served two terms as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the sessions of 1913 and 1915. For health reasons, he didn’t seek a third term. He also worked for a couple of years for the State Tax Department.

Mr. Bratton and Mary Estelle Ritzman were married November 20, 1900, at Devils Lake. Of the couple’s four children, two survive: Walter, publisher of the Golden Valley News at Beach, N.D. and Catherine, Mrs. Frank Hornstein, Rugby. A son, Robert, died in 1908 at the age of 3, and a daughter, Marjorie (Mrs. Sam Stenberg), died January 13, 1942.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Fred, who died at Vanderhoof, B.C., in 1950; two sisters, Stella Fiske, who passed away in 1952, and Ora Gustafson, who died in 1921.

Other survivors, besides Mrs. Bratton and the two children, are two sisters, Dollie (Couillard), Minneapolis, and Rose (McCracken) in Oregon; four grandchildren: Robert Stenberg, Minot; Nancy Stenberg, Calumet City, Ill.; Mary Lynne (Hornstein) Ward, Grand Forks; and Daniel Luther Hornstein and four great grandchildren.

Although the newspaper was always the consuming interest of his life, he had many others. He was keenly interested and widely informed on civic, state and world affairs. For years he was one of the town’s better tennis players and bowlers. He was a hunter of no mean ability.

Although he never had a lesson, he could get music out of practically any instrument that fell into his hands. He was his company’s musician in the Philippines.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, of the Lions Club, a charter member of the VFW; and held an honorary life membership in the Masonic Lodge, AF & AM and the IOOF.

From Hornstein’s obituary in the Pierce County Tribune, April 13, 1967, p. 1

The funeral and burial for Mrs. L. H. Bratton were held Friday, April 7, at 2 o'clock in the First Presbyterian Church, Rugby. Mrs. Bratton, a resident of Rugby for more than 63 years, passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Rugby Tuesday evening, April 4.

The pastor of the Church, the Rev. Wayne Lawrence, officiated, and assisting was Rev. J. Adin Mann, pastor of Rugby's St. Paul's Episcopal.

Mrs. Robert Jacobson and Mrs. Tilman Hovland sang, "In The Sweet Bye and Bye,” and “Abide With Me.” Mrs. Jerry Gasser served as pianist.

Burial was in Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.

Pallbearers were Warren Austin, Hazen Larson, Pius Hornstein, J. W. Moffatt, Lester Blessum, Wayne Hansen, Arthur Oksendahl and Don Erickson.

Mary Estella Ritzman was born near Port Royal, Pa. , Dec. 5, 1878, a daughter of Jackson Boyer und Nancy Catherine Guss Ritzman.

She came with her family to North Dakota in 1898 and settled in Juniata township near Wolford where Mr. Ritzman homesteaded land.

She was married to Luther H. Bratton at Devils Lake, N. D., Nov. 20, 1900. The couple lived in Knox, ND, until the fall of 1903 when they moved to Rugby where her husband published the Rugby Optimist until 1915 when he purchased the Pierce County Tribune which he published until his death in 1957.

Survivors are a son, Walter R., Beach, N. D.; a daughter, Catharine, Mrs. Frank Hornstein, Rugby; four grandchildren, Robert R. Stenberg, Minot; MaryLynne Hornstein, Mrs. Wm. J. Ward, Fremont, Calif.,  Daniel Luther Hornstein, Rugby, and Nancy (Stenberg) Cipowski, Calumet City, Illinois, and seven great grandchildren.

Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Hendrickson, Missoula, Montana, and Mrs. Kathryn Cornell, Rugby, and a brother, Frank Ritzman, Wolford.

Preceding her in death were a daughter, Marjorie, Mrs. Sam Stenberg, Calumet City, Illinois, who died in 1940; a son, Robert, who passed away in 1908 at the age of three; a sister and five brothers.

Mrs. Bratton was a charter member of the VFW Auxiliary;  a member of the American Legion Auxiliary; a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church; a life member and Past Matron of Century Chapter No.  36, Order of Eastern Star; and a former member of the Rugby Woman’s Club and Rebekah Lodge.

Relatives here from out of town were her son, Walter of Beach; her grandson, Robert Stenberg, his wife and family of Minot; and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Higgins, Sarles, ND.

Spanish-American War, April 24, 1898-September19, 1899
Summary by volunteer J. Beltran

                During the Spanish-American War Luther Bratton served for one and a half years as a member of the First Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Company D, of the National Guard. He enlisted at Devils Lake, ND, just before the United States declared war on Spain.  After training, he sailed from San Francisco to Manila Bay in June, 1898. On 1 May Commodore (later Admiral) George Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet in the bay but had to wait several months for land troops to arrive before attacking Manila itself.  Bratton was a member of the land force.

                The war with Spain ended quickly with few American casualties.  President McKinley signed the peace treaty 10 February 1899. However, hostilities did not end. The treaty provided that the United States should acquire Spanish territories in the Caribbean and the Pacific, among them the Philippine Islands. Some of the Filipinos, the Insurrectos, had fought for independence even before the Spanish-American War and expected that the war would finally grant them independence. The Spanish had exiled their leader, Emilio Aguinaldo, to Asia; Dewey invited him to return in order to help the American forces. When Aguinaldo learned about the peace treaty, he led a rebellion against the American forces five days before the treaty was signed.

                Bratton was involved in putting down the rebellion and saw much more action and many more casualties than in the declared war itself. He was happy to leave for home without any battle scars five months after the rebellion began. The rebellion did not “officially” end until March, 1901, when Aguinaldo was captured.

The Diary

                The diary is of interest for two reasons: the physical book and Bratton’s descriptions and comments.  Bratton used a ledger that already contained accounts covering the period from 27 February 1889 to 26 July 1891.  They are written in Spanish by several bookkeepers and concern cash distributions and sales of possibly agricultural products. The book itself came from Libraria Tagala, Tagala Bookstore, probably in the Philippines. One of the products listed in the accounts is abaca which is a fiber from the manila hemp plant that grows in the Philippines.  Bratton simply began to write in the book without providing any information about how he got possession of it.

                An order from an officer, Antonio Luna y Novicio, was inserted in the diary pages. Dated 30 March 1899, it forbade all men, age 14 to 45 years old, from leaving their towns and required them to build fortifications in their towns. The date of this order is over a month after the United States and Spain signed the peace treaty.

                According to his diary, Bratton was pleased and surprised at the cordial reception the troops received in various communities as they traveled from North Dakota to the west coast on the railroad. In San Francisco they were greeted with dinner provided by ladies of the Red Cross. Then they spent several weeks drilling at the Presidio, the historic army base. It took Bratton about a week to conquer his seasickness after setting sail on the Valencia for Manila Bay. On their way, they stopped at Honolulu and became part of the convoy headed for the Philippines. 

                What conditions would await them in Manila Bay, the men wondered? They had no news of the fate of Dewey’s fleet. However, when they arrived at the mouth of the bay at the end of July they found Dewey in command after destroying the Spanish fleet. He awaited reinforcements for the assault on Manila itself.  Bratton and his company landed at Cavite, a port just south of Manila, and encamped there. They were not involved in the battle of Manila but could hear sounds of the fighting. There seemed to be much rain, making the area muddy and unpleasant. Although they took provisions to Manila after the Spaniards were defeated, Bratton and his company spent most of their time near Cavite at Camp Dewey. They stayed in that position for six months, until early February 1899. During those six months, Bratton did not write in his diary.

                Although he did not differentiate between the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, it was during this period that the war with Spain ended and the Insurrection began. Bratton provided a vivid description of a skirmish with “the enemy” on 5 February. Philippine soldiers worked with Bratton’s company and were fired on. Bratton’s company joined with other companies, the 4th cavalry, and boats in several events.

                During this time, they were about five miles from Manila and saw fires burning there. They also seemed to have a bout of food poisoning from peach sauce that they ate at one meal. The company served on guard duty but sometimes were able to walk to a nearby town and back to camp when they did not have other duties. During the second week of March they enjoyed rest and relaxation at camp before they exchanged places with another company. Bratton mentioned an instance of “midnight requisitioning,” as it was called in World War II. One company’s shacks were stolen by another company and had to be rebuilt.

                By 1 April, Bratton mentioned that Filipinos, the Insurrectos, were fighting the Americans. The Insurrectos seemed to engage in more fighting than the Spanish had. For example, Bratton was in the successful battle for Santa Cruz. The company with others traveled back and forth around the Manila area from San Isidro in the north to San Jose in the south. Sometimes the rebels fired on the American troops, at other times Americans had no trouble walking as far as ten miles in search of chickens to catch and eat.

                By the beginning of July Bratton’s company prepared to return to the United States, but they encountered several health problems before they were on their way. At that time, before the advent of antibiotics and most vaccines, health problems often meant quarantine and delay for troops anxious to get home. At Morong in late June or early July they heard that a Chinese man had died of cholera. On the Ulysses S. Grant during their stopover in Yokohama, Japan, a rumor of a smallpox case almost quarantined the ship. Instead, they put in at the quarantine station where the ship was fumigated before it left for San Francisco.

                Before leaving the western Pacific, Bratton and his company went sightseeing in Japan at Nagasaki where he collected leaves from Mrs. Grant’s tree, sailed along the inland sea of Japan, and visited Tokyo. He wanted to visit the Mikado’s (now emperor’s) palace grounds, but guards would not allow it.

                After a two weeks’ voyage across the Pacific, the ship arrived at San Francisco. For the second half of the journey they counted the miles to Point Reyes in California, their first stateside land sighting, and then to San Francisco. They landed on 31 August and were welcomed home at the Presidio. Bratton’s last entry was 19 September when he expected to be mustered out in less than a week.

Note: a diploma of Consuelo Guerrero was located with the collection and was probably in the diary when Bratton used it. The diploma is in Spanish and is dated April 29, 1888.


Bratton, Luther. Diary in Luther H. and Mary Estelle Bratton Papers. MSS 10842.
Carruth, Gorton and Associates. The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates, 4th ed.  New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1966.
Dictionary of American History, 1951, vol. V, “Spanish-American War.”
Gruver, Rebecca Brooks. An American History, 3rd edition. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1981.
Malone, Dumas and Basil Rauch. The New Nation, 1865-1917. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1960.
Pierce County Tribune, 2.28.1957, p. 1, cols. 7-8.
Pierce County Tribune, 12.27.1997, p. 6
Pierce 1986--A Century of Area History, Pierce County and Rugby, North Dakota, 1886-1986.
Rand McNally Columbian Atlas, 1925.


Box 1:
1 Correspondence from family and friends, 1898-1943
2 Luther Bratton autobiographical sketch and obituaries/funeral program, ca. 1951 and 1957       
3 Diary kept by Luther Bratton while serving in the Philippines (please see summary in this document), April 24, 1898-September 19, 1899               
4 Diary kept by Luther Bratton while preparing to return, and on the trip back to the United States from the Philippines, July 27, 1899-September 2, 1899
5 Luther Bratton Spanish American War material: print (from publication) of Bugle Corps, 1st North Dakota Infantry (ca. 1898); English-Spanish Pocket Vocabulary (1898); The Philippine Monthly Magazine vol.1 no. 2, May-June (1899); List of Company D, 1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry (1928); Luther Bratton United States Spanish War Veterans card (1934)
6 Luther Bratton, Pocket Edition of American Drummer, ca. 1918         
7 Luther Bratton: hunting licenses (1900-1903); memorials to Robert Bratton (1908); post card booklet with scenes in Rugby, ca. 1910; resolution by the Pierce County Anti-Townley Anti-Socialist Convention expressing appreciation to Bratton and the Tribune for opposition to Townley (1922); graduation announcement for Walter Bratton, Rugby High School class of 1925
8 Rugby Women’s Club programs, 1929-1930 and 1931-1932
9 North Dakota Press Bulletin, Volume 30 (1947)
10 Luther Bratton muster-out papers
11  One 8mm reel of film                                                  
Loose     Container that held discharge papers

Box 2:    Photographs
10842-001            Pierce County Tribune building, ca. 1940s
10842-002            Luther Bratton in Manila portrait in uniform, January 8, 1899
10842-003            Luther Bratton in Manila portrait reading newspaper, January 8, 1899
10842-004            Luther Bratton, ca. 1957
10842-005            Luther Bratton in uniform portrait, ca. 1898
10842-006            Luther Bratton in open casket, ca. February 23, 1957
10842-007            Luther Bratton in open casket, ca. February 23, 1957
10842-008            Luther Bratton in uniform (seated) with two unidentified men (brothers?) portrait, ca. 1898
10842-009            Luther Bratton portrait with dog, ca. 1900
10842-010            Luther Bratton at Pierce County Tribune printing press, ca. 1957
10842-011            Luther and Stella (Ritzman) Bratton portrait (Pierce & Potter photograph, Leeds, ND), ca. April 11, 1900
10842-012            Luther and Stella (Ritzman) Bratton portrait (Pierce & Potter photograph, Leeds, ND), ca. April 11, 1900
10842-013            Camp Presidio, San Francisco (CA), 1898
10842-014            Luther and Stella (Ritzman) Bratton portrait (Pierce & Potter photograph, Leeds, ND), ca. April 11, 1900
10842-015            Luther Bratton portrait, between 1903-1915
10842-016            Walter Luff Bratton graduation portrait, 1925
10842-017            Luther Bratton, Rugby (ND), ca.1954
10842-018            Luther Bratton standing next to North Dakota National Guard Company D monument in cemetery, ca. 1930s
10842-019            Luther Bratton standing next to North Dakota National Guard Company D monument in cemetery, ca. 1930s
10842-020            Luther Bratton shaking hands with unidentified man, train in background, ca. 1930s
10842-021            Luther Bratton inside Pierce County Tribune print room, September 1915
10842-022            Interior of print shop, either Knox (ND) or Rugby (ND), ca. 1900 (Luther Bratton is wearing suit) (same as 10842-028)
10842-023            Walter Luff Bratton portrait, age 7, ca. 1914               
10842-024            SEE BOX 4
10842-025            Luther Bratton inside Pierce County Tribune print room, ca. 1950s
10842-026            Luther Bratton portrait, ca. 1914
10842-027            Luther Bratton portrait, San Francisco (CA), ca. 1898
10842-028            Interior of print shop, either Knox (ND) or Rugby (ND), ca. 1900 (Luther Bratton is wearing suit) (same as 10842-022)
10842-029            North Dakota Camp, Camp Merritt, San Francisco (CA), 1898
10842-030            Luther Bratton with automobile, August 3, 1913
10842-031            Luther Bratton in legislature, 1914
10842-032            Luther Bratton in legislature, 1914
10842-033            Soldiers marching on way to Presidio, San Francisco (CA), 1898

Box 4:    Photographs
10842-024            Birds-eye view of Rugby (ND), ca. 1904-1918
10842-053            Portrait of unidentified women’s group, might be Order of the Eastern Star, Luther Bratton stands at far left, several unidentified men are with the group, ca. 1930s-1940s

Box 5:    Photographs
10842-034            US Army Transport Grant home from Manila, 1899
10842-035            Officers Quarters, ND Regiment, Manila, 1898
10842-036            Street Scene, Manila, 1898
10842-037            The Old Walled City, Manila, 1898
10842-038            Fort San Antonio, Manila, 1898
10842-039            ND Regimental Colors, First ND Volunteer Infantry, 1898
10842-040            ND Volunteer Bugle Corps, Manila, 1898
10842-041            Soldiers marching on way to Presidio, San Francisco (CA), 1898
10842-042            ND Regiment on way to Presidio, San Francisco (CA), 1898    

Box 6:    Photographs
10842-043            Valencia of San Francisco, ca. 1898
10842-044            US Army Transport Grant home from Manila, 1899
10842-045            Fort San Antonio, Manila, 1898
10842-046            Tennis players: Bratton, Nostdal, Crockett, Bergman, Rugby (ND), February or March 1905 (same as 10842-048)
10842-047            Tennis match, Rugby (ND), February or March 1905
10842-048            Tennis players: Luther Bratton, L. R. Nostdal, Crockett, Bergman, Rugby (ND), February or March 1905 (same as 10842-046)
10842-049            Luther Bratton and unidentified printer inside of Rugby Optimist printing room, May 1911 (same as 10842-050 and 10842-051)
10842-050            Luther Bratton and unidentified printer inside of Rugby Optimist printing room, May 1911 (same as 10842-049 and 10842-051)
10842-051            Luther Bratton and unidentified printer inside of Rugby Optimist printing room, May 1911 (same as 10842-049 and 10842-050)
10842-052            Lutheran confirmation class outside church, Wolford (ND), 1914

Box 7:    Photographs
10842-054            Group outside tent, Camp Arrow point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-055            Men with hunting dogs, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-056            Camp Seven Dogs hunting camp, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-057            Old homestead site with hunting camp, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-058            Man with hunting dogs, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-059            Man with hunting dogs, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-060            Unidentified man portrait
10842-061            Group in wagon at Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-062            Men at campsite with game birds from the day’s hunt, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-063            Men at campsite, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-064            Men at campsite with game birds from the day’s hunt, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-065            “The Old Homestead ND” (site of Camp Arrow Point), ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-066            Group having picnic, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-067            Group in wagon outside tar paper shack, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-068            Men hunting with dogs, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-069            Hunting dogs, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-070            Unidentified women outside home, Camp Arrow Point?, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-071            Man with dogs outside tent, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-072            Women with bows and arrows, man holding rabbit, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-073            Group in wagon outside tar paper shack, ca. 1900 (postcard)
10842-074            Unidentified woman outside tar paper shack, ca. 1900(postcard)
10842-075            Man shooting bow and arrow outside tent, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-076            Girl shooting bow and arrow outside tent, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-077            Luther Bratton with daughter outside tent, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-078            Dogs outside tent, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-079            Camp Arrow Point tents, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-080            Men with wagons, ca. 1900 (postcard)
10842-081            Women hunting with bows and arrows, ca. 1900 (postcard)
10842-082            View of Willow River, Dunseith (ND), ca. 1900 (postcard)
10842-083            Great Northern Depot, Dunseith (ND), ca. 1900 (postcard)
10842-084            View of Willow River, Dunseith (ND), ca. 1900 (postcard)        
10842-085            “A Good Gallop” painting (postcard)
10842-086            Pierce County courthouse, Rugby (ND), ca. 1910s (postcard)
10842-087            Luther and Estelle Bratton with group, Luther is holding an issue of the Rugby Optimist, ca. 1904 (postcard) (same as 10842-086)
10842-088            Luther and Estelle Bratton with group, Luther is holding an issue of the Rugby Optimist, ca. 1904 (postcard)              
10842-089            Unidentified child “driving” automobile, ca. 1910s (postcard)
10842-090            First house built in Dunseith (ND), built in 1882 (postcard)
10842-091            Children outside unidentified home, ca. 1907(postcard)
10842-092            Children outside unidentified home, ca. 1907(postcard)
10842-093            Unidentified home, ca. 1907(postcard)
10842-094            Unidentified home, ca. 1907(postcard)

Box 8:    Photographs
10842-095-10842-096 Out of state travel postcards
10842-097            Auditorium Building, Chautauqua, Devils Lake (ND), ca. 1911 (postcard)
10842-098            Easter postcard
10842-099-10842-102 Out of state postcards
10842-103            Harvesters at work in North Dakota postcard, ca. 1910 (postcard)
10842-104            A few residences on Third Street, Rugby (ND), ca. 1908 (postcard)
10842-105            Old Mill Dam, Port Royal, PA?, ca. 1919 (postcard)
10842-106            Lieutenant John J. Buchanan in uniform (postcard)
10842-107            Wilson Jennings, milk man, 1910 (postcard)
10842-108            Hugh Harris, Millie Jennings, Gustie Hanson, Josephine? Dreye, Anton Hanson, Huilda Hanson, 1907 (postcard)
10842-109            Aerial view of the Rugby Farmers Union Elevator Co., ca. 1960s-1970s (postcard)
10842-110            The Cramond Hotel, Rugby (ND), ca. 1907-1912 (postcard)
10842-111            Main Street, Rugby (ND), 1900
10842-112            Men with hunting dogs, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-113            Municipal swimming pool, Rugby (ND), ca. 1940s (postcard)
10842-114            Two unidentified men portrait, ca. 1907 (postcard)
10842-115            Children outside unidentified home, ca. 1907(postcard)
10842-116            Two unidentified soldiers at Adenau, Germany, field hospital in background, ca. 1919 (postcard)
10842-117            Group with fish from the day’s catch, ca. 1920s (postcard)
10842-118            Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau (ND) postcard, 1948
10842-119            Pierce County Court House and Jail, Rugby (ND), ca. 1910 (postcard) (same as 10842-121 and 10842-122)
10842-120            Norway scene postcard
10842-121            Pierce County Court House and Jail, Rugby (ND), ca. 1910 (postcard) (same as 10842-119 and 10842-122)
10842-122            Pierce County Court House and Jail, Rugby (ND), ca. 1910 (postcard) (same as 10842-119 and 10842-121)
10842-123            Unidentified woman outside homestead, ca. 1900 (postcard)
10842-124            Unidentified woman outside homestead, ca. 1900 (postcard)
10842-125            Sod House in North Dakota in the early days (M’Afee Bros post cards, Minneapolis, MN), ca. 1901-1907
10842-126            Hunting group, Camp Arrow Point, ca. 1907
10842-127            Jacobson Block, Rugby (ND), ca. 1907
10842-128            Robert Bratton in open casket, 1908             

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