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Title: Fernow Family     

Dates: ca. 1895-2014

Collection Number: MSS 11225

Quantity: 5.5 ft. (including oversize in map case drawer)

Abstract: Consists of family history and genealogical research, a scrapbook of records created by the Mrs. Jacees (Valley City, N.D.), the personal papers of Edwin and Lydia (Anderson) Fernow, their daughter Erlys and grandson Thomas James Krom. The majority of the collection consists of Edwin's farm record books from their Enderlin (Cass County, ND) farm and photographs.

Provenance: The Fernow Family Papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North
Dakota by Erlys Fardal on August 14, 2014. 

Property rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

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Transfer: Several artifacts were offered to the Museum Division of the SHSND in August 2014. See case file for more information.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Edwin F. Fernow was born June 4, 1900 in Barnes County, rural Lucca (ND) to Wilhelm and Alvina Fernow. He married Lydia Anderson, June 11, 1924 at Hanska (MN). Lydia Anderson was born on April 17, 1900 at Hanska (MN), daughter of Anton and Marie Anderson. Lydia and Edwin had two daughters: Betty Krom and Erlys McCullough Fardal.

Edwin farmed near Enderlin for 60 years. He was a Nodak Mutual Insurance Agent for 20 years. He was the leader of the Maple River Livestock 4-H club for 12 years. He was active in Trinity Lutheran Church of Enderlin where he had many offices, including treasurer (an office he held for 27 years). He was an active member of the Enderlin community.

Lydia Fernow was also an active member of the Enderlin community. She was a charter member of the Enderlin Senior Citizens, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, ALCW and the Eunice Circle, served on the Cass County Board of Homemakers, and was a long time leader of 4-H clubs in Cass County. Lydia Fernow passed away February 28, 1986 at Dakota Hospital in Fargo (ND). Edwin Fernow passed away March 22, 1994 at Lisbon Memorial Hospital.

Sources:
Enderlin Independent, March 5, 1986, March 30, 1994

BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY

Box 1:
1 Fernow family history, n.d.
2 Genealogical research, n.d.
3 Fernow German papers, n.d.
4 Edwin Fernow: insurance agent licenses, insurance certificates, newspaper clippings, NDFB Western Livestock Tour Committee, Enderlin and Community Booster club, 4-H club leader recognition, ca. 1950-1994
5 Lydia Anderson Fernow yearbook and diplomas (New Ulm), news clippings, and obituary, 1917-1989  
6 Erlys Fernow Fardal: 4-H (delegate to 4-H Club Camp, scholarship), Phi Upsilon Omicrom membership, Danforth Foundation fellowship, Oakes City Council, 1949-1988
7 Erlys Fernow Fardal North Dakota State College yearbook, 1956
8 Thomas James Krom (Edwin Fernow's grandson), ca. 1982
9 Miscellaneous
10 Loose financial records and documents, 1924-1980
11 Threshermen's time book/farm record book, 1925
12 Farm record book, 1928-1929                               
13 Farm record book, 1928-1930               
14 Farm record book, 1931-1932               
15 Farm record book, 1933-1934               
16 Farm record book, 1936          

Box 2:
1 Farm record book, 1937            
2 Farm record book, 1940-1941 
3 Farm record book, 1942-1948 
4 Farm record book, 1949-1954 
5 Farm record book, 1955-1975 
6 Farm record book, 1962-1965 
7 Farm record book, 1976-1980 
8 Farm record book, 1981-1991 

Box 3:
Edwin Fernow confirmation certificate, Pontiac Church, four miles north of Enderlin (ND), 1916
Lydia Anderson confirmation certificate and school diplomas and certificates (Hanska and New Ulm, MN), 1913-1920
Photographs 11225-001 - 11225-002 (see photograph inventory below)

Box 4:    Photographs 11225-003 - 11225-045 (see photograph inventory below)

Box 5:    Photographs 11225-046 - 11225-085 (see photograph inventory below)

Box 6:    Photographs 11225-086 - 11225-102 (see photograph inventory below)

Box 7:    Photographs 11225-103 - 11225-105 (see photograph inventory below)

Box 8:    Photographs 11225-106 - 11225-154 (see photograph inventory below)

Box 9:    Photographs 11225-155 - 11225-187 (see photograph inventory below)

Box 10: Scrapbook: Valley City Mrs. Jaycees, 1961-1962

Oversized (map case drawer) Photograph 11225-106 (see photograph inventory below)

PHOTOGRAPHS INVENTORY

11225-001            Crayon enlarged wedding portrait of  Edwin Fernow, June 1924
11225-002            Crayon enlarged wedding portrait of  Lydia (Anderson) Fernow, June 1924
11225-003            Lydia and Edwin Fernow wedding portrait, Enderlin (ND) area, June 1924
11225-004            Lydia Anderson waiting to be picked up to teach in rural school, ca. 1920-1923
11225-005            Lydia Anderson Fernow high school graduation portrait, ca. 1918-1924
11225-006            Marie Anderson portrait, Hanska (MN), ca. 1895-1900
11225-007            Anton and Bertha Marie Anderson, Wilder (MN), ca. 1940
11225-008            Edwin Fernow with daughter Betty Mae, Enderlin (ND), summer 1928
11225-009            St. Luke's Church, Enderlin (ND), before 1939
11225-010            Anton and Marie Anderson family (Clarence, Anton, Walter, Lydia Grace, Marie), house on northwest corner of Broadway and 4th Street, Hanska (MN), ca. 1908
11225-011            Edwin Fernow riding horse "Pearl," 50th anniversary of Enderlin (ND), June 18-19,1941
11225-012            Erlys Jean Fernow portrait (2 years, 3 months), ca. 1937-1938
11225-013            Erlys Fernow with Angus steer, Casselton (ND), ca. 1954
11225-014            Biplane, location unknown, ca. 1915-1923
11225-015            First Fernow family automobile after World War II, Enderlin (ND), 1948
11225-016            Anton Anderson family (Clarence, Lydia Fernow, Sherman, Walter, Grace Rank), Wilder (MN), ca. 1930-1940
11225-017            Dennis and Ronald Lindemann, Edwin Fernow's 4-H boys at Achievement Days, Casselton (ND), ca. 1949-1953
11225-018            Automobiles driving down a country road, Enderlin (ND) area, ca. 1920-1930
11225-019            Might be Anderson family in automobile, Hanska (MN), ca. 1917-1920
11225-020            Snow bank in Enderlin (ND), ca. 1920s-1950s
11225-021            Hanska Ice Company truck, ca. 1920
11225-022            Edwin Fernow first grade school class, Romtan township, ca. 1906
11225-023            Lydia Anderson's school children outside school in rural Hanska (MN), ca. 1918-1922
11225-024            Edwin and Lydia Fernow on their wedding day, June 11, 1924
11225-025            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-026            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-027            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-028            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-029            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-030            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-031            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-032            Betty Fernow Krom, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1928-1935
11225-033            Edwin Fernow moving old kitchen stove, Enderlin (ND), July 1953
11225-034            Edwin Fernow putting hay in the haymow for winter, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1924-1928
11225-035            Edwin Fernow feeding beef steers, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1935-1945
11225-036            Threshing on Edwin Fernow farm, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1940-1945
11225-037            Agricultural implment on the Edwin Fernow farm, ca. 1920-1928
11225-038            Edwin Fernow using horse and wagon to get to town when snowy, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1940-1950
11225-039            Cutting corn on the Edwin Fernow farm, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1950-1955
11225-040            Edwin Fernow's Holsteins, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1950-1955
11225-041            Edwin Fernow's heifer, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1945-1952
11225-042            Edwin Fernow's herd of Holstein cattle, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1950-1955
11225-043            Edwin Fernow's herd of Holstein cattle, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1935-1945
11225-044            Edwin Fernow unloading corn, Enderlin (ND), fall 1956
11225-045            Edwin and Lydia Fernow 25th wedding anniversary, Fenow farm, Enderlin (ND), June 4, 1951
11225-046            Children of Anton Anderson (Lydia Fernow, Walter Anderson, Grace Rank, Clarence Anderson, Sherman Anderson, ca. 1950-1960    
11225-047            Erlys Fernow at National 4-H Club Camp, Washington (DC), June 1955
11225-048            William (Ferd) Fernow, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1915-1919
11225-049            Edwin, Ernest (Lew), Gertrude (Fernow) McCormick, Ida (Ada) (Fernow) Zumack, Lydia and Ella Zumack on sofa arms, Hulda, Hattie (Fernow) Janz, Grace (Hansen) Fernow, ca. 1940-1950
11225-050            Edwin, William and Paul Fernow, Enderlin (ND) area, ca. 1915-1919
11225-051            Edwin, Gertrude, Ernest (Lew) and Grace Fernow, Enderlin (ND) area, ca. 1920-1924
11225-052            Erlys with Grandma Marie Anderson, Enderlin (ND), November 1959
11225-053            Erlys and Richard Fardal portrait, Kailua (HI), 1994
11225-054            Charles McCullough senior portrait, Oakes (ND) High School, May 1987
11225-055            Tom Krom family at Betty and Tom’s 45th anniversary, 1993 (back: Kathy, Betty, Tom, Judy, John [holding Caleb], Wanda [holding Evan], front row: Tom, Matthew, Kaylee, and Kristie)
11225-056            Edwin Fernow farm, Enderlin (ND), 1984
11225-057            Duane McCullough family, Enderlin (ND), 1984 (back: Sarah, David, Charles, front: Duane and Erlys)
11225-058            Erlys Fardal portrait, Bismarck (ND), 2012
11225-059            Madeline Welder McCullough, Brookings (SD), August 2013
11225-060            Paul and Kelsey McCullough, Grand Forks (ND), March 2013
11225-061            Charles, Sarah, and David McCullough at Paul McCullough’s graduation open house,
Grand Forks (ND), May 2013
11225-062            David, Paul (in Eagle Scout uniform) and Charles McCullough, Grand Forks (ND), April 2014
11225-063            Erlys Fernow’s children and grandchildren, Grand Forks (ND), May 2013 (Sarah McCullough, David McCullough, Kelsey McCullough, Paul McCullough, and Charles McCullough, front: Madeline McCullough)
11225-064            Edwin and Lydia Fernow 50th anniversary, Enderlin (ND), June 1974 (back: John Krom, David McCullough, Tom Krom, middle: Sarah McCullough, Duane McCullough, Erlys McCullough, Betty Krom, Tom Krom, Kathy Krom, front row: Lydia Fernow, Edwin Fernow holding Charles McCullough)
11225-065            Edwin and Lydia Fernow 60th anniversary, June 11, 1984
11225-066            Erlys Fernow McCullough (member of Oakes City County), May 1984
11225-067            Duane McCullough family (front: Duane and Erlys, back: Sarah, David and Charles), Enderlin (ND), 1984
11225-068            Sarah McCullough piano recital, NDSU, Fargo (ND), February 1985
11225-069            Edwin Fernow with grandchildren (back: Thomas Krom, Kathryn Krom, Sarah
McCullough, David McCullough, front: John Krom, Charles McCullough), Enderlin (ND), ca. 1985-1990
11225-070            Erlys McCullough (Fardal) and Betty Krom, Fargo (ND), 1988
11225-071            Edwin Fernow's 90th birthday (left to right: Tom, Betty, Wanda, John, and Kathy Krom), Enderlin (ND), June 4, 1990
11225-072            Wedding of Sarah McCullough and Tom Magill (back: Charles McCullough, Sarah McCullough, Tom Magill, David McCollough, front: Erlys and Duane McCullough)
11225-073            Tom and Betty Krom 45th anniversary
11225-074            Edwin Fernow's 90th birthday (left to right: Betty Fernow Krom, Edwin Fernow, Erlys Fernow McCullough Fardal), Enderlin (ND), June 4, 1990
11225-075            John Krom and his family (John is Betty Fernow Krom's son) (Evan Thomas, Wanda [Curry], John, Laura, Garrett, Caleb in back), Fargo (ND)
11225-076            Entrance to Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Pontiac Cemetery), four miles north of Enderlin (ND), May 23, 2014
11225-077            Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Pontiac Cemetery), four miles north of Enderlin (ND), May 23, 2014
11225-078            Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Pontiac Cemetery), four miles north of Enderlin (ND), May 23, 2014
11225-079            Replica of Pontiac Trinity Lutheran Church, built in 2012, Enderlin (ND), May 23, 2014
11225-080            Tombstone of Maria Henrietta Fernow, Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Pontiac Cemetery), four miles north of Enderlin (ND),May 23, 2014
11225-081            Tombstone of Alvina August Fernow, Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Pontiac Cemetery), four miles north of Enderlin (ND),May 23, 2014
11225-082            Tombstone of William Frederick Fernow, Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Pontiac Cemetery), four miles north of Enderlin (ND),May 23, 2014
11225-083            Tombstone of John Ferdinand Fernow, Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Pontiac Cemetery), four miles north of Enderlin (ND),May 23, 2014
11225-084            Tombstone of Edwin and Lydia Fernow, Enderlin Cemetery (ND), May 23, 2014
11225-085            Tombstone of Betty (Fernow) and Thomas James Krom, Enderlin Cemetery (ND), May 23, 2014
11225-086            Farming scene, possibly in Enderlin (ND), 1915
11225-087            Farming scene, possibly in Enderlin (ND), 1915
11225-088            Oelke Farm, Enderlin (ND), 1915 (Edwin Fernow purchased the farm in 1939)
11225-089            House on Oelke Farm, Enderlin (ND), 1915 (Edwin Fernow purchased it in 1939)
11225-090            Loring Park showing St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Minneapolis (MN), ca. 1920s (commercial photograph)
11225-091            Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis (MN), ca. 1920s (commercial photograph)
11225-092            Aerial view of Edwin Fernow farm, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1945-1955
11225-093            Edwin and Lydia Fernow wedding portrait, Enderlin (ND), 1924
11225-094            Edwin and Lydia Fernow, delegates honored as 4-H leaders, Washington (DC), June 1955
11225-095            Edwin and Lydia Fernow, delegates honored as 4-H leaders, Washington (DC), June 1955
(National 4-H Club Foundation, Washington [DC] photograph)
11225-096            Portrait of Edwin and Lydia Fernow, Enderlin (ND), 1984
11225-097            Charles McCullough family (Kimberly, Madeline, Charles), Brookings (SD), August 2013
11225-098            Charles Heath (Mary Fernow’s husband) in horse drawn wagon, Enderlin (ND), ca. 1905-1915
11225-099            Erlys Fernow with Midwest representatives at National 4-H Club Camp, Washington (DC), June 1955
11225-100            Erlys Fernow at National 4-H Club Camp dinner, Washington (DC), June 1955 (some individuals are identified on back of photo)
11225-101            Erlys Fernow with North Dakota representatives at National 4-H Club Camp, Washington (DC), June 1955 (back: Allen Foss, Maddock; David Lund, Nome; front: Erlys Fernow, Enderlin; Marion Walstad, Hoople; Craig Montgomery, NDSU Extension Service)
11225-102            Erlys Fernow at National 4-H Club Camp, Washington (DC), June 1955 (individuals are identified on back of photo)
11225-103            Pontiac Church confirmation portrait, four miles north of Enderlin (ND), 1916 (back: Martha Matthes, Edward Matthes, Art Buttke, Edwin Fernow, Fred Trapp, August Nimmick, Ernestina Ussatis, second row: Lena Herk, Ervin Fraedrich, Pastor Elster, Emma Trapp, Melvin Wolsky, first row: Otto Janz and Eddie Fritz)
11225-104            Threshing crew, ca. 1920s (Edwin Fernow is among crew but is unidentified)
11225-105            Edwin Fernow portrait, Enderlin (ND), June 4, 1990
11225-106            Panoramic portrait of group at silver anniversary of the National 4-H Club Camp, Washington (DC), June 21, 1955
11225-107-187   Family photographs, 1930s-2010s

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