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Title: Peter J. and Nettie (Wentworth) Duff Family
Dates: ca. 1930s-1940s

Collection Number: 2015-P-009

Quantity: 11 items  

Abstract: Consists of photographs of the Peter J. and Nettie (Wentworth) Duff family and farm in Willow City, Bottineau County (N.D.).

Provenance: The Peter J. and Nettie (Wentworth) Duff Family photograph collection was donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Cheryl Duff, daughter of Donald Duff, on February 18, 2015. 

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

Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in 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 and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.  Permission to use any radio or television broadcast portions of the collection must be sought from the creator.

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.


Peter J. Duff, the son of Arthur and Angela Cote Duff, was born October 29, 1888 on the family farm in Wellington Township, Bottineau County.  He grew up on the farm and attend rural school.
In 1910 he married Nettie Wentworth at Willow City.  Nettie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wentworth, was born February 1, 1890 at Sioux City, Iowa.  She came to Willow City with her parents in 1907.  Her father was one of the first rural mail carriers in Willow City.  Prior to her marriage, Nettie taught rural school two miles east of Willow City.

Peter and Nettie farmed in the Willow City area.  In 1931 they purchased the Henry Perrin farm in Cecil Township.  They farmed there until they sold it to their son, Joseph Sr., in 1966.  They moved into an apartment in Willow City and in 1980 entered the Samaritan Center in Bottineau.  Peter died on May 20, 1983 and Nettie died January 20, 1984.

Their nine children are Joseph Sr., Blanche Haughowout, Florence Thorvilson, Ernestine Rossi, Louise, Donald, Clarence, Leonard, and Ernest.

100 Years 1887-1987: A History of Willow City, North Dakota
Courant. Bottineau, ND – May 24, 1983


2015-P-009-00001            Donald Duff, Florence Duff, "Toots," and Jerry Belisle, Willow City (Bottineau County, N.D.), ca. 1937
2015-P-009-00002            Donald Duff with his model A automobile, Willow City (Bottineau County, N.D.),  ca. 1938
2015-P-009-00003            Donald Duff with combine, Willow City (Bottineau County, N.D.), 1940s
2015-P-009-00004            Donald Duff on horse-drawn wagon, Willow City (Bottineau County, N.D.), ca. 1940
2015-P-009-00005            Probably Peter J. Duff with horses on farm, Willow City (Bottineau County, N.D.), ca. 1940
2015-P-009-00006            View of house, barn and cattle on farmstead, Willow City (Bottineau County, N.D.), ca. 1940
2015-P-009-00007            View of the Duff farmstead, Willow City (Bottineau County, N.D.), ca. 1940
2015-P-009-00008            Ernest Wentworth in U.S. Mail wagon, ca. 1900-1910
2015-P-009-00009            Men and boys with feed pails and tractor on farm, ca. 1940
2015-P-009-00010            Donald Duff playing guitar on top of agricultural machinery, ca. 1930s
2015-P-009-00011            Probably Peter Duff and his sons Joseph, Louis, Donald, Clarence, Leonard, and Ernest, ca. 1940

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