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Title: Charles Harris Walker

Dates: ca. 1860s-1910

Collection Number: 2015-P-043

Quantity: 27 images

Abstract: Early images of Pembina homes, churches, school, businesses, bridges, the courthouse and river.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota borrowed the photographs from Charles Walker to make copy negatives and prints in August 1997. The binder containing the collection was labeled M. H. Miller Jeweler.

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.

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 name, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Related Collections:
00798 Pembina Museum
MSS 10737 Pembina Museum

From the Pembina New Era, Thursday November 5, 2009

Charles Harris Walker, age 89, of Pembina passed away Saturday October 24, 2009 at the VA Hospital, Fargo ND. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pembina Pioneer United Methodist Church, Pembina, ND.

Charles was born May 5, 1920 in Pembina to Gordon and Gladys (Harris) Walker.

In 1941, while attending NDSU he met and married Lorraine Tweeden. He served in the U.S. Army with the 164yj Infantry in the Pacific Campaign, earning the rank of Major. Chuck was the recipient of two silver stars, one with a two oak leaf cluster, a bronze star, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with three bronze stars, and Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star. After the war he farmed in the Pembina area. He later spent ten years as a bush pilot in Canada. He married Hetty McKelvie (Koch) and has resided in Pembina since 1970. Charles served twelve years as Pembina County Commissioner. His love of life included flying, reading, gardening, and writing and publishing three historically accurate books about the military and pioneering in the Red River Valley.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Hetty; children, Karen Walker, Fargo, Laurie (Tom) Schulz, Crystal, ND, Dawn (Dean Leas) Walker, Boulder City, NV, Shelly (Don) Bjerk, Nucia, CO, John (Cathi Sharp) Walker, Grand Junction CO; sisters-in-law, Paulien (Don) Bainbridge, Atikokan, Ontario, Mabel Koch, Winnipeg, Manitoba; grandchildren: Ryan (Kayla) Schulz, Lakeville MN, Katie Schulz, Plymouth MN, Justin Schulz and fiancée Lindsay Gilleshammer, Crystal ND, Krissy Schulz, Crystal ND, Jesse Bjerk and Stacy Bjerk, Nucia CO, Rett Sharp, Pembroke GA, Rori Higman, Rowan Higman, and Rylor Walker all of Grand Junction CO; great grandson Nathan Gilleshammer, Crystal ND, niece Dona Sue Wilkins of Kansas City MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack Wilkins, niece Cara Jo, son Gary, and daughter Paula.

Note: In a letter to the State Historical Society in 1998, Mr. Walker said he was the grandson of Dr. C. B. Harris, who raised him to college age. Walker owned his grandfather’s home for which the abstracts dated back to 1870 when there were only three frame houses in Pembina.  The house, purchased by C. B. Harris in 1885, had once belonged to Joseph Rolette.


2015-P-043-01   First home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cavileer
2015-P-043-02 – 03 View from Winchester House cupola
2015-P-043-04   Post Office and Residence of Charles Cavileer
2015-P-043-05   Residence of D. Dick
2015-P-043-06   Residence of Dr. C. B. Harris
2015-P-043-07   Residence of L. E. Booker
2015-P-043-08   Residence of G. W. Ryan
2015-P-043-09   Residence of H. R. Vaughn
2015-P-043-10   Residence of W. C. Short
2015-P-043-11   Children sitting on bridge railing with sign: Notice persons driving over this bridge faster than a walk will be fined according to law  
2015-P-043-12   Residence of F. A. Wardwell
2015-P-043-13   Residence of J. Kaberhagle
2015-P-043-14   Methodist Episcopal Church
2015-P-043-15   Pioneer Express building, Pembina, N.D.
2015-P-043-16   Catholic Church, Pembina, N.D.
2015-P-043-17   J. G. Webb property
2015-P-043-18   View of the Pembina River
2015-P-043-19   Residence of E. M. Nixon
2015-P-043-20   First National Bank Building
2015-P-043-21   Pembina County Courthouse built in 1881
2015-P-043-22   Bridge over the Pembina River
2015-P-043-23   Store of Shaw and Charlton
2015-P-043-24   Public School, Pembina, N.D.
2015-P-043-25   On the Pembina River
2015-P-043-26   Residence of Judson LaMoure
2015-P-043-27   View from Winchester House cupola

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