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Haile Chisholm and Walter T. Rolfe by Theodore Roosevelt memorial gate, Fargo, N.D.
Haile Chisholm and Walter T. Rolfe by Theodore Roosevelt memorial gate, Fargo, N.D.
TitleHaile Chisholm and Walter T. Rolfe by Theodore Roosevelt memorial gate, Fargo, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1926-1928
DescriptionHaile Chisholm and Walter Rolfe standing on side of wrought iron gate. Large white cloth draped from building behind gate to set off the gate. Elaborate gate includes 'Roosevelt' his life dates and various letters.
General SubjectMuseums and historical societies
Historic sites
Colleges and universities
Subject (LCTGM)Gates
Ironwork
Metalwork
Teachers
Personal NameChisholm, Haile, 1851-1951
Rolfe, Walter T.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Organization NameNorth Dakota Agricultural College
LocationFargo (N.D.)
North Dakota
Decade1920-1929
Item Number2070.390.1
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original12 x 15 cm.
NotesTitle supplied by cataloger.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryOne thousand six-hundred and seventy-three pieces of hand-wrought metal went into the making of the 1,100 pound Roosevelt Memorial Gate to be erected at the entrance to the grounds surrounding the Roosevelt cabin at Bismarck. One year of painstaking effort on the part of Haile Chisholm, instructor in metal work at the North Dakota Agricultural College, was necessary to complete the hand-built structure. Mr. Chisholm is 75 years of age. At the top of the gate appear the dates of Roosevelt's birth and death, with the letters 'U.S.' between the dates. Around the word Roosevelt, which appears farther down the gate, are arranged letters representing the former president's accomplishments. 'A' stands for 'author,' 'S' for 'statesman,' and other letters forged represent hunter, rancher, educator, reformer, naturalist, president, diplomat, and governor. A striking feature of the gate is the handmade sliding latch with a handle on each side. To add to this, Mr. Chisholm is making a handmade lock. The gate contains 994 pieces of ornamental metal, 394 rivets, 285 spacers, 344 welds and 1,141 holes. It is seven feet and eight inches wide and eleven feet and eight inches high. One can only grasp the immensity of the task by considering its specifications, design, the lettering and wrought iron work, all done by hand. Work on the gate came near being interrupted once when the life size plans which were designed by Walter T. Rolfe, head of architecture at the college, caught fire but rapid work on the part of the aged metal worker saved it. The part that was destroyed had already been constructed--College and State, July 1928.
Repository InstitutionCass County Historical Society
Repository CollectionCass County Historical Society Photography Collection 2070 (Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo)
Credit LineCass County Historical Society, Bonanzaville, West Fargo (2070.390.1)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Ordering Informationhttp://www.bonanzaville.org/main.php (701) 282-2822 Cass County Historical Society 1351 West Main Ave. West Fargo, ND 58078
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdm20703901
Original SourcePhotograph
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