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John Bakken sod house, Milton, North Dakota
John Bakken sod house, Milton, North Dakota
TitleJohn Bakken sod house, Milton, North Dakota
Date of Original1895?
CreatorMcCarthy, John, 1861-
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionSod house with Marget Bakken at the door with a wash basin in her hand. John Bakken stands in left foreground with spade in hand. In right foreground are their two small children, Tilda and Eddie (wearing a dress). By house is a dog and plant in the outside window ledge. There are also two stovepipes and vegetation on the roof. In distance on right side there appears to be a hay or straw stack and another sod structure.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectAgriculture
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Sod buildings
Subject (LCSH)Sod houses
Norwegian Americans
Personal NameBakken, John, 1871-1965
LocationMilton (N.D)
Silvesta (N.D. : Township)
Walsh County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2028.061
Negative Number120mm-0144 copy neg.
Format of OriginalColor images
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original20 x 25 cm.
Transcription"This sod house [photograph] was used as the basis for the design of the Homestead Act commemorative stamp"--Label with hand-colored print.
NotesTitle taken from label with hand-colored print.
Name of photographer given in Walsh heritage article.
Original negative in private hands.
Hand colored by Hultstrand Studio staff.
Biography/HistoryJohn Bakken was born in 1871 at Benson, Minn. of Norwegian immigrants. In 1881 the family moved to near Milton, N.D., where in 1893 he married Marget Axvig, born in Norway. In 1896 they homesteaded in Silvesta Township, Walsh County, N.D. and farmed there until retiring to Edinburg, N.D. in 1942. Marget died in 1948 and John in 1965.
Also used by Norway on its postage stamp in 1975 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Norwegian emigration to America.
Bibliographic Reference"John Bakken Family" and "Bakken Sod House Story." Walsh Heritage: A Story of Walsh County and Its Pioneers. [Grafton, N.D.?]: Walsh County Historical Society, 1976.
External ResourceImages featured on "Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920" part of American Memory, Library of Congress:
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionFred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection 2028
Credit LineFred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection, NDIRS-NDSU, Fargo
Digital IDrs001029c
Original SourcePhotograph
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