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Louise Guthrie Blankenship in front of claim shack, Divide County, N.D.
Louise Guthrie Blankenship in front of claim shack, Divide County, N.D.
TitleLouise Guthrie Blankenship in front of claim shack, Divide County, N.D.
Date of Original193-
DescriptionLouise Guthrie Blankenship wears a checked dress and stand in front of her claim shack in Divide County. Snow is visible on the ground.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectPioneer Era
Women
Subject (LCTGM)Homesteading
Wooden buildings
Snow
Dresses
Subject (Local)Women homesteaders
Personal NameBlankenship, Louise Guthrie
LocationDivide County (N.D.)
Decade1930-1939
Item Number00032-WD-08-09
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota History textbook materials
[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculum
Bibliographic ReferenceThe Homestead Law made it possible for Americans to live their dream of land ownership. The law allowed heads of families and single men and women to claim 160 acres as long as they built a house and improved the land by planting crops. Louise G. Blankenship was one of many women who took advantage of the law to own land.
Under the law, women over the age of 18 had the right to claim 160 acres of land as long as they were single or head of the household. Many women took advantage of this opportunity, though many actually lived and worked in a nearby town. Some women, though, lived on their homesteads for most of the year and made the improvements necessary to prove up. This photo of Louise Guthrie Blankenship shows that she built a very nice homestead shack.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionOral History Project Photograph Collection 00032
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00032-WD-08-09)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh00032WD0809
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