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Gertrude Nickisch and Elsie Milde studio portrait, Wishek, N.D.
Gertrude Nickisch and Elsie Milde studio portrait, Wishek, N.D.
TitleGertrude Nickisch and Elsie Milde studio portrait, Wishek, N.D.
Date of Original1922
DescriptionGertrude Nickish and her cousin Elsie Milde (dressed as a boy) stand in front of the Old Mill Stream backdrop in Wishek.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectPeople
Portraits
Women
Subject (LCTGM)Cross dressing
Girls
Studio props
Portrait photographs
Personal NameAmundson, Elsie Milde
Nickisch, Gertrude
LocationWishek (N.D.)
Decade1920-1929
Item Number2009-P-19-63
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Transcription"Wishek N.D. 1922 L. Gertrude Nickish, cousin (her mother was Anna Milde, sister of Carl E. Milde) of Wishek R. Elsie Milde, age 16. Down by the Old Mill Stream studio backdrop"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryElsie Milde was born in Selby, S.D. in 1906, but grew up in Wishek, N.D. so that her father Carl could be close to his job on the Soo Line Railroad, and his parents who lived there. The family later moved to Bismarck, where Elsie would be the only one of the four Milde children to graduate from high school. Carl and Christina Milde divorced when Elsie was 13. When she was 16, she met Archie Amundsen in Wishek, whom she would later marry. After finishing high school, Elsie worked a variety of jobs, including as a tailor and clerk at Herr Bros. in Wishek, and with Dr. Chet Dursema in Bismarck as a dental assistant. Elsie and Archie married in 1930, and had a daughter Ardith two years later. In 1945, the Amundsen family moved to California. Archie died in 1979, and Elsie died in 1995.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionElsie (Milde) Amundson Photograph Collection 2009-P-19
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (2009-P-19-63)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh2009P1963
OCLC number76803707
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