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Institute Finding Aids: Business

  • Anders, Frank L. (Mss 1417)
    Served as Fargo City Engineer, and secretary and construction engineer of the North Dakota State Capitol Commission which oversaw the construction of the state capitol. Also a Medal of Honor recipient.
  • Benson And Johnsgard General Store (Christine, N.D.) (Mss 306)
    The Benson and Johnsgard General Store records consist entirely of six financial records. The volumes document purchases, sales, credits, and debits and stock inventories from 1895 to 1907. The records provide a nice glimpse into the business transactions of a small town general store. The ledgers also provide interesting information on what individuals purchased at the store.
  • Bowen, Luzerne J. (SC 34)
    Book of stock certificates and stock ledger for the North Dakota Publishing Company of Fargo, promissory notes, and newspaper clippings.
  • Cotters Community Club (Barnes, N.D. : Township) (SC 7)
    Minutes of meetings, constitution, and bylaws, chiefly documenting social activities of the organization, and 1923 insurance policy for building from Farmers County Mutual Fire and Lightning Insurance Co. of Casselton, N.D.
  • Early, Marie (Mss 6 and Mss 1556)
    The Earl C. and Marie Early Reineke Papers, both Fargo natives, document his interests in radios that turned into the founding of WDAY. Marie Early Reineke, who had been a professional model in New York City, operated the Early School of Dance in Fargo. Her scrapbook documents her modeling career and the dance school. Their papers also document their civil involvement in Fargo and the region.
  • Eisenlohr, Herman (Mss 23)
    Iowa native who became a Larimore, ND veterinarian and operated a livery stable and kept very detailed records regarding his business.
  • Folsom, John B. (SC 149)
    Correspondence, telegrams relating to Folsom's real estate business, and his stallion record books (1909).
  • Great Plains Produce Association (Mss 305)
    The Great Plains Produce Association was founded circa 1980 in the Fargo, North Dakota-Moorhead, Minnesota area. It is a non-profit corporation dedicated to serving the local farm produce interests of North Dakota, northern South Dakota, and western Minnesota. Its stated purpose was to promote the production and use of locally grown vegetables, fruits, and flowers.
  • Herbst Department Store (Mss 158)
    Started by Issac Herbst in 1891 as a dry goods store, Herbst's survived several fires and continually expanded with stores in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Jamestown and West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo in the 1970s. The store went out of business in 1982.
  • Johnson, August (Mss 16)
    Swedish immigrant who became a Fargo inventor and maufacturer who developed a high pressure grease gun and an electric snow shovel.
  • Linke, Emil G. (Mss 357 & Mss 1596.18)
    The Emil G. Linke Papers document a rural Cass County, North Dakota building contractor and carpenter during the first two decades of the twentieth century. The business ledgers document in good detail Linke‟s building projects and those employed by him, together with costs and wages paid. The complimenting architectural drawings document only a portion of all his contractor work, but give a view into the building trends during this time period in North Dakota.
  • McKinnon, Alex (SC 160)
    Typed summary of interview (2 leaves) with Alex McKinnon and daughter Gladys concerning his association with Frank Lynch, rounding up Frank Lynch's horses, brief mention of a California lumber company in which McKinnon tried to convince L.B. Hanna to invest, farm machinery purchased by John S. Dalrymple, obituaries of Alex and Margaret Ford McKinnon and Frank Lynch Company letterhead.
  • Monson, John, 1853-1945 (Mss 304)
    The John Monson Papers includes financial and advertising information relating to the Monson Trunk Company, as well as the reminiscences of John and Mattie Monson.
  • North Dakota Business Literature Collection (Mss 168)
    A collection assembled by the Institute staff in a continuing project of organizing a collection of a diverse group of material relating to manufacturing and other product-oriented businesses in North Dakota.
  • >Northern School Supply (Mss 197)
    Locally owned school supply company that once had stores and warehouses in Portland, Oregon and Great Falls, Montana. Co-founder Walter L. Stockwell was on Hitler's enemy list due to his membership in the Masons.
  • Northern States Power Company. Fargo Branch (Mss 205)
    Began as the Fargo Electric Light and Power Company in 1882 and underwent several mergers with local rivals until being bought out by Northern States Power, a Minneapolis, Minnesota based company.
  • Ostbye, Thorvald (Mss 325)
    Norwegian immigrant who started a contracting business and became a successful Fargo contractor. Responsible for building the Carnegie Library (Putnam Hall) and its addition on the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University).
  • Ostfield, John R. (Mss 1143)
    Canadian who practiced at the State Hospital in Jamestown, ND before coming to Fargo and opening a private practice on Broadway.
  • Plain Foods Co-op (Mss 308)
    The Plain Foods Co-op records document the activities of the store from 1975 to 2002, though the majority of the collection dates from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Although the collection consists of documents reflecting all aspects of the business, of primary significance is the nearly complete run of newsletters, published monthly from 1975 to 1991.
  • Putnam, Thomas (Mss 179)
    New York native who moved with family to Iowa before coming to Carrington, ND in 1886. Owned a successful lumber business as well as 29 farms and two sections of land near Calgary, Alberta.
  • Reineke, Earl C. (Mss 6 and Mss 1556)
    The Earl C. and Marie Early Reineke Papers, both Fargo natives, document his interests in radios that turned into the founding of WDAY. Marie Early Reineke, who had been a professional model in New York City, operated the Early School of Dance in Fargo. Her scrapbook documents her modeling career and the dance school. Their papers also document their civil involvement in Fargo and the region.
  • Streeter, J. B. (SC 127)
    Correspondence, chiefly with S.D. Downes, of Francestown, N.H., concerning Downes's loans and land in the Larimore area; brochures relating to Streeter's real estate, insurance, and farm loan agency, J.B. Streeter, Jr. Company, in Larimore; and newspaper clippings.
  • Tyler, Annie Dwight (Mss 256)
    The Annie Dwight Tyler Powers document her business career particularly after her husband's death to include personal investment and financial records which give a very detailed look at her own business affairs from about 1910 to the closing of her estate in 1944.
  • Udgaard, Iver (Mss 349)
    The Iver Udgaard Papers contain business papers concerning Mr. Udgaard’s business affairs, as well as the affairs of the First National Bank of Cooperstown. This collection also contains several papers and items relating to Mr. Udgaard’s life history and Masonic activities. The papers have been organized into four series: Biographical materials, Business correspondence, Business papers, and North Dakota.
  • United Commercial Travelers Of America. Fargo Council No. 65 (Fargo, N.D.) (Mss 278)
    Local Fargo council of national organization uniting fraternally all commercial travelers and wholesale salesmen.
  • W. J. Lane Company (Fargo, N.D.) (Mss276)
    Fargo business that delt in real estate, appraisals, property management and loans. Also includes records of associated business, Harry Arneson, Jr. and Associates.