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Niobe, ND

Tom Pence sends in another town in northwestern North Dakota, Niobe. It was founded in 1907, and the Post Office was built in 1908. Reported population was an all time high in 1920: 250.

Tom’s comments on Niobe: Really, only one good “ghost” of a building in Niobe. The rest are either in relatively good shape and lived in, or else in shambles falling into the basement. This was a school building. It was fun stomping around the old territory once again.

Photos by Tom Pence. Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media

10 thoughts on “Niobe, ND

  1. When Niobe was a new town… the children attended school in the Tall & Johnson General Store on Main Street. The first school house was erected in August of 1908. But they soon discovered it was too small for all the children so they had the first four grades use other buildings in Niobe for classrooms. Then the Jessen School house was moved off that location and brought into Niobe and added as an addition. The Niobe school even had high school a couple years. In the 1950’s it closed and the children rode the bus to Kenmare for school. In the 1960’s the Jessen addition to the school house was removed and relocated to main street in Niobe where it was made into a garage. The pictures you have are of is the original (1908) school.

    1. I am interested in whatever you can share about the “Tall and Johnson General Store” mentioned above. In tracing my ancestry, I’ve seen old property ownership maps of the Niobe area that show a P.E. Tall as owner of what appears to be 160 acres near Niobe. I’d appreciate whatever help you can give.

  2. We lived in Niobe in the 50s and 60s I rode the bus to Kenmare back in the day. It made for a long day..I rember the

  3. My father was born in Niobe in 1923. His father worked in the iron mines, and was a bootlegger. They later moved to Ironton, Minnesota and Crosby, then later to Portland, Oregon.

  4. My dad used to kid about his buddy and him taking off to find a wild time in Niobe. He was in his 70s, with excellent sense of the ridiculous.

  5. I was baptized at the Elmdale Lutheran Church in Niobe – I still pass by there every year when I make my trip to my parents home, which is on the other side of Niobe, about halfway to Bowbells. My aunt Gloria lived there for some time, but her old house burned down some years ago. I remember a general store being there when I was a child – I can’t remember who owned it. I remember the woman’s name was Lillian, though. I love that area – feels more like home than Illinois ever has, although I was born and raised here.

  6. I lived in Niobe from about 1946 until I went to College in 1960; I had 2 borothers (James and Robert). My mother was Linnea (Fleckten) O’Gorden and my father was Odin O’Gorden; we lived on the Fleckten Farm. Our father worked as a Pharmacist at the Minot Drug Store. I completed grade school in Niobe; Ray Ford and Larry Masters were in the grade after mine. Our Niobe Grade School teachers included Russel Pommier (for only 1 year I think) and Mrs. Louise Myron (for several years), and my earliest classmates were Robert Jessen and Arnold Hanson (Arnie and his mother, brother, and sister moved to Kenmare after Arnie’s father passed away). My mother’s mother (Julia Sand Fleckten) lived in Niobe until she passed away at about 103 years of age. My mother sometimes operated the Niobe General Store when the owners (Lillian and Wallace Larson) were on vacation.

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