When Omemee Was a Town
We first learned about Omemee, North Dakota, a ghost town in Bottineau County, through contributors Mark Johnson and Tom Tolman, who contributed photos of Omemee as it looked around the turn of the millennium. Those images were all we had ever seen of Omemee until quite recently. Despite all the time we spend rummaging around at estate sales and antique stores in our free time, postcards and photos of Omemee just didn’t seem to pop up very often.
So, Tim Brannon of Georgia caught our attention when he posted some photos of Omemee, North Dakota on our Facebook page. He was kind enough to share these photos and comments.
George and Hope (Harding) Mangold were my great-grandparents and I believe it was his father who homesteaded in Omemee. Mangold Blacksmith was their business – which moved to Phoenix Arizona at some point (1930ish?)
From my great-grandmother’s photos (Hope Harding Mangold)
“Mangold and Son Blacksmith and Wagonshop”. Looks like “Campbell Bros” on building next door. My greatgrandfather Geroge Mangold owned the blacksmith shop. My grandmother spent her childhood here, in the 1920’s.
On back of photo “church across the street from our house”. No date, but probably early 1920’s.
Editor’s note: The size of Omemee and the sheer number of vanished places becomes quite apparent when you consider what remains today.
Photos contributed by Tim Brannan.
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1. having been deserted or cast off.
1. cease to support or look after; desert.
2. leave (a place or vehicle) empty or uninhabited, without intending to return.
3. condemn someone or something to (a specified fate) by ceasing to take an interest in or look after them.