Omemee, North Dakota

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?)

George Mangold, Omemee, North Dakota

George Mangold, Omemee, North Dakota

Hope Harding Mangold, Omemee, North Dakota

Hope Harding Mangold, Omemee, North Dakota

Omemee, North Dakota

From my great-grandmother’s photos (Hope Harding Mangold)

Omemee, North Dakota

“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.

Omemee, North Dakota

Omemee, North Dakota

On back of photo “church across the street from our house”. No date, but probably early 1920′s.

Omemee, North Dakota

Editor’s note: The size of Omemee and the sheer number of vanished places becomes quite apparent when you consider what remains today.

Omemee, North Dakota

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Mangold Family Living Room

This photo was captioned “Our front room.”

Photos contributed by Tim Brannan.

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4 Responses to “When Omemee Was a Town”
  1. Charles Kippen says:

    Hi
    I’m Charles Kippen at Omemee. and I knew your Great Grandfather. He was my Dad’s good friend. I was in that blacksmith shop with my dad many times. My sister Joy went to school with Betty Bernice. My phone number is 701-228-2413

  2. Diane F. Smith says:

    my family in Saco,MT had very good friends in Omemee, by the name of Jack and Hazel Kippen, that we used to visit their farm many times in the 40′s/60′s. I’m wondering if you, Charles, are related to them. ??

  3. Tim Brannan says:

    Hi there. I see that you may still live in Omemee, across from the cemetery. I searched the interments and didn’t see anyone that might be related to me buried there. From what I gather online, Omemee is basically not there at all these days – is this true? Just prairie land? Are there any of the old houses or buildings left? We own two lots in Old Omemee, but I am assuming that it is just dirt at this point. Betty Bernice was my great aunt – daughter of George and Hope Mangold. I was very close to her sister, my grandmother Enid (also daughter of George and Hope). I never knew their brother, my great-uncle, Ken.

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