These photos were sent in by Cathy Zabel, a collection of things on Omemee, North Dakota, a true ghost town in Bottineau county. Omemee once had a population of 650 residents, and every kind of business one would expect from a prairie town of its size — a hotel, restaurant, grain elevators, opera house, even a newspaper — but today it has almost entirely vanished from the landscape, so we’re especially grateful for Cathy’s submission. It’s a chance to travel back in time and see Omemee as it was, a thriving North Dakota community from the turn-of-the-century. Cathy’s comments are included below.
The A. R Batie Residence was purchased by Adam R. Batie when he married Miss Jessie M Paff, June 27, 1907.
A.R. Batie Residence
Adam Batie was ‘Head Clerk’ & a Partner at the First National Bank of Omemee. Miss Paff was teacher at the Omemee School. Their home & lot backed up to the Omemee School play yard at the south side of the school. Note the Great Northern train trestle in the photo (above). The home was moved to Rugby in the mid 1930s. All 7 of the Batie children were born in this home and all graduated from Omemee High School between 1922 & 1937.
Omemee School 1904
I am hoping to locate some photos of the graduating classes at Omemee School (around 1930) and Omemee High School 1936 & 37.
Behind Omemee School, 1930
Omemee, ND Main Street about 1904
Omemee, ND Birdseye view
This Birdseye View is looking northeast. You can see the Soo Line tracks in the foreground and the school. This photo was a postcard & the backside indicates that my Grandmother, Jess Paff Batie mailed to her twin sister, Jennie (Mrs. W.)Trockstad of McKinney (also a ghost town). It is dated August. 1909.
Photos and postcards contributed by Cathy Zabel, original content copyright © 2017 Sonic Tremor Media
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy