Omemee, North Dakota

Omemee and the Batie Family

These photos were sent in by Cathy Zabel, a collection of things on Omemee, North Dakota, a true ghost town in Bottineau county.  Cathy’s comments are included in italics 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

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.

Adam & Jessie Batie wedding photo

Omemee School 1904

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.

1930-Omemee-Sch-&-Victor-FINAL-copy

Behind Omemee School, 1930

Order Books

Omemee, ND Main Street about 1904

Omemee, ND Main Street about 1904

Omemee, ND Birdseye view

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.

Omemee Birdseye view back

Photos and postcards contributed by Cathy Zabel.
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See also: When Omemee Was a Town

See also: Omemee, Now and Then

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4 Responses to “Omemee and the Batie Family”
  1. Mark J says:

    This is such good stuff. These things sit and get collected by individuals and never see the light of day, until now, for all the world to see.

    Nice work!

  2. Mary Kippen Sykora says:

    I am Mary Kippen Sykora,I grew up by Omemee, it wasn’t much of a town when I was a kid but it was cool to see and there were a few people that lived there. We have some land that is still referred to the Batie place. Jack and Hazel were my grandparents. I seen a lady that referred to them it would be great to hear from you. I also remember the Memorial Day programs at the cemetery ! I think my dad Robert or feller Kippen used the lumber from many buildings from Omemee to build our house!

    • Cathy Zabel says:

      Hi Mary,
      Thank you for your response. I never lived in ND as my parents moved on to CA in the late 1930s. I have been working on our family genealogy for several years and, of course, Omemee is a big part of my research. One cousin and I travel to ND in 2007 in search of information and did find some interesting items in the museum in Bottineau. My mother’s oldest sister, June Batie, married Leon Ebenhahn. He was one of the kids of Max Ebenhahn, who owned a store in Omemee. Max & his wife are also buried in the Omemee Cemetery.
      I have spoken with Charles and Helen Kippen and I assume you are related in some way. The Kippen name was always included and any stories I was told about Omemee. I don’t know if you have any connections to folks that may have graduated from Omemee High School in 1336-37 or family members who might have old photos of the classes, but I would greatly appreciate copies if they might be found. I am sure someone must have taken photos of graduating classes, even though it was the depression. I enjoy hearing that the Batie Place is still referenced. Would it be possible for you to provide me with the location of the land? Again, thanks for your interest. Kind Regards, Cathy

  3. PattyT says:

    How is it that this whole town is gone? I look at that thriving main street and think that every building has moved, burned, fallen apart and disappeared, and it’s hard to fathom.

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