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Bottineau County
Vacant as of 10/04

Omemee and the Batie Family

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 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.

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Behind Omemee School, 1930

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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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When Omemee Was a Town

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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Omemee: Now and Then

Omemee: Now and Then

After visiting in 2004, contributor Mark Johnson made a followup visit to Omemee. We were able to match Mark’s photo of the Superintendent’s house with an old postcard. The picture says it all… there’s not much time for Omemee. Mark’s comments:

“Attached are a couple updated photos of the “superintendent’s house” in Omemee from last October… the house has seriously deteriorated further since I was there originally. The whole front of the house has collapsed.”

Omemee Then and Now

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Omemee, ND

Omemee, ND

Omemee, ND is in Bottineau County about 10 miles SE of Bottineau, ND, yet another railroad town which has vanished from the prairie. The building pictured below is the only building left of any significance.  We’ve heard it referred to as the “Superintendent’s house.”  Check out the Now and Then animation here.

Omemee was a thriving town of 650 people in 1906, conveniently situated at the junction of the Great Northern and Soo Lines. It is now empty.

 

Tom Tolman of Fargo first contacted us to alert us to a situation in Omemee. It seems a land broker in another state has purchased most of the lots in the old Omemee townsite and is selling them on Ebay for $500 a pop.

Problem is, the lots aren’t worth more than $30. Furthermore, the ads selling these lots on Ebay give a misleading impression of what you’re buying. The ads portray a very vacation/resort kind of rugged North Dakota setting, but in reality, Omemee is just a lonely spot on the plains.

So if you’re shopping for land, beware.

US Census Data for Omemee
Total Population by Place

1960 – 11
1970 – 5
1980 – 10
2000 – Did Not Appear

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