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Title Pearl Quinild Walker
Call Number MSS 577
Extent 9 boxes (7.1 Linear Feet)
Dates of Creation 1878-1976
Creator Walker Family
Scope & Content Ludvig Walker was born in Bergen Stifft, Sogan, Norway in 1849. This collection has items from Norway where the family originated from, including an arrangement of photographs, letters, and newspaper articles, as well as brochures, farming instructions, bank information, and membership cards. The family was well invested in local organizations such as the Farmers' Union, local politics, and health clubs. His children would also carry on his devotion to farming and family life. His son Tom Nitter Walker followed his interest in farming and local politics.
Admin/Biographical History The family came from Norway in 1869. They became a farming family that were greatly involved in their local societies and politics. This collection includes many photographs, letters from the family members, newspaper articles on their success at farming, politics, and businesses. The collection is separated into groups such as; family members, the Farmers' Union, Farming Records, Photos, Family History, Miscellaneous, and Over-sized Objects.

Ludvig Walker came from Norway in 1869 to the States, he started out in Wisconsin, then moved to Minnesota in 1878 in the Kurtz Township. He started his family there and became very interested in farming, and becoming very prosperous with his effort.

Thomas Nitter Walker, born in 1889 and passed away in 1970. He farmed in Rustad Minnesota, active in the Farmers' Union of Minnesota, also active in local politics. He had four children, Carl, Basil, Thomas Jr, and Pearl. Kept photographs and letters from close family and family in Norway.

Carl Walker, son of Thomas Nitter Walker, Walker, was a corporal in the war and on his return to Fargo he opened an automobile agency. Later on he became sick after returning from the war, frequently staying at Hot Springs for his health and moved to a warmer climate in California and opened another automobile agency. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Basil Walker was born in 1936 and passed away in 2002, he was very active in politics, and served as the Postmaster for many years. He also ran for State Legislator in Moorhead as well. Died in 1995.
Thomas Walker Jr was born in 1928 and died in 2011. He farmed near Rustad Minnesota, and was greatly involved in the Farmers Union.

Pearl Quinnild Walker was born 1932 and died in 2011. She attended Interstate Business College in Moorhead and worked as a secretary for American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead. She was also invoked in the Clay County Historical Society. She wrote many letters to the family in Norway, creating a family genealogy in the process.

The Farmers' Union collection dates from 1934 to 1949. It has lists of its members, letters to the members and their families, records of their meetings and projects they worked on. Both Thomas Nitter Walker and Thomas Walker Jr were active in this society.

Farming Records are from 1920-1944. They contain information from the Walkers Farm which includes; invoices, organizations for farmers, cashbooks, records on livestock and farming equipment.

Photos from the years 1812-1980, some of the photos are not dated or the people are unknown. However most are labeled as family photographs, and friends of the family. Included are many postcards from when the family traveled, they always sent letters or postcards to one another to keep in contact.
Family History collection dates from 1899-1968 and includes address books, bibles in both English and Norwegian, death cards, wedding invitations, notes on family, and newspapers relating to the family and the farm they lived on.

Miscellaneous, dates from 1892 to 1981. In this collection the documents did not have names on them, and were just general items such as brochures, books, business cards, and information on Hot Springs, in which Carl Walker spent time at.

Over-sized objects, this collection dates from 1898 to 1940. Includes photographs and photo albums that could not fit into the normal boxes. Also included are books that the family owned and a poster from when Basil Walker was involved with politics.
People Halverson, Minnie
Walker, Basil
Walker, Ludvig
Walker, Pearl,
Walker, Carl
Walker, Tom Nitter
Walker, Tom Jr
Overby, Nettie
Rogne, Bertha
Rogne, Ole
Grove, Peder
Grove, Olga
Tufton, Tilda
Subjects Farmers' Union,
State Department of Highways,
Moorhead (Minn.)
Chamber of Commerce,
Public Affairs Committee,
Birth Certificates,
Newspaper articles
Kurtz Township
Minnesota History
Access Conditions There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.
Copyrights The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright of the state of Minnesota which may be involved in the use of this collection.
Language of Material English
Archival History Donated by Pearl Quinnild Walker
Containers American Barley co. Poster, 1917
American Hemp, 1917
Business Memos, 1911, 1916, 1921
Comstock, Minn., Letter from Ludvig, 1911
Cunard Steam Ship Company, 1921
Engine Contract with J Thompson and Sons, MFG Co., 1913
English Letters, 1902, 1912, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1923
Grain Commission, MN, 1916
Group of letters to Tom Walker from L Walker, 1919
Health Information, 1910
Investment Securities and Statement of Earnings, 1922
Jayne's Medicinske Almanak, 1900
Juror's Summons, District Court, 1906
Keystone Lumber Company, 1914
L James Lumber Company, No Date
L Walker Red River Valley Ohio Seed Potatoes, 1916
Letters to Mrs. L Walker from the Rosslyn Hotel, 1911
Liberty Loan Executive Committee, 1918
Ludvig Walker Letters, 1916
Luther Bros Company, 1905
Medal for Ludvig Walker from the King of Norway, 1921
New York Central Lines/Freight Traffic Department, 1912
Norsk Letters from Norway, 1910-1911, 1920-1922, 1931, 1934, 1937-1938, 1940
Norwegian Letters, 1901-1902, 1910, 1914-1919, 1921-1922
Norwegian Memos, 1916
Phenomenal Sale Cards, No Date
Phenomenal Sale Cards, No Date
Ralston Health Club, 1916
Ralston Health Club, No Date
Redwing Sewer Pipe, 1915
Special, District Court Clay County, 1919
Special, Moorhead Chamber of Commerce, 1931
Special, Newspapers, 1922, 1947
The Stylograph, Copying Book, 1896
Untied States Department of Agriculture, 1916
Walker History Inventory Sheets, No Date
Walker, Advertisement and Investment Offerings, 1902
Will and Testament, Andrew Anderson to Ludvig Walker, 1921
Album, Book of Memories for Tom Walker, 1965
Audio tape, T.N. Walker, No Date
Certificate to Tom Nitter Walker, 1965
Clay County National Farm Loan Association, 1936-1937
Death Certificate and Claim for funeral benefit, Tom Walker, 1965
Equity Co-operative Exchange, 1911, 1952
Farmers Union Dinner, 1937
Farmers Union, 1950
First National Bank, 1926, 1937
Hektner Insurance Agency, 1950-1951
Independent order of ODD Fellows, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1947-1949
Inventory of Seeds and Livestock, 1936-1937
Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, 1964
Legal Papers for re-condemnation of land for highway construction, No Date
Letters from Minnie to Tom Walker, 1915
Letters from Mrs. L Walker to Tom Walker, 1915
Letters on Rustad Cooley Estate, 1936-1938
Letters to and from Tom Walker to Ludvig walker, 1915
Materials Removed from Billfold, 1894, 1905, 1910
Membership Cards, 1910, 1941-1942, 1946, 1950, 1956-1958, 1961, 1963
ODD Fellowship papers, 1937-1938
Photos of Tom Walker and Companions, No Date
Photos of Tom Walker and Family, 1967
Postcards and Invitation, 1968-1969
Sears Roebuck and Co. 1959, 1963, 1964
Special, Interest of Land, No Date
Special, Patriarch's Militant, T.N. Walker, 1945
Special, The Chester White Swine Record Ass., 1945
Special, Work Orders, T.N. Walker, 1942
T.N. Walker, Farm Contract, 1956
T.N. Walker, Bank Notes, 1910, 1926, 1937
T.N. Walker, Cleland manufacturing Co., 1926, 1931
T.N. Walker, Commercial Credit Companies, 1957
T.N. Walker, Department of Highways, 1935
T.N. Walker, General Motors Acceptance Corp., 1950
T.N. Walker, Grand Encampment of Minnesota, 1957
T.N. Walker, Indiana Botanic Gardens, 1959
T.N. Walker, Individual Income Tax Return, 1942
T.N. Walker, Magill and Company, 1935
T.N. Walker, Minnesota Highway Patrol, 1941
T.N. Walker, Moorhead State Bank, 1964
T.N. Walker, O.J. DeLendrecie Co., ND, No Date
T.N. Walker, Plough Inc,. 1964
T.N. Walker, Produce Reporter Company, 1941
T.N. Walker, Senate of the State of Montana, 1931
T.N. Walker, State of MN House of Representatives, 1961
T.N. Walker, State of MN Insurance Department, 1952
T.N. Walker, Tomlinson Lumber Inc., No Date
T.N. Walker, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1963
T.N., Work Proceedings, 1916, 1937, 1939, 1940
Tom Walker Commencement Class of 1949, 1951
Tom Walker Farm Papers, 1936-1937
Tom Walker, Baker Hospital, 1938
Tom Walker, Barbecue and Dance, No Date
Tom Walker, Clay County Historical Society, 1961
Tom Walker, District Court, 1943
Tom Walker, Funeral Cards, 1970, 1972, 1976
Tom Walker, Letters, 1932-1937, 1939-1940, 1949, 1970-1971
Tom Walker, Memorandum, No Date
Tom Walker, Minnie Halvorson Estate, 1946-1949
Tom Walker, National Bank, 1953
Tom Walker, Newspaper Clippings, 1916, 1938-1940, 1944, 1947, 1950, 1970, 1982
Tom Walker, Notes on Family, 1914, 1939-1940, 1985, 1987
Tom Walker, Photos, No Date
Tom Walker, Photos, No Date
Tom Walker, Radiogram Communications, 1942
Tom Walker, School Program, 1939
Tom Walker, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1960, 1963
Tom Walker, Wedding and birth cards, 1950, 1970
United States Senate Chamber Card for Tom Walker, 1951
W.D. Smith and CO. Wholesale Merchant Tailors, 1938
Walker History, Kurtz Co-operative discussion class, 1940
Walker History, Newspapers, 1922, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1952, 1976, 1985, 1987, 1988,
Western Minnesota Public Affairs Committee, 1949
Basil Walker file, Hail and Snow Storms in Minnesota, No Date
Basil Walker for Chairman, 1958
Basil Walker, 100th Anniversary of Moorhead Post Office, 1971
Basil Walker, Campaigns, 1960-1964, 1967
Basil Walker, Church brochures, 1872, 1889-1964
Basil Walker, Fargo Elks Lodge, African Tour, 1971, 1977, 1978
Basil Walker, Funeral Cards, 1995
Basil Walker, Letter to his mother, No Date
Basil Walker, Marriage Vows, to Jeanne Thompson, 1961
Basil Walker, Newspaper Clippings on local and national news, 1958-1966, 1974, 1978
Basil Walker, Newspaper Clippings, Postmaster, 1958, 1960-1969, 1975, 1983-1985, 1989, 1992, 1995
Basil Walker, Postmaster leave of absence letters, 1984
Basil Walker, School reports, papers, and certificates, 1944
Cass-Clay Co-op Creamery, 1947
Howard Binford's “Guide”, Nov. 1986
GTA Digest, 1942
Minnesota NAPUS, 1981, 1985
Moorhead Chamber of Commerce, 1976
Motor Vehicle Department, 1986-1989
Operation Bootstrap, Arusha, 1965
Photos, Basil Walker and Orlen Valan and the Bears, No Date
State Representatives for Clay County, No Date
The Gopher, Postmaster, 1978, 1981-1982, 1985
Basil Walker, Bio-line, Incorporated, 1984
Carl Walker Letters, 1918-1919, 1921-1928, 1930-1931, 1959
Carl Walker, Army Statement Release, 1918
Carl Walker, Finance Papers, 1921
Carl Walker, General Automobile repair, 1918, 1920
Carl Walker, Newspaper Clippings, 1927
Carl Walker, Photos, 1908, 1910, 1922
Carl Walker, Pictures, No Date
Carl Walker, Real Estate Taxes, 1946
Carl Walker's Materials sent from Sparta WI, 1918
Honorable Discharge from Army, 1919
Letters to and from Carl and Tom Walker, No Date
NASH, Carl Walker, No Date
Public Works Publications, 1960
State of Minnestota Insurance Department, 1952
Will of Carl Walker, 1927
Willys Knight Salesman's Reference Book and Oldsmobile Brochures, No Date
Secretary of War, Washington, D.C. 1918
Address Books, No Date
Bible History and Brief outline of church history, 1919
Birth Certificates, 1930, 1936, 1957
Collegiate Composition Book, notes of family, 1919-1921
Contents in Anna Walkers Trunk, 1922
Danish and English New Testament, Letter in Bible, 1869
Educational Certificate for Erik Nitter Walaker, Norwegian, 1902
Funeral and Wedding Invitations, 1916, 1960
Leachman's Pocket Dictionary Engelsk-Norsk, 1899
Letters, 1918, 1953, 1940, 1968
Minnie Walker Halverson Files, 1910, 1922
Moorhead, Minn Memos, 1937
Normal School Orchestra Concert & Scholarship Lessons, No Date
Norsk, Postcards, 1909, 1911, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1930, 1977
Norsk, Tidsskrift, Historie laget for Sogn, 1947
Norsk, Zions Vaegter, 1908
Norwegian Cards, 1914, 1921
Norwegian Letters, 1901, 1919, 1921
Region Echo Newspaper, 1935
Register Book for funeral of Mrs. Ludvig Walker, No Date
School Brochures, 1966, 1974
Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles, 1937, 1942
Telegrams, 1915
The Comet, Comstock High School Newsletter, 1950
Typed Writings, No Date
Unknown Cards and Notes, No Date
Walker History Letters, 1902, 1908, 1910-1913, 1918, 1920-1922, 1926, 1928, 1932, 1940, 1943, 1967
Walker History, Cards, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1962, 1973
Walker History, Floor Plans, No Date
A Study of Towns and Organizations in MN, and ND, 1929, 1937
American Barley Company, 1920
Business Brochures and Cards, No Date
Cash Book, 1918-1921
Cash Book, 1927-1928
Check and Deposit Register, 1921-1924
Crystalized Facts about Sugar Beets, 1953-1954
Ekonomik Bank Check Register, 1924, 1926
Farm Account and Livestock Record, 1944
Farm Record, 1943
Farmers and Merchants State Bank Checks, 1922, 1933, 1937
Farmers National Weekly Newspaper, 1936
Farmers Union Action Bulletin, 1964
Farmers' Blue Book, MN, 1950
Farmers' Holiday Ass. Record Papers, 1934-1935
Farmers' Holiday Ass., Record Books, 1932-1934
Farming Booklets, 1930, 1934, 1939
First State Bank, Record of Bank Account, 1920-1921
H.K. Porter Inc., Andrew Overby, 1940
Insurance Company, 1958
Memo Books, 1902, 1905, 1909, 1911, 1922, 1923
Minnesota Farmers' Institute, 1903
National Farmers' Holiday Association, 1929, 1934
Progress of Barberry Eradication Campaign, 1930
Red River Valley Co-op, 1943-1944, 1952
S.E. Leger, 1949
Sparks, Red River Valley Co-op, 1964
The Farm Telephone Company, 1911
Timebook, Farmers Yearbook, and Orderbook, 1917, 1919
Tri-State Grain and Stock Growers Association, 1904, 1906
U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1903-1906, 1914, 1926, 1928, 1935-1937
W.M.H. White and McCoolch Lumber Company, 1912
Western Union Telegram, 1951
Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, 1937
Farmers' Union Amalgamation Committee, No Date
Farmers' Union Member letters, 1936-1938
Farmers' Union National Affiliation Blank, No Date
Farmers' Union, Amendments to the 1938 Farm Act, 1939
Farmers' Union, American State Bank, 1937-1938
Farmers' Union, Articles of Incorporation, No Date
Farmers' Union, Booklets, 1933, 1938, 1948
Farmers' Union, Cash Received Cash Paidout, 1942-1944
Farmers' Union, Co-operation Lesson One, No Date
Farmers' Union, Family and Friends, 1942, 1949
Farmers' Union, Farm Bureau Bill, No Date
Farmers' Union, Farmers Tour Largest City, No Date
Farmers' Union, GTA Letters, 1949
Farmers' Union, Livestock Commission, 1940
Farmers' Union, Martin Brandon, Attorney at Law, 1939-1940
Farmers' Union, Members' Ballot and Candidacy forms, No Date
Farmers' Union, Minutes of Meetings, 1934-1939
Farmers' Union, MN Farmers' Union, 1935-1936
Farmers' Union, News release, state-wide Conference, No Date
Farmers' Union, Newspapers, 1934-1935, 1938-1940
Farmers' Union, Notice of Resolution, No Date
Farmers' Union, Oil Company, 1936
Farmers' Union, Oscar Christensen and Hartford Accident, 1936-1938
Farmers' Union, Paid Members, 1936-1937
Farmers' Union, Post Office, 1936-1938
Farmers' Union, Program Service, No Date
Farmers' Union, Receipts and Payment Slips, 1938-1939
Farmers' Union, Record of Progress Toward Farmers Union Unity, 1938
Farmers' Union, Report of the Committee of 100, 1934
Farmers' Union, Resolution in Support of Roosevelt's Peace Policy, No Date
Farmers' Union, Salute to Wheat, 1963
Farmers' Union, Sec'y-Treasurer Statements, 1936
Farmers' Union, T.N. Walker and Sons Insurance Agency, 1934
Farmers' Union, The Fargo Forum, 1937
Farmers' Union, Union memos and correspondence, 1933-1941
Junior Day at the MN Farmers Union State Convention, 1935
Minnesota Farmer Union- What It Is Worth To Me as a Farmer, No Date
Report of the Credential Committee, 1936-1938
The co-operative union activities, 1936-1937
The People's Lobby for Progressive Legislation, No Date
A.C. Tomson Carriage Co. Michigan Buggy co. Poster, No Date
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909
Back to the Indians, 1972
Book, “Life's Mightiest Force,” 1924
Business Cards, 1915
Canadian National Railways, 1956
Business Cards, 1915
Canadian National Railways, 1956
Chamber of Commerce Barnesville Member, No Name, 1981
Clay County Illustrated Minnesota, 1916
Concordia Brochure of Destiny, No Date
Deadline Books, The Foreign Policy Association, 1937
Death Cards, 1892, 1895
Death Certificate, Ella Simonson, 1951
Directories, 1924, 1979
E.J. Weiss and Co., 1915
Fishing Contest Article, 1958
Foreign Money, 1958
Government Brochures, 1920, 1962
Harley-Davidson Auto Show, 1913
Harwood State Bank, Statement of Condition, 1962
Hot Springs, 1915
Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, Jan 1949
Joseph Smith, The Prophet, 1838
Laws of Minnesota Public School System, 1906
Luther's Tool Grinders, No Date
Merchants Association, No Date
New Zip Plus 4 code, canceled in 1981
Public Land Acquisition, Canada & U.S., No Date
Racket on Main Street, Book, 1950's
Railway Guides, No Date
Ropp's New Calculator, No Date
Special Minnesota Maps, No Date
The Initiated Constitutional Amendment about Higher Education, No Date
The Linofelt Booklet, Union Fibre Company, No Date
The Nonpartisan League from the Inside, 1918
Wanted People for Arrest, 1933
World News by Radio, 1921
American Agriculturalist Yearbook and Almanac, 1898
Clay State Legislator, Basil Walker, No Date
Combination Book of the Ralston Health Club, 1898
Family Black and White Portraits, No Date
Family Portraits, Grove, Walker, and Overboe Family, 1908
North Dakota Farmers' Institute, 1901-1910
Photo to Basil Walker from Hubert Humphrey, No Date
Green Large Scrapbook, 1910, 1918, 1934-1938, 1940
Photo Album, 1935-1939
Farmers' Account and Farm Record, 1901-1902
Confirmation and Baptism Papers, Clara Malinda Ulness, 1917
Herbal Diploma, Clara Malinda Withrow, 1955
Color Photos, Nettie Overby, Pearl, Myrtle, Paul Vern, Keith, 1961-1967
Genealogy on Walker Family, 1971, 1987
Norsk, Family Reunion Letters, 1977
Notes on Walker Family, No Date
Photos of Don, Dee, and Pearl on Holiday in 1949, 1952
School Cards Walker, 1944, 1948
Tuscan, Arizona, Nov. 19, 1973
Walker History, Pictures from Pearl, 1985
Black and White photos, December 23, 1923
Black and White Postcards of Family, Blank, No Date
Black and White Postcards of places, No Date
Black Photo Album, No Date
Color postcards of places, No Date
Group Photos, 1921-1923, 1936-1939, 1964, 1976-1977
Negative Film, No Date
Nettie Overby, Bertha & Ole Rogne, Photos, 1892
Peder & Olga Grove & Tilda Tufton Photos, 1911-1980
Photos of family pets, No Date
Photos on farm, Nov, 1944
Photos, Cars, houses, land, No Date
Photos, Loose, 1877-1982
Photos, Water Carnival Parade, Detroit Lakes, MN, July 17th, 1949
Photos, Week of August 18th, 1952
Postcards with writing, 1909-1914, 1919, 1921,1930, 1935
Postcards, 1910-1914, 1917-1919, 1921-1922, 1927
Single Person Photos, 1923, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1976-1977