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Title Flaten Family Papers
Call Number MSS 35
Extent 2 boxes (.5 linear feet)
Creator Flaten Family
Scope & Content Contains letters and newspapers providing genealogical information on the Flaten family, photographs of family members and locations important to the Flaten family and its assorted branches in Moorhead, records of his possessions and their accessions into various museums, correspondences, and genealogical information the Flaten family and its branches, along with other assorted ephemera. Some of the letters are translated from their original Norwegian. The materials describe the impact of O.E. Flaten and his family on Moorhead as well as their roots in the city and county. Three photo albums in the second box showcase some of Flaten's work with prints of Fargo-Moorhead landscapes and aerial shots as well as images of the Fargo Fire of 1893 and the Fargo Flood of 1897.
Admin/Biographical History O.E. Flaten was a prominent Moorhead citizen in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Flaten was born in Vang Valders, Norway, in 1855 and emigrated to Moorhead, MN, at age 17, at the behest of his uncle Ole Boe of Goodhue County, MN. Upon his arrival Flaten worked as a farmhand and was hired as an employee for photographer John Grayton. In 1878 Flaten moved to Minneapolis to work as a photographer for John Olson, but later moved to Moorhead to operate his own studio. In Moorhead O.E. Flaten also worked in other capacities as bank director of First National Bank, Moorhead, served as a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Board of Trustees, worked on lighting and electrical committees in Moorhead government which oversaw the drilling of the city's first artesian well, and served as director of Concordia College. Flaten has mainly been remembered as a professional photographer, a posting he held for 51 years, and his work captured much of Moorhead's development from a settlement into an established city as well as documenting several important events in the life of Moorhead and neighboring Fargo. He married twice, first to Ann Skrivseth in 1880 and had Elmer L. and Mamie Flaten with her. Ann died in 1884 and in 1885 Flaten remarried to Clara Schow. From this union came five children: Oscar, Dora, Clara, Arthur, and Gilbert. O.E. Flaten died in 1933 of heart disease at age 78 with seven children and 13 grandchildren.
People Flaten, O.E.
Subjects Disaster
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 Alice Flaten Olson in 1985 (Accession # 85.39)
Containers Family Trees, Undated
Letters, 1938, 1977, 1981
“Aakre family who left Boe, Telemark, Norway in 1972”, 1981
Assorted Ephemera, 1985
Map, Vangsmjosi, Vang, Norway, 1958
Newspaper clippings, 1979
Norwegian Language Letters, 1983
Photographs, 1923
Photographs, 1961
Postcards, 1907
“Untitled Manuscript RE: Martin Schow family history”, 1866
Photo Album, Aerials and Landscapes, 1879-1880
Photo Album, Old Time Views 1879, Fargo Fire 1893, Fargo Flood 1897
Photo Album, Fargo Fire, 1893