12 thoughts on “Nome School: Then and Now

  1. My grandparents, Sophie and Alton Laugen, lived on Main Street and I have memories of visiting there (came all the way from St. Paul). That would have been in the early 1930’s and I have a few photos taken in their yard and can remember those benches on Main Street where the men convened and spent time on sunny days. My mother and father, Valborg and Alfred Hulet, often spoke of Nome, Enderlin, Valley City and their many friends there. My grandparent’s home was filled with the wonderful smell of bread baking, water pumped with a small hand pump in the kitchen, a telephone that had to be wound up to work…all a lifetime ago.


    1. Was just thinking about my Great Uncle Al today while on vacation in AZ. Last time I was here I spent a few days with him, what a character!


  2. My grandparents met as teachers here in 1920 and got married in 1921!!! Edwin Julian Erickson and Evelyn Davison. Can you go inside the school? I plan on visiting!!


  3. My parents lived in Nome for the first 6 months of 1946, during which time my dad was principal at the school. The house they rented back then is vacant, but still standing, and I went there to see it in 2015. For anyone interested in a virtual tour, Google Earth and Google Maps show street views of Nome from August 2013.


  4. Thank you for posting these pictures. My grandfather, the Rev. Gustav Hegg was the Norwegian Lutheran pastor at Nome (lived in the parsonage) from 1925 – 1937. Pastor – Nome Parish, Valley City Circuit, Nome, Barnes County. He served the congregations of St. Petri, Immanuel, Zion and Fingal congregations. My mother was born in the parsonage (December 1927) the youngest child of Rev. and Mrs. Hegg. Her first years of school were in that school house. She lived there until her father passed away (hear attack) in May 1937. [She’s now 88 and lives with myself and my husband, however suffers from dementia.]


  5. My Grandfather and great grandfather wre living in Nome around 1915. We have found some old post cards showing they were staying with an Isaac Johnson (?????). My great grand father’s name was Louis Narveson and grand father was CliffordNarveson.


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