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Title: Rosa J. Flynn

Dates: ca. 1880

Collection Number: 2018-P-023

Quantity: 8 items

Provenance: Lester R. Flynn loaned the glass plate negatives to the State Historical Society of North Dakota in July 1958 so that copies could be made.

Abstract: Images of a homestead shack and Native Americans.

Biographical Sketches
From the Ryder News, November 16, 1939

Funeral Services for Mrs. Fred Carroll were conducted here Wednesday, November 8th at the St. John’s Lutheran church at 2 o’clock p.m., with the Rev. Elias Kristensen performing last rites.

Mrs. Carroll passed away Monday, November 6th following a prolonged illness of several years during most of which time she was confined to her bed. She died at her home at the age of 88 years, 2 months and 9 days.

Mrs. Carroll was born August 28th 1851 at Oceola Mills, Pa. She came to Ryder community as Mrs. Barney Flynn in the year 1907 after having previously lived in Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. After Barney Flynn’s death she remarried Fred Carroll in 1913 at Bismarck and they lived on a farm in the Ryder community since then.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, three children: Mrs. John W. Johnson of Yakima, Washington, Frank B. Flynn of Passmore, BC, Canada, and Willard Flynn of Ryder, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

From the Minot Daily News, Monday, November 14, 1949
Willard J. Flynn was born Jan. 29, 1877 in Sioux City, Ia. He came with his parents to Bismarck in 1879 and in 1898 enlisted in Co. A, North Dakota volunteer infantry, serving in the Spanish American war for more than a year.

Upon returning after his discharge, he became associated with his father in ranching in McLean County. He married Hannah Nelson in 1905 and they continued farming south of Ryder until retiring in 1941 and moving into Minot.

Surviving him with Mrs. Flynn are the following children: Merritt N. Flynn of Fargo; Mrs. Hugh Hamilton of Lubbock, Tex.; Willard O. Flynn of Minot; and Lester R. Flynn Dickinson.

From the Bismarck Tribune, Sunday May 8, 1983
Lester R. “Les” Flynn, 67, former district director of the Farmers Home Administration died Saturday morning at a Bismarck hospital. Mr. Flynn was born March 28, 1916 at Roseglen. His grandparents homesteaded in McLean County. He graduated from Ryder High School in 1934 and attended North Dakota State University. He farmed and raised cattle with his father for a time, and began working with the Farm Security Administration in the USDA as an assistant county supervisor in Hettinger County in 1939. Mr. Flynn was transferred to Bismarck in that same year.

He became the county supervisor in Rolla in January 1941 and married Blanch Fretheim from Hettinger on Dec. 13, 1941 in Williston.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as a petty officer in an amphibious landing craft group in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and in Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He returned to Rolla to work with the FmHA office in Bismarck from 1945-1948 when he was transferred to Dickinson.

Mr. Flynn was transferred to the state FmHA office in Bismarck as district director in 1952, and served in that position until retiring in 1977. He had a deep interest in conservation and protection of animals, and had a special interest in the history of western North Dakota.

Photographs Inventory

2018-P-023-00001 Bachelor’s shack, McLean County (D.T.) ca. 1880
2018-P-023-00002 Tipi Camp ca. 1880
2018-P-023-00003 Two Indian girls in front of a tipi ca. 1880
2018-P-023-00004 Indian woman standing near the Missouri River ca. 1880
2018-P-023-00005 Mounted band of Indians ca. 1880
2018-P-023-00006 Indians in tipi camp ca. 1880
2018-P-023-00007 Woman and children in front of tipi ca. 1880
2018-P-023-00008 First Methodist Church, Bismarck (D.T.) ca. 1880

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