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Manuscripts by Subject - Family / Local History - #10803

Title: Harris-Rohrer Family Collection

Dates: 1900s-1976

Collection Number:
Mss 10803

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The collection consists of financial records, school records, church report, school history, list of Irvine township residents, scrapbook, posters, ephemera and publications. Nina A. Harris lived in several North Dakota cities including Kindred, Minot, Devils Lake, Jamestown, Bismarck, and Valley City.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Harris-Rohrer Collection from Bonnie McLellan in October 2000. 

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The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.


Biographical Sketch

Nina Alvide Harris, a native of Kindred, North Dakota, attended the State Teachers College at Valley City from 1930-1932. She was a member of Philomathian Society, Y.W.C.A, Band, Orchestra, and Nu Sigma Psi Society (physical education). Nina played clarinet in the band and orchestra. Ger major was a Physical Education Special. She taught in Churchs Ferry public school and started the bans in 1932-1933.

Nina Harris married Hestor L. Rohrer on January 1, 1935. Hester worked first for the dray in Churchs Ferry, then Westland Oil. After moving to Devils Lake he worked for Fairmont Creamery. The family moved to Grand Forks when he began to work for the Railway Express agency. Nina and Hestor had one daughter, Bonnie, born December 21, 1941.

The family lived in Devils Lake, Minot, Grand Forks, Bismarck, Jamestown, and Mandan, They returned to Devils Lake from Grand Forks in 1945. Hestor was transferred to Minot in 1950, Mandan in 1954, and then to Jamestown in 1958. Bonnie Rohrer graduated from Jamestown High School in 1959 and attended Jamestown College. Hestor was transferred to Minot in 1962 and Bismarck in 1964. He retired in 1973 and Hestor and Nina continued to live in Bismarck, wintering in Arizona, until Hestor’s death in 1999.

Box / Folder Inventory

1 Financial Records 1933
2 Kindergarten Primary School Life 1926
3 Trinity Lutheran Church Annual Report 1959-1960
4 Irvine School History May 1, 1963
5 Listing of Irvine Township Residents 1910-1940s
6 Kindred High School Alumni & Celebration 1902-1976
7 Kindred Diamond Jubilee Booklet July 3-5, 1955
8 Brochure - Burning Hills Amphitheater, Medora ND  
9 Ellison’s Fair Department Store Advertisement Minot ND  1933
10 Munsell Hue Chart and Mask
11 The Jaycee: The North Dakota State Junior Chapter Bulletin 1948
12Poster - Basketball Techniques for Women  1930
13 American State Bank Booklet, Minot ND 1957
14 American State Bank Advertisement in Minot Daily News1957
15 Scrapbook of State Teachers College by Nina Harris 1930-1931
16 State Teachers College Yearbook, The Blizzard 1931

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