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Manuscripts by Subject - Family / Local History - #10921

Title: Hazel Wolla Melby

Date: 1942-1952

Collection Number: 10921

Quantity: 2 feet

Abstract: Consists of correspondence, school papers from Tioga High School and Interstate Business College in Fargo, publications, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Hazel Melby Papers from Anita Rohde in February 2005.

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

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Hazel Viola Wolla was born October 8, 1922 to Ole and Laura (Steen) Wolla in Tioga. She was the youngest of eight children, the others being Ed, Martin, Olga, Chester, Myrtle, Esther, and Gladys. Hazel graduated from Tioga High School in 1939 and earned an associate’s degree in bookkeeping  from Interstate Business College in Fargo. Hazel became a patient at the Tuberculosis Sanatarium at San Haven in 1942. According to the San Piper, July 1952, she had been the secretary/bookkeeper in the business office there from 1945 until June 25, 1952 when the was married to Norman Melby in Tioga. Norman had been a patient at San Haven in 1950, so they may have met there. They made their home on the family farm in Hawkeye Valley Township, McKenzie County, near Keene and farmed until 1987. Norman died November 12, 1990. Hazel moved to Watford City in 2000 where she resided until her death June 20, 2004.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 1:
1 School Work--English & Home Ec., Tioga HS                   
2 Tioga Times 1942
3 Interstate Business College-Fargo
4 Trinity Lutheran Church Bulletins, other religious readings 1942
5 Cards and Letters 1942                                                 
6 Cards and Letters 1943-1945                                         
7 Cards and Letters 1946-1950; 1952                                
8 US Dept. of Agriculture-AAA                                        
9 World War II, Civil Service Commission, Bend, Oregon                             
10 Drawings of Lungs                                                                                
11 Official Correspondence--San Haven 1943                   
12 Correspondence from Bjella, A. attorney 1949            
13 News clippings and Cards n.d.
14 Financial Receipts: Williston, San Haven, Oregon 1943-1945                   
15 Address Book                                                                                       
16 Memorabilia                                                                                        
17 Norman Melby Letter from Sanitarium 1950               

Box 2:
1 Photos - Benson                                                          
2 Photos - Brothers & Sisters                                           
3 Photos - Brothers & Sisters                                           
4 Photos - Aunt Bernice                                                  
5 Photos - Aunt Bernice                                                  
6 Photos - John's Children, Wedding, Etc.                        
7 Photos - Honeymoon                                                   
8 Photos - Honeymoon                                                   
9 Correspondence 1941                                                  
10 Diplomas & Certificates 1932-1940                              
11 News clippings & funeral bulletin 2004               

Box 3:
Photographs 10921-01 - 10921-023 San Haven         

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