Ovidia Black's Journal, 1938-1940


Ovidia Black's Journal, 1938-1940


Transcribed document of diary entries of Ovidia Black during 1938-1940 documenting events in her life during the time period.
Some additional notes about the journal:
On January 7, 1938 it mentions Maybelle Dohrmann. Here is a picture of her: https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/1113725
On March 25 There is an 'Edna' mentioned from Werner. Here is a composite of the Werner graduating class from 1944. There is an Edna, but not of the same last name mentioned. I'm not sure if there is any correlation. https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/3074
In the January 2, 1939 entry, it mentioned Carl Sword. Someone by the name of Charles Sword appears in this photo: https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/7153
On May 18, 1939, it mentions Vivian Morrell. She appears in this portrait: https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/7153
On August 28, 1939 it mentions Rasmussen. This may be him in this picture: https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/1108986
November 7, 1939 Ellickson is the name mentioned here as a preacher. I believe he may be the minister in this portrait: https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/11032
May 12, 1940 mentions MF's boyfriend named Paul Funk. He may be in this picture: https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/37685
June 19, 1940 Marlin Olson is mentioned. I believe this is him in this photo: https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/1111460
August 14, 1940 references the Stenslands. Henry Stensland was the superintendent at Dunn Center High School around the time that Mary Frances went there. That may be the people she had over that day. https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/7151
Pages 687 and 693 of the following document mentions Ovidia Black as being postmaster in Werner, ND: Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America
August 6, 1939 mentions Maynard Larsen's funeral. Here is a listing of the gravesite: http://sites.rootsweb.com/~nddunn2/cems/dunncenter.html
May 28, 1939 mentions Charlotte Ebeltoft. Her gravesite is listed here: http://sites.rootsweb.com/~nddunn2/cems/dunncenter.html
July 11, 1940 mentions John Thompson's funeral. His gravesite is listed here: http://sites.rootsweb.com/~nddunn2/cems/dunncenter.html
August 11, 1940 mentions Mrs. Phillip's funeral. Her gravesite is listed here: http://sites.rootsweb.com/~nddunn2/cems/dunncenter.html
Ovidia Black's gravesite: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39438367/ovidia-g_-black


Black, Ovidia (1892-1941)


This item was contributed by Jonathan Black. This journal was handwritten and transcribed by Susan Narayan (Black), Ovidia's granddaughter.

Spatial Coverage

Werner ND, Dunn Center ND

Cataloguer's Notes

Ovidia Black was a Hickson, N.D. native, resident of Werner, N.D. where she was postmistress.



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Black, Ovidia (1892-1941), “Ovidia Black's Journal, 1938-1940,” Southwestern North Dakota Digital Archive At the Dickinson Museum Center, accessed July 18, 2024, https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/1118144.