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Matthias F. Ott Collection--Photo Album--Mt. Vernon (S.D.)

 Unprocessed Material — Container: FB 578
Identifier: H2017-001

Content Description

The collection consists of one photo album (12”x10”x1”) of postcards and photographs compiled by Matthias F. Ott (1885-1965) of Mt. Vernon (S.D.). The album images are roughly dated to the 1900s to 1930s. The cover of the album has the initials, “M.F.O.” and “Souvenir Cards” written on the front. There are 202 images in the album. Matthias Francis Ott was born on March 7, 1885 in Stillwell (IN) to Lawrence and Magdalena Ott. His parents died when he was six and he and two sisters were placed in an orphanage. He worked on a farm near Lafayette (IN) until coming to South Dakota in 1908. He would meet and marry his wife Mildred there and raised four children. In 1941, Matthias and his son Robert left Mt. Vernon for work in Oregon with the rest of the family moving with them in 1942. Matthias died on December 31, 1965. The photo album covers a number of topics including family scenes, steam power tractors, automobiles, parade scenes, World War I era soldiers, threshing images, artesian well drilling, quarry operations, street cars, railroad scenes, depots, grain elevators, train wrecks, South Dakota State Capitol (Pierre, S.D.), fishing, animals at the State Fair in Huron (S.D.) including elk, buffalo and horse racing, baseball scenes and players, a parade in Mitchell and various airplane scenes. The photo album also includes images of Mt. Vernon (S.D.), Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Mitchell (S.D.). A number of street scenes are shown in Mt. Vernon as well as the ruins of a power plant explosion. Sioux Falls scenes include the central Fire Station, a fire engine, European Hotel, Masonic Temple, John Morrell Packing Company and the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Also shown are views of the Corn Palace in Mitchell (S.D.).

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s-1930s



0.25 Cubic Feet