Note some photos of oxen.

“(Fred)Hultstrand purchased the photography studio in Park River, North Dakota, from Peter Ostboe in 1916. He would work at the Hultstrand Studio the rest of his life. In addition to portrait photography, the studio offered framing and film processing services.

“He also had a great interest in early radios and from the back room of the studio he built and sold radios from 1924 to 1944.

“Hultstrand was known to spend hours at a time at his re-touching desk, as every portrait had to meet his very high standards before it could bear the Hultstrand Studio insignia and leave the studio. In the 1920s he hired two sisters, Thelma and Sylvia Wick, to work as studio assistants. Thelma also did the hand-painting in oil of Hultstrand’s photographs. The sisters remained at the studio until it closed upon Hultstrand’s death in 1968.

“After spending a year going through all the photographs Hultstrand had ever taken and the office records, the studio was sold. It then became a bank and later a beauty shop.

“The photographs that Hultstrand made, collected, and displayed showed his desire to preserve North Dakota history. He was very interested in early farm life and small town life in the state. Hultstrand knew that a way of life was disappearing. As he stated, “I’ve been trying to record what has been, because I knew it would rapidly change.” And change it did. He wanted to save and share photographs taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s with generations to come so that the past would not be forgotten.

“He also liked to contrast early photographs and late photographs in regard to subjects such as farming and trains. Hultstrand believed that seeing history through pictures could be just as important as reading history in books. He began collecting historic photographs very early in his career. In the 1960s he held two public exhibits of his framed collection at the Park River (N.D.) City Hall Auditorium”

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