Posted 3/01/16 (Tue)
By Cecile Krimm
People interested in Crosby history may like to know about two Facebook sites devoted to historic photographs.
The pages “Divide County History” and “Divide County Historical Schools” are curated by Crosby native Duane Anderson, who recently was featured in a Journal article about his donation of a 6,000-item photo collection to the Divide County Library.
Many of those photos, as well as others collected or given by others, are also available on Facebook.
Some of the photos on the “Divide County Historical Schools” page are the result of a drawer full of glass negatives Duane received from Maxine Melgaard.
“She told me about a drawer full of glass negatives in a desk at the Roseville School museum on the grounds of Pioneer Village and asked me if I could identify them. Maxine arranged for me to borrow them and take them to my home in Williston,” said Anderson.
The negatives were for pictures of rural Divide County schools taken by an early Divide County Superintendent of Schools, John H. Phelps, and number more than 100 images of early Divide County rural schools.
According to a post on the site, “Photos of more than 60 per cent of all the country schools that ever existed in Divide County are in the 32 albums of the Facebook site,” with each album named after a township.
By clicking on “photos” and then the album for a particular township, visitors may view photos of schools in that township as well as some classes.
“All of these photos and also any additional information that Maxine found at Roseville School are now displayed on that site and are sorted into Township chapters,” said Duane.
He opened a second community site called “Divide County History” with the intention of gathering historical information that was turning up on the Crosby Facebook site and sharing it to the new site where it would be easier to find.