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A collection of photographs, business documents, legal documents, receipts, and articles pertaining to the history of the Samuelson Family and their store: Samuelson Shoe Store.


Leiya Crawford, student
Amy Lisner, project coordinator

Items in the Samuelson Collection

J.W. Samuelson, Young
This is a photo of John Walfrid Samuelson as a young man.

John and Rex
John Samuelson, Rex James, and Arnold Samuelson pictured in this photo before Arnold passed away and the store closed.
Rex James worked for the Samuelson Shoe Store for 36 years.

Ward County Independent
The Ward County Independent put their name on the Samuelson building to advertise for themselves. J.W. Samuelson did not enjoy seeing his store in the paper with the wrong name on it. So he made the editor take that advertisement out of the paper.

Brown Peacock Shoe made Exclusively for Samuelson Shoe Store
Another shoe made just for sale at Samuelson Shoe Store.

Peacock Shoes Sold at Samuelson Shoe Store
One brand sold in Samuelson Shoe Store beginning in the 1920s was Peacock Shoes. This is a photo of a purple pair of lady high heels "Styled Exclusively for Samuelson's, Minot, N.D." Date of production unknown at this time.

Lady's Button-up Boot: Sold at Samuelson Shoe Store
This is a photo of one of the boots sold at Samuelson Shoe Store. The boot dates to the store's very early years.

Men's Boot: Sold at Samuelson Shoe Store
John Walfrid Samuelson was a great businessman. It has been said that while a Sousa marching band was in town, one of the members spotted this particular shoe in the store's front window. Word spread quickly, and many of the bands members stopped…

Samuelson's First Lady's Shoe, About 1900
In 1902, a fire erupted in a business near Samuelson Shoe Store which was first located where Lien's Jewelry stands today: 107 Main Street South. J.W. and partner George Ehr managed to save much of their inventory, including this shoe. It is…

World War I
During WWI the mail and shipping business was under strain. With the temporary delays, J.W. Samuelson was sent this card in the mail.

J.W. Samuelson's Reputation
J.W. Samuelson had a reputation of being trustworthy and dependable. This note was found in the Samuelson collection. It shows a woman sending her girls to go shopping for her knowing that they would be taken care of.

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