Title: J. J. Somers Papers
ID: OGLMC 432
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
1865-?; poet who homesteaded in North Dakota in 1900. Much of his poetry has a North Dakota flavor
James Joseph Somers was born in 1865, the son of Martin Somers. He wrote his first piece of poetry when he was twelve years old. He was a farmer and homesteaded in North Dakota in 1900. By 1913, he was living in Minneapolis. He also appears to have spent some time around the area of Duluth, Minnesota. He composed songs and also published several works of poetry. His first book, The Beauties of the Mouse River Loop, was published in 1904. He published several other titles before his last book, Jim's Western Gems, was released in 1913.
Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: The original acquisition records are unavailable; Acc. #77-451
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). J.J. Somers Papers. OGLMC 432, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon in January 2014.
Collection Material Type: Publications
Scope and Contents: The J. J. Somers Papers consists of Jim's Western Gems, a book of poetry written by Somers in 1913. The book is 114 pages in length and was published by the author. Much of the poetry has a distinct North Dakota theme, although several poems were written regarding the area near Duluth. The poetry also has a political flavor with several poems about William Jennings Bryan.