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A.S. Kleppe Papers, 1885-2006
Title: A.S. Kleppe Papers, 1885-2006
Primary Creator: Kleppe, A.S. (Amund) (1857-1913)
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 11/14/2006
Subjects: Business and Industry, Hatton, North Dakota, Williams County, North Dakota
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The A.S. Kleppe Papers mainly consists of the ledger book for Kleppe's watch repair business, dating 1894-1907. The book measures 9.5 by 11.5 inches, and has the words "A.S. Kleppe Northwood, N.D." printed on the front cover. A hand written note on the free endpaper reads "Received Feb 27-94 A.S. Kleppe." The ledger lists over 1,2000 repairs; each entry typically includes the date, watch case, movements, customer name, item repair and the cost of repair. An index is included at the beginning of the book which lists each customer's name.
Also included is one folder of biographical material, as well as one folder containing documents related to the purchase of the ledger book by the Department of Special Collections, as well as material regarding the book's provenance.
Collection Historical Note
Amund S. Kleppe was born in Norway in 1857. He immigrated to the United States in 1880, spending time in Minnesota, as well as Steele County, North Dakota, before eventually settling near Hatton in Garfield Township, Traill County. He married Severine Haroldson in 1895. The couple had three children: Cecilia, Anna, and Sven.
Kleppe operated a farm and ran a threshing rig, before opening a watch repair and jewelry business in Hatton. Seeking a return to farming, Kleppe moved to East Fork Township in Williams County in November 1904. He was a founding member of East Fork Lutheran Church and was the first to be buried in their cemetery. He died on November 4, 1913.
Source: Folder 1 of the collection
Repository: Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Don Casavant Rare Books, Waterville, Maine
Acquisition Method: Purchase; Acc.#2006-2868
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). A.S. Kleppe Papers. OGLMC 1512, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in January 2014.
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