The Ostrom Photograph Project
The Ostrom family donated to the Sibley County Historical Society thousands of negatives
from the Ostrom Studio (1890s - 1960s). The project involvesconverting these negatives into positives
and making these photos availableto interested friends, family members and genealogists.
Since many of the people in these old photos are unidentified, they are published in
local newspapers. Subscribers enjoy viewing these old photos and reporting back
to the historical society any identifications. Occasionally we will have a visitor with their own
unidentified Ostrom photo. We may post it on our website and seek your assistance!
We thank Millie Doering, Ruth Klossner, and Becky Briggs
for their volunteer hours to make this project so successful!
Ostrom Photo Studio - A Brief History
Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Ostrom
Golden Wedding Anniversary,
Winthrop Centennial Book, Winthrop, Minnesota
The History of
Christian Johan Ostrom
Christian Johan Ostrom emigrated from Norway to America at the age of 16. He was a photographer in Winthrop, Sibley County, Minnesota from 1889-1947.
Pictured: Ostrom Camera from the museum collection
Also Known As: Ostrom, C. J.
Birth: January 4, 1865, Sandine, Nordfjord, Norway
Death: December 20, 1947, Winthrop, Sibley County, Minnesota
Studio: Ostrom Studio
Predecessor: Winthrop Photograph Gallery
Notes: Learned photography in Minneapolis; Daughter, Elsie F. Ostrom, continued the business after his death.
Directory of Minnesota Photographers
Minnesota Historical Society