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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 involves converting

these negatives into positives and making these photos available

to 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!


Newspaper Identifications


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Ostrom Photo Studio - A Brief History

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Ostrom

Golden Wedding Anniversary,
Winthrop Centennial Book, Winthrop, Minnesota

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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

More Details

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

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