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Henry C. Gotzian "was prominent in the early history of Grand Forks and was among those pioneer residents who built the city so well in the early days. Mr. Gotzian was a resident of Grand Forks for over 32 years and was known and respected by a wide circle of friends. In April, 1879, he came to Grand Forks...He brought his family in May, 1879, filed on his farm at Emerado at that time and started in the shoe business on Third street. That year he also built the first brick store in Grand Forks. In 1880 he built the Gotzian block and the Gotzian hall was the first opera house in this city. In 1882 he built the brick building adjoining the block for the United States land office, retiring from active business in 1892 and building the present Gotzian block on the site of the first block, and has given personal attention to its management." Cited from his obituary in the Grand Forks Daily Herald Tuesday Morning, September 19, 1911 (

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Gotzian Block


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks


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