William Langer


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This bundle of documents constitutes a set of notes compiled by United States (US) Senator Langer in preparation for a hearing held on Wednesday, July 22, 1953 in room 424 of the Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The hearing was called by Langer, then chairperson of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to a petition he received from residents of Elbowoods, North Dakota asking that they be paid immediately for homes and properties they agreed to sell two years prior to make way for the Garrison Reservoir project.

First in the bundle is a form letter on the letterhead of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary thanking the recipient for the petition "on which your name appears relative to your agreement to sell your home to the Government within the 'taking area' of the Garrison Dam Project," updating the recipient on the what Langer knows about the status of the issue and what he intends to do.

Following this are two notes, one of them on a small pink "United States Senate Memorandum" slip and one on US Senate letterhead, followed by two copies of a document listing witnesses regarding the Garrison Dam taking area, dated July 22, 1953. The witnesses listed are W. E. Whalen of the US Army Corp of Engineers, and Edward Bodholdt, Assistant Chief of Land Acquisitions for the US Department of Justice.

The next document in this bundle is a draft of a speech regarding the petition Langer received from residents of Elbowoods and the fact that they had still not received payment two years after signing the agreement to sell their homes.

Following the speech draft is a copy of Senate Report No. 291, titled "Expedition Judicial Proceedings for Condemnation of Lands for Public Purposes," and after that is a copy of the petition itself, with a small pink "United State Senate Memorandum" slip stapled to the top left hand corner that reads, "Joe, The Senator wants of have a speech prepared on this - raise hell about it." Signed, "Dorothy."

See also:

Transcript of US Senate Hearing Regarding Civil Case 2386, July 22, 1953

Petition from Elbowoods Residents to Senator Langer Requesting Payment for Taken Properties, June 25, 1953

Letter from Congressman Usher Burdick to Senator Langer Regarding Petition from Elbowoods, July 27, 1953

United States of America vs. Certain Lands and Improvements in McLean, Dunn, McKenzie and Mercer Counties, North Dakota; Rufus B. Stevenson et al., and Unknown Owners, Civil 2386, July 17, 1953

Date of Work



Elbowoods, Elbowoods petition, condemnation, Public Law 437, Civil Case No. 2386, taking, Garrison Dam, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Diversion, Garrison Reservoir, land seizure, land taking

Organizations Referenced

US Department of Justice, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Army Corps of Engineers

People Referenced

William Langer, Floyd Montclair, Willis Two Crow, Joseph Packineau Jr., John Bears Tail, Mary F. Goudreau, Vincent Malnouri, Clara N. Perkins, Clarence Perkins Sr., August Newman, Perpetua Grinnell, Regina Grinnell, Rita Grinnell, Richard Grinnell, Maggie Old Dog Grinnell, Edward H. Hall, Anna Hall, Emma Lockwood Jones, Adele F. Young Bear, Anna K. Bracklin McGrady, McRoy Starr, Carlyle Sylvester Page, Nathan Little Soldier, Theodore Gillette, Mary Fox, Rose Nagle Fourneir, Margaret F. Brugh, Philip Atkins, May Smith, Laura Irwin, Bendict Heart, Amelia Spotted Wolf, Elsie Spotted Wolf, Elsie Foote, Eugene Jimmie Brugh, Margaret Harney, Mary Birds Bill Fox, Charles Fredericks, C. C. Casey, W. E. Whalen, Edward Bodholdt

Notes for US Senate Hearing Regarding Petition from Elbowoods Residents Requesting Payment for Taken Properties, July 22, 1953