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  • First European Child

    In 1806, 26-year-old John Fubbister signed on to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada. John was from the Orkney Islands of Scotland, and soon became known around Fort Albany as The Orkney Lad. Working as an agent, Fubbister paddled his canoe up-river to deliver supplies to remote fur trading outposts. He was small, […]

  • From Three to Five Justices

    North Dakota’s Supreme Court has changed a fair amount from its early years. Since 1910, members of the bench have been elected on a no-party ballot. In 1930, term limits increased from six to ten years. In 1985, Beryl Levine became the first woman to serve on the court. One change took place in 1908 […]

  • No Cats Allowed

    Holiday festivities in Devils Lake in 1922 included many typical events … Christmas services at churches across the city, school Christmas pageants, a Boy Scouts band concert, and another free band concert scheduled for New Year’s Eve. A New Year’s Eve program at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church would offer coffee, jule cake and singing, […]

  • Dale Kolrud

    In the Korean War, the U.S. spent 67 billion dollars and deployed 90% of the troops fighting for South Korea. It was a highly unpopular in North Dakota. For many of the soldiers deployed there, it had a different feeling than fighting in World War 2. There seemed to be no clear reason or cause […]

  • Christmas, 1917

    For the Red Cross, December of 1917 was an active season in North Dakota. With loved ones ever closer to the front, there was an urgency to ensure that the boys had the comforts of home as much as possible.  Red Cross knitting parties were held across the state.  In a three week campaign, over […]

  • The Black Leg Ranch and Jerry Doan family

    It was 1912, and the holiday season was under way in the community of Britton, North Dakota. Mr. R. Welch gave a well-attended and festive ‘dancing party’, and the first snow of the season had adorned the rolling countryside of Burleigh County, giving the opportunity for sleigh rides. While May and Elva Doan visited with […]

  • They Were Very Drunk

    On this date in 1904, two men were standing trial for burglary. Albert Kemper and Joseph Frantz were accused of committing the crime near Overholt. The Ward County Independent had no doubt that the men would be found guilty. The accused were being ably defended by two lawyers, but the newspaper reported that the members […]

  • The Face of War

    We were at War, and for Carl Kositzky, State Auditor for North Dakota, the Great War had more meaning than many.  His father, Gustave Kositzky had immigrated to Yankton, Dakota Territory from Germany in 1871, but his business interests eventually brought him to North Dakota.   A veteran of both the Austrian/Prussian War and the Franco/Prussian […]

  • Short Field Landing

    Edgar Allen was born in Kansas and flew as a bomber pilot during World War 2.  When the war ended, he stayed in the Army Air Force and was assigned to the 6th Ferry Group in Long Beach California.  Allen spent his time flying various planes around the country, mostly surplus aircraft being disposed of […]

  • A Beautiful Piece of Mechanism

    At the turn of the Twentieth Century, Henry Ford’s Model T and the Wright Brothers’ airplane were still in the future, but railroads and telegraph lines had already spanned the country. There was a great sense of optimism, a feeling that anything was possible. Along with every other aspect of life, the publishing industry was […]

  • Justice John Knauf

    One of the shortest tenures of a North Dakota Supreme Court justice came to an end after less than five months and a nasty election. Governor Elmore Y. Sarles appointed thirty-eight-year-old Stutsman County Judge John Knauf in August of 1906 after Justice Newton Young resigned after eight years on the bench. Knauf won the Republican […]

  • A Very Successful Farmer’s Institute

    On this date in 1900, the Devils Lake Inter-Ocean reported on the Farmer’s Institute held in that community. Attendance was very good in spite of inclement weather. The institute was sponsored by the experimental farm at the North Dakota Agriculture College in Fargo. The college provided the speakers for the institute. Many in the audience […]

  • Arrival at Territorial Penitentiary

    For almost sixty thousand dollars, Dakota Territory constructed a penitentiary in Sioux Falls during 1881 and 1882. Territorial Governor Nehemiah Ordway signed the legislation to fund the prison, which was built on eighty-five acres of land. The facility was meant to house between 125 and 150 inmates. Wallace Dow was the architect. He also designed […]

  • North Dakota Poultry

    North Dakota is known as an agricultural state, a leader in the production of canola, corn, wheat, sunflowers, soybeans, and sugar beets. Beef cattle are also an important commodity, with the state home to more than 950,000 head. So, when it comes to North Dakota agriculture, chickens are not the first thing to come to […]

  • Railroad Travelers

    The War Department was ill prepared to handle the massive numbers of men and supplies required to fight the war in Europe.  After leaving North Dakota, the troops saw minimal training at Camp Greene.  Although they drilled eight hours a day, most combat exercises involved wooden rifles. Target practice consisted of only a few rounds […]

  • Lidgerwood Ambulance

    Nowadays, we often take for granted that if there’s an emergency, we can call an ambulance. That’s often thanks to a few hard-working people who made an effort to provide the service. In the not so recent past, the people of Lidgerwood, North Dakota came together to do just that. It all started on August […]

  • Fargo Volunteer Firefighters

    Fargo’s history of fires is largely dominated by the Fire of 1893, which ravaged the wooden buildings that filled city’s downtown. But the city’s fire legacy goes back much further. In 1875, at Fargo’s first government meeting, the city’s mayor and aldermen appointed two fire wardens to patrol the city. Bucket brigades fought fires in […]

  • Camp Mills

    Most of North Dakota’s National Guard were assigned to the 41st Division at Camp Greene in early October of 1917, and in November, the division began moving to Camp Mills, New York to be closer to their embarkation point for the trip to France. Smaller units of the guard went to the 116th Engineers or […]

  • Taking on the American Legion

    When the United States entered the war, a grand promise was made: America would “darken the skies of Germany” with a vast air armada. In 1917 the War Department asked Congress for $640 million with the assurance that the planes would arrive at the front by May 1918. Congress approved the appropriation, the largest single […]

  • North Dakota’s Plymouth Brethren

    Almost 200 years ago in the 1800s, multiple groups of Christians came together in Dublin, Ireland to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. They didn’t want ministers or orders of service, but only the word of the Bible. From this gathering, the Plymouth Brethren was born, not an official denomination, but a network of like-minded Christian churches. […]