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  • Geneva Schow

    Geneva Schow’s father, Martin Schow, rebuilt a broken-down airplane near Regent, North Dakota, during the 1920s. Soaring through the North Dakota skies with her father gave young Geneva her first taste of flight. The plane, dubbed “Sakakawea” by her father, was also Geneva’s first piloting experience as a teenager during the 1930s.   After graduating […]

  • Dakota City

    On July 4th, 1859, writer Manton Marble sat on a hill near Breckenridge, Minnesota, watching lines of oxcarts inch their way through the Red River Valley below. Minnesota had become a state the year before, and the Dakota Territory was two years from creation. This made the Red River of the North the dividing line […]

  • Red Flags, Black Flags

    Dozens of mail-bombs sent to United States politicians during the ‘Red Scare’ of 1919 struck fear of communists, socialists, and anarchists into the hearts of Americans. A May Day parade in Cleveland, Ohio, spiralled into violence when the pro-labor marchers met an anti-communist group who demanded the red flags of socialism not fly alongside the […]

  • Protesting Slacks

    The dark, cold winter causes epidemics of spring fever among college students, and in the 1940s this drove a fraternity into protest at North Dakota State University, then known as the North Dakota Agricultural College. Members of the Gamma Tau chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity, normally well-dressed and clean-cut, showed up to class on […]

  • The Amsterdam Fortune

    On this date in 1938, the Bismarck Tribune reported the good fortune of two cousins living in North Dakota. Eva and Andy Larson had just learned they were to receive part of the Amsterdam Fortune, an inheritance due to the 6th generation descendants of the Sabo family.   James Sabo and his two sisters were […]

  • Otto Chenoweth

    Otto Chenoweth was born to a wealthy Massachusetts family, but the lure of the Wild West brought him to Wyoming in the 1880s, where he found friendship among cattle rustlers and horse thieves.   After committing numerous robberies in Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas, in 1901 Otto was arrested in southwest North Dakota with a […]

  • Chaffee Swindled

    Herbert Chaffee became president of the Amenia and Sharon Land Company bonanza farm near Amenia, North Dakota, when his father passed away in 1892. The Chaffees believed the welfare of their workers was key to the success of the bonanza farms, but this benevolence was vulnerable to abuse.   In October 1909, a California gold […]

  • Creepy Karpis

    Alvin “Creepy” Karpis got his nickname for his crooked, sinister smile. While in the Kansas State Penitentiary for stealing a car, Karpis fell in with members of the Ma Barker Gang, a family of brutal bank robbers known for their bloody heists. When Karpis was released from jail in 1931, he teamed up with the […]

  • Esperanto in North Dakota

    Esperanto was created in the 1870s as a universal language designed to help international communication. On this date in 1910, the Turtle Mountain Star reported a colony of Esperanto speakers had taken root in rural Stutsman County.   Frank Frankgeld had just moved his family into the area, and everyone in his home spoke Esperanto […]

  • Stole Car And Kids

    A shady fellow found an unattended car on this date in 1925 and took it for a joy ride. Unfortunately, the car thief hadn’t noticed the two passengers in back. The sons of the car’s owner had been sleeping under a tarp, and the two boys were understandably startled to find themselves driving down the […]

  • Gossip Spreads Quickly

    On the afternoon of August 4, 1920, the telephone rang in the Bismarck home of Mrs. Frank McCormick. The caller had terrible news: Mrs. McCormick’s young son Emmett had been hit by a train and killed.   This wasn’t the first call that day regarding Emmett’s demise. Mrs. McCormick thanked the caller, and then went […]

  • North Dakota Secedes From The U.S.

    In 1934, controversial Governor William “Wild Bill” Langer was convicted of misappropriating federal resources for political reasons by promoting his political party, the Non-Partisan League, to federal workers in the state capital. This was a felony, and state law declared that no one could be Governor if convicted of a felony.   Lieutenant Governor Ole […]

  • Chaffee Founds Amenia

    In 1875, an investment group of forty New England families purchased almost 28,000 acres of land in Cass County, North Dakota. This created the Amenia and Sharon Land Company, named for the towns of Amenia, New York, and Sharon, Connecticut. The Company sent their largest shareholder, Eben W Chaffee, to establish a bonanza farm and […]

  • The Wreck of the Montana

    Steamboat pilots on the Missouri River watched the horizon with great concern on June 30, 1879. Dark storm clouds were gathering, and by afternoon the rain had nearly reached the river near Bismarck.   The steamboat Rose Bud headed to Fort Berthold to wait out the storm. The Helena also steamed upriver in hopes of […]

  • The 100-Mile Doctor

    Poor roads and unreliable transportation made it hard for country doctors to reach their patients … especially back in 1917. On this date that year, the Bismarck Tribune reported one doctor had set an unofficial record on a rainy June day.   Doctor W. C. Wolverton of Linton, started his day in Hull, twenty miles […]

  • Busy Telephones

    The drought of 1936 came with the most severe heat wave North Dakota had ever seen. Temperatures hit record highs and very little moisture fell in the Dakotas. But when it started to rain the following year, on June 3rd, 1937, it looked like the drought was over.   The weather bureau showed about two […]

  • Red River Valley and Western Railroad

    Transporting the enormous crops of the bonanza farms to market was a expensive and critical part of farming in the late 1800s. On this date in 1893, the bonanza farmers of The Amenia and Sharon Land Company incorporated the Red River Valley and Western Railroad to replace their slow horse-drawn wagons. 12 miles of track […]

  • Hans Langseth

    On this date in 1922, the city of Sacramento California opened the week-long “Days of ’49” celebration with a “longest beard in the United States” competition. The title of “King of the Whiskerinos” went to Hans Langseth, of Barney, North Dakota, who won the contest easily with his 17-foot-long beard.   Hans was born in […]

  • Tuttle Bank Robbery

    Bank robberies began an upward climb during the 1920s, causing state bank associations across the Midwest, from Texas to North Dakota, to offer their own “wanted dead or alive” rewards for bank robbers. A bank robbery in Tuttle, North Dakota shows just how sophisticated bank robbers had gotten in 1921.   In the early hours […]

  • Haunted Coal

    On a cool but sunny March morning in 1944, schoolteacher Pauline Rebel was preparing the one-room Wild Plum School House, 20 miles south of Richardton, North Dakota, for the arrival of her eight students. It appeared to be a day like any other, but after the students arrived, strange things began to happen.   At […]