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  • Omnibus Bill

    An Omnibus Bill was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on this date in 1889. The bill, surrounded in political controversy, divided Dakota Territory into North and South Dakota, and authorized the framing of state constitutions for Montana, Washington, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Once the people of Dakota voted to divide themselves, and […]

  • Clifford ‘Fido’ Purpur

    Clifford ‘Fido’ Purpur passed away on this date in 2001. The former Head Coach of the University of North Dakota’s hockey team also held the distinction of being the first North Dakota native to play in the National Hockey League. Clifford Joseph Purpur was born on September 26th, 1912, in Grand Forks. Just under five […]

  • Bismarck Pioneer Association

    The seventh regular meeting of the Burleigh County Pioneers Association occurred on this date in 1928. The organization was formed on April 16, 1916 with two hundred members present. The second meeting came a year later, but because of the war, it would not be until 1922 that the next meeting occurred. By 1927 there […]

  • Fossilized Fish

    An interesting bit of prehistoric history surfaced in Velva on this date in 1922. Fred Russell was the proprietor of a hotel in which he had a collection of curios including stuffed animals and birds. According to the story, which is somewhat questionable, he was the recipient of an unusual specimen of fossilized fish – […]

  • The Medora Gun Club

    In popular culture, the term Old West is often associated with wild gun-slinging outlaws, shootouts, vigilantes, and stand-offs at high-noon. The Medora of the Old West certainly had its fair share of gunslingers, including the Marquis de Mores, who fought many a duel. Yet, while Medora was certainly a part of the “Wild” West, its […]

  • Lake Jessie State Historic Site

    For the rock-bottom price of fifteen million dollars, the United States laid claim to 828,000 square miles of the North American interior. Yet, many believed the Louisiana Purchase to be a mistake. The United States paid only five cents per acre, but much of the land was believed to be desert. Indeed, the US government […]

  • Casper Oimoen and the 1936 Winter Olympics

    Back in the day, skiing was as natural as walking for many Norwegians, and when they immigrated to North Dakota, it was logical that they brought skiing and ski-jumping with them. Among them was Casper Oimoen. He became the best ski-jumper in North Dakota in the 1920s and 1930s. Born in 1906, Casper Oimoen left […]

  • NDSU teams in 1922

    Football was the game that brought about college sports rivalries in the 1890s, and it was then that the intense competition between NDSU and UND began. The University of North Dakota played its first college football games in 1892 and had the only football team in the state until 1894, when the Fargo Agricultural College […]

  • Valentines for Valentine’s Day

    Today is St. Valentine’s Day, and people everywhere will be exchanging valentine cards. One murky legend points to St. Valentine himself—one of several recognized on this date, all of whom were martyred—as sending the first valentine. Supposedly, he fell in love with a girl, and he sent her a note before his death, allegedly signing […]

  • Eskimo Pie

    When we think of summer, we normally think of cold drinks and cool treats. When winter rolls around, most of us think of hot chocolate and warm toast. However on this date in 1922, children and adults alike in Devils Lake were looking forward to eating ice cream. The Eskimo Pie had come to town, […]

  • Territorial Anti-Semitism

    Anti-Semitism has been around for centuries, and it appears that Territorial Governor Louis K. Church may have been guilty of it. The Fargo Argus, quoting an Aberdeen newspaper of this date in 1888, stated that Lazarus Menszheimer, who was on the board of the Territorial Asylum in Jamestown, was asked to resign. In their words, […]

  • Otto Sandvik

    Otto Sandvik enlisted with the U.S. Army on this date in 1918. Sandvik, largely influenced by his work in the military, would go on to establish himself as one of the great physics researchers of the day, eventually helping to develop sound in motion pictures. Although the technology for making silent films became available as […]

  • NDAC Little Country Theatre

    The Little Country Theatre of the North Dakota Agricultural College was dedicated on this date in 1914, well before the Agricultural College became NDSU in 1960. Since 1968, this popular theatre has operated out of NDSU’s Askanase Hall. In a way, theater had always been a part of the college; informal plays were often put […]

  • Town of Tolna

    Tolna, North Dakota voted for incorporation on this date in 1907. More than half of the town’s voters approved the measure, making Tolna an official North Dakota township, and allowing for the creation of a city government. Located about twenty miles southeast of Devils Lake, Tolna was founded as a stopover for the railroad between […]

  • Trading Stamps

    Around the turn of the century, businesses began handing out colored trading stamps in a marketing technique that rewarded patrons for purchasing merchandise at their stores. But really, these stamps hit their peak popularity in the fifties, with the expansion of gas stations and supermarkets. People collected these stamps, put them into booklets, and then […]

  • Peter O. Sathre

    Peter O. Sathre, known as P. O. to friends, was born on this date in 1876 in Adams, Minnesota. An attorney by trade, Sathre made a name for himself by serving in a variety of political offices in North Dakota until his retirement in 1962 at the age of eighty-six. Although born in Minnesota, Sathre […]

  • Oil Patch Heater

    In 1952 oil rigs were actively drilling in the Williston Basin. One rig worker, E. R. “Goober” Muckelrath, noted that the steam boilers were failing to sufficiently warm the rigs, even coating the area with ice as the steam froze. At his home in Tioga, he set about designing a scale model of a new […]

  • Cold School Rooms

    The cold weather we’ve been experiencing is somewhat softened in our county schools today by modern conveniences such as central heating. Over one hundred years ago, however, school rooms were heated with coal or wood stoves. On this date in 1904 schools were advised that improper heating of school rooms resulted in some children close […]

  • Thomas Clifford

    Thomas Clifford, the University of North Dakota’s eighth president, passed away on this date in 2009. Friends and students across the state mourned Clifford, who Senator Byron Dorgan described as, “…a larger-than-life North Dakotan who left a mark of excellence on everything he did…” Born in Langdon in 1921, Clifford began his involvement with UND […]

  • The Day the Music Died

    A small plane on its way to Fargo, North Dakota crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa on this date in 1959. Carrying three of America’s most promising rock and roll performers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson, the single-engine plane was originally chartered by the musicians to their next gig in Moorhead, Minnesota. The […]