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  • First Buttermaker

    Hailed as “North Dakota’s First Buttermaker,” John Robins passed away in early January of 1911. His funeral was held at his home in Watertown, South Dakota, on this date. Robins came to the state in 1897 from Wisconsin. With a background in dairy farming, he settled in Havana, North Dakota, and took charge of the […]

  • Smoking Age

    Most people have tried smoking, if even just once-perhaps as a child, sneaking a cigarette from their parents. And when those parents found out-well, it wasn’t pretty. But smoking at just about any age has gone on for centuries. Often glamorized as elegant, a mark of maturity, cigarettes could be especially of interest to children. […]

  • Cities Swindler

    A North Dakota man fell pray to a Minneapolis con man on this date in 1910. The man, Paul Lidden of Belfield, North Dakota, had just arrived on his first visit to the cities when the incident occurred. Lidden traveled by train to Minneapolis to visit the metropolis and sightsee. He was hoping for a […]

  • Contained Conflageration

    An strange situation was playing out three miles west of Jamestown on this date in 1966. Workers of the J. T. Garvey elevator were charged with finding a missing fire that had been burning for almost two months. But how in the world can a fire be missing you ask? Well, the fire in this […]

  • William Langer in the Political Wilderness

    Following his conviction as a federal felon, Governor William Langer was summarily stripped of his office on July 17, 1934. For ordinary politicians, this would mean the end of their career. But William Langer was not your typical politician. With the ink not yet dry on his conviction papers, the crafty man from Casselton began […]

  • Want Ad

    The New Year is a good time to start fresh or to make life changes. Perhaps that’s what prompted James Orr to look for companionship. Orr was a single farmer who had made good use of his time to attain some wealth. But he was lonely. According to newspapers following his story, Orr did not […]

  • Festive Firefighters

    The Fargo Forum reported the story of an enormous blaze in the town of Maxbass, North Dakota, on this date in 1909. Although the fire itself drew the usual crowds to the scene, it was the fire brigade that caused the real sensation that night. A few days before, on the evening of January 1st, […]

  • Divine Healer

    W. N. Kennedy, self-proclaimed fortune-teller, was arrested in Bottineau, North Dakota, on this date in 1899 for practicing medicine without a license. Kennedy had been working in Bottineau “for some time.” Also billed as a dwarf, Kennedy described himself as a “great living wonder” and a divine healer, in addition to his divinatory powers. Since […]

  • Key Issues

    On this date in 1948, the Fargo Forum reported on a fire at the Nanking home of Lionel H. Lamb, who was then British minister to China. The fire destroyed Lamb’s home, but notable among his lost possessions was a key to the city of Fargo. While serving as British vice consul in Minneapolis in […]

  • Rustling Ring Sentenced

    Ranchers and residents of Williston, North Dakota, anxiously anticipated the outcome of a publicized court trial on this date a century ago. The trial of Pat Cannon, Jud Miller, and William Coleman in Williams County District Court was viewed as the culmination of many years’ work, and the “final chapter in breaking up…the famous border […]

  • Strange SOS

    A strange story was reported out of St. Paul to the Fargo Forum on this date in 1909. The United States Post Office district headquarters there received a strange and alarming telegram from North Dakota that they hoped to clear up. The telegram spoke of a murder taking place on the far western prairie, in […]

  • Stop Thief!

    A few residents of Jamestown wrote to the Fargo Forum on this date in 1898, relating a practical joke that some in the city had played on a certain prohibition officer. The Jamestown residents wrote after reading about officer’s arrest for selling confiscated liquor. Detective Hamre, the prohibition officer, was with the North Dakota State […]

  • Mayor Misdemeanor

    Bismarck’s mayor, E. G. Patterson, was arrested on this date in 1900 on charges of keeping a gambling house. The “gambling house” in question was none other than one of Mayor Patterson’s hotels, in which he had been running games quite publicly for some time. At the start of each legislative session, in fact, Mayor […]

  • Capitol Fire

    The North Dakota State Capitol building burned to the ground on this date in 1930. The four-story, red-brick building burst into flames sometime during the night. Two state employees suffered injuries while attempting to save some of the files and records from the flames, but when all was said and done, most of the state’s […]

  • Seth Bullock Reappointed

    The White House announced the reappointment of Seth Bullock as U. S. Marshal for South Dakota on this date 100 years ago. Bullock is best known for his role as Sheriff of Deadwood, Dakota Territory during the 1870s. It was during this time that he met Theodore Roosevelt, then deputy sheriff of Medora. The two […]

  • St. Louis Boycott

    A public meeting held in Pierre on this day in 1884 generated a threat to boycott all products from the city of St. Louis, Missouri coming into Dakota Territory – a result of Missouri Senator George Vest’s strong opposition to admit Dakota as a state of the Union. Residents of Jamestown, on the other hand, […]

  • Christmas 2009

    What will Christmas be like one hundred year from now? An unknown author pondered this question one hundred years ago in an article carried in newspapers across North Dakota. He predicted that on Christmas of 2009, men will travel through the air as commonly as they travel on land, and a vast subterranean network will […]

  • Free Press Souvenirs

    Those residents of Fargo on the Winnipeg Free Press mailing list delighted in receiving their annual Christmas souvenirs on this date in 1909. The unusual and unique Christmas souvenirs from the newspaper had become an annual event in the area, and were eagerly looked forward to by many members of the community. The Winnipeg Free […]

  • Carrington Hospital

    The Carrington Hospital Association was chartered on this date in 1915 in Carrington, North Dakota. Although the city of Carrington had been growing since the arrival of the Northern Pacific railroad in 1882, no medical facilities existed, and those needing a doctor were forced to travel nearly fifty miles to Jamestown. The area around Carrington […]

  • Dry Zone Null and Void

    On this date in 1910, Judge Amidon of Fargo ruled in the case of the state of Minnesota vs. Sullivan, a case in which Sullivan was charged with bringing alcohol into Traverse County, Minnesota,. The county, as well as most of the state, was a declared a “dry zone” by the Treaty of 1851, made […]