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  • Senate Chaplain

    Some people have a gift for bringing reconciliation. That was certainly so of Dr. Richard Halverson. The native of Pingree, North Dakota often found himself in the middle of tense political situations as the longtime chaplain to the United States Senate. Shortly after Halverson’s death on this date in 1995, a friend recalled one particularly […]

  • Rural Schools

    North Dakota has always been a large space with a relatively small population. Because of this, rural schools often had a shift in the number of students when children in one family matured and moved on. Then, if a younger family moved into another part of the township, the school often physically shifted to this […]

  • William Groninger

    William Groninger was born on a farm in Pennsylvania. He had a long and interesting life, serving as county surveyor, county commissioner and as commissioner’s clerk there in Juniata County, as well as working once as a teacher and principal. He was also recruited into the 126th Regiment of Pennsylvania, Company I, during the Civil […]

  • Thanksgiving

    Today is Thanksgiving. Tradition shows it as a religious holiday of thankful prayer and meditation, but the significance of the day has varied through the decades in North Dakota. In 1890 the New Rockford Transcript believed that this was a day in which “the people could express their gratitude to the Creator for the bounty […]

  • Bertin Gamble

    It was this date in 1927 that up-and-coming businessman Bertin Clyde Gamble married Gladys Pearson. While certainly a joyous occasion, the Gambles couldn’t afford to take a leisurely honeymoon; they and their business partner, Phil Skogmo, had an empire to build. The story begins in the sleepy town of Arthur, North Dakota, when Bertin Gamble, […]

  • Inaugural Ceremonies

    On November 21, 1921 a peculiar announcement went out inviting the public and Governor Frazier to an inaugural ceremony in the House Chambers at the State Capitol. Inaugural ceremonies are generally held at the beginning of each legislative session in January when a new governor takes the helm of the State, so why was the […]

  • Switching to Railway Time

    Some people like to complain about Daylight Savings Time when they lose an hour of sleep by setting their clocks ahead each spring. In the early 1880s, citizens also complained about time because the U.S. had no standard time zones! In fact, there were fifty-three different railway time zones across the United States. Cities had […]

  • Law for the Lawless

    Alcohol may have been illegal in North Dakota when it became a state, but the law often looked the other way. One this date in 1897, the Blind Piggers actually came under the protection of the law. It appears that a man by the name of Fred Bussett came to Devils Lake and claimed to […]

  • Horse Thief

    It seems that a man by the name of Sonstaby ran a wood yard near Bismarck in 1875, but he suddenly disappeared with a team of horses that didn’t belong to him. It was later learned that he was the head of a gang that had pilfered the Upper Midwest, stealing horses and even Army […]

  • Red Sunsets over Dakota Territory

    In late October of 1883, unusual colors began to illuminate the evening and morning skies over Dakota Territory. Everyone could see that something was in the air those autumn months and on into the winter of 1883-84. The “azure skies” of a Dakota sunrise, wrote a Fargo journalist on this date, mellowed to a “golden […]

  • Prohibition and Canadian Booze

    Today there is a lot in the news concerning border crossings and the illegal flow of drugs and immigration into the United States. This is not a new problem. When North Dakota entered the Union in 1889 it was a dry state. Alcohol was banned. So, when Prohibition was adoption nationally, North Dakota was not […]

  • Cass County Hospital

    Generations of North Dakotans have grimly joked about spending their last days in the cold charity of the poorhouse. A poem from 1871 told of going “over the hill to the poor-house,” a saying that has lived on in the phrase “over the hill.” In modern times, we have lost track of the old system […]

  • A Winter Trip East

    Bismarck was a fledgling city in 1875, lying at the end of the track on the Northern Pacific Railroad. Although the community was growing rapidly, the railroad was inclined to limit the runs from Fargo once winter set in. Merchants laid in a stockpile of goods and when the river froze and the steamboats moved […]

  • 1907 Car Ride

    Automobiles were still a novelty in most places in 1907 and the editor of the St. Thomas Times was delighted to accept a ride in a Buick Touring car, the results of which appeared on this date in the Lakota American. At first, the editor likened the purr of the two cylinder motor to a […]

  • Chester Fritz

    Chester Fritz was born in Buxton, in Traill County. He went to elementary school in Fargo and high school in Lidgerwood, where he lived with his aunt and his uncle. Chester was “active in school affairs, outstanding in declamation and debate, [and] a member of the football squad”—in fact, the quarterback. He graduated in 1908 […]

  • Cut of the Cards

    On this date in 1924, a post-election drama occurred in Fessenden. Following that year’s vote, Con Sellie, an Independent, had been elected by a margin of two votes to the North Dakota House of Representatives over William R. Hartl, of the NPL. Because of the close margin, a recount was conducted. This ended in a […]

  • Armistice Day, 1918 Pt. 2

    Yesterday we heard some of the experiences of Major Dana Wright at the end of World War I as he penned a letter from France to his brother in Mott. He told about the last morning of the war as he wrote: “The street beneath my window is filled with a mob of people, mostly […]

  • Armistice Day, 1918

    In 1918, the Great War was nearing an end, and the words of General Pershing echoed in the trenches: “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken by Christmas,” was the phrase, but for many, Christmas would never come. Major Dana Wright, later an historian with the State Historical Society, describes the scene as he neared the battlefield in […]

  • Slaughterhouse Five

    The high school in Drake, North Dakota, garnered national attention on this date in 1973, after the Drake Board of Education ordered the burning of thirty-six copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s controversial novel, Slaughterhouse Five. The story broke only a day before the author’s 51st birthday. A combination of historical events and science-fiction, Slaughterhouse Five tells […]

  • Rebels

    North Dakota is not exactly known for its gang activities. However, in the spring of 1958, a gang was forming within the Mandan school system. Members of the gang called themselves the Deans, after James Dean. They wore black leather jackets with his name emblazoned on the back. In fact, the gang was said to […]