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  • Pet Burro

    The Litchville Bulletin reported a curious case from that city on this date in 1904; citizens of the town were reported to be in an uproar over the mayor’s recent activities. The cause of the commotion was none other than a Mexican burro, purchased a few weeks earlier by Mayor W. J. Taylor while on […]

  • Monster Barbeque

    On this date in 1908, William Howard Taft launched his presidential campaign. Taft made a storied whistle-stop tour, eventually stopping in Fargo for “the biggest barbecue ever held in North Dakota.” It was the stuff of legend. The setting was beautiful Island Park-Fargo’s jewel—a city park forty acres in expanse; a wooded oasis alongside the […]

  • Pelicans

    We may not have vast oceans or any seas, but pelicans are not an uncommon bird in North Dakota-even in recent years, as the number of pelicans has dropped in the North Dakota breeding grounds at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge. On this date in 1939, residents of Braddock were wishing for fewer pelicans. The […]

  • The Rescue of Sitting Bull’s Portrait

    Thanks to the quick-thinking of Matthew Steele, one of North Dakota’s historical treasures was rescued from destruction. Born on this date in 1861, Steele joined the US Army and was serving at Fort Yates in 1890 when Sitting Bull was killed. Arriving shortly after the fight, Lieutenant Steele began searching the cabins where he discovered […]

  • Andy Jones

    Pierce County was created by an act of the legislature of the Territory of Dakota in 1887. By 1891, the present shape of the county was finalized, with a total of 30 townships. Rugby Junction, a railroad station, was chosen as the county seat, over rival Barton. Even then, it was known mainly as just […]

  • Unexpected Inheritance

    A Fargo stable boy received the most unexpected news on this date in 1904. Edward Plunkett, a “bright, industrious” young man of twenty-one had just recently traveled to Fargo from Willmar, Minnesota. He hoped to attend the Fargo College, but ran out of money after only a few months’ time. As a result, Plunkett enlisted […]

  • Mercer Country Murderess

    A. T. Patterson, State’s Attorney for Mercer County, North Dakota, returned to Bismarck on this date in 1904 with news of a terrible murder near Stanton. Details of the sensational murder shocked Bismarck residents, especially since it involved a female culprit. Good Roads Woman, or Chankoowashtay as she was called in Siouan, was charged with […]

  • Patriotism Gone Awry

    In times of war, a person’s patriotism is often questioned. The Espionage Act of 1918, often called the Sedition Act, was heavily enforced, and the courts were busy trying cases in North Dakota. German immigrants still held a loyalty to the homeland, but when America entered the war the previous year, freedom of speech did […]

  • Japanese baseball team at UND 1911

    Baseball is America’s game, but it has become the world’s game. Today’s major league baseball teams include players born in other lands – such as Justin Morneau from Canada; Francisco Liriano from the Dominican Republic; and Japan’s Ichiro Suzuki. Today’s datebook looks back to June of 1911 when a Japanese college team played two games […]

  • Little White Church

    The Little Forks Lutheran Church, near Hatton, has been around for more than 130 years. It draws its congregation from both Steele and Traill Counties. On this date in 1952, the members were in the middle of a five-day celebration of the church’s 75th Anniversary, an event featuring worship services, special music, a confirmation reunion […]

  • Flying Home

    Carrier pigeons have been used to carry messages back and forth for hundreds of years. But using the pigeons had some limitations; for example, they could only be trained to fly to known positions. They could also fall prey to various dangers, or even get lost. Any number of unknown factors could enter into the […]


    The 35th annual Menoken Grove State Rally of North Dakota’s ABATE group begins today in Menoken, North Dakota. ABATE, which stands for American Bikers Aiming Towards Education, is a national organization with branches in nearly all of the fifty states and several Canadian provinces. In North Dakota, the grass-roots organization is composed of twelve districts. […]

  • T.B. Walker’s Sawmill in Grand Forks

    It is quite surprising to find that Grand Forks once played a major role in the lumber industry, but from 1886 to 1892, one of T.B. Walker’s sawmills was located on the banks of the Red River just south of the Kennedy Bridge. The Walker Mill cut millions of board feet into two-by-fours for building […]

  • Bismarck Bigamist

    The city of Bismarck was shocked on this day in 1904, with the arrest of one of the city’s finest attorneys. A. J. Hedrix, long-time resident of Bismarck, was arrested by Sheriff Welch on charges of bigamy. The arrest came after Hedrix’s first wife came to Bismarck from Des Moines, Iowa, and filed a complaint […]

  • When Satchel Paige Struck Out Twenty Beulah Miners

    It is a well-known fact that the great black pitcher Satchel Paige played for the Bismarck semi-professional baseball team in 1933 and in 1935. What might not be known is that Paige’s highest strike-out total for a single game in those two seasons was twenty, in a nine-inning game against the Beulah Miners ballclub on […]

  • Rebuilding Fargo

    For North Dakotans, Fargo and Grand Forks are often portrayed as rival cities competing for supremacy in the eastern part of the state. Fargo is the biggest city, but Grand Forks has the Air Force base. And NDSU and UND athletic teams have had a storied rivalry. But a long time ago, the city of […]

  • All Stock and No Style

    The term “product placement” really emerged in the 1980s, but it was used long before, as evidenced by an article printed by The Wilton News in 1912. On this date, a man named Peter Jonson was arraigned for hitting his mother-in-law. It seems he’d been smoking a cigar that stank terribly, aggravating her asthma, and […]

  • Fort Mandan Overlook

    Proudly positioned on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River stands a solitary marker commemorating Fort Mandan—headquarters of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the winter of 1804-1805. While a beautiful reconstruction of the fort was built near Washburn in 1971, the original fortification sat alongside the Missouri some ten miles west. A small triangular structure, […]

  • Granitoid

    North Dakota’s weather is brutal for street pavements. Freezing and thawing and heat waves combine with heavy traffic to crumble even the strongest tar or concrete streets or highways. As automobile traffic increased from 1900 to 1910, the city of Grand Forks experimented with various paving materials as motorists demanded better roads, trying “tar” and […]

  • Fargo Find: Missing Wife

    Fargo Police Chief Gowland had little expectation of solving a case he was handed on May 30, 1904, involving a missing woman and her ten-year-old daughter. Last seen in Oklahoma, there seemed to be little prospect of finding them in North Dakota. But the Chief looked into the case, learning from the file that the […]