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  • Shields and the Bear

    In 1952, a black bear lumbered into the outskirts of Shields. People there couldn’t recall ever seeing a bear there before, but there was no denying its existence – several people had seen it. It was even spotted wandering through one man’s barn yard, six miles southwest of town. No one could account for the […]

  • Centennial Elm Tree

    President George Bush, Sr., presided over a ceremony at the State Capitol grounds in Bismarck on this date in 1989. The ceremony was held to commemorate North Dakota’s centennial anniversary of statehood. President Bush dedicated the state’s Centennial Grove, a grove of trees located on the southwest side of the capitol grounds, designed by the […]

  • Inventions and Making Beer

    Today is the birthday of Albert Hoiland, a settler and inventor who was born in 1860. By age 44, Hoiland had quit farming to go into the windmill business in Nome, North Dakota, selling pumps, pipes, tanks, feed grinders and other related items. In 1908, he started selling cars, including the Hudson-Essex. In 1911, he […]

  • Joseph Gilbert Totten

    As a popular tourist destination, most North Dakotans are familiar with Fort Totten. Located near Devils Lake, the frontier military post was built to protect American interests in the region. It was briefly commanded by Major Marcus A. Reno, visited by General Sherman, and later turned into a school. But what may be less familiar […]

  • Chaffee

    The post office of Chaffee, North Dakota, was established on this day in 1894, two years after Chester Fritz was born there. The railroad had named a station on the site “Rita,” but in 1894, it was renamed to honor Eben Chaffee, who had promoted the site. The history of Chaffee is actually shared by […]

  • Letters Home

    During World War I, a number of Minot soldiers wrote to Minot High School students about their experiences in the field. A 1918 editorial in Minot High’s paper, the Searchlight, reads, “Not long ago these boys were in the quiet of their homes in a peaceful country. Today, in a strange land they are facing […]

  • Laura Taylor, Rosemeade Pottery

    Today is the birthday of Laura Taylor Hughes, who was born in 1903 and was one of North Dakota’s most successful potters. She was a native of Rosemeade Township and learned the ceramics craft at Valley City Normal School under Glen Lukens. In 1931, Laura Taylor attended UND under the tutelage of Margaret Cable, one […]

  • Socks for Rent

    World War II was wrought with sacrifice. As men and women fought overseas, those back home planted Victory gardens, collected scrap metal and rubber, and went without silk and nylon fabrics. The war eventually ended, but change to normalcy did not happen quickly, and with the influx of returning soldiers, there was a shortage of […]

  • Horses

    John L. Harvey and C.H. Olson of Cando travelled overseas to Europe in 1912 to procure horses for breeding. They obtained forty “fine specimens of horse flesh,” Belgians and Percherons-draft horses that were a mix of hardiness and myth, each linked to medieval knights and war horses. When the men returned, a large crowd greeted […]

  • Hynek Rybnicek

    In the late 1940s, a penny went a long way. With just five cents, a child could wander to his local grocery store and treat himself to a Hershey chocolate bar. Moms could buy Kellogg’s Corn Flakes for just 12 cents a box. But it was in the late 1940s that school children across North […]

  • On this date in 1898, in preparation for war with Spain, the United States War Department ordered the Regular Army to mobilize. President McKinley also called upon the states to provide another 125,000 National Guard troops. This was a tall order for the young state of North Dakota. The state’s National Guard was untrained, poorly […]

  • Abe Lincoln and Smith Stimmel

    On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the night before at the Ford Theatre in Washington. Seventy years later, to the day, Smith Stimmel died in Fargo. What’s the connection? Stimmel was one of Lincoln’s bodyguards. In 1863, Governor Todd of Ohio visited Washington and was alarmed by the lack of […]

  • Oskar Hedman, Titanic Survivor

    On this date in 1912, 27 year-old Oskar Hedman was coming back to North Dakota after conducting business and visiting family in Sweden. Known to his friends as “Happy,” Oskar was a smallish man with “a Jimmy Durante face.” He had lived around Bowman for six years, farming, selling land and working as a settlement […]

  • Matchmaker

    William Murray of Minot was a renowned judge in Ward County. He started off in railroad work, but studied law on the side, and in 1906, he passed the exam at Grand Forks and was admitted to the bar of the state. In a biography on him, Clement A. Lounsberry wrote he had “an excellent […]

  • ND Mom of the Year

    By this date in 1952, Nettie Belle Torgerson of Washburn was named North Dakota Mother of the Year. The acknowledgment came through American Mothers, Inc., a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization honoring women and men who strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of their family and the home. Nettie Torgerson had indeed played an important role in […]

  • LaMoure Fire

    LaMoure’s Leland Hotel caught fire on this date in 1899 shortly after midnight. Owner C. W. Davis checked the furnace only moments before and, due to unseasonably warm temperatures, had shut it down. Therefore, exactly how the fire started was not apparent. However, it soon spread to every area of the hotel. Patrons fled from […]

  • American Indian Rhapsody

    Frances Densmore, born in 1867 in Red Wing, MN, was an amateur anthropologist who traveled around the United States, collecting Indian songs for the for the Smithsonian’s Bureau of American Ethnology. After she recorded these songs on her phonograph, she sent them on wax cylinders to the Smithsonian Institute, along with manuscripts of the songs. […]

  • Libbie

    “E’en though a cross it be Nearer, my God to Thee,” This was the hymn Libbie Custer and other officers’ wives sang on June 25th, 1876 as they gathered together at Fort Abraham Lincoln, lamenting the absence of their husbands. Little did they know that at that moment their worst fears were coming true at […]

  • Andy Hampsten, Cyclist

    Today is the birthday of cycling great, Andy Hampsten, who was born in 1962. Andy grew up in Grand Forks, where his parents taught English at UND. They gave him his first road bike when he turned 12, and he was smitten for life. Hampsten soon realized that U.S. television paid no attention to cycling. […]

  • Laundry

    The following is from Hiram. M. Drache’s excellent book, “The Challenge of the Prairie: Life and Times of Red River Pioneers”… Washing clothes was (a) woman’s chore. Cisterns were built to store a supply of soft water for washing clothes and for bathing. Often the early cisterns consisted of merely a barrel or two set […]