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  • Lost at Sea

    It was a calm, clear evening in the middle of the north Atlantic on this date in 1912.  The drop in temperature signaled an approaching region of ice, but danger was far from anyone’s mind.  But suddenly lookouts noticed the black spot of an iceberg.  With orders to turn, the ship slowly veered left.  But [...]

  • Sandstone Building Blocks in Linton, 1914

    The town of Linton was prosperous in 1914. Located sixty miles southeast of Bismarck, Linton is the county seat of Emmons County, and it’s situated smack-dab in the county’s geographic center. Linton is beautifully located at the confluence of Beaver Creek and Spring Creek, amidst gently undulating prairies and protective high buttes, the adjacent lands [...]

  • German Immigrants 1929

    From the 1870s to the second decade of the 20th Century, North Dakota saw a huge immigration of settlers to occupy the free land available under the Homestead Act.  That changed after World War I when the post-war prosperity peaked and farm prices fell, leading to an-out migration of families.  Bank failures in North Dakota [...]

  • The qualities of a nurse

    What makes a nurse? From the historic nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale to the fictional and terrifying Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, nurses have played an important role in society. With the lives of their patients in their hands, acting as a health front line, nurses can bring out a gamut of [...]

  • Horse Manure Problems in Grand Forks

    Modern people think of spring as the season of fresh air and flowers blooming and lovely breezes wafting through budding trees after the snows of winter have fully melted away.  But those who lived in cities prior to 1910 had to consider other aromas of spring. Although numerous citizens walked or used bicycles or electric [...]

  • Railroad Rates and Land Speculation

    In the last days of the legislative session a resolution was passed supporting the opening of the Sioux Reservation.   Proponents claimed it was “Manifest Destiny” that lands in the west be settled and developed.  Most of the land east of the Missouri River was coming under the plow, but the huge track of  reservation land [...]

  • Thomas Leach

    It was this day, April 4, 1951, that a surface geologist, Thomas Witt Leach, discovered oil on a little farm south of Tioga, and subsequently launched the oil industry in North Dakota. Thomas Leach was born in 1896 in La Crosse Wisconsin, and following service in World War I, attended the Missouri School of Mines.  [...]

  • Lightning Rods on Barns

    Lightning rods provide real protection against lightning strikes on houses, but it seems that modern homeowners don’t care to use them anymore.  But there was a time when most barns and farmhouses had lightning rods installed upon the rooftops – each with a sharp point reaching skyward, often with a distinctive glass ball on the [...]

  • Political Patronage

    Visitation to the Capitol Building at Bismarck in late March of 1889 was like a spring spawning run.  First there was a small trickle of visitors, but within weeks the trickle turned into a stream, and finally into a flood of hungry office seekers, maneuvering through the crowds, searching for a morsel, a promised piece [...]

  • Bismarck’s Longest Winter

    In the harsh winter of 1880, the Northern Pacific Railroad experienced its longest and most strenuous blockade of snow on its tracks.  The winter was “exceedingly blizzardy,” as one storm after another piled deep snow on Dakota Territory, causing the railway to be blocked much of the time from Christmas of 1879 into March of [...]

  • A Birthday for the CCC

    It’s no secret that the thirties were a difficult time. As people watched their crops fail and their lives became struggles, there was a general outcry for improved conditions. FDR was inaugurated as President on March 3, 1933; by the end of the month, on this date, he signed into law an emergency employment act. [...]

  • Dakota Territory’s Centennial Celebration

    On March 2nd, 1861, the United States Congress first created Dakota Territory. It included the lands of present-day North Dakota, South Dakota, and most of Montana and Wyoming. After a while, the Montana and Wyoming portions were carved away, leaving the land that would become North and South Dakota.   On this date in 1961, [...]

  • Joseph Conmy Jr. traveled the world

    Although he considered Pembina his home, Joseph Conmy Jr. traveled the world, walked beside Presidents, was decorated in three different wars, and was the commander in charge on Hamburger Hill in Vietnam. His story is so far-reaching it merits its own book. But today, we focus on his second Silver Star award for gallantry. Conmy [...]

  • Spuds’ day of firsts

    It was a day of firsts in Fargo’s sister city of Moorhead, Minnesota.  As reported on this date in 1928,  Moorhead High had won its first major sports title by taking the 16th Annual Minnesota high school basketball championship.  They beat a Minneapolis team, the Edison Inventors, before a record-breaking crowd of 7,200 spectators in [...]

  • Andrew Johnson’s Cattle Guard

    Andrew Johnston was born near Taylor in Dakota Territory on this date in 1885. He grew up on his father’s Start County ranch, where he was herding some 400 cattle by himself by the age of ten. By the time he was 14, Andrew had some of his own stock, which he branded VVV – [...]

  • Mellette Takes Office

    When Arthur C. Mellette was confirmed by the US Senate on March 12, 1889 he became Dakota Territory’s tenth and last governor.  Mellette was from Indiana and was a personal friend of President Harrison.  Unlike Governor Church, Mellette was a resident of Dakota Territory having moved to Watertown a number of years before his appointment.  [...]

  • Bismarck Hospital Under Water

    As the expanse of the prairies became cultivated and settled, the need for healthcare became apparent. By 1885 in Bismarck, some Benedictine sisters from Minnesota opened St. Alexius, the city’s first hospital. In 1915, the hospital moved to its present-day location in Bismarck. By 1902, more healthcare options arose in Bismarck as early settling doctors [...]

  • Tenure of Office

    The 18th Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Dakota ended on March 8th 1889. The relationship between Governor Louis Church and the Legislature, and even with the people of Dakota Territory in general, had been filled with hostility.  Church was a Democrat appointee governing over a strongly Republican territory.  Although Democratic President Cleveland had signed [...]

  • Paltry War Contracts in North Dakota During World War II

    In the difficult days of World War II, North Dakotans generally responded with patriotic fervor to help win the war. According to an editorial in the Bismarck Tribune, published on this date in 1946, the people of North Dakota, per capita, had led the nation in purchasing war bonds. The same article also alluded to [...]

  • Thomas D. Campbell

    Archibald Macleish once wrote, “The impact of Tom Campbell upon the grasslands of the Great Plains was the impact of the American passion for power, speed and the predictable machine.” Macleish was referring to Thomas D. Campbell, born in Grand Forks on February 19th, 1882. Campbell’s parents were wheat farmers, and it was in this [...]