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  • Last Execution

    It was on this day in 1944 that the Army Corps of Engineers and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation reached an agreement on a Missouri Basin flood control project, known as the Pick-Sloan Plan, which led to the building of Garrison Dam.   And on this date, in 1905, John Rooney was hanged at […]

  • Republican Triumph

    As one of his last acts as governor of Dakota Territory, A. C. Mellette would meet with Secretary L. B. Richardson and Chief Justice Bartlett Trip in Bismarck on October 17th to certify the fall election.  Once that was completed, he would send a certified copy to President Benjamin Harrison along with a copy of […]

  • A Second North Dakota University

    In 1862 the United States Congress approved an act that authorized land grant colleges.  Through this system, grants of public lands were made to states and territories.  The purpose was to create at least one college dedicated to agriculture in each state and territory. In 1883 the Dakota Territorial Council passed a bill authorizing an […]

  • World War I, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and Doughboy Wesley R. Johnson

    On this date in 1918, American soldiers were in combat during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which began September 26th and continued until the Armistice, November 11th.  North Dakotan Wesley R. Johnson served among the U.S. troops.  Johnson was one of North Dakota’s youngest soldiers in World War I, being just seventeen when he joined Company M […]

  • Remembrance in Stone

    Whitestone Hill was designated a State Historical Site in 1904.  On this date in 1909, a crowd gathered at the top of the hill to commemorate a new monument.  The monument was carved from Vermont granite.  At the top of the tall column, a soldier forever stands with his bugle to his lips.  The column […]

  • Casselton Corn Show

    Casselton was in the midst of its first state Corn Show on this day in 1913.  Businessmen of the city planned the show to highlight the agriculture of the state, especially the growing and manufacturing of the several varieties of corn harvested in North Dakota.  The city raised $1,500 to fund the event, and invested […]

  • Elaine Goodale Eastman

    The post-Civil War era in America was a time of reform.  In addition to movements dealing with suffrage, labor, and temperance, many “…idealistic reformers turned their attention to the plight of Indian people,” or more specifically, to Indian children.  In 1879, Captain Richard Henry Pratt opened the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, the first assimilation […]

  • Post-Election Highlights

    One hundred twenty-five years ago on this date it was a week after the vote on North Dakota’s constitution. The votes were still being tallied, but newspaper headlines proclaimed a huge Republican victory and the passage of the Constitution.   With the exception of Richard Cowen in Rolla, not a single Democrat had been elected […]

  • The Great Pandemic

    In 1918, the Spanish flu was a global disaster.  It is estimated that as many as a fifth of the world’s population was affected.  North Dakota newspapers asserted that ordinary care should be enough to avoid the disease.  As of the end of September, the Fargo Forum proudly announced that the Spanish flu had not […]

  • The Medora to Deadwood Stage

    It was common knowledge in the 1880s that there was gold in the Black Hills.  Deadwood was a boomtown.  It seemed as if everyone was trying to get there.  The French nobleman Marquis de Mores was always on the lookout for a quick way to make money.  He once boasted, “I will be the richest […]

  • Sioux Pageant

    A ceremony was reported from Standing Rock reservation on this day in 1913 that was hailed as “The Most Magnificent History Pageant in the History of the Sioux”.  Although the acclamation remains an unofficial observation, the pageant was undoubtedly spectacular, involving several thousand participants and spectators.  The Standing Rock Band was enlisted to perform, as […]

  • Company B Rides Free

    North Dakota played an integral part in the Spanish American War. In 1898, President McKinley put out a call for volunteers.  North Dakota experienced a surge of patriotism.  In Fargo, Captain Keye asked Guard members willing to volunteer to take two steps forward.  It was reported that every man responded.  The volunteers did not know […]

  • Number 61

    On this date in 1961, North Dakota native Roger Maris stepped up to the plate.  A hush came over the crowd.  Would the great Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs be broken?  Spectators were on the edge of their seats, as they just might witness sports history. Roger Maris joined the New York Yankees […]

  • Election Eve

    The last week of the campaign had passed quickly, and tomorrow, the 1st of October, 1889, would hopefully change the political face of Dakota Territory forever.  For the first time in almost three decades, the people would be free of the political yoke of territorialism, free of carpetbaggers, and free to chart their own destiny.  […]

  • Garryowen

    Expanding the Northern Pacific rail line to the west was dangerous work in the 1870s, and the U.S. Army was ordered to Dakota Territory to provide protection.  Fort McKeen was built in 1872 across the Missouri from Bismarck.  The fort was expanded to include a cavalry post, and it moved five miles south, renamed Fort […]

  • Above and Beyond

    Nels Wold was born in the town of Winger in Polk County, Minnesota on December 24, 1895.  This son of Norwegian immigrants would later move to Minnewaukan, North Dakota, and he ended up enlisting in the Army. Wold was a private in Company I, 138th Infantry, 35th Division and he saw action during the Meuse-Argonne […]

  • Camp Convent

    The trip to France was supposed to be routine for the seven sisters of the Maryvale Convent located near Valley City. As Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, a French order, they were required to study at the motherhouse in Broons, a small town in northwestern France. The trip for sisters Edward, Annetta, Theresa, Corinne, […]

  • Born to Lead

    Harold Keith Johnson was born in Bowesmont, North Dakota on February 22, 1912.  His life was one of service.  He devoted himself to the Boy Scouts.  Even as a general, he always kept a copy of the Boy Scout Handbook.  He attended West Point, graduating in 1933.  He was assigned to the 3rd infantry at […]

  • Corinne Wrastles a Calf

    When the train pulled up to Medora hours before dawn in early September of 1890, Theodore Roosevelt’s ranch hands were already there; eager to see their longtime friend and meet his sister Corinne Roosevelt Robinson.  Theodore had often bragged about her skill as a mighty horse rider.  He had built up her reputation so much, […]

  • McKenzie

    Alexander McKenzie was a powerful man in the political field in Dakota Territory.  The Jamestown Alert called him the “noblest Roman of them all” and noted, “Without a doubt the people of North Dakota would turn in and send him – the one man above all others – to the United States Senate… if he […]