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  • Lincoln’s Inauguration

    In 1938, William Beadle was memorialized with a statue in the US Capitol Building at Washington DC.  While remembered largely for his work as an educator in Dakota Territory, the statue also honors his stint as a soldier in the Civil War.  It was in this role, fighting for the Union, that Beadle experienced one […]

  • Miracle Passenger

    Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time.  On this date, in 1951, a horrible accident struck when a Mid-Continent Airlines flight, en route to Minneapolis from Kansas City, crashed at Sioux City, killing fifteen people.  Witnesses to the crash said visibility had been fair, but a sudden snow squall blotted out the airplane as it came […]

  • War Bride

    Among North Dakota’s many immigrants have been women who married American servicemen stationed abroad.  One such war bride arrived in Bismarck on this date in 1948. Anni Leier was to marry her WWII sweetheart, Edwin Ackerman, a school teacher in New Leipzig. But when she got off the plane, she found herself stranded, because she […]

  • NDRA

    The rider gives a signal.  The pen door opens and the bull charges out as the crowd looks on with bated breath. Spectators appreciate the skill and hard work of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.  But it’s easy to overlook the dedicated rodeo association men and women who work behind the scenes to make the event […]

  • Brenner Crossing

    Throughout the twentieth century, the State Historical Society of North Dakota made a concerted effort to better care for the state’s important historic sites. To do so, it acquired many properties of historic importance – former military posts, homes of important North Dakotans and significant government buildings.  While many of us have visited some of […]

  • Winter

    In 1907, North Dakota was hit by a winter so bad, it almost surpassed the imaginations of friends and relatives back east – “almost” being the key word. There was no doubt that it was cold.  The old-timers called it a “regular old-fashioned winter;” in fact, since mid-November, the temperatures had mainly remained below freezing, […]

  • Clarence Putnam

    You’re standing on stage with a microphone resting comfortably in hand as the crowd screams for an encore. It’s a dream nearly every teenager has envisioned at least once in life; making it big in the music world.  You’re certain you have what it takes to be the next rock star, country music singer or […]

  • Beatrice Agard

    In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” Florentino Ariza waits fifty-one years, nine months, and four days to profess his “vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love” to his beloved Fermina Daza. Everlasting adoration is often the material for writers and poets, but for Bea Agard from Larimore, North Dakota, receiving […]

  • Ferry

    Progress, it seems, is all about direction.  Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” When North Dakota was relatively young, many traveled in a westerly direction for land, opportunity, and a different life.  Later, as more and more […]

  • Wynn and the Non-Swearing Knights

    It was on this date in 1940 that railroad conductor Robert C. Wynn would take his last train ride to his final resting place. Born in Ohio in 1855, Wynn came to North Dakota in 1900 from Indiana while employed with the Great Northern Railroad. He worked on the Granville-Sherwood line until his retirement in […]

  • Goose Bone Club

    The opening of the goose hunting season today seems to indicate the coming of spring to North Dakota, but everyone wonders when that will happen. Since 1886, in Pennsylvania, they have relied on the shadow of a groundhog to predict spring’s arrival, but on this date in 1888, a group of Devils Lake men organized […]

  • Sibley, ND

    Henry Hastings Sibley, born on this date in 1811, left his mark on the Northern Plains.  After serving as Minnesota’s first governor, he participated in the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 and led the punitive expedition against the Dakota the following year. Since his death in 1891, Sibley has been memorialized in sites across the Northern […]

  • The Wheat King

    A 1928 Time magazine article dubbed Thomas Campbell the “Henry Ford of farming.”  It was a fitting tribute to the internationally renowned “Wheat King,” born in Dakota Territory on this date in 1882. Raised on a Grand Forks wheat farm, Thomas Campbell earned a reputation as a mechanic who could fix anything.  By the age […]

  • Honored Guests

    In 1959, Granville, North Dakota, became grounds for celebration.  The residents said it was “Roble recognition night,” and the Robles, Fred and Amanda, were the guests of honor. Before coming to Granville, Fred and Amanda lived in several places, including Devils Lake and locations in Minnesota. As partners in a printing business, the two had […]

  • Heinous Crime

    One of the state’s most heinous crimes took place in Emmons County on this date in 1897. In 1959, William Fischer, editor of the Emmons County Record, explained: “When North Dakota became a state, its constitution outlawed the saloon, but many saloon operators continued their ‘underground’ operation – and their places of business were known […]

  • Contractor and Electrical Union

    In 1932 the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, #714 was established in North Dakota. Other unions had existed in the state for many years, even a Horseshoer’s Union, but efforts to unionize the building trades had met with limited success. In the 1930s, the construction of public buildings during the Depression, and also the rapid […]

  • Valentine’s Day

    On this date in 1939, a bit of the red, white and pink holiday spirit lingered as the paper reported on a special Valentine’s Day break the North Dakota House of Representatives took to celebrate the women in that parliament. The men sent baskets of “gay spring cut flowers” to Miss Brynhild Haugland and Mrs. […]

  • Lincoln, North Dakota

    After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his name became popular for counties, towns, schools and streets.  Perhaps too popular.  Over the course of the 20th century, several towns in North Dakota have claimed the President’s name. Morton’s county seat claimed the first Lincoln name in northern Dakota in 1878.  But within months, officials changed the […]

  • Lincoln’s Address

    If you tune in regularly to Dakota Datebook, you’ve likely heard of Smith Stimmel.  Starting his career as a personal bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln, he later moved to Fargo where he practiced law and served as president of the Dakota Territorial Council. Smith Stimmel lived out the remainder of his life in North Dakota, […]

  • Lincoln’s Birthday

    Dr. William Jayne owed much of his political success to President Abraham Lincoln. Jayne was certainly well-connected with the ambitious lawyer.  William was Abraham’s personal physician and long-time political supporter.  His sister, Julia, was a close friend of Mary Todd; she even stood as a bridesmaid in the Todd-Lincoln wedding.  After winning the presidency, Lincoln […]