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  • Charley Talbott and the Farmers’ Union

    The 1930s were hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust storms and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became more and more frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 […]

  • Charging Bear Adopts Captain Welsh

    During the summer of 1913, an event near Fort Yates led to a full-page spread in the Minneapolis Sunday Journal, including photos and artwork. The story referred to Blackfeet/Hunkpapa Chief John Grass adopting Alfred Burton Welch, Captain in the U.S. Army, as his son. North Dakota historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard writes, “Adoption is one […]

  • Mail Carrier

    On this date in 1951, a breath of history entered the city of Fargo in the person of pioneer O.A. Vangsness. Vangsness lived in Milwaukee then, but he once served as the mail carrier in Kindred. He had retired twenty years prior, so he wasn’t carrying mail; he was carrying memories of the early development […]

  • Car Ride

    We may complain about speed limits today, but sixty years ago, the limits were even lower. Yet, speed is relative when you’re riding on the roof of a car, as five-year-old Yvonne Gregoire discovered in 1942. Yvonne’s father brought her and her younger sister out to a field about two and a half miles away […]

  • Eric Sevareid

    It was on this date in 1992 that one of the greatest newsmen of the 20th century died. Eric Sevareid’s career spanned 38 years, during which he shared the CBS Evening News with another broadcasting icon, Walter Cronkite. Sevareid was born in 1912 and grew up in Velva. He wanted to be a journalist and […]

  • Finding Fen-Phen

    It was on this date in 1997 that CNN broke the news that the miracle combination of diet drugs known as fen-phen was causing leakage in users’ heart valves. What many don’t know is that the first person to figure it out was a cardiac sonographer at Fargo’s MertitCare named Pam Ruff. According to an […]

  • North Dakota’s First Mass Murder

    North Dakota’s first mass murder took place on this date in 1893. Six members of the Daniel Kreider family were killed on their farm southeast of Cando, including four of their eight children. In the preceding years, Daniel and Barbara Kreider had moved to Cando from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by way of Missouri, and appear […]

  • Elderly Divorce

    Friends and family of a Grand Forks couple were reeling on this date in 1904; the couple, Edward and Katherine Fallen, had just announced they would be seeking a divorce. Normally, such a thing would cause little commotion, but the Fallens were over seventy years of age and had been married for over forty years! […]

  • Colonel Lounsberry Scoops Bighorn

    It was on this date in 1876 that the world learned what happened eleven days earlier at the Little Bighorn. Colonel Clement Lounsberry was credited with scooping what has been called “one of the greatest stories in American journalism” when he released his famous Bismarck Tribune “extra.” Actually, two other newspaper reports had been written […]

  • Floyd Stromme, Pitcher

    In 1939, Floyd Stromme made his debut as a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, but his “first” debut happened eight years earlier as an adolescent playing for the Cooperstown Junior Legion baseball team. Oswald Tufte coached Cooperstown in 1931, and they had to cancel their season opener, because they didn’t enough money to buy a […]

  • Gene Autry and His Colt

    On this day in 1949, singer and actor Gene Autry was in North Dakota to perform at the annual Mandan Rodeo with his backup band, the Cass County Boys — that’s Cass County, Texas, not North Dakota. The western movie star also collected a black colt from Mandan rancher Frank Wetzstein, which he bought the […]

  • Wash Day at the Fort

    Fort Lincoln was authorized in 1896, and in 1902, it was built just southeast of Bismarck. Later, it would memorably serve as an internment camp, but for many years, it served as a military post, and was watched and washed by soldiers living there. On this date in 1916, preparations for July Fourth were well […]

  • Harold K. Johnson

    It was on this date in 1968 that General Harold K. Johnson finished his tenure as Army Chief of Staff, a position he held under President Johnson during the build-up of the Vietnam War. Dr. Lewis Sorley’s biography of Johnson describes him as hard working, determined, religious, intelligent and honorable – all traits that raised […]

  • Shivaree!

    Some claim a shivaree is an old Appalachian custom performed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots based in 16th century France. Gaelic sources claim a shivaree (or in Gaelic, a “sibh a ri”) is an Old Irish custom. And others claim the word shivaree is derived from a Late Latin word […]

  • Ella Sprague and Pure Food

    On this date in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drug Act, banning the use of harmful additives or preservatives in food or medicines. North Dakota had such a law three years earlier, in 1903. Both laws authorized inspectors to investigate and ensure that businesses were not putting impure additives into food […]

  • Cattle Scab

    Western North Dakotan cattlemen were in an uproar on this date in 1904 after hearing of a ranchers’ meeting in Helena, Montana the previous day. The meeting was called to select a committee to travel to Washington and argue against proposed legislation requiring the dipping of cattle to prevent the spread of cattle scab. Scab, […]

  • A Night to Remember

    The American flag was raised, and decorations of sandbags, flowers and trees were in place. More than 1,200 teenagers from the Grand Forks area entered under the arches of the Air Force Honor Guard’s raised swords. And the prom of the century began. The school year had come to an abrupt halt around mid-April of […]

  • Territory Reactions

    On this date in 1884, Dakota Territory was in political turmoil. Corrupt governor Ordway was shooed out of office, and many candidates vied for his empty spot, but President Arthur appointed his personal friend, Col. Gilbert A. Pierce of Illinois, noting he was “not mixed up with any of the factions in the territory.” Pierce’s […]

  • Fingerprints

    We all have a built-in personal identification system: our fingerprints. Like two snowflakes, no two people’s fingerprints are identical. Evidence indicates that fingerprinting has been around for centuries, but Englishman William Hershel is credited as the first person to implement the practical application of fingerprinting in the 1850s. The process developed over time, and on […]

  • Korean War

    The Korean War began on this date in 1950, when North Korea invaded South Korea along the infamous 38th parallel. It marked the first armed conflict of the bitter Cold War. In September of 1950, President Truman ordered a National Guard mobilization; including three battalions in North Dakota – the 231st Engineer, 164th Infantry, and […]