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  • James Burdick

    The appointment of James H. Burdick as U. S. Marshal of Dakota Territory was confirmed by the Senate on this date in 1872. Burdick was appointed by the U. S. Attorney General at the request of President Ulysses S. Grant. He was to replace the standing Marshal, Laban H. Litchfield, who had been in office […]

  • U.S.S. North Dakota

    The keel of the American battleship to be named after the state of North Dakota was laid on this date in 1907. The ship was the largest ever launched in American waters at the time, measuring 510 feet in length and having a displacement of 20,000 tons! The ship was christened the U.S.S. North Dakota […]

  • Yuletide Epidemic

    The American Red Cross labeled a nationwide flu epidemic a “disaster situation” on this date in 1968. The organization called on public schools and colleges throughout the country to close for winter break earlier than scheduled if respiratory illnesses appeared high. The 1968-69 flu season was the last recorded flu pandemic in the United States; […]

  • Foreign Game Birds

    Hunters in North Dakota are well aware of the variety of the state’s game birds, both native and imported. As early as 1910, Chinese, ring-necked pheasants were released in parts of the state, partly to introduce another game bird and partly to replace a significantly reduced population of prairie chickens. The stock for breeding these […]

  • Rubberneckers

    Newspapers reported on the outcome of a very public trial on this date in 1900. In the case of the State of North Dakota vs. Freeman, Mr. Freeman of Valley City was acquitted of charges of two counts of physical assault with a firearm and attempted murder. Although these were very serious charges and a […]

  • WPAK Radio

    Everyone is familiar with North Dakota State University, located in north Fargo, but back in the early 1920s, the school was known as the North Dakota Agricultural College, or the “A.C.” The college advertised itself as “North Dakota’s Institute of Technology, designated for the training of Vocational Teachers under the Smith-Hughes Act, offering thirteen Baccalaureate […]

  • Lunar Lickings

    A strange case was brought before Judge Murray’s court in Minot, North Dakota, on this date in 1910. A man charged with assaulting his wife claimed the woman was under the influence of the moon. Saying his wife would change her temperament with the changing of the moon, Louis Irving believed he was justified in […]

  • Foul Fuel

    A horrible catastrophe was reported from Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on this day in 1900. It was days earlier, however, that a steamboat carrying tanks of fuel crashed on the Missouri River. Members of the Sioux tribe on the Standing Rock reservation realized that the fuel would be a valuable commodity to help keep warm […]

  • North Dakota Curling

    The Lake Region Curling Club of Devils Lake is holding their annual Northern Lights Open Bonspiel today through Sunday. Although curling is not a familiar part of every North Dakotan’s vocabulary, the sport has a long history and a very active following in the state. The object of the game is to slide a large, […]

  • North Coast Wreck

    A terrible wreck occurred just after midnight on this day in 1908. The North Coast Limited, one of the Northern Pacific Railroad’s finest engines, struck a broken rail near McKenzie, North Dakota, sending several cars flying over a ten-foot embankment. Although the train was traveling at fifty miles an hour, a fortunate set of circumstances […]

  • Miss Cynthia Eloise Cleveland

    Rumors swirled this week in 1884, as reported in the Jamestown Morning Alert. The gossip centered on a possible successor to the newly-appointed Governor of Dakota Territory, Gilbert Pierce. Although Pierce had only been appointed the previous summer, residents of the Territory were extremely suspicious of the move made by President Chester Arthur. Suspicion, however, […]

  • Penguins on Parade

    The Fargo Forum reported the progress of ten visiting penguins on this day in 1968. The penguins were flown eight thousand miles from their home in Antarctica in order to participate in a research experiment. Leading the project was Dr. Richard Penney of Rockefeller University in New York and the Institute of Animal Behavior of […]

  • December 7 in North Dakota

    In December of 1941 America was preparing for war. It was evident to most people that war was inevitable and that retaining America’s neutrality status was more of a wish than a reality. The draft had been revitalized and North Dakota’s National Guard was training in Camp Claiborne, Louisiana as part of the federalization of […]

  • Wolf Wrangling

    On this date in 1910, Fred Shirkey had a shredded suit of clothes, a torn up hand, but a smile on his face. Better known near Belfield as the Mikkelson Poet, Shirkey had gained a reputation that winter as quite the wolf hunter, having already turned in two large pelts for forty dollar rewards. On […]

  • Husbands Hoax

    Minot reported a curious tale on this date in 1910, writing that a death notice and obituary it published two months earlier was nothing more than an elaborate hoax concocted by a mischievous ex-husband. Louis Sickles lived for some time in Minot and was married there. The couple had two children, but ultimately separated. Mr. […]

  • Weather Lore

    In North Dakota you can almost be sure that at some point during the day the discussion will turn to the weather, which is an important element of life on the Northern Plains, where conditions can rapidly change. Over the years, a local weather lore had developed that was used to predict conditions for the […]

  • Fort Yates Buffalo

    A buffalo bull made headlines this week in 1900 on the Fort Yates Reservation. The bull was spotted among a herd of cattle near Rock Creek, and was the first seen in the area since 1885. The reservation agent quickly issued an edict against killing the animal, hoping more would appear. Although wild and dangerous, […]

  • Three Calvins and a Cook

    North Dakota has had two different towns named Calvin. The first one, in Rolette County, consisted of a rural post office established October 23, 1899. The postmaster was named Ira Eisenhour, but his job was short lived. His post office order was rescinded almost exactly a year later, and that was the end of Calvin […]

  • John Lee Coulter

    The news read differently back in 1912. Anyone picking up a copy of the New York Times on this day would read “Million Cows Give Milk for New York” and “Busy Bees Produce 3,191,733 Pounds of Honey.” These statistics were according to special agent for agriculture, John Lee Coulter. The Census Bureau of the Department […]

  • Robinson’s History

    The great North Dakota historian, Elwyn B. Robinson, wrote to his mother on this date in 1958, telling her about a recent paper he gave at a convocation to celebrate the 75th aAnniversary of the founding of the University of North Dakota. The paper, titled “The Themes of North Dakota History,” went on to form […]