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  • Magnificent Wheat Country

    On this date in 1905, laborers worked to lay down a new stretch of the Soo Line railroad from Thief River Falls to Kenmare through “magnificent wheat country.” The distance was about 300 miles, and by September, they were laying about five miles of track a day, with hopes to finish by mid-October.   As [...]

  • Whale Exhibit

    On this date in 1932, a whale traveled through North Dakota.   More to the point, a very large, embalmed whale – being toted across the country by train. And it made a few stops in the state. It was said to be the world’s largest embalmed whale—not a claim many would contest—and it was [...]

  • Linton Radio Reception

    On this date in 1929, citizens in Linton were discussing how they could garner better radio reception. They had heard that an expert in the field, L. M. Parks of Minneapolis, was hired in Ellendale, and also in Williston, to clear up interference, and soon after, discussion of hiring him began in Linton. They wanted [...]

  • Industrious Boys

    On this date in 1905, Morton County was hosting a county fair. It was a successful event, and though not backed by the state, a Mandan newspaper proudly proclaimed, “it has now been demonstrated that there is nothing sacred about the name ‘State Fair,’ but that a fair can be made to succeed in Mandan, [...]

  • Leon Jacobson

    Most doctors don’t start their medical career teaching elementary students in a North Dakota two-room schoolhouse. Yet it was from this unusual background that the “father of bone marrow transplantation,” Leon Jacobson, received his calling to the medical field. Leon Jacobson first started teaching after he dropped out of college for a lack of funds. [...]

  • Prepping for Winter

    Preparing for the often long, often hard, and often snowy winters in North Dakota often means changing to snow tires, buying sweaters and keeping food, water and blankets in the car. But for those living in rural areas in the 1930s, it was a greater ordeal … finishing the harvest, canning and even cutting roadside [...]

  • Sheriff Warnes

    The story was circulating on this date in 1929, that Deputy Sheriff Warnes of McKenzie County was travelling when he came upon a car going in the same direction. He was in a hurry and tried to pass, but whenever he came close, it would cut in his way, forcing him back or into the [...]

  • Horse Racing

    In the late 1880s, entertainment was often hard to find and mostly centered around weddings, opera houses and productions at the local high school. However, there was one event with roots going back to the ancients – horse racing.   On this date in 1892, the Hillsboro Driving Park announced plans for a two-day racing [...]

  • Denhoff Township

    Denhoff was founded in 1901 as a Northern Pacific Railroad station in Denhoff Township, in Sheridan County. It achieved a peak population of 323 people in 1920, never organized, and today exists as a census-designated area.   However, around the formation of the town, Denhoff did have its own newspapers. The Dakota (later, Nord-Dakota) Staats-Zeitung [...]

  • Railroad at Grand Forks

    With the end of the Minnesota Uprising and the establishment of reservations, wary settlers began making their way to the Red River of the North. The Civil War had ended, and landlocked farmers in the East were looking toward the West to start a new life. In 1872 the Northern Pacific Railroad crossed the river [...]

  • Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Ranch

    In September of 1925, Theodore Roosevelt’s famous cabin did not sit amidst the crags and buttes of the badlands, but in Bismarck on the Capitol grounds.   Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Ranch cabin was originally located approximately seven miles south of Medora. Built with ponderosa pine logs, the cabin was a story and a half with [...]

  • The New Colossus

    Emma Lazarus wrote the sonnet “The New Colossus,” which has hung inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty since 1903. She penned the famous lines:   Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I [...]

  • Antoine Gingras

    From humble beginnings as the son of a French voyageur and a Chippewa mother, Antoine Gingras went on to become the wealthiest man of his time and one of the most influential in what is now North Dakota.   Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in 1821, Antoine Gingras left the Lake Superior region as [...]

  • 1911

    On this date in 1911, the local newspaper reported that two men there were arrested for fighting on Park Avenue in Sykeston, North Dakota.   The two men, Ernest Adams and Frank Howard, had been working on a threshing rig. The dispute arose after their boss paid them with one check, accidentally making it out [...]

  • Hanging Denied

    Joseph Rozum, a bootlegger, was released from prison but was soon arrested for the fatal shooting of Louis Starman in January of 1904 and sentenced to death by hanging. He was sent to the Penitentiary to await his execution scheduled for October 21. On this date in 1904, Warden N. F. Boucher notified Sheriff Bannon [...]

  • The Journal of Private Hagadorn

    The trials, tribulations, and triumphs of average soldiers are often forgotten in the annals of war, for our eyes naturally settle upon the glorious victories, the bitter defeats, and the leaders whose names live on in history.  Yet, it is the average soldiers who do the fighting, the marching, the dying, and their stories are [...]

  • A Young Soldier’s Wife

    Joseph Jordan, a Sioux of the Standing Rock Reservation, enlisted in Company I, Second Infantry of the North Dakota National Guard on July 22, 1917. He served overseas from December 15, 1917 to January 3, 1919 and was wounded during the fighting. According to General Order #5, issued from the Ist Infantry Brigade at Selters, [...]

  • Returning Soldiers

    All across North Dakota, on this date in 1899, the people were jubilant. The War in the Philippines was over and a victorious North Dakota regiment was returning home. But nowhere was the celebration more intense and the soldiers more well received than in Jamestown. The members of Company H were enjoying an overwhelming welcome [...]

  • Red River Dry

    On this date in 1897, the Grand Forks Herald ran an article that stated that the bed of the Red River was high and dry. In some respects, this was true; the river bed was exposed, but the river itself was not dry, just channeled into a much smaller area.   This was not a [...]

  • The Pembina Invasion

    Horace Greeley ordered Americans to “Go west, young man,” and a group of U.S. leaders, called Annexationists, wanted to take this one step further by annexing Canadian lands and connecting Alaska to the Pacific Northwest. A rebellion in Manitoba seemed to be the opportunity the Annexationists needed. Irish priest William O’Donoghue was secretary to the [...]