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  • 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 […]

  • Mercury Vapor Lighting

    In recent years, we have grown increasingly aware of “green” terms, reducing carbon footprints, and improving energy efficiency, to the point where many of these environmentally-friendly terms have been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. But progress and energy efficiency have been goals longer than that. On this date in 1953, the city of Stanley had […]

  • Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Trap Shoot

    Members of the Capital City Gun Club were preparing the shooting range near Bismarck on this date six years ago, in anticipation of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Trap Shoot. The event was part of a multitude of statewide programs and celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery’s landmark venture into the […]

  • Pet Burro

    The Litchville Bulletin reported a curious case from that city on this date in 1904; citizens of the town were reported to be in an uproar over the mayor’s recent activities. The cause of the commotion was none other than a Mexican burro, purchased a few weeks earlier by Mayor W. J. Taylor while on […]

  • Monster Barbeque

    On this date in 1908, William Howard Taft launched his presidential campaign. Taft made a storied whistle-stop tour, eventually stopping in Fargo for “the biggest barbecue ever held in North Dakota.” It was the stuff of legend. The setting was beautiful Island Park-Fargo’s jewel—a city park forty acres in expanse; a wooded oasis alongside the […]

  • Pelicans

    We may not have vast oceans or any seas, but pelicans are not an uncommon bird in North Dakota-even in recent years, as the number of pelicans has dropped in the North Dakota breeding grounds at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge. On this date in 1939, residents of Braddock were wishing for fewer pelicans. The […]

  • The Rescue of Sitting Bull’s Portrait

    Thanks to the quick-thinking of Matthew Steele, one of North Dakota’s historical treasures was rescued from destruction. Born on this date in 1861, Steele joined the US Army and was serving at Fort Yates in 1890 when Sitting Bull was killed. Arriving shortly after the fight, Lieutenant Steele began searching the cabins where he discovered […]

  • Andy Jones

    Pierce County was created by an act of the legislature of the Territory of Dakota in 1887. By 1891, the present shape of the county was finalized, with a total of 30 townships. Rugby Junction, a railroad station, was chosen as the county seat, over rival Barton. Even then, it was known mainly as just […]

  • Unexpected Inheritance

    A Fargo stable boy received the most unexpected news on this date in 1904. Edward Plunkett, a “bright, industrious” young man of twenty-one had just recently traveled to Fargo from Willmar, Minnesota. He hoped to attend the Fargo College, but ran out of money after only a few months’ time. As a result, Plunkett enlisted […]

  • Mercer Country Murderess

    A. T. Patterson, State’s Attorney for Mercer County, North Dakota, returned to Bismarck on this date in 1904 with news of a terrible murder near Stanton. Details of the sensational murder shocked Bismarck residents, especially since it involved a female culprit. Good Roads Woman, or Chankoowashtay as she was called in Siouan, was charged with […]

  • Patriotism Gone Awry

    In times of war, a person’s patriotism is often questioned. The Espionage Act of 1918, often called the Sedition Act, was heavily enforced, and the courts were busy trying cases in North Dakota. German immigrants still held a loyalty to the homeland, but when America entered the war the previous year, freedom of speech did […]