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  • Fargo Find: Missing Wife

    Fargo Police Chief Gowland had little expectation of solving a case he was handed on May 30, 1904, involving a missing woman and her ten-year-old daughter. Last seen in Oklahoma, there seemed to be little prospect of finding them in North Dakota. But the Chief looked into the case, learning from the file that the […]

  • 100th Anniversary of Bismarck Diocese

    This month the Catholic Church is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Diocese of Bismarck. In addition to centennial events planned for later in June, the Diocese published three books, (four, really if you count both volumes of the huge cookbook!). One of those books, titled “I Will Appoint You Shepherds,” is a necrology…an […]

  • Bismarck Diocese Centennial

    The Bismarck Diocese of the Catholic Church is celebrating its Centennial this month. In addition to the many planned festivities, the Diocese published three books to mark the occasion; a history book of the Catholic Church in western North Dakota; a necrology, that is an account of the lives of priests and bishops now deceased, […]

  • Memorial Day

    Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice in service for their country. Originating after the Civil War and first known as Decoration Day, the memorial observances were often conducted by members of the Grand Army of the Republic, composed of veterans of the Civil War. By […]

  • Memorial Day

    Today we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, but originally, May 30th was designated “for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the [civil war].” So on this date in 1917, the people of Kenmare honored their country […]

  • Booming

    New Rockford, in Eddy County, and Carrington, in Foster County, are only about seventeen miles apart. They share similarities: Both were settled about 1882; both had post offices established in 1883; both were on the upswing to become leading cities. Both cities also supplied commentary on the benefits and progress of their towns. These reports […]

  • Confederate in North Dakota

    North Dakota was not a state when the North and the South fought the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. However, a multitude of Union veterans moved into Dakota Territory in the years after the war had ended. Many of these war veterans became the leaders and first families of towns across the span of […]

  • Sunday Baseball

    Until 1920, state law in North Dakota did not allow anyone to play organized baseball games on a Sunday. Sunday was to be a day of rest and for church services. However, North Dakotans were said to be “baseball mad” – absolutely mad for playing America’s national game. As a preacher said about North Dakota: […]

  • Saddle-making

    If you’ve ever seen a saddle, you probably realize a lot of work goes into making them. They’ve been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. In fact, in the first century AD, Pliny the Elder said that a Thessalonian first invented saddles and bridles, though this can’t be strictly taken as […]

  • Comet

    North Dakotans were abuzz with excitement over Halley’s Comet one hundred years ago, in May of 1910. Halley’s Comet, a periodical comet with an orbital period of about 76 years, got its name from English astronomer Edmund Halley, who lived from 1656 to 1742, who predicted its reappearance in 1758 or 1759. A comet is […]

  • Opium Smuggling in 1895

    On this day in 1895, the Grand Forks Herald published a fascinating article about the illegal opium trade from Canada into North Dakota. Trade in opium from poppies grown in Asia was, and still is, an international drug problem. The addictive properties of opium have always lain quietly intermixed with its powers of relieving grievous […]

  • Gas Baby

    Generally, the arrival of a baby warrants some sort of celebration, such as the father handing out a cigar. On this date in 1915, Harold and Susan Sunderland of Milton had a big reason to celebrate after the birth of their daughter, Kathleen Mary, who topped the scales at twelve pounds! Kathleen Mary Sunderland was […]

  • Corsets

    After the 1893 fire knocked out so many businesses across the face of the city of Fargo, the city rebuilt itself into a booming metropolis. It took time, but the efforts of the Fargo Commercial Club, incorporated in 1902 and a forerunner to today’s Chamber of Commerce, helped to bring in businesses. And on this […]

  • Iron Cross Cemeteries

    “Grampa had an iron cross grave marker which seems so much kinder than the cold stone markers on some of the other graves. It is made of iron that is shaped and curved to form an interesting design. …and looks like it could have grown from the earth it is planted in. … The stones […]

  • Eastwood Park Bridge

    This week Datebook is looking at Historic Preservation in North Dakota as part of National Historic Preservation Month. As a relatively young state, much of our heritage is still visible in the form of buildings, structures or significant sites that help document the paths we have taken to the present. While most of North Dakota’s […]

  • McHenry Loop

    Today we continue our look at Historic Preservation in North Dakota. The railroads played an important part in the development of Dakota Territory both to transport the people to settle the land and secondly, to supply the tons of building materials, farming supplies, food and clothing to this new market. It also served to ship […]

  • Historic Preservation Week

    This week is National Historic Preservations week. Too often we drive through the countryside and see the remains of old buildings, no longer viable, deserted. The families who laughed, played, cried and struggled to tame the land are long gone and the house and barn are left to the elements. Once the barnyard was full […]

  • Preservation

    May is National Historic Preservation month, and this week we will look at the role the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 has had in preserving and protecting North Dakota’s legacy. Currently, there are 404 names listed on the National Register from North Dakota, but it should be noted that a number of these are historic […]

  • Citizenship Day

    Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day, became a federal holiday in 2004. Today it is celebrated on September 17, but its origins stretch back to the 1940s, when Congress first initiated it as “I am an American Day,” held the third Sunday in May. If still celebrated in this way, it would have been on this […]

  • Great Expectations

    Seeing how far you can spit tobacco isn’t exactly a class sport. However, on this date in 1952, students from the North Dakota School of Forestry in Bottineau were lining up to do just that. The reason behind this was Lumberjack Day-not to be confused with the current Lumberjack Day, which began in 2005 and […]