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  • Bismarck Penitentiary

    In 1883, the Territorial Legislative Assembly at Yankton enacted a bill for the establishment of a prison in Bismarck, and “$50,000 was appropriated for this purpose.” The completion of the penitentiary was reported on this date in 1884. And in 1885, the prison received its first inmates when thirty-five men were transferred to the facility […]

  • Edward Curtis

    When Edward Curtis died on this date in 1952, he left behind a massive body of work – 20 volumes of photographs attempting to capture a way of life that had largely ceased to exist. Curtis was born in Wisconsin in 1868 but grew up near Cordova, MN. When he was 21, he moved with […]

  • Piggers versus Pastor

    Speakeasys, or blind pigs as they were often called, were common, illegal drinking establishments during prohibition. On this date in 1910, there was big news from Lakota concerning a reformation pastor and a band of blind-pigger vigilantes. The Reverend Stephenson of United Methodist church was the victim of the incident. An active member of the […]

  • Former Mansion

    Asa Fisher built a mansion for his family in 1884, but in 1893 he sold it to the State of North Dakota from which time it served as a residence for the Governor and his family until 1960 when the new governor’s residence was constructed near the Capitol. At that point there was considerable thought […]

  • A Dry Brew

    The brewing industry was a fairly successful economy in the years prior to North Dakota’s statehood. Beck’s Brewery near Winona had been in business for twenty years before it caught fire and burned down in 1877, and the Turtle Mountain Brewery kept thirst at bay in Rolette County. Bismarck hoped to share in the considerable […]

  • Political Ploy

    A strange political ploy gone awry was reported from Courtenay on this day in 1908. The incident involved the local Democratic Party during the influential presidential race of William Jennings Bryan, and the Democrats feared an upset. This would be Bryan’s third run for the White House, and his supporters hoped it would be the […]

  • Ernest Sands

    Lt. Ernest M. Sands of Minot was a bombardier for the 458th Bomb Group when he was shot down over Cologne, Germany, on this date in 1944. Sands was aboard a B-24 piloted by William Klusmeyer and knew everyone in the crew except the 2nd navigator, who called himself M.C. Upon reaching the target, the […]

  • Hansboro Heroine

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  • Jack Pendleton

    It was on this date in 1944 that Army Staff Sergeant Jack Pendleton became a hero. It was also the last day of his life. It happened during the final offensive against Germany during World War II. Pendleton was in Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, which entered the war on Normandy Beach on […]

  • Great Northern Fire

    An enormous wildfire was reported by The Fargo Forum on this date in 1910. The fire swept across northern Minnesota and into southern Canada. Thousands were left homeless and entire herds of livestock were burned in the blaze, which raged for days. Towns, such as Rainy River, Baudette, and Spooner, were burned to the ground, […]

  • William Jennings Byran

    Democratic presidential candidate and Nebraska congressman William Jennings Bryan visited Fargo on this date in 1896 as part of his national campaign. Bryan was one of the first politicians to practice a nationwide tour, speaking to large crowds of people from the back of a railcar. Most candidates at this time chose to send representatives […]

  • George Barrington

    Jamestown reported the visit of an English nobleman on this day in 1913, but the man’s bizarre behavior drew more than a little speculation on the part of the city’s inhabitants. A man claiming himself to be George Barrington, the nephew of the English Duke Barrington, was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of […]

  • Metropolitan Hotel

    The Metropolitan Hotel opened to the public in Jamestown on this date in 1884. The Metropolitan was one of the city’s first establishments, erected only a year after the Jamestown’s incorporation in 1883. Although not the largest hotel in Dakota Territory, the Jamestown Morning Alert reported that “…by those who are qualified to judge…the Metropolitan […]

  • Camp Hancock

    “Go West, young man.” This advice given by Horace Greeley was certainly apropos for the soldiers constructing the new US Army encampment on the Dakota plains near present-day Bismarck in 1872. Located on the frontier of the American West, the new infantry post would facilitate American expansion by protecting nearby settlers as well as the […]

  • Diamond Thief

    A diamond thief from Chicago was imprisoned in the Cass County jail on this date in 1896. Implicated in a sensational jewelry heist in the windy city, the man was caught in Neche by Marshal Cronan after months of evading the authorities. The man went under the alias William Smith, but was in fact named […]

  • McKenzie County Crater

    More than two hundred million years ago – but probably not on this date – a meteorite slammed into what is now McKenzie County, leaving behind a crater 5-miles across. Many people confuse meteors with shooting stars. Generally, a shooting star is the size of a grain of sand. A meteor, on the other hand, […]

  • Lost Lands

    In the days when the lands of the west were first being moved from federal to private ownership, various land districts were established to manage the transfer. It was a process that got a little confusing along the North and South Dakota border during an experiment that had some North Dakota land being managed by […]

  • Maid Murdered

    A sensational murder was reported in Grand Forks on this day in 1909. The victim, Ellen Fulton, was shot by her employer in a fit of jealous rage. Fulton, employed as a housekeeper in John Henry’s lodging house, had been the object of Henry’s attentions. Henry became enraged, however, when a man by the name […]

  • Eight Lutheran Missionaries

    Eight Lutheran missionaries from North Dakota were in the hands of Chinese bandits on this day in 1913. The missionaries were captured while working at a Lutheran Brethren mission in Tsaoyang, China. Unrest had been growing in China for months as the country tumbled into political instability. The country’s Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, was in […]

  • Hobos and Trains

    At about this time in 1902, railroad workers in the state had been going through a tough time with hobos riding the rails. On September 22nd, the Fargo Forum reported a story under the heading, “Another Brakeman Shot.” The incident had happened the previous Saturday night aboard a Northern Pacific stock train heading east. A […]