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  • Paleo-dentist

    Was evidence of a paleo-dentist found in eastern Dunn County on this date in 1936? Probably not, but Walter Burgess was in Killdeer exhibiting a large tooth he found in a gravel pit fifteen miles south of Dodge. The tooth weighed four pounds, was five inches high and fourteen inches around. The biting surface was [...]

  • Independent Hose Company

    In the early years of settlement, building materials were scarce, so much of the initial construction was done with wood, which was easily transported by rail. Fires were of a great concern and often wiped out huge parts of communities. On this date in 1880, word had come to Fargo that the Glyndon Hotel in [...]

  • Wild West In Mandan

    By 1899 the City of Mandan had quieted down considerably from the days when the soldiers from Fort Abraham Lincoln, as well as the Texas cowboys, fresh from trailing their herds, had livened up the town. But on this date in 1899, the authorities were pondering the fate of a naive cowboy who had brought [...]

  • McNair Escapes

    Infamous escape artist and murderer Richard Lee McNair escaped along with two other inmates from the North Dakota State Penitentiary at Bismarck on this date in 1992. The escape was the second of three. In 1988, McNair pleaded guilty after being charged with the murder of Minneapolis truck driver Jerome Theis and the attempted murder [...]

  • Stutsman County School House Moved Illegally

    One-room school houses are an important part of educational history in prairie towns, but what happens when the school itself is moved illegally? On this date in North Dakota history, a community was dealing with the aftermath of a school house’s illegal relocation in western Stutsman County, in then Taft school district. The school house’s [...]

  • Prairie Fires 1884

    After the retreat of the glaciers, the central plains of North America became an ocean of grass. Each year the warm spring rains brought the dormant sod back to life and gentle summer breezes created green waves of grass that appeared to flow across the landscape. But in the semi-arid climate of the Northern Plains, [...]

  • Bread Week

    North Dakota is well known for its wheat production. In 2012 alone, North Dakota farmers harvested 7,760,000 acres of wheat – only Kansas had more acreage. Measured in bushels, North Dakota’s total wheat harvest was 339 million bushels! Now, that’s a lot of work—and a lot of wheat. Soon to be a lot of flour! [...]

  • First Radio Season

    Commercial and public radio stations in North Dakota began operating in 1922 when WDAY obtained its license in May of that year and KFJM began broadcasting at the University of North Dakota in October. A station also existed at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo. For most stations, programming was irregular, with music and [...]

  • Whooping Cough

    Unlike our more sedentary younger population today, North Dakota children of the 1930s got plenty of exercise helping with the farm work – and most activities were carried on outdoors. But in the era before modern medicine, namely penicillin and other wonder drugs, there were many health dangers lurking.   On this date in 1938, [...]

  • Oil Exploration

    With all the oil activity and exploration in the state, perhaps Harold Hamm and the boys at Continental Resources and other companies might give a listen to a much easier way to locate the oil, or at least one method being used on this date in 1936. According to the Killdeer Herald, “Drilling machines, oil [...]

  • Alfred Burton Welch

    Alfred Burton Welch was born in September 1874 in Afton, IA. He spent a good chunk of his childhood in South Dakota. He had an extensive military career; it began with a tour of duty during the Philippine Insurrection. He moved to Mandan sometime around 1905, and in 1906, he became instrumental in the organization [...]

  • LaMoure vs. Grand Rapids

    For many residents of LaMoure County, Independence Day was the highlight of the year. But in 1883 the day was more than a time of celebration; it became a battle in the war of rivalry between two towns. Two years earlier, on this date, the Dakota Territorial Legislature created LaMoure County and organized the government [...]

  • Langer’s Wheat Embargo

    Governor William Langer issued an embargo on North Dakota wheat on this date in 1933, stopping all shipments from the state of Number One Dark North Spring Wheat and Number Two Amber Durum. North Dakota National Guardsmen were placed on active-duty at midnight and posted at all state border crossings in order to enforce the [...]

  • Bismarck Capitol Trolly

    On this date in 1931, the residents of Bismarck laid a special pioneer to rest. This pioneer had no name and never lived: it was a trolley car, placed into service around 1905, originally intended to haul coal up the hill to the Capitol building. The trolley was reportedly the first streetcar in the state, [...]

  • An Unfortunate Chain of Events

    It was about this date in 1916 near Calvin, North Dakota when six-year-old Russell Duncan noticed a snake skin in the grass as he herded cows to the barn for milking. While the cows munched their morning hay, Russell headed for the farmhouse where the family’s hired girl was preparing breakfast – heating up canned [...]

  • Francine Fiske

    It was announced this week in 1938 that ownership of the Sioux County Pioneer-Arrow newspaper would be passed to Alfred Martell, who had been associated with the paper for almost twenty-five years. Frank Fiske had purchased the paper in 1929, and his daughter, Francine, had been publisher for the past two years. Francine Fiske was [...]

  • Testing the Bismarck Railroad Bridge

    Citizens of Bismarck celebrated the completion of the Northern Pacific bridge over the Missouri River in October of 1882. Construction of the bridge had posed a major obstacle to the Northern Pacific Railway, and the railroad hired George S. Morison, a civil engineer, to do the work. Morison (1842-1903), a Harvard University graduate, had learned [...]

  • Fastest Ace in a Day

    Even though North Dakota has one of the smallest populations in the United States, it has produced at least nine aces – fighter pilots with five or more confirmed combat kills. Most are incredible stories of daring and skill over weeks or months of dangerous combat. But that was not the case for North Dakota [...]

  • Boom!

    On this date in 1918, manager T. J. Ahearn from the Jamestown Gas Company was surely licking some very real wounds he received on the job. It all started with the gas in the Northern Pacific depot lunch room. It had been turned off, but a leak was still apparent. He discovered that a plug [...]

  • Steamboat Selkirk

    In 1870, Alexander Griggs and James J. Hill conceived the idea of launching their own riverboat as a means of shipping goods along the Red River. With an investment of $5,000.00 they built the Selkirk. It was a sternwheeler, designed to navigate the narrow channels of the Red. It was estimated by the Grand Forks [...]