2928 search Results for: datebook

  • UND Harvest Hands

    TIME Magazine reported on the 1942 North Dakota harvest on this date seventy years ago. What made the harvest that fall unique enough to be reported in the pages of TIME, Life, and Newsweek magazines? Well, in addition to its enormous size, the entire harvest was completed not by farmers, but largely by college students, [...]

  • Capitol

    The current, familiar tower of the Capitol in Bismarck replaced the original Capitol after it burned down in 1930. However, on this date in 1953, the Devils Lake Journal reported that the building’s innards needed help again.   Walter Zellmer, secretary of the board of administration, said four different leaks had developed in the galvanized [...]

  • Evelyn Kiebert

    For those of you who wonder why cars often come with doors that automatically lock at certain speeds, or how certain seatbelt laws came to pass— On this date in 1937, four-year-old Evelyn Kiebert of Mandan was recovering from injuries she sustained when she decided to open her car door. Unfortunately, the car was travelling [...]

  • County Wrangling

    The various counties of North Dakota did not always exist as they are laid out today. As people began to fill in the open prairies, towns and townships formed, and soon, different counties began to look for change – breaking off sections, forming together, and establishing county borders. Have you ever heard of Villard County? [...]

  • Sad Tale of a Soiled Dove

    They were called soiled doves, fallen angels and scarlet women. In the early days of statehood, these monikers referred to the women who plied the trade of prostitution. And during the waning years of the 19th century, that trade was prosperous, conflicted, and deadly in the streets of Fargo. On this date in 1895, The [...]

  • Coach Dale Brown

    If children were “trick or treating” in Minot in 1935, it’s doubtful Agnes Brown was paying much attention. Abandoned by her husband two days earlier, she gave birth on this date to their son, Dale Duward Brown. But Agnes did not feel sorry for herself. After Dale became a famous basketball coach, he recalled that [...]

  • Cosmology 1918

    In 1918, as war was raging in Europe, another war was raging on the home front to curb a deadly epidemic of the Spanish Flu. A milder, less aggressive form of flu had occurred the year before, taking a number of lives, but the Spanish Flu was a particularly deadly mutation that took over 1,300 [...]

  • Winds of Division

    Within a decade after Dakota Territory was created in 1861, the winds of division were already blowing through the prairie. The main population was sequestered in the southeastern part of the territory and they believed the northern part, mainly centered around the town of Pembina, was of little value and would only delay statehood. In [...]

  • Alcohol Consumption

    North Dakota came into the Union in 1889 as a dry state, so it was not until the end of federal prohibition that alcohol was allowed. North Dakotans were evidently quite thirsty, for sales of alcoholic beverages skyrocketed. On this date in 1956, people were mulling over the news from Bernard Larson of the State [...]

  • Wizard of Oz

    On this date in 1904, the Wizard of Oz came to Fargo. L. Frank Baum’s novel had only recently been adapted for the stage, and it thrilled audiences in opera houses all over the country. It differed significantly in that the witches were mostly absent and the Cowardly Lion was a minor part, but the [...]

  • Captain C. J. Atkins

    In 1855, St. Charles, Missouri was the gateway to the Missouri River, and it held the promise of adventure to an eighteen year old coming west from Vermont. Born on this date in 1837, Carroll Jones Atkins left a thirty-dollar-a-year job as a farm laborer and headed out to seek his fortune. After working a [...]

  • Fargo’s Agassiz School

    When Agassiz Elementary School opened a hundred years ago in Fargo, it was not without controversy. Located on Eighth Avenue South across the street from a corn field, some felt it was too far out in the country. Others were outraged that the $110,000 cost was three times the original estimate. The Nonpartisan Leader reported [...]

  • Territorial Capitol

    In November of 1883, the new capitol building was beginning to tower heavenward. Under the watchful eye of Superintendent John Wright, the brick face and the stone columns were being completed through the second floor. The dome and outer wall were approaching the third floor, and it was promised by Mr. Wright that the building [...]

  • First Bismarck Graveyard

    The first graveyard in Bismarck was established in 1872. Located on 4th Street and running north, it was initially believed that it was far from the main part of town, but within a decade the city overtook the area and plans began for the removal of the graves.   On this date in 1883, a [...]

  • Gas Mask Day

    World War I was a modern war with new and deadly weapons systems including tanks, submarines, and poison gas. In 1915,Germany first used poison gas, or the “Frightfulness” as it was called, to push back Canadian troops in Belgium. The best protection against this terror-weapon was a gas mask. On this date in 1918, North [...]

  • Metal Beer Bottles

    During the summer of 1935, the citizens of Bismarck and the rest of North Dakota were startled to discover that among the canned goods they were familiar with, such as tomato juice, vegetables or fruit, they would soon be able to find beer in a can. The question was whether beer drinkers would switch from [...]

  • Veterans Day

    For some, this is Armistice Day, a day of Peace celebrated to symbolize this date in 1918, when thousands of North Dakota’s young men sat in the gas-filled trenches of European battlefields, praying for the bells to ring on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to signal the end of [...]

  • Grand Forks Ski Jump

    Winter is the longest season in North Dakota, and hearty North Dakotans have always plunged into frosty outdoor sports. On this date in 1916, the Grand Forks Herald newspaper announced that the city’s ski jump in Lincoln Park had been repaired and had been built a little higher to make ski-jumping “more sensational.” The ski [...]

  • Missing Diamond Ring

    Modern and classic films hail the train station as a place of romance and as an important meeting ground. The railway was the primary method of transportation for goods and passengers across states in the early 20th century. Train stations saw many passengers each year. The Fargo Forum ran a column in those days called [...]

  • Devils Lake Abattoir

    Prior to the implementation of stricter health regulations, the butchering of animals for meat was often done in scattered shops that reeked from the discarded organic and liquid waste from the processing of the carcasses. Some cities confined the entire butchering to a specific district of the city.   On this date in 1916, the [...]