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  • Emmons County Election

    Emmons County was organized in November of 1883. Thousands of German-Russians immigrated to the area around Eureka, now in South Dakota, and then spread out from there. As a result, a large portion of Emmons County was settled by these people who had fled their homeland to escape political persecution. They were suspicious of politics [...]

  • Lidgerwood Saloons

    In October of 1889, the Constitution of North Dakota was approved by a vote of 27,471 to 8,107 however the prohibition plank was approved by a margin of only 673 votes. Almost fifty percent of the voters did not want prohibition, but it passed, creating an enforcement problem throughout the state until National Prohibition was [...]

  • A Wedding Procession

    After Mr. Curtis Dirlam and Miss Hulda Bergstrom exchanged vows in Bismarck on this date in 1920, they thought packing for their honeymoon marked the end of the celebration … until they got to Curtis’s driveway.   The couple found the Elk’s band waiting at the Dirlam home. The band was missing just one member [...]

  • Only a Potato

    When commenting on the lowly potato, W. D. Bates, editor of the Grafton News & Time, stated that it was “only a potato, but next to wheat the most important human food.” He foresaw a new era of prosperity for Walsh County in marketing this product at twenty-five to thirty cents a bushel. But on [...]

  • Ghost Dance

      By November of 1890, the belief that a Messiah would return to earth and lead the Indian people was sweeping across the plains from its origins among the Piutes. The spreading of the belief among the tribes living in the Dakotas was attributed to Kicking Bear, but the message had taken on an ominous [...]

  • McLaughlin and the Ghost Dance

    In mid November of 1890, settlers in western North and South Dakota were closely watching unfolding events – mostly on the reservations inhabited by the Sioux. An Indian Messiah was soon to appear to drive off the White man and restore the lands and buffalo to the Indian peoples. The ritual was known as the [...]

  • Winter Journey

    Fort Buford was situated on the frontier near the junction of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.  It was built in 1866 close to the old fur trading post of Fort Union and was relegated to the duty of protecting settlers and gold seekers on their way to Montana.  Throughout the late spring and early summer, [...]

  • Thanksgiving 2012

    Today is Thanksgiving. Long before Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, various harvest festivals were popular as a religious holiday or as a day to celebrate a successful growing season. But over time it also became a time to reflect on the past year and to give thanks for all the good things [...]

  • Soo Line

    There’s an old saying that North Dakota was built by wheat and railroads, and there is a significant amount of truth to it. By 1887, two transcontinental railroads had completed their tracks across what is now North Dakota. Minot, Mandan, Grand Forks and Fargo served as railroad hubs, with products flowing through them from east [...]

  • Leith

    In the general election of November of 1916, Morton County was divided, and two new counties were created – Sioux and Grant. On this date of that year, a group of civic leaders from the village of Leith were in Bismarck, attempting to gain support for Leith as the new county seat.   Boosters for [...]

  • Free Speech

    Today we value our right to freedom of speech, but on this date in 1914, G. I. Nelson, editor of the Cooperative Herald out of Fargo, learned that unsubstantiated allegations could be costly. In an editorial, Nelson stated that he believed the North Dakota Supreme Court had conspired with state officials to conduct fake hearings [...]

  • Rural Telephone Administration

    In May of 1935 the Rural Electrification Administration, better known by its initials REA, came into being to provide electricity to farms and small communities. Besides bringing the benefits of electricity to make farms more productive and add modern conveniences to the farm homes, electricity to power radios reduced the feeling of isolation for farm [...]

  • 164th World War II

    In February of 1941, the 164th Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard was called up in preparation for a United States involvement in the global conflict.  When they reported to Camp Claiborne in Louisiana, little did they know that it would be more than four years before they saw their homes again.  Pearl Harbor [...]

  • Custer District Health

    House Bill 52 of the 1947 Legislative Session established a State Health Department consisting of a State Health Council, a State Health Officer and Division Directors. Until this time, county health officers oversaw most of the hospitals, clinics and related programs. In the populated eastern counties, the cost of running the County Health Office was [...]

  • Bean Siding

    From 1887 to 1891, Bean Siding was an obscure little town three miles south of Gilby, North Dakota. It was named after S.S. Bean, who built an elevator on the Northern Pacific Railroad there. In 1892 the new postmaster, William Honeyford, renamed the town after himself. It reached a peak population of 75 in 1920, [...]

  • Sioux Commission

    On October 2, 1882, the Sioux Commission was formed with Judge P. C. Shannon and Governor Newton Edmunds of Yankton, Dakota Territory; J. H. Teller of Cleveland, Ohio; and the Reverend S. D. Hinman of the Indian Bureau at Washington, D.C. The four commissioners visited the five agencies on the Great Sioux Reservation to divide [...]

  • Lightless Nights

    World War I was at an end, but the shortages it created were slow to recover. Anthracite coal and oil were two of these commodities. On October 23, 1918, Order #16 was issued by Isaac P. Baker, Federal Fuel Administrator of North Dakota. This mandated that all stores must close by six o’clock to conserve [...]

  • Robert Bruce

    Robert Bruce was an accomplished cornet player who was born in Belcourt on September 13, 1893. He worked as a cement mason in Walhalla and then as a tailor in Langdon at which time he played for the city band. When World War I came, he enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard with the [...]

  • Catherine Geiszler Vanourny

    On this date in 1909, Charles and Catherine Vanourny had been married only a day, but it’s unlikely they were honeymooning. They were, after all, frugal, hard-working Germans from Russia. A 31-year-old widower, Charles had homesteaded his 160-acre farm southeast of Ashley. His new 25-year-old bride, Catherine Geiszler, had the distinction of being the first [...]

  • Red Cross Instructions

    In 1905, the Red Cross received its Congressional Charter in a time of relative peace. Prior to World War I, it introduced programs involving water safety, first aid and public health nursing.   The need for qualified nurses increased after the war, when the veterans returned home. There was also the Spanish Flu epidemic, which [...]