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  • Oskar Hedman, Titanic Survivor

    On this date in 1912, 27 year-old Oskar Hedman was coming back to North Dakota after conducting business and visiting family in Sweden. Known to his friends as “Happy,” Oskar was a smallish man with “a Jimmy Durante face.” He had lived around Bowman for six years, farming, selling land and working as a settlement […]

  • Matchmaker

    William Murray of Minot was a renowned judge in Ward County. He started off in railroad work, but studied law on the side, and in 1906, he passed the exam at Grand Forks and was admitted to the bar of the state. In a biography on him, Clement A. Lounsberry wrote he had “an excellent […]

  • ND Mom of the Year

    By this date in 1952, Nettie Belle Torgerson of Washburn was named North Dakota Mother of the Year. The acknowledgment came through American Mothers, Inc., a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization honoring women and men who strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of their family and the home. Nettie Torgerson had indeed played an important role in […]

  • LaMoure Fire

    LaMoure’s Leland Hotel caught fire on this date in 1899 shortly after midnight. Owner C. W. Davis checked the furnace only moments before and, due to unseasonably warm temperatures, had shut it down. Therefore, exactly how the fire started was not apparent. However, it soon spread to every area of the hotel. Patrons fled from […]

  • American Indian Rhapsody

    Frances Densmore, born in 1867 in Red Wing, MN, was an amateur anthropologist who traveled around the United States, collecting Indian songs for the for the Smithsonian’s Bureau of American Ethnology. After she recorded these songs on her phonograph, she sent them on wax cylinders to the Smithsonian Institute, along with manuscripts of the songs. […]

  • Libbie

    “E’en though a cross it be Nearer, my God to Thee,” This was the hymn Libbie Custer and other officers’ wives sang on June 25th, 1876 as they gathered together at Fort Abraham Lincoln, lamenting the absence of their husbands. Little did they know that at that moment their worst fears were coming true at […]

  • Andy Hampsten, Cyclist

    Today is the birthday of cycling great, Andy Hampsten, who was born in 1962. Andy grew up in Grand Forks, where his parents taught English at UND. They gave him his first road bike when he turned 12, and he was smitten for life. Hampsten soon realized that U.S. television paid no attention to cycling. […]

  • Laundry

    The following is from Hiram. M. Drache’s excellent book, “The Challenge of the Prairie: Life and Times of Red River Pioneers”… Washing clothes was (a) woman’s chore. Cisterns were built to store a supply of soft water for washing clothes and for bathing. Often the early cisterns consisted of merely a barrel or two set […]

  • Yankton Loses Capital

    Saturday marked the anniversary of when a Dakota town was tricked out of its status as a capitol. By the 1880s, Dakota Territory’s population was concentrated in very separate regions. In the far north, Pembina was made up of fur traders, trappers, hunters and mixed bloods. In south-central Dakota, Pierre was outfitting thousands of miners […]

  • Dyed for Easter

    When Superintendent Ritchey of the Minot park system dyed a few rabbits and chicks for Easter, he thought it would amuse the youngsters. But then people wanted to buy the animals to give as gifts, and the simple dye job became recurrent, and more complex. The chicks weren’t really a problem; injecting dye into the […]

  • Zip Codes

    Robert Moon first invented the ZIP code in the 1950s. It was originally a 3-digit code designed for mechanical sorting, which Moon thought would help postal services keep up with the influx of mail after WWII. However, it took some time for the idea to catch on. Some places began using ZIP codes by 1963, […]

  • Fargo, Divorce Mill

    Yesterday was the anniversary of a day when North Dakota closed one of the more scandalous chapters in its history. It started in 1866, when Dakota Territory legislators allowed people to start divorce proceedings as soon as they arrived in the territory. Eleven years later, the law was amended, and a three-month residency was required […]

  • The Manitoba Sinks

    One late summer night in 1877, Lady Dufferin was traveling the Red River to Winnipeg aboard the steamer Minnesota. Ahead, another steamboat approached from the opposite direction. “It looked beautiful in the dark,” she wrote in her diary, “with two great bull’s-eyes, green and red lamps and other lights on deck, creeping toward us; we […]

  • Fargo Civic Orchestra

    On this date in 1951, The Fargo Forum ran a big spread titled, “Orchestra Success Regarded by Outsiders as Astounding.” The story, written by Roy P. Johnson, celebrated the symphony’s upcoming 20th anniversary. “Had there been no public appreciation and support, the orchestra may have fallen by the wayside long ago,” Johnson wrote. “It has […]

  • Prairie Stage Touring Co.

    Visionary theater director Fred Walsh died on this date in 1999. Walsh’s 1952 introduction to North Dakota was chilly, but not because of the weather. The founder of The Little Country Theatre, Alfred Arvold, was being forced to leave NDSU, because he’d reach the state-mandated retirement age of 70. Walsh – a decorated war veteran […]

  • Richard Bates, POW

    On this date in 1973, the Viet Cong released First Lieutenant Richard Bates of the U.S. Air Force. While flying a mission nearly six months before, he was shot down over North Vietnam and taken prisoner. Bates was from Plaza, ND, and was 24 when he was captured. This is the story he told: “I […]

  • What’s in a Name?

    On this date in 1951, the Devils Lake World published a summary of a letter sent by Clarence A. Sagen, a former legislator out of Ramsey County, concerning his new life in Tacoma, Washington. The emphasis of this letter was on “life,” as Sagen’s wife had received a memorial resolution passed by the most recent […]

  • Teddy Roosevelt Statue

    When Henry Waldo Coe moved to Mandan, he was the first physician to settle in the state. He eventually became mayor there, among other prominent positions, and even befriended President Theodore Roosevelt. Coe later moved away to Oregon, but he maintained this connection. After Roosevelt’s death, he decided to commission a memorial for his famous […]

  • North West Company and Pembina

    When Alexander Henry built a North West Company trading post near the Red River in 1801, he knew the competition would be stiff. For nearly a century, the North West Company’s bitter rival, the Hudson’s Bay Company, had enjoyed a monopoly in the British fur trade. With forts along Hudson’s Bay, the Hudson’s Bay Company […]

  • Finer Things in Life

    Many of the tales told about the early days of western North Dakota are about the rough and tumble men, and occasionally women, of the west. Cowboys and cattlemen, rustlers and outlaws. But not everyone from that era was of that nature. A letter to the editor from a 1908 early spring edition of the […]