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  • Farmers Alliance

    Basically, it took only a decade to settle the Red River Valley. Fertile land and a strong demand for wheat created an economic whirlwind for growth and development. Millions of bushels of wheat flowed from the rich farmlands of Dakota via the railroads to the mills in Minneapolis and points east.   However, in the [...]

  • Miss Minnie Nielson

    Politics in North Dakota has always been an interesting part of our history. In 1918, Miss Minnie Nielson was the successful candidate for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Miss Nielson had been born in 1876 in Michigan, but moved with her parents to Valley City in 1880. Upon completion of her education, she [...]

  • Illegal Alcohol

    The illegal purveyance of alcohol played a significant part in the first forty-five years of North Dakota’s history. The court dockets were filled with rum runners and moonshiners. Multitudes of ingenious stills, such one cleverly hidden in a room dug under a pig sty, provided extra income for cash-strapped farmers during the dry years. Canadian [...]

  • Snowmobiles

    When the snow piles up, you can wait for the plows, or you can jump on your snowmobile. The sleek modern machines will take you just about anywhere on the snow.   On this date in 1926, snowmobiles were a novelty, and Claude Skinner of Langdon was trying out his newly remodeled snow sleigh. Driven [...]

  • Mandan Levee

    Each spring the early residents of Mandan watched for signs of flooding on the Heart River as it meandered through the southern edge of the city. Eventually, the years of flooding forced the city to request help from the Federal Government in building levees.   On this date in 1950, Col F. M. Albrecht, district [...]

  • Lieutenant Commander Egbert Roth

    Egbert Roth was born on this date in 1905 to a German-Russian butcher in Hebron. One of his crew members later said, “He wasn’t very tall, slim built. A very nice-looking man.”1 Roth graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1927, and in 1941 he was commanding the USS Tanager, a mine-sweeper serving in the [...]

  • Threshing Tragedy

    A headline in the Larimore Pioneer simply stated, “A Horrible Story,” and what followed was a gruesome accounting of an event that began with an accident, but grew into a tale of revenge and murder. On this date in 1884, a threshing crew was operating near Portland on the Goose River, in Traill County. As [...]

  • Jack O’Neil

    By 1874 Bismarck was booming. The railroad had reached the Missouri only a few years before, and the larger, more substantial buildings were beginning to slowly appear above the clapboard houses, saloons and tents that dotted the landscape to form a town. It took a tough group of men to build the railroad, and Bismarck [...]

  • The Death of Two Lawmen

    Clinton J. Miller was an adventurer. Setting out from Indiana in his mid twenties, he roamed the west following the rumors of gold, first to Colorado and then to Montana. He came to Bismarck from Helena, Montana in 1872 and the following year he was appointed Sheriff by the Burleigh County Commissioners. He was a [...]

  • Polio

    With advances in medicine and sanitation, many of the illnesses that were seen in the early Twentieth Century, such as diphtheria, were being contained and even eliminated. But in the middle of the 1940s a new threat of epidemic proportions emerged that terrorized families and left hundreds of North Dakotans, mainly children, affected by its [...]

  • Slander

    In the fall of 1900, Sanborn North Dakota farmer Erick Anderson learned that his neighbor, Charles Freiburg, had told other farmers that Anderson was a dishonest man. Not letting the insult go unpunished, Anderson sued Freiburg for slander. After both argued their cases, the jury found in favor of the slandered Anderson. However, on this [...]

  • Coal Mine Fees

    The ownership of mineral resources in western North Dakota is of major interest these days, but title searches may have been a little lax in the 1950s. On this date in 1979, the Traux-Traer Company announced a settlement with the Bureau of Land Management. It appears the company had mined two-and-a-half million tons of federally-owned [...]

  • Lydia Richards

    Mrs. Lydia Richards was a widowed schoolmarm teaching at the Longfellow School in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1901. Born in Waseca County she earned her education there and graduated from the State Normal School at Mankato in 1884. From there she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, to begin her teaching career. She married Burt Richards on [...]

  • New Arc Streetlamps in Grand Forks in 1898

    Cities across America began switching from gas streetlights, which used gas made from coal, to electric streetlights in the 1880s and 1890s. Wabash, Indiana, led the way in 1880, and major cities established arc street lighting systems over the course of the next twenty years. When Grand Forks replaced its old gas streetlamps, the new [...]

  • Guy’s Plane Ride

    From 1914 to 1922, the Nonpartisan League had a spectacular but stormy success by creating the presence of a third party in North Dakota. With the demise of the NPL, an unintended consequence was the alignment of the remnants of the League with the Republican Party, creating a virtual one-party system in the state.   [...]

  • The Sound of Music In Minot, 1943

    In 1943, the hills of Minot, both the North Hill and the South Hill, came alive with the sounds of music, thanks to a visit from the Von Trapp Family Singers, who presented a concert at Minot State Teachers College to a capacity audience. The Austrian musicians had fled from their castle in the Tyrol [...]

  • The Color Line in the Army

    In the summer of 1906, racial tensions exploded throughout America over the Brownsville Raid. Members of the all-black 25thArmy Regiment stationed at Fort Brown, Texas, were falsely accused of killing one citizen and injuring two police officers in an unprovoked attack. In a miscarriage of justice, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered the 167 black infantrymen dishonorably [...]

  • Hollanders

    Under the Homestead Act, the lure of free land brought thousands of people from Europe to North Dakota, including many from Holland. But not all those who came obtained homesteads. On this date in 1911, Baron Van Herdt was returning to Holland to report to a syndicate of investors who purchased fifteen thousand acres in [...]

  • The Dakota Bill

    The Dakota Bill was an attempt to divide Dakota Territory along the forty-sixth parallel and admit the southern part of the territory as a state. On this date in 1884, it sat in the United States House of Representatives where a Washington correspondent stated a “cold death awaited it.” It had passed in the US [...]

  • Christmas in Calvin

    Christmas was simple but memorable at Calvin, North Dakota in the era of World War One. In his book, I Remember, Russell Duncan relates how he and his father, on their way home from hauling grain to town shortly before Christmas, stopped near a clump of trees. He writes, “While I held the horses’ reins, [...]