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  • Grand Forks Mayor Henry Wheeler

    Dr. Henry Wheeler, M.D., was famous in Grand Forks for three reasons. First, his medical practice began in the early 1880s and he healed many; second, he became mayor, elected for his first term in 1918, and, on this date in 1920, the Grand Forks Herald announced that Dr. Wheeler had been re-elected.  And third, [...]

  • Candy Cigarettes

    At the turn of the twentieth century, candy makers introduced a new product into the American market – candy cigarettes.  Parents and shopkeepers saw no harm in the powdery sweet sticks that were sold in replica cardboard cigarette cartons; children enjoyed mimicking all sorts of adult behaviors, so it only seemed natural that it would [...]

  • Wind in North Dakota

    Wind farms are cropping up throughout the state in response to the need for clean energy but the use of wind power to create electricity is nothing new in North Dakota. On this date in 1936, the Napoleon Homestead reported that rural electrification was coming to North Dakota and indeed, in 1937, the Baker Rural [...]

  • End of Last Territorial Session

    Shortly before midnight on March 8, 1889, the sharp rap of the gavel announced the end of the 18th Territorial Legislative Session and hopefully the last Session of Dakota Territory, North or South.  There was a lot of work ahead to ensure statehood for North Dakota.  Between the heavy use of vetoes by Governor Church [...]

  • Bismarck Pesthouse

    During the winter of 1920-21, about fifty cases of smallpox were reported and treated in the city of Bismarck. Most of them were mild, and many patients came from outside of the city, according to a report in the Bismarck Tribune. In fact, it was reported that Dr. C. E. Stackhouse, the city health officer, [...]

  • GT Schjeldahl, Space Pioneer

    Gilmore T. Schjeldahl was one of the great creative minds of our times. He was born June 1st, 1912, and grew up in Esmond, Mott and, finally, in his mother’s hometown of Northwood. As a child, he enjoyed learning how things worked in blacksmith shops, farm implement stores, and power plants. He built his family’s [...]

  • Carnegie Library in Bismarck

    The story of Andrew Carnegie is well known. This poor boy from Scotland immigrated to America and became rich through his Carnegie Steel Corporation. In 1900, Carnegie sold his steel company to banker J.P. Morgan for 480 million dollars, whereupon Morgan said: “Congratulations, Mr. Carnegie, you are the richest man in the world.” Carnegie set [...]

  • End in Sight

    On this date in 1889 the Territorial Legislature was at Day 58 of the sixty day session.  It had been a tumultuous session.  Special interests groups, such as the Farmers Alliance, which had actually garnered the right to call up any bill at any time, created a fractured legislature.  Taxes upon railroad property and the [...]

  • Early Automobiles in Bismarck

    In March of 1909, the citizens of Bismarck were becoming much more mobile, wanting to be as progressive as the rest of the country. As a result, the first automobile advertisement in Bismarck appeared. The car dealership of Miller and Lahr advertised a Ford Model T automobile, in any color you desired – as long [...]

  • Protesting Slacks

    The dark, cold winter causes epidemics of spring fever among college students, and in the 1940s this drove a fraternity into protest at North Dakota State University, then known as the North Dakota Agricultural College. Members of the Gamma Tau chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity, normally well-dressed and clean-cut, showed up to class on [...]

  • The Australian Secret Ballot

    Voting is a private matter, done in secret. The secret ballot method came to North Dakota in 1891. On this date that year, the Grand Forks Herald reported that the State Senate approved the “Australian election bill” in order to clean up elections. The new voting system mandated that county governments print official ballots, at [...]

  • Tower City Jubilee

    In August of 1879, Tower City was founded as a Northern Pacific Railroad station in Tower Township, Cass County. The post office had been established on May 5 of that year, and the village was incorporated in 1881.   On this date in 1929, as Tower City approached its fiftieth anniversary, the Tower City newspaper [...]

  • Brenner Crossing

    Throughout the twentieth century, the State Historical Society of North Dakota made a concerted effort to better care for the state’s important historic sites. To do so, it acquired many properties of historic importance – former military posts, homes of important North Dakotans and significant government buildings. While many of us have visited some of [...]

  • Hotel Inspection Bill

    On this date in 1909, the Tagus Weekly reported on a new bill that had become law: a hotel inspection bill. Travelers today can easily find reviews of various hotels on Twitter, Facebook and websites. Even the ancient Romans had hotel reviews – they would scrawl a running commentary of life on their cities’ walls, [...]

  • Mandan Streets

    If you look at an old-enough photograph of the main blocks of any town in North Dakota, you will notice a common thread – the roads were not paved.   On this date in 1913, Mandan residents were investigating what it would take to pave their Main Street. There was more to contemplate than might [...]

  • The Omnibus Bill Approved

    It read, “An act to provide for the division of the territory of Dakota into two states and to enable the people of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington to form constitutions and state governments and to be admitted to the union on an equal footing with the original states.”  This phrase may not [...]

  • Marathon Radio

    Sometimes North Dakota winters seem to drag on and on and there really isn’t too much to do. Now we have lots of electronic gadgets but on this date in 1963 there were only three TV stations to watch and no remote control. Generally there was one theater per small town which ran the same [...]

  • Springer Relents

    On this date in 1889, the aspirations of thousands of citizens from Dakota Territory who had struggled so hard for self-government appeared to be finally bearing fruit in Congress. Beginning on the 15th of February, the House and Senate conference committee on Territories met to hammer out the differences in the Springer Omnibus Bill. Under [...]

  • Weather

    The winter of 1935-1936 was a record-buster in many ways for the upper Midwest. Ski-equipped airplanes tried to get supplies to communities in South Dakota, while Iowa was rationing supplies. Two boys in Montana suffered frostbite after walking 60 miles in the freezing cold to get aid for their families.   By this date in [...]

  • Coal Land Restored

    Theodore Roosevelt came West in 1884 to seek a new lifestyle. As a rancher, adventurer, lawman and statesman, his stay in North Dakota was relatively brief, but he was never forgotten by North Dakotans. In turn, Roosevelt fondly recalled his life in the Badlands and stated that if it wasn’t for his time there, he [...]