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  • Edward Curtis, Photographer

    When Edward Curtis died on this date in 1952, he left behind a massive body of work – 20 volumes of photographs attempting to capture a way of life that had largely ceased to exist. Curtis was born in Wisconsin in 1868 but grew up near Cordova, MN. When he was 21, he moved with […]

  • Beer and Bloodshed

    Prohibition in North Dakota was in full force in 1910, and on this date of that year, the question in Minot was, “Who Stole the City’s Beer?” The story read, “When a number of blind pigs about the city were pulled recently, the amber fluid was confiscated and stored away in the archives of the […]

  • Dakota Boys Ranch

    Walter Paul Buck was born in Garrison on this date in 1915. He was the son of Reverend Paul and Clara Buck and received his post-secondary education at Concordia Jr. College in St. Paul and at UND. Walter married Ella Sailer in Stanton in 1941, and with his subsequent jobs, they traveled the globe. He […]

  • Chips for Church

    In 1878, Mr. M. H. Jewell became the new owner of the Bismarck Tribune, which he published until his death in 1911. In 1920, Jewell’s widow wrote a lengthy article about the early days of Bismarck, in which she said, “The Presbyterian church was organized in June, 1873, in a tent on Mainstreet near Third. […]

  • Ann Brown Bolin

    Ann Brown Bolin was born on this date in 1893 and died in Cass County exactly 81 years later. She studied sculpture at the NDAC in Fargo and then got her masters degree from Columbia University, where she studied under Grant Wood, Malderelli and Alexander Archipenko. Bolin worked in stone, wood, and clay and eventually […]

  • Ernest Sands

    Lt. Ernest M. Sands of Minot was a bombardier for the 458th Bomb Group when he was shot down over Cologne, Germany, on this date in 1944. Sands was aboard a B-24 piloted by William Klusmeyer and knew everyone in the crew except the 2nd navigator, who called himself M.C. Upon reaching the target, the […]

  • Whiz Bang

    Fifty-seven years ago this fall, a famous celebrity was born on a ranch north of Medora. He was Whiz Bang – a feisty colt whose dam was a big buckskin and whose father was a paint stallion. Whiz Bang was born on the Walt Neuens ranch, which had been bought by Jimmie Stevens the year […]

  • UFOs, Snakes and Rats

    “Nothing is so busy as an idle rumor.” That was the parting shot reported in the Bismarck Tribune about this time in 1948. Seems the reporters had recently been led on some wild goose chases. The story read: “Newsmen had a busy time last Saturday morning chasing leads on a flying saucer story. The story […]

  • Badlands Bill McCarty

    Will Harrison was born in Iowa in 1875, but in constant search of a better life, his family moved around a lot. Will’s father died while he was still young, so he went to live with, and work for, a family named McCarty, whose name he eventually took as his own. By age 21, he […]

  • Brigadier General Edward Godfrey

    Yesterday was the birthday of Edward Settle Godfrey, who was born in Ohio in 1843. When he was just 18, he went against his parents’ wishes and joined the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry — to their great relief, he fought in the Civil War just four months. But, it was long enough to get soldiering […]

  • Cowboy Cookin

    Trail bosses knew the better the cook, the better the men he could hire, because one of the few pleasures in a cowpoke’s day was eating. Preferred cuisine included beans, Sourdough Biscuits, Red Bean Pie and Vinegar Pie. Here’s the recipe for another delicacy, Sonofabitch Stew: Kill off a young steer. Cut up about a […]

  • Flirting with the Angels

    On this day in 1915, The Gackle Republican ran a front-page story titled “Flirting with the Angels.” Turns out Jack Strausser, of Havelock, had picked up fifty pounds of dynamite from C. C. Culver’s coal mine and was hauling it in his horse-drawn buggy. When turning a corner, one side of his buggy seat dropped, […]

  • Homesteading Near Fort Abercrombie

    Andrew Paulson met Hanna Broken in western Wisconsin, where they were married in 1869. Both were Norwegian immigrants, and for a time, Andrew supported Hanna as a logger. Three years later, however, they had lost everything in a bad business deal. In 1871, Andrew left Hanna in Chippewa Falls and headed west to Fort Abercrombie […]

  • Jim Johnston, Rodeo Star

    Today is the birthday of Jim Johnston, who was born north of Watford City on this date in 1937. Jim was only two years old when his father, Andy, died. After that, Jim and his brothers went to live with their bachelor uncle, Ben Johnston, who also ranched near Watford City. Jim quit school when […]

  • Comet

    More than two hundred million years ago – but probably not on this date – a meteorite slammed into what is now McKenzie County, leaving behind a crater 5-miles across. Many people confuse meteors with shooting stars. Generally, a shooting star is the size of a grain of sand. A meteor, on the other hand, […]

  • Chief Gall’s Grave

    Gall was a Hunkpapa Lakota chief who Sitting Bull relied on for his skill as a warrior and leader. As a child, Gall was called Matohinshda, which means Bear-Shedding-His-Hair. One of the child’s earliest adventures took place when he was just three years old. His mother strapped him into a travois pulled by a trustworthy […]

  • Lulu’s Lockup

    Lulu Knapp Quick was born on the Helena Farm near Cooperstown on this date in 1902. This farmsite later formed the nucleus for Revere, reputed to be the only town on the Great Northern railroad town with a depot on the south side of the tracks. Lulu’s parents were Mamie Remington, who was born in […]

  • The Brick Thrower

    On this date in 1914, police stormed the roof of a Grand Forks hotel, where a man named Oscar Albertson had been “defending himself valiantly with bricks and other missiles” for half an hour. The story read, “Albertson, it appears, showed signs of violence the night before, but was finally pacified and persuaded to go […]

  • Prohibition

    On this day in 1889, North Dakota elected its first state officials and approved its first Constitution. Within the Constitution, but subject to a separate vote, was an article prohibiting the sale of alcohol, which narrowly passed. South Dakotans managed to repeal their anti-alcohol law six years later, but in North Dakota, prohibitionists managed to […]

  • Datebook Anniversary

    Today is a milestone in the history of Dakota Datebook itself. This is our 730th episode – marking our second full year of programming. When we began airing the program in October 2003, we all wondered if we’d find enough stories. Luckily, there were more than we ever dreamed. We’ve learned that contrary to popular […]