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  • Fort Stevenson

    The lands of the abandoned Fort Stevenson Military Reservation were sold by public auction on this date in 1901. The majority of the 45,000 acres were purchased by Black and Associates, a group of eastern businessmen. The men planned on starting a sugar beet enterprise, but this was never realized, and the acreage was eventually […]

  • A Mysterious Pipe

    On a cold day in February of 1913, Mr. W.W. Potter of Bowman County watched curiously as an owl swooped down and disappeared into a hole in a pile of rocks on his property. On a whim, he walked up to the hole and stuck the barrel of a gun in the opening. But he […]

  • Marshall Jewell

    Marshall H. Jewell was a name well-known throughout North Dakota, and especially in Bismarck. Born in New York in 1857, Jewell moved to Bismarck in 1878. It was the town in which he and his wife would raise two boys, and it was a town he believed in, and he settled there for good. Jewell […]

  • Depression Script

    With recent mortgage foreclosures in the housing market, we can perhaps more readily relate to the events that transpired in the Great Depression of the 1930s. With continual drought and low commodity prices, farmers across North Dakota were losing their farms to taxes and mortgages; but the State Legislature on this date would reintroduce an […]

  • False Reports

    As the year 1906 drew to a close, North Dakotans looked forward to a prosperous new year. In the past year, the crops and livestock thrived, and a record number of settlers sought their fortunes in the flourishing western frontier. An article in the White Earth Record declared that for the coming year “there was […]

  • World’s Shortest Interstate

    The world’s shortest interstate streetcar line used to run between Wahpeton and Breckenridge. The route was .14 miles long, transported about 750 passengers a day, and ran from 1910 to 1925. It traveled about 15-20 miles per hour and provided one of the earliest means of traveling between the two towns. A few pieces of […]

  • Written Consent

    While today, many young adults consider college a time to become independent, in the early 1900s, college was a different sort of experience, and on this date in 1908, the University of North Dakota announced a new rule for co-eds: if they wanted to go downtown after 6, they needed written permission from their parents! […]

  • Arson Attempt

    A Fargo woman’s visit to Moorhead on this date in 1910 nearly ended in tragedy as the woman attempted to burn down the Fargo city jail, along with herself and four male prisoners. The woman, Jane Hannibohl, had a lengthy police record, and was known for taking advantage of Moorhead’s lax liquor laws, despite living […]

  • Thunderbird

    In the 1930s, dust storms filled the horizon and rain was sparse across the Plains. A prolonged drought had gripped the parched farmland including the ancestral homelands of the Gros Ventre, whose people suffered greatly through this period, even in the fertile Missouri River Valley. But the people on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation now […]

  • Schirra’s Visit

    Astronaut Walter Schirra caused quite a commotion on this date in 1966 on a visit to Fargo. The famous astronaut, known perhaps best for playing Jingle Bells on his harmonica during the Gemini 6 flight, was invited to Fargo to speak at the sixth annual Farm Forum. The speech was his first public appearance since […]

  • John Goodall

    On a warm sunny day in the spring of 1884, Theodore Roosevelt stood on the banks of the Little Missouri River in Medora watching a determined young cowboy struggle to break a wild horse. The bucking bronco kicked violently down the bank to the river, trying to dismount its rider. But just as the horse […]

  • Menoken Indian Village State Historic Site

    It was this date in 1937 that the State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Menoken Indian Village. Located a few miles east of Bismarck, the village was home to roughly 200 people and consisted of approximately 30 oval-shaped earth lodges as well as an elaborate fortification system. North Dakota is home to numerous […]

  • Lisbon, we have a problem

    The first attempt at flight in North Dakota was made on this date in 1910. Although the trial run was not successful, it led to further interest and, eventually, actual flight. A. E. Paulson, a Lisbon inventor, decided to try out his own version of an airplane on the outskirts of Lisbon. Paulson had already […]

  • State Coat of Arms

    The U. S. Quartermaster General wrote to the North Dakota Adjutant General on this date in 1957, recommending a coat of arms to be used in representing North Dakota. Major General Heber Edwards approached the Quartermaster General on behalf of the state’s National Guard, which had asked about a possible coat of arms. The heraldic […]

  • The Last Lynching

    The last illegal execution in North Dakota happened in Schaefer on this date in 1931 when a mob seized a prisoner named Charles Bannon and lynched him a half mile from the jail. About a year earlier, in February, people had begun to notice that they hadn’t seen the Albert Haven family around. Twenty-two year-old […]

  • The LaBonte Curse

    By now, almost everybody is aware of how Boston broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing curse to win the World Series last summer. But you may not have ever heard of North Dakota’ LaBonte curse. Back in 1972, four men from Grafton were the world champions in the sport of curling for a little less than five […]

  • Patricide by Poison

    A century ago on this date, the Fargo Forum reported a sensational story out of Minot concerning an apparent case of patricide. Charles Moline had confessed to the murder of his father, Frank Moline, both of Pierce County. Mr. Moline’s death, less than a week earlier, was initially believed to be caused by heart failure, […]

  • Widows Go West

    Horace Greeley encouraged more than just young men to go west. “Young men! Poor men! Widows!” he said. “Resolve to have a home of your own! If you are able to buy and pay for one in the East, very well; if not, make one in the broad and fertile West!” In her book, “Land […]

  • Cut Head Sioux Reservation

    Ramsey County was organized on this date in 1883, with Devils Lake serving as the county seat. The first non-Indian residents were fur traders, who established themselves in the area as early as 1815. Capt. Duncan Graham from Scotland is believed to have been the first of these. He built a trading post named for […]

  • Towner County Organized

    Towner County, North Dakota, was organized on this date in 1884, with Cando as its county seat. The county was named for Oscar M. Towner of Larimore, North Dakota. Towner gained notoriety as president of the Elk Valley Farming Company and for founding the enormous Elk Valley bonanza farm just south of Larimore during Dakota […]