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  • JCR Mystery Man, Part One

    It’s hard to know where to begin with today’s bizarre two-part story . . . perhaps with the disappearance of Jay Allen Caldwell from his father’s ranch near Taylor, ND. His father was James Caldwell, as a wheeler-dealer who made his first fortune during the Civil War. The elder Caldwell lost it all in the […]

  • Jubilee Wooden Nickels

    North Dakota was celebrating the state’s 50th birthday during this time in 1939. On this date, the Bismarck Tribune reported a special order for one of the event’s novelties. The story read: “Arvid Wiklund, chairman of the Novelties committee for North Dakota’s Golden Jubilee, received an order from the Chase National bank of New York, […]

  • Bootleg Fracas

    In late summer 1910, the Hansboro News reported: “[A] row started over a lot of boot-leg liquor which had been brought in by one Ben Crayton and peddled out rather freely during the day. Toward evening Ben…made his getaway from the now intoxicated bunch. When Ben could not be found and no more liquor could […]

  • Hilaire du Berrier, Part Two

    Yesterday, we brought you part one of the story on Hilaire du Berrier, who grew up in Flasher. Du Berrier’s life was one adventure after another – from running his “Du Berrier Flying Circus,” to fighting for Haile Selassie in Ethiopia’s fight against Mussolini, to becoming a spy for Spain’s exiled King Alphonso XIII. Twice […]

  • Hilaire du Berrier

    Today’s story is about one of the most daring people North Dakota has ever produced: Hilaire du Berrier – soldier, daredevil, artist, stunt pilot, writer and spy. His parents were among the founders of Flasher, where, in November 1906, he became the first white child born in that town. His Huguenot parents gave him the […]

  • Zimmerman, Gunn, Dylan

    North Dakota has produced some highly acclaimed musicians over the years. Among them was a Fargo singer named Robert Velline, better known as teen idol Bobby Vee. Velline and his band, The Shadows, got their big break in February 1959, when they filled in for Buddy Holly the night Holly and others lost their lives […]

  • Harriet Beckert, Part Two

    Yesterday we brought you part one of Harriet Beckert’s story. She was an acclaimed opera star until collapsing on stage with blood coming from her eyes, ears and mouth. With her music career cut short, Beckert decided to go to Killdeer, ND, where she had purchased land sight unseen. Her partner and older brother, Ed, […]

  • Harriet Beckert, Part One

    Today we bring you part one of Henryetta Teresa Beckert’s story. She died at the age of 100 on this date in 1978. Beckert was born in Ellington, WI. Her parents were European aristocrats – her father was an Austrian prince who had lived in a castle in Odessa, and her mother was the daughter […]

  • Red Letter Circus

    Barrett’s Red Letter Circus was in Bismarck during this week in 1887. Among the featured attractions were Master Albert, the Wizard-like “human fly;” Zolo, the human projectile; the three Bryant sisters, the only lady acrobats in the world; and Madame Duvall, the iron-jawed phenomenon, performing electrifying feats of strength. Jo-Jo the Human Skye Terrier was […]

  • Jesse James’ Door

    In 1902, this week’s edition of the Jamestown Alert reported “the history of Frank and Jesse James has been revived in Minot.” D. H. Lord was erecting a new mercantile in Minot, and, in need of a vault door, Mr. Lord traded a new $1,800 model for an older one taken from a bank in […]

  • Manuel Lisa

    Manuel Lisa was born to Spanish-Cuban parents in New Orleans in 1772. After the Lewis and Clark expedition returned, Lisa was among the first people to respond to their reports by sailing up the Missouri River to establish a fur-trading venture. Historian Elwyn Robinson writes, “Before the War of 1812, Lisa did more than any […]

  • Walt and Evelyn Neuens

    Walt Neuens was born in Medora on this date in 1911, and grew up in the North Dakota Badlands. Along with his brother and a friend, he began working for a Wild West show when he was just 14. “When I was a young buck,” he said, “the tourists went by excursion trains that’d stop […]

  • Minot’s First Murder

    Minot was officially founded in 1886, the year Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn, the Statue of Liberty arrived from France, Geronimo surrendered, and Coca-Cola went on the market. Because it grew so fast, Minot soon became known as “The Magic City.” And, like all lively railroad towns, Minot developed a respectable part of town and […]

  • 1912, News from Around the State

    On this date in 1912, there were several dramatic stories circulating around the state. In Fargo, 25-year-old Julius M. Hanson was accosted by highwaymen outside the Lincoln School. Coming out from around the corner of the building, they surprised him and told him to put his hands up. Instead, he called for help. One of […]

  • Northern Great Plains Research Lab

    When settlers first came to the Dakotas, they brought with them their favorite seeds and plantings for raising fruit, vegetables, grains and trees. It didn’t take long to realize the climate wasn’t going to cooperate. Business leaders understood the success of farmers and ranchers was crucial, and they lobbied the U.S. Congress for a research […]

  • Chateau Opens

    The Marquis de Mores built his house overlooking Medora – it became known as the chateau. Actually, though, it was more of a hunting lodge – the type of structure eastern businessmen liked for entertaining guests. It was two stories tall and had 26 rooms. Researcher Constance Silver wrote, “Unfortunately, we will never know Medora’s […]

  • William Jennings Bryan’s Lot

    Back in 1914, on this date, Bismarck learned some interesting news. G. J. Koenan, Bismarck’s register of deeds, received a letter from James Emmons, his counterpart in Pawnee, OK. Emmons was trying to clear up a deed transfer on a Bismarck lot owned by one William Jennings Bryan, the famous orator who was then President […]

  • Cold War Reconnaissance Man

    During the Cold War, the United States actively monitored Soviet military activity around the globe, and on September 2, 1958, a nearly forgotten episode in history took the lives of 17 Air Force personnel. A C-130 aircraft left Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, on a supposedly routine flight. The aircraft had a front-end crew […]

  • Major Smith and the Three Tribes

    Edward Parmelee Smith was educated at Yale and ordained as a pastor in 1856. He became a general field agent of the American Missionary Association, and then served as Indian Agent for a Minnesota Chippewa tribe. He was appointed U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1873. Smith traveled to Dakota from Washington, arriving at Ft. […]

  • Helena Wink, Pioneer Doctor

    Helena Knauf Wink arrived in Jamestown on this date in 1883; she was the first woman doctor in North Dakota. She was strong, and she looked it – tall and slender with deep-set piercing eyes. She was resourceful, generous, honest and fair. Her fees were small – sometimes free. Helena graduated from eighth grade with […]