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  • Internal Combustion Invention

    Karl Benz (of Mercedes Benz) received the first patent for a gas-fueled car on January 29, 1886, and he is generally credited with inventing the internal combustion engine. On August 25, 1914, a young man from Rolla received a patent for an invention that improved on Benz’s engine. The Rolla Star reported Ainer W. Juntunen […]

  • Major Geo Ott, POW

    Today is the birthday of George Ott, who was born in 1919 on his parents’ homestead near New England, ND. After graduating from high school, Ott took two years of pre-med training at Dickinson College and also joined the ND National Guard. After finishing with the Guard, George was given a choice of what to […]

  • Tobacco Gardens

    Dr. Gilbert Wilson, a U of M anthropologist, journeyed to Independence, ND, around 1912 to interview Buffalobird-Woman, who was in her 70s at the time. In the forward of his subsequent book, Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians, Wilson wrote: “[Buffalobird-woman] is a daughter of Small Ankle, a leader of the Hidatsas in the trying time […]

  • Prison Breaks

    On this date in 1916, there was a 1-paragraph story in the Bismarck Tribune that read: “S. F. Crabbe, state architect, visited the state penitentiary yesterday in regard to contemplated changes in the buildings…” While that might not sound like much, it was, in fact, quite significant. Let’s start with April Fools Day of the […]

  • JCR Mystery Man, Part Two

    Yesterday we began a twisted tale that began when 34 year-old Jay Caldwell disappeared in the summer of 1907. Jay and his wealthy father, James, ranched in the Taylor area near Dickinson. That same summer, a man of similar age and description was found wandering in Waseca, MN; he couldn’t speak, his right side was […]

  • 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 […]