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  • Purity and Chewing Gum

    On this date in 1913, the Bismarck Daily Tribune reported Governor Hanna had issued a proclamation calling for a “Purity Sunday” to be observed. “As earnest and sincere men and women,” Hanna wrote, “let us give serious consideration to the discussion of the problems that shall make for the uplift to manhood and womanhood; ever […]

  • The McClellan Saddle

    The saddle issued to the 7th Cavalry – the one to which Custer belonged – was developed by General George McClellan during the period of the Civil War. His design was unique in that the saddleback was open in the center, allowing for a sort of air conditioning between horse and rider. The design was […]

  • Stefansson is Found

    Vilhjalmur Stefansson was one of the most noted and famous explorers of the Arctic, mounting expeditions into uncharted territories for years at a time. Although born in Canada, Stefansson grew up in Mountain, ND, and attended college at UND for a time. After several earlier explorations, Stefansson was chief of the Canadian Arctic Expedition that […]

  • Rain in the Face, Part 2

    Yesterday we introduced you to the life of the Hunkpapa Chief Rain in the Face. Two months before his death, in September 1905, he told historian Charles Eastman about a daring raid he and some friends made against Fort Totten in 1866. “Their big gun talked very loud,” he said, “but my [‘brother-friend’] Wapaypay was […]

  • Rain in the Face, Part 1

    Ohiyesa, which means “The Winner,” was raised in the traditional Sioux manner by his paternal grandmother after the Minnesota Conflict of 1862. His father, Many Lightnings, was presumed dead until he resurfaced ten years later under a new name – Jacob Eastman. Eastman renamed Ohiyesa “Charles” and set about getting him a good education. Charles […]

  • The Lost and Found

    Today’s stories are about the lost being found. The first one takes place in McLean County in a little town called Dogden, founded along the Soo Line Railroad in 1906. On this date in 1923, an eighteen-month old girl named Lillian Disapenko wandered away from her parents’ home, and after some amount of time, she […]

  • Mustache Maud

    Clara Belle Rose was a tough and tender saloon-keeper from a wild little town known as Devil’s Colony, then Winona, across the Missouri from Ft. Yates. Frank Fiske described Clara Belle as: “A contemporary of Calamity Jane and Poker Alice of Deadwood fame; known to cowboys and frequenters of the glittering palaces of frontier towns […]

  • Mad Hog

    A horrifying event outside Hillsboro was reported on this date in 1914. Gutfred and Bertha Gilbertson were living on a farm five miles northwest of town at the time. Their two young sons were playing in the vicinity of the pig pen when the older one – about three years old – somehow got inside […]

  • Minnkota and Freeman

    Minnkota Power Cooperative began operating on this date in 1941. The company was located in Grand Forks, where customers were initially served by three diesel generators. At the helm was an Upham man, Andrew Freeman, who also invented the head-bolt heater. During his 42 years as general manager, Freeman guided the growth of Minnkota from […]

  • Long-haired Morgan

    During this week in 1884, a post office was established at Morganville on the old Bismarck-Ft. Stevenson stage route. In actuality, Morganville was nothing more than a farm located on the west edge of what is now Beulah, in Mercer County. The owner and postmaster was an unusual man who went by various names: Frank […]

  • Eunice Kalloch

    Eunice Kalloch was born near Rugby to Alice and Fingar Gronvold in 1908. Her father emigrated from Norway to the U. S. when he was 17, and in 1886 he settled near Rugby, where he eventually owned ran the Gronvold-Halseth hardware store. Later, he went into the automobile business with his sons. Gronvold was very […]

  • Champagne Music

    North Dakota musician Lawrence Welk said his first real break came in 1937, when his band was playing in Chaska, MN. Will Osborne’s band was playing in nearby St. Paul, and one day Welk told his band he was taking them into the city for lunch and to “listen to a real artist at work.” […]

  • Crime, Crime and More Crime

    Crime was busting out all over on this date in 1939. In the early morning hours, four men in a black ‘36 Chevy with Wisconsin plates pulled off a spectacular series of safe-crackings between Minot and Washburn. The gang of robbers – or yeggs, as they were called back then – hit four different towns, […]

  • Hancock Brothers

    Walter Benjamin Hancock was born on this date in 1863 in Gloucestershire, England. He immigrated to the U.S. with his older brother in 1882 – George was 32; Walter was around 18. George had a degree in construction and architecture from the South Kensington Institute in London and was eager to take part in the […]

  • Tango Troubles

    There’s always been something to blame for our marital problems. In the Garden of Eden, it was a juicy red apple, and later another fruit – the fruit of the vine – became the downfall of many-a-poor-marriage. A while back, a Jamestown man decided the problem was something else. On this date in 1914 the […]

  • Sioux County

    On this date in 1914, Governor Louis B. Hanna proclaimed the area encompassing the Standing Rock Reservation in ND as Sioux County. He intended to name the new county for its tribal members, but the word “Sioux” is not a Native American word. Standing Rock tribal members are descended from Teton and Yankton bands of […]

  • Frances Agnes, Bataan Survivor

    On this date in 1945, the prisoners of war at the Hiro Hata prison camp in Japan conducted a liberation ceremony; among them 23 year-old Francis Wilfred Agnes. Agnes was born to his namesake, an Irish immigrant, and Pauline Drawczyk in April 1922. The family lived in Haynes, near Hettinger in SW North Dakota, where […]

  • Wrong Victim

    The news on this date in 1914 was that S. A. Burns was being charged with the murder of a McKenzie County homesteader who had been missing from his ranch near Schafer for four months. The odd thing was that Burns was already in jail – already charged with the same murder. Months earlier, Burns […]

  • Turkey Track Trouble

    William Molash – better known as Turkey Track Bill – had a bad day about this date in 1912. It started off okay. In fact, he and a group of friends were partying it up pretty good. Turkey Track had set up an illegal saloon, or blind pig, on Morris Carlson’s deserted ranch a short […]

  • Keys and Aliases

    J. E. Shannon was being held in the Cass County jail at this time in 1916. He was arrested March 28th, of that year, during an attempted robbery and gunfight in the Fout & Porterfield Drugstore in Davenport, south of Fargo. Five months later, on August 24th, Sheriff John Ross discovered something unusual. The Fargo […]