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  • Political Ploy

    A strange political ploy gone awry was reported from Courtenay on this day in 1908. The incident involved the local Democratic Party during the influential presidential race of William Jennings Bryan, and the Democrats feared an upset. This would be Bryan’s third run for the White House, and his supporters hoped it would be the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Hansboro Heroine

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  • Jack Pendleton

    It was on this date in 1944 that Army Staff Sergeant Jack Pendleton became a hero. It was also the last day of his life. It happened during the final offensive against Germany during World War II. Pendleton was in Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, which entered the war on Normandy Beach on […]

  • Great Northern Fire

    An enormous wildfire was reported by The Fargo Forum on this date in 1910. The fire swept across northern Minnesota and into southern Canada. Thousands were left homeless and entire herds of livestock were burned in the blaze, which raged for days. Towns, such as Rainy River, Baudette, and Spooner, were burned to the ground, […]

  • William Jennings Byran

    Democratic presidential candidate and Nebraska congressman William Jennings Bryan visited Fargo on this date in 1896 as part of his national campaign. Bryan was one of the first politicians to practice a nationwide tour, speaking to large crowds of people from the back of a railcar. Most candidates at this time chose to send representatives […]

  • George Barrington

    Jamestown reported the visit of an English nobleman on this day in 1913, but the man’s bizarre behavior drew more than a little speculation on the part of the city’s inhabitants. A man claiming himself to be George Barrington, the nephew of the English Duke Barrington, was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of […]

  • Metropolitan Hotel

    The Metropolitan Hotel opened to the public in Jamestown on this date in 1884. The Metropolitan was one of the city’s first establishments, erected only a year after the Jamestown’s incorporation in 1883. Although not the largest hotel in Dakota Territory, the Jamestown Morning Alert reported that “…by those who are qualified to judge…the Metropolitan […]

  • Camp Hancock

    “Go West, young man.” This advice given by Horace Greeley was certainly apropos for the soldiers constructing the new US Army encampment on the Dakota plains near present-day Bismarck in 1872. Located on the frontier of the American West, the new infantry post would facilitate American expansion by protecting nearby settlers as well as the […]

  • Diamond Thief

    A diamond thief from Chicago was imprisoned in the Cass County jail on this date in 1896. Implicated in a sensational jewelry heist in the windy city, the man was caught in Neche by Marshal Cronan after months of evading the authorities. The man went under the alias William Smith, but was in fact named […]

  • McKenzie County Crater

    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, […]

  • Lost Lands

    In the days when the lands of the west were first being moved from federal to private ownership, various land districts were established to manage the transfer. It was a process that got a little confusing along the North and South Dakota border during an experiment that had some North Dakota land being managed by […]

  • Maid Murdered

    A sensational murder was reported in Grand Forks on this day in 1909. The victim, Ellen Fulton, was shot by her employer in a fit of jealous rage. Fulton, employed as a housekeeper in John Henry’s lodging house, had been the object of Henry’s attentions. Henry became enraged, however, when a man by the name […]

  • Eight Lutheran Missionaries

    Eight Lutheran missionaries from North Dakota were in the hands of Chinese bandits on this day in 1913. The missionaries were captured while working at a Lutheran Brethren mission in Tsaoyang, China. Unrest had been growing in China for months as the country tumbled into political instability. The country’s Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, was in […]

  • Hobos and Trains

    At about this time in 1902, railroad workers in the state had been going through a tough time with hobos riding the rails. On September 22nd, the Fargo Forum reported a story under the heading, “Another Brakeman Shot.” The incident had happened the previous Saturday night aboard a Northern Pacific stock train heading east. A […]

  • William Langer’s First Term

    One of North Dakota’s most controversial governors, William Langer, was born this date in 1886 in northern Dakota Territory. Graduating from Casselton High School in 1904, Langer studied law before settling in Mandan where he started his own law firm. Within a few years, Langer left private practice and was elected North Dakota’s Attorney General […]

  • WPA Sauerkraut

    We talk about tightening our belts in the face of economic depression, but even the struggles we face today are nothing like the struggles of the thirties. Many people across the nation lost everything in the Great Depression, and North Dakotans were not excluded. Franklin Delano Roosevelt established his New Deal to provide for the […]

  • William Jennings Bryan

    On this date in 1916, William Jennings Bryan spoke to more than 3,000 people gathered at the Grand Forks city auditorium. He was in the state to support the Democratic ticket, and it was his ninth speech in the state that day. Sixteen years earlier, Bryan spoke before a crowd of 5,000 people in the […]

  • For the Love of Casserole

    The Fargo Forum reported on this day in 1974 that, in an effort to save money and conserve food, First Lady Betty Ford had introduced the White House to the Midwestern casserole. Although most North Dakotans are extremely familiar with the mighty casserole, the dish appeared to be a novelty among East Coast politicians. However, […]

  • Fly By Sunday

    In 1930, it was not uncommon for North Dakotans to hear airplanes flying overhead. But having one land was still a matter of interest, and on this date, it was reported that an airplane, which landed in Sharon, North Dakota, was a cause of intense curiosity-perhaps even more so, as the unexpected roar of the […]