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  • Inmate School

    Inmates at the Bismarck prison made the news in December 1914 but not because they were causing trouble. They had decided they needed more education. The Bismarck Daily Tribune reported, “…prisoners at the State Penitentiary took the initiative in the matter of attempting to secure a school in which they could improve their time of […]

  • Angel of the Prairies

    Anna Shatswell was born in Vienna, Austria, on this date in 1875. She immigrated with her family to New Ulm, MN, when she was 13. Shatswell wanted to pursue a career in nursing, so she studied in San Francisco and practiced in St. Paul before coming to Devils Lake in 1906. There, she was among […]

  • King Tut’s North Dakota Connection

    On this date in 1922, Lord Caernarvon and Howard Carter opened an ancient tomb.  Their discovery of King Tut’s Tomb was the sensation of the year, featured on the front page of newspapers and in newsreels at movie theaters.  An Egyptian craze swept the country. At that same time, a real estate agent was looking […]

  • Murrow’s Boys

    On this date in 1912, Eric Sevareid was born in Velva, North Dakota.  His family moved to Minot and then to Minneapolis.  He was an adventurous young man.  After he graduated from high school, he and a friend embarked on a canoe trip of over 2,000 miles.  He wrote his first book, Canoeing with the […]

  • Turkey Talk

    Thanksgiving is coming!  And while few decorate for this particular holiday with the same vigor they do for other holidays, there is one important item that almost everyone agrees makes for a necessity for this holiday:  Whether it’s turkey or tofurkey, that special entrée is the reason for this season!   The Fargo Forum devoted […]

  • The Thorny Fence

    When settlers ventured onto the Great Plains, they often had to find new ways of doing things.  One was fencing.  Out east, or in Europe, fences had typically been made of rocks or wood, which were readily available, but out on the Great Plains, settlers found a land with few trees. Even stones were often […]

  • The Von Hoffman House

    The Von Hoffman House was built in Medora, North Dakota in 1884 for the Baron and Mrs. Von Hoffman.  Athenais von Hoffman had asked her husband to build the home so they would have a place to stay when they visited their daughter Medora, the wife of the Marquis de Mores.  The home is veneered […]

  • Guarding Jackie

    Clinton J. Hill was born in Larimore, North Dakota.  He went to high school in Washburn and went on to graduate from Concordia College.  He joined the Army in 1954 and became a counterintelligence special agent.  In 1957 he left the Army and joined the Secret Service.  In 1958, he was assigned to President Eisenhower’s […]

  • Fort Abraham Lincoln

    In June of 1872, the infantry post Fort McKeen was established on the west bank of the Missouri River for the purpose of protecting engineers and work parties of the Northern Pacific Railroad.  Five months after the fort’s establishment, on this day, November 19, 1872, the infantry post was renamed Fort Abraham Lincoln.   More […]

  • Standard Railway Time

    For centuries, the accurate measure of time was unnecessary.  People measured time in the transition from day to night and back again.  Devices invented to provide a slightly more accurate measure included the sundial, sand timers, and burning candles.  These methods were not terribly accurate, but were adequate for the times.  Life continued, despite the […]

  • The Resignation of Dr. Albrecht

    Herbert R. Albrecht was born in 1909 in Wisconsin.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with his doctorate, he served on the faculty of Auburn University.  From there he went to Purdue and then Penn State, where he chaired the agronomy department.  His particular interest was in the breeding of legumes and turf […]

  • Steamboating on the Big Muddy

    Robert Fulton was born on this date in 1765 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, far from North Dakota and well before Lewis and Clark ventured west and even before the United States acquired what would become North Dakota in the Louisiana Purchase. Nonetheless, Robert Fulton had a direct and important connection to North Dakota.  On August 17, […]

  • Missing Farmer

    A woman of Plaza, North Dakota was reported to have received quite a shock on this day in 1913.  The woman, Mrs. Hendricks, learned that her husband had been spotted in Minot, North Dakota after eight months of absence.  Gust Hendricks had not been seen since last spring, and his anxious wife had reported the […]

  • Hopes and Plans for a Canal Connecting Grand Forks and Duluth

      The enterprising people of Grand Forks promoted the idea of a canal to connect their fair city with Duluth.  The idea was to make a waterway to carry wheat from the Red River Valley to the Great Lakes and beyond. The cheapest way to haul heavy goods was by water and the success of […]

  • Sleeping on Rocks

    Vernon Ellingson was born in Bismarck on October 8, 1912.  By the time he was a year old, his family had moved to Grand Forks.  In 1923, Vernon’s father Adolph ordered a Sears Roebuck house plan and built the home of his dreams.  The family had to live for a time in the garage while […]

  • Newton C. Young

    In August of 1898, Justice Guy Corliss of the North Dakota Supreme Court surprised nearly everyone when he resigned after nearly nine years on the bench.  Having been elected as the youngest of the three original justices to the court, the young Corliss had just celebrated his fortieth birthday.  When asked why he was resigning, […]

  • The Great Passion of My Life

    Author Willa Cather was born on this date in 1873.  Although born in Virginia, she will forever be identified with pioneering on the Great Plains.  She described the Plains as the great passion of her life.  She wrote, “When I strike the open plains, something happens. I’m home. I breathe differently.” Cather’s family moved to […]

  • Rolette County Farmer

      During World War I, North Dakotans from all walks of life joined the army. Among them were two brothers from near Rolla in Rollette County – Clarence and Lyle Davis, who enlisted in Company G, Second Infantry, North Dakota National Guard, on July 13, 1917. They were immediately called into federal service. Clarence and […]

  • Bohemian Families in America

    Frank Zastoupil’s grandfather journeyed from Bohemia in Austria-Hungary to Russia when the Czarina Catherine the Great offered Russian land and religious freedom to new settlers. The Zastoupil family dwelled in a village surrounded by fellow Bohemians. They farmed side by side in their new country, danced polkas and waltzes, sang with great passion, and shared […]

  • Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel

    It may seem odd that the Gatling gun, forerunner of the machine gun, was invented by a doctor, but so it was.  Dr. Richard J. Gatling invented the gun in 1861.  He received a patent on this date in 1862.  He created the new weapon to reduce the size of armies, reasoning that one gunner […]