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  • Train Robbery

    In July of 1911, an overnight trip took a downward turn when a Northern Pacific train was held up. It occurred as the train passed through Tower City; three men described as being of medium height and wearing polka-dot handkerchiefs, went through the sleeper cars of the train and systematically woke up all the passengers, […]

  • Hannifin Returns

    The Constitutional Convention had gotten off to a slow start.  It was not until the 11th Day of the convention that the first resolution or file was introduced. Even then, procedural problems plagued the session and hampered any significant progress.  Using language found in the constitutions from other states, delegates introduced possible articles, but often […]

  • Wahpeton’s First Settler

    Morgan T. Rich established the first settlement at Wahpeton on this date in 1869. This was not Mr. Rich’s first visit to the area however. Earlier, in 1864, he had passed through the area on a trek from Ft. Ridgeley, in Minnesota, to what is now Helena, Montana. General Sully and 4,000 cavalry and mounted […]

  • Where Wheat is King

    It has never been easy to be a farmer in North Dakota.  One of the biggest problems can be a lack of rain.  North Dakota averages of 17 inches of rain per year, making it one of the driest states.  Studies of tree rings show that drought has been a problem in the area since […]

  • Statehood Anniversary Berets

    On this date in 1939, the people of North Dakota were planning for North Dakota’s 50th anniversary of statehood. A large celebration would be held in Bismarck near the end of August, on the 21st through the 25th. Included in the plans were parades, remembrances of early settlers, and the production of commemorative wooden quarters. […]

  • School at Fort Totten

    Named after Brevet Major General Joseph Gilbert Totten, former chief engineer of the Army, Fort Totten was established on this day, July 17, 1867. A large fort for its time, Totten originally comprised of 32 buildings, housing both infantry and cavalry units. The U.S. Government felt such a large post was necessary to secure American […]

  • Geneva Schow

    Geneva Schow’s father, Martin Schow, rebuilt a broken-down airplane near Regent, North Dakota, during the 1920s. Soaring through the North Dakota skies with her father gave young Geneva her first taste of flight. The plane, dubbed “Sakakawea” by her father, was also Geneva’s first piloting experience as a teenager during the 1930s.   After graduating […]

  • Week One of Convention

    In 1889, during the first full week of the Constitutional Convention of North Dakota, much of the time was spent in setting up procedures, establishing credentials and organizing committees.  Governor A.C.  Mellette was asked to address the assembled delegates, and he stressed that the new constitution would be the framework of their future as a […]

  • A Case of Mistaken Identity

    There was nothing like an interesting trial to pass the time on hot summer days.  After a lengthy trial, a jury acquitted Joe Miller of obtaining money under false pretenses.  The event had been the talk of the town.  Prosecutors alleged that he used his position as accountant to swindle his employer.  Everyone seemed to […]

  • The Hutterite School

    There are several Hutterite colonies in North Dakota.  The Hutterites are named for their founder, Jakob Hutter.  The movement originated in the early 1500s.  Hutterites were persecuted in Europe, and were forced to relocate several times.  They made their way to Russia then migrated to the United States in the 1870s.  Most Hutterites today live […]

  • Citizens as Soldiers

    As World War I raged in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson called for mobilization of the National Guard.  The western states were the first to be affected.  On this date in 1917, Colonel J.H. Fraine, commander of the First North Dakota, made an announcement.  The North Dakota National Guard would report for national service on July […]

  • Week One of Convention

    A July 4th 1889 opening session ceremoniously kicked off the North Dakota Constitutional Convention, and the next four days were spent with the election of officers and organization of two committees – the Committee on Credentials and the Committee on Rules.   Frederick B. Fancher was elected president and John Hamilton chief clerk. Upon formal organization, […]

  • Mustache Maude

    Mustache Maude. . .with a name like that you know there have to be a few stories. And there are. She didn’t start out with that name, of course. Her real name was deceptively soft and feminine: Clara Belle Rose. She was born in July 1873 in Tracy MN. While Clara Belle loved her father, […]

  • Dakota City

    On July 4th, 1859, writer Manton Marble sat on a hill near Breckenridge, Minnesota, watching lines of oxcarts inch their way through the Red River Valley below. Minnesota had become a state the year before, and the Dakota Territory was two years from creation. This made the Red River of the North the dividing line […]

  • July 4th in Bismarck, 1889

    Dawn came to Bismarck on July 4, 1889. A greatly anticipated day had finally arrived.  A forty-two gun salute filled the morning air as trains rolled into the station spilling their contents of excited visitors to the Capital City.  Hundreds were arriving to witness the opening day of the Constitutional Convention and what was promised […]

  • Linda Warfel Slaughter

    Among the earliest settlers to Dakota Territory, few women have become celebrated or remembered for their efforts, despite the enormity of their contributions and sacrifice.  While the names of men litter the early histories of the state, it is rare to encounter accounts written by or about early women of the plains.  One woman, however, […]

  • Sitting Bull

    The Great Sioux Reservation was a tract of land approximately four hundred miles long and two hundred miles wide.  Negotiations to open part of it to homesteading had begun on June 3rd 1889 at the Rosebud Agency and were expected to proceed to the Standing Rock Agency by the first week in July.   Mrs. […]

  • VCSU’s V-12 Program

    At the outset of World War II, the United States began a massive ship building program designed to overwhelm the Axis power’s naval strength. As thousands of ships were constructed, the Navy realized that it would need to greatly expand its officer training program to man the large number of new vessels. To adequately train […]

  • Red Flags, Black Flags

    Dozens of mail-bombs sent to United States politicians during the ‘Red Scare’ of 1919 struck fear of communists, socialists, and anarchists into the hearts of Americans. A May Day parade in Cleveland, Ohio, spiralled into violence when the pro-labor marchers met an anti-communist group who demanded the red flags of socialism not fly alongside the […]

  • Cloudburst

    It’s just not North Dakota if there isn’t any weather-related news. After all, an agriculture-heavy area relies on the elements to aid in the well-being of the crops. Sometimes the weather is good…sometimes it’s not.   Such was the case on this date in 1914, as residents worked to recover and repair in the wake […]