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  • The James Gang in ND

    The anniversary of Frank James’s death in 1972 is reported as either this past Sunday or tomorrow, so today’s story lands somewhere in the middle. A sign in Missouri states: Young Jesse James was plowing the fields near this location in 1863 when Federal Soldiers surrounded him and demanded information about the location of his [...]

  • Alice Lee’s Engagement

    Theodore Roosevelt first met 17-year-old Alice Lee Hathaway at the home of a friend and Harvard classmate in October of 1878. By Thanksgiving of that year Roosevelt had already determined that he was going to marry her.   Roosevelt’s immediate attraction was understandable. The daughter of a prominent New England banking family, Alice was tall [...]

  • Drives

    During World War II, the United States held many drives for all sorts of goods to aid the war effort. People bought war bonds, grew victory gardens, “canned” Hitler, rationed their foods, and gave up nylon, rubber, and metals.   In February of 1943, the various metal drives made their way into the news – [...]

  • Mid-Session Hostilities

    On this date in 1889, the Territorial Legislature was thirty-six days through the sixty day session and was getting down to business. The Farmers Alliance controlled the legislature, and as a result, bills dealing with the railroad and flour monopolies received considerable attention. The constitutionality of many of the proposed railroad bills was questioned due [...]

  • Jean Baptiste Charbonneau

    “About five o’clock this evening one of the wives of Charbonneau was delivered of a fine boy. It is worthy of remark that this was the first child which this woman had boarn and is common in such cases, her labour was tedious.” This simple journal entry made by Meriwether Lewis at Fort Mandan on [...]

  • The Amsterdam Fortune

    On this date in 1938, the Bismarck Tribune reported the good fortune of two cousins living in North Dakota. Eva and Andy Larson had just learned they were to receive part of the Amsterdam Fortune, an inheritance due to the 6th generation descendants of the Sabo family.   James Sabo and his two sisters were [...]

  • The Hunt

    When the settlers first arrived in Dakota Territory they found an abundance of wildlife which would supplement their diets and it played a significant part in their ability to survive those first years. Dakota Territory lay in the Central Flyway for thousands of geese who made their way from the southern coast of Louisiana to [...]

  • Democratic Caucus

    By the time the 1889 Territorial Legislature had passed its 30th day, the harmony that existed in the first weeks of the session had basically vanished. Statehood was within reach, and most people had hoped the Legislature would do nothing other than set the stage for the constitutional conventions, but instead, over four hundred bills [...]

  • Dakota’s Missing Governor

    History books chronicling the names of the Governors of Dakota Territory list ten governors from 1861, when Dakota Territory was created, up to 1889, when North and South Dakota went their separate ways as states, but on this date in 1887, none of those ten individuals on the list were sitting in the Governor’s chair. [...]

  • Long Way to North Dakota

    In 1912, Englishman Jack Judge became famous when his song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” flew from the Grand Theatre in Stalybridge, Cheshire, England, where he performed it, to the trenches of the first world war. It was adopted by the soldiers of Great Britain as their battle song and was heard across the [...]

  • Pulver Mounds

    It was this date in 1989 that the Falkirk Mining Company donated a bit of land high on a bluff overlooking a small lake in McLean County to the state of North Dakota. At first glance there isn’t anything special about the place. Absent a nice view, it seems just like any other part of [...]

  • Selective Service Act

    In May of 1917, as the First World War rolled on across the seas, Congress established the Selective Service Act, and consequently, the selective service system, in order to administer a selective draft for all male citizens between the ages of 21 to 30. In 1918 the age range was expanded to 18 to 45. [...]

  • The USS Gurke

    On this date in 1976, the USS Gurke was decommissioned as a warship after nearly thirty years of service in the United States Navy. The USS Gurke was a US Navy Destroyer, christened and launched in 1945. It boasted five-inch deck guns and anti-submarine weapons. With a crew of 280 the destroyer was 391 feet [...]

  • William Skjerven Sr.

    William Skjerven Sr., also called Bill, was a locally celebrated inventor in Walsh County. He was born on a farm in Fertile Township, Walsh County, and moved into Park River in 1916. He repaired cars and motorcycles in various garages until he opened his own garage in 1927. During World War II, he converted his [...]

  • Radio Gift

    On this date in 1950, students at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, now NDSU, were enjoying a very special gift received from Fargo Radio Station WDAY…”twenty-five thousand dollars worth of outmoded radio broadcasting equipment.”   WDAY gave the equipment to the Department of Electrical Engineering to use for instruction. It came about with [...]

  • Session Dilemma

    Having completed a third of their allotted time of sixty days, the Territorial Legislature was keeping a keen eye on the United States Congress. The legislature was in a very difficult position. The lawmakers had a territorial government to run, and money had to be appropriated to fund it, possibly for the next two years [...]

  • Band Uniforms

    In Meredith Wilson’s musical The Music Man, flim-flam man extraordinaire, Professor Harold Hill, not only sells a small town in Iowa on the idea of a boy’s marching band, but also the uniforms to go with it…complete with the stripe up the side of the leg. Oh, there’s nothing quite like a band–even though the [...]

  • Korean War

    The Korean War broke out along the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, just a few years after the end of World War II. As the United States cast a wary eye over the oncoming conflict, soldiers were once again drafted and recruited to fight against the perceived threats.   In January of 1951, National [...]

  • Kidnapped Klutz

    A kidnapping report that had put the city of Fargo into a frenzy was retracted on this day in 1928. On January 19, eighteen-year old Esther Monson was found lying unconscious on a sidewalk in downtown Fargo. The Bottineau girl was rushed to St. John’s Hospital, where she was resuscitated by doctors. Upon examination, the [...]

  • Institutions

    In 1889, with the Territorial Legislature in its fourteenth day, thoughts of impending statehood were on the minds of most of the legislators, but little in the way of statehood legislation had actually surfaced. A bill to authorize another Constitutional Convention at Huron was introduced, which was needed to amend the Constitution already submitted by [...]