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  • Frances Densmore

    In the summer of 1912, two peculiar figures trekked across the Ft. Berthold Reservation wearing high-collared dresses and heavy petticoats in the hot summer sun. Ms. Frances Densmore and her sister Margaret stuck out like a sore thumb as they hauled ungainly machinery such as a typewriter, a phonograph, and camera equipment across the natives’ […]

  • Dick Grace

    Surviving a plane crash is considered a miracle for any person, but imagine surviving 47 crashes in your lifetime. This was one of North Dakota pilot Dick Grace’s greatest claims to fame. You might think that any pilot who crashed 47 times was clumsy, but not Dick Grace. Crashing planes was his job. After serving […]

  • Finlander on the Warpath

    The Bisbee Gazette published a story about an event that took place, on this date in 1911, titled “Finlander on the Warpath.” The article read, “Saturday evening a bunch of Finlanders loaded up on snoose and Hofman drop and then started in to carve each other in the usual way among those fellows. The affray […]

  • Scott Gunvaldson

    A tall lanky man stands in the Hotel Kaddatz in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Working in complete silence, the artist wields his paintbrush and brings to life vibrant scenes from everyday life: a proud family surveying their farm, wide eyed cows grazing on bucolic lush land, vibrant blue skies above blazing gold sunflowers, trains passing by […]

  • Cow Crash

    Ask any North Dakotan, and they will tell you that cows have an important place in the history of the state. These simple creatures were as much a part of the prairies as they are a part of the dairies. Yet a day in the life of a cow is usually not very interesting to […]

  • Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

    When Vincent Ryan became Bishop of Bismarck in 1940, he made the construction of a distinguished cathedral a top priority. Using the design commissioned by his predecessor, Bishop Ryan broke ground on the new cathedral in Bismarck in September of 1941, but he faced a daunting set of obstacles. America’s entrance into World War II […]

  • Grasshopper Squisher

    Modern insecticides have stopped grasshoppers from being the nightmare they used to be, but many can remember the days when each step into a field sent hundreds of grasshoppers catapulting into the air. In the 1880s, enterprising farmer living near Hope came up with way to deal with his hoppers. The Steele County Centennial book […]

  • Governor Arthur G. Sorlie

    The gubernatorial election of 1924 featured a hard fought battle between the Nonpartisan League and the Independent Voters Association, leaving Arthur Sorlie the victor. A native of Freeborn County, Minnesota, Arthur G. Sorlie first moved to North Dakota following graduation from Luther Academy in 1893. Settling in Buxton, Sorlie began work at the town bank. […]

  • Elizabeth Cardwell

    Life on a frontier army post in the 19th century was filled with hardships. For the men of the 1st US Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Fort Rice, one bright, but fleeting diversion came in the form of a 21-year-old woman named Elizabeth Cardwell. Raised in Virginia, Elizabeth married Patrick Cardwell shortly before he joined the […]

  • American Crystal Sugar

    Whether it’s granular or powder, brown or white, sugar remains a staple in households across the country. For many North Dakotan’s, that sugar is often bought from the grocery store in little five-pound blue and white bags with the words “Crystal Sugar” neatly printed across the face. While we often associate our sugar with sugarcane, […]

  • Kermit Roosevelt Adventure

    Young Kermit Roosevelt eagerly awaited letters from his father. They were filled with detailed images, sketched in words, of his father’s adventures in the Dakota Badlands. All the Roosevelt children gloried in the stories of ranching and hunting contained in what they referred to as “picture letters,” and literally read them to pieces. Although few […]

  • Satchel Paige Returns to Bismarck

    In 1939, the people of North Dakota prepared to celebrate the state’s Golden Jubilee, remembering North Dakota’s 50 years of statehood from 1889 to 1939.  During this four day celebration, North Dakotans commemorated a long history of pioneers with such displays as the “Wagons West” show, which told the story of the daring pioneers who […]

  • Bootleg Fracas

    In late summer 1910, the Hansboro News reported: “[A] row started over a lot of boot-leg liquor which had been brought in by one Ben Crayton and peddled out rather freely during the day. Toward evening Ben…made his getaway from the now intoxicated bunch. When Ben could not be found and no more liquor could […]

  • Valley City Post Office

    Tomorrow, it will be exactly 88 years since the cornerstone was laid for the Valley City Post Office, another architectural gem in that city that has escaped alterations. The first post office for the town was established back in 1876. Peter Connors was the postmaster, and his salary was $16 a year. Over the next […]

  • Early Oologists

    By the 1890s, Stump Lake in northeast North Dakota was a Mecca for waterfowl hunters, and a magnificent 3-story hotel called the Wamduska House provided room and board to hunters from as far away as New York City. Oologists, too, found the area ripe for the picking. What’s an oologist, you ask? That’s a person […]

  • Cloud Seeding

    August in far western North Dakota brings to mind a vision of hot summer breezes, 90 degree temperatures, and dry prairie grasses.  But due to the North Dakota Cloud Modification Project, farmers in the area aren’t completely at the mercy of Mother Nature. Six counties in western North Dakota – Bowman, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward, Williams […]

  • Black Hills Expedition of 1874

    On this date in 1874, reports of Lieutenant Colonel Custer’s Black Hills Expedition were pouring into Bismarck.  The newspapers delighted in printing fantastic tales about what the explorers found in the Southern Dakota Territory.  For example, the Bismarck Tribune compared the Black Hills to the lost city of El Dorado, claiming that the land was […]

  • The Great Gold-Mining Gamco

    In August of 1932, the home of Dr. J.A. Prescott was filled with eager visitors who came to witness the demonstration of a revolutionary new machine.  After more than ten years of experimentation, Dr. Prescott successfully completed a machine-operated placer mining device called a “gamco.”  On this date in 1932, the Stutsman County Record announced […]

  • Electric Wheelchair Test

    In August of 1947, North Dakotans walking the streets of Devils Lake were treated to a curious sight.  An elderly man rolled leisurely down the street in what appeared to be an oversized tricycle, as a vigilant patrol man watched his every move.  The three-wheeled contraption had no pedals and operated instead on an electric […]

  • John James Audubon

    In 1843, naturalist John James Audubon spent the summer at Fort Union collecting mammal specimens.  Until his departure from the region on this date, it was up to the fort superintendent, Alexander Culbertson, to ensure Audubon’s visit was a success. Shortly after arriving, Culbertson promised to secure a wolf for his visitor.  Within hours, one […]