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  • Chaffee Founds Amenia

    In 1875, an investment group of forty New England families purchased almost 28,000 acres of land in Cass County, North Dakota. This created the Amenia and Sharon Land Company, named for the towns of Amenia, New York, and Sharon, Connecticut. The Company sent their largest shareholder, Eben W Chaffee, to establish a bonanza farm and [...]

  • Carl Bailey and the Atomic Bomb

    In 1943, a North Dakotan named Carl Bailey traveled to Los Alamos, New Mexico to work on a top-secret project. He went there to help make atomic bombs.   Bailey, born and raised in Grafton, was the son of Frank Bailey, the local railway depot agent. Young Carl went on to study science at Moorhead’s [...]

  • North Dakota Secedes From The U.S.

    In 1934, controversial Governor William “Wild Bill” Langer was convicted of misappropriating federal resources for political reasons by promoting his political party, the Non-Partisan League, to federal workers in the state capital. This was a felony, and state law declared that no one could be Governor if convicted of a felony.   Lieutenant Governor Ole [...]

  • Fishing on Spiritwood Lake, 1895

    For many, fishing has always been one of the joys of summer, while others claim not to understand the sport. Maybe Henry David Thoreau said it best when he wrote: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” On this date in 1895, a Bismarck [...]

  • Round-up Reward

    During the summer of 1902, the city of Lakota had a problem. Stray cows, horses, pigs, oxen, and mules grazing on lawns had become a nuisance, and the city’s pound featured a growing number of the barnyard animals. The city’s new schoolyard, built only two years before, also suffered from the grazing. R. L. Metcalf, [...]

  • Harvest Help

    H. W. Herbison, the North Dakota Supervisor of Farm Labor during World War II, announced the arrival of 3,000 Mexican farm workers on this date in 1944. With many American men absent due to the war, the U.S. War Food Administration was created to help ensure food production, contracting with thousands of workers to travel [...]

  • The Case of the Stubborn Cow near Hatton

    When automobiles began whizzing around at speeds over 20 miles per hour, these “devil wagons,”as some called them, offended many country people – frightening horses and killing free-range chickens accustomed to slower speeds of wagons and buggies. On this date, in 1909, a 22-horsepower Buick, driven by Walter Nelson, crashed into a cow on a [...]

  • North Dakota rodeo producer

    Long-time North Dakota rodeo producer Walter Piehl Sr. was born on this date in 1915 in Marion to John and Fern Piehl. He was educated in Marion and grew up farming with horses.   Walter married Hattie DeVries in 1939 near Marion. They purchased land and farmed for a time and lived in the Marion [...]

  • Soldiers Help With North Dakota’s Wheat Harvest

    Wheat ripens in late July and early August, the leaves and stalks and grain turning from green to gold. For farmers, it is a three-to-four-week race against the sun and the wind to harvest the crop. The sun swells the wheat kernels to ripeness, but there are only ten days to harvest the wheat before [...]

  • Church Impeachment

    A citizen-led impeachment committee in Watertown, Dakota Territory, forwarded an arraignment to President Grover Cleveland on this date in 1888. The arraignment issued various charges against the appointment of Louis Church to Territorial Governor of Dakota, and argued for his immediate impeachment and removal. Of course, the fact that Church had been appointed by President [...]

  • Horses

    Today marks the start of Horse Fest in Taylor, North Dakota – an annual celebration to “honor the animal that played such a major part” of the town’s history and heritage. Horses have played a starring throughout North Dakota. The Ice Age Equus roamed the Dakota landscape thousands of years ago, grazing native grasses until [...]

  • The Short Life of Energy, Part 1

    On this date in 1910, a townsite with an unusual name was in the works. Located approximately 14 miles west of Underwood along the banks of the Missouri, it was not the first time the land was examined. The Bismarck Daily Tribune indicated that this plat was to be the original site for Bismarck when [...]

  • The Short Life of Energy, Part 2

    If you were listening yesterday, you heard about a townsite called Energy that was …for lack of better words…getting re-energized on this date in 1910. It had been platted before, in 1885, without success.   The site chosen for Energy was along the Missouri, and was said to overlie beds of coal—a good combination for [...]

  • Nodak to Nuremberg

    A verdict overseen by North Dakota Supreme Court Judge James Morris was released on this date in 1948, in Nuremberg, Germany. The trial was Tribunal 6, one of the twelve Nuremberg Trials in which Nazi war criminals were held accountable foratrocities committed during the course of World War II. Morris himself was selected by President [...]

  • Fears of Runaway Horses, 1913

    Common fears in the past included the fear of runaway horses. In the horse-and-buggy era, accidents caused by runaways were about as common as auto accidents today. The fear cut both ways, for horses are afraid of just about everything. A horse is prey for predators, and a horse can best escape perceived dangers by [...]

  • Stepping on a Nail

    Stepping on a rusty nail was one of the worst fears of children raised on farms. A puncture wound in the foot brought not only pain, it also brought germs from the soil into the bloodstream. Adults also feared stepping on a nail because of the danger of contracting tetanus, known in the past as [...]

  • Harvest Help

    As the men of North Dakota rushed off to Europe to aid in the battles of World War Two, others were needed in Ramsey County to help in that year’s harvest. Today in 1944, The Devil’s Lake World reported on two groups that did just that.   On July 28, Governor John Moses gave a [...]

  • Let There Be Light

    In northeast North Dakota, in the tiny town of Olga, a life-changing event happened to the Monette family. For the first time in 31 years, they had electricity. According to an August 1973 article in the Benson County Press, the Monette’s are bowing to the progress of electricity—not out of want, but out of need. [...]

  • White Slavers

    In July of 1917, the State’s Attorney and the Bismarck Chief of Police raided a residence on the outskirts of the city. Complaints had been made that the small shack was a house of ill repute. The lawmen were at first surprised to find only a housekeeper in the home, but when the woman began [...]

  • Gossip Spreads Quickly

    On the afternoon of August 4, 1920, the telephone rang in the Bismarck home of Mrs. Frank McCormick. The caller had terrible news: Mrs. McCormick’s young son Emmett had been hit by a train and killed.   This wasn’t the first call that day regarding Emmett’s demise. Mrs. McCormick thanked the caller, and then went [...]