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  • Old Shady

    Blakely Durant was an unlikely celebrity. The humble and quiet black man had been born into the antebellum south in 1826, near Natchez, Mississippi. The son of former slaves, Blakely moved with his family first to Texas, then north to Cincinnati, hoping to escape the dangers of the south. Even in Cincinnati, there were no [...]

  • U.S. Treasurer John Burke

    John Burke launched his senate campaign on this date in 1916 by speaking before a small crowd in Fargo. Burke was considered one of President Wilson’s most ardent Democratic supporters and was extremely well-known to North Dakotans; from 1907 until 1913, he had served three terms as the state’s tenth Governor. Burke was born in [...]

  • Rabbi Benjamin Papermaster

    In 1891, the city of Grand Forks consisted primarily of Scandinavian immigrants. But with the growth of the city, more immigrants came from Eastern Europe and Russia, seeking a better life. The city’s Jewish community grew, expanding to 60 families. One week before Passover in 1891, Rabbi Benjamin Papermaster arrived in Grand Forks. Coming from [...]

  • Newton Burr

    North Dakota rodeo star Newton Burr was born September 25, 1929, in Elbowoods to Oscar and Mary (Wounded Face) Burr. He was a member of Hidatsa Prairie Chicken Clan. He was raised near Mandaree and educated in Elbowoods.   Newton enjoyed being around livestock and loved working with horses, helping with roundups, brandings, chores and [...]

  • McHenry Loop

    In 1871, the Northern Pacific became the first railroad to enter Dakota Territory. The company had been created by an Act of Congress under President Lincoln to build a northern route from the Great Lakes to Puget Sound. As an incentive, the government granted the Northern Pacific more than fifty million acres of land, the [...]

  • North Dakota Rodeo Star

    North Dakota rodeo star Alvin R. “Gabby” Gabbert died on this date in 1969 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson, after a short illness. He was born July 24, 1921, on the family farm west of Lefor to Herman and Martha Gabbert.   Alvin grew up on a farm in the Lefor community, southwest of [...]

  • Robert Henry Bahmer, archivist

    Robert H. Bahmer served as the fourth archivist of the National Archives.   Born near Gardena in north central North Dakota on this date in 1904, Bahmer attended high school at Omemee and a year at the University of North Dakota. He transferred to Valley City State University where he earned his B.A. degree in [...]

  • Creepy Karpis

    Alvin “Creepy” Karpis got his nickname for his crooked, sinister smile. While in the Kansas State Penitentiary for stealing a car, Karpis fell in with members of the Ma Barker Gang, a family of brutal bank robbers known for their bloody heists. When Karpis was released from jail in 1931, he teamed up with the [...]

  • Campaign Tragedy

    Prominent Minot attorney and state legislator Christopher A. Johnson spent the summer and fall of 1910 canvassing the state of North Dakota. The popular and energetic politician was campaigning as the Republican candidate for governor after winning the state primary. Johnson was running against popular incumbent and early favorite in the race, Governor John Burke, [...]

  • McHenry Loop

    In 1871, the Northern Pacific became the first railroad to enter Dakota Territory. The company had been created by an Act of Congress under President Lincoln to build a northern route from the Great Lakes to Puget Sound. As an incentive, the government granted the Northern Pacific more than fifty million acres of land, the [...]

  • North Dakota Newspapers

    On July 7, 1864, Robert Winegar and Ira Goodwin published the first newspaper in Dakota Territory from their military headquarters at Fort Union. The infantrymen had been ordered to Fort Union to guard supplies needed by General Sully during his campaign against the Sioux. Although the fort was small and quite “dilapidated,” the two men [...]

  • Casselton Capture

    Gossiping tongues could hardly keep still on this date in 1889 in Casselton. The evening before, Magdalena Sands had been captured near the city’s train station. Magdalena, the wife of Deputy Sheriff John P. Sand of Little Falls, Minnesota, was wanted for freeing her husband’s prisoner … and eloping with him! By most accounts, Deputy [...]

  • Blue/Gray

    The summers of 1863 through 1865 were times of significant change on the plains of Northern Dakota Territory. The Sibley/Sully Campaigns of 1863 pushed the Indians westward across the Missouri River, and the subsequent campaigns of 1864 and 1865, led by General Alfred Sully, basically cemented control of the area for the advancement of the [...]

  • The Treason of Bear Ribs*

    Territorial Governor William Jayne reported the death of Sioux Chief Bear Ribs on this date in 1862. Chief of all Sioux, Bear Ribs was killed by his own kinsmen for the act of accepting annuity payments from the U.S. Government, an act that the Sioux had forbidden as treasonous only months before. Chief Bear Ribs [...]

  • Old Settlers Day

    Bismarck leaders and organizers of the 2nd Annual North Dakota Industrial Exposition celebrated Old Settlers Day on this date in 1912. Early pioneers of the state traveled to the capital city to visit old friends during a string of glad reunions. Events of the day celebrated the old-timers who arrived during the days of territorial [...]

  • Casselton Corn Show

    Casselton was in the midst of its first state Corn Show on this day in 1913. Businessmen of the city planned the show to highlight the agriculture of the state, especially the growing and manufacturing of the several varieties of corn harvested in North Dakota. The city raised $1,500 to fund the event, and invested [...]

  • Meriwether’s Mysterious Death

    In 1803, Thomas Jefferson purchased the vast Louisiana Territory from the French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite domestic opposition, Jefferson believed the deal was too good to pass up; not only was the price ridiculously low, less than 3 cents an acre – 42¢ in today’s dollars. The deal also helped assure the removal of the [...]

  • Fort Rice Engineering Expedition

    In President Abraham Lincoln’s third state of the union address, he emphasized the importance of America’s railroads in bringing the expansive country together, stating that the railroads “…when completed, will so largely multiply the facilities for reaching our distant possessions.” The year was 1863 and, at the time, Dakota Territory was considered by most Americans [...]

  • Chaffee Swindled

    Herbert Chaffee became president of the Amenia and Sharon Land Company bonanza farm near Amenia, North Dakota, when his father passed away in 1892. The Chaffees believed the welfare of their workers was key to the success of the bonanza farms, but this benevolence was vulnerable to abuse.   In October 1909, a California gold [...]

  • Lutefisk Shortages

    Eating lutefisk is not for the faint of heart, for this peculiar Norwegian form of codfish smells to high heaven. But to Norwegian-Americans, eating snow-white, light and flaky lutefisk was a joy at holiday dinners, especially at Christmas-time, as a taste of Norway for those immigrants who had left its fjords and shores for America. [...]