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  • George Bird Grinnell, Conservationist

    George Bird Grinnell, a respected authority on the Plains Indians, passed away on this date in 1938; he was 88 and had led a vigorous and amazingly productive life. In 2004, the Bugle published a story by Shane Mahoney, who wrote, “He was many things: scientist, hunter, explorer, naturalist, entrepreneur and author. Above all else, […]

  • Bill Shemorry

    Writer, photographer and historian Bill Shemorry passed away one year ago today; he was 89 and was described as “one of a kind.” He was a newspaperman in Williston for more than 70 years and was witness to a great deal of his city’s history. As a child, Shemorry was one of the very first […]

  • Lunching with MacArthur

    William Stern of Fargo and Warren Magnuson of Moorhead were good friends and were together in Asia when the supreme commander of the allied forces was relieved of his post during the Korean War. The official story says Gen. Douglas MacArthur learned of his dismissal while having lunch with visitors on April 11, 1951. Stern […]

  • French Dakota

    If you were alive in 1682 – and living in a large portion of what is now North Dakota – you would have theoretically become French on this date. Having discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River, Rene-Robert de LaSalle claimed for France the river, its tributaries, and all the land in between. LaSalle named […]

  • Three Andrists and a Newspaper

    Tomorrow – and the next day, too – will be the birthdays of Calvin Andrist, who was born in Ada, MN, in 1888 – or maybe 1887. His son, John, says, “Dad always claimed two birth dates. After celebrating on April 10 for half a century, he had reason to request an official birth certificate. […]

  • Jacob Bull, Badlands Musician

    Jacob “Jakie” Bull was a somewhat unusual rancher. When he later retired in Dickinson, he was known as “birdman,” which could have been connected to either one of his loves: birds or music. Jakie was just 17 when he and his father, Hans Bull, came to Mandan in 1884. Hans had been a judge in […]

  • Laundry

    The following is from Hiram. M. Drache’s excellent book, “The Challenge of the Prairie: Life and Times of Red River Pioneers”… Washing clothes was (a) woman’s chore. Cisterns were built to store a supply of soft water for washing clothes and for bathing. Often the early cisterns consisted of merely a barrel or two set […]

  • Mark Turcotte, Writer

    Award winning poet Mark Turcotte was born in Lansing, MI, on this date in 1958. Soon after, he moved with his Irish mother and Ojibway father to the Turtle Mountains. In 2002, the editor of Free Verse, Linda Aschbrenner, interviewed Mark about his book, Exploding Chippewas. “I would draw and scribble in my mother’s cookbooks,” […]

  • American Oil Refinery

    On this date in 1953, the American Oil Company held groundbreaking ceremonies for a new refinery in Mandan. Oil had been discovered on the Clarence Iverson farm two years earlier, triggering a boom in the state’s oil industry. The refinery was dedicated in October 1954; Governor C. Norman Brunsdale attended and was presented with a […]

  • The Manitoba Sinks

    One late summer night in 1877, Lady Dufferin was traveling the Red River to Winnipeg aboard the steamer Minnesota. Ahead, another steamboat approached from the opposite direction. “It looked beautiful in the dark,” she wrote in her diary, “with two great bull’s-eyes, green and red lamps and other lights on deck, creeping toward us; we […]

  • Fargo Civic Orchestra

    On this date in 1951, The Fargo Forum ran a big spread titled, “Orchestra Success Regarded by Outsiders as Astounding.” The story, written by Roy P. Johnson, celebrated the symphony’s upcoming 20th anniversary. “Had there been no public appreciation and support, the orchestra may have fallen by the wayside long ago,” Johnson wrote. “It has […]

  • Japanese Bomb Balloon

    An unmanned, Japanese, bomb balloon landed in the Minto-Warsaw area of Walsh County on this date in 1945, but the incident was kept secret until World War II ended five months later. On August 16th, the Fargo Forum reported, “Several other balloons were sighted in the air, and reported to the army authorities, at Fargo, […]

  • Foul Play

    On this date in 1935, the news in North Dakota wasn’t very cheerful. Among other things, two young women had met untimely deaths at the hands of others. Out near Zeeland, in McIntosh County, 21-year-old Leah Hass had been living with her sister, Mrs. Fred Rueb. When Leah was found missing one morning, Mrs. Rueb […]

  • Ev Albers

    On this date, during “the Great Blizzard of 1942,” Ev Albers was born in Oliver County. Dakota Datebook probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Albers, because he, as executive director of the ND Humanities Council, made sure we received the necessary funding. Albers grew up on a dairy farm near Hannover. His daughter Gretchen […]

  • Bell with a Mission

    On this date in 1908, a young group called the Literary Society held a basket social to raise money to buy a bell for their schoolhouse belfry near Lankin, North Dakota. The bell arrived from the foundry embossed with the initials R.G.L.S., for Ramsey Grove Literary Society, and its pealing became a popular sound throughout […]

  • Chess Champion Yanofsky

    Daniel Yanofsky was the first Grandmaster of the British Commonwealth. He was born in Poland on this date in 1925, and grew up in Winnipeg, where his talent as a chess player emerged during the Great Depression. He was only 11 years old when he took part in his first professional competition – the Manitoba-Minnesota […]

  • Sisters of Mary of the Presentation

    Maryvale is a Roman Catholic religious women’s community constructed in 1965 on the north edge of Valley City. The community is for the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, for whom Maryvale serves as the Provincial Center for the “United States Province.” Two sisters organized the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation in 1828 in […]

  • White and Blue Angels

    On this date in 2002, 1,791 people laid themselves down in the snow in Bismarck and made snow angels – a new record that’s now in the Guinness World Records. Since then, the people of Syracuse, NY, have twice challenged the record but failed. In what’s become a good-natured rivalry, they’ve given Bismarck notice they’re […]

  • Rattlesnake Lisemba

    On this date in 1939, a former Fargo barber learned he would be hanged for his most recent wife’s murder. She was his last victim, but not his first; his first was Winona Wallace, of Fargo. Raymond Lisemba was born to Alabama sharecroppers in 1895 and was living the life of a cotton picker when […]

  • Flint, First Export

    As closely as archeologists can figure, North Dakota’s first export commodity was flint, a semi-translucent igneous rock that was mined in Dunn and Mercer Counties about 9,500 B.C. Indigenous peoples of the northern plains hunted mammoths, giant bison and other large animals during this time period. Flint from the Knife River region was used for […]