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  • Long-haired Morgan

    During this week in 1884, a post office was established at Morganville on the old Bismarck-Ft. Stevenson stage route. In actuality, Morganville was nothing more than a farm located on the west edge of what is now Beulah, in Mercer County. The owner and postmaster was an unusual man who went by various names: Frank […]

  • Eunice Kalloch

    Eunice Kalloch was born near Rugby to Alice and Fingar Gronvold in 1908. Her father emigrated from Norway to the U. S. when he was 17, and in 1886 he settled near Rugby, where he eventually owned ran the Gronvold-Halseth hardware store. Later, he went into the automobile business with his sons. Gronvold was very […]

  • Champagne Music

    North Dakota musician Lawrence Welk said his first real break came in 1937, when his band was playing in Chaska, MN. Will Osborne’s band was playing in nearby St. Paul, and one day Welk told his band he was taking them into the city for lunch and to “listen to a real artist at work.” […]

  • Crime, Crime and More Crime

    Crime was busting out all over on this date in 1939. In the early morning hours, four men in a black ‘36 Chevy with Wisconsin plates pulled off a spectacular series of safe-crackings between Minot and Washburn. The gang of robbers – or yeggs, as they were called back then – hit four different towns, […]

  • Hancock Brothers

    Walter Benjamin Hancock was born on this date in 1863 in Gloucestershire, England. He immigrated to the U.S. with his older brother in 1882 – George was 32; Walter was around 18. George had a degree in construction and architecture from the South Kensington Institute in London and was eager to take part in the […]

  • Tango Troubles

    There’s always been something to blame for our marital problems. In the Garden of Eden, it was a juicy red apple, and later another fruit – the fruit of the vine – became the downfall of many-a-poor-marriage. A while back, a Jamestown man decided the problem was something else. On this date in 1914 the […]

  • Sioux County

    On this date in 1914, Governor Louis B. Hanna proclaimed the area encompassing the Standing Rock Reservation in ND as Sioux County. He intended to name the new county for its tribal members, but the word “Sioux” is not a Native American word. Standing Rock tribal members are descended from Teton and Yankton bands of […]

  • Frances Agnes, Bataan Survivor

    On this date in 1945, the prisoners of war at the Hiro Hata prison camp in Japan conducted a liberation ceremony; among them 23 year-old Francis Wilfred Agnes. Agnes was born to his namesake, an Irish immigrant, and Pauline Drawczyk in April 1922. The family lived in Haynes, near Hettinger in SW North Dakota, where […]

  • Wrong Victim

    The news on this date in 1914 was that S. A. Burns was being charged with the murder of a McKenzie County homesteader who had been missing from his ranch near Schafer for four months. The odd thing was that Burns was already in jail – already charged with the same murder. Months earlier, Burns […]

  • Turkey Track Trouble

    William Molash – better known as Turkey Track Bill – had a bad day about this date in 1912. It started off okay. In fact, he and a group of friends were partying it up pretty good. Turkey Track had set up an illegal saloon, or blind pig, on Morris Carlson’s deserted ranch a short […]

  • Keys and Aliases

    J. E. Shannon was being held in the Cass County jail at this time in 1916. He was arrested March 28th, of that year, during an attempted robbery and gunfight in the Fout & Porterfield Drugstore in Davenport, south of Fargo. Five months later, on August 24th, Sheriff John Ross discovered something unusual. The Fargo […]

  • Newspapers and Banks

    On this date in 1919, the Hannah Moon ran the following, titled A Farewell Word: “This issue completes the twenty-third year of the Moon as a weekly newspaper of general circulation…. In addition to being our anniversary number this is also the last issue of the Moon…. By the printing law passed by the last […]

  • German Russian Day of Remembrance

    On this date in 1941, the Soviet government announced the total banishment of Germans from Russia. The decree led to the deportation, imprisonment, and death for hundreds of thousands of German-Russians. The campaign of annihilation had quietly begun long before, but on August 28th, the Soviets dropped all pretenses by accusing Germans in the Volga […]

  • Internal Combustion Invention

    Karl Benz (of Mercedes Benz) received the first patent for a gas-fueled car on January 29, 1886, and he is generally credited with inventing the internal combustion engine. On August 25, 1914, a young man from Rolla received a patent for an invention that improved on Benz’s engine. The Rolla Star reported Ainer W. Juntunen […]

  • Major Geo Ott, POW

    Today is the birthday of George Ott, who was born in 1919 on his parents’ homestead near New England, ND. After graduating from high school, Ott took two years of pre-med training at Dickinson College and also joined the ND National Guard. After finishing with the Guard, George was given a choice of what to […]

  • Tobacco Gardens

    Dr. Gilbert Wilson, a U of M anthropologist, journeyed to Independence, ND, around 1912 to interview Buffalobird-Woman, who was in her 70s at the time. In the forward of his subsequent book, Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians, Wilson wrote: “[Buffalobird-woman] is a daughter of Small Ankle, a leader of the Hidatsas in the trying time […]

  • Prison Breaks

    On this date in 1916, there was a 1-paragraph story in the Bismarck Tribune that read: “S. F. Crabbe, state architect, visited the state penitentiary yesterday in regard to contemplated changes in the buildings…” While that might not sound like much, it was, in fact, quite significant. Let’s start with April Fools Day of the […]

  • JCR Mystery Man, Part Two

    Yesterday we began a twisted tale that began when 34 year-old Jay Caldwell disappeared in the summer of 1907. Jay and his wealthy father, James, ranched in the Taylor area near Dickinson. That same summer, a man of similar age and description was found wandering in Waseca, MN; he couldn’t speak, his right side was […]

  • JCR Mystery Man, Part One

    It’s hard to know where to begin with today’s bizarre two-part story . . . perhaps with the disappearance of Jay Allen Caldwell from his father’s ranch near Taylor, ND. His father was James Caldwell, as a wheeler-dealer who made his first fortune during the Civil War. The elder Caldwell lost it all in the […]

  • Jubilee Wooden Nickels

    North Dakota was celebrating the state’s 50th birthday during this time in 1939. On this date, the Bismarck Tribune reported a special order for one of the event’s novelties. The story read: “Arvid Wiklund, chairman of the Novelties committee for North Dakota’s Golden Jubilee, received an order from the Chase National bank of New York, […]