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  • Home Grown: German-Russian Farm Kids Remember “Barn Fire”

    Home Grown: German-Russian Farm Kids Remember “Barn Fire” Edna Lu Ella (Weisz) Buck Interviewed: Fargo, ND, 03 May 2008 Born: Lehr, ND, 07 January 1923 Oh, I can’t remember I was probably 12 or 13 when our barn burned and us kids were dumb enough to think we could put it out by running to […]

  • Home Grown: German-Russian Farm Kids Remember “Working for Another Farm”

    Home Grown: German-Russian Farm Kids Remember “Working for Another Farm” Arthur R. Bender Interviewed: Wishek, ND, 10 August 2006 Born: Wishek, ND, 09 November 1922 In ’38 when we had no crop, there was just nothing, so our dad said I found out you could hire out to some people in Lisbon and the surrounding […]

  • Flasher Congregational Church

    In May of 1908, the city of Flasher still had no Protestant church. However, that soon changed. Concerned citizens met at the Flasher school to organize a Congregational church. The Reverend Bosworth was called to be pastor, and given a $500 yearly salary. The church needed a building and chose to erect one on the […]

  • U.S.S. Oregon

    James Flater, son of a New Rockford blacksmith, had an excellent record as a gunner aboard the American battleship U.S.S. Oregon – he was able to hit his mark eight out of ten times at a range of four miles. On March 19, 1898, the Oregon departed San Francisco for Cuba, where war with Spain […]

  • Smallpox Outbreak

    During the winter and spring of 1901, an outbreak of smallpox struck the Midwest. In North Dakota, numerous patients in early February were discovered to have one thing in common — they had worked in the woods of northern Minnesota where they became infected. Some North Dakotans didn’t buy it; they accused physicians of trying […]

  • Dr. Anne’s Award

    Anne Carlsen always wanted to be a teacher and she refused to let the lack of fully developed arms or legs stand in her way. Although born a quadruple congenital amputee, Anne Carlsen was little different than the other kids in her Wisconsin neighborhood.  She swam, played baseball and attended school with the assistance of […]

  • Congregational Conference-1958

    On this date in 1958, the Congregational Christian Conference was held in the city of Lakota. Parishes in Crary, Lakota and Michigan hosted the annual event. The new Lakota Lutheran church was used for the Conference, with the Lutheran church ladies providing an “unusually fine meal in the spirit of cordial hospitality,” as reported by […]

  • Japanese Bomb

    It was on this date in 1945 that a Japanese bomb balloon claimed the lives of six people in Oregon. They were the only casualties of World War II in the continental United States. Two of them were the children of Grand Forks railroad engineer, Frank Patzke, 13-year-old Joan and 14-year-old Dick. Reverend Archie Mitchell […]

  • State Normal Schools

    As college students around the state crisscross their campus, heading to class or the library, students at a few institutions may notice some unusual markers.  Plaques, cornerstones, or even large benches with the words “Normal School,” engraved across them.  At first glance, the title seems unusual; after all, what makes a school “Normal?” Is it […]

  • A Tree is Bent

    In May of 1911, the cornerstone was laid and dedicated for a new Presbyterian church in Grand Forks. The  gothic-style church, complete with gargoyles, was finished later on that year. Joseph Bell De Remer, the architect for the church, suggested the  landscaping include some sort of religious symbol. They chose a weeping mountain ash. This […]

  • Cannonball Stage Station

    The discovery of gold in the Black Hills created an immediate need for transportation to southern Dakota Territory.  Before the railroad reached Pierre, a stagecoach along the Bismarck-Deadwood Stage Trail was the most popular mode.  Regular tri-weekly stages began on this date in 1877; by summer stages ran daily.  Since the journey took nearly 40 […]

  • Salvaging the Pacific Fleet

    A remarkable aspect of the bombing of Pearl Harbor remains little known.  It concerns Homer N. Wallin, who was born and raised in Washburn in 1893.  After high school, Wallin served for a year in the North Dakota National Guard while attending Jamestown College and UND in Grand Forks. Wallin’s life took a major turn […]

  • Wax King’s Shining Display

    Bismarck businessman Harold Schafer is probably best remembered as the founder of the Gold Seal Company and for his restoration efforts in the town of Medora.  But in the business world, he was famous for his stupendous marketing strategies.  For example, in 1945, a salesman pitched Schafer an emulsion that military pilots used in WWII […]

  • The King and Queen of Siam

    On this day in 1931, the King and Queen of Siam were treated to a state dinner with President Hoover at the White House. They were the first absolute monarchs to ever visit the United States, and the first Asian monarchs to visit the White House. The royal couple was in the country so that […]

  • Mr. Cooper’s Post Offices

    “No Dakota for me,” Mr. Cooper exclaimed in 1878.  “I crossed the entire territory, from east to west… and I am free to say that I would not give the shadow of a lamb’s tail for all the Dakota dirt we passed over.” Within months of making his brash statement, Thomas E. Cooper was scouting […]

  • Buechner and Orth

    From the late 1880’s to around 1925, architecture took a turn for the opulent. The Beaux Arts style was in full swing throughout America. Beaux Arts, which simply means Fine Art in French, had its roots in the ‘Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Many American architects studied at the Parisian school, and brought what […]

  • Dakota Mourns Lincoln

    The news of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination came as a tragic shock to a nation already weary after four years of civil war.  Dakota Territory was no exception.  For local residents, Lincoln was not just the commander-in-chief who successfully led the Union through the rebellion; he had also played an important role in organizing Dakota […]

  • Gun Laws

    Guns have been a subject of legislation since the founding of our country. For example, in 1915, North Dakota crime fighters were frustrated by a rash of  bank robberies. Suspects were oftentimes found in possession of revolvers and nitroglycerin for blowing open bank safes, but there was no way to arrest them unless it could […]

  • Mother Goose

    We can all recall the story of Little Bo-Peep or Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son, which were part of our youth. These go hand-in-hand with the mystical magic of Santa Claus and the Easter Rabbit. They were the first stories told to capture our imaginations, and they were also the stories that began to cultivate […]

  • Clara Darrow and Votes for Women

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton once confided to her journal, “…we are sowing winter wheat, which the coming spring will see sprout, and other hands than ours will reap and enjoy.” Stanton spoke not only for herself, but for the thousands of women who dedicated their hearts and souls to the cause of women’s suffrage yet would […]