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  • Thankful for a Wedding

    On this date in 1907, the Minot Daily Optic announced that a North Dakota man was about to give Miss 22-year-old Ella Endicott, an orphan of St. Louis who was left with just a little money from her parents, something to be thankful for—a dream wedding, scheduled for Thanksgiving day. Ella was “wooed and won” […]

  • President Kennedy at UND

    On September 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke at the convocation of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Kennedy followed with a speech on the importance of conservation. The speech was not his most memorable, but for the North Dakotans who attended, it didn’t […]

  • Divorce

    At the beginning of the fall in 1891, there was quite a bit of tongue-wagging and gossip as a strange tale unfolded in the midst of Bismarck. A strange woman “possessed of an undeniably exceptional beauty, of wealth reputedly great and of ‘an ancient and proud lineage,’” the Countess Adelyn Zychlinska, swept into town with […]

  • The Circle of Medicine

    When Dakota Territory was being settled, licensed doctors were few. Most of the emerging medical facilities were in the bigger cities and ailing patients had to travel long distances to hospitals in Bismarck or Fargo, or depend on the services of the doctors at the frontier military posts. In 1875 someone living in the Grand […]

  • Branded

    Many can remember the old parlor stove that warmed the house on a wintery day, emitting the sweet smell of burning wood which was used to get the fire going. It was the place to congregate after reluctantly crawling out of a warm, cozy bed and stepping onto the cold, hardwood floor. Once the wood […]

  • William C. Marcil

    Following the sudden death of Norman D. Black in 1969, the Fargo Forum, founded on this day in 1891, had no clear choice for its new publisher. For the first time since Norman Black’s grandfather had purchased the Fargo Forum in 1917, there was no new member of the Black family clan to lead the […]

  • Joyride

    On this date, it was reported that J. E. Donahue of New Rockford recovered a car that had been taken from his garage at the end of October. Soon after it had been taken, the car was recognized in Minot, where, “on suspicion that it had been stolen by whisky runners,” police officers chased the […]

  • Cowan’s Escape

    History can be seen as one great tapestry; however, the significance of each thread should not be forgotten. In this month we honor our veterans, who, with each single thread, held fast the fiber of our country. One soldier of particularly tough fiber was World War II flight officer Stephan Cowan. Cowan was a North […]

  • Henry D. Minot

    The year was 1876. Sixteen-year-old Theodore Roosevelt was just starting his freshman year at Harvard. While unpacking his personal belongings, including a catalogue of birds he had produced, Roosevelt heard a knock. Opening the door, he discovered Henry Minot. Henry Davis Minot was born in August of 1859; the sixth child of a prominent Boston […]

  • Never Forgotten

    Veterans Day is a very special day during which we celebrate our heroes who have fought, who have fallen, and who have served our country. It used to specifically honor World War I, falling specifically on the day that war ended, and celebrated elsewhere as Armistice Day, but though it still serves to remember that […]

  • Time on the Farm

    In this hurry up world, the wrist watch is an almost irreplaceable item of jewelry to make sure we are in the right place at the right time, but historically, the wrist watch did not become popular until after World War I. Wrist watches were for the ladies only and no correctly dressed gentleman would […]

  • Over the Top

    World War I, the war to end all wars, was a mixture of 19th Century tactics and the emergence of 20th Century technology. The long columns of men marching in formation against each other had ended and the more defensive positions in the form of trench warfare had evolved. Sam Rigler wrote to his brother […]

  • George Broadhurst and the Metropolitan Opera House

    The name George Broadhurst is generally associated with the theaters of Chicago, San Francisco or New York. But North Dakota also helped launch the career of the playwright who became internationally renowned for works such as ‘The Mills of the Gods’ and ‘The Man of the Hour,’ starring Douglas Fairbanks. While managing a Minneapolis theater […]

  • Name Change

    It can be hard to remember a name, much less to remember a complete name change. It can be even harder if it is a geographic name change, according to Walter Hjelle, the State Highway Commissioner in 1967. So, that year, it was big news that one area’s name change had already started to stick. […]

  • Judge David Morgan

    Born on this day in 1849, David Morgan was raised and educated in Wisconsin. After reading law with several judges, Morgan set out for Dakota Territory in 1881 to set up his own law practice. Over his thirty year career, he served as both Judge of the 2nd Judicial District and Justice of the Supreme […]

  • The Duke Ellington Recordings

    On one unseasonably warm November evening on this date in 1940, two audio buffs, Jack Towers and Dick Burris were busy unpacking their recording equipment at Fargo’s Crystal Ballroom. Playing that night was Duke Ellington’s band. The two young men thought it would be fun to record the famous jazz musician “just for kicks.” They […]

  • Still

    Innovation has always been important in the success of any business, but this was particularly true in the moonshine business of the 1920’s in North Dakota. Federal and State Prohibition officers scoured the countryside looking for any sign of stills and even sniffed the air for the telltale smell of fermenting mash. On this date […]

  • Dickinson Does

    In 1925, when it was decided that the American Legion would hold its state convention in Dickinson the following year, a contest for coming up with a snappy slogan for the city was begun. It was decided that the slogan that won the contest would then be used as advertising for the convention. “A short […]

  • Election Day

    Today is Election Day and no doubt it promises to be a historic one. No matter what the outcome, it will mark a first for America, whether it is Sen. Barack Obama elected as the first African-American to the White House, or Gov. Sarah Palin as the first woman. And, this election also promises to […]

  • To be an American

    In November of 1896, Marie Ketterling was born in a sod house, just south of Streeter, North Dakota. She was raised in a traditional household where girls were expected to do housework and boys were expected to farm. But Marie wanted more. She wanted to be an American. And she wanted an education. In her […]