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  • 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 […]

  • German-Russian Farm Kids Remember: Driving the New Chevrolet

    Elda (Schultz) Rasch “Driving the New Chevrolet” Interviewed: Bismarck, ND, 25 July 2007 Born: Fredonia, ND, 20 September 1928 Well I hauled grain for some of them and so they wanted me to haul grain and I hauled that with a wagon and horses you know and then they had a truck. I did drive […]

  • German-Russian Farm Kids Remember: First Rubber Tire Tractor

    Wilfred Jacob Boechler “First Rubber Tire Tractor” Interviewed: Allan, SK, 23 July 2006 Born: Allan, SK, 14 February 1926 It was the first rubber tire tractor around here, it was a little Case tractor and it was in 1940 when he bought that tractor. It had something to do with my grandfather passing away and […]

  • German-Russian Farm Kids Remember: Flying Dog

    William Adam Merkel , Jr. “Flying Dog” Interviewed: Eureka, SD, 17 May 2008 Born: McPherson County, SD, 11 October 1925 The thing that I remember a lot about is cleaning the barn, an old horse barn and cows. Horses were in the barn, cows were in the barn, as soon as it got a little […]

  • Dead Man Walking

    A strange sight was seen by motorists outside of Minot on this date in 1916.  A dead man was lying beside the road. Authorities were quickly notified, and soon after, States Attorney O. B. Herigstad and Deputy Coroner A. B. Hill were speeding to the scene in their automobile. About halfway there, they met up […]

  • Mess at Camp Rucker

    The war in Korea was raging in the spring of 1951, but North Dakota guardsmen from the 164th infantry and the 188th field artillery units were still in the states, training at Camp Rucker, Alabama. On this date in ‘51, F.J. Froeschle reported the North Dakotans were doing well.  In fact, many had gained as […]

  • Clara Peltier/Sakakawea Junior Club

    On this date in 1930, Emma Zuger received a check for $121.10 from the warden of the State Penitentiary. The money comprised donations from prisoners in appreciation of the many times the Sakakawea Junior Club had entertained them with operettas and cantatas. The Sakakawea Junior Club was the only study club in the nation made […]