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  • Violin Thief

    On this date in 1911, the Fargo newspaper reported on an interesting crime. Professor Hendrickson, the main player and victim, lived a relatively quiet life.  He worked at the Dakota Conservatory of Music in Fargo where he taught the art of music.  The Conservatory existed among other offices in the upper floors of a newly-built, […]

  • Missing Declared Dead

    Korean War truce talks began in July 1951, but the war wouldn’t end until two years later. On this date in 1952, one U.N. negotiator accused North Korea and China of secretly imprisoning allied prisoners of war in Red China. Rear Admiral R. E. Libby stated a Chinese lieutenant had confessed he escorted POWs to […]

  • Home Brew Day

    The passage of the Volstead Act in October 1919 launched national prohibition, as defined by the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This date in 1922 was labeled “Home Brew Day” when 73 North Dakotans were brought up on charges  before District Judge Andrew Miller in his first session of Federal Court in Bismarck.  Most […]

  • The Inaugural Ball

    Behind every good man stands a great woman.  That’s certainly the case for George Armstrong Custer, a prominent figure in the history of Dakota Territory.  Whatever your opinion of the general, his wife, Elizabeth Bacon Custer, played an undeniably crucial role in his professional achievements.  Like many of her peers, Libbie made it her duty […]

  • Early Automobiles in Bismarck

    In March of 1909, the citizens of Bismarck were becoming much more mobile, wanting to be as progressive as the rest of the country. As a result, the first automobile advertisement in Bismarck appeared. The car dealership of Miller and Lahr advertised a Ford Model T automobile, in any color you desired – as long […]

  • Lincoln’s Inauguration

    In 1938, William Beadle was memorialized with a statue in the US Capitol Building at Washington DC.  While remembered largely for his work as an educator in Dakota Territory, the statue also honors his stint as a soldier in the Civil War.  It was in this role, fighting for the Union, that Beadle experienced one […]

  • Miracle Passenger

    Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time.  On this date, in 1951, a horrible accident struck when a Mid-Continent Airlines flight, en route to Minneapolis from Kansas City, crashed at Sioux City, killing fifteen people.  Witnesses to the crash said visibility had been fair, but a sudden snow squall blotted out the airplane as it came […]

  • War Bride

    Among North Dakota’s many immigrants have been women who married American servicemen stationed abroad.  One such war bride arrived in Bismarck on this date in 1948. Anni Leier was to marry her WWII sweetheart, Edwin Ackerman, a school teacher in New Leipzig. But when she got off the plane, she found herself stranded, because she […]

  • NDRA

    The rider gives a signal.  The pen door opens and the bull charges out as the crowd looks on with bated breath. Spectators appreciate the skill and hard work of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.  But it’s easy to overlook the dedicated rodeo association men and women who work behind the scenes to make the event […]

  • Brenner Crossing

    Throughout the twentieth century, the State Historical Society of North Dakota made a concerted effort to better care for the state’s important historic sites. To do so, it acquired many properties of historic importance – former military posts, homes of important North Dakotans and significant government buildings.  While many of us have visited some of […]

  • Winter

    In 1907, North Dakota was hit by a winter so bad, it almost surpassed the imaginations of friends and relatives back east – “almost” being the key word. There was no doubt that it was cold.  The old-timers called it a “regular old-fashioned winter;” in fact, since mid-November, the temperatures had mainly remained below freezing, […]

  • Clarence Putnam

    You’re standing on stage with a microphone resting comfortably in hand as the crowd screams for an encore. It’s a dream nearly every teenager has envisioned at least once in life; making it big in the music world.  You’re certain you have what it takes to be the next rock star, country music singer or […]

  • Beatrice Agard

    In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” Florentino Ariza waits fifty-one years, nine months, and four days to profess his “vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love” to his beloved Fermina Daza. Everlasting adoration is often the material for writers and poets, but for Bea Agard from Larimore, North Dakota, receiving […]

  • Ferry

    Progress, it seems, is all about direction.  Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” When North Dakota was relatively young, many traveled in a westerly direction for land, opportunity, and a different life.  Later, as more and more […]

  • Wynn and the Non-Swearing Knights

    It was on this date in 1940 that railroad conductor Robert C. Wynn would take his last train ride to his final resting place. Born in Ohio in 1855, Wynn came to North Dakota in 1900 from Indiana while employed with the Great Northern Railroad. He worked on the Granville-Sherwood line until his retirement in […]

  • Goose Bone Club

    The opening of the goose hunting season today seems to indicate the coming of spring to North Dakota, but everyone wonders when that will happen. Since 1886, in Pennsylvania, they have relied on the shadow of a groundhog to predict spring’s arrival, but on this date in 1888, a group of Devils Lake men organized […]

  • Sibley, ND

    Henry Hastings Sibley, born on this date in 1811, left his mark on the Northern Plains.  After serving as Minnesota’s first governor, he participated in the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 and led the punitive expedition against the Dakota the following year. Since his death in 1891, Sibley has been memorialized in sites across the Northern […]

  • The Wheat King

    A 1928 Time magazine article dubbed Thomas Campbell the “Henry Ford of farming.”  It was a fitting tribute to the internationally renowned “Wheat King,” born in Dakota Territory on this date in 1882. Raised on a Grand Forks wheat farm, Thomas Campbell earned a reputation as a mechanic who could fix anything.  By the age […]

  • Honored Guests

    In 1959, Granville, North Dakota, became grounds for celebration.  The residents said it was “Roble recognition night,” and the Robles, Fred and Amanda, were the guests of honor. Before coming to Granville, Fred and Amanda lived in several places, including Devils Lake and locations in Minnesota. As partners in a printing business, the two had […]

  • Heinous Crime

    One of the state’s most heinous crimes took place in Emmons County on this date in 1897. In 1959, William Fischer, editor of the Emmons County Record, explained: “When North Dakota became a state, its constitution outlawed the saloon, but many saloon operators continued their ‘underground’ operation – and their places of business were known […]