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  • Capitol Relocation

    This week in 1889, Bismarck was busy preparing for the arrival of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, which was to begin on the 4th Day of July, as stipulated in the Omnibus Bill.  But among a number of the delegates there was growing discontent with the Capital City.  In fact, there was some indication, […]

  • Invisible Wounds

    World War I was known as the “Great War” or the “War to End All Wars.” It began 100 years ago, in 1914, and the U.S. entered the conflict in 1917. That year, a young man from Grand Forks named Leon Brown joined the U.S. Army as an infantryman, after leaving his studies at the […]

  • Jamestown Asylum

    As we grow older, we see more clearly how fragile human life can be.  Perhaps nowhere is this fragility more readily apparent than in the realm of mental health. Emotional and behavioral disorders have been known by many names.  What we now call “mental illnesses” might have once been called “insanity” or “madness.”  Dakota Territory […]

  • Celebration Planning in Bismarck

    July 4th, the opening day of the Constitutional Convention, was coming soon and in Bismarck the city fathers were weighing some very ponderous questions, such as which event would get the prime afternoon time slot – the baseball game or horse racing.  Bismarck was planning one of the finest two-day celebrations that had ever been […]

  • 164th Infantry simulates battle for Governor’s Day

    The officers of the 164th Infantry extended an invitation, on this date in 1927, to all North Dakotans to come to Camp Grafton to witness special maneuvers and parade review in honor of Governor A. G. Sorlie.   Colonel D. S. Ritchie, regimental commander, stated, “While the specific purpose of the observance of Governor’s Day […]

  • Dunseith Vigilantes

    Located near the present-day International Peace Garden, the North Dakota town of Dunseith is named for a Gaelic word meaning “city of peace” – although there have certainly been times in the city’s history when peace was in short supply.  June of 1893 was just such a time, when a mysterious cowboy appeared in the […]

  • Canadian Mounties

    When Great Britain granted independence to Canada in 1867, the new Canadian government decided it had to bring law and order to the vast Canadian west, so the North West Mounted Police Act was passed on May 20, 1873. One hundred and fifty men were recruited and sent on an arduous journey across the Great […]

  • Pre-Convention Posturing

    In 1889, with the Constitutional Convention only three weeks away, the Northern Pacific Railroad, heralding its history as a “great iron band of commerce,” announced that the full growth of North Dakota can only be reached through the development of a network of rails.  Although the railroads had barely weathered a contentious Territorial Legislature led […]

  • Bones in the Basement

    It was reported on this date in 1895 that the town of Forman had “been thrown into a fever of excitement over the finding of a number of human bones and teeth in the cellar of a vacant house…”   A man named John C. Birch and his family had last occupied the house. Six […]

  • The Grand Forks Herald

    Prohibition has a long history in North Dakota.  Liquor flowed freely in territory days, but politicians dreamed of a more civilized state.  Prohibition was first proposed at North Dakota’s Constitutional Convention in 1889.  It was a controversial issue, and it was voted on separately from the Constitution.  Voters passed it by a small margin and […]

  • The Fargo Forum

    Most of the news in the Fargo Forum of June 9, 1943 related to the war.  There were stories about the fighting and a list of local servicemen being held as prisoners of war.   A full page ad announced that American soldiers fighting in North Africa were supplied with a special non-melting butter.  The […]

  • McCulloch’s Prediction

    Hazel McCulloch was a remarkable woman.  A history instructor at Minot State Teachers College for over four decades, she was noted by her students as an intelligent, caring, and inspiring instructor.  Her unique brilliance wowed students, including the hundreds of navy cadets training at Minot State Teachers College as part of the V-12 program, a […]

  • Naturalization

    Filing for U.S. citizenship is a voluntary act. However, as it was necessary to be a citizen in order to file for land under the Homestead Act, so naturalization records became a very important part of the history of those settling the Midwest.   The first laws governing naturalization were passed by Congress in 1790, […]

  • Oil in Dakota?

    On this date in 1889, the Constitutional Convention in Bismarck was a month away, and the economy for the new state of North Dakota appeared healthy.  The spring had been cold and dry and there was some concern as to the future of the crops, especially wheat.  The coffers would need to be full as […]

  • Teddy Bear Craze in Grand Forks

    Who could ever resist loving Teddy Bears? Who could resist the story of Teddy Bears, tugging on your heartstrings? Apparently, very few would ever WANT to resist the irresistible. We commemorate Teddy Bears today, because on this date in 1911, a newspaper story in the Grand Forks Herald made mention of a piano recital, and […]

  • Alexander Hughes

    In 1883, the Dakota Territory Assembly voted to relocate the territorial capital from Yankton. They created a special commission with instructions to “select a suitable site for the seat of government of the Territory of Dakota, due regard being had to its accessibility from all portions of the Territory…”   After visiting many aspiring towns […]

  • Prohibition Strategy

    After a pre-election meeting in Grand Forks, prohibitionists decided to hold a meeting in Jamestown on this date in 1889 to plan their strategy.  They had been somewhat successful in the election of members of their party to the Constitutional Convention, particularly in the eastern counties, however, almost all of the twenty-five districts had proposed […]

  • 1934 Drought Telegram

    The Great Depression of the 1930s brought disastrous droughts to North Dakota.  In 1934 the state was suffering its sixth year in a row with below average precipitation.  The U.S. Weather Bureau called the drought the “worst on record.”  1934 saw 9.5 inches moisture, almost 8 inches below average. Because the drought had been going […]

  • Jack Williams, the Human Fly

    Novelties always seem to sell well, a fact as true today as it was in the distant past. One of the odd novelties from about one hundred years ago was a fellow named Jack Williams, who called himself the “Human Fly.” On this date, in 1921, the Grand Forks Herald reported that Williams had successfully […]

  • Governor William Jayne

    Following the creation of Dakota Territory in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed his personal physician and political friend William A. Jayne as the first Territorial Governor.  He was inaugurated on this day, May 27, 1861.  Ten months later, Governor Jayne delivered his first annual address to the Dakota Territorial Legislature in Yankton.   “Gentleman of […]