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  • The Greek Thompsons

    Today’s story is about some folks who lived in Selz, Martha and Harry Thompson. Martha was German Russian and Harry was a Greek immigrant. Harry’s real last name was T-s-o-u-t-i-a-s – choo’-chus – but people couldn’t pronounce it. Since he worked for the railroad, people called them the “choo-choo family.” Finally, Harry just changed it […]

  • Leeland Engelhorn, POW

    Leeland Thomas Engelhorn died two years ago on this date. That he died at the age of 80 was a testament to his will to survive; when he was liberated from the Nazis, he weighed 95 pounds. Engelhorn was born September 19th, 1922, at Church’s Ferry, where his father worked in bank. When World War […]

  • Bill Hamann, Stockman

    William “Bill” Hamann was a mover and shaker in the western North Dakota cattle industry. He was born near Richardton in March 1904 and began working with livestock in the late 1920s. Along with his associates, he established the Western Livestock Company in Dickinson; that was in 1948 – it grew to become the largest […]

  • USS Robalo

    On this day in 1944, a 1525-ton Gato-class submarine was destroyed, but nobody knew what happened until a week later. The sub was named for the robalo – a warm-water sport fish that resembles a large pike. The USS Robalo had been in commission approximately a year at the time of her loss. The state-of-the-art […]

  • Wahpeton Lynching

    Mollie Korbel was shot to death at 7:30 p.m. on this date in 1888 – killed while washing dishes in the home of the Richland County’s Sheriff Miller. County sheriffs lived pretty good lives back then, and the 260-pound Miller was no exception. He and his family were able to afford servants and other workers. […]

  • Bernt Wills, Geographer

    Bernt Lloyd Wills was born on this date in 1909 in Drake, ND. After graduating from high school in Casselton, he started teaching, got his bachelors’ degree from Valley City State, his masters Montana State and his doctorate from Northwestern University. He served in the Navy during World War II and taught at UND, where […]

  • The Sow Couldn’t Swim

    Mr. Ardell Slattum was named Ransom County Man of the Year in 1987. He had a way with animals and had trained dogs and several trick ponies over the years. One summer, however, he learned he didn’t know a whole lot about pigs. “We had a big sow,” he wrote, “…and she took to following […]

  • Presentation Sisters

    In January 2003, The London Tablet published an article entitled: Nun Heads Popularity Stakes. The story read: “The ‘greatest Irish person of all time’ is the founder of an order of nuns, according to an Irish newspaper poll. (Sister) Nano Nagle beat two former presidents of Ireland…and the literary giants W.B. Yeats and James Joyce…” […]

  • Minot Explosion

    A violent explosion rocked Minot on this day in 1947. People were thrown to the ground as far as two blocks away, and windows were shattered throughout a four-block radius. The explosion occurred shortly before noon at the Westland Oil Company service station and bulk plant. It started with an undetermined detonation of gasoline holding […]

  • Largest Still West of Chicago

    Five prohibition agents raided the ‘largest still west of Chicago’ on this date in 1932. It was on a farm five miles north of Jamestown. Special agents had suspected a still in the Jamestown vicinity since the first of July, when a truckload of corn sugar, the main ingredient of homemade moonshine, was tracked from […]

  • World’s Largest Quilt

    Leona Tennyson, of Antler, died in July 1996. She had been instrumental in creating the world’s largest quilt – spread out it would cover more than one-third acre. The quilt was constructed for North Dakota’s Centennial, held in 1989. “We want the citizens to take part in doing this,” Leona told the Minot Daily News […]

  • Professor Schickele

    In March we brought you the story of how the Fargo Civic Opera got its start. That segment ended with the following paragraph: “By 1951, the symphony had grown to 64 members: 29 college students, 16 teenagers, 9 music teachers, 5 housewives, 3 office workers, and 2 professional musicians. The youngest member was 14 year-old […]

  • USO, Unidentified Sailing Object

    On this date in 1893, J. Morley Wyard reported two strange sightings while crossing Devils Lake on the Minnie H, a small steamer bound for Ft. Totten. The Park River Gazette Witness reported that 12 miles away, Wyard clearly saw the hull of a giant ship – the size of which didn’t exist on Devil’s […]

  • Animals to the Pound

    Folks in Lakota appear to have had an animal problem in the spring and summer of 1902. On April 18th, the Lakota Herald reported: “Some rascal shot P. Jorgenson’s dog, Bruiser, Wednesday eve. Bruiser, contrary to name, never did anyone any harm, and why, except from pure deviltry anyone would shoot him remains a mystery. […]

  • Poker Alice

    Among the more notorious women of western Dakota Territory were Mustache Maude and Calamity Jane. Another was Alice Ivers – or Poker Alice – who was born in 1853. Alice was born and educated in England and then moved with her family to Colorado. There, she eventually married her first love, a mining engineer named […]

  • Late Great Glidden Tour

    When the automobile was first presented to the public, it took some time for it to catch on. Roads were virtually tracks worn in the dirt, and there were no maps of roads used by wagons. Automobiles were unreliable for going more than short distances, and motoring laws pretty much reflected public opinion that automobiles […]

  • Charles C. Talbott

    The 1930s were very hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became more and more frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 […]

  • Fanny Kelly, Prisoner

    On May 17th, 1864, a party of six people began journeying from southeastern Kansas to the promising gold fields of Idaho. Among them was a young bachelor, named Gardner Wakefield, and the Kelly family, which included Josiah, his wife, Fanny, and Fanny’s young niece, Mary, who the couple had adopted. Also with them were two […]

  • Clement Lounsberry

    Clement A. Lounsberry was born in 1843 in DeKalb County, Indiana. Like many people who gained notable success as adults, Lounsberry overcame great hardships during his youth, including being orphaned. Lounsberry was working as a farm laborer when the Civil War broke out, and he soon enlisted with the First Michigan Volunteers. He was wounded […]

  • White Cloud’s Birthday

    White Cloud was born on the Shirek Buffalo Farm near Michigan, ND, 9 years ago today. She’s an extremely rare albino that now lives with a herd of about 30 bison outside the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown. White Cloud had her first calf in 2000. She was named Princess Winona, which means “first-born daughter” […]