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  • How Limpy Jack’s Limp Got Worse

    Limpy Jack Clayton was in a world of hurt on this date in 1879. If you remember, he was a cowboy, gambler, stagecoach driver, Sunday School teacher, and whiskey salesman at his dirt ranch on Stoney Creek, about 23 miles north of Jamestown. Clayton got his nickname by double-crossing a friend; at the time Clayton […]

  • Martin Iron Bull

    Martin Iron Bull was born in 1875 and grew up at Cannon Ball on the Standing Rock reservation. Martin and his brother, Four Swords, were trained from a young age to be medicine men in the tradition of their father and grandfather. A WPA worker interviewed him in the 1930s. “My grandfather, Boat Lip, died […]

  • Mrs. Corporal Noonan

    Truth is stranger than fiction, as confirmed in today’s story, which appeared in the Bismarck Tribune on this date in 1878. “Not long ago,” the story read, a trance medium arrived in Bismarck, and the coterie of spiritualists of the city have been quietly conversing with the spirits of the departed, through the gifted medium, […]

  • Filicide in Adams

    Today’s story is a sad one involving multiple filicide – the killing of a child by his or her parent. Filicide is usually committed by fathers, who are reported to most often target sons under the age of ten. But men do not have a monopoly on this crime. In recent history, two high-profile filicides […]

  • The Gummer Affair

    At about 6:30 on the morning of June 7th, 1921, William Gummer, a 22-year-old clerk at Fargo’s Prescott Hotel, told his boss, “Something’s wrong in room 30.” Marie Wick, a pretty 18-year-old brunette from northern MN was brutally assaulted and killed in that room sometime during the night. Grey hairs were found clutched in her […]

  • Hope’s Midnight Raid

    Cooperstown and Hope were once in the same county – Griggs – which was established by the Territorial Legislature in 1881. But that wasn’t to last. Mr. Edward Steele founded the town of Hope on the east side of the Sheyenne River and named it after his wife. Governor Nehemiah Ordway declared Hope the county […]

  • First Day of Kwanzaa

    Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, which is observed from December 26th through January 1st. Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga developed this unique African-American celebration in 1966 following the Los Angeles Watts riots. Kwanzaa is meant to gather and celebrate African peoples of all nations. It isn’t tied to any religion but is nevertheless observed […]

  • Ringing the Bells

    In 1974, Walsh County resident Kenneth Johnson began a tradition of ringing Trinity Lutheran’s bells each Christmas. The 114-year-old prairie church had closed its doors in 1953, but the congregation continues to take good care of the building. Johnson’s tradition started because of Nelly Almen, a local who had moved to California. In 1974, she […]

  • Dr. Grassi…Santa Claus

    James Grassick started his career as a physician in Buxton in 1885. Among his many interests were Indian lore and archaeology – you might remember that he once owned the Highgate mastodon that now resides in the ND Heritage Center in Bismarck. He also enjoyed writing, and each year, he put together handsome booklets for […]

  • A Man and His Horse

    Some Christmases take on a completely different meaning than others. It was like that a year ago today outside a Mandan hospital. Jim Tescher, one of the state’s greatest rodeo champs, was from Sentinel Butte, the middle child of 15 kids. He grew up during the depression, began his rodeo career at age 16 and […]

  • Christmas Creatures

    Vernon Huseby grew up five miles southwest of Nome during the Great Depression. His parents, Ole and Nora, were born in Norway, and Vernon described his Ransom County neighbors as “predominantly Scandinavian, with a little American mixed in.” Blod klub was one of the Huseby family’s Christmas goodies. It was a mixture of flour, oatmeal, […]

  • Black Hand

    On December 8, 1913, a Fargo Forum story read, “The secrets of the terrible (Camorrista) clan, the black hand of Italy whose power is feared in every corner of the globe, may be bared at Bismarck…when Francesco Coccimigilio faces trial for the murder of Antoine Rigori.” Actually, the reporter had his Italian groups mixed up. […]

  • Loren Torkelson, POW

    First Lieutenant Loren Harvey Torkelson was from Crosby and was a month shy of his 26th birthday when his plane was shot down over North Vietnam. He was in his second tour of duty as an Air Force F4 Phantom pilot with the 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron when it happened. It wasn’t until this day […]

  • Hanukkah in Devils Lake

    Today is the first day of Hanukkah, a holiday celebrated by a substantial number of Jewish homesteaders near Devils Lake in the early 1900s. Rachel Calof later wrote in her autobiography: “Our home became the center for all the Jewish holiday celebrations. Jewish farmers came from far and near…some traveling for days by horse and […]

  • Summer in Winter

    In 1913, North Dakota experienced a strange December, weather-wise. On this date, it was reported that the record for the Missouri River freezing over had been broken (as far as recent written history went). The latest date previously recorded for freeze-over was December 10th, 1899. Now, here on the 19th, the river was still running […]

  • Bachelor of Ugliness Campaign

    In December 1913, the Fargo Forum reported, “What promises to be the greatest social affair of the year at the YMCA is the mammoth Bachelor of Ugliness contest to be conducted on New Years day. Already the members are…putting forth every effort to have the greatest laughing feast of the season…The dormitory men, gymnasium men, […]

  • Kelley’s Firsts

    Arthur Wellesley Kelley was born in New Brunswick on this date in 1832. Forty years and one week later, he became the first postmaster of Jamestown, of which he was the first settler. And the first merchant. And owner of the first general store. Kelley’s first view of what would become Jamestown was on May […]

  • Murder and Lynching

    It was about four o’clock in the morning, on this date in 1913, that about 60 men smashed in the doors of the Williston jail, overpowered the sheriff and dragged Cleve Culbertson from his cell. It had begun two months earlier, on October 20th. A man calling himself Maurice (not Cleve) Culbertson showed up in […]

  • Death of a Nurse

    On this date in 1944, residents of Grafton and Mountain were rocked by the news that a young nurse was found dead in the back seat of a parked car. Sigrum Grimson was 22-years old and had grown up in Mountain, in Pembina County. She had last been seen two days earlier at 2 p.m. […]

  • Nye Fortells the Future

    On this date in 1944, Senator Gerald Nye made news by marrying Arda Marguerite Johnson in Iowa Falls; it had been less than a year since Nye’s first wife had divorced him. Nye was a Cooperstown newspaper editor when he began his 20-year U.S. Senate career in 1925. He was 33 and a Republican who […]