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  • Contractor and Electrical Union

    In 1932 the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, #714 was established in North Dakota. Other unions had existed in the state for many years, even a Horseshoer’s Union, but efforts to unionize the building trades had met with limited success. In the 1930s, the construction of public buildings during the Depression, and also the rapid […]

  • Valentine’s Day

    On this date in 1939, a bit of the red, white and pink holiday spirit lingered as the paper reported on a special Valentine’s Day break the North Dakota House of Representatives took to celebrate the women in that parliament. The men sent baskets of “gay spring cut flowers” to Miss Brynhild Haugland and Mrs. […]

  • Lincoln, North Dakota

    After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his name became popular for counties, towns, schools and streets.  Perhaps too popular.  Over the course of the 20th century, several towns in North Dakota have claimed the President’s name. Morton’s county seat claimed the first Lincoln name in northern Dakota in 1878.  But within months, officials changed the […]

  • Lincoln’s Address

    If you tune in regularly to Dakota Datebook, you’ve likely heard of Smith Stimmel.  Starting his career as a personal bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln, he later moved to Fargo where he practiced law and served as president of the Dakota Territorial Council. Smith Stimmel lived out the remainder of his life in North Dakota, […]

  • Lincoln’s Birthday

    Dr. William Jayne owed much of his political success to President Abraham Lincoln. Jayne was certainly well-connected with the ambitious lawyer.  William was Abraham’s personal physician and long-time political supporter.  His sister, Julia, was a close friend of Mary Todd; she even stood as a bridesmaid in the Todd-Lincoln wedding.  After winning the presidency, Lincoln […]

  • Jean Baptiste Charbonneau

    “About five o’clock this evening one of the wives of Charbonneau was delivered of a fine boy.  It is worthy of remark that this was the first child which this woman had boarn and is common in such cases, her labour was tedious.” This simple journal entry made by Meriwether Lewis at Fort Mandan on […]

  • Gravity

    Gravity does not often cause worry or apprehension. It reliably will be a part of the daily walk to our frozen vehicles, which in turn will remain on the ground until our various destinations are met. Yet, the apple hit Newton’s head, and gravity was born within the minds of men.   It is an integral, […]

  • Bjug Harstad and the Lutheran Academy

    While he may not be often remembered today, Bjug (Bee-you-g) Harstad was one of North Dakota’s most prolific church and school planters of the 19th century.  Born in Setesdal, Norway in December of 1848, Harstad moved with his family to Seneca, Illinois in 1861.  From an early age Harstad felt a deep calling to bring […]

  • Jacob Allmaras, KIA/MIA

    In April of 1951, North Dakota newspapers reported Corporal Edward Lovejoy, of Williston, had been killed in action in Korea, and Sergeant First Class Willas Teske, of Hazen, had been seriously wounded. A third man, Private First Class Jacob Allmaras, of New Rockford, had also been wounded in action.  Allmaras was a rifleman in Company […]

  • The Natural Gas Problem

    “North Dakota oil fever” was growing in 1939, with three new oil rigs slated to be built in Morton and Slope Counties that summer. One New York prospector warned a reporter, however, that major oil companies might shy away from extensive drilling in North Dakota.  The problem?  How to dispose of any natural gas they […]

  • North Dakota Storm

    OK—stop me if you’ve heard this one: When it’s 60 above zero:  Floridians turn on the heat. North Dakotans plant gardens. 50 above:  Californians shiver uncontrollably. People are sunbathing in North Dakota. 40 above:  Imported cars won’t start. People in North Dakota drive with the sunroof open. 32 above:  Distilled water freezes. The water in […]

  • Territory of Lincoln

    Welcome to the home of Medora, Fort Abraham Lincoln and Bonanzaville; that’s right, its all here in the great state of…Lincoln!?  Well almost.  Naming the northern half of Dakota Territory ‘North Dakota’ seems an obvious choice today.  But that wasn’t always the case. Territorial and national figures long debated the division and future statehood of […]

  • Long Way to North Dakota

    In 1912, Englishman Jack Judge became famous when his song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” flew from the Grand Theatre in Stalybridge, Cheshire, England, where he performed it, to the trenches of the first world war. It was adopted by the soldiers of Great Britain as their battle song and was heard across the […]

  • Pulver Mounds

    It was this date in 1989 that the Falkirk Mining Company donated a bit of land high on a bluff overlooking a small lake in McLean County to the state of North Dakota.  At first glance there isn’t anything special about the place.  Absent a nice view, it seems just like any other part of […]

  • Toonerville Trolley

    Back in the 1920s, a Bismarck trolley car was named after a popular newspaper cartoon that was in syndication between 1908 and 1955.  The cartoon was called variously Toonerville Folks or Toonerville Trolley. Toonerville was the name of a city area we would now call the suburbs.  A central theme to the gag was a […]

  • Hazen’s Request

    Like any good officer, Colonel Hazen was concerned about the well-being of his men living on the Dakota prairie. Troubled by the lack of regular religious services at Fort Buford, Hazen petitioned Washington for a post chaplain on this date in 1874. But he was not interested in just any chaplain. He had no time […]

  • Mistake

    Did you know that, at one time in the past anyway, if you left a string of bad checks across the state, then high-tailed it into Minnesota, you couldn’t be extradited for your offense? Well, not too many people did, luckily enough. The problem was an inaccurately worded law that dates back to 1877, when […]

  • Two Stories from 1915

    Two stories from this date, in 1915, depicted conditions in Chicago due to rampant unemployment. The first described some 1500 unemployed civilians who protested, led by activist Lucy Parsons with a black banner that said, simply, “Hunger.” Plain-clothes policemen attacked the protesters, using blackjacks and clubs, and a riot ensued. Among 27 arrested was a […]

  • Jonny Lang

    On this day in 1981, Jon Gordon Langseth Jr. was born in Fargo. Growing up as a child Fargo, you might expect young Jon to become a Bison football fan, or a fan of winter sports. But Jon wasn’t like other boys his age. He had a special determination and drive. One evening, Jon’s father […]

  • Wanted: Helpmate

    In 1908, the North Dakota we know and love today was different. There were no cars, no phones, no computers. There were lanterns and letters home. There was hard work. Sometimes, there was just a claim, a farm, and a man. And so , there was also loneliness on the vast, open prairie, so far […]