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  • Lightning Rods on Barns

    Lightning rods provide real protection against lightning strikes on houses, but it seems that modern homeowners don’t care to use them anymore.  But there was a time when most barns and farmhouses had lightning rods installed upon the rooftops – each with a sharp point reaching skyward, often with a distinctive glass ball on the [...]

  • Thomas Leach

    It was this day, April 4, 1951, that a surface geologist, Thomas Witt Leach, discovered oil on a little farm south of Tioga, and subsequently launched the oil industry in North Dakota. Thomas Leach was born in 1896 in La Crosse Wisconsin, and following service in World War I, attended the Missouri School of Mines.  [...]

  • Railroad Rates and Land Speculation

    In the last days of the legislative session a resolution was passed supporting the opening of the Sioux Reservation.   Proponents claimed it was “Manifest Destiny” that lands in the west be settled and developed.  Most of the land east of the Missouri River was coming under the plow, but the huge track of  reservation land [...]

  • Horse Manure Problems in Grand Forks

    Modern people think of spring as the season of fresh air and flowers blooming and lovely breezes wafting through budding trees after the snows of winter have fully melted away.  But those who lived in cities prior to 1910 had to consider other aromas of spring. Although numerous citizens walked or used bicycles or electric [...]

  • The qualities of a nurse

    What makes a nurse? From the historic nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale to the fictional and terrifying Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, nurses have played an important role in society. With the lives of their patients in their hands, acting as a health front line, nurses can bring out a gamut of [...]

  • German Immigrants 1929

    From the 1870s to the second decade of the 20th Century, North Dakota saw a huge immigration of settlers to occupy the free land available under the Homestead Act.  That changed after World War I when the post-war prosperity peaked and farm prices fell, leading to an-out migration of families.  Bank failures in North Dakota [...]

  • Sandstone Building Blocks in Linton, 1914

    The town of Linton was prosperous in 1914. Located sixty miles southeast of Bismarck, Linton is the county seat of Emmons County, and it’s situated smack-dab in the county’s geographic center. Linton is beautifully located at the confluence of Beaver Creek and Spring Creek, amidst gently undulating prairies and protective high buttes, the adjacent lands [...]

  • Lost at Sea

    It was a calm, clear evening in the middle of the north Atlantic on this date in 1912.  The drop in temperature signaled an approaching region of ice, but danger was far from anyone’s mind.  But suddenly lookouts noticed the black spot of an iceberg.  With orders to turn, the ship slowly veered left.  But [...]

  • Election Proclamation

    On this date in 1889, as stipulated in the Omnibus Bill, Governor A. C Mellette issued a proclamation that an election shall take place on May 14th for the selection of delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  The convention was to convene in Bismarck on July 4th.  According to the Omnibus Bill, the northern and southern [...]

  • Wheat in 1918 to Help Win World War I

    During World War I, Herbert Hoover, the U.S. Food Administrator, “ordered greater production of all farm products . . . particularly of wheat,” because the nation’s soldiers and allies needed bread to sustain them. President Woodrow Wilson told farmers to “Raise wheat.” North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier asked farmers to “plant every acre possible to [...]

  • Dr. John E. Engstad

    X-rays were so named because this radiant energy was of unknown origin.  The “X” in “X-ray” was a scientific symbol for “the unknown.” Discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895, X-rays were immediately put into practical medical use the following year. The new technology came to Grand Forks in 1896, when Dr. John E. Engstad secured [...]

  • The Ping Pong Craze Arrived in Grand Forks, 1902

    Ping-pong sounds like the game itself. The small celluloid ball “pings” from the paddle and “pongs” off the table. Ping-pong, also called table tennis, started as a ripple in England and reached America in a frenzied wave in 1902, a game everyone just had to have.    The craze came just after the bicycle vogue [...]

  • Joseph Gilbert Totten

    As a popular tourist destination, most North Dakotans are familiar with Fort Totten.  Located near Devils Lake, the frontier military post was built to protect American interests in the region.  It was briefly commanded by Major Marcus A. Reno, visited by General Sherman, and later turned into a school.  But what may be less familiar [...]

  • A Shrine in New England

    Before 1910, New England’s Catholic settlers were served by Father John Dignan of Dickinson and missionary Abbot Vincent Wehrle, who would occasionally travel to the area. Father Regensberger, the first resident priest, also established a frame church, and preached in German and English both, to satisfy the needs of his congregants.   Eventually, Father Jospeh [...]

  • Dr. Tronnes and Dr. Sand

    On this date in 1953, residents of Fargo prepared for the end of a medical era as two doctors who had established the Fargo clinic prepared to retire. Dr. Olaf Sand and Dr. Nils Tronnes, both of Norway, came together by chance. They both studied separately at Oslo University in Norway before travelling to the [...]

  • Immigration Threatened

    In 1889, spring promised another wave of homesteaders, but it had been a dry winter, and a lack of spring rain brought the threat of prairie fires. The fires began in the southern part of the territory – huge conflagrations that burned everything in their paths including hay fields, farms and entire communities. Devastated counties [...]

  • Harry and Rosamond O’Brien

    Harry O’Brien and his wife Rosamond Thoe were born and raised in Devils Lake, the children of early North Dakota settlers. Harry attended the Agricultural College in Fargo until World War I intervened. He served with the American Expeditionary Force in France for about two years. Afterward, in the early 1920s, Harry and Rosamond married. [...]

  • Centennial States

    In 1889, following the Governor’s Proclamation providing for the election of delegates to the Constitutional Convention, the political air was heating up across northern Dakota Territory.  Although there were pleas from all across the territory to refrain from party politics and encourage voters to select those best suited to frame the constitution, political caucuses were [...]

  • Last Roundup

    On this day in 1954, cowboys from across the region were preparing themselves to participate in one last roundup of wild horses near Medora.  The event was determined to possibly be the nation’s last major horse roundup. The roundup was to start the next day, and would last for a total of three days.  During [...]

  • Freedom Train

    In the late 1940s, an unusual public service campaign was initiated in the form of a train. The Freedom Train was red, white, and blue, and it carried an exhibit of more than one hundred historic documents and items, including the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. The US Attorney General said project had [...]