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  • Old Stone Church

    “Were it not for the prairie church, the vast North Dakota landscape would stretch unbroken to the horizon. Often founded by first-generation settlers from Germany, Poland, Iceland, Russia and Scandinavia, the simple prairie church was usually the first building to go up when a town was settled – and the last to close its doors […]

  • Justice Paul Sand

    It was on this date in 1911 that Crosby was incorporated. Like many other fledgling towns, Crosby was originally in a different location, about one mile west of where it now stands. After the railroads came through, the townsite was moved to a spot about midway between the original location and a hamlet named Imperial. […]

  • W. T. Montgomery, part 2

    Yesterday, we brought you part one of the William Thornton Montgomery story. William, better known as Thornton, was born into slavery in 1843 on the Joseph Davis plantation in Mississippi; Thornton’s father was educated and was Joe Davis’s personal business manager. After the Civil War, the Montgomery men purchased the plantation, along with Brierfield, which […]

  • W. T. Montgomery, Black Bonanza Farmer

    On this date in 1890, the “Fargo Sunday Argus” published two different stories about William Thornton Montgomery and his brother, Isaiah. William’s story was a biographical sketch about his move to North Dakota. Isaiah’s story covered a lengthy speech he delivered during the Mississippi Constitutional Convention in 1890. Isaiah was the only black delegate, and […]

  • Long X Ranch

    The Long X Ranch is the largest and, possibly, the most historic cattle ranch in McKenzie County. The original ranch site was on Squaw Creek, southwest of Watford City, near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The first whites to claim the acreage were two sheepherders named Hall and Braden. This was during […]

  • Cargo Surprise

    On this weekend in 1959, Fargo merchants were hosting an Indian Summer festival in Island Park. A Rapid City visitor, Fred Ironeyes, had been drinking a bit when he spotted a truck with the keys inside. He jumped inside and headed west, made a hard right turn into a fire hydrant and then sideswiped a […]

  • Chocolate Covered Cherries

    It was on this date in1959 that the Fargo Forum published an article about chocolate covered cherries called “Mystery is Revealed.” The article read: Probably one of the most mysterious secrets of the candy industry…is the secret of how the liquid gets inside a cordial cherry. The average person’s imagination has run the gamut of […]

  • Home on the Range for Boys

    It was on this date in 1959 that a Catholic priest named Elwood Cassedy died in Beach, ND, at the age of 51. He was the founder of the Home on the Range for Boys near Sentinel Butte. Cassedy was born in Jersey City, NJ, on April 9th, 1908. After graduating from St. Patrick’s Grammar […]

  • Mujeres Unidas Quinceanera

    The grassroots organization, Mujeres Unidas (that’s Spanish for Women United)is celebrating its 15th birthday this week. In a Hispanic woman’s life, her 15th birthday is her most important; it’s the day she joins the community as a full adult member. In Spanish, this celebration is known as Quinceanera (keen-say-ahn-yar’-uh) – a tradition that dates back […]

  • Elwyn Robinson, historian

    Today is the birthday of historian Elwyn Robinson; many Dakota Datebook segments have been helped along because of his exceptional research. Robinson was the son of a photographer and was born near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1905. Elwyn displayed many interests as a child, including tennis, handball, marksmanship, football and the game of chess. He graduated […]

  • Jack Pendleton, War Hero

    It was on this date in 1944 that Army Staff Sergeant Jack Pendleton became a hero. It was also the last day of his life. It happened during the final offensive against Germany during World War II. Pendleton was in Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, which entered the war on Normandy Beach on […]

  • U.S.S. Wahoo

    Many consider the USS WAHOO the most famous American submarine of World War II. Her third patrol, off the coast of New Guinea, turned the tide of the Pacific submarine war. The captain of the WAHOO was the aggressive, gutsy “Mush” Morton. During his sixth patrol in the Sea of Japan, WAHOO’S torpedoes failed in […]

  • Killdear Volcano

    UND’s Volcano World is said to be one of the best source of volcano information on the Web. No volcanoes are listed under North Dakota, but many layers of volcanic ash accumulated across the state during the formation of the Rocky Mountains. Back in 1906, reports came from the Killdeer Mountains saying that some kind […]

  • Charlie and the Iowa Farmers

    It’s time to check in on Charlie Colgrove, a Dickinson cowboy who wasn’t afraid to talk. Charlie and his brother, Bill, started the Lime Kiln Ranch in 1882, “just off in those big hills northeast of Lefor.” A few years later, they started another one on Thirty-Mile Creek. “Holy God! The grass was good,” he […]

  • Caffeine and Fur Coats

    In October 1913, the following ad was in the local papers: Wanted! Perfectly healthy men and women who will voluntarily submit to an experiment which may lead to temporary or permanent impairment of health, or possible death. This experiment to be conducted with the coffee drug, “caffeine.” Following that, in bold letters, it read: Would […]

  • Edward Thompson Life/Smithsonian

    It was eight years ago today that a journalism legend died in New York. He was Edward K. Thompson, who was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1968. Thompson was born in 1907 and grew up in St. Thomas, ND, where his father had a dry goods store and, later, a banking business. […]

  • Invasion of Canada, Part 2

    Yesterday we told you about the Irishmen – or Fenians – who wanted to invade Canada by way of the United States. The Fenains’ goal was to hold Canada hostage until England granted Ireland its freedom. The movement was, in fact, the birth of the Irish Republican Army – or IRA. The first Canadian raid […]

  • Invasion of Canada

    Many people believe that America and Canada have always been at peace with each other, but that’s not actually true. On this date in 1871, U.S. citizens invaded Canada by way of Pembina in what became known as the Fenian Invasion. The Fenians were essentially an association of Irishmen and sympathizers who wanted Great Britain […]

  • Bicycles and Bloomers

    In 1895, the New York Tribune reported the bicycle was “of more importance to mankind than all the victories and defeats of Napoleon, with the First and Second Punic Wars…thrown in.” A hundred years later, the Minnesota Historical Society published an article by Bemidji professor Ron Spreng titled: The 1890s Bicycling Craze in the Red […]

  • Drayton Sugar Beets

    The American Crystal Sugar Company began operating North Dakota’s first refinery – located near Drayton – on this date in 1965. Farmers in the Red River Valley experimented with sugar beets as far back as the 1870s, but without a processing plant nearby, beets proved a poor venture. Valley farmers gave sugar beets another try […]