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  • Zoo Troubles

    The Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot began in 1920 and among it early inhabitants were two ring-tailed monkeys. The two monkeys were named Adam and Eve, and it was only natural that their first born be named Abel. But on this date in 1926, it was announced that baby Able, the first monkey born at […]

  • Old Settlers’ Organizations

    For the earliest white inhabitants of Dakota Territory, the hardships of frontier living created a unique bond. As the years progressed, and more residents arrived, these first settlers increasingly felt a need to maintain contact with one another, preserve their story or simply differentiate themselves from the new arrivals. The Dakota Territorial Legislature organized the […]

  • Santa Surprise

    Well, it’s the day after Christmas. The presents have all been delivered, the big man himself is home at the North Pole, and Santa suits worn by ‘helpers’ across the country are being returned to their boxes and rental shops, until next year. But on this date in 1913, there was one Santa suit that […]

  • Fargo’s Christmas Grinch

    In the first Christmas Datebook written five years ago, Merry Helm related the story on how Fargo’s first Christmas Tree had been stolen from a boxcar on the sidetrack in front of the Headquarters Hotel. The Grinch-like suspects in this despicable deed were none other than Jack O’Neil, Sallie O’Neil and Dave Mullen, and they, […]

  • Sheridan County

    Philip Henry Sheridan is often remembered as one of the great Union generals of the Civil War. Yet the vast majority of his military career was spent in connection with the expanding frontier. Sheridan was named commander of the Division of the Missouri four years after the Civil War. He was now the nation’s second-ranking […]

  • The Golden Goose

    Once upon a time a farmer and his wife had a goose that laid one golden egg every day. To hasten their wealth, the farmer and his wife killed the goose to obtain all of the golden eggs at once, but there were no golden eggs inside. So, according to Aesop, to kill and butcher […]

  • Billiards

    Conman Professor Harold Hill of The Music Man warned the good people of Iowa to watch out for the dangers a pool table can wreak on youth. And if a pool table is a source of Trouble with a capital “T” in River City, then what about billiards? Well, that’s a different story, for one […]

  • War Zone Golf Balls

    For many golfers, a hole-in-one is the ultimate shot in golf, and the golf ball becomes a prized possession. To part with such a treasure would be almost unthinkable. During World War II, the production of golf balls was suspended, and so donated golf balls were being sent overseas to servicemen around the world. A […]

  • Homeward Bound

    In the fall of 1923, Mr. and Mrs. Runyon started a new life. They loaded up their 8-year-old Scotch Collie dog and drove from Oriska to Los Angeles, where they set up house. They lived there quite happily for the next two to three months. Then one day, the Runyons woke to find the dog […]

  • Devils Lake Ski Jump

    Did you ever wish that you could fly without wings? In the 1930s all you really needed was a pair of skis and the Devils Lake Ski Jump. A veteran skier from Minneapolis once got to the take-off point and shouted, “My God!” as he could scarcely believe the distance to the valley below. A […]

  • Dickinson Clay Products Company

    Shortly before the turn of the 20th century, a UND biology professor and his brother purchased an old brick plant near Dickinson and turned it into one of the state’s premier brick plants. Producing high quality fire brick and face brick, the Dickinson Fire and Pressed Brick Company employed up to 30 men, but it […]

  • What About Bob

    Bob Watson was something of a mystery citizen. No one knew him when he first moved to Mandan in 1925. He was slight—perhaps in some ways a little too thin—but cheerful. He was interesting, too—perhaps because of his experiences. He secured a job at the Nigey hotel as a clerk. Bob worked there for six […]

  • Mrs. Byron Wilde

    What do James Russell Lowell, Edward Greenleaf Whittier and Longfellow all have in common? Apart from being renowned poets, they all had the pleasure of sharing company with Wild – no, not playwright Oscar Wilde – but Wild Rose, also known as Anna Dawson, a young Boston socialite and a member of the Three Affiliated […]

  • Capitol Custodian

    North Dakota government is staffed with various public officials created by constitutional or legislative processes, and these positions are normally filled by appointment, by election or by personal application, with selection made through a supervising committee. Seldom does the Legislature create a position and actually name the individual to assume it. The Board of Administration […]

  • Mystery Guest

    In 1914, a 23-part silent serial film called “The Million Dollar Mystery” played at theaters across the country. It told a story about a secret society trying to gain a missing fortune for their own. The film was a big success in theaters, and many newspapers across the state chronicled the plot for their readers. […]

  • Corbin A. Waldron

    In 1957, Corbin A. Waldron was added to an honored list of writers when he was named North Dakota Poet Laureate by the State Legislature. Waldron served in the Student’s Army Training Corps in Fargo during WWI. After his discharge on this date in 1918, he studied law at the University of Minnesota. Graduating in […]

  • Female Jury

    Women have served in various important roles throughout history. However, it took women years of effort to obtain many of the equal opportunities we take for granted today. Even though they could own land, it wasn’t until the twentieth century that women won the right to vote. Therefore, it was the dawning of a new […]

  • Christmas House

    A home is a sacred place. Home is where your heart is, after all. And for the many immigrants of North Dakota, home is where you hang your heritage, old and new. The Hoghaug family, from Norway, began to build their new home in 1965. The house would tie together what they had built up […]

  • Fairy Tale Not True

    Did you know you can find a person just by Googling a phone number? That you can find an address without talking to anyone’s relatives? That the Internet has closely tied the world together? Well, in 1914, this wasn’t the case. People lost touch for one reason or another; people moved away, or mail got […]

  • Dakotas First Election

    After Abraham Lincoln took office, one of his first acts was to appoint territorial leaders in the newly-created Dakota Territory … most importantly, the governorship. General John Blair Smith Todd was an obvious candidate. After a long military career, Todd had played a crucial role in the creation of Dakota Territory as well as the […]