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  • Four Paw Farrington

    Credit for founding the town of Hazen is linked to two different people. Alexander or “Sandy” Roberts squatted on the location in the fall of 1882 and, two years later, he filed for a post office to be named Hazen. The U.S. government granted his request, and the following year, Hazen went on the map– […]

  • Hobos, Trains and Guns

    At about this time in 1902, railroad workers in the state had been going through a tough time with hobos riding the rails. On September 22nd, the Fargo Forum reported a story under the heading, “Another Brakeman Shot.” The incident had happened the previous Saturday night aboard a Northern Pacific stock train heading east. A […]

  • Angie Dickinson

    Today is the birthday of legendary actress, Angie Dickinson. Her given name was Angeline Brown, but the name for which she is better known came from her first husband, semi-pro football player Gene Dickinson. Angie was born in Kulm, in southeast ND, where her father ran the Kulm Messenger. The family also lived in nearby […]

  • Dr. Victor Hugo Stickney

    It was on this date in 1883 that Dr. V.H. Stickney arrived in Dickinson. The newspaper reported he “arrived last Saturday from Ludlow, Vermont and has located here for the practice of medicine… He may be found at Davis and Fowler’s drugstore.” Author Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “Victor Hugo Stickney, M.D. little realized on that (September) […]

  • William Jennings Bryan

    On this date in 1916, William Jennings Bryan spoke to more than 3,000 people gathered at the Grand Forks city auditorium. He was in the state to support the Democratic ticket, and it was his ninth speech in the state that day. Sixteen years earlier, Bryan spoke before a crowd of 5,000 people in the […]

  • Ultimate Archivist

    Today would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. Robert Henry Bahmer, who died in 1990. Dr. Bahmer was the United States Archivist from 1966 to 1969, and he also directed the Presidential Libraries of Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1970, Bahmer’s accomplishment earned him North Dakota’s highest honor, […]

  • Maah Daah Hey Trail

    North Dakota has the largest continuous single-track trail in the country. The Maah-Daah-Hey Trail is a rugged 100-mile mountain bike trail that stretches from a Forest Service campground 20 miles south of Watford City, which extends south to Sully Creek State Park south of Medora. The trail, which is also used by hikers and horseback […]

  • Jamestown’s First Private School

    The first private school in Jamestown was started in 1879 by a newcomer, J.J. Nierling. He arrived in town in the middle of the winter and rented a room for his school in a building that later became a fire hall. Nierling “canvassed the neighborhood for scholars,” offering classes in bookkeeping, reading, spelling, geography and […]

  • JFK and Oswald in ND

    Tomorrow is the 41st anniversary of President John Kennedy receiving an honorary degree from UND in Grand Forks. He was on a 5-day Soil Conservation Tour at the time. In Dick Russell’s book, The Man Who Knew Too Much, there are references to Richard Case Nagell, a war vet who later admitted being a double […]

  • Stefan Popiel…Chess Master

    Stefan Popiel was born in 1907 and grew up in the city of Lviv in former eastern Poland. In 1931, he earned a masters degree in French and Latin language and literature from the University in Lviv. He also acted Archbishop Andrew Sheptitsky’s personal secretary until 1944. Stefan was the nephew of an early master, […]

  • A Fight To The Death

    It was at 2 o’clock in the morning, on this date in 1888, that a crowd of cowboys, gamblers and drifters crammed into Frank Church’s horse barn in Grand Forks. They were there to watch prizefighter George Fulljames go up against an undisclosed opponent in a fight to the finish. Fulljames presumably needed the money […]

  • Christian Science

    North Dakota’s first Christian Science Church was dedicated in Grand Forks on this date in 1905. The newly found religion of Christian Science had come about through the efforts of Mary Baker Eddy. She was born in New Hampshire in 1821 and was plagued by illness throughout most of her life. Her parents took her […]

  • Double Murder

    Today we bring a story about two murders that happened on this date in 1920 – both by the same man. The crime took place two miles from Armourdale, a tiny village that no longer exists. The Turtle Mountain Star reported the story as follows: “Between one and two o’clock Monday afternoon, a report reached […]

  • Beer on the Military Frontier

    Soldiers stationed on the military frontier brought with them a taste for malt beverages like beer and ale. This was sometimes satisfied by ale imported from England, Scotland, or Ireland, which could be bought at the post trader’s store – if the fort was located on or near a railroad or navigable river. In the […]

  • Eureka

    About 40 miles south of Wishek is the town of Eureka, SD, population about 1,000. The first white farmers there were mainly Germans from Russia who prospered because of their specialty: dry-land farming. The town was at the farthest end of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroads, and acted as a funnel through which […]

  • Rachel Calof, Part 2

    Yesterday, we introduced Rachel Bella Kahn, a Russian Jew who came to the United States in 1895. Her move was a desperate attempt to escape the obstacles she had been facing – physical abuse, being an orphan, separation from her siblings, and being forced to work for a rich aunt who didn’t want her. At […]

  • Rosh Hashanah and Rachel Calof

    In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year,” which is why the holiday is commonly known as Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah began yesterday at sunset, so today marks the first day of the Jewish Year 5765; the holiday will end tomorrow night. Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days of the year […]

  • Yeggs Break into Two Banks

    According to the dictionary, yegg is a slang term for: a thief, especially a burglar or safecracker. It was on this day in 1923 that several quick-moving yeggs made the headlines, which read, “Safes Blown in 2 North Dakota Banks; Bandits Get $5,000 Loot – Vaults Damaged by Explosives: Currency, Silver and Liberty Bonds Taken […]

  • Two Men Hang

    Two men were executed in North Dakota on this date in 1900. Their cases were unrelated. On March 19th, James Jenkins and his son, Ira, reported they had discovered August Stark frozen to death in the Casino Coal Mine near the newly established town of Wilton north of Bismarck. The father and son were the […]

  • The Lost and Found

    Two stories of the lost being found took place on this date in 1923. Our first story takes place in McLean County in a little town called Dogden, which was founded in 1906 along the Soo Line Railroad. The village got its name from a nearby landmark, Dogden Butte, which was favored by dens of […]