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  • 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 […]

  • Halvah

    http://www.prairiepublic.org/media/dakotadatebook/2008/Dec/08.mp3 In 700 B.C., sesame was the official currency in Greece. The first recorded sesame recipe was written in Latin, for a delicious and tasty dinner of “Roasted Flamingo.” But for most in the German Triangle area in North Dakota, the memories of sesame were in the form of-Halvah. Halvah, which in the Turkish language […]

  • First Dakota Cavalry

    As the Civil War escalated throughout 1861, frontier posts lost many of their regular army troops. To make up for these losses and secure a US presence in the west, President Lincoln’s War Department authorized Dakota Territory to raise two companies of US volunteer cavalry. On this date in 1861, Governor William Jayne signed a […]

  • Lincoln’s Pardons

    Two months of fighting in the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 ended with hundreds dead and over one thousand Native American prisoners. After a series of hastily conducted military trials, General John Pope notified President Lincoln that over three hundred Dakota prisoners had been sentenced to death. Assuming the President would have no objections, Pope was […]

  • Duncan Graham

    In the early days of the U.S., there were people who fought heroically for King George, yet turned up later as a champion for the Stars and Stripes. Duncan Graham was one such person. James Alexander Duncan Graham was born to aristocratic parents in the Highlands of Scotland in 1772. At the age of 20 […]

  • Mayville State University’s Beginning

    It was this week in 1890 that Mayville State University first began classes as the Mayville Normal School with seventeen students and four teachers on the second floor of the city’s firehouse. Although Mayville State University first opened its doors in December of 1890, its history is intertwined with the State’s founding a year earlier. […]

  • Santa’s Girls

    Thanksgiving is behind us and we turn our attention to Christmas, the magical time of year, a time of ribbons and reindeer and all the glitter and cheer that makes it so special. Of course, this is all in preparation for Christmas Eve, when little hoofs will clatter on the rooftops and Santa Claus will […]

  • Post Routes

    Now that Thanksgiving has passed, for those of us who aren’t early birds or late ducks, it’s time to get the Christmas cards sent out. You know the drill. Some people hate it, some people love it, but we just can’t stop the tradition. So sit on down, write out those cards, slap on a […]

  • The Great Seal

    After the creation of Dakota Territory in 1861, the new territory had to be organized … and it turned out to be a rough and tumble process. The newly elected territorial legislature had to tackle a wide variety of issues including a code of civil procedures, ferry charters and future election dates. As legislators debated, […]

  • Pork-Barrel Funding and the Garrison Dam

    °Joe the Plumber° and the °Bridge to Nowhere°—they’re two of the new clichés we heard throughout this election year. Political clichés are nothing new, but you might be surprised to find out the Garrison Dam was once considered a pork-barrel project like that Bridge to Nowhere. In fact, the dam and other water projects were […]

  • 1882 Fire

    On a crisp November morning in Mandan, Mack and Drury’s was up in flames. In minutes, the fire devoured this local eatery, with Mack barely escaping with his life. There was no calling 9-1-1, for this was 1882 in Dakota Territory. However, emergency services were alerted. Mandan had no fire engine, but Mandan’s superintendent telegraphed […]