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  • Poker Alice

    Among the more notorious women of western Dakota Territory were Mustache Maude and Calamity Jane. Another was Alice Ivers – or Poker Alice – who was born in 1853. Alice was born and educated in England and then moved with her family to Colorado. There, she eventually married her first love, a mining engineer named […]

  • Late Great Glidden Tour

    When the automobile was first presented to the public, it took some time for it to catch on. Roads were virtually tracks worn in the dirt, and there were no maps of roads used by wagons. Automobiles were unreliable for going more than short distances, and motoring laws pretty much reflected public opinion that automobiles […]

  • Charles C. Talbott

    The 1930s were very hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became more and more frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 […]

  • Fanny Kelly, Prisoner

    On May 17th, 1864, a party of six people began journeying from southeastern Kansas to the promising gold fields of Idaho. Among them was a young bachelor, named Gardner Wakefield, and the Kelly family, which included Josiah, his wife, Fanny, and Fanny’s young niece, Mary, who the couple had adopted. Also with them were two […]

  • Clement Lounsberry

    Clement A. Lounsberry was born in 1843 in DeKalb County, Indiana. Like many people who gained notable success as adults, Lounsberry overcame great hardships during his youth, including being orphaned. Lounsberry was working as a farm laborer when the Civil War broke out, and he soon enlisted with the First Michigan Volunteers. He was wounded […]

  • White Cloud’s Birthday

    White Cloud was born on the Shirek Buffalo Farm near Michigan, ND, 9 years ago today. She’s an extremely rare albino that now lives with a herd of about 30 bison outside the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown. White Cloud had her first calf in 2000. She was named Princess Winona, which means “first-born daughter” […]

  • More on Eric Sevareid

    It’s been exactly 13 years since Velva native Eric Sevareid died. He was a highly regarded news analyst who worked for CBS News from 1939 to 1977. Sevareid started out wanting only to write, to be a reporter. But Edward R. Murrow was impressed by his work. When Murrow offered him the CBS job, Sevareid […]

  • Mustache Maude

    Mustache Maude. . .with a name like that you know there have to be a few stories. And there are. She didn’t start out with that name, of course. Her real name was deceptively soft and feminine: Clara Belle Rose. She was born in July 1873 in Tracy MN. While Clara Belle loved her father, […]

  • T-Rex

    It was about this time in 1905 that H. F. Osborn revealed the discovery of the “Dynamosaurus” or “dynamic lizard.” Now known as the Tyrannosaurus, or T. rex, this nasty carnivore literally surfaced for the first time just across the border in Montana. The discovery was in what’s known as the Hell Creek Formation, which […]

  • 50 Years of Band Camp

    It was during this week in 1956 that the International High School Music Camp began, making this year their 50th anniversary! In fact, the camp has just registered its 110,000th participant. As you may recall from a previous Datebook on Dr. Merton Utgaard, the camp’s founder, the camp had humble beginnings. “The first year, the […]

  • Maharaja’s Divorce

    Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar, 33 year-old prince of Indore, India, had a busy day 62 years ago today; on that day, he divorced his second wife and married another 10 hours later. The Maharaja’s first wife was accidentally killed in Paris in 1937, and overcome with depression, his health deteriorated. He withdrew from society and […]

  • Rodeo in Sanish

    When the waters of Lake Sakakawea are down, the former townsite of Sanish sometimes resurfaces. Back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, Sanish was the place to be for rodeo fans. A group of enthusiasts held a meeting at the Sanish Fire Hall in April 1947, and their brainchild – the Sanish Rodeo – […]

  • A Scotman’s Nose

    Born in Couper of Fife, Scotland, Jim Lees arrived in Jamestown on this date in 1872. Lees, like his contemporary Limpy Jack Clayton, ran a saloon. Soldiers from nearby Ft. Seward were frequent customers in Jamestown saloons. On one occasion, a short Irish soldier named Cochran picked a fight with the much larger Lees. Things […]

  • Newspaper Press

    Samuel J. Albright established the Dakota Democrat at Sioux Falls City on this day in 1859. It was the first newspaper to operate in what would soon become Dakota Territory. The printing press Albright used is believed to have come from Cincinnati in 1836, where John King bought it for printing Iowa’s first newspaper, the […]

  • Centennial Towns

    This is a big year for Centennial celebrations. Fairdale held festivities last week. A notable Fairdale citizen was Al Van Hal, editor of the Fairdale Times; he later achieved success in OR, where he published The Western Stamp Collector, a national magazine for philatelists. Towns who are celebrating their centennials this weekend include Streeter, Mercer, […]

  • Mother Henne

    Edwin Henne is celebrating his 90th birthday today at his home in Moorhead. There was a night, some 60 years ago in Manilla, when he thought he wouldn’t live until morning. Ed was serving with North Dakota’s highly regarded 164th Infantry, which gained widespread fame for action taken at Guadalcanal during World War II. In […]

  • Gladys Gibson Case

    On this date in 1935, a 12-man jury decided the fate of Gladys Gibson, a Dickinson woman on trial for murdering her husband a year and a half earlier. The case would have delighted today’s tabloid writers. Nathaniel Gibson’s job as a mail carrier brought home $200 a month; with this he supported his wife, […]

  • First Auto

    The first automobile to enter the state of North Dakota made its grand appearance on this day in 1897. The auto, a German-built Benz-Velo, appeared at Grand Forks to advertise a St. Paul firm that sold Carnation Cigars. The next day, the Grand Forks Plainsdealer reported, “A horseless carriage was one of the features observed […]

  • Doc Hubbard, Part 2

    Last Wednesday, we introduced to you Ralph “Doc” Hubbard, who for many years ran the Fur Trade Wild Life Indian Museum in Medora. Hubbard’s great-grandmother was Mohawk, and he spent his childhood on the Seneca Indian Reservation in New York, where his parents developed the famous Roycroft line of fine art and furniture. Roycroft was […]

  • Grand Forks Herald

    George E. Winship established the Grand Forks Herald on this day in 1879. The Grand Forks Plaindealer was in circulation at the time, but Winship claimed it was time for another paper, “to advertise and build up our beautiful and thrifty town, to publish and proclaim abroad the wonderful fertility and inexhaustible resources of Northern […]