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  • Train Robbery

    In July of 1911, an overnight trip took a downward turn when a Northern Pacific train was held up. It occurred as the train passed through Tower City; three men described as being of medium height and wearing polka-dot handkerchiefs, went through the sleeper cars of the train and systematically woke up all the passengers, [...]

  • Grab-a Root

    Life was harsh in the military posts on the Plains. They were lonely, isolated places, and frontier soldiers often sought solace through the post trader’s whiskey, but they needed to be wary.  Public intoxication at the post could land them in the guardhouse.   Such was the case of one Private Schute of Company B [...]

  • Williams’ Constitution

    Twenty-five days into the Constitutional Convention for North Dakota, the Constitution was progressing rapidly.  By this date in 1889, over one hundred and thirty resolutions or files had been introduced since July 12th.  These covered a variety of topics from the Preamble to Women’s Suffrage, but originally there was no uniform constitution on which to [...]

  • Gold Star Mothers

    When the United States entered World War I, George Vaughn Seibold volunteered.  He was attached to the British Royal Flying Corps.  His squadron was assigned to combat duty in France.  He regularly corresponded with his family, but then the letters stopped.  Since aviators were under the control of the British, his family had a difficult [...]

  • Turtle Effigy Historical Site

      It was on this day, July 30, 1992 near Golden Valley that the State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired a rare collection of 95 stones. Taken by themselves, these stones were nothing special; similar to any number of rocks found throughout the state. However, left where they were found and undisturbed they formed [...]

  • Canadian Quarantine

    In early June of 1892, the Canadian Pacific steamer Empress of Japan sailed up the Portage Inlet and into the harbor of Victoria, British Columbia.  The ship had sailed east from Japan, transporting mail and cargo.  Once docked, around 150 Chinese and Japanese crew members disembarked, anxious to explore the city.  One of the main [...]

  • Cigar Factory in Valley City

    On this date in 1912, W. H. Schien became manager of a new business he established in Valley City—a cigar factory.   The cigar business seemed to be booming, and Schien’s cigars were selling in various parts of the state. However, he saw Valley City as a place of promise and moved his family there. [...]

  • The Old Town Pump

    Today the tentacles of the rural water pipelines are reaching out to more remote areas to ensure a supply of drinking and domestic water. For most urban dwellers, drinking water from the tap is taken for granted but that was not always the case. For many towns and cities there was a domestic supply of [...]

  • Joint Commission

    For thirty-eight years North and South Dakota were joined at the hip, but they were never really a unified territory. Even from the very beginning there had been a difference in ideology and a sense of regionalism.  Although they developed two separate social and economic systems, they jointly accumulated a heavy debt and thousands of [...]

  • A Few Fast Men

    It wasn’t certain that the Grand Forks Stars baseball team was going to finish the season.  The management was having difficulties and the team was struggling.  The Stars officially disbanded, but the season was saved when the team was reorganized, as announced in the Grand Forks Herald on this date in 1915.  The new team [...]

  • Espionage Trials

    It is an American tradition on a summer evening to grill a sausage or two, put it on a bun, and enjoy it with all the fixings. However in 1917, it was not a frankfurter with sauerkraut, but a hotdog with liberty cabbage. It was WWI, the U.S. was at war, and the enemy was [...]

  • Lightning

    Lightning is a weather phenomenon that has been fascinating humankind for ages. This movement of electrical charges, on its own, has no temperature — it is the resistance to the movement that causes heat in the materials lightning passes through. Lightning can heat the air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit – about five times hotter than [...]

  • The Long Lake Monster

    It was about midnight on this date in 1883 when Joe Baker made his way home.  He had to pass by Long Lake, and thought nothing of it despite tales of romance and tragedy on the shores of the lake told by the Dakota. Joe was deep in thought as he crossed the railroad bridge.  [...]

  • Paul Fjelde

    The son of a well-known Norwegian sculptor, Paul Fjelde (Fell-dee) was born on this date, August 12, 1892.  In 1887 Paul’s father, Jacob Fjelde, had moved the family to Minnesota.  Opening one of the first studios in Minneapolis, his father enjoyed a brief but highly successful career in the city.  Following Jacob’s death in 1896, [...]

  • Governor George Shafer

    Four men associated with Mandan have served as North Dakota governor.  George Shafer was born there in 1888.  He graduated from Williston High School in 1908, and went on to become the valedictorian of his class at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.  He then returned to Mandan and opened a law office. [...]

  • Henry Suto

    On this date in 1945, President Truman announced on national radio the unconditional surrender of Japan.  His message, signaling the end of World War II, was met with wild jubilation across the country.  But for one former North Dakotan, the news was bittersweet.   Henry Eiichi Suto was born in February of 1928 in Minot, [...]

  • Out of Money

    August 15, 1889 marked the forty-third day of the Constitutional Convention, and great strides had been made in cementing a constitution for the State of North Dakota.  Congress had appropriated twenty thousand dollars to cover the expenditures of the convention, but with expenses running over six hundred dollars per day, there was only enough money [...]

  • Remember the Ladies

    In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, urging him to “remember the ladies” when writing the laws of the new United States.  Her words went unheeded.  Women would have to wait for over one hundred years before achieving universal suffrage.  The territory of Wyoming opened the door when it passed women’s suffrage in [...]

  • A Picnic in Oak Grove

    On this date in 1887, the Continental Hose Company sponsored a picnic in Oak Grove in Fargo.  The Daily Argus reported that the event was very well attended.  It was a mixed group.  The Company counted Slavs, Germans, Scandinavians, English, and others as friends.  The crowd was very amiable.  The different groups mixed together without [...]

  • N.D. Teen Queen

    Every girl’s a princess—or at least, so said Frances Hodgson Burnett in her book, “A little princess.”  But not every girl gets the chance to get crowned.   In 1968, Nelson County supported four girls, Cathy Kinneberg, Lyla Frederikson and Miss Sandra Ternquist, all from the town of Petersburg, as well as Sharon Haas, of [...]