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  • Jesse James’ Door

    In 1902, this week’s edition of the Jamestown Alert reported “the history of Frank and Jesse James has been revived in Minot.” D. H. Lord was erecting a new mercantile in Minot, and, in need of a vault door, Mr. Lord traded a new $1,800 model for an older one taken from a bank in […]

  • Manuel Lisa

    Manuel Lisa was born to Spanish-Cuban parents in New Orleans in 1772. After the Lewis and Clark expedition returned, Lisa was among the first people to respond to their reports by sailing up the Missouri River to establish a fur-trading venture. Historian Elwyn Robinson writes, “Before the War of 1812, Lisa did more than any […]

  • Walt and Evelyn Neuens

    Walt Neuens was born in Medora on this date in 1911, and grew up in the North Dakota Badlands. Along with his brother and a friend, he began working for a Wild West show when he was just 14. “When I was a young buck,” he said, “the tourists went by excursion trains that’d stop […]

  • Minot’s First Murder

    Minot was officially founded in 1886, the year Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn, the Statue of Liberty arrived from France, Geronimo surrendered, and Coca-Cola went on the market. Because it grew so fast, Minot soon became known as “The Magic City.” And, like all lively railroad towns, Minot developed a respectable part of town and […]

  • 1912, News from Around the State

    On this date in 1912, there were several dramatic stories circulating around the state. In Fargo, 25-year-old Julius M. Hanson was accosted by highwaymen outside the Lincoln School. Coming out from around the corner of the building, they surprised him and told him to put his hands up. Instead, he called for help. One of […]

  • Northern Great Plains Research Lab

    When settlers first came to the Dakotas, they brought with them their favorite seeds and plantings for raising fruit, vegetables, grains and trees. It didn’t take long to realize the climate wasn’t going to cooperate. Business leaders understood the success of farmers and ranchers was crucial, and they lobbied the U.S. Congress for a research […]

  • Chateau Opens

    The Marquis de Mores built his house overlooking Medora – it became known as the chateau. Actually, though, it was more of a hunting lodge – the type of structure eastern businessmen liked for entertaining guests. It was two stories tall and had 26 rooms. Researcher Constance Silver wrote, “Unfortunately, we will never know Medora’s […]

  • William Jennings Bryan’s Lot

    Back in 1914, on this date, Bismarck learned some interesting news. G. J. Koenan, Bismarck’s register of deeds, received a letter from James Emmons, his counterpart in Pawnee, OK. Emmons was trying to clear up a deed transfer on a Bismarck lot owned by one William Jennings Bryan, the famous orator who was then President […]

  • Cold War Reconnaissance Man

    During the Cold War, the United States actively monitored Soviet military activity around the globe, and on September 2, 1958, a nearly forgotten episode in history took the lives of 17 Air Force personnel. A C-130 aircraft left Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, on a supposedly routine flight. The aircraft had a front-end crew […]

  • Major Smith and the Three Tribes

    Edward Parmelee Smith was educated at Yale and ordained as a pastor in 1856. He became a general field agent of the American Missionary Association, and then served as Indian Agent for a Minnesota Chippewa tribe. He was appointed U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1873. Smith traveled to Dakota from Washington, arriving at Ft. […]

  • Helena Wink, Pioneer Doctor

    Helena Knauf Wink arrived in Jamestown on this date in 1883; she was the first woman doctor in North Dakota. She was strong, and she looked it – tall and slender with deep-set piercing eyes. She was resourceful, generous, honest and fair. Her fees were small – sometimes free. Helena graduated from eighth grade with […]

  • Turkey Track Tells of Trailing

    North Dakota lost one of her great old-time cowboys on this date in 1942. Turkey Track Bill – alias William Molash – was a cowpoke who helped trail vast herds of cattle in the 1890s. He got his nickname from working for the Turkey Track Ranch, which brought cattle up from Texas during the summers. […]

  • Wilhelm “Columbus” Hieb

    People who grew up in the German Russian regions of the state likely knew at least one person who either moved to Lodi, California, or who had relatives there. This was the result of a quest by Wilhelm Adam Hieb, who became known as “Columbus” for encouraging others to join him there. Hieb (heeb) was […]

  • Foxhole Padre

    Thomas J. Tracy was born in St. Paul on this date in 1911. After graduating from seminary, Father Tracy became the ‘Fox Hole Padre’ for North Dakota’s famed 164th Infantry Regiment, beginning with their action at Guadalcanal in 1942. According to army sources, Father Tracy was the first American Army chaplain to see action in […]

  • Death of Four Bears

    Small pox decimated the Mandan tribe in 1837. When Chief Four Bears died on July 30th, artist George Caitlin wrote: “This fine fellow…watched every one of his family die about him, his wives and his children… when he walked out, around the village, and wept over the final destruction of his tribe; his braves and […]

  • The Greek Thompsons

    Today’s story is about some folks who lived in Selz, Martha and Harry Thompson. Martha was German Russian and Harry was a Greek immigrant. Harry’s real last name was T-s-o-u-t-i-a-s – choo’-chus – but people couldn’t pronounce it. Since he worked for the railroad, people called them the “choo-choo family.” Finally, Harry just changed it […]

  • Leeland Engelhorn, POW

    Leeland Thomas Engelhorn died two years ago on this date. That he died at the age of 80 was a testament to his will to survive; when he was liberated from the Nazis, he weighed 95 pounds. Engelhorn was born September 19th, 1922, at Church’s Ferry, where his father worked in bank. When World War […]

  • Bill Hamann, Stockman

    William “Bill” Hamann was a mover and shaker in the western North Dakota cattle industry. He was born near Richardton in March 1904 and began working with livestock in the late 1920s. Along with his associates, he established the Western Livestock Company in Dickinson; that was in 1948 – it grew to become the largest […]

  • USS Robalo

    On this day in 1944, a 1525-ton Gato-class submarine was destroyed, but nobody knew what happened until a week later. The sub was named for the robalo – a warm-water sport fish that resembles a large pike. The USS Robalo had been in commission approximately a year at the time of her loss. The state-of-the-art […]

  • Wahpeton Lynching

    Mollie Korbel was shot to death at 7:30 p.m. on this date in 1888 – killed while washing dishes in the home of the Richland County’s Sheriff Miller. County sheriffs lived pretty good lives back then, and the 260-pound Miller was no exception. He and his family were able to afford servants and other workers. […]