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  • Jazz Comes to North Dakota

    In 1923, a Canadian opera singer, Eva Gauthier, made history when she included 6 jazz pieces in a concert of classical music at New York’s Aeolian Hall. The audience was stunned to have modern composers like George Gershwin listed on the same bill as Debussy, Stravinsky and Ravel. The mezzo-soprano’s accompanist was George Gershwin, and [...]

  • Fannie Dunn Quain

    On this date in 1909, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill to establish a Tuberculosis Sanatorium at San Haven. One of the people responsible for this was 29 year-old Dr. Fannie Dunn Quain. She was North Dakota’s first homegrown female doctor. Fannie Dunn paid her way through medical school by doing bookkeeping, teaching school, [...]

  • Blacks in North Dakota History

    Today is Martin Luther King Day, and we’re talking about the role of African Americans in North Dakota’s history. There’s never been a significantly large population of blacks in North Dakota; most who currently live here are affiliated with air bases and colleges. But there have been blacks in the state as long as there [...]

  • Eight Legged Pig

    Eight legged pigs are a rarity, but they have existed. If you’ve ever seen one, it’s probably been in a roadside attraction preserved in formaldehyde. A 1923 article in The Fargo Forum reported, “An eight legged pig, which apparently is in better condition than its nine brothers and sisters, was born on the old Maltese [...]

  • First Icelandic Church

    During the late 1800s, harsh weather and economic hardships caused a famine in Iceland, and many Icelanders migrated to Canada. Some of those ended up homesteading in northeastern Dakota Territory near the already settled area around Pembina. The Icelanders formed congregations that first met in homes or schools, but gradually they were able to build [...]

  • Dr. E. M. Darrow

    Today marks the birthday of Edward M. Darrow, who was born in 1855 in Wisconsin. He was one of the earliest and most influential physicians in the Red River Valley. In 1878, Darrow graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and moved to Fargo to begin a medical practice. In his very first year, he [...]

  • Virgil Hill

    Grand Forks native, Virgil Hill, turns 40 this Sunday. While most fighters have called it quits by this age, word has it that Virgil is more than ready to avenge the 2002 loss of his WBA Cruiserweight title to Jean-Marc Mormeck sometime soon. A rematch with Mormeck could lead to “Quicksilver” Hill’s sixth world title. [...]

  • George Defender, Rodeo

    The annual Cowboy’s Reunion started out somewhat accidentally at the first Mercer County Fair in 1915. Among the exhibits was a shorthorn bull, and Frank Chase of Fort Berthold decided he wanted to ride it – which he did. The crowd was impressed and passed a hat, and Chase walked away with $30. It was [...]

  • Dakota Cowboy Soldier

    The Lake Region Pioneer Daughters have published a booklet called The Cowboy Soldier, which contains letters written by Michael Vetter to his brother in Pittsburgh. Vetter was a soldier in the 7th Cavalry stationed at Fort Totten. Today, we bring you excerpts of three letters written in January of 1876, which were translated from German. [...]

  • Red Kate

    Today marks the anniversary of the death of Kate Richards, who died in 1948 at the age of 71. Also known as Red Kate, her brush with North Dakota made history. She was born in 1876 to Kansas farmers who were forced off their farm after an economic depression and then a drought in 1887. [...]

  • Cando

    In 1884, a site was selected in Towner County to become the new county seat. According to historical reports, one J. W. Connelly objected to the action of creating a new town for the site. County Commissioner Captain Prosper Parker, a County Commissioner, responded, “Gentlemen, we have been appointed to this committee to decide this [...]

  • Good Samaritan Centers

    In 1922, a Lutheran pastor, August Hoeger, was concerned about the needs of children crippled by polio. Inspired by the Bible story in the Book of Luke, he founded the Good Samaritan Society in Arthur, North Dakota. He started raising money, and the response was so positive that he surpassed his goal by $2,000. He [...]

  • Billy Petrolle, the Fargo Express

    Think of North Dakota boxers, and you probably think Virgil Hill. But Hill is not the only great boxer to come out of the state. Back in the 1920s and 30s, there was a lightweight, Billy Petrolle (pet-TROLL-ay), who went by the name of the “Fargo Express.” He is ranked as one of the two [...]

  • Minnie Craig

    The United Nations declared 1975 International Women’s Year. The woman chosen for North Dakota’s special honors was Minnie Craig, and Sunday marks the anniversary of that ceremony. Minnie Davenport Craig was born in Phillips, Maine, in 1883. She was a very bright student, and after graduating from high school, she taught school, went to college [...]

  • Dick Johnson, Test Pilot

    One year ago today, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Johnson was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full Air Force Military Honors. Dick was born on September 21, 1917 near Cooperstown, the eighth of 10 children. His father died when he was only 8, and his mother raised the family on very modest means. His [...]

  • Death of Teddy Roosevelt

    Today marks the anniversary of the death of Teddy Roosevelt, who died in his sleep in 1919 while at his New York home at Sagamore Hill on Long Island. As a young man, Roosevelt faced the staggering experience of losing both his wife and his mother on the same day in the same house. It [...]

  • The Two Fargos

    Fargo had been bustling five years before it was officially incorporated on this day in 1875. When the railroad headed west, there was a flurry of speculation to determine where it would cross the Red River, because it was forecast that the crossing would be the site of the next large city. To deal with [...]

  • Pierre Bottineau

    Bottineau County was created on this date in 1873 and was named for a mixed-blood guide, Pierre Bottineau, sometimes referred to as the “Kit Carson” of Dakota. One of Bottineau’s notable expeditions was in 1862, when he guided a wagon train of 117 men, 13 women and 50 soldiers from Fort Abercrombie to the Montana [...]

  • Big Bread

    In January of 1957, the Brownee Bakery in Fargo turned out the world’s largest loaf of bread. They worked on it for 12 days before getting it right, and after 17 failures, they finally produced the perfect loaf. Some bakers pride themselves on bread that’s light as a feather; but this record breaker weighed a [...]

  • Eagle Woman That All Look At-Part 3

    This is part 3 of our story on Eagle Woman That All Look At, who in the 1860s, lived at Fort Rice on the upper Missouri with her husband, Major Charles Galpin, a licensed trader. Eagle Woman was well liked at the fort, and Captain Adams even described her as “one of the finest women [...]