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  • Henry Clay Hansbrough

    Today is the birthday of Henry Clay Hansbrough, who was born in Illinois 1848. President James Polk’s opponent for the presidency, Henry Clay, attended the wedding of Elisha Hansbrough and Sarah Hagan. As he rode off, he suggested they name their first boy after them. And they did. The Hansbrough family could trace their roots […]

  • The Last Lynching

    The last illegal execution in North Dakota happened in Schaefer on this date in 1931 when a mob seized a prisoner named Charles Bannon and lynched him a half mile from the jail. About a year earlier, in February, people had begun to notice that they hadn’t seen the Albert Haven family around. Twenty-two year-old […]

  • Jim Kleinsasser, MN Vikings

    This Saturday will be Jim Kleinsasser’s 27th birthday. He was born in 1977 in Carrington, and at 6’3″ and 272 pounds, he’s now playing tight end for the Minnesota Vikings. While playing for Carrington High, Kleinsasser was two times named All-Region, All-State and Gatorade Circle of Champions North Dakota Player of the Year. He also […]

  • Duane Howard, Bull Rider

    In her book, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, North Dakota author Fran Armstrong talks about rodeo stars from the upper Great Plains. One of them is Duane Howard, who was a bronc and champion bull rider during the 1960s. She writes, “As I listened to Duane talking about rodeo, I began to get a […]

  • Widows Go West

    Horace Greeley encouraged more than just young men to go west. “Young men! Poor men! Widows!” he said. “Resolve to have a home of your own! If you are able to buy and pay for one in the East, very well; if not, make one in the broad and fertile West!” In her book, Land […]

  • Charlie Runs Out of Salt

    Charlie Colgrove was a carpenter and all-around colorful character in Dickinson during the 1880s. In his memoirs, he wrote, “…a couple of German fellers, August and George Beisigle, came to me and asked me to put in a ranch for them 25 miles northwest of Dickinson. George was a fine feller, but August was a […]

  • Beauty Shop Bill

    Yesterday, our program celebrated women’s suffrage in North Dakota, so it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek to bring you today’s story: in 1953, state legislative Bill #773, proposed mandatory closing hours for beauty shops so that wives could be home in time to cook supper. The proposal read: “All beauty shops shall be closed between the hours […]

  • Suffrage Bill

    North Dakota has a very contradictory history when it comes to women. As the 19th century blended into the 20th, many thousands of women moved here to homestead and wrestle out a living for themselves. Despite their hardiness and proven strength, their road to getting the vote was a rocky one. It was on this […]

  • Ann Southern

    Today is the birthday of Hariette Lake, who was born in 1909 in Valley City. Her mother was an opera singer, her father was a “traveling thespian”; and her grandfather was a violinist. When Hariette was 6 years old, her father deserted them, and her mother, Annette, moved the family first to Minneapolis, then to […]

  • 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 […]