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  • Post-Election Highlights

    One hundred twenty-five years ago on this date it was a week after the vote on North Dakota’s constitution. The votes were still being tallied, but newspaper headlines proclaimed a huge Republican victory and the passage of the Constitution.   With the exception of Richard Cowen in Rolla, not a single Democrat had been elected […]

  • The Great Pandemic

    In 1918, the Spanish flu was a global disaster.  It is estimated that as many as a fifth of the world’s population was affected.  North Dakota newspapers asserted that ordinary care should be enough to avoid the disease.  As of the end of September, the Fargo Forum proudly announced that the Spanish flu had not […]

  • The Medora to Deadwood Stage

    It was common knowledge in the 1880s that there was gold in the Black Hills.  Deadwood was a boomtown.  It seemed as if everyone was trying to get there.  The French nobleman Marquis de Mores was always on the lookout for a quick way to make money.  He once boasted, “I will be the richest […]

  • Sioux Pageant

    A ceremony was reported from Standing Rock reservation on this day in 1913 that was hailed as “The Most Magnificent History Pageant in the History of the Sioux”.  Although the acclamation remains an unofficial observation, the pageant was undoubtedly spectacular, involving several thousand participants and spectators.  The Standing Rock Band was enlisted to perform, as […]

  • Company B Rides Free

    North Dakota played an integral part in the Spanish American War. In 1898, President McKinley put out a call for volunteers.  North Dakota experienced a surge of patriotism.  In Fargo, Captain Keye asked Guard members willing to volunteer to take two steps forward.  It was reported that every man responded.  The volunteers did not know […]

  • Number 61

    On this date in 1961, North Dakota native Roger Maris stepped up to the plate.  A hush came over the crowd.  Would the great Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs be broken?  Spectators were on the edge of their seats, as they just might witness sports history. Roger Maris joined the New York Yankees […]

  • Election Eve

    The last week of the campaign had passed quickly, and tomorrow, the 1st of October, 1889, would hopefully change the political face of Dakota Territory forever.  For the first time in almost three decades, the people would be free of the political yoke of territorialism, free of carpetbaggers, and free to chart their own destiny.  […]

  • Garryowen

    Expanding the Northern Pacific rail line to the west was dangerous work in the 1870s, and the U.S. Army was ordered to Dakota Territory to provide protection.  Fort McKeen was built in 1872 across the Missouri from Bismarck.  The fort was expanded to include a cavalry post, and it moved five miles south, renamed Fort […]

  • Above and Beyond

    Nels Wold was born in the town of Winger in Polk County, Minnesota on December 24, 1895.  This son of Norwegian immigrants would later move to Minnewaukan, North Dakota, and he ended up enlisting in the Army. Wold was a private in Company I, 138th Infantry, 35th Division and he saw action during the Meuse-Argonne […]

  • Camp Convent

    The trip to France was supposed to be routine for the seven sisters of the Maryvale Convent located near Valley City. As Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, a French order, they were required to study at the motherhouse in Broons, a small town in northwestern France. The trip for sisters Edward, Annetta, Theresa, Corinne, […]

  • Born to Lead

    Harold Keith Johnson was born in Bowesmont, North Dakota on February 22, 1912.  His life was one of service.  He devoted himself to the Boy Scouts.  Even as a general, he always kept a copy of the Boy Scout Handbook.  He attended West Point, graduating in 1933.  He was assigned to the 3rd infantry at […]

  • Corinne Wrastles a Calf

    When the train pulled up to Medora hours before dawn in early September of 1890, Theodore Roosevelt’s ranch hands were already there; eager to see their longtime friend and meet his sister Corinne Roosevelt Robinson.  Theodore had often bragged about her skill as a mighty horse rider.  He had built up her reputation so much, […]

  • McKenzie

    Alexander McKenzie was a powerful man in the political field in Dakota Territory.  The Jamestown Alert called him the “noblest Roman of them all” and noted, “Without a doubt the people of North Dakota would turn in and send him – the one man above all others – to the United States Senate… if he […]

  • The Rise and Demise of Prairie Chickens

    Most modern-day people have never seen a prairie chicken, but there was a time, long ago, when prairie chickens thrived on North Dakota’s grasslands. Shooting prairie chickens was one of the premiere outdoor activities for hunters from the 1880s through the early 1900s. It was not always so, for when the great buffalo herds roamed […]

  • Mugwumps

    On this date in 1889, with only thirteen days remaining before the election to approve the state Constitution and choose North Dakota’s first state officials and legislators, the political parties were working at a frenzied pace.  Local, county and district conventions were combined to promote the candidates chosen at the state conventions and to expedite […]

  • North Dakota’s Nobility

    When people think of nobility who lived in North Dakota, the Marquis de Mores usually comes to mind.  But he was not the only European noble to make his home here.  Lord Berriedale of Scotland operated a farm in Nelson County from 1884 to 1905. He was born John Sutherland Sinclair on this date in […]

  • New Education System

    In 1942, while other schoolchildren were stuck inside a classroom learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, the children of Wing village spent their days in workshops, classrooms, and fields learning the finer points of shoe repair, woodwork, and gardening.  These students were the beneficiaries of a new education system devised by the president of Mayville State […]

  • Ron Offutt, Roughrider

    North Dakota established the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1961.  The award recognizes North Dakotans who have achieved national recognition.  The Governor consults with the Secretary of State and the director of the State Historical Society to choose the recipients.  Forty North Dakotans have received the award.  Their portraits are displayed in the lower […]

  • The Flight of Bertrandias and Garrett

    At the beginning of September of 1923, two aviators, Lieutenants Kenneth Garrett and Victor Bertrandias, both of the US Air Service, were on a “pathfinding flight” from Long Island to Seattle. Along the way, they stopped at the Agricultural College, now NDSU, to refuel. They collected fifty gallons of gas and had a chat with […]

  • Patriot Day

    Any adult alive on September 11, 2001 probably remembers where they were when the Twin Towers fell.  New York City may seem very far away from North Dakota.  But North Dakotans were directly affected by the event.  A mother lost her daughter; a police officer from North Dakota reported for duty on his day off […]