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  • C.H. Olson Was Cando’s Horse King

    North Dakotans have not always been privileged to own cars and tractors. Before such luxuries existed, horses served as the main means of travel; and they pulled plows and hauled heavy loads on farms.  Buying and selling horses was a vital part of life even after automobiles and tractors became common. One of North Dakota’s […]

  • Horses and Mules

    In the early 1900s, horsepower was provided by, well … horses.  They were commonly used in cities as well the country.  In 1879, the first streetcars in Fargo were pulled by horses.  This began to change when an electric system was established in 1904, but horses remained in use for many years.  Postcards and photos […]

  • Sociologist George Lundberg

    Before he was president of the American Sociological Association, George Lundberg spent his youth in North Dakota. He was born in 1895 in Fairdale, North Dakota to Swedish immigrants. Lundberg received his first eight years of education in a one-room schoolhouse. By age sixteen, he was a public school teacher just three miles from home. […]

  • Oskar Hedman, Titanic Survivor

    On this date in 1912, 27-year-old Oskar Hedman was returning to North Dakota from Sweden. Known to his friends as “Happy,” Oskar had lived around Bowman for six years, farming, selling land and working as a settlement recruiter. On this trip, Hedman and at least 15 prospective settlers were traveling in 3rd class steerage on […]

  • The End of Pennington

    Dakota would see ten territorial governors before North and South Dakota became states. The territory’s governors were a colorful bunch, from the corrupt Nehemiah Ordway to the often absent John Burbank. Topics of the times included relocating the capital, women’s suffrage, and the boom of the railroads. On this date in 1878, the term in […]

  • Clay Jenkinson

    Today marks a notable anniversary for Clay Jenkinson, the humanities scholar who portrays Thomas Jefferson on “The Jefferson Hour” radio show. On his date in 1994, Jenkinson portrayed Jefferson during a gathering hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton. Clay was born in Minot but grew up mostly in Dickinson. When he was 15, he landed […]

  • The Detectaphone

    In 1923, Clara Horn of Cando was accused of killing Maybell Ried, the infant child of Ophelia Reid.  Clara Horn had been caring for the child in her home.  Although no motive was offered, the prosecution alleged that Clara had killed Maybell in her crib.  Clara maintained her innocence, and defense stated they would prove […]

  • Andy Hampsten, Cyclist

    Today is the birthday of cycling great, Andy Hampsten, who was born in 1962. Andy grew up in Grand Forks, where his parents taught English at UND. They gave him his first road bike when he turned 12, and he was smitten for life. U.S. television paid little attention to cycling, so Andy turned to […]

  • Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery

    Fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. These sites span a variety of structures and locations that chronicle life in North Dakota – including how the deceased are cared for and buried.   The Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery in McIntosh County […]

  • Bagg Bonanza Farm

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Among those treasures were the bonanza farms with their images of agricultural abundance that helped promote the huge influx of settlers to Dakota Territory.  Railroad land grants included every other section in a corridor […]

  • Heart River Heralds Floods

    Floods are a regular springtime worry in North Dakota, and almost a season by themselves some years. In the east, the Red has flooded many times, with the 1826 flood believed to be the largest in recorded history. It washed trappers and natives off the land, resulting in deaths from drowning and starvation. In 2011, […]

  • Game and Fish Born

    Game and fish regulation in North Dakota dates back to Dakota Territory in 1861. Hunting restrictions began in 1875 on quail and waterfowl. By 1881, it was illegal to kill and leave any part of a big game animal on the prairie. Allowances on fishing methods also passed that year. The first game and fish […]

  • Operation Homecoming

    1973 began with the announcement of the Paris Peace Accords on January 27.  It was intended to halt the fighting between North and South Vietnam and end the American military involvement.  Fighting continued in spite of the ceasefire.  One American military advisor reported that operations were continuing much as they had before.  But there were […]

  • Japanese Bomb Balloon

    An unmanned, Japanese, bomb balloon landed in the Minto-Warsaw area of Walsh County on this date in 1945, but the incident was kept secret until World War II ended five months later. That August, the Fargo Forum reported that several balloons were sighted and reported to army authorities at Fargo, Park River and Mandan. The […]

  • Daily Optic Fire

    Minot, North Dakota is no stranger to fiery disasters. The city lost banks, businesses and hotels in nearly every decade of the 20th century. On this date in 1909, Minot residents read about the fire at the Daily Optic newspaper. The Ward County Reporter story told of four firefighters being injured in the blaze, which […]

  • Ev Albers

    On this date, during “the Great Blizzard of 1942,” Ev Albers was born in Oliver County. Dakota Datebook probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Albers, because he, as executive director of the ND Humanities Council, made sure we received the necessary funding. Albers grew up on a dairy farm near Hannover, graduated from Dickinson […]

  • Flood of 1950

    The floods of 1997 and 2009 set the bar for modern flooding on the Red River, but the river has a history of memorable floods. In 1950, high soil moisture and ample winter snow had set the stage for flooding, and on this date in 1950, a storm brought snow everywhere except the southeast corner […]

  • An Equine Threat

    In the early part of the 20th Century, horses still provided most of the horsepower.  In 1915 there were over 26 million horses in the United States. Now, there’s just over 9 million. For most people, horses have disappeared from day-to-day life.  But back in the day, horses were everywhere.  If you wanted to ride […]

  • Escaping the Draft

    A military draft was instituted during the American Civil War.  It proved to be very unpopular, and was abolished when the war was over.  But when World War I broke out, the draft was reintroduced with the Selective Service Act of 1917.  All men ages of 21 to 30 had to register.  This was later […]

  • Rattlesnake Lisemba

    Raymond Lisemba was born to Alabama sharecroppers in 1895. When he learned he was the sole beneficiary of his uncles’ $4,000 life insurance policy, he changed his name to Robert James and went to barber college. At 26, he married Maud Duncan, who quickly divorced him for sadistic cruelty. James moved to Kansas, opened a […]