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  • Free Press Souvenirs

    Those residents of Fargo on the Winnipeg Free Press mailing list delighted in receiving their annual Christmas souvenirs on this date in 1909. The unusual and unique Christmas souvenirs from the newspaper had become an annual event in the area, and were eagerly looked forward to by many members of the community. The Winnipeg Free [...]

  • Christmas in Dakota 1888

    In 1888, immigrants arrived in Dakota Territory at the rate of 1,000 month. Whether seeking a new life, new career or freedom, for most, the life of a pioneer was a hard one. It was difficult creating a farm or ranch from the treeless, trackless prairie, often devoid of neighbors. A wagon load of rough [...]

  • Thomas Nast

    By the late 1880s, Thomas Nast was already an American legend. Called “the father of the American caricature,” he had popularized satirical cartoons in the nation’s newspapers, working for the New York Illustrated News and Harper’s Weekly. His cartoons had propagated the use of such symbols as an elephant to represent the Republican Party, and [...]

  • Victory Sing in Grand Forks

    World War I was the most devastating war in human history at the time it was fought from 1914 to 1918. The Armistice that ended the conflict on November 1, 1918, came as a great relief to the nations at war. For J. Myron Bacon, a pilot from Grand Forks, word that “the armistice had [...]

  • Dickinson Clay Products Company

    Shortly before the turn of the 20th century, a UND biology professor and his brother purchased an old brick plant near Dickinson and turned it into one of the state’s premier brick plants.   Producing high quality fire brick and face brick, the Dickinson Fire and Pressed Brick Company employed up to 30 men, but [...]

  • What about Bob?

    Bob Watson was something of a mystery citizen. No one knew him when he first moved to Mandan in 1925. He was slight—perhaps in some ways a little too thin—but cheerful.   He was interesting, too—perhaps because of his experiences. He secured a job at the Nigey hotel as a clerk. Bob worked there for [...]

  • Land Ownership and Patriotism

    Northern Dakota Territory was rapidly developing, and on this date in 1888 citizens were hopeful that statehood was growing near. It was significant, however, that many absentee land owners controlled huge tracts of land in so-called Bonanza farms. With the financial failure of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1873, bond holders like George Cass exchanged [...]

  • Frank Marshall

    World War II hero and North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee Frank Marshall was once a world champion bull rider. He was also well known as a horse breaker and trader.   Lyndon Earl “Frank” Marshall was born to Albert and Maud Marshall on this date in 1914, on the family farm near Forbes. [...]

  • Postage Dues

    It’s not often that North Dakota makes national news. That is to say, it’s not common, but it does happen. On this day, in 1914, it was reported in the Bismarck Tribune that some small towns in North Dakota were making big waves in Washington, D.C.—and all over a post office. Several post offices, to [...]

  • Dakota’s Destitute

    When John Miller became North Dakota’s first Governor in the fall of 1889, he had little idea how demanding his new position would be.  In addition to setting up a new state government, Miller was about to face a severe economic crises.  Miller, a wealthy bonanza farmer with over 17,000 acres of land, had little [...]

  • Open Your Heart

    Each December since 1929, the Lloyd Spetz Post of the American Legion has held the Open Your Heart holiday drive to provide Christmas food baskets and children’s clothing to needy families in Burleigh County and the Bismarck-Mandan area.  Christmas 1929 marked a devastating holiday season for many families, as the October stock market crash wiped [...]

  • Willis R. Bierly

    A meeting on December 3, 1888 in Jamestown, sought to lay the groundwork for statehood. The meeting went well, laying out a conservative, yet aggressive path. But in a recent development, a bill had already been introduced in Congress that admitted the State of South Dakota. It had passed the US Senate, and the Senators-elect [...]

  • Thirteenth Amendment

    The first black person known to enter the area that would later become North Dakota was a slave. Owned by William Clark, York accompanied Lewis and Clark during the Corps of Discovery Expedition. He was born in Virginia to slaves owned by Clark’s father, a small plantation owner. He was selected to be young William [...]

  • 36th Congress

    When the state of Minnesota was organized in 1858, settlers living to the west of the new state boundary began to examine their own situation. Prior to being carved out as a state, Minnesota had been a part of the much larger Minnesota Territory, which had extended west to the Missouri River. Now, residents living [...]

  • First Roughrider Rancher-of-the-Year Award

    Melvin Griffin was born into ranching life at Stacey, Montana on this date in 1908 to Rose Anna and Lewis Griffin. Melvin only attended school through the eighth grade, but he started trailing cattle with his dad when he was only ten, and after trailing cattle into North Dakota in June 1926, 18-year-old Melvin saw [...]

  • Jamestown Convention

    Benjamin Harrison was heading for the White House, and it was an almost a certainty that North Dakota was heading for Statehood. Harrison himself had introduced legislation to allow a single state of Dakota but now recognized that the citizens of both the northern and southern portions of the Territory desired division. But there were [...]

  • Medora rancher Pete Pelissier

    Pete Pelissier, known as the “Buffalo Bill of the Missouri Slopes,” created a Wild West Show in the 1890s that performed around North Dakota. The show also traveled along the route of the Northern Pacific Railroad, appearing as far east as Boston, Massachusetts.   The specialty acts and Pete’s sense of showmanship and style were [...]

  • Sheridan Hotel

    On this day in 1921, the residents of Bismarck were still excited over the recent visit of Marshal Ferdinand Foch of France. During the visit, Foch was reported to have touched the spirit of the West. By then, little remained of Bismarck’s Old West, but residents were reminiscing about Bismarck’s earlier days—a time when the [...]

  • Holiday Furloughs

    Twenty-five years ago, the New York Times reported on the North Dakota system of Thanksgiving holiday furloughs for prison inmates. A furlough for an inmate is a temporary, unsupervised release. The state had released fifteen prisoners to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Although many states offered prisoner furlough programs at the time, North Dakota was [...]

  • 1889 Prohibition Bill

    On July 4th, 1889, seventy-five delegates from northern Dakota Territory met in Bismarck for the North Dakota Constitutional Convention. The Enabling Act, passed in February of that year, allowed for the creation of a state constitution that would go into effect when North Dakota became a state in the coming months. Most of the seventy-five [...]