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  • Jack Williams, the Human Fly

    Novelties always seem to sell well, a fact as true today as it was in the distant past. One of the odd novelties from about one hundred years ago was a fellow named Jack Williams, who called himself the “Human Fly.” On this date, in 1921, the Grand Forks Herald reported that Williams had successfully […]

  • Governor William Jayne

    Following the creation of Dakota Territory in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed his personal physician and political friend William A. Jayne as the first Territorial Governor.  He was inaugurated on this day, May 27, 1861.  Ten months later, Governor Jayne delivered his first annual address to the Dakota Territorial Legislature in Yankton.   “Gentleman of […]

  • Memorial Day-Grafton, 1899

    Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember the fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to their country. It was a somber Memorial Day in Grafton in 1899.  Word had come from the Philippines that four members of Company C had paid the ultimate price.  Company C consisted mostly of Grafton area farm […]

  • Civil Defense Sirens

    After the atomic bomb was developed during World War II, and the United States began to realize the terrible power, people sought ways to address the threat of nuclear apocalypse – the end of the world as we know it.   Today, the civil defense film about Bert the Turtle (who’s very alert) graces the […]

  • Election of Delegates

    It was 1889, and the May 14th election was over and the Republicans had elected 56 out of the 75 delegates.  A late spring storm, welcomed for the much needed moisture, dumped from three to six inches of snow across most of the northern territory, which resulted in a light turnout of voters.  That and […]

  • Rueben Humes

    Rueben Humes was a young Dickinson sheepherder whose flocks were often threatened by predators like coyotes and bobcats. One day in 1900, Rueben went hunting for prairie chickens near the Heart River. His shotgun kept misfiring, but he finally shot a chicken, which dropped onto the opposite riverbank. As he forded the river to get […]

  • John Sutherland Sinclair

    On this date in 1914, John Sutherland Sinclair died in Los Angeles, where, for three years, he had lived quietly at the Hotel Balboa. At the time of his burial at Forest Lawn, only three Californians knew who he really was. The other few people who knew his true identity were from North Dakota, where […]

  • Buzzed by a B-36

    In 1951, President Truman issued a proclamation declaring this date to be the second annual Armed Forces Day. As American soldiers fought in Korea, so soon after the end of World War II, Truman encouraged a celebration of those men and women who “dedicated themselves unselfishly to the service of their country.”   Citizens were […]

  • Syttende Mai – 1889

      On this date in 1889, the citizens of Northern Dakota Territory were tallying the results from the May 14th election where delegates were chosen to the Constitutional Convention.   It had been an exciting two months since the signing of the Omnibus Bill that set the stage for statehood.   After twenty-eight years of living under […]

  • Medora Wiggled

    On this day in 1909, people all across the state of North Dakota experienced a rare sensation for these parts—an earthquake. According to John Bluemle of North Dakota Geological Survey, it was “perhaps the most widely felt earthquake” in the state’s history. The tremor’s epicenter was near Avonlea, Saskatchewan, not far from where North Dakota, […]

  • Political Plums

    It was springtime in Dakota Territory.  The lands surrounding the rivers, lakes and prairie potholes were dotted with white blooms nestled among the groves of burr oak, and the older settlers watched carefully as to location of these flowers.  The warm prairie sun and summer showers would turn the blossoms into vibrant globes of succulent […]

  • Phillip Foss

    In the 1930s, dust began to settle across much of the Great Plains.  Although much of the blame for the coming Dust Bowl would be laid at the feet of the nation’s farmers, ranchers were also suspect.  Ranchers had “enacted decades of rangeland deterioration” on unprotected federal lands.  Free and unregulated access also inspired violent […]

  • Baseball Arrived in Bismarck

    When spring sunshine warms the earth and grass grows green, baseball begins. 1873 was the first year of existence for the brand-new city of Bismarck, and a visitor from Minneapolis who arrived in the city, on this date, told about the first baseball games in the frontier town. Known only by the initials “C.A.L.,” the […]

  • Diphtheria, the Dreaded Bacterial Disease

    Dakota Territory experienced an immigration boom in the 1880s, but those new settlers often faced difficulties in establishing homesteads. Disease was a formidable obstacle, and fears of contagion filled parents whenever a child fell ill.  The Grand Forks Herald for this date in 1888 told of the “Dakota Boom” of settlers and of those on […]

  • District Elections

    On this date in 1889, only six days remained until the election of delegates to the Constitutional Convention for the new state of North Dakota.  The twenty-five districts were laid out with minority representation in mind.   Each district had three delegates to the convention, but voters could only vote for two, allowing for a solidified […]

  • Photographer Frank Jay Haynes

    Americans dreamed endlessly about a forthcoming day when they might strike it rich and gain both fame and fortune. For many, it remained just a fantasy beyond their wildest thoughts, but for a fortunate few, dreams became reality, and the American West became a gateway to an American Dream. Frank Jay Haynes grasped the unpredictabilities […]

  • First Mayor of Bismarck

    McLean County is named for John A. McLean, the first mayor of Bismarck. Today we’re talking about one of his sons, Harry, who was born in Bismarck in 1883 and died May 1st, 1961. Young Harry had guts and a whole lot of moxie. He started his career as a water boy for a railway […]

  • The Chewing Gum Craze

    Some people like to chew gum.  Some do not. This basic truism has been around for a long time. In Jamestown, back in 1882, on this date, the local newspaper editor noted that a “mania for chewing gum” had “struck some of our young ladies,” for he had observed three women “chewing” that week. In […]

  • Finlay Grant

    Long before the Internet and online blogging, there was amateur journalism, a hobby that began shortly after the American Civil War with the availability of small and inexpensive printing presses.  Amateur journalists published and circulated their own newspapers, and sometimes books.  They formed associations and held conventions.  Similar to the Paris salons of the 18th […]

  • Chief Gall

    Chief Gall was among the most powerful Lakota Indian leaders. As a warrior, Gall battled against the U.S. Army at Killdeer Mountain in 1864. As tribal chief, Gall resisted treaties that would keep his people on reservations. On this date in 1868, Gall’s people were mentioned in the news as a “hostile tribe” – in […]