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  • Christmas Eve Fire

    North Dakota State University’s campus has had a number of buildings come and go, but maybe none as dramatic as the old Chemical Building, which was a total loss in a Christmas Eve fire in 1909. The school was still called the North Dakota Agricultural College when the brick building opened in 1906. It offered […]

  • Billy Petrolle

    Think of North Dakota boxers, and you probably think Virgil Hill. But Hill is not the only great boxer from the state. Back in the 1920s and 30s, there was Billy Petrolle, a lightweight called the “Fargo Express.” He is ranked as one of the two greatest fighters to have never won a world championship. […]

  • White Slavery Whistleblower

    In the winter of 1922, the Fargo Forum reported, “Ruth Baughman…of Grand Forks…and well known throughout North Dakota as an amateur entertainer, startled United State officials with her story of conditions in Panama which has started … an investigation of what is rumored to be a most gigantic slavery plot.” The news broke when Baughman […]

  • The Gun That Won the West

    The Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle was the first firearm  to use the slogan “the gun that won the west.”  But Sam Colt also claimed the  title for his Peacemaker revolver. Colt was an industrialist from Connecticut.  Texas Ranger Sam Walker acquired one of Colt’s early revolvers and realized it was the perfect weapon for […]

  • Andrew Burke’s Last Day

    Andrew Burke was Born in New York City in 1851, but by age four he was orphaned.  He became a child of the Orphan Trains, shipped out west to be given to a farm family — out west at the time being Indiana! During the Civil War he served as a drummer boy, enlisting in […]

  • Come Home to Michigan

    With the establishment of a post office, the town of Michigan City, North Dakota officially came into being on this date in 1883, and first train arrived in March. The town’s name was at times the cause of some confusion.  Shortly after the founding of the town, a carload of iron ore bound for Michigan […]

  • Devils Lake Central High School

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. Education has always played an important part throughout the history of North Dakota, and in Devils Lake, the first school opened in a temporary location in November of 1883.  Four years later, the first […]

  • Fargo Candy Factory

    For decades, downtown Fargo had a candy factory that made everything from marshmallows to chocolates. C.A. Everhart & Co. had its start in 1895 when Wisconsin native Charles A. Everhart came to Fargo. His first confectionary was located at 17 Roberts Street, in the area of today’s Renaissance Hall. The early factory sat near Fargo’s […]

  • Hope’s Midnight Raid

    Cooperstown and Hope were once in the same county – Griggs – which was established by the Territorial Legislature in 1881. But that wasn’t to last. Governor Nehemiah Ordway declared Hope the county seat in the summer of 1882, because it was already a thriving little community and – well – it was also the […]

  • Donald Emerson, Memorial for a Fighter Pilot

    Donald Emerson was born on a farm near Joliette North Dakota in 1923.  While growing up Don was fascinated with airplanes.  Occasionally, young Donald would see a small biplane flying over the farm, and chores were forgotten as Don ran after the plane to watch it disappear over the horizon. Don Graduated from high school […]

  • Watch the growth of Williston

    In 1915, Williston was a town to watch. Established in 1887 as a station along the Great Northern Railroad tracks, WIlliston was named for Daniel WIllis James, a stockholder of the line and friend of James J. Hill.  Williston became a city in 1904. Just over a decade later, the city was undergoing a multitude […]

  • Christmas Creatures

    An interesting Christmas tradition of the Germans from Russia is recounted in the book Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota. Authors Kas and Ida Greff wrote, “As early as two weeks before Christmas the Belznickl would gather his chains, rattling and roaring at the window just to be sure we wouldn’t forget he was coming. Now […]

  • Wolves in the Valley

    The gray wolf is one of nature’s most majestic hunters. Weighing up to 175 pounds, it will prey on a variety of species … rabbits, beavers, deer, even bison and elk. Gray wolves will usually travel in packs of 2 to 15. This allows them to take down the larger prey. They are found in […]

  • Crossing the Red River at Drayton By Ferryboat or By Bridge, 1910

    There was a time when there were no bridges over the Red River of the North.  In those days, wintertime crossings were made over the ice.  Summertime travelers had to ford the Red by wading through a shallow stretch, or rowing a boat, or taking a ferry. There were quite a number of ferries back […]

  • Alkabo, N.D.

    Far away in North Dakota’s extreme northwest corner is the town of Alkabo. The state’s northwestern-most town has never been very big, though it was built along the Soo Line Railroad. On this date in 1913, its post office opened, with more development to come, but it would later wither away. Alkabo’s name was inspired […]

  • Murder and Lynching

    It was about four o’clock in the morning, on this date in 1913, that about 60 men smashed in the doors of the Williston jail, overpowered the sheriff and dragged Cleve Culbertson from his cell. It had begun two months earlier when a man calling himself Maurice (not Cleve) Culbertson showed up in Ray asking […]

  • Hello and Goodbye, Governors

    The gubernatorial transition in North Dakota historically took place on the first Wednesday in January, but voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1987 that favored today’s date of December 15th. Still, not all North Dakota governors came and went on the appointed day. Frank Briggs died in office in August of 1898, Arthur Sorlie died […]

  • Nye Tells the Future

    On this date in 1944, Senator Gerald Nye made news by marrying Arda Marguerite Johnson in Iowa Falls. It had been less than a year since Nye’s first wife divorced him. Nye was a Cooperstown newspaper editor when he began his 20-year U.S. Senate career in 1925 when he was 33 … a Republican endorsed […]

  • Liquor Laden Autos

    On January 17, 1920, the United States went dry as the manufacture and sale of intoxicating alcohol was banned.  1,500 Federal law enforcement officers were tasked with enforcement.  The force was not nearly big enough.  In 1922, the head of the Prohibition Commission declared a crisis in the federal enforcement efforts.  Commissioner Haynes said he […]

  • Butch, Sundance and Walness

    On this date in 1913, a Grand Forks story reported on the last living member of the infamous Wild Bunch passing through town. Frank Walness, 39, told the reporter he had just gotten out of a Utah prison after serving 21 years; he said he left home when he was only 16 and began a […]