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  • Hot Winds and Cooked Shrubbery

    On this date in 1935, the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican reported water flowing over the lower dam on the Red River.  Since Minnesota had not released water from reservoirs, it was clear that the high water was a result of snowmelt.  City Engineer W.P. Tarbell reported that both reservoirs were full.  Those familiar with […]

  • Who Was FPG?

    Sunday marks the birthday of Felix Paul Greve, a mysterious writer born in Germany in 1879. Greve was only 21 when his first known work was published. He soon became renowned for his translations, poetry, fiction and plays in Europe. In October, 1902, Greve was staging Oscar Wilde comedies in Berlin when he became friends […]

  • General Alfred Terry

    General Alfred Howe Terry was an experienced army officer, with extensive service during the Civil War.  He was the military commander of Dakota Territory from 1866 to 1869 and again from 1872 to 1886.  He became George Armstrong Custer’s commanding officer in 1873.  The 7th Cavalry had been posted to the Dakota Territory and was […]

  • Dakota Recruitment

    Dakota Territory was wilder than ever on this date in 1863 when acting governor John Hutchinson issued a recruitment order in response to the U.S.-Dakota War. Hutchinson sought to recruit men to Company C of the Dakota Cavalry for protection of settlers. Over 600 white civilians and soldiers had been killed in the uprising in […]

  • ND Gives Town Back to MT

    On this date in 1966, word came from Bismarck that a North Dakota town was going to be given back to Montana. At the time, Westby was a town of about 300 people. The residents were used to thinking they were from Montana, but between 1963 and 1966, the official state map of North Dakota […]

  • Huff Indian Village Historic Site

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.   As the homesteaders’ plows began turning over the prairie sod, only minimal curiosity and concern was given to the remnants of earlier civilizations.  Various effigies, tipi rings and burial mounds were removed with little […]

  • Smallpox in Fargo

    A smallpox epidemic in Fargo, Dakota Territory, forced drastic actions in 1883. On this date that year, Fargo Mayor William A. Kindred was given the authority by the city council to take measures to fight the outbreak. He set up a hospital, ordered the burning of clothing, and required doctors to report smallpox cases. The […]

  • Bismarck’s Lyceum Meetings, 1881

    For middle-aged adults, the word “lyceum” might be remembered as having a guest speaker deliver a lecture in the public school auditorium.  But in the 1800s, the term referred to a form of community education in which neighbors shared their personal expertise in literature, fine arts, and music; or it could feature a debate or […]

  • Free Coal For Needy Families in Grand Forks, 1921

    Winter in North Dakota is not for the faint of heart, for blasts of Arctic cold can freeze your nose or your toes.  Sub-zero temperatures in January and February have always posed a challenge to homeowners, with the poorest residents of North Dakota facing the greatest challenge in paying to heat their homes. Today’s Datebook […]

  • The Groundhog and His Shadow

    As the calendar turned the page from 1940 to 1941, there was more than enough bad news in the papers.  The front page of the Fargo Forum reported on the fighting in Europe, and the predictions were bleak.  It seemed as if the countries of the world were falling like dominoes before the German Army. […]

  • Ingalls-Quiner Marriage

    As you know, Dakota Territory included what would become North and South Dakota, which gives North Dakota some claim to the Territory’s darling, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her parents were married on this date in 1860. Charles Phillip Ingalls and Caroline Lake Quiner were 24 and 20, when they married in southeast Wisconsin. Charles was a […]

  • Death of Ole H. Olson

    North Dakota’s history of governors is turbulent, with several removals and even a recall. Ole H. Olsen, lieutenant governor under William Langer, became North Dakota’s eighteenth governor in 1934. He died on this date in 1954 in New Rockford, North Dakota. Olson was born in 1872 in Wisconsin to Norwegian immigrants. He graduated from Concordia […]

  • The Boys Are Coming Home

    World War I caused changes throughout the world. When the war broke out in Europe, North Dakotans were very reluctant for America to get involved.  Many of the state’s citizens were isolationists, and the large number of German immigrants may have been a factor.  Or North Dakotans may have had clear memories of sending troops […]

  • From Sheep to Shawl

    North Dakota is known for a variety of agricultural products.  The state leads the country in honey and sunflowers, among other crops.  Corn, wheat, and cattle are high on the list.  Very few people would think of sheep, but there is a sheep history in the state. On this date in 1936, The North Dakota […]

  • Leach Public Library

    In 1966, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. One example is the Leach Public Library in Wahpeton.   In the early years of the 1900s, only a half-dozen North Dakota cities had secured funding from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation to help construct a […]

  • Lights, Camera, Fargo

    Filming was just underway on this date in 1995 for Joel and Ethan Coen’s movie “Fargo.” The crime drama released in 1996 is often pointed to as Fargo and North Dakota’s first pop culture reference even though the film’s story had little to do with the city. A stammering car salesman hires two crooks from […]

  • Yellow Kid

    In 1898, the city of New York grew into “Greater New York” when Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx and Manhattan joined in one of the biggest consolidations of its time.  It became the world’s second-largest city with a multitude of fascinating things happening – fine-art, architectural grandeur, booming business, flourishing museums and libraries.  The […]

  • North Dakota Whirligig

    In what the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican called “the North Dakota Whirligig,” finances were very much in the news on this date in 1939.  The departments of state government had gotten into a habit of exhausting their budgets, with officials leaving office on January 1 with six months of the biennium left to go. […]

  • Wilton’s Soo Line Depot

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America that were quickly disappearing.  One of these treasures, preserved and still visible today, is the Soo Line Depot at Wilton.   On this date in 1901, the North Dakota Press Association was making plans […]

  • The 22nd Amendment

    The original United States Constitution did not limit a president to serving only two terms.  George Washington set that precedent when he resigned after serving for eight years.  Washington’s voluntary two-term limit was the unwritten rule until 1940 when Franklin D. Roosevelt began a third term.  In 1944, he was elected to a fourth term. […]