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  • Red River Flood of 1882

    It’s springtime in the Red River Valley of the North.  It’s a time when nervous crowds congregate on the riverbank to stare anxiously at the dark and sullen river.  The muddy water forms eddies and swirls that quickly disappear as the river laboriously carries away the runoff of the melting snows that had formed a […]

  • Stuart’s Stranglers

    In the late 1800s, cattle rustling posed a serious danger to the cattle business on the open range.  One of the most influential of the cattlemen was Granville Stuart.  He wrote that the cattlemen were as peaceable and law-abiding as could be found, but they had $35,000,000 worth of property spread over some 75,000 square […]

  • Mission to the Moon

    On this day in 1972, Americans across the United States had a lot to discuss, as news of Apollo 16, launched the day before, raced across the country. This news had a special impact across North Dakota—especially West Fargo.  Dr. Anthony England, a “boyhood resident” of that city, was serving as a “key man” in […]

  • Minot Attorney’s Lighted Gunsight Attempted To Revolutionize Modern Warfare, 1909

    Thomas Neary, a well-known attorney from Minot, had a marvelous invention to improve rifle gunsights, back in the year 1909.  He was going to “revolutionize modern warfare” and make big-game hunting easier with a new idea. Mr. Neary’s great notion was to place two tiny electric light bulbs on a rifle to help the shooter […]

  • Smith Stimmel recalls Lincoln’s Death

    Two days after the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army in April of 1865, a jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House calling for President Lincoln.  Among the crowd waiting to hear what would be Abraham Lincoln’s final public address was a 22-year-old man named Smith Stimmel.   A member of the elite […]

  • Post Office Names

    In the early 1900s, many new counties and towns were forming throughout the state and country, which also meant more post offices, which were often named after the town they served, though sometimes they were given different names – perhaps after the first postmaster.   On this date in 1907, the search for meaning and […]

  • Dreams of the Future

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the dreams of the past.”  There is no doubt that Jefferson was a dreamer.  One of his dreams was the purchase of a massive area of land we know as the Louisiana Purchase.  But not everyone shared his vision.  There was strong […]

  • World War II Victory Speed Limit on North Dakota’s Roads

    “’V’ for Victory,” was the famous motto of Winston Churchill as he rallied international support for winning World War II. North Dakotans answered the call and willingly rationed vital goods needed to win the war. Key elements among the rationed goods included tires and gasoline. The best way to save both was to reduce the […]

  • Banning Elmer Gantry

    Sinclair Lewis published the book Elmer Gantry in 1927. The book is about a traveling evangelist who preferred whiskey, women and wealth to saving souls. It was a controversial book, banned in some areas around the country, such as Boston, where sales of Elmer Gantry could be prosecuted under a law prohibiting ‘indecent and obscene […]

  • HT Ranch

    Arthur Clark Huidekoper was a rancher and cowboy of great renown around the turn of the century in North Dakota. From Pennsylvania originally, he was enticed out to the western portion of North Dakota, where he set up a ranch and business alongside contemporary, famed rancher Marquis de Mores.   Huidekoper and Sidney Tarbell established […]

  • Farm Relief

    Following World War I, North Dakota farmers faced financial hardship.  The war had created a high demand for farm products – prices rose as exports surged.  Farmers enjoyed a prosperity they had never known.  But when the war ended, demand rapidly decreased.  Overproduction resulted in sagging prices.  Farmers who had taken out mortgages and loans […]

  • Army Day

    Today is Army Day.  Well, it used to be Army Day.  A Bismarck Tribune article stated President Franklin Roosevelt was proclaiming this day in 1943 to be Army Day as a way to honor “the men of the United States Army who have carried the flag of the United States and its ideals which it […]

  • Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour

    In 1935, Major Edward Bowes began airing a radio show with that would make history. The Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour was a popular talent contest. In its first year, more than thirty thousand acts auditioned. One of the successful acts was the “Hoboken Four.” The act was made up of Fred Tamburro, Jimmy Petro, Patty […]

  • World Autism Awareness Day

    Tyler Smith was born in April of 2002. He was diagnosed with autism a few months shy of his second birthday. Luckily he was in the caring hands of his mother, Sandy Smith, and his sister, Darcy Kasprowicz. Sandy’s insurance would cover the therapy needed, but trying to find that therapy was difficult. In December […]

  • April Fools Time

    For many people, April Fools’ Day is a time for mischief and tomfoolery.  However, on this date in 1943, mischievous time itself “fooled” many North Dakotans.   “If you did not sleep an hour later this morning, you gypped yourself,” lamented the Oakes Times in Dickey County, “because all clocks were set back an hour […]

  • W.H. Brown and His Civil War Service Reminiscences

    When the Civil War ripped the U.S. in two in 1861, William H. Brown was working in a hardware store in Massachusetts.  He immediately enlisted in the 10th Massachusetts Regiment, joining 1,000 other “strong, young business men,” who gave up their usual pay of one-hundred-dollars a month for the paltry $11-per-month of a soldier. W.H. […]

  • Wustner’s Oil

    On this date in 1909, Joe Wustner of Ryder proved it wasn’t impossible to turn water into oil. Actually, oil had been in Wustner’s 28-foot water well for more than two years before people started to pay attention. Wustner knew it was there, so he only used the water for livestock, and he burned the […]

  • Col. Lounsberry’s Civil War Service

    By 1864, the Union army under General Ulysses S. Grant had been forced to abandon their plans to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA by direct assault. But 25 miles south of Richmond lay Petersburg, an important supply center to the capital city. Boasting several railroad lines and key roads, both Grant and Confederate […]

  • Gerrymandering

    Gerrymandering is a practice by which a political party attempts to manipulate voting district boundaries for political advantage.  The party in power has control of the process, so the party out of power regularly accuses the other of gerrymandering. The term was coined on this date in 1812.  It appeared in a political cartoon in […]

  • William H. Brown

    William H. Brown was very involved with land matters in the development of North Dakota. Among other jobs, Brown established The William H. Brown Land Company, one of the largest such companies west of the Missouri River. He also platted and founded several townsites, including Flasher, Haynes, and, in 1904, Mott.   In March of […]