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  • Escaping the Draft

    A military draft was instituted during the American Civil War.  It proved to be very unpopular, and was abolished when the war was over.  But when World War I broke out, the draft was reintroduced with the Selective Service Act of 1917.  All men ages of 21 to 30 had to register.  This was later […]

  • Rattlesnake Lisemba

    Raymond Lisemba was born to Alabama sharecroppers in 1895. When he learned he was the sole beneficiary of his uncles’ $4,000 life insurance policy, he changed his name to Robert James and went to barber college. At 26, he married Maud Duncan, who quickly divorced him for sadistic cruelty. James moved to Kansas, opened a […]

  • Death of Henry Layer

    One of North Dakota’s most notorious convicted killers died on this date in 1925. Henry Layer was sentenced to life in prison for murdering eight people, including seven members of the Wolf family who lived near Turtle Lake, North Dakota. Layer was born in Russia in 1884. He came to Ashley, in what was then […]

  • Violence in West Fargo

    On this date in 1948, there was turmoil in West Fargo.  A strike by the United Packinghouse Workers of America had entered its third day. The local strikers had been reinforced by men from St. Paul, and violence broke out at the Armour and Company packing plant.  Pickets attacked three deputy sheriffs and the drivers […]

  • Historic Preservation Act Introduced in Congress

    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.  As we’ve been reporting, many sites in North Dakota have been protected by the Act.   On this date in 1966, Senator Edward Muskie, with the support of Senator Mike […]

  • Roy Drawz

    Roy Drawz was tired of shoveling coal to heat his Minot home, so he invented a machine to do it for him. He was no amateur in heating, for he worked as an engineer at the heating plant at Minot State Teachers College.  Roy took old automobile parts and other scrap metal and built a […]

  • Joseph M. Devine

    Dakota Territory and Joseph M. Devine almost share a birthday. The sixth governor of North Dakota was born on this date in 1861, thirteen days after an act of Congress created Dakota Territory. Devine served five months as governor before he left in early 1899, one of many oddball stories in the state’s gubernatorial history. […]

  • Fairview Lift Bridge

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America, and today’s Datebook considers another North Dakota example, the Fairview Lift Bridge.   By the turn of the Twentieth Century, the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern Railroads had transcontinental lines running across the […]

  • Spring Has Sprung – Almost

    On this date in 1935, the high temperature for Fargo was predicted to be 26 degrees with 25 mile an hour winds.  But even though it was over a month until Easter, spring was on the minds of North Dakotans.  Across the state in Williston, the high was 30 with a warming trend The weather […]

  • Churchs Ferry: A Town Diminished but Not Forgotten

    Located along U.S. Highway 2 west of Devils Lake, the town of Churchs Ferry has struggled to remain intact.  To passersby, at first glance, Churchs Ferry appears to be abandoned. Those who live nearby have witnessed the rising waters of Devils Lake creeping into Churchs Ferry, threatening, and eventually engulfing many of the town’s houses […]

  • Southwestern Depopulation

    North Dakota’s southwest is one of the state’s most depopulated regions, Slope County especially. The city of Marmarth, founded in 1907, had over 1,300 residents by 1920. It had a theater, car dealership, jewelry store, opera house and other businesses. Today the town has about 140 residents. The county’s only other incorporated town is Amidon, […]

  • The Biggest Spectator Sport in the Country

    On this date in 1974, the front page of the Bismarck Tribune sported a startling photo of young people leaping about naked.  The headline explained that the day before, streakers frolicked by the thousands on college campuses throughout the country.  University of Georgia streakers claimed the record after as many as 1,000 students participated.  But […]

  • Thomas Frank Marshall

    A politician and businessman who served North Dakota in Congress was born on this date in 1854. Thomas Frank Marshall was born in Missouri and educated in Wisconsin before coming to Yankton, Dakota Territory, in 1873 as a surveyor. He had left the state normal school at Platteville, Wisconsin, two months before graduating due to […]

  • The Flower Woman

    This is the time of year we thumb through seed catalogues, and some of those seeds are undoubtedly available thanks to one of the most famous gardeners to come out of North Dakota – Fannie Mahood Heath, who was born on this date in 1864 in Wykoff, Minnesota. Fannie learned gardening early. Her grandmother gave […]

  • The Liner Dakota

    On this date in 1907, the Liner Dakota was on her seventh voyage on a clear bright afternoon when she struck a reef off the coast of Japan and sank. The liner was launched only three years before on February 6th, 1904, at New London, Connecticut. Christening the bow with champagne was 17-year-old Mary Bell […]

  • Changing Borders Before Dakota

    Before North and South Dakota, there was Dakota Territory, but before Dakota Territory the area had many other characterizations.  The Mandan, the Arikara, the Hidatsa, the Anishinabe, the Oyate all had their way to talk about it.  After the arrival of Europeans, it became part of a vast area referred to as Louisiana, generally defined […]

  • Swindler

    Oakley Crawford was born on this date in 1847; it was an event many people came to regret. Little is known of Oakley’s early years, except that he served in the Civil War and was said to be ordained as a Methodist minister. Crawford married in New York, but within two years his wife sued […]

  • Bids Wanted

    Cass County is the most populous county in North Dakota.  In 2013 it was the 14th fastest growing county in the entire country.  It was one of the original counties defined in 1872, and was organized a year later on October 27th.  The county was named for General George Washington Cass, president of the Northern […]

  • Nancy Hendrickson

    Today is the birthday of a sweet-spirited woman, Nancy Hendrickson. She was born in 1886 in a house built of cottonwood by Nancy’s Swedish father, Sone Christenson. They homesteaded on the Heart River where, just 10 years before, the 7th Cavalry crossed on the way to the Little Bighorn. Nancy was the only one of […]

  • Death of Frank J. Thompson

    A man present for many firsts in North Dakota died on this date in 1910. Frank J. Thompson came to Fargo, Dakota Territory from Michigan in 1878 to practice law. Thompson was a man of many hats prior to coming to Dakota; he was a machinist, taught music and later studied law. He formed a […]