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  • Renville

    On this date in 1933, Mr. Felix Renville and his wife were getting ready to travel from their home in Fort Yates to New York to appear on Robert Ripley’s radio program, “Believe It or Not.”   According to an article in the Mandan Daily News, the curious event prompting the show to invite Renville […]

  • O. H. Woodridge

    A Fargo postal carrier reported the success of his new winter contraption on this day in 1928. The winter of 1928 proved to be one of the worst on record for North Dakota in terms of snowfall and blizzard-like conditions. Many people around the state, notably doctors and mail carriers, found it impossible to drive […]

  • Division and Dualism

    On this date in 1888, Congress was dealing with the Springer Omnibus Bill, which would admit a single state of Dakota. For most people, especially in Dakota Territory, statehood was not acceptable without division. However, the precedent in dividing the territory along the 46th parallel went back more than three decades, even before the creation […]

  • Fear of Fires in the Barn

    A barn was always the biggest building on a farm one hundred years ago. For farm kids, the hayloft in the barn was a place of wonderment, full of hay and memories. In the hayloft, children worked hard, getting hay-bales or loose hay packed tightly into every space, and they played hard, swinging on ropes, […]

  • Madame Speaker

    On this day in 1933, North Dakota’s House of Representatives elected a speaker who was a little different from the average joe…especially since she was a jane. At age 49, Mrs. Minnie D. Craig of Esmond, North Dakota, became the first female speaker in the United States. When majority house leader Herbert F. Swett nominated […]

  • Winter Carnival

    The city of Fargo held its annual Winter Carnival on this day in 1928. Fargo’s Park Board sponsored the event, and several local groups donated prizes to be awarded during the carnival. Featuring skating, skiing, and dog-sled racing events, the carnival was an all-day event consisting of both a daytime and a nighttime program. Skiing […]

  • Fishing for Catfish on the Red River

    Catfish have always thrived in the mud-colored waters of the Red River. The face of a big catfish is familiar to anglers, for its broad head is ugly-looking and gigantic in proportion to its body. The barbels extending from around its mouth look like cat whiskers, hence the name “catfish.” A catfish seems wicked because […]

  • New Year’s Eve Balls

    In the early 20th century, many North Dakota communities held balls to celebrate the New Year. They often used the occasions as fundraisers for charitable causes or specific funds. For example, when the residents of Williston wanted a band in 1901, they held a New Year’s Eve ball to raise funds. Over sixty couples attended […]

  • Springer’s Insult

    During the mid-1880s the most influential obstacle to the admission of North and South Dakota resided in the United States House of Representatives. William Springer was a long-time Democratic leader from Illinois. He was born in Sullivan County, Indiana on May 30, 1836, but moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, with his parents in 1848. He was […]

  • Rodeo star John “Buzz” Fredericks Jr.

    North Dakota rodeo star John “Buzz” Fredericks Jr. died on this date in 2006. He was a lifetime rancher and a well-known rodeo cowboy, winning titles in bareback, saddle bronc and steer wrestling. Born March 24, 1933, to John Fredericks Sr. and Catherine Medicine Stone-Fredericks on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, he was a member […]

  • A Very White Christmas

    Those dreaming of a white Christmas got more than they bargained for on this day in 1916. The Bismarck Tribune reported some snowfall in Los Angeles, but it was the northern states that received the brunt of white Christmas wishes. In what was considered at the time the worst storm in 48 years, western North […]

  • Jack Chase

    A cowboy’s cowboy, Jack Chase died on December 26, 2001. He was a four-time state champion steer wrestler during the 1960s and traveled the rodeo circuit as often as his work allowed from the late 1940s until 1980, when he retired from active competition. Jack was a top rodeo cowboy and a person who did […]

  • Free Press Souvenirs

    Those residents of Fargo on the Winnipeg Free Press mailing list delighted in receiving their annual Christmas souvenirs on this date in 1909. The unusual and unique Christmas souvenirs from the newspaper had become an annual event in the area, and were eagerly looked forward to by many members of the community. The Winnipeg Free […]

  • Christmas in Dakota 1888

    In 1888, immigrants arrived in Dakota Territory at the rate of 1,000 month. Whether seeking a new life, new career or freedom, for most, the life of a pioneer was a hard one. It was difficult creating a farm or ranch from the treeless, trackless prairie, often devoid of neighbors. A wagon load of rough […]

  • Thomas Nast

    By the late 1880s, Thomas Nast was already an American legend. Called “the father of the American caricature,” he had popularized satirical cartoons in the nation’s newspapers, working for the New York Illustrated News and Harper’s Weekly. His cartoons had propagated the use of such symbols as an elephant to represent the Republican Party, and […]

  • Victory Sing in Grand Forks

    World War I was the most devastating war in human history at the time it was fought from 1914 to 1918. The Armistice that ended the conflict on November 1, 1918, came as a great relief to the nations at war. For J. Myron Bacon, a pilot from Grand Forks, word that “the armistice had […]

  • Dickinson Clay Products Company

    Shortly before the turn of the 20th century, a UND biology professor and his brother purchased an old brick plant near Dickinson and turned it into one of the state’s premier brick plants.   Producing high quality fire brick and face brick, the Dickinson Fire and Pressed Brick Company employed up to 30 men, but […]

  • What about Bob?

    Bob Watson was something of a mystery citizen. No one knew him when he first moved to Mandan in 1925. He was slight—perhaps in some ways a little too thin—but cheerful.   He was interesting, too—perhaps because of his experiences. He secured a job at the Nigey hotel as a clerk. Bob worked there for […]

  • Land Ownership and Patriotism

    Northern Dakota Territory was rapidly developing, and on this date in 1888 citizens were hopeful that statehood was growing near. It was significant, however, that many absentee land owners controlled huge tracts of land in so-called Bonanza farms. With the financial failure of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1873, bond holders like George Cass exchanged […]

  • Frank Marshall

    World War II hero and North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee Frank Marshall was once a world champion bull rider. He was also well known as a horse breaker and trader.   Lyndon Earl “Frank” Marshall was born to Albert and Maud Marshall on this date in 1914, on the family farm near Forbes. […]