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  • Creepy Karpis

    Alvin “Creepy” Karpis got his nickname for his crooked, sinister smile. While in the Kansas State Penitentiary for stealing a car, Karpis fell in with members of the Ma Barker Gang, a family of brutal bank robbers known for their bloody heists. When Karpis was released from jail in 1931, he teamed up with the [...]

  • Robert Henry Bahmer, archivist

    Robert H. Bahmer served as the fourth archivist of the National Archives.   Born near Gardena in north central North Dakota on this date in 1904, Bahmer attended high school at Omemee and a year at the University of North Dakota. He transferred to Valley City State University where he earned his B.A. degree in [...]

  • North Dakota Rodeo Star

    North Dakota rodeo star Alvin R. “Gabby” Gabbert died on this date in 1969 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson, after a short illness. He was born July 24, 1921, on the family farm west of Lefor to Herman and Martha Gabbert.   Alvin grew up on a farm in the Lefor community, southwest of [...]

  • McHenry Loop

    In 1871, the Northern Pacific became the first railroad to enter Dakota Territory. The company had been created by an Act of Congress under President Lincoln to build a northern route from the Great Lakes to Puget Sound. As an incentive, the government granted the Northern Pacific more than fifty million acres of land, the [...]

  • Newton Burr

    North Dakota rodeo star Newton Burr was born September 25, 1929, in Elbowoods to Oscar and Mary (Wounded Face) Burr. He was a member of Hidatsa Prairie Chicken Clan. He was raised near Mandaree and educated in Elbowoods.   Newton enjoyed being around livestock and loved working with horses, helping with roundups, brandings, chores and [...]

  • Rabbi Benjamin Papermaster

    In 1891, the city of Grand Forks consisted primarily of Scandinavian immigrants. But with the growth of the city, more immigrants came from Eastern Europe and Russia, seeking a better life. The city’s Jewish community grew, expanding to 60 families. One week before Passover in 1891, Rabbi Benjamin Papermaster arrived in Grand Forks. Coming from [...]

  • U.S. Treasurer John Burke

    John Burke launched his senate campaign on this date in 1916 by speaking before a small crowd in Fargo. Burke was considered one of President Wilson’s most ardent Democratic supporters and was extremely well-known to North Dakotans; from 1907 until 1913, he had served three terms as the state’s tenth Governor. Burke was born in [...]

  • Old Shady

    Blakely Durant was an unlikely celebrity. The humble and quiet black man had been born into the antebellum south in 1826, near Natchez, Mississippi. The son of former slaves, Blakely moved with his family first to Texas, then north to Cincinnati, hoping to escape the dangers of the south. Even in Cincinnati, there were no [...]

  • Great Drought

    In 1934, a great drought beat down about the Great Plains region. Intense heat and no rain created an almost unbearable environment.   Leroy Hankel, a farmer from York, Nebraska, remembered the thirties in an interview. He said 1934 was the worst year of the decade, adding: “We just took everything in stride. Just, when [...]

  • Book Burning in Drake

    …. continuing with school-related themes on this Education Week.   When the janitor of Drake public school tossed a pile of books into the building’s furnace in 1973, he did not do so as a symbolic act or a political statement. The school always burned its waste, and the thirty-two copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse [...]

  • 2010 American Cowboy Museum of the Year

    On this date in 2010, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora was officially recognized as the “American Cowboy Museum of the Year.” The award, presented at the 22nd annual American Cowboy Culture Awards banquet in Lubbock, Texas, put the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in the ranks of other award winners [...]

  • First U.S. Peacetime Draft Law Implemented

    On this date in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Service and Training Act. War had been raging in Europe since 1939. The German military machine held much of Europe and was assaulting Great Britain. The draft law came over a year before the U.S. entered the war after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in [...]

  • Beryl Newman

    “He’s the bravest guy I ever saw,” said a soldier about Lieutenant Beryl Newman. Newman and the Army’s “Red Bull” 34th Infantry Division, fought the Germans at the Anzio beachhead in Italy for 43 days straight before breaking out from the German encirclement. Newman helped lead the way in May, 1944. Newman, with only a [...]

  • Cowboys and Dickinson

    In 1871, the spot that would someday become Dickinson started off as a Northern Pacific Railroad survey site. Nine years later, the railroad finally arrived and the site was named Pleasant Valley Siding. The next year, it was renamed for Wells Stoughton Dickinson, a land agent and politician from New York. Dickinson’s brother, Horace, lived [...]

  • Emmons County Schoolhouse

    The role that education placed in the new territory of Dakota was evident from the beginning when the Organic Act of 1861 stated that Sections 16 and 36 were reserved for “the purpose of being applied to schools”. Although homesteading was not allowed here, there is a common misconception that the schools were located on [...]

  • North Dakota Rodeo Star

    On this date in 1953 Frank Whitecalfe was all of two days old. He was born to Oscar and Greta Whitecalfe in Garrison, North Dakota. Little did they realized they had a future rodeo star on their hands. Frank attended White Shield School in Garrison, graduating in 1971. He worked on the family ranch while [...]

  • Minot During Prohibition Days

    Local and federal law enforcement officers had their work cut out for them during the Prohibition Era (1920-1933). The nation was divided over Prohibition; some believed the law could reform all Americans, while others saw nothing wrong with making liquor, selling it or drinking it. Rumrunners and bootleggers and moonshiners abounded. The money involved in [...]

  • The Great Train Gunslingers

    Two train agents shot and killed would-be looter Robert Williams aboard an east-bound freight train on this date in 1917; Williams, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, jumped the train at Dilworth. Strongly anti-war, I-W-W members, or ‘Wobblies’ as they became known, engaged in various acts of sabotage against the nation during [...]

  • Canfields in flight

    Ed and Dorothea Canfield were a husband and wife team famous for their flying careers. Ed started flying in 1921. He lived in the area of Fullerton, North Dakota and took up aviation as a hobby, but eventually flew full-time. In an article he later would write for the National Aeronautic Magazine in the mid-1930s, [...]

  • Rose Thompson Hovick

    In the late nineteenth century, Wahpeton was a thriving but sleepy little community nestled on the bank of the Red River. Steeped in the morals and traditions of the Norwegian and Bohemian families that settled there, it hardly seems like an insignificant local event would eventually have a major impact on theatrical stages across the [...]