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  • 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 […]

  • Tour Bus Ambush

    Today we are accustomed to hearing stories of terrorist attacks in the Middle East, Europe, and even closer to home.  Forty-five years ago, such tales were not so common, but there were terrorist incidents.  In February, 1970, a Swissair plane bound for Israel crashed in Switzerland after an explosion on board.  Everyone on board was […]

  • The Oblong Box

    On this date in 1905, the Courier Democrat of Cavalier County ran a story about a spooked paymaster. Willard Bugbee had withdrawn $12,000 from the bank to pay railroad workers. He then went to catch the train to Drayton, in Pembina County.  At the station, he noticed a fellow passenger, a squinty-eyed man he had […]

  • John F. Reynolds Post No. 5

    /media/dakotadatebook/2016/feb/22.mp3 On this date in 1884, a group of Union Civil War veterans banded together in Fargo to form John F. Reynolds Post No. 44 of the Grand Army of the Republic. The group was active in Fargo for nearly 60 years. Its members, peaking at 287 before death took its toll, engaged in state […]

  • Bessie Carry The Moccasin

    On this date in 1911, Bessie ‘Carry The Moccasin’ died. The Sioux woman lived her entire life near Porcupine, North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. She was born as Matoziwin, or Yellow Bear, in 1873 or ‘74. Her father was Struck Many and her mother was Iron Tracks. Iron Tracks gave birth to […]

  • Medora Packing Plant

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.   One example of the need for such preservation is the remains of the old meat packing plant in Medora, North Dakota. The plant was destroyed by fire in 1907, leaving only the old brick […]

  • Presidential Disaster Declaration

    The winter of 2009-2010 proved to be the 15th wettest in 115 years, even wetter than the previous winter that led to record-high flooding on the Red River. The worst storm of the winter of 2009-2010 came in January. For five days the state was rocked by ice, freezing rain, heavy snow and high winds. […]

  • Rolling into the Plains

    One of the most influential rock groups ever is arguably the Rolling Stones, a band with an expansive and far-reaching career. Their style is defined by hard, rocking rhythms combined with blues. This harder, more grunge sound distinguished then from their British contemporaries like the Beatles. They first performed as the Rolling Stones in 1962, […]

  • 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 […]