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  • Peter Bannigan Gets Away

    On this day in 1876, a soldier lay dead, and a saloonkeeper was arrested for murder. Bismarck was, at this point, as wild as any town on the frontier – one surveyor described it as “17 saloons and 13 other buildings.” This latest incident was another in a long line of too many shootings for [...]

  • Bishop Shanley

    On this date in 1889, Right Reverend John Shanley was consecrated as the first Catholic Bishop in North Dakota. Some of the state’s first Catholics settled around the James and Pipestem river valley around 1872; visiting missionary priests used, among other sites, a railroad boxcar for celebrating Mass. By 1883, a campaign was launched to [...]

  • Editor Jailed

    One doesn’t normally think of newspaper editors as life threatening, but in 1910, on this date, one was sitting in jail in Cando. Mr. Treadwell, editor of a Rock Lake newspaper, had shot two men in a pool room several days before, and nobody was sure if the men would survive. The District Judge in [...]

  • First White Baby in ND

    In June of 1806, a 26-year-old Scottish man signed on to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada. John Fubbister was from the parish of St Andrews in the Orkney Islands and soon became known around Fort Albany as The Orkney Lad. Working as an agent, Fubbister paddled his canoe up-river to deliver supplies [...]

  • David Thompson

    It was on this date in 1797 that David Thompson arrived at the Knife River villages of the Hidatsa Indians near present-day Stanton. Thompson had tremendous endurance, covering more than 55,000 miles during his life-long explorations. He was also outgoing, somewhat homely, godly and intelligent, with black hair and ruddy cheeks. Thompson was born in [...]

  • Eagle Woman That All Look At

    Today begins a 3-part series on Eagle-Woman-That-All-Look-At. She was the daughter of Two Lance, chief of the Upper Yankton Nakota, who felt she was destined to gain some of the same respect and admiration the tribe had given him. Eagle Woman married Honore Picotte, a French fur trader at Fort Union. When he died, she [...]

  • Eagle Woman That All Look At-Part 2

    Yesterday, we began a three-part series on the women who was a contributor to peace between her husband’s white military world and the world of her Yankton father, Chief Two Lance. Eagle Woman That All Look At and her husband, Major Galpin, had agreed to accompany Father De Smet on his trip to Montana. They [...]

  • Eagle Woman That All Look At-Part 3

    This is part 3 of our story on Eagle Woman That All Look At, who in the 1860s, lived at Fort Rice on the upper Missouri with her husband, Major Charles Galpin, a licensed trader. Eagle Woman was well liked at the fort, and Captain Adams even described her as “one of the finest women [...]

  • Big Bread

    In January of 1957, the Brownee Bakery in Fargo turned out the world’s largest loaf of bread. They worked on it for 12 days before getting it right, and after 17 failures, they finally produced the perfect loaf. Some bakers pride themselves on bread that’s light as a feather; but this record breaker weighed a [...]

  • Pierre Bottineau

    Bottineau County was created on this date in 1873 and was named for a mixed-blood guide, Pierre Bottineau, sometimes referred to as the “Kit Carson” of Dakota. One of Bottineau’s notable expeditions was in 1862, when he guided a wagon train of 117 men, 13 women and 50 soldiers from Fort Abercrombie to the Montana [...]

  • The Two Fargos

    Fargo had been bustling five years before it was officially incorporated on this day in 1875. When the railroad headed west, there was a flurry of speculation to determine where it would cross the Red River, because it was forecast that the crossing would be the site of the next large city. To deal with [...]

  • Death of Teddy Roosevelt

    Today marks the anniversary of the death of Teddy Roosevelt, who died in his sleep in 1919 while at his New York home at Sagamore Hill on Long Island. As a young man, Roosevelt faced the staggering experience of losing both his wife and his mother on the same day in the same house. It [...]

  • Dick Johnson, Test Pilot

    One year ago today, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Johnson was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full Air Force Military Honors. Dick was born on September 21, 1917 near Cooperstown, the eighth of 10 children. His father died when he was only 8, and his mother raised the family on very modest means. His [...]

  • Minnie Craig

    The United Nations declared 1975 International Women’s Year. The woman chosen for North Dakota’s special honors was Minnie Craig, and Sunday marks the anniversary of that ceremony. Minnie Davenport Craig was born in Phillips, Maine, in 1883. She was a very bright student, and after graduating from high school, she taught school, went to college [...]

  • Billy Petrolle, the Fargo Express

    Think of North Dakota boxers, and you probably think Virgil Hill. But Hill is not the only great boxer to come out of the state. Back in the 1920s and 30s, there was a lightweight, Billy Petrolle (pet-TROLL-ay), who went by the name of the “Fargo Express.” He is ranked as one of the two [...]

  • Good Samaritan Centers

    In 1922, a Lutheran pastor, August Hoeger, was concerned about the needs of children crippled by polio. Inspired by the Bible story in the Book of Luke, he founded the Good Samaritan Society in Arthur, North Dakota. He started raising money, and the response was so positive that he surpassed his goal by $2,000. He [...]

  • Cando

    In 1884, a site was selected in Towner County to become the new county seat. According to historical reports, one J. W. Connelly objected to the action of creating a new town for the site. County Commissioner Captain Prosper Parker, a County Commissioner, responded, “Gentlemen, we have been appointed to this committee to decide this [...]

  • Red Kate

    Today marks the anniversary of the death of Kate Richards, who died in 1948 at the age of 71. Also known as Red Kate, her brush with North Dakota made history. She was born in 1876 to Kansas farmers who were forced off their farm after an economic depression and then a drought in 1887. [...]

  • Dakota Cowboy Soldier

    The Lake Region Pioneer Daughters have published a booklet called The Cowboy Soldier, which contains letters written by Michael Vetter to his brother in Pittsburgh. Vetter was a soldier in the 7th Cavalry stationed at Fort Totten. Today, we bring you excerpts of three letters written in January of 1876, which were translated from German. [...]

  • George Defender, Rodeo

    The annual Cowboy’s Reunion started out somewhat accidentally at the first Mercer County Fair in 1915. Among the exhibits was a shorthorn bull, and Frank Chase of Fort Berthold decided he wanted to ride it – which he did. The crowd was impressed and passed a hat, and Chase walked away with $30. It was [...]