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  • William Larrabee

    There was a man named William Larrabee, a trooper in the Seventh Cavalry in 1875, who had a terribly sore throat.  Larrabee’s malady indirectly led him to establish Larrabee post office in Foster County, a location later called “Grace City.” Larrabee had been a Union soldier in the Civil War, and by the early 1870s […]

  • The First Streamlined Train in Bismarck, 1936

    Streamlined design was fashionable in the later 1920s and throughout the ‘30s. This modern style came to North Dakota in a dramatic way in the summer of 1936. Americans seemed to be captivated by speed and efficiency, and the streamline-style movement began in the transportation industry, as designers experimented with making airplanes, dirigibles, and locomotives […]

  • Lynch Quarry

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  While many of these features are other structures with significant historical context, some treasures go back thousands of years and provide evidence of earlier civilizations. Dotting the landscape of western North Dakota, principally along […]

  • The Devils Lake Chautauqua

    In 1874, a summer school for Sunday school teachers was founded on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State.  Participants stayed in tents, and eventually built permanent homes.  Over the years, the assembly grew until it became Chautauqua Institution, a 750 acre educational center.  It still exists, and between Memorial Day and Labor […]

  • “Chip” Unruh – Navy Patrol Bomber

    Reuben “Chip “Unruh was born in 1925 in Golden Valley, North Dakota, and graduated from high school in the town of Zap.  In 1943, Chip joined the Navy and went into aviation.  He ended up getting his wings as a radio man and top turret gunner on a B-24.  The B-24 is well known as […]

  • Cleanliness and Decency at the Fair

    There was a great deal of excitement in Fargo on this date in 1935.  Morning showers did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that gathered at the Great Northern railroad station.  They came to watch the unloading of a train more than forty cars in length.  The United Shows of America had arrived in […]

  • Highway Beautification

    In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson announced the America the Beautiful initiative.  The cornerstone of this program was the Highway Beautification Act.  Among other things, the act called for the removal of billboards from Federal highways.  First Lady Lady Bird Johnson was instrumental in the passage of the Act, which was not without controversy.  Republicans opposed […]

  • Band Camp

    It was during this week in 1956 that the International High School Music Camp began.  It’s located between the U.S. and Canada in the International Peace Garden near Dunseith, North Dakota.  Dr. Merton Utgaard was the camp’s founder. The camp began with humble beginnings. The first year, student housing stood in in a field of […]

  • Maharaja’s Divorce

    Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar, 33 year-old prince of Indore, India, had a busy day on this date in 1943. He divorced his second wife and married another 10 hours later. The Maharaja’s first wife was accidentally killed in Paris in 1937. Overcome with depression, his health deteriorated. He withdrew from society and traveled abroad with […]

  • July Fourth at Fort Union – NHPA

    The National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. One of these treasures in North Dakota was Fort Union, a well-built trading post instrumental in the fur trade. Fort Union was east of Buford in Williams County. Initially established as Fort Floyd in 1828, the fort […]

  • Surveyor General’s Office Opened

    When Congress created Dakota Territory in 1861, its borders reached across the modern Dakotas into today’s Montana and Wyoming. The first person responsible for surveying these lands was George D. Hill. Hill was a large, jovial man who “loved alcohol” and served as surveyor general for the territory starting on this date in 1861 when […]

  • St. Michael’s Hospital and Nursing Home

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. In the early 1990s, two such buildings related to the early medical history of Grand Forks were in serious need of preservation.  The St. Michael’s Hospital and Nurses’ Residence consisted of two buildings connected […]

  • A Royal Visit

    /media/dakotadatebook/2016/jun/29.mp3 On this date in 1926, final preparations were being made in Fargo for a royal visit.  Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf and Crown Princess Louise of Sweden were scheduled to arrive the following day.  The royal couple set out from Washington, D-C, receiving enthusiastic receptions as they traveled across the country.  The Fargo committee in […]

  • Filmmaker Angela Murray Gibson

    Today is the birthday of filmmaker Angela Murray Gibson. Nobody is certain what year she was born, because she refused to reveal her age, and her tombstone reveals only the year she died – 1953. Best guess is that she was born in Scotland around 1878. During the Roaring ‘20s, American women gained independence and […]

  • Headed for St. Paul and Italy

    There was a great deal of excitement in Jamestown on this date in 1922.  It started when forty patients of the state mental institution went out for a supervised walk.  The weather was lovely and everyone was enjoying themselves when a patient decided to strike out on his own.  The unnamed patient left the group […]

  • Hazards of Old Rain Barrels in Town and Country

    Parents must be constantly vigilant to protect their children as the little ones grow up.  This is as true today as it was in the deep past.  One hazard from yesteryears involved rain barrels. People commonly used big wooden barrels to catch and store rainwater that cascaded down from rooftops through rain-gutters and drainpipes.   Rainwater […]

  • High Price for Bread

    Food prices spiraled upwards in 1972.  There were many reasons, including the devaluation of the dollar, a decline in world grain production, and an increase in the demand for meat in developing countries.  But those reasons were no comfort to American consumers. An article in the Bismarck Tribune on this date in 1972 noted that […]

  • Gopher Day in Starkweather, 1916

    The flickertail ground-squirrel has always been a common sight across North Dakota’s prairies, what with its twitching-whiskers and sharp movements, darting across pastures and road-ditches.  It is famous for flicking, or jerking, its tail while running – or before zipping down a gopher hole.  Although small in stature, these rodents flourished in such massive numbers […]

  • Dorothy Stickney

    It was on this date in 1896 that Dorothy Hayes Stickney was born in Dickinson, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Victor Hugo Stickney, also known as the “cowboy doctor.” Even before she was 1, it appeared she was having vision problems. Her parents took her to a specialist in St. Paul, who immediately […]

  • 100-Year Rain in Fargo Flood

    The city of Fargo may have kept the high floodwater of 2009 at bay, but in the summer of 2000, a 100-year rain soaked the city. Seven inches fell in seven hours overnight. And on this date, when it was all said and done, half the city’s homes had taken on water. The damage estimates […]