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  • Hypnotist McEwen

    A traveling hypnotist came to Grand Forks in March of 1897 and mesmerized his audiences night after night in seven performances. The hypnotist, known as the “Great McEwen” or as “Professor McEwen,” had a wonderful stage show in which he entertained large audiences with startling feats of mind control and suggestion, all done with care […]

  • Norwegian-American North Dakota Ladies Aid Societies

    Beginning in the 1870s, many Norwegian immigrants established Lutheran congregations in North Dakota. Only the men voted and managed those congregations. The women were organized by the pastors into the women’s society – in Norwegian called the KVINDEFORENING. [kvin-eh-for-eh-ning]. By the 1930s it was renamed the Ladies’ Aid Society. In some places the women organized […]

  • Jon Norstog, A Prolific Writer

    Once, the most prolific writer in the Norwegian language lived in North Dakota. He was Jon Norstog [norՙ-stogg], born in Telemark [tehՙ-leh-mark], Norway, in 1877. He disliked farm work, and would rather hunt, dream and write. At a church academy Jon deepened his faith and learned the common idiomatic language of Norway, while also mastering […]

  • Schools at War

    As the United States entered World War II, everyone on the home front was called upon to help. The Schools at War program was organized on September 25, 1942, by the War Savings Staff of the Treasury Department and the U.S. Office of Education. The program was set up to garner the interest and participation […]

  • Studebaker

    In 1916, a very special car was turning heads: a Studebaker gold chassis. The car was constructed with more than 250 ounces of pure gold. It was built at a cost of more than $25,000 dollars. The car proved a sensation at the New York automobile show in January of 1916.   News of the […]

  • Beatrice Agard

    In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” Florentino Ariza waits fifty-one years, nine months, and four days to profess his “vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love” to his beloved Fermina Daza.   Everlasting adoration is often the material for writers and poets, but for Bea Agard from Larimore, North Dakota, […]

  • ND FCCLA National Vocational Education

    President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Hughes Act into law on this day in 1917.  This was the first national vocational education act, and it established state boards of vocational education be created in order to appropriate funds received by the federal government.  The act came about partly in response to the pressures concerning the nation’s […]

  • Counties on the ND Map

    There are 53 counties in North Dakota today, but early on, the map of the state changed frequently. The first counties were established when region was still a territory. Additional counties were added, carved up or divided, which was often a point of contention. Have you ever heard of Burbank County? How about Stevenson? Both […]

  • Dreaming of Jewel Bearing Plants

    On this date in 1953, citizens of Rolla were thinking about jewels – to be more precise, they were thinking about a jewel bearing factory. The new Turtle Mountain Ordnance Plant in Rolla was under construction.  It would produce synthetic rubies, sapphires and ceramics — critical components in highly sensitive instruments used by the military […]

  • Otto Bremer

    Otto Bremer and his brother Adolph immigrated to Minnesota in 1886 and within a few years Otto had entered into the banking business as a bookkeeper. He then decided to make a run at politics as a candidate for the City Treasurer for St. Paul, an office he held from 1900 to 1910. In 1903 […]

  • Dire Winter Weather

    If you were listening yesterday, you heard about the dire winter weather conditions that the Williams County area suffered in the first few months of 1936. Paths of communication were cut as telephone lines fell, roads were blocked by snow, and temperatures dropped to new record lows. It was one of the worst winters ever […]

  • Weather

    With the dawn of 1936, a terrible, drawn-out cold settled on the country. Snow storms raged and temperatures fell well below zero. Williston felt the icy temperatures keenly, with cold so deep that farmers reported that “the Little Muddy and Stony Creek were frozen to the bottom.” Telephone employees fought the cold to repair broken […]

  • Cookies for U.S. Soldiers

    War has two themes: Love and Death. The death theme is grimly obvious – soldiers could die any day in combat. The love theme involved families who said farewells to loved ones going off to war, hoping beyond hope that they might be reunited. The twin themes of love and death played out in Minot […]

  • Lincoln’s Birthday

    Dr. William Jayne owed much of his political success to President Abraham Lincoln.   Jayne was certainly well-connected with the ambitious lawyer.  William was Abraham’s personal physician and long-time political supporter.  His sister, Julia, was a close friend of Mary Todd; she even stood as a bridesmaid in the Todd-Lincoln wedding.  After winning the presidency, […]

  • Silk Train Passed Speedily Through Grand Forks

    Silk has a natural beauty unmatched by lesser fibers.  Silk ranks among the strongest of fibers and among the most lustrous and shiniest materials on earth, and softest to the touch.  Nothing holds the color of dye more deeply than silk. Spun by silkworms into cocoons, silk has always been a luxurious commodity. From 1900 […]

  • H.J. Forsythe

    In 1917, as World War I loomed, Americans prepared for war. Among the challenges was aviation. Aircraft were relatively new, with Orville and Wilbur Wright having just flown in the first recorded controlled, powered flight in December 1903. But the field had developed quickly, becoming an important wartime priority. To meet the demand for pilots, […]

  • Shameful Suicide

    Ole Peterson proved that shame can kill a man on this day in 1907.  Peterson took his own life after being arrested for abusing his wife and children, and it was reported that the rural farmer couldn’t bear to live with the shame of the act.  The farmer was in the custody of Deputy Sheriff […]

  • Blackjack

    The cavalry is forever linked to North Dakota history.  The most famous cavalry unit to serve in North Dakota was the Seventh Cavalry.  Although cavalrymen only earned $12 a month, they considered it a prestigious assignment.  When we think of the cavalry on the frontier, we often think of battles with Native Americans.  But the […]

  • Rivalry Between Bismarck and Grand Forks Over Toboggan Slides

    Ever since territorial days, Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks have been rivals for supremacy – in politics, commerce and leadership. But there was also Bismarck’s claim to have the best and longest toboggan sliding hill, far superior to those in Grand Forks and Fargo. On this date in 1886, the Bismarck Tribune announced that the […]

  • Prairies Wide and Free

    James W. Foley was born in St. Louis on this date in 1874.  His family moved to North Dakota and settled at Fort Abraham Lincoln.  His father went on to Medora where he worked for the Marquis de Mores and became friends with Theodore Roosevelt.  Roosevelt said Foley was one of the few in the […]