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  • The Old Town Pump

    Today the tentacles of the rural water pipelines are reaching out to more remote areas to ensure a supply of drinking and domestic water. For most urban dwellers, drinking water from the tap is taken for granted but that was not always the case. For many towns and cities there was a domestic supply of [...]

  • Cigar Factory in Valley City

    On this date in 1912, W. H. Schien became manager of a new business he established in Valley City—a cigar factory.   The cigar business seemed to be booming, and Schien’s cigars were selling in various parts of the state. However, he saw Valley City as a place of promise and moved his family there. [...]

  • Canadian Quarantine

    In early June of 1892, the Canadian Pacific steamer Empress of Japan sailed up the Portage Inlet and into the harbor of Victoria, British Columbia.  The ship had sailed east from Japan, transporting mail and cargo.  Once docked, around 150 Chinese and Japanese crew members disembarked, anxious to explore the city.  One of the main [...]

  • Turtle Effigy Historical Site

      It was on this day, July 30, 1992 near Golden Valley that the State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired a rare collection of 95 stones. Taken by themselves, these stones were nothing special; similar to any number of rocks found throughout the state. However, left where they were found and undisturbed they formed [...]

  • Gold Star Mothers

    When the United States entered World War I, George Vaughn Seibold volunteered.  He was attached to the British Royal Flying Corps.  His squadron was assigned to combat duty in France.  He regularly corresponded with his family, but then the letters stopped.  Since aviators were under the control of the British, his family had a difficult [...]

  • Williams’ Constitution

    Twenty-five days into the Constitutional Convention for North Dakota, the Constitution was progressing rapidly.  By this date in 1889, over one hundred and thirty resolutions or files had been introduced since July 12th.  These covered a variety of topics from the Preamble to Women’s Suffrage, but originally there was no uniform constitution on which to [...]

  • Grab-a Root

    Life was harsh in the military posts on the Plains. They were lonely, isolated places, and frontier soldiers often sought solace through the post trader’s whiskey, but they needed to be wary.  Public intoxication at the post could land them in the guardhouse.   Such was the case of one Private Schute of Company B [...]

  • Train Robbery

    In July of 1911, an overnight trip took a downward turn when a Northern Pacific train was held up. It occurred as the train passed through Tower City; three men described as being of medium height and wearing polka-dot handkerchiefs, went through the sleeper cars of the train and systematically woke up all the passengers, [...]

  • Hannifin Returns

    The Constitutional Convention had gotten off to a slow start.  It was not until the 11th Day of the convention that the first resolution or file was introduced. Even then, procedural problems plagued the session and hampered any significant progress.  Using language found in the constitutions from other states, delegates introduced possible articles, but often [...]

  • Wahpeton’s First Settler

    Morgan T. Rich established the first settlement at Wahpeton on this date in 1869. This was not Mr. Rich’s first visit to the area however. Earlier, in 1864, he had passed through the area on a trek from Ft. Ridgeley, in Minnesota, to what is now Helena, Montana. General Sully and 4,000 cavalry and mounted [...]

  • Where Wheat is King

    It has never been easy to be a farmer in North Dakota.  One of the biggest problems can be a lack of rain.  North Dakota averages of 17 inches of rain per year, making it one of the driest states.  Studies of tree rings show that drought has been a problem in the area since [...]

  • Statehood Anniversary Berets

    On this date in 1939, the people of North Dakota were planning for North Dakota’s 50th anniversary of statehood. A large celebration would be held in Bismarck near the end of August, on the 21st through the 25th. Included in the plans were parades, remembrances of early settlers, and the production of commemorative wooden quarters. [...]

  • School at Fort Totten

    Named after Brevet Major General Joseph Gilbert Totten, former chief engineer of the Army, Fort Totten was established on this day, July 17, 1867. A large fort for its time, Totten originally comprised of 32 buildings, housing both infantry and cavalry units. The U.S. Government felt such a large post was necessary to secure American [...]

  • Geneva Schow

    Geneva Schow’s father, Martin Schow, rebuilt a broken-down airplane near Regent, North Dakota, during the 1920s. Soaring through the North Dakota skies with her father gave young Geneva her first taste of flight. The plane, dubbed “Sakakawea” by her father, was also Geneva’s first piloting experience as a teenager during the 1930s.   After graduating [...]

  • Week One of Convention

    In 1889, during the first full week of the Constitutional Convention of North Dakota, much of the time was spent in setting up procedures, establishing credentials and organizing committees.  Governor A.C.  Mellette was asked to address the assembled delegates, and he stressed that the new constitution would be the framework of their future as a [...]

  • A Case of Mistaken Identity

    There was nothing like an interesting trial to pass the time on hot summer days.  After a lengthy trial, a jury acquitted Joe Miller of obtaining money under false pretenses.  The event had been the talk of the town.  Prosecutors alleged that he used his position as accountant to swindle his employer.  Everyone seemed to [...]

  • The Hutterite School

    There are several Hutterite colonies in North Dakota.  The Hutterites are named for their founder, Jakob Hutter.  The movement originated in the early 1500s.  Hutterites were persecuted in Europe, and were forced to relocate several times.  They made their way to Russia then migrated to the United States in the 1870s.  Most Hutterites today live [...]

  • Citizens as Soldiers

    As World War I raged in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson called for mobilization of the National Guard.  The western states were the first to be affected.  On this date in 1917, Colonel J.H. Fraine, commander of the First North Dakota, made an announcement.  The North Dakota National Guard would report for national service on July [...]

  • Week One of Convention

    A July 4th 1889 opening session ceremoniously kicked off the North Dakota Constitutional Convention, and the next four days were spent with the election of officers and organization of two committees – the Committee on Credentials and the Committee on Rules.   Frederick B. Fancher was elected president and John Hamilton chief clerk. Upon formal organization, [...]

  • Mustache Maude

    Mustache Maude. . .with a name like that you know there have to be a few stories. And there are. She didn’t start out with that name, of course. Her real name was deceptively soft and feminine: Clara Belle Rose. She was born in July 1873 in Tracy MN. While Clara Belle loved her father, [...]