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  • Hirschville, North Dakota

    In the late 1800s, Casper Hirsch immigrated to the United States with his family.  They were among the Germans from Hungary who came seeking better lives.  After spending some time in New York State, Hirsch was attracted to the West by the promise of owning land.  He brought his family to North Dakota between 1900 […]

  • The Majestic Sky

    On this date in 1719, the Northern Lights were first reported in North America. Also called the aurora borealis, they are named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for the north wind. Galileo named the phenomenon in 1619. The sweeping waves of color across the night sky are caused […]

  • Sheriff Moody Killed

    Law enforcement is and always has been a dangerous occupation. Everyday our police and other law enforcement officials put their life on the line. On this date in 1911, Sheriff George F. Moody of Wahpeton became another name in a long list of officers killed in the line of duty. Jake Steffes, was renting the […]

  • Corn Husking Bees

    North Dakota has gained renown as a wheat-growing state, but corn acreage has been growing this past century. Farmers who migrated to Dakota from the east knew corn cultivation and brought those skills to their new fields. Among the traditions they brought was the husking bee. Husking was needed because corn-ears were encased in husks […]

  • Fort Pembina

    Long after the Dakota Uprising, citizens of Minnesota were afraid of Indian attacks.  The Minnesota Legislature petitioned Congress for protection against incursions by the Sioux.  On this date in 1869, Major General Winfield Scott Hancock recommended the establishment of a fort at Pembina in the Dakota Territory, located only two miles south of the Canadian […]

  • My Life on the Plains

    On this date in 1873, George Custer celebrated his thirty-third birthday at Fort Lincoln with his wife Libbie.  He occupied his time writing his memoirs.  Much of the material had been published in The Galaxy magazine, but Custer wanted to put it in book form.  Custer knew some of his actions were controversial, and he […]

  • Gripsholm Ship

    “There’s no place like home,” was a line made famous by Dorothy in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. Four years later, there were 1,500 people who could relate to that line, but they didn’t get home with red slippers. They were aboard the Gripsholm Ship.   For two years, the passengers had been […]

  • Dakota the Dinosaur

    North Dakota is no stranger to dinosaurs.  The state has a fascination with them.  Fourteen dinosaurs are on display at the Dickinson Dinosaur Museum, including a 37 foot tyrannosaurus rex.  In June, 2014, “Discover the Dinosaurs” presented an exhibit of animated dinosaurs at the Bismarck Civic Center. It proved to be very popular.  The Hell […]

  • Any Color as Long as it’s Black

    North Dakota was quick to embrace the horseless carriage. In 1904 there were almost 60,000 miles of roads in the state, although only 212 miles were surfaced with gravel or stone. The rest were dirt. By 1921, North Dakota ranked seventh out of the states in road mileage. In 1924, the Highway Department printed 5,000 […]

  • Inmate School

    Inmates at the Bismarck prison made the news in December 1914 but not because they were causing trouble. They had decided they needed more education. The Bismarck Daily Tribune reported, “…prisoners at the State Penitentiary took the initiative in the matter of attempting to secure a school in which they could improve their time of […]

  • Angel of the Prairies

    Anna Shatswell was born in Vienna, Austria, on this date in 1875. She immigrated with her family to New Ulm, MN, when she was 13. Shatswell wanted to pursue a career in nursing, so she studied in San Francisco and practiced in St. Paul before coming to Devils Lake in 1906. There, she was among […]

  • King Tut’s North Dakota Connection

    On this date in 1922, Lord Caernarvon and Howard Carter opened an ancient tomb.  Their discovery of King Tut’s Tomb was the sensation of the year, featured on the front page of newspapers and in newsreels at movie theaters.  An Egyptian craze swept the country. At that same time, a real estate agent was looking […]

  • Murrow’s Boys

    On this date in 1912, Eric Sevareid was born in Velva, North Dakota.  His family moved to Minot and then to Minneapolis.  He was an adventurous young man.  After he graduated from high school, he and a friend embarked on a canoe trip of over 2,000 miles.  He wrote his first book, Canoeing with the […]

  • Turkey Talk

    Thanksgiving is coming!  And while few decorate for this particular holiday with the same vigor they do for other holidays, there is one important item that almost everyone agrees makes for a necessity for this holiday:  Whether it’s turkey or tofurkey, that special entrée is the reason for this season!   The Fargo Forum devoted […]

  • The Thorny Fence

    When settlers ventured onto the Great Plains, they often had to find new ways of doing things.  One was fencing.  Out east, or in Europe, fences had typically been made of rocks or wood, which were readily available, but out on the Great Plains, settlers found a land with few trees. Even stones were often […]

  • The Von Hoffman House

    The Von Hoffman House was built in Medora, North Dakota in 1884 for the Baron and Mrs. Von Hoffman.  Athenais von Hoffman had asked her husband to build the home so they would have a place to stay when they visited their daughter Medora, the wife of the Marquis de Mores.  The home is veneered […]

  • Guarding Jackie

    Clinton J. Hill was born in Larimore, North Dakota.  He went to high school in Washburn and went on to graduate from Concordia College.  He joined the Army in 1954 and became a counterintelligence special agent.  In 1957 he left the Army and joined the Secret Service.  In 1958, he was assigned to President Eisenhower’s […]

  • Fort Abraham Lincoln

    In June of 1872, the infantry post Fort McKeen was established on the west bank of the Missouri River for the purpose of protecting engineers and work parties of the Northern Pacific Railroad.  Five months after the fort’s establishment, on this day, November 19, 1872, the infantry post was renamed Fort Abraham Lincoln.   More […]

  • Standard Railway Time

    For centuries, the accurate measure of time was unnecessary.  People measured time in the transition from day to night and back again.  Devices invented to provide a slightly more accurate measure included the sundial, sand timers, and burning candles.  These methods were not terribly accurate, but were adequate for the times.  Life continued, despite the […]

  • The Resignation of Dr. Albrecht

    Herbert R. Albrecht was born in 1909 in Wisconsin.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with his doctorate, he served on the faculty of Auburn University.  From there he went to Purdue and then Penn State, where he chaired the agronomy department.  His particular interest was in the breeding of legumes and turf […]