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  • Food Supplies and Shortages

    With the First World War raging in Europe, much of the land had been devastated, and food was scarce.  Herbert Hoover, as national food administrator, submitted guidelines for housewives to follow to ensure an adequate supply of food at home and abroad.  Those who signed a pledge to cooperate received a “home card,” the first […]

  • General Order 99

    In the spring of 1898, President McKinley put out a call for volunteers for a war with Spain.  North Dakotans had always answered their country’s call.  The people of the Dakotas fought on both sides in the Civil War and the Indian Wars, and they were willing once again to don uniforms and pick up […]

  • The Imaginary Line

    People today know that a trip to Canada has become more involved, requiring more planning with proper identification, especially upon the return to the United States.  Not that long ago, Canadians and Americans traveling to the neighboring country merely had to state where they were born and why they were visiting.  But that changed after […]

  • Charley Talbot

    The 1930s were hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 cents a bushel and […]

  • Fargo Sangerfest

    Cities, civic organizations and businesses throughout North Dakota hold many yearly “fests.” These fests bring people together to share in a variety of interests and activities. For example, Hankinson’s Polka Fest, the North Dakota Country Fest in New Salem, or the Norsk Hostfest in Minot. Another “fest” began on this date in 1912 in Fargo. […]

  • Clement A. Lounsberry

    Clement A. Lounsberry was born in 1843 in Indiana. Like many people who gained success as adults, Lounsberry overcame great hardships during his youth, including being orphaned. Lounsberry was working as a farm laborer when the Civil War broke out, and he soon enlisted with the First Michigan Volunteers. He was wounded and taken prisoner […]

  • Call to the Colors

    “N.D. Regiments Called to the Colors” screamed the headlines of the Bismarck Tribune on this date in 1917.  The War Department had called the North Dakota troops into active federal service effective on July 15th.   The Federal Militia Board was preparing for the transportation of the North Dakota National Guard, which was mobilizing on August […]

  • Wyman Galbreath, Rescue Pilot

    Wyman Galbreath graduated from Enderlin High School in 1940. He attended the Wahpeton School of Science where he enrolled in Aviation Mechanics. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. By the spring of 1944 he was piloting a B-17 heavy bomber.  He expected to be sent to England, but in a surprise move […]

  • Planes on the Prairie

    Human beings have always been fascinated with flight. History is littered with unsuccessful attempts. It was not until 1903 that the Wright Brothers flew the first successful airplane. It did not take long for people to realize the abilities of airplanes and to perform tricks in the air. In 1967 came the foundation of the […]

  • The Ice King

    Frederic Tudor, the third son of a wealthy Boston lawyer, hatched an idea one summer day as he reflected on the ice clinking in his glass.  He knew that not everyone could enjoy the luxury of a cold drink on a hot day.  His brother joked that they should ship ice from their pond in […]

  • Fourth of July

    With many of North Dakota’s young men and women already serving on the battlefields in Europe, the 4th of July in 1917 promised to be a day of commemoration and consecration.   For some, it was difficult to call it a day of celebration, but unlike Memorial Day, with the somber reflection that death may await […]

  • Dr. Henry Windell and His True Love

    Today’s story is one of true love – a love story that unfolded near Bowbells, Kenmare, and in Minot. It begins in Bowbells in 1903.  That June, an epidemic struck the town.  A man got severely ill from typhoid fever, caused by Salmonella typhosa, a fearfully infectious bacteria in contaminated food or water. This was […]

  • Bismarck Indian School Closure

    For thirty years, Bismarck, North Dakota was home one of 30 non-reservation boarding schools for native students in the US. The Bismarck Indian School was established in 1907 between the Missouri River and the city’s Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. Students largely came from the Fort Berthold Reservation, but also Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain, and […]

  • Shootout in Minot

    On this date in 1922, the Ward County Independent reported quite a bit of excitement about a shooting in Minot.  A policeman was wounded and the shooter was killed. Mrs. L.G. Middleton, age 19, and her sister Nellie Sprague, age 21, had gone to a traveling carnival.  There they met carnival workers Arthur Poole and […]

  • The St. John’s Bible ~ National Monument Designation ~ Plains Folk Essay ~ Dakota Day Trips

    Wednesday, June 28 – The St. John’s Bible exhibit will be coming to the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County in the fall. The Bible is a work of art by a team of artists and scholars in Wales and Central Minnesota using ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination. Ashley visited with calligrapher Anne […]

  • War Gardens

    When America entered World War I, it was not prepared.  President Wilson’s program of providing aid, but still remaining neutral, had inspired a complacent atmosphere.  The Declaration of War changed that.  It was a time when most farmers still relied on horses, and the expected five-fold increase in agricultural production meant longer hours and better […]

  • Derby Night at the Ballpark

    In 1933, newsman Myron Scott of Dayton, Ohio noticed a group of boys racing their homemade cars.  It immediately caught his attention.  He copyrighted the name “Soap Box Derby” and went looking for a company to sponsor a national program.  Chevrolet agreed and the Soap Box Derby was born. The event was a wild success. […]

  • Island Park Swimming Pool in Fargo, 1939

    If a person knows how to swim, then nothing says “summertime” better than plunging into the water for a refreshing dive on a sweltering-hot day.     Historically, one of the best places for swimming in Fargo has been the city swimming pool on the west side of Island Park – the oldest park in town. […]

  • Early Weather Forecasting on the Prairie

    The weather is a continual companion, with its whims and follies, highs and lows, bitterness and warmth. And for many of us, our daily routine begins with a check of the forecast. However, a good forecast was not always easy to come by. During much of human history, storms and droughts were seen through the […]

  • Bar Sinister

    On this date in 1920, it was reported in the Capital Journal of Salem, Oregon that a North Dakota appeals court had removed the “bar sinister,” a discriminatory law affecting illegitimate children.  The term “bar sinister” comes from medieval heraldry.  “Sinister” is Latin for “left.”  It simply indicates a direction, and does not carry the […]