2950 search Results for: datebook

  • Red River Valley University

    n his poem, “Reborn,” Bishop Ralph Spaulding Cushman wrote: Deaf, dumb, and blind, I walked His earth, I breathed His air, a thankless clod, Until that blessed summer’s night When my dead soul found life and God!* It was on this day in 1891 that the North Dakota Methodists founded a private school in Wahpeton, [...]

  • Nancy Hendrickson

    Today is the birthday of a sweet-spirited woman, Nancy Hendrickson; she was born in 1886 in a house built of cottonwood by Nancy’s Swedish father, Sone Christenson. They homesteaded on the Heart River where, just 10 years before, the 7th Cavalry crossed on their way to the Little Bighorn. Nancy was the only one of [...]

  • Maxwell Anderson

    Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the death of playwright Maxwell Anderson, who died in 1959. He was one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century. Born in 1888, Anderson spent his first three years on a farm near Atlantic, Pennsylvania. His father worked as a railroad fireman while studying at night to [...]

  • The Last Switchboard

    By 1968, North Dakota became one of ten states where all communities used dial telephones. The last manually operated system to convert was in Almont where, for 14 years, the switchboard was housed in Ralph and Pearl Tavis’s living room. Under the same roof, they ran the Tavis Cafe, a hotel and a laundromat. “All [...]

  • Diversity in the ND Senate

    Ole and Lena jokes might make it seem like North Dakota has nothing but Norwegians, but the state’s population represents a very wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Just 65 years ago, the WPA employed the ND Writers Project to record personal histories of the state’s oldest settlers. At that point, foreign-born citizens represented forty-two different [...]

  • The Flower Woman

    This is the time of year we thumb through seed catalogues, but many of those seeds are available only because of the work of one of the most famous gardeners to come out of North Dakota – Fannie Mahood Heath, who was born on this day in 1864 in Wykoff, Minnesota. At the 1933 Chicago [...]

  • Cavileer

    Today is the birthday of Charles Cavileer, who was born in 1818. He was a saddler by trade, and while living in St. Paul, he was also a druggist, a postal worker and the Territorial Librarian. Cavileer was also adventurous, and in 1851, he brought to Pembina the first permanent group of agricultural settlers to [...]

  • Pembina in MN

    There was a time when a portion of what are now North and South Dakota, including Pembina, was governed by Minnesota Territory, which organized in 1849. Postmaster Norman Kittson, a rather somber-looking man, served as Pembina County Senator, and fur trader Jolly Joe Rolette – also a somber-looking man – served as Representative. To reach [...]

  • Winter Show

    Today marks the anniversary of the very first Winter Show, which was held in Valley City March 8-11, 1938. A 1938 editorial in the Valley City Times-Record described it as an educational, non-profit event to “bring together the best in the state in livestock, farm crops, manufactured products, Homemakers, 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of [...]

  • Liz Anderson, Songwriter

    Tomorrow is the birthday of Elizabeth Jane Haaby Anderson, a singer-songwriter born in 1930 in Roseau, Minnesota. She is the mother of country star Lynn Anderson, who we talked about February 3rd. Although her music career was somewhat overshadowed by her daughter’s success, Liz’s accomplishments are significant in her own right; daughter Lynn’s first Top-40 [...]

  • 1st Baby and Kent Conrad

    On this day in 1802, the first non-Native American child in what is now North Dakota was born. The baby girl was born to Pierre Bonza and his wife, black slaves of Alexander Henry, Jr. The birth took place at Henry’s Pembina fur-trading post. Senator Kent Conrad’s birthday was yesterday, also. He was born in [...]

  • Ice Harvesting

    In the days before refrigeration, one important winter task was ice harvesting. While today’s icehouses are associated with fishing, a hundred years ago, icehouses were insulated buildings in which ice was packed in sawdust; if the sawdust was dry enough, the ice would keep throughout an entire summer without refrigeration. The Fargo-Detroit Ice Company was [...]

  • 1941 Blizzard

    On March 14th, 1941, the United State Weather Bureau forecast that North Dakota would have “increasing cloudiness… followed by occasional light snow at night and on Saturday and possibly in extreme west (today); no decided change in temperature.” Many people made their weekend plans accordingly; the next morning they were encouraged with mostly fair skies [...]

  • The Team that Overworked

    Today’s story is about teamwork – in a manner of speaking. Christian Maiers was born to the village shoemaker in Berresana, Russia, in 1862. Christian and his wife, Gottleibina, had their first child, Amelia, in 1886 – the first of their eleven children, but the only one born in Russia. Because of overpopulation and land [...]

  • Epping-Hillsboro Game

    Today marks the anniversary of one of the most memorable basketball games in North Dakota history – it’s often referred to as David vs. Goliath. It took place in the Bismarck Civic Center as the Hillsboro Burros took on the Epping Eagles for the 1977 State Class B Tournament. The Burros had been to State [...]

  • Movie Fargo

    On this weekend in 1996, the movie “Fargo” premiered at the Fargo Theatre. It went on to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards that year, and news agencies descended on Fargo to cover the history-making night. The scene outside the theater was as quirky as the movie itself, as news people from [...]

  • Bucky Maughan

    Today is the birthday of Bucky Maughan, who’s been coaching wrestling at NDSU since 1964. He’s a legend in American wrestling circles, both as a coach and as a wrestler himself. Maughan is only the second wrestler in the sport’s history to win two national titles in one year; he was national NAIA champion in [...]

  • Woman Not Found Dead

    On this day in 1902, word came from Lisbon that a woman had been found dead near Velva. Elaine Lindgren wrote about it in her book, “Land in Her Own Name”: Freezing temperatures were always a threat, but the tale of Helma Nelson has a surprising twist. Helma had a claim about 13 miles northwest [...]

  • Who Designed the Quarter?

    On this date in 1996, the United States issued its newly redesigned $100 bill. What does that have to do with North Dakota? Nothing, really. But now that we’re on the topic of money design, we’ll tell you the story of who did or didn’t design the Washington quarter – which does link to North [...]

  • Uranium Mining

    Geological research conducted between the late 1940s and late 1970s revealed more than 40 land deposits with increased radioactivity in Bowman, Slope, Stark, Billings, and Golden Valley counties, where uranium was found embedded in lignite coal. Nobody was allowed to possess uranium except the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. In 1956, mining began, but it proved [...]