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  • Baseball Arrived in Bismarck

    When spring sunshine warms the earth and grass grows green, baseball begins. 1873 was the first year of existence for the brand-new city of Bismarck, and a visitor from Minneapolis who arrived in the city, on this date, told about the first baseball games in the frontier town. Known only by the initials “C.A.L.,” the [...]

  • Diphtheria, the Dreaded Bacterial Disease

    Dakota Territory experienced an immigration boom in the 1880s, but those new settlers often faced difficulties in establishing homesteads. Disease was a formidable obstacle, and fears of contagion filled parents whenever a child fell ill.  The Grand Forks Herald for this date in 1888 told of the “Dakota Boom” of settlers and of those on [...]

  • District Elections

    On this date in 1889, only six days remained until the election of delegates to the Constitutional Convention for the new state of North Dakota.  The twenty-five districts were laid out with minority representation in mind.   Each district had three delegates to the convention, but voters could only vote for two, allowing for a solidified [...]

  • Photographer Frank Jay Haynes

    Americans dreamed endlessly about a forthcoming day when they might strike it rich and gain both fame and fortune. For many, it remained just a fantasy beyond their wildest thoughts, but for a fortunate few, dreams became reality, and the American West became a gateway to an American Dream. Frank Jay Haynes grasped the unpredictabilities [...]

  • First Mayor of Bismarck

    McLean County is named for John A. McLean, the first mayor of Bismarck. Today we’re talking about one of his sons, Harry, who was born in Bismarck in 1883 and died May 1st, 1961. Young Harry had guts and a whole lot of moxie. He started his career as a water boy for a railway [...]

  • The Chewing Gum Craze

    Some people like to chew gum.  Some do not. This basic truism has been around for a long time. In Jamestown, back in 1882, on this date, the local newspaper editor noted that a “mania for chewing gum” had “struck some of our young ladies,” for he had observed three women “chewing” that week. In [...]

  • Finlay Grant

    Long before the Internet and online blogging, there was amateur journalism, a hobby that began shortly after the American Civil War with the availability of small and inexpensive printing presses.  Amateur journalists published and circulated their own newspapers, and sometimes books.  They formed associations and held conventions.  Similar to the Paris salons of the 18th [...]

  • Chief Gall

    Chief Gall was among the most powerful Lakota Indian leaders. As a warrior, Gall battled against the U.S. Army at Killdeer Mountain in 1864. As tribal chief, Gall resisted treaties that would keep his people on reservations. On this date in 1868, Gall’s people were mentioned in the news as a “hostile tribe” – in [...]

  • Freedom Train

    In the late 1940s, an unusual public service campaign was initiated in the form of a train. The Freedom Train was red, white, and blue, and it carried an exhibit of more than one hundred historic documents and items, including the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. The US Attorney General said project had [...]

  • Last Roundup

    On this day in 1954, cowboys from across the region were preparing themselves to participate in one last roundup of wild horses near Medora.  The event was determined to possibly be the nation’s last major horse roundup. The roundup was to start the next day, and would last for a total of three days.  During [...]

  • Centennial States

    In 1889, following the Governor’s Proclamation providing for the election of delegates to the Constitutional Convention, the political air was heating up across northern Dakota Territory.  Although there were pleas from all across the territory to refrain from party politics and encourage voters to select those best suited to frame the constitution, political caucuses were [...]

  • Harry and Rosamond O’Brien

    Harry O’Brien and his wife Rosamond Thoe were born and raised in Devils Lake, the children of early North Dakota settlers. Harry attended the Agricultural College in Fargo until World War I intervened. He served with the American Expeditionary Force in France for about two years. Afterward, in the early 1920s, Harry and Rosamond married. [...]

  • Immigration Threatened

    In 1889, spring promised another wave of homesteaders, but it had been a dry winter, and a lack of spring rain brought the threat of prairie fires. The fires began in the southern part of the territory – huge conflagrations that burned everything in their paths including hay fields, farms and entire communities. Devastated counties [...]

  • Dr. Tronnes and Dr. Sand

    On this date in 1953, residents of Fargo prepared for the end of a medical era as two doctors who had established the Fargo clinic prepared to retire. Dr. Olaf Sand and Dr. Nils Tronnes, both of Norway, came together by chance. They both studied separately at Oslo University in Norway before travelling to the [...]

  • A Shrine in New England

    Before 1910, New England’s Catholic settlers were served by Father John Dignan of Dickinson and missionary Abbot Vincent Wehrle, who would occasionally travel to the area. Father Regensberger, the first resident priest, also established a frame church, and preached in German and English both, to satisfy the needs of his congregants.   Eventually, Father Jospeh [...]

  • Joseph Gilbert Totten

    As a popular tourist destination, most North Dakotans are familiar with Fort Totten.  Located near Devils Lake, the frontier military post was built to protect American interests in the region.  It was briefly commanded by Major Marcus A. Reno, visited by General Sherman, and later turned into a school.  But what may be less familiar [...]

  • The Ping Pong Craze Arrived in Grand Forks, 1902

    Ping-pong sounds like the game itself. The small celluloid ball “pings” from the paddle and “pongs” off the table. Ping-pong, also called table tennis, started as a ripple in England and reached America in a frenzied wave in 1902, a game everyone just had to have.    The craze came just after the bicycle vogue [...]

  • Dr. John E. Engstad

    X-rays were so named because this radiant energy was of unknown origin.  The “X” in “X-ray” was a scientific symbol for “the unknown.” Discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895, X-rays were immediately put into practical medical use the following year. The new technology came to Grand Forks in 1896, when Dr. John E. Engstad secured [...]

  • Wheat in 1918 to Help Win World War I

    During World War I, Herbert Hoover, the U.S. Food Administrator, “ordered greater production of all farm products . . . particularly of wheat,” because the nation’s soldiers and allies needed bread to sustain them. President Woodrow Wilson told farmers to “Raise wheat.” North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier asked farmers to “plant every acre possible to [...]

  • Election Proclamation

    On this date in 1889, as stipulated in the Omnibus Bill, Governor A. C Mellette issued a proclamation that an election shall take place on May 14th for the selection of delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  The convention was to convene in Bismarck on July 4th.  According to the Omnibus Bill, the northern and southern [...]