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Until 1885, anyone infected with rabies was not expected to survive. That year, two scientists, Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux, developed the first vaccine for rabies. They used it on Joseph Meister, a nine-year-old boy bitten by a rabid dog. Meister lived another 55 years, and was the first person known to survive rabies. Rabies […]
In March, 1941, Captain Frank O. Anders of Fargo shipped out to the Philippines on the U.S.S. Grant. In one of history’s interesting coincidences, Anders sailed in the very same vessel that brought his father home from the Philippines after the Spanish American War in 1899. The younger Anders went to the Philippines to train […]
In 1909, the Northern Pacific Railway built a new “high line” about a mile north of Valley City. This new line made it possible to overcome the steep grades of the valley, allowing trains to keep better time. However, the high line was also about a mile north of the city, bypassing the convenient, downtown […]
Stewart Bass was born on this date in 1921 in Stevensville, Montana. He joined the Navy in 1941 and ended up flying the Grumman Avenger. Although the Avenger was designated a torpedo bomber, most of the time it carried conventional bombs. While training in Florida, Stew was seriously injured in a plane crash that put […]
Sherbrooke, North Dakota is a shadow of its former self. Once the county seat for Steele County, it’s now a ghost town surrounded by farmland. Once a thriving farming community, the old townsite is now home to several abandoned structures, slowly being reclaimed by nature. Settlers came to Sherbrooke in 1881 after the village and […]