Dakota Datebook

Financial Crisis

Sunday, February 10, 2013


The Bank of North Dakota announced in the State Legislature that it was unable to meet the state’s payroll on this date in 1921. Checks issued to all state, county, and local employees could not be cashed or honored. Unlike the prosperous industrial areas of the country, agriculturally-dependent North Dakota faced a growing financial crisis. Farm prices had plummeted; wheat alone dropped from $3 a bushel to 92 cents. One in five farmers in the state would give up farming by 1923, and President Coolidge refused to pass any farm bills to alleviate the situation. The Bank of North Dakota was forced to collect all outstanding debts, leading to bank and farm foreclosures. Nowhere did the Roaring 20s roar more quietly than within North Dakota.


Dakota Datebook written by Jayme L. Job



Dill, Joseph (ed.). 1988 North Dakota: 100 Years: p. 28. The Forum Publishing Company: Fargo, ND.

The Forum and Daily Republican. Friday (Evening ed.), February 11, 1921; XLIII(73): p. 1.



This text and audio may not be copied without securing prior permission from Prairie Public.

Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

« Go Back

50 Years
A Million Thanks

Public NewsRoom

Log-on and dig deep into the news of the day. It’s all online in our Public NewsRoom.

» Visit the Public NewsRoom

Breaking News

Support Radio

Your contributions make quality radio programming possible.

» Pledge your support today.

Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust