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William Molash – better known as Turkey Track Bill – had a bad day about this date in 1912. It started off okay. In fact, he and a group of friends were partying it up pretty good. Turkey Track had set up an illegal saloon, or blind pig, on Morris Carlson’s deserted ranch a short […]
The government of Wells County, North Dakota was organized on this date in 1884. The county was created 11 years earlier by the legislative session and named after fur trader Antoine Blanc Gingras. In 1881, Gingras County was renamed Wells County after Jamestown banker and legislator Edward Payson Wells. Sitting in the center of […]
There was a time in Dakota Territory, when the bounty of nature seemed limitless, with countless buffalo, ducks and geese, along with endless grasslands and enough lignite-coal to last for centuries. Even fish, in rivers, streams and lakes, appeared to be over-abundant, as it was written in 1885, of Devils Lake – its “supply of […]
As the summer of 1941 passed by, the United States was still not at war. That would come on December 8th, after Pearl Harbor. But even though the country was still at peace, war was looming. Canada announced that women could join the armed forces, although there was no plan to send them overseas. In […]
The death of Hidatsa Chief Drags Wolf took place on this date in 1943. Only months before, he had vowed he would die before he watched his people’s land destroyed by the Garrison Dam – and he was true to his word. Drags Wolf was born in 1862 to Chief Crow Flies High and Peppermint […]