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On this date in 1909, Joe Wustner of Ryder proved it wasn’t impossible to turn water into oil. Actually, oil had been in Wustner’s 28-foot water well for more than two years before people started to pay attention. Wustner knew it was there, so he only used the water for livestock, and he burned the […]
By 1864, the Union army under General Ulysses S. Grant had been forced to abandon their plans to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA by direct assault. But 25 miles south of Richmond lay Petersburg, an important supply center to the capital city. Boasting several railroad lines and key roads, both Grant and Confederate […]
Gerrymandering is a practice by which a political party attempts to manipulate voting district boundaries for political advantage. The party in power has control of the process, so the party out of power regularly accuses the other of gerrymandering. The term was coined on this date in 1812. It appeared in a political cartoon in […]
William H. Brown was very involved with land matters in the development of North Dakota. Among other jobs, Brown established The William H. Brown Land Company, one of the largest such companies west of the Missouri River. He also platted and founded several townsites, including Flasher, Haynes, and, in 1904, Mott. In March of […]
The melting pot that is America has welcomed many settlers over the centuries. Each individual bore with them some small impact, some talent or knowledge or even personality that affected the fabric of today. One such woman, Mary Robison, came to the United States when she was in her late teens. She was married, but […]