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Jim Davis

  • If undisturbed, a poppy seed will lie on the ground for years without producing a plant, and partially for that reason, the poppy has become a symbol of war and remembrance.
  • In the spring of 1937, R. L. Melville, while walking along Apple Creek south of Bismarck, found an old axe, hobbles made of iron for a horse or mule, and some links for a log chain. But it was a rusty old branding iron buried in the sand that caught his attention. The brand had been forged in the shape of a Masonic emblem. On this date in 1937, responding to a reporter’s questions, William A. Falconer, Bismarck’s oldest resident and historian, related the story of the man for whom the branding iron was forged and how he met an untimely death.
  • Medora was a thriving city in 1886, nestled in the Bad Lands of Dakota Territory, but a series of events including blizzards, market fluctuations and the loss of its main supporter, the Marquis DeMores, diminished its significance to all but a small number of businessmen and area ranchers.
  • Western history has a way of making legends out of men or animals, and sometimes it is difficult to separate the facts from the legend. On this date in…
  • In 1919, farms and communities across the state had been drained of young men -- called into service during two years of war. Weekly casualty lists…
  • In 1919, Memorial Day was a solemn occasion. It found an exhausted population in North Dakota striving to return to some sense of the lives they had prior…
  • Radio was an exciting medium in the first quarter of the 20th Century. On this date in 1922, three young men from Fargo, Lawrence Hamm, Earl Reinecke and…
  • Slightly over one year after the First and Second Regiments of the North Dakota National Guard departed from the State, the war was over. An announcement…
  • By the end of October in 1918, the people of North Dakota held an apocalyptic view of unfolding events. The whirlwind pace of an incredibly violent year…
  • “No Man’s Land,” the area between the trenches, was a concentrated killing field that had to be crossed if any advance was going to take place. Sentries…