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Sarah Walker

  • In recent years, we have grown increasingly aware of “green” terms, reducing carbon footprints, and improving energy efficiency, to the point where many of these environmentally-friendly terms have been added to the dictionary. But progress and energy efficiency have been goals longer than that.
  • The month of June in North Dakota saw many firemen’s tournaments over the years. These events had a long history beginning in the 1880s. Though they were typically held in June, two Dakota Territory tournaments took place in October of 1884.
  • This date in 1910 marked the conclusion of a three-day, annual firemen’s tournament. This event had a long history stemming from the 1880s, and rotated through different cities, over different dates, drawing many participants and spectators. In 1910, the event was hosted by Bismarck.
  • On this date in 1904, a notice in the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican stated that “Miss Sarah S. Barton…has entered the Dakota Business College for special work in bookkeeping and penmanship during the summer months. These summer sessions offer excellent opportunities for reviews, and ambitious teachers might advantageously follow her example.” The college touted this as an excellent opportunity for a young teacher tired of teaching in public schools to change careers.
  • May is National Historic Preservation Month. Today, we celebrate North Dakota’s preservation history by highlighting a site on the "National Register of Historic Places."
  • May is National Historic Preservation Month. Today, we celebrate a North Dakota example by highlighting a State Historic Site on the "National Register of Historic Places."
  • On May 8th 1873, more than a decade before North Dakota became a state, Episcopal clergyman Charles Swift baptized the infant son of Lieutenant and Mrs. Humbert at Camp Hancock in what was reported to be the first Protestant service held in Bismarck.
  • May is National Historic Preservation Month. Today, we celebrate North Dakota’s history by highlighting a preservation example.
  • Charles Hatfield of southern California was famous for rainmaking. He was called Hatfield the Rainmaker; but his preferred title was “moisture accelerator.” By releasing a mixture of chemicals into the air from a high tower, Hatfield claimed to bring in rain clouds.
  • Tosten Boe and his wife Mildred, of Minot, had a bit of luck after a lot of bad luck in 1947. The two lived in a house in Minot, and unfortunately for them, some coal gas started filtering into their house. It would not take long for this to affect them. Tosten fell onto the ground, and Mildred passed out on their bed. That was nearly the end of the Boes, and they would have died on this date except for a little luck.