It Happened in Bismarck...


September 28, 1937

A new bar and back-bar fixtures of solid walnut, declared to be one of the finest bars in the entire Northwest, has been installed at the Palm Garden, 121 Third Street, by Arthur Bernstein, proprietor.

September 28, 1962

Renowned artist and poet Clell G. Gannon, 62, died in a local hospital Thursday evening. Gannon's historical murals may be seen on the walls of the Burleigh County courthouse as well as several other public locations in the city.

September 28, 1912

The stone work on the new Federal Building in this city is nearing completion and workmen are busy setting the steel frame to the roof. The frame-work to the elevator, is up, and a marble stairway will encircle the elevator shaft between floors.

September 29, 1887

Secretary M. L. McCormack is improving, but still suffers from neuralgia. He was confined to his room at the Sheridan House yesterday, but will be able to occupy his chair at the capitol in a few days.

September 29, 1937

All persons in Bismarck who pursue hobbies are invited by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to bring products of their work to the large gymnasium of the World War Memorial Building Friday for the Hobby Show.

September 29, 1962

Bismarck's biggest buffalo barbecue since Sitting Bull was in town will take place in the Grand Pacific Hall of Four Seasons today. The event is intended to help support the Dakota Zoo and at least 2,000 guests are anticipated.

September 29, 1912

The Holmboe Studio, the ever up-to-date place for taking pictures have secured the large office room of the McKenzie Hotel on Main Street, for the purpose of a new electrical photograph gallery, which will take pictures on short notice.

September 30, 1887

Local coal dealers announce that they will give 2,000 pounds of coal to a ton this season instead of the customary 1,600. In Fargo the dealers old out the same cheering inducement.

September 30, 1937

Jack Gibbons, light heavyweight boxer, will fight here next week as the headline match of a fight card, according to Isham Hall, matchmaker for the Bismarck Boxing Club.

September 30, 1962

The Bismarck Community Chest plans to kick off its annual fund drive here with a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Patterson Hotel. The year's budget of $60,000 represents only a slight increase over the 1961 funding.

October 1, 1887

The fair and festival given by the Ladies' Aid Society of the Methodist Church closed last evening, having been a splendid success. The New England dinner served last evening surpasses in excellency the promises of the management.

October 1, 1937

Exhibitors from 16 Missouri Slope counties were preparing to pack up their entries and take them back home as the Missouri Slope Fair in Mandan neared its closed today.

October 1, 1962

Sivert W. Thompson, the man known by many as the father of Missouri River Diversion, was scheduled to undergo surgery here today. The one-time State Highway Commissioner is retired and returned in June after living in California for a time.

September 30, 1912

The Capitol street car which has been in the shop for repairs lately, appeared on the streets again this morning and is running on schedule time. The electric motors have been overhauled and it has been painted a combination of green and light yellow.

October 1, 1912

North Dakota's second annual Industrial Exposition opened at 10 a.m. today in downtown Bismarck. Music was furnished by the school children while the leading address was delivered by State Superintendent of Public Instruction E. J. Taylor.

October 2, 1887

The signal office has been removed from the Raymond Block at the corner of Third and Main, into the old quartermaster's buildings on west Main Street---the site of old Camp Hancock.

October 2, 1937

Retirement of James C. Taylor as manager of the International Harvester Company's branch here was announced today. Taylor goes on the pension list after an active and colorful career of 31 continuous years' service.

October 2, 1962

The Knife River Mining Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. today made known wide-scale expansion plans for their mining operations at Beulah. "The new mine will supply lignite for North Dakota and Minnesota utility companies."

October 2, 1912

The North Dakota Industrial Exposition is growing and the booths therein are more numerous this year than last. Commerce, agriculture and mechanics are working hand in hand to make it a great success.

October 3, 1887

Marquis de Mores was a passenger on last evening's east bound train and stepped to the platform to greet his Bismarck friends. Reminded of his statement in the St. Paul Globe that he had dropped a million dollars, he replied "I saw it. Talk is cheap."

October 3, 1937

Late in the second quarter, Chuck Murray, Demon halfback, took a Mandan punt, eluded some half-dozen would-be tacklers and raced through the entire Mandan team for a touchdown that gave Bismarck a 6 to 0 triumph over their rivals from across the river.

October 3, 1962

More than 100 captains and Community Chest workers attended the official kickoff of the 1962 drive at the Patterson Hotel recently. Heading the breakfast drive was Dr. William Austin and Alan VanVliet, co-chairmen.

October 3, 1912

It was Soo Line Day at the Industrial Exposition and trains from both the north and south carried visitors to the city this morning and afternoon. The main building featured movies of clay, pottery and brick industries as well as "The Romance of the Reaper."

October 4, 1887

Van Houten Bros. & Little of this city are buying about all the potatoes in car lots along the line of the Northern Pacific from Medora to Jamestown. They have already bought about 10,000 bushels and give the impression they will pay out $10,000 for potatoes before the season closes.

October 4, 1937

Five persons were injured in a head-on collision this morning between a school bus and a car bearing a Nebraska license at the curve in Highway No. 10 at Sterling.

October 4, 1962

Another big step forward in North Dakota's interstate highway construction will be taken west of Glen Ullin this week when a Schultz and Lindsay paving machine fills the last gap in another 25-mile ribbon of concrete.

October 4, 1912

The center of activities for the N.D. Industrial Exposition was in the old Northwest Hotel, located at the corner of Fifth and Main. Most entertainment was carried on in the Hippodrome, a 200-foot-long tent standing at Seventh and Main.

October 5, 1887

The court calendar in this city has at last been cleared of criminal cases and the people trust that it will remain clear for many moons. They have heard enough of murder and assassination.

October 5, 1937

The decision to change the location of KFYR Radio's broadcasting transmitter and erect a new broadcasting tower 700 feet high was made public here by Phil J. Meyer, owner and general manager.

October 5, 1962

Approximately 1,000 persons attended dedication ceremonies of the new Burleigh County Memorial Armory near Bismarck Junior College on Schafer Heights. Gov. William L. Guy told his audience they should "pay a fleeting moment of tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice for North Dakota."

October 5, 1912

Today was Peddlers' Day and Hettinger County Day at the Exposition and the traveling men and those from the southwestern county joined in a parade through downtown Bismarck. They were lead by the Army's Fourteenth Infantry Band.

October 6, 1887

The recent encounter between Edward Patterson of Bismarck and Thompson proved that Patterson is a good man with the gloves, and but for the fact that his shoulder became dislocated he would have won in the contest.

October 6, 1937

The Bismarck Tennis Club met yesterday at the Association of Commerce rooms in the World War Memorial Building to discuss the possibility of playing indoor tennis for the winter months here.

October 6, 1962

LeRoy C. Walker, who is suing Meyer Broadcasting Co., operator of radio station KFYR here for libel, testified Friday that he is neither a member of the John Birch Society nor an extremist.

October 6, 1912

Yet another feature of the Industrial Exposition was the voting for the Harvest Festival Queen among the young ladies on hand during the first week. The ballot boxes will be collected over the weekend and examined with the result announced early next week.

October 7, 1887

The division station of the Aberdeen, Bismarck &U Northwestern road, it is said, will be named Lowry, in honor of the company's popular president. Those who are in a position to know say that it will be the principal station between Aberdeen and Bismarck.

October 7, 1937

Henry Klein, formerly of Hazen, announced today that the Klein Lumber Company, Bismarck's newest business, is ready to open up at its location on Broadway opposite St. Mary's procathedral.

October 7, 1962

Bismarck has the ninth best American Legion drum and bugle corps in the country, as determined by the stiff competition at the finals of the national Legion convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, recently.

October 7, 1912

Today was Iowa and South Dakota Day at the Industrial Exposition. The talk of each and every person who attends the Hippodrome at Seventh and Main Streets is, "The Hippodrome is the biggest, grandest and best drawing card of all the attractions."

October 8, 1887

A meeting will be called in the near future for the reorganization of the Chamber of Commerce. Those who aided in the splendid work of 1883 will not fail to recognize the value of united effort on the part of the citizens of Bismarck and all should be prompt in responding to the call.

October 8, 1937

Bismarck's enlarged and remodeled Federal building and postoffice will be ready for use about November 15. Dedication ceremonies are scheduled for next Tuesday when Postmaster General James Farley stops in town on his way to the Pacific coast.

October 8, 1962

Fourth grade pupils from Saxvick Grade School took a two-hour tour of the Camp Hancock Museum in Bismarck to enliven their study of North Dakota history. They were shown models of the Elkhorn Ranch, a pioneer home and a ferry boat.

October 8, 1912

This is the big week of the Exposition. The trains are bringing the people in from all directions, and charmed visitors are sending word back home to be sure and come and see the great show. The splendid weather has helped.

October 9, 1887

The gentlemen interested in the proposed starch factory for Bismarck are enthusiastic over the prospects. The factory will be established early in the summer of 1888.

October 9, 1937

Methodists here for their 52nd Annual North Dakota Conference today fixed their attention on the ordination service to be held this afternoon and upon the assignment of ministers to parishes for the coming year.

October 9, 1962

A Burleigh County District Court jury deliberated two hours before dismissing the $10,000 action of LeRoy Walker against Meyer Broadcasting Co., operator of radio station KFYR relating to an editorial broadcast in December 1961.

October 10, 1887

The United States Land Office here at Bismarck was a busy place yesterday. The new filing and final proofs were as numerous as the officers wanted to see. The record for the week shows a marked increase over the corresponding week, last year.

October 10, 1937

Oldsmobile, America's oldest manufacturer of automobiles, has announced the 41st series of cars, the Oldsmobile Six and the Oldsmobile Eight for 1938. The Six is already on display at Fleck Motor Sales, Inc

October 10, 1962

Parking on the proposed Northern Pacific parking ramp would be on a self service basis with customers leaving via a circular ramp, paying an attendant upon departure. The building would accommodate 318 cars.

October 9, 1912

The Sixth District Medical Society has resumed its monthly meetings after four months of vacation. Last night there was a rousing meeting, the best in a long time. It was held in the rooms of the Bismarck Commercial Club.

October 10, 1912

Thus far today has proven the red letter day of the Exposition. It is Northern Pacific and Mandan Day with both groups being well represented. The city today greets Mr. Jule M. Hannaford, Vice President of the Northern Pacific, the "Old Pioneer Line."

October 11, 1887

The Gull River Lumber Co. has, so far this season, sold over 250 tons of hard coal. This company gives good satisfaction, and 2,000 pounds to the ton. Mr. Cooper, the agent in this city, is bound to please his customers.

October 11, 1937

Rev. Walter E. Vater remains as pastor of the McCabe Methodist Church here as announced at the closing session of the North Dakota Methodist Episcopal Conference here Sunday.

October 11, 1962

Providing kindergartens in Bismarck as part of the public school system would cost as much as 4.3 mills per year for operation alone, figures prepared for the local school board indicate. Petitions are being circulated to bring the matter to a vote.

October 11, 1912

Tomorrow is the last day of the Exposition, and it is expected that it will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest of the entire list of events. It is also designated as Missouri Slope Day, which means that the entire Slope area will be represented.

October 12, 1887

Frank Stone, the Fifth Street butcher, left Monday for parts unknown , and the Sheriff now has possession of his market and his household goods. Recently, his wife went east and for some reason Frank has seen fit to follow suit.

October 12, 1937

Bismarck National Guard officers and an agent for the FBI have recovered all six pistols of 17 weapons, including two automatic rifles, which were stolen from the armory in the World War Memorial Building. The missing automatic weapons caused considerable alarm.

October 12, 1962

Dedication services will be held at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, at Fourth Street and Avenue C, this Sunday. The $60,000 structure was completed in July, 1953. Bismarck's original Christian Scientist chapter was formed here in 1912.

October 12, 1912

This was the piano contest day, the amateur players striving hard for the beautiful instrument given by the Peck Music House. It will also be all over tonight, so allow your clarion voice to reach across the river so that all will remember the Industrial Exposition.

October 13, 1887

A mammoth turnip weighing nineteen pounds is on exhibition at the Bismarck postoffice on Main Street. This vegetable was raised on the farm of Michael Mayouck, three miles east of town.

October 13, 1937

Gold, red and blue insignias of the Bismarck Association of Commerce members began to appear on the doors of business and professional offices here as association directors launched a campaign to enlarge membership.

October 13, 1962

A duck identification study meeting which attracted 70 sportsmen here may become an annual affair. The meeting was sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and held at its offices at Fort Lincoln south of Bismarck.

October 13, 1912

The N.D. Industrial Exposition ended last night, going out in a blaze of glory and fireworks. Today is devoted to dismantling the displays and allowing Bismarck to get back to her normal state.

October 14, 1887

Yesterday's westbound Pacific Express was two hours late. It was late out of Minneapolis and was the heaviest train of the season. It consisted of fourteen coaches, at one time, with over 500 passengers. Over 150 dined in the dining car.

October 14, 1937

Bismarck's 1937 Community Chest Fund goal is $12,500---$1,000 more than last year. The annual drive will be launched early in November, it was decided by the board of directors.

October 14, 1962

Today Rev. A. E. (Ted) Smith begins his 20th year of serving as Rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in Bismarck. He recalls those days as being the most fulfilling period of his lifetime.

October 14, 1912

Traveling at the rate of 45 miles an hour, Northern Pacific passenger train No. 4, eastbound, ran on to an open switch at Oriska, N.D., Sunday afternoon, took the siding and crashed into a string of freight cars, the latter being reduced to kindling wood.

October 15, 1887

The annual parade and inspection of the Bismarck Fire Department will occur on Thursday afternoon, October 20. The department will endeavor to make this the largest and best parade ever given.

October 15, 1937

Fire destroyed two grain elevators, the Soo Line railroad depot and other property early today at Burnstad, N.D., with an estimated loss of more than $25,000.

October 15, 1962

Frank Cave, a long-time bridge engineer with the State Highway Department died this morning in a local hospital. His service began with the structural design and steel details of the Missouri River bridges at Williston, Sanish and Elbowoods.

October 15, 1912

The excavation for the Standard Oil building on east Front Street, has been completed and workmen will commence this afternoon on the concrete foundations. It is the intention to rush the work on the superstructure as fast as possible.

October 16, 1887

Attached to Thursday's train was United States Fish Commission car No. 8, in charge of the Smithsonian Institution. The car contained German carp and goldfish for distribution along the line of the Northern Pacific to those who had placed their orders.

October 16, 1937

One magazine salesman was in jail today and police were seeking two companions in what they believe was an effort to defraud Bismarck residents by collecting more than an authorized amount on subscription sales.

October 16, 1962

Vandalism reports continued to flood into police headquarters after the weekend's wave of damage, mostly to parked cars. Fifty autos have smashed taillights and 15 street lights on the south side were blasted by vandals using B-B guns.

October 16, 1912

The evening music lovers of the Capital City will be afforded a rare opportunity of hearing one of the biggest concerts arranged for the ensuing year. The Army's regimental band will perform at Fort Lincoln and it will be free to all who are interested.

October 17, 1887

According to the Jamestown papers, Meyer Eppinger will close out his branch clothing house in that city and devote his whole attention hereafter to the main store in Bismarck.

October 17, 1937

With a total of 78 musicians enrolled, the Bismarck High School Band this year is the largest in the history of the school, according to Clarion Larson, director. The band only lost a few members through graduation this year.

October 17, 1962

Maj. Gen. Heber L. Edwards is described as being in critical condition in a hospital here after major surgery for a hip ailment. It is reported the General suffered a heart attack following the operation.

October 17, 1912

Superintendent W. R, Davis of the Bismarck Indian School has received a number of circulars regarding the crusade that is being waged against tuberculosis. Sunday, October 27, has been designated there as Tuberculosis Day.

October 18, 1887

The machinery and apparatus used in the brewery on the river bank is the most modern and perfect and under the management of Mr. S. Hirsch, a gentleman of experience and ability, the "Milwaukee Brewery" of Bismarck is today the most firmly established enterprise in the northwest.u

October 18, 1937

Miss Techla Knoll, a vocal soloist, will appear on a series of KFYR radio broadcasts, sponsored by the Tuesday Music Club of Bismarck. Plans are to continue the broadcasts on the basis of one every other week.

October 18, 1962

Apparent low bidder on the new federal building project in Bismarck was F. D. Rich, Stamford, Conn., on a bid of $3,192,000. There were nine other bidders.

October 18, 1912

Bismarck is to have a basketball team this year that it may well be proud of, if the present plans of Manager G. F. Gonia do not miscarry. The aggregation will be known as the Bismarck Basket Ball Booster Bunch.

October 19, 1887

It is said that several additional electric lights will be placed on Sixth Street during the next legislative session and that thoroughfare will represent a brilliant scene as the rays of the new lights cavort among the crystals of the snow.

October 19, 1937

Bismarck handed back $76,000 to the Public Works Administration this evening during a city commission meeting. The money was returned because city property-owners blocked special assessments which would finance the city's share of the downtown improvement project.

October 19, 1962

Stockholders of Bismarck Industries, Inc., a local development corporation, voted for the fourth consecutive year to pass up a dividend and plow the money back into the company. Evan Lips was also elected President at the annual stockholders meeting this week.

October 19, 1912

General ouster proceedings against Burleigh County Sheriff Frank Barnes were started this week when an accusation was filed with Judge Winchester charging the sheriff with refusal or neglect to perform his official duties in regard to the prohibition law.

October 20, 1887

A wholesale boot and shoe business is among the prospective enterprises for Bismarck. Energetic and solid young business men of the east are negotiating for the establishment of the plant, which in all probability will be opened in the spring of 1888.

October 20, 1937

The Scott-Burr Stores Corporation will open its new retail outlet in the Patterson Hotel building about December 10. The exterior of the building is being extensively constructed to conform to the company's standard store front.

October 20, 1962

Two high-ranking officials of the newly-formed Mali Republic in Africa will be in Bismarck Sunday through Wednesday to visit local housing projects and farms in the area. Their trip is sponsored by the Agency for International Development of the U.S. State Department.

October 20, 1912

This afternoon the beautiful dining room of the McKenzie Hotel was the scene of a very pleasant gathering, when about a hundred and twenty-five ladies were entertained at whist. The parlor was decorated in carnations, ferns and smilax.

October 21, 1887

C. R. Williams, the Bismarck agent of the Franz Falk Brewing Company, returned last evening from a trip as far west as Glendive. Mr. Williams gives a very encouraging report of the country west of the river and predicts good times for the towns along the line.

October 21, 1937

Revision of the Soo Line Railroad's operating set-up was recently announced. Effective November 1 the Missouri River and Minnesota Divisions will be consolidated under the management of Burt G. Cross, local division superintendent.

October 21, 1962

Bismarck came within a few hours of tying an all-time weather mark here Friday night. Latest date ever recorded for a killing frost here was October 20, 1911. But the temperature dropped to 28 overnight and the old record survived.

October 21, 1912

Mr. Peck has moved his music store to the room on Broadway in the Grand Pacific block. You are cordially invited to call and see the new stock of Pianos and Music of all kinds. Special prices prevail for the next 30 days.

October 22, 1887

Proprietor Eber Bly of the Sheridan House has won the reputation of keeping the best hotel on the line of the Northern Pacific between St. Paul and Helena, and that he intends to sustain that reputation is proven by his continual efforts to please and entertain his guests.

October 22, 1937

A model National Guard post will be set up at the old Bismarck Indian School which was recently turned over to the North Dakota Adjutant General's office. General Edwards will move both his department and his family to the location west of the city.

October 22, 1962

An old-fashioned political rally will be held here Monday, October 29, to top off a full day of coffee parties, business district visits and precinct meetings for Democratic-Nonpartisan League candidates.

October 22, 1912

Bismarck in all probability will within a very few months have a splendid drive to the river. Recently J. J. Jackman offered to give the city complete right of way for a road from the city limits on Avenue B through to the Indian School.

October 23, 1887

Judge William Francis, who returned last evening from his first term of court in Dickinson, pays the people of that place high compliment on their new courthouse and court room. The judge says the building cost about $15,000.