It Happened in Bismarck - September

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September 1, 1887

The electric lamp on the corner of Meigs and Seventh Street fell yesterday and was smashed to smithereens.

September 1, 1912

Arriving promptly on schedule time, the party of distinguished geographers and scientists who are traveling as guests of the American Geographical Society spent two hours in Bismarck Sunday, while on their way to the Pacific coast.

September 1, 1937

Hungry, broke and 1,000 miles from home, a 14-year-old Chicago boy was arrested in Bismarck Tuesday driving a car he had stolen only a short while before in Mandan. He spent part of his time in a Mandan "hobo jungle."

September 1, 1962

Many North Dakotans headed out today for the Labor Day weekend and the last big fling of the summer before school resumes and life settled down, sans sun tan oil, fishing gear and water skiis.

September 2, 1887

St. Mary's select day school will open September 5, 1887. The course of instruction will embrace every useful and ornamental branch of education suitable for young ladies.

September 2, 1912

W. C. Wagner was knocked unconscious by two unknown men Sunday night while enroute home and was relieved of 30 dollars in cash and a gold watch. The hold-up took place near the road house on the Fort Lincoln road.

September 2, 1937

A. E. Thompson. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has begun a three-day field study of school conditions in northwestern North Dakota. His itinerary will take him through Mountrail, Divide, Williams and parts of Renville and Ward Counties.

September 2, 1962

The 2nd annual Bismarck Tribune Invitational Golf Tournament got under way at Apple Creek Country Club Saturday. Lee DeForest of Bismarck is defending champion. The course will be open to spectators throughout the tourney.

September 3, 1887

W. W. Irwin, the famous criminal lawyer of St. Paul, will arrive in a few days to defend Baker, who is charged with the poisoning of Olsen, who was the only living witness to the murder of Robinson.

September 3, 1912

The city dads, although not connected with any labor union, refused to work on Labor Day and as a result the regular weekly meeting of the city commission was postponed until this evening.

September 3, 1937

Desire to cooperate with the police caused members of the Roan and Strauss Clinic to refuse comment on a robbery there recently. Police denied that any untoward incident had occurred, however.

September 3, 1962

State Highway Patrolmen in the nine-county Fifth District which includes Bismarck and Mandan had their hands full during the Labor Day holiday weekend. In the hazardous moving violations category 54 speeding citations were issued.

September 4, 1887

The proof of the merits of a plaster is the cures it effects, and the voluntary testimonials of those who have use Allcock's Porous Plasters during the past twenty-five years is unimpeachable evidence of their superiority.

September 4, 1912

The State Penitentiary has adopted the court martial system of dealing with escaped inmates. Two who went over the wall last week after the ball game, were tried by Daniel V. Noah, the judge advocate of the court who is actually a murderer under sentence of life imprisonment.

September 4, 1937

No Labor Day observance is planned for Bismarck Monday, a checkup with labor leaders here has revealed, but a rally will be held in Riverside Park at Mandan Monday afternoon.

September 4, 1962

The mercury dipped to 37 at Carson last night, culminating a cool Labor Day in the Missouri Slope area. Bismarck was right on the freezing mark---32---making it the coldest September 3 recorded here since 1885.

September 5, 1887

Today the little lads and lasses and ambitious youths and maidens of Bismarck will hie merrily to school as the public schools of the city will be opened for the fall term. Seven well-trained teachers will be on hand to see to their education.

September 5, 1912

Private Scover of Company D at Fort Lincoln was arrested this morning by Bismarck police in connection with the hold-up of W. C. Wagner last week. He unsuccessfully attempted to cash two postal savings checks taken from Wagner.

September 5, 1937

Resolutions condemning "certain" state departments and officials for alleged "Sabbath-breaking" activities and denouncing organized commercial amusements on Sundays were adopted here by delegates to the annual convention of the Evangelical Church.

September 5, 1962

Frontier Airlines launched its new one-stop air passenger service to Denver today. The early morning Convair flight will get air travelers into the Colorado city in time for connections with morning jet flights bound for the West Coast.

September 6, 1887

Three sons of honest but respectable parents stole a length of water pipe that was lying in the ditch in front of Bogue's emporium on Third Street and took it around to his back door and tried to sell it to him. N.G.

September 6, 1912

So many words of praise are heard spoken of the flowers which adorned the N.P. depot park, and if the ladies of the Civic League, through whose efforts those flowers grow, could hear the many words of praise commonly uttered, they would feel proud of their work in caring for the same.

September 6, 1937

Mrs. Marshal H. Jewell, 72, widow of the publisher of the Bismarck Tribune in the Capital City's pioneer days, died Saturday of cancer in Seattle, Washington. She moved west in May of 1926.

September 6, 1962

The general membership drive of the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Music Association will get under way Monday when the general headquarters at the Prince Hotel will open for business at 10 a.m.

September 7, 1887

The city of Bismarck, viewed from the northern hills, is about as picturesque a town as can be found in the northwest. A very pleasing effect is produced by the tall red chimneys and roofs which is an architectural peculiarity of Bismarck residences.

September 7, 1912

Nearly a dozen cars have been pledged to President Fred L. Conklin of the Bismarck Commercial Club to make the second auto tour of the Bismarck boosters. It will be a short trip, extending only to Hazelton and Linton.

September 7, 1937

County Agricultural Agent H. O. Putnam has resigned that post to accept the position of executive secretary of the Northwest Crop Improvement Association of Minneapolis.

September 7, 1962

A troupe of entertainers known to almost every television fan in the Slope area will appear in Bismarck on October 14. Here for a single star-studded show at the World War Memorial Building will be the "Stars of Lawrence Welk" performers.

September 8, 1887

J. G. Sanders' Dakota Cigar Factory is turning out 10,000 cigars weekly. He ships to the four points of the compass, and keeps five men busy manufacturing the seductive weed. His brands are "Minnie," "Grand" and "Dakota."

September 8, 1912

That the good crops are going to make business boom in Bismarck this fall is being proven daily. Last week the Lahr Motor Sales Company disposed of ten Overland touring cars within eight days. This is a record for Bismarck.

September 8, 1937

Back again bigger and better than ever, will be the Polack Brothers Circus, scheduled to appear six nights and two afternoons in the World War Memorial Building beginning September 22.

September 8, 1962

Plans for the Bismarck Sertoma Club's Second Annual "Aunt Jemima Community Pancake Day" were revealed at a special meeting this week. The event will be held October 65 at the Eagles Club with serving from 6t a.m. to 8 p.m.

September 9, 1887

Electrician Berry, who has been in charge of the electric work in this city, left for Brainerd Wednesday evening to establish an electric light plant in that city.

September 9, 1912

The Bismarck Theatre has secured another big feature for its patrons entitled "Winning the Latonia Derby." This is a two-reel importation and is one of the finest horse-race pictures ever produced.

September 9, 1937

L. K. Thompson, long-time Bismarck Scouter, is the new chairman of the Bismarck district of the Missouri Valley Area Council. He has been a member of the troop committee of Troop 3 since 1931.

September 9, 1962

Bismarck's newest bar and lunge, "The Coin Room," managed by Don Tarbox opened for business in the new Holiday Inn in west Bismarck on Saturday. The lounge and 16-foot bar overlook the swimming area.

September 10, 1887

Robert B. Mellon, of the firm of Mellon, Bly & McKenzie, who are giving Bismarck her waterworks, returned from the east yesterday and will remain several weeks. Mr. Mellon has by no means lost his interest in Bismarck.

September 10, 1912

"The city commission is to be congratulated on having decided to send the City Health Officer as a delegate to the International Congress on Hygiene and Demography, to be held in Washington, D.C., this month," said a prominent local citizen this morning.

September 10, 1937

The decision to change the name of the Paramount Theater to the Bismarck Theater was announced today by the management as the first step in a modernization program which will make it one of the best-appointed in the Northwest.

September 10, 1962

After a Minot bus operator failed to show up for a second time to discuss bus service for Wachter School area pupils, parents decided upon a more direct approach. Anton Geiger bought a bus and will begin transporting children today.

September 11, 1887

The brick chimney for the Sheridan House engine room, is rapidly nearing completion. When finished it will be over sixty feet in height, and will be one of the largest of the kind in the northwest.

September 11, 1912

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education was held at the Will School last evening. A truant officer has been appointed who will visit the parents whose children are not attending, and ascertain the reason why they are not being sent to school.

September 11, 1937

Knut Oss, who farms river bottom lands along the Missouri, between the Memorial and Northern Pacific bridges, has been forced by sand bars to move his intake equipment a number of times this summer.

September 11, 1962

First day enrollment at Bismarck Junior College stood at 500 full-time students, and Acting Dean Ralph Werner expects them to continue registering all week. First-day enrollment last year was 432 and reached 501 by the third week of school.

September 12, 1887

Probably no thing has caused such a general revival of trade at H. Brandt's South Side Main Street drug store as their giving away to their customers of so many free trial bottles of Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption.

September 12, 1912

At a special meeting of the city commission last evening, a twenty year franchise was granted the Northwestern Coal Distillation Power Company, so that the company will establish a plant here to supply the city with coal gas service for lighting and heating.

September 12, 1937

Darkness comes too early in mid-September. That was the unanimous opinion of some 40 tennis players competing Sunday in the Bismarck All-City tennis tournament.

September 12, 1962

Dr. Eric P. Quain, 92, co-founder of the Quain and Ramstad Clinic here and for years one of the Northwest's most famous surgeons, died in a Salem, Oregon, hospital early yesterday. He had lived in Oregon since retiring in 1940.

September 13, 1887

It is said that Joseph Leighton, well known in the northwest as one of its early rustlers, government contractor and banker, who went to Pasadena, California, last fall for his health, has struck it rich. He cleaned up several hundred thousand dollars in the boom at Los Angeles.

September 13, 1912

E. A. Dawson of the Dawson Grocery Co., Main Street, is giving a novelty to his customers. He has contracted with an eastern house for a large output of high class phonographs which he intends giving as premiums to his cash customers.

September 13, 1937

Bismarck citizens who gathered at the airport this morning to see the first of a new transport fleet for Northwest Airlines went away disappointed. The ship was flown directly to St. Paul from the Lockheed factory in Burbank, California.

September 13, 1962

The Bismarck City Commission decided to scrap plans for remodeling the present city hall after learning that cost of the project would be upwards of $40,000. Expansion had been considered into the now-vacated basement where the National Guard office had been located.

September 14, 1887

The St. Paul Dispatch in speaking of the Northern Pacific exhibit in which the two car loads of products from Burleigh County are merged says: "The grand display of the products grown along the line of the Northern Pacific is designed in the form of a house thatched with wheat."

September 14, 1912

When the hundreds of residents of eastern states visit the Second Annual North Dakota Industrial Exposition, which opens October 1 and closes October 12, they will stand amazed at the wonderful exhibits from nearly every county in the state.

September 14, 1937

Bismarck commercial activity was intensified today with announcement by Ed G. Patterson of the Patterson Hotel that he has leased his Fourth Street building to the Scott Burr Stores Corporation of Chicago, one of the country's major chain stores.

September 14, 1962

The Bismarck office of the North Dakota State Employment Service will hold an "open house" in its new office building at 216 Second Street. The new building marks the seventh location for the service since it first opened its doors in 1934.

September 15, 1887

L. A. Hurlbut, one of the most extensive dealers in Bismarck realty about the time of the capital location, and who still has extensive interests here, arrived yesterday from Detroit, Michigan, where he is now living.

September 15, 1912

On Thursday afternoon, the 26th, citizens of Bismarck are invited to an informal reception to be tendered by the Commercial Club to Rev. Bishop Naphtali Luccock, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. A mass meeting will be held in the church that evening.

September 15, 1937

At twilight today, just as the evening star comes out, a ram's horn will sound in Bismarck, marking the end of the Jewish Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement---one of the oldest religious services in existence.

September 15, 1962

Earl Beatt, a native of Bismarck and executive director of the Minneapolis Family and Children's Service, will speak at the Unitarian Church Sunday on the topic "Family Service---Its Function and Responsibility in the Community."

September 16, 1887

Last spring farmer Pitcher obtained some "Prairie Queen" melon seed from O. H. Will, the Bismarck seedsman. His acre of garden is now a sight. He has plenty of melons that weigh over twenty pounds each.

September 16, 1912

There was a meeting of the Commercial Travelers at the Commercial Club Sunday, at which time they took up plans for "Peddlers' Day" at the Exposition. The boys had all matters well in hand, and soon completed their arrangements.

September 16, 1937

Bismarck filling station and garage owners and operators were notified that they must clear the sidewalks in front of their stores of signs, merchandise and advertising materials, as ordered by the city commission recently.

September 16, 1962

A new Girl Scout troop has been organized for girls from both Bismarck and Mandan, composed entirely of youngsters who are mentally retarded. It is the first such troop in North Dakota and joins 200 other troops in 37 states.

September 17, 1887

W. B. Bell and family are camping out this week. He camps out in this way every fall. He says it is good for his health. They are in camp; on Burnt reek, up the River Road near the railroad bridge.

September 17, 1912

The Hughes building on west Main Street which was occupied as a pool hall at the time F. L. Watkins raided it as a blind pig some time ago, will remain locked up under the injunctional order of the district court which was issued at that time.

September 17, 1937

The federal Indian Bureau will recommend to the Secretary of the Interior that the Bismarck Indian School plant, now closed, be leased to the State of North Dakota for use by the National Guard.

September 17, 1962

Bismarck will have to put off for another year---or longer---installation of a fire alarm system to protect local public schools and the main commercial district. The hitch developed when Northwestern Bell Telephone demanded pole lease charges which could run as high as $10,000 annually.

September 18, 1887

The ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church are arranging for a fair and oyster festival to be given in Raymond's Block, Main Street, on the evenings of September 29 and 30.

September 18, 1912

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Burleigh F. Spalding and family have arrived in Bismarck with their household goods and will make the Capital City their permanent home. They have rented the Newton house at the corner of Fifth and Avenue B.

September 18, 1937

Bismarck Lions will recapture their youth Sunday when the frolic with the Boy Scouts of Troop 10 for a picnic, softball game and campfire program at Birlea Hollow.

September 18, 1962

I. E. Solberg will represent Bismarck Junior College and Col. Robert P. Miller the North Dakota National Guard in coordinating joint dedication ceremonies for the new National Guard armory here on October 4.

September 19, 1887

General Alexander Hughes returned from Milwaukee Sunday, having attended the reunion of the Civil War era "Iron Brigade" in that city. He reports a grand meeting, and enjoyed a good old time meeting with his fellow veterans.

September 19, 1912

The excessive rain during the early hours today has completely disarranged the program of the Mandan State Fair insofar as Bismarck Day was concerned. The special train which was to have carried the people there has been canceled due to the inclement weather.

September 19, 1937

B. A. Woehle announced yesterday that he and his two sons have leased the Sinclair Super Service Station at 120 West Broadway and will operate it. The station was built a little more than a year ago and was run by Fleck Motor Sales.

September 19, 1962

Mayor Evan E. Lips was named the "Outstanding Citizen of Bismarck for 1962" as the Bismarck Eagles presented their second annual Civic Service Award during ceremonies celebrating the lodge's 26th anniversary here.

September 20, 1887

George P. Flannery came in from Minneapolis Saturday afternoon, and will remain during the term of court to attend to professional business. It is understood he will assist District Attorney Hanitch in several important cases.

September 20, 1912

The force of men at work on the new addition to the Grand Pacific Hotel are rushing the work of completing it, and Landlord Henry Tatley says the new dining room and many of the rooms will be ready for use by the time the Exposition opens next month.

September 20, 1937

For the first time in their history, Bismarck Elks are to have their own home. Construction bids for the new Elks home at 317 Fourth Street, will be opened in a few days and the structure completed shortly after the first of next year.

September 20, 1962

The Dakota Malting and Brewing Company will mark its first year in business with a stockholders meeting here Friday in the American Legion Hall. Dakota Beer distributors will assemble here on Saturday.

September 21, 1887

The Bismarck visitors at the Minnesota State Fair were surprised and pleased with the exhibits made by Burleigh County. It is reasonable to believe that the county received as much benefit from the fair as any agricultural county in the territory.

September 21, 1912

About one hundred and fifty Mandan and Bismarck Elks gathered at the home of the lodge here and enjoyed a business and social session. Following the initiation, a banquet was served, at which the principal feature was whole roast duck.

September 21, 1937

Decision to lease their present Little Theater room in the World War Memorial Building and the City Auditorium for five plays this winter was reached by the Bismarck Community Players recently.

September 21, 1962

Garrison Dam is still sound, says Lt. Col. Thomas Barry, who reassured downstream residents today. He speculated that recent rumors of a "leak in the dam" resulted from some minor repair work being done on the spillway during the summer.

September 22, 1887

The electricians are at work supplying the Atheneum with electric lights and no news could be more welcome to the people of the city that their amusement hall will soon be robbed of that melancholy gloom which seemed a part of every performance.

September 22, 1912

Miss Fibbons, instructor in domestic science in the Bismarck public schools, has been engaged to teach a program of that subject during the Industrial Exposition next month. The fee for her sessions will be $5, which will include a pass of admission to the building.

September 22, 1937

Floyd Boutrous was elected President, Jack Andrew Vice President and Vernon Pavlick Secretary as members of the Elks Band met to make organizational plans for the year.

September 22, 1962

The Scott's Self Service Store at 208 Fourth Street is preparing a grand opening sale to celebrate the completion of a remodeling job now under way. The store has been repainted and will have completely new fixtures throughout.

September 23, 1887

The people of Bismarck will regret to learn that J. W. Clarke of the Main Street Book Store has decided to leave the city. He has rented a store in Ashland, Wisconsin, and will be in business at that point within twenty days.

September 23, 1912

At a special meeting held at K.P. Hall Saturday evening the local camp of the Modern Woodmen Lodge instructed eleven new members into the mysteries of woodcraft, and the lodge has a nice bunch of happy new members.

September 23, 1937

Marble wainscoting has been installed in the front lobby and rails were being erected on the front steps as work at the Bismarck postoffice expansion, originally scheduled to be completed by October 1, was pushed forward this week.

September 23, 1962

Announcement that Basin Electric Power Cooperative has decided on a site southeast of Stanton in Mercer County for a 36.6 million power plant was made at Bismarck this week. The site is near the old Missouri river town of Deapolis.

September 24, 1887

On Thursday next the Bismarck Gymnasium will be the scene of athletic and muscular competition. The event of the evening will be the sparring encounter between Edward Patterson of Bismarck and Thompson of Mandan.

September 24, 1912

Disciples of Terpsichore will not have to mourn while at the Exposition next month. General Manager Gilbreath is constructing a dancing pavilion within the building and visitors to the big show that desire to trip the light fantastic may do so, to the music of a colored minstrel orchestra.

September 24, 1937

Urging North Dakotans to lend their support to disabled American veterans of the World War, Gov. William Langer has issued a proclamation setting aside Saturday as Forget-Me-Not Day. Sale of the "flowers" will be handled by the Legion Auxiliary.

September 24, 1962

Local fight fans will get a chance to see films of the Floyd Patterson-Sonny Liston heavyweight championship fight at the Bismarck Theater, starting Thursday night, said Harold O'Neil, local theater manager.

September 25, 1887

The latest railroad scheme which promises to attract much attention and create vast amount of excitement is that of the Dakota & Canadian Line, which will reach here from the southeast and continue to the Canadian border.

September 25, 1912

A. B. Welch left yesterday for Chicago, to look up the matter of the Indian moving pictures taken at Fort Yates during the recent fair. There were some wonderful views taken there, which will give people who were not present a chance to see them.

September 25, 1937

The home office of the Provident Life Insurance Company is now housed in a new glass, brick and steel structure located on the southeast corner of Third and Broadway.

September 25, 1962

In the teen poll for this week, students from St. Mary's Central High School and Bismarck High School expressed their views on prayer in public schools. Their many varied opinions on this controversial subject show that teenagers have given it some thought.

September 26, 1887

The steamers Bachelor and Rosebud will commence loading today, the Bachelor for down river and the Rosebud for Fort Benton. There is considerable freight yet to be handled, and last evening the officers of the boats were looking for laborers.

September 26, 1912

The dancing season will open Friday evening with a grand ball given by the members of the Company A basketball team. The dance is for the purpose of raising funds to give the team a good start this year and they hope to be one of the best teams in the state.

September 26, 1937

Official weather observing in Bismarck as we know it today dates from September 10, 1874, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture established a meteorological station here with one observer.

September 26, 1962

A $300,000 damage suit filed by KXMB-TV against Radio Corporation of America has been removed from Burleigh County district court to U.S. District Court here. The complaint blames RCA for delays in obtaining new transmitting equipment.

September 27, 1887

Mrs. Mollie Eppinger received the sad intelligence of the death of her mother, Mrs. Nathan, at Cincinnati yesterday. The deceased has been an invalid for some time and Mrs. Eppinger was at her bedside nearly all of the summer.

September 27, 1912

The photographs of the All-Star vaudeville bill that will be presented in the Exposition theatre during the first week of the big land show are displayed in the windows of the building just east of the main entrance.

September 27, 1937

Col. W. De Basil's Ballet Russe, one of the greatest theatrical attractions in the world, will be the outstanding number on Bismarck's 1937-38 Civic Concert series. The traveling troupe numbers about 110 persons.

September 27, 1962

A temporary restraining order against the Capitol Milk Products Co. here has been made permanent and the firm is to be closed for not complying with a state bonding law. The suit was brought against Donald Wadzinski for lack of a license and surety bond.

September 28, 1887

Impure breath, caused by bad teeth, tobacco, spirits or catarrh, is neutralized by Sozodent. The repulsive breath is by its use rendered as fragrant as a rose, and coldness by friends or lovers will be no longer noticed.

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 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 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, 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 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 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, 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.

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.