Dakota Agenda — July 19-22 | News, Sports, Jobs
World War I heroes
July 19 — North Dakota’s history is filled with stories of brave soldiers and warriors. Throughout the spring and early summer of 1918, state newspapers were reporting stories of another – Charlie Rogers.
Rogers was a Sioux from the Standing Rock Reservation. He entered service and served first in the 1st ND Regiment, then in the 18th US Infantry. It didn’t take long for this soldier to prove his bravery. “An Indian in the middle of a war pursues 20 Germans” reported a headline in the New Rockford Transcript that day in 1918. “Indian Goes Beyond,” read another in the Sioux County Pioneer of June 27, 1918.
Although the stories were printed within weeks of each other, both stories came from the same source. Sergeant EH Tostevin, formerly of Mandan, wrote the North Dakota newspapers of Rogers’ bravery in battle. The letter, dated May 20, 1918, read: “Rogers jumped over the parapet swinging his old rifle above his head. He let out a cry he had kept for years… The Germans were quite close before we mixed. Rogers, of course, had his gun loaded with five rounds and his bayonet fixed. After swinging his gun around his head several times, he brought it back to his shoulders and emptied his shells at the enemy, swung it again, screamed and stabbed and used the butt of his gun to smash another’s skull.
Tostevin and the American and German soldiers watched as Roger fought his way through the oncoming enemies, whose actions seemed no match for the young Sioux. “Rogers’ actions terrorized the Huns, and they beat him for their lives”, writes Tostevin. “I’ve never seen a man move so fast in my life and I guess neither do the Germans.”
Rogers later became a sniper for the US Army, undoubtedly terrorizing his enemies with stealth and sharp fire.
Around the same time, the newspapers were reporting the brave actions of another young man, Joe Young Hawk, an Arikara man from Elbowoods. During a battle on the Soissons front, Young Hawk was captured by five Germans. According to the newspapers, these five Germans were no match for him. He killed three of his captors with his bare hands by breaking their backs on his knees. Young Hawk was shot in both legs in this fight, but still managed to capture his other two captors and bring them back to American lines. Major Welch of his division said this of Young Hawk: “I’m terribly proud of him. He should have a medal, because really it took all kinds of nerve.
Young Hawk received this medal upon his return to the United States, but his bravery was not without consequence. Upon his return, Young Hawk began receiving treatment on his legs. He underwent three operations and each time more than one leg was amputated. He was also injured after being gassed.
On June 23, 1923, Joe Young Hawk died from injuries he sustained during his brave escape and capture from his captors.
Charlie Korsmo, actor
By Cathy A.
July 20 — Charles Randolph Korsmo was born in Fargo on this date in 1978 to John Korsmo and Deborah Ruf. After her parents divorced in 1989, “Charlie” was raised in Minneapolis by his mother.
A bright child, Korsmo was reading in high school by the age of four and studying math at the college level by the age of eight. After a trip to Universal Studios in California, he wanted to try acting. A dislike of school was part of the driving force that propelled him into show business, but he apparently also had the talent for acting.
After auditioning for local TV commercials, Korsmo was scouted by the casting director for “Men Don’t Leave” and got a role in that movie. He continued to enjoy a few years in film, starring in comedies and dramas from 1989 to 1991. In addition to “Men Don’t Leave” he found roles in “Dick Tracy” and “Heat wave” in 1990 and “And Bob? » in 1991. He was also in “To hang up” and “Doctor” This year.
Korsmo was nominated for his work in “Dick Tracy”, winning Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture at the Young Artist Awards and the Saturn Award for “Dick Tracy.” He was also nominated by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Filmsas Best Performance by a Younger Actor in “Dick Tracy.”
He won the Young Artist Awards’ Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture and was also nominated as Best Young Actor Co-Starring in a Motion Picture for his role in “To hang up.”
After hosting a 1992 segment of the PBS documentary “The Creative Spirit” Korsmo has retired from the world of cinema. He decided to take a “normal life.” By 1996, he was attending and excelling academically at Breck, a prep school in Minneapolis, while occasionally participating in classroom plays.
After a seven-year hiatus from cinema, he made a brief comeback in 1998 in “I can not wait” playing none other than a science-loving nerd.
Korsmo graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2000, and in 2001 accepted a job with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He also worked on a missile defense project and helped the Republican Party in the United States House of Representatives.
Korsmo soon returned to college and earned a JD from Yale Law School in 2006. In the courtroom, he will be able to use the acting skills he learned on set. .
ND children’s home
By JAYME JOB
July 21 — North Dakota Children’s Home received its 500th child on this day in 1903. The organization was founded in response to the large number of children in need of additional care in the state.
Superintendent Hall reported the mark to the Fargo Forum saying: “Today marks an era in the history of this company’s work in North Dakota, as I this morning entered the five-hundredth child on our registry.”
The Children’s Home accepted all children in the state for any length of time, as long as space permitted. American, Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, French, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German and Polish children formed their ranks, and the 500th child was a recent immigrant from Lapland. The boy’s father, a famine victim in Lapland, asked the home to look after his sons for a few months while he tried to settle down.
Wahpeton’s first settler
By MERRY HELM
July 22 – Morgan T. Rich established the first settlement at Wahpeton on this date in 1869. This was not Rich’s first visit to the area. Earlier, in 1864, he had passed through the area on a trek from Fort Ridgeley, Minnesota to what is now Helena, Montana. General Sully and 4,000 cavalry and mounted infantry were the escorts on this previous visit.
Rich remained in Montana until 1868. After a brief return home to Red Wing, Minnesota, he headed for the Red River Valley again in 1869. The St. Paul Pacific Railroad now reached Wright County in Minnesota, and sought to push further west towards the Red River valley.
These were lonely early years for Rich in his new location in Wahpeton. In fact, he remained relatively alone. On those occasions when an immigrant would be passing through, he was more than happy to entertain. Rich’s garden was said to be a model and to a very small extent he was a successful farmer.
Eventually, Rich’s businesses grew. With a charter from the Pembina County Commissioners, he helped provide vagrants with safe passage across the Boise River from the Sioux. This first crossing area became known as Richville. Early records also called the area Chahinkapa, which means “end of the woods”. This name, however, never came into general use.
Rich’s original land dish became what is now Wahpeton. By then other settlers had joined them to make improvements and start farming operations.
Interestingly, Valley City in Barnes County was originally called Wahpeton. However, before a post office could be established there, Richville changed its name to Wahpeton after the name of the Indian tribe in the area.
Richland County was finally organized in 1878 as part of the Dakota Territory. And you guessed it, the county was named after its first settler, Morgan T. Rich.
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