ANYHOW...back to the genealogy website. Elephind. Ever heard of it? It's a FREE (yay!) collection of newspaper archives from domestic and international sources. There is just absolutely nothing like finding a fascinating article about an ancestor to add a little spice and intrigue into your research.
I usually give any genealogy database a test run using my husband's paternal and maternal surnames - Melvey and Morben. Their uniqueness ensures that all "hits" I get are in a manageable group - and most are usually connected somehow.
Paul's paternal great-grandfather, Nels N. Melvey (1867-1942), was a resident of nearby Moorhead, Minnesota at the time. This is the first time I have heard mention of him serving as president of the Fargo/Moorhead Carpenters' Union. Newspaper archives contain nuggets of contextual treasure just waiting to be discovered!
Fargo Carpenters Out On A Strike (1909, July 21). Bismarck Daily Tribune. Retrieved from http://www.elephind.com