Mandan News

7 winners chosen in Midwest Bakery contest, 1938

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1989
Jenny Wirtz has been elected president of the Mandan Women of Today (formerly the Jayceettes) for 1988-89. Other new officers are: Cyndi Champlin, vice president; Jolene Johs, secretary; Kathy Wagner, treasurer; and Shirlene Schafer, State director and chairman of the board.

Gary Flaa has joined the Investment Center of Bismarck, located at the Bismarck State Bank. He was previously the president of Norwest Bank in Mandan; Flaa has 26 years of banking experience.
Carol (Les) Metzger and Pat (Gary) Larson, formerly with Berger Insurance in Mandan, have opened their own insurance agency at 104 3rd Ave. N.W. Carol and Pat have 12 and 14 years’ experience, respectively, in the insurance business.

Irmgard Herbst has been elected president of the Mandan Art Assn.

Jane Bair, Mandan, a 1988 social work graduate of the University of Mary, has won the outstanding senior award presented by the University of Mary Council. She was chosen from a field of five candidates nominated by the teaching faculty. Her award was based on academic achievement, community service and service to the university. A mother of nine and grandmother of five, Bair has been a full-time student for the past three years. She has also served as president of the campus student social work association and graduated with honors.

50 Years Ago – 1964
A. R. Shaw will succeed August Spiss as Mandan Senior High School principal, effective next September, according to an announcement by William Russell, president of the Mandan Board of Education. Spiss becomes the Mandan Superintendent of Schools, succeeding Dr. W. L. Neff, who has resigned for a position at Dickinson State College.

This year’s balloting at Mandan polling places for the election of school board members drew a light turnout. Exactly 100 voters cast their ballots for two incumbents in a race in which neither contender could lose. Re-elected to the board were C. W. Albers and Berlin Boyd.

Four hundred Young Citizen Leaguers from 40 Morton County elementary schools converged on Mandan at the end of May for their day-long annual convention held in the Memorial Building. The convention’s theme was “Freedom Under Law.” A parade, featuring 40 banners and several floats, accompanied by the music of the Almont Grade School band, highlighted the morning activities. (The Pioneer reporter wrote that it may possibly have been Mandan’s fastest moving parade on record, as the signs carried by the boys and girls could only have been read by speed readers.)

Speakers for the day’s patriotic programs were Miss Sarah Motsiff, former county superintendent, and Larry LaRue, district Boy Scout executive. Following the afternoon’s entertainment of musical numbers, dancing and skits, an election of new officers was held. Elected the new YCL president is 6th grader Robert Werner of Fort Rice School; vice president is Douglas Mork, Square Butte School No. 2; and treasurer is Kathleen Kottsick, Rural School No. 3.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Prizes have been awarded to those who correctly guessed the weight of an 11-lb. 7-oz. loaf of bread which had been on display in the window of Midwest Bakery during their grand opening weekend in May. Seven of the 1500 people who registered their estimate put down perfect figures. This result caused a dilemma for the owner who had only planned for a $10 first prize, a $5 second prize and five prizes of $2 each for the answers closest to the correct weight. To solve the problem, all seven names were tossed into a hat, and the second name drawn received the $10 first prize. Five dollars were then awarded to the other six winners, for a total payout of $40, instead of the originally planned $25.

Contestant winners are as follows: First prize, R. M. Welsh, Mandan, $10; the Second prize of $5 went to N. F. Paul and Clementine Bauer, Mandan; Joe Tomanek and George Wetch, St. Anthony; Mrs. Joe Stegmiller, Flasher; and to Carl Stockert, Solen.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“The young marauders who pulled up the flowers at the home of Chas. F. Ellis last week were taken before a magistrate and given a good, sound talk. Perhaps in the future, they will have some regard for the property of others.

“One of the most spectacular fires that has occurred in Mandan for many years completely destroyed the elevator of the Haight Lumber and Machinery Co. at the east end of town and causing a loss of $8,000. Fire broke out about two o’clock, after lightning struck the elevator’s tower during a heavy thunderstorm passing over the city. Although there was enough pressure from the city waterworks, the stream from the firemen’s hoses was unable to reach the top of the structure, resulting in the fire working its way down, completely out of control. Within two hours, the building was in total ruins. Insurance will cover $5,500 of the loss, according to Mr. Lanterman, the owner.

Charles Heater, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heater of this city, and a graduate of the Mandan High School class of 1912, has received notice that he has successfully passed the examination for entry into the national military school at West Point and will leave by train Saturday for that place. “Charlie”, who has been employed in the First National Bank since leaving school, is one of Mandan’s most popular and highly respected young men, and he is being congratulated on his good fortune.

125 Years Ago – 1889
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600.
June 14, 1888: “On Thursday at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 93 degrees above zero.

“The Mandan Roller Mill Company is now paying 70 cents cash and 75 cents in trade for No. 1 hard wheat. This is the highest price ever paid by them.

“The ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society will have a festival at the Emerson Institute on Thursday evening. They will be serving ice cream, strawberries and cake, at a cost of 35 cents. With the advent of hot weather, the ice cream should sell like hot cakes on a winter morning.

“Mr. Earnest Hagarott of Crown Butte met with a serious accident yesterday evening. He was riding a horse at a high rate of speed and, in making a quick turn, his horse stumbled and threw its rider and then fell upon Mr. Hagarott, breaking his leg in two places. Dr. Coe was out last evening and set the broken limb.

“Some of the prominent citizens of Mandan are celebrating the recent rise in mercury by having all their whiskers shaved off. One of them declares that his face will remain smooth until the election of the next Republican president. Another one frightened his little daughter half out of her wits by going home and attempting to kiss her— she, of course, taking him for a stranger.”

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