Mandan News

Belohlavek crowned Morton Dairy Princess, 1964

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
Darin Bossert, a 1989 graduate of Mandan High School, has earned the title of 1989 North Dakota State High School Saddle Bronc Champion at the state competition held in Bowman. Bossert, the son of Duane and Diana Bossert, Mandan, will go on to compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo held in Pueblo, Colorado. Bossert won 17th place in the nation in 1988 against 140 saddle bronc riders from all over the United States and Canada.

Jim Boehm has been re-elected school board president during their recent reorganizational meeting. Two new board members, Steve Spilde and Dean Montieth, and the new junior high principal Harlan Haak, were also in attendance.

Northwestern Federal Savings and Loan Ass’n has named Andrew Frison as manager of the firm’s Bismarck and Mandan branch offices. Prior to joining Northwestern, Frison was a vice president with First Southwest Bank of Mandan.

After 11 long years of planning, the Joersz family, Bill and his sons Wallace, Marv and Bob, cut the ribbon on Monday morning, July 17, for the official grand opening of their new 32,000-sq. ft. grocery store in Mandan. The old Bill’s Super Valu store at 511 1st St. NW opened in 1976 but quickly outgrew its space, prompting Super Valu to begin looking for a new site in 1978

50 Years Ago – 1964
Linda Belohlavek of rural Mandan has been named Morton County Dairy Princess for 1964. She was crowned by the reigning princess, Carol Larson, at the Elks Club banquet attended by more than 240 persons. Linda, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Belohlavek, was chosen from a field of 27 contestants. A sophomore at Dickinson State College, the new princess was sponsored by the Starlighters Homemakers Club.

Pat Vicker’s American Legion nine assured themselves of undisputed possession of first place in the Western Conference after defeating the Harvey club, 10-0. Mandan made nine hits, two of them homeruns by Jim Koch and Mike Norton, and took advantage of five Harvey errors as they picked up their ninth conference win against two losses. Ace left-hander Larry House, held the visitors to only two hits until he was relieved in the sixth inning by Ron Zieszler. Mandan’s season record stands at 33-6.

The first load of the 1964 harvest came into Mandan this week as Peter Markel, operator of a 1300-acre unit 10 miles west of Mandan, hauled in a load of No. 1, 47-lb. barley. Examining the grain at Mandan Farmers Elevator Co. was manager Albert Diehl.

The stock market observed the Republican’s presidential nomination of Senator Barry Goldwater and his VP running mate, Congressman William Miller, by climbing to another historic peak this week of 847.51. The Republican convention took place at the $11 million Cow Palace, south of San Francisco. The building was constructed by the Works Progress Administration and opened in 1941.

75 Years Ago – 1939
The Mandan State Trainers baseball team lost their bid for a second consecutive title with a 3-2 loss to the Fairmount Collegians in the state semi-pro championship game held at Fargo. Five of the 16 berths on the all-tournament team have been awarded to the members of the Trainers, as follows: pitcher Sidney Peterson, catcher Karl Thornberg, first baseman George Heidt, shortstop Chuck Wood and outfielder Bob Saunders.

A new innovation practiced at the nation’s hospitals was introduced in Mandan this past week when six babies born at the Mandan Hospital had their thumb and footprints inked onto their birth certificates. Parents of the foot-printed boy babies are: the C. E. Mietchens, Adams Vogels, Joe Golds and Joe Becklers; parents of the girl babies are: the Fred Wrights and Lloyd Dietrichs.

First reports of harvest labor demands began rolling into the North Dakota Employment Service office this week. The service expects to direct about 18,000 farm laborers to jobs before the harvesting and threshing season is over. Wage offers made to the laborers are running $1.50 per day at Bismarck for haying to $2 and $3 per day for shocking at Fargo and Jamestown. When the demand for labor becomes heavy, state WPA government projects will be shut down to release men for the harvest fields.

A nuptial mass was read at 7 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church to unite in marriage Miss Ann Lillefield, daughter of M. and Mrs. E. O. Lillefield, Berkley, Calif., and Phil M. Helbling, son of Mrs. John Helbling, Mandan. For her wedding, the bride wore a floor length model of pale pink chiffon over taffeta and carried a white prayer book with pink and white satin streamers. Wearing a blue chiffon gown was her bridesmaid, Miss Catherine Helbling, niece of the bridegroom. George Helbling served as best man for his brother. Following a wedding trip to the West Coast the newlyweds will be at home in the Dailey apartment building. Mrs. Helbling is a former operator at a local beauty shop; Mr. Helbling is the Morton County Deputy Sheriff.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“It is high time that the city took some action in regard to filling the space between the old curb and the new on the north side of Main Street. Merchants and property owners have been waiting to see whether the city would take any action toward the installation of ornamental electric lights before filling in the trough. Some action should be taken at once, providing for the laying of conduits at least, so that the space can be filled in and the street displays a finished appearance.

“Sam Clark bought ten perfectly good baseball suits for the Bismarck team as encouragement to defeat the Mandan nine last Sunday. However, it really takes more than clothes to make good baseball players, for Mandan defeated Bismarck by a 7 to 3 score. Mandan’s Dorfler had his spitter ball working in fine shape and had so much smoke on the ball that the people in the grandstand could feel the heat. However, it was not his fault that Bismarck then scored three runs. Finnigan at shortstop was the ‘goat’ and missed all the easy ones that came his way for a record five errors in the game.”

125 Years Ago – 1889
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; just eight years later, statehood was the talk of the Dakota Territory.

“On Friday, July 25, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 91 degrees above zero.

“Wednesday afternoon during the heavy thunderstorm, the lightning started the fire alarm.

“Sunday afternoon, in the presence of many witnesses, Rev. J. R. Deckard baptized four ladies in the Heart River.

“The entire front of the grandstand at the ball ground in back of the Inter Ocean Hotel is now covered with a screen.

“It is reported that the Mandan and Bismarck nines will play a game of ball in Mandan on Saturday for $50.

“There were a number of the members of the Constitutional Convention on Tuesday’s No. 1 train on their way to the Bad Lands. They made a flying trip, as they returned on the No. 2.

“George Harmon says that he never saw it rain any harder than it did Tuesday afternoon north of town. He thinks that a cloud must have burst for the water came down in torrents and stood a foot deep all over the flats. This should be just the thing needed for the low land hay.”

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