Mandan News

Brucker is a Golden Gloves Champion, 1939

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
More than 1500 people attended the culinary delight of the season, the popular ninth annual “The Taste” event held at the Mandan Community Center. The gastronomical extravaganza was spread over two two-hour separate sessions, beginning at 5 p.m. For the price of admission, $7.50 for adults and $4 for children under 12, food fanatics had an opportunity to sample special food treats from dozens of area restaurants and eateries. The evening’s entertainment included music by Jazz Ensembles I and II, the Jazz Combo and the Junior High Jazz Ensemble. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Mandan High School instrumental music department.

The engineers and planners working on the new Mandan rodeo grounds, located just off Memorial highway, could not guarantee a finished project for the first weekend in July 1989. The news has forced the Mandan Jaycees to return to the old rodeo grounds site one last time for this year’s Centennial celebration. “We’ve done it there for 30 years,” said Jaycee Rodeo co-chairman Dale Vincent, “I assume we can do it there one more time.”

50 Years Ago – 1964
Jacqueline J. Napper is Mandan Senior High’s 1964 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. The MHS senior achieved the highest score in a written examination given to senior girls enrolled in Miss Gladys Anderson’s Home Economics classes. Jackie’s test scores will be entered in the 10th annual state competition for a $1,500 college scholarship.

Ferd Ohlsen, former mayor of Mandan, has been elected chairman of the Morton County Republican Party at a meeting of 40 precinct committeemen in Mandan. He succeeds, Creighton Sayles, operator of a local printing shop.

Milton Grube of New Salem has been re-elected president of the Morton County Fair Association. Other re-elected officers are: Sam Trauger, Mandan, vice president; and Forrest Schmidt, New Salem, secretary. Re-elected to the board of directors were Trauger, Schmidt, Burton Hoovestol, New Salem, and Harvey Thorson, Almont.

More than 45 new metal posts of mercury vapor street lights have been installed on East Main Street, from 2nd Ave. to 12th Ave. N.E. The stop light standing in the center of the intersection of 6th Ave. N.E. and Main is also scheduled for replacement by an overhang stop light system.

Installation has begun on the $1.5 million project by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company that will result in Direct Distance Dialing for Mandan and Bismarck residents. New directories listing seven-digit numbers in both communities will be issued in July. The number change in Bismarck will be from letters and numbers to all numbers, and by July 28, all Mandan phone numbers will change from the current three and four digit numbers to seven digits with the prefix of 663.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Tony Brucker, 20-year old Mandan middleweight, fought five opponents in the Minneapolis Golden Gloves event; knocked out the first two, won a decision over the third, and then kayo-ed two more opponents in the semi-final and final events to earn the right to wear the Northwest Golden Gloves middleweight crown. Of his four knockouts, three came in the second round, the other in the third.
Les Bondly, mighty little Minot flyweight, also won a division championship. The North Dakota team, under the management of Cully Eckstrum, former UND boxer, placed third in the team championship event.

The Mandan Library has moved into the basement of the World War Memorial Building with a 99-year lease signed by Mrs. H. A. Wheeler, president of the Mandan Library Board, and C. G. Byerly, president of the Mandan City Commission and also one of the managers of the building. The agreement provides the use of the building’s southeast corner basement room be given to the library board without cost and that the City of Mandan pay the heat, lights and janitor costs. In exchange, the library must be open at least two nights a week and supply a free reading room during the time the library is open. Currently, the library is not a public library; it is run on a subscription basis.

This year’s annual “Oscar” awards to participants in the motion picture industry were held at Los Angeles, Calif. Taking the Best Actress award was Bette Davis for her part in the movie “Jezebel.” Spencer Tracy, chosen last year for “Captain Courageous,” repeated as Best Actor for his role of Father Flanagan in “Boys Town.” Named for the third time in the Academy’s 11-year history was Frank Capra as Best Director of “You Can’t Take It With You,” which also received Best Picture honors.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“Nearly 500 basketball fans, the largest number to ever witness a game in Mandan, saw Bismarck win over Mandan High School this past week in the best game of the season. To accommodate the extra people, it was necessary to push the side row of chairs away from the wall in order for spectators to stand behind them. The gallery and stage were also packed with onlookers. It was a see-saw battle from start to finish, but after a last second basket by Baughknecht of Mandan at the end of the second period, the score was tied at 13. Under the 1914 rules, a short intermission was taken, and play was then resumed to break the tie. Then Bismarck won, 15 to 13.

“Two of the city commissioners have been approached during the past week with the request that an ordinance be introduced and passed prohibiting the dancing of the Tango at all public dances.

“With the initiation of four new members Monday night, W. G. Ashworth, Earle Tostevin, C. A. Baker and Frank Eshelman, the Mandan Elks Lodge 1256 now has a membership of 128.

“Albert Huff, an employee at the Mandan mill of the Russell-Miller Milling company, met with a bad accident last Friday afternoon when in operating one of the four grinding machines, his right hand became caught in the rollers. It was necessary to amputate one of the fingers. The hand was also badly crushed but should heal satisfactorily, allowing him to return to his duties within a week or two.”

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 Thursday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 48 degrees above zero.

“The first section of Train No. 1 today was composed entirely of emigrant cars, and it had 337 emigrants on board.

“The Board of Health of this city has so far raised the quarantine that the churches will be open on Sunday if no further cases of scarlet fever are developed.

“The dogs in town are increasing in numbers at a terrific rate. The immigration is immense, and none are leaving. This morning a citizen in the west end of town took a shotgun and from an upstairs window peppered a couple of obnoxious canines with buck shot. When last seen, the animals were running and capering and yelping in the direction of Custer’s trail.”

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