Mandan News

Chamber announces new officers, 1989

Diane Boit

25 Years Ago – 1989
The Mandan Chamber of Commerce has announced their new slate of officers for the coming year. Serving on the Executive Committee are: Jerry Schaff, Chairman of the Board; Pete Deichert, Chairman-elect; Wally Joersz, Past Chairman; Ward Sandstrom, Treasurer; Jack Piela and Don Lauf, Members-at-Large; and Dave MacIver, President. The Chamber’s staff consists of MacIver; Susie Kocourek, vice president; and Gerri Huschka, office manager.

Jerry and Paulette Henke, Mandan, are the proud parents of Amanda Lynn Henke and are the winners of the first baby born during Ag Week. Amanda was born Sunday, Mar. 26, at Medcenter One. The contest was sponsored by the Southwest Region Pork Producers. The Henkes received a Centennial piggy bank and a $20 pork certificate.

The Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club chose Keith Huff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Huff, in boys’ swimming and Jeanette Fox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Fox, in girls’ track for Athletes of the Month for March. Keith took the State Championship in Diving and was selected a member of the All State team by other coaches in the state. Jeanette won the shotput event in the WDA indoor meet and took third place in the State indoor meet. She also set a new school record of 39’1/2” in the shotput.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Mrs. Walter J. Smith, Mandan, has been honored for 30 years’ service as a 4-H Club leader in Morton County. She is the only leader the Little Heart 4-H Club has ever had. Mrs. Smith, with the assistance of County Agent R. C. Newcomer, organized the mixed club of boys and girls club in 1933 when she resided on a farm, eight miles south of Mandan.

R. M. Leslie has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the First National Bank in Mandan and was also re-elected as bank president, succeeding J. R. Madsen. Elected as a member of the board was Robert E. Chase, president of Chase Chevrolet in Mandan. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of F. B. Heath, who was associated with the bank since 1934.

One of the older homes in Mandan went down to progress this past week. The square log structure at 301 4th Ave. N.E. was erected in 1881, just a few years after Mandan was officially established. Current owner, A. C. Graner, intends to replace it with another building, to be moved here from Huff. The most recent occupants of the log house were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Husfloen and their five children who moved out during January.

J. M. “Mac” Crawford of Mandan has been named president of the North Dakota Restaurant Association. He succeeds Harley McDowell of Bismarck. Crawford is currently the operator of the Western Grill Café on West Main, Mandan.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Climaxing 52 years of service with the Northern Pacific Railroad Company on the Yellowstone Division, 42 of which has been spent in piloting first freight and then passenger trains, W. C. Williams has received official notice of his retirement from active service. Williams reached his 70th birthday, company retirement age, Mar. 28. The veteran engineer made his last run Mar. 10 when he brought the North Coast Limited into Mandan from Dickinson, piloting one of the 2600 engines.

Three Mandan High School seniors have the distinction of having been neither absent nor tardy during the four years of high school. They are: Eugene Stoltz, Chris Doll and Richard Tavis.

Mandan bowlers had a good weekend, both from honors and a financial viewpoint. Leading the honor- getters was Mandan kegler, George Lehman, who “crashed the maples” for a game total of 808 to win the first place award and become the new singles champ in the second annual Bismarck Tribune singles classic. In topping the list of 83 entries, Lehman collected $50 for his first place win.

Hits & Mrs. Column by Chas. F. Pierce: “As near as I can find out, Russian thistle occupies the same place on livestock land as spinach does among humans. They don’t like it, but they will eat it if there is nothing else in sight.”

National News: “The U. S. Army has launched an intensive nationwide recruiting campaign for youth to train as pilots for the more than 8,000 additional warplanes which Congress has authorized. Officers will be visiting colleges and universities to recruit prospective June graduates for army aviation training. More than 4,000 flying cadets must be trained in government schools to pilot the planes which will be ready within the next two years.”

100 Years Ago – 1914
“The Farmers and Merchants Bank is on a sound financial footing, says the bank’s new president, J. P. Ernester, representing a syndicate of Minnesota capitalists which have already large holdings in several North Dakota banks. When the bank opened for business on Monday, there was a stack of currency and coin in sight that backed up the assertions of plenty of money on hand. Ernester also said that steps have been taken to change the bank from a state bank to a national bank.

“A new musical group is slated to play at the volunteer firemen’s ball on Easter Monday. Known as the Mandan Orchestra, the members are: L. M. Johnson, violin; C. L. Love, cornet; Euletta Croshwaite, piano; E. L. Watson, clarinet; Emil Pfaender, cello; John Musihk, horn; and A. Wilkinson, drums.

“Crown Butte Man is Cutting his Third Set of Teeth” -that was a two-column headline for a story told to a Pioneer reporter. A local Mandan dentist claims that Joseph Mosbrucker, 62-year old Crown Butte farmer, appears to be cutting seven new teeth. He said that Mosbrucker had worn dentures for some years, but decided to visit a dentist when the plate didn’t seem to fit properly, causing a good deal of pain. When the plate was removed, the dentist discovered seven new teeth coming through, all in the upper jaw. It’s a tall tale… but the Pioneer believes the dentist is reliable… and sober.”

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, April 11, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 79 degrees above zero.
“Mosquitoes have arrived.

“New settlers keep dropping in. There are four or five new ones-Germans-that got off the train at Mandan today.

“Judge Collins had some specimens of wheat yesterday three inches long grown near his place. This is good for the 10th of April.

“A stranger in town stepped into Roby’s saloon this morning and appropriated $4.60 from the till when he thought nobody was looking. Mr. Roby caught him and threw him into the street. The thief was subsequently arrested and lodged in jail.

“It would be a great favor to the traveling public, if someone would dispose of the lying sign on Main Street which reads “Beer, 5 Cents.” It is more than a tender-hearted man can bear… to see the large crowds of emigrants who are daily disappointed after arriving here on the No. 1 train.”

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