Mandan News

Diane Boit: Fourth Winter Daze Queen selected, 1988


25 Years Ago – 1988

A royal start for this year’s Winter Daze celebration began on Saturday, Jan. 30, with the crowning of Mandan’s fourth Winter Daze Queen at the pageant conducted at the Christ the King School gym. Cyndy Piela, sponsored by Cloverdale Foods, was selected as the 1988 Winter Daze Queen from a court of 11 contestants. Crowning of the new queen was done by the 1987 Queen, Linda Johnson. Pageant director is Kathy Helbling.


Mandan Winter Daze 1988 Queen, Cyndy Piela.

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Mandan High School senior Keith Brady has won the top award at the 15th annual University of Mary Jazz Festival in Bismarck. Brady, an electric bass player, was awarded the Jack Ferderer Trophy for Most Outstanding Musician; he is the son of Mike and Gwen Brady, Mandan.

Two other MHS musicians also won major awards in the competition. Senior Brian Hebert, son of John and Janice Hebert, won the Best Trumpet award and sophomore Tracy Vetter, daughter of George and Paulette Vetter, won one of the two Best Rhythm awards. More than 475 high school students competed for honors.

Mandan High School senior and bass player for the Mandan High School Jazz Band, Keith Brady, who won the top award at the 15th annual University of Mary Jazz Festival in Bismarck in 1988.

50 Years Ago – 1963

Morton County’s newly-elected sheriff Ed Wingenbach has named new deputies and a jailer to his staff. Chief Deputy will be Milton Lennick, formerly employed with Mandan’s Remund Ford; office deputy will be Leonard L. Schmidt, co-owner of the Ten Spot Bowling Lanes in Mandan; and the jailer is Stanley M. Hopfauf, Mandan.

The Ray Rolshoven family displayed big smiles when they began making the decision on the color of their new Ford car which they won by registering at Remund Ford-Mercury Inc. during the showing of the 1963 models. According to Remund’s manager, Jack Norby, 35 cars were given away by 7,000 Ford-Mercury dealers in the 50 states.

Al Behrens has been installed as president of the Mandan Kiwanis Club at its regular dinner meeting held at the Municipal Country Club; he succeeds Jack Norby. Other officers installed were: Ed Lang, Ed Diehl and William Heisler, 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice president, respectively; and directors Jack Reich, Harold Robinson, Ed Steinbrueck, Warren Buehler, Jack Mormann, Clarence West and Jack Norby. George Fors continues as club secretary and treasurer.

January’s month-long cold wave resulted in an average high of 14 above and an average low of 9 below. There were 22 nights during which the mercury dropped below zero.

The students at Square Butte School No. 1, located 8 miles northwest of Mandan, are feeling sure that spring must be just around the corner after spotting a robin hopping on the ground outside their school on Jan. 31.


75 Years Ago – 1938

Extreme cold weather cut the attendance at Mandan’s birthday dance held in the Memorial Building on Jan. 29 in honor of President Roosevelt 56th birthday. Slightly more than 100 couples joined in the festivities, sponsored by the local Elks Lodge. Dancing was suspended at 9:30 p.m. as guests listened over a radio loudspeaker to President Roosevelt’s annual birthday message broadcast over a nationwide hookup from the White House. According to John Roethlisberger, Exalted Ruler of Mandan’s Elks Lodge, part of the proceeds will be forwarded to the new National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

(Roosevelt contracted polio in 1921, resulting in paralysis from the waist down.)

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With the Masonic Temple of Mandan transformed into a typical barnyard theme, 40 couples dressed in overalls and housedresses frolicked to the music of a five-piece orchestra at the second annual Masonic barn dance staged at the Temple, 408 First St. N.W.

Cobs of corn were suspended from the ceiling and partially hid the gaily colored lights, while shocks of corn, baskets of grain, harnesses, hand-plows and other farm implements were scattered about the room as farmyard props. A typical farm supper was served at midnight, and the dancing continued until the strains of “Home, Sweet Home” were played by the orchestra.


100 Years Ago – 1913

“There is this week a medicine show in town, one of the well-known kinds where patent mixtures alleged to cure anything from an ingrown toenail to appendicitis are dispensed between vaudeville acts. A special inducement for attendance was sprung on Monday night when it was announced that a voting contest would be held, and that on Saturday night the lady voted to be the most popular would be given a free silver service set.

“Someone handed in the name of Mrs. Ann Corpue, and it is alleged that she secured 42 votes on Monday night and more than 50 on Tuesday night. And that is when the manager of the show discovered that the contest leader was of ‘dusky color’ and then took her name from the bulletin board.

“‘Just because I’m a colored lady, the manager of that medicine show don’t need to think I ain’t got friends in this town,’ said Mrs. Corpue. ‘I want the silver set, and I got the votes for it!’

“Whether the certain young men started the thing as a practical joke on the management or not, it behooves them to stand by their candidate and see that she gets a square deal. No color line was drawn when the contest was announced, and the management of the show should not have any large wail coming.

(According to following week’s Pioneer, a group of townspeople did persuade the owner of the medicine show to reward Mrs. Corpue the silver service set. Shortly after, the medicine show quickly left Mandan – after being told that their wagon wouldn’t be burned to the ground after all.)


125 Years Ago – 1888

The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600.

February 1, 1888: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 21 degrees below zero.

“J. H. Slater delivered 17 loads of coal with one team of horses on Wednesday. He says that the trouble is he can’t find teams enough to haul the coal that is needed. Most of the owners of horseflesh prefer not to get them out in such weather as this.

“We would suggest that the party who broke the handle off the pump in front of the Pioneer block, kindly replace it with another. The aforesaid pump is private property and, while the public is welcome to use it, they are at least expected to do so in a reasonable fashion.”

“The ladies of Mandan are on the alert and are doing something as a set-off to the Bachelors Club. The Leap Year Ball which they propose to give next week promises to be the highlight of the season.”


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