Mandan News

1963: Fund drive begins for Heartview Center

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1988
Already blessed with a white Christmas, another nine inches of snow fell on Christmas Day evening as temperatures dropped to the zero mark.

The MHS Braves basketball team, coached by Darryl Anderson, lost their first game of the ‘88-’89 season to the Bismarck Demons, 59-33. Mandan’s top scorer was senior Mike Ressler with 17 points.

Cartoon from a 1988 Mandan News issue.

Cartoon from a 1988 Mandan News issue.

The publisher of the Mandan News has announced that the weekly newspaper will no longer be delivered by carrier within the city of Mandan. The Wednesday edition will be delivered entirely by mail, beginning Jan. 1.

Dan Ulmer has been selected as the new executive director of the North Dakota Easter Seals Society, beginning Jan. 1. A native of Mandan, Ulmer recently finished managing Gov. George Sinner’s re-election campaign and his own re-election to the state Legislature for his third term in the House from District 34 in Mandan.

Mark and Lynette Dagley of Mandan, along with Lawrence and Deborah Anderson, formerly of Jamestown, have been put on notice to place their children in public schools, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of their appeal of North Dakota’s home school laws. The couples carried their appeal to the Supreme Court following convictions of the state’s compulsory school attendance law. The Dagleys were given 10 days to comply with state law before further charges would be filed. North Dakota is considered to have the strongest restrictions on home schooling, requiring a certified teacher.

50 Years Ago – 1963
R.M. Leslie, president of the First National Bank and fund drive chairman of the Heartview Foundation for the city of Mandan, has announced that donations and pledges are being received for the proposed Heartview Center, to be located in the old Mandan Hospital building. Purpose of the center, which could accommodate up to 40 patients, is for the rehabilitation of alcoholics.

Coach Bill Zwarych’s Mandan Senior High Braves took advantage of some frigid free throw shooting by the Watford City Wolves to eke out a 47-44 Southwest District basketball victory. Wally Koch, sophomore guard, led Mandan with 15 points. Bill Block and Frank Walter each added 10 counters, followed by John Grunseth, 8, and Mike Norton, 4.

The stork passed over the new Mandan Hospital to deliver a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ressler on Christmas Day at St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck.

North Dakota motorists were reminded of a new system of issuing driver’s licenses which goes into effect in January. The 1963 Legislature passed a law under which motorists obtain their licenses every two years in the month of their birth. In the past, all licenses expired June 30 in odd-numbered years. Licenses sold during 1964 only will go for half-price, $1.50 for applicants 18 and older, and 75 cents for persons 17 and younger. Persons born in odd-numbered years will apply for their new licenses in 1965 at the regular rates.

75 Years Ago – 1938
D.C. Mohr, manager of the J.C. Penney company’s store in Mandan since its beginning in 1920, has announced his intention to retire at the close of this year. There are no plans to leave Mandan. “This city houses my home and the homes of my friends; I have never thought of leaving,” he said.
Morton County granite, cut, shaped and polished by Hynek Rybnicek of Mandan, will mark the last resting place of the late Alexander McKenzie, one-time political boss of North Dakota who, since his death in June of 1923, has lain in an unmarked grave in a Bismarck cemetery. Rybnicek and his assistants have worked night and day to complete it in time for the dedication on Dec. 28 in St. Mary’s Cemetery. When completed, the seven-ton monument will stand six feet and eight inches by four feet and four inches across at the widest point. The mottled, chocolate brown granite was found about 20 miles west of Mandan.

Main headline in the Dec. 31, 1938 edition of the Pioneer read: “Wars and Threats of Wars Greet 1939,” followed by the subhead: “U.S. at Peace – Rest of World an Armed Camp.”

100 Years Ago – 1913
“A Flasher man has been credited at age 96 with being the oldest man to ever prove up on a homestead in North Dakota. The old man, Mike Kathin, made proof on the southwest quarter of section 14-134-83. Mr. Kathin has no family, but said he had succeeded in breaking up and cultivating 20 acres of the land which he describes as being very hilly.

“Harry Hagerott was out rabbit hunting last Sunday.

“Manager Al Farr of the Mandan Transfer company, who is charge of the construction of the Heart River dam, is blessed with an unusual run of luck, so he says, and he is hunting for rabbits’ feet in order to keep the good fortune. Owing to the recent splendid weather, the big force of men at work on the dam has been making things hum, ten hours a day. The work is about two-thirds done.

“For Sale: Motorcycle that won the race on August 17, 1913. $160 cash. Inquire at Kennelly Furniture Company.

“May this New Year season find each comfortable in mind, body and estate. May they have work for their days and sleep for their nights, a supply for their needs, and the heart to share with others less fortunate. May they have strength for their duties and courage for their trials. May they enjoy the love of their friends, the confidence of neighbors, the companionship of children, the respect of their own souls and the approval of the Great Father of Time.

“Happy New Year, 1914!”

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

Dec. 27, 1888: “On Thursday, Dec. 27, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 24 degrees above zero.

“Teams of horses are now crossing the Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan. The ice harvest will soon begin.

“There will be a German service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday School at 2:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church.

“No, we do not want a man to drop dead, or a house to burn down, or a war to break out, or a cat to go crazy, simply for the sake of getting a good item of news. But if these things must happen, we should like to know about them.”

“Ad: Girl wanted to do general housework and milking. Wages- $10 per month. Apply at the Pioneer office, Main Street.

“New Year’s Day is soon here, and though there will be no issue of the Daily Pioneer on that day, we wish just as earnestly a Happy New Year to all of our readers.”

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1913 ad: Conyne's was located at 214 W. Main St.

1913 ad: Conyne’s was located at 214 W. Main St.