Diane Boit: City outhouses to be condemned, 1912
25 Years Ago – 1987
The Mandan Community Center Board of Directors and the Mandan Park District have agreed to share the services of a single recreation director. Donna Gaukler, the current Community Center director, has been offered a contract with the Park Board, who would contribute an additional $250 per month for her services.
50 Years Ago – 1962
Chester Beasley, of Mandan, and Jasper Kleinjan, Bentley, both members of the Mandan Rifle and Pistol Club, have walked off with 12 first and second place trophies between them in the S.D. State High Power Rifle Championships held in Pierre. Kleinjan captured the grand total trophy with a 496 out of a possible 500; Beasley was second with a 478. Beasley also took first in a 500-yard match and two firsts in the Expert Class. Kleinjan is currently the N.D. State Champion in High Power Rifles, while Beasley is the State Small Bore Champion.
Sister Kathleen, daughter of Mrs. Eva Kuntz, of Fallon, and one of four Sisters from the Sacred Heart Convent at Minot who will be leaving this summer for Bogota, Columbia, South America, is being honored at a farewell reception in St. Joseph’s School cafeteria. Sister Kathleen entered the Sacred Heart Convent in 1947.
The Interstate Commerce Commission has authorized Northern Pacific Railway Co. to abandon 66 miles of track between Flasher and Mandan. They also rejected the railroad’s proposal for construction of a 35-mile substitute line and an alternate proposal by residents of the Almont area. According to the ICC, abandonment of the track is necessary because of the construction of the Oahe Dam in the area.
75 Years Ago – 1937
A skeleton of an old Mandan Indian, unearthed by workmen excavating a reservoir for the new Mandan filtration plant, was reburied upon a hill overlooking the broad expanse of the Missouri River this week. The skeleton was buried on the riverbank in a sitting posture facing east, the same position in which it was found.
The color and pageantry of Indian life in the old West will be relived for transcontinental train passengers coming through Mandan as 10 Indians from the Standing Rock reservation have begun their traditional summer symphony of music and dancing on the Northern Pacific depot platform. The performers are hired by the railroad to entertain passengers on the Yellowstone Park specials as well as other trains. In the troop are three chieftains – Iron Road, Eagle Staff and Eugene Bull Bear, their wives and four children. When not performing, the Indians camp on the Heart River banks, south of the railroad yards.
Joseph M. Gauer has been advanced to the presidency of St. Thomas More Council No. 2760, Knights of Columbus, at the annual election held in Hudson Hall, Main Street, Mandan. He succeeds R.J. Ridley. Named as assistant officers are: W.L. Neff, deputy Grand Knight; C.F. Kelsch, Chancellor; Anton Fix, recording secretary; and A.C. Rausch, treasurer.
Fight fans of the Mandan community glued their ears to the radio this week to listen to the “blow by blow” account of the terrific battle in the boxing ring at Chicago, where Joe Louis put down Jim Braddock in the middle of the eighth round for the world championship title, will have the opportunity of seeing the official moving pictures of the entire fight at the Mandan Theater this weekend. Viewers can see all the color, glamour, noise and excitement of the crowd, the sudden knockdown of Louis in the first round, and the final knockdown of Braddock in the eighth, for just a small cost of $1, a tremendous deal compared to the holders of the $27.50 ringside seats.
100 Years Ago – 1912
“At the meeting of the city commissioners last Monday evening, the city attorney was instructed to draw up an ordinance requiring all hotels, restaurants, public halls, etc., to connect up with the sewer line. The sewer system has been in operation here for about a year and a half, and the time has come when in the business section, at least, outhouses should be condemned.
“The reward of $500 offered by Mrs. E. C. Johnson for the recovery of the body of her husband, who drowned in the Heart River, which money was deposited in the First National Bank, has not yet been paid over to Fred Domeyer, who found the body. Apparently, when Domeyer found the body, Steve Brink was not far away and was called to assist in bringing the body ashore, and now Brink lays claim to a part of the reward. The bank, not wishing to invite a lawsuit, has appealed to Mrs. Johnson for a decision in this matter.
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“Sneak thieves and vandals seem to have had it in for the property of C. E. V. Draper as last Monday evening, some thief broke into the telephone office and stole equipment belonging to one of the linemen. The same evening, some vandal got into the Draper yard and garden and stole a hoe and dug up garden plants, tulips and perennials by the roots, cut the tops off and threw the roots on the ground.
Mr. Draper says he has now strung wires throughout his yard and has charged them with 3300 volts, and they will finish up any trespasser in short order.”
125 Years Ago – 1887
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1887 the population was already nearing the 2,500 mark.
June 22, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 79 degrees above zero.
“The new city charter carried at Saturday’s election by a majority of 84. The vote was as follows: first ward, for new charter, 23, against 7; second ward, for new charter 63, against 14; third ward, for new charter, 22, against, 3. Total for the new charter, 108, against 24. (Women could not vote until 1920.)
“Chas. E. Roby has opened a saloon in his building on block five.
“Former Mayor Frank J. Mead, who has recently been acquitted in St. Paul of the murder of Mandan merchant Frank Farnsworth, seems to be doing well as right-of-way agent for the Aberdeen, Bismarck and Northwestern railroad.
“Mr. James Bellows requests us to state that about the 16th he left a small parcel of soiled cuffs and collars in some unknown place. He will esteem it a favor if the finder of the same will notify him.
“As illustrating the benefit to be derived from advertising in such a fine medium as the Pioneer, we are requested to inform Mr. Jas. Bellows that he can procure the package of collars and cuffs that he is looking for by applying at the house at the corner of Livingston Avenue and First Street.”
(To contact Diane Boit, email mandan-news.com)