Land deal made for new rodeo grounds, 1988
25 Years Ago – 1988
The Mandan Park Board has voted 3-2 to close negotiations for the 84-acre property along the Strip adjacent to the Speedway Restaurant for the new rodeo/stockcar-racing complex that could be opened for next July’s Centennial celebration. Owners of the site are asking $91,671 with an upfront payment of $50,000. Both the Bismarck Stockcar Association and the Mandan Jaycees president, Tom Sitter, presented a $5,000 check as a first installment of their commitment to the construction of the project.
The Mandan American Legion gaming committee, chaired by George Marback, has announced $52,956 in donations for the third quarter. Among those receiving more than $1,000 were: Legion Baseball and Park, Liberty Heights, Golden Age Club, All Seasons Arena, Mandan Winter Daze, Art in the Park, N. D. Veterans Home, MAR Club, United Way, Be A Good Neighbor, Cross Country jackets and Beautification Task Force.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Mandan has its own Christmas Carol lane this year, as 34 Christmas carol placards mark all the homes on Custer Drive and a part of 10th Avenue Northwest. Plywood signs, 4 by 8 feet, are equally divided to accommodate a Christmas song and the accompanying illustration. Some of the placards are shaped to form an open book, and all are highlighted by spotlights at night. Art Rebenitsch and James Power, co-chairmen of the project, contacted 34 homeowners in November and then made the arrangements for the signs, lettering and lighting.
A total of 320 children under age 12, in addition to parents accompanying them, were entertained Sunday afternoon at Mandan’s Memorial Building during the annual Christmas party held for children of employees of the American Oil Refinery. Entertainment was provided by the Magic Marionettes from the State Industrial School, directed by Mrs. Leslie Bird. Santa Claus also made an appearance and visited with each child.
Members of the high school senior class gathered at the Eagles Hall this week and enjoyed a Christmas party, sponsored by the Bequettes, a senior class potluck group. The young people danced to the music of the Nomads trio, composed of Dwight Froelich, Richard Ciavarella and Kenny Weissman. Small tables set around the dance floor held white candles. Punch was served by seventh-graders June Bailie, Linda Bohrer, Mary Hooper and Patty Marshall, who were dressed in frocks of red, green or white, covered with white lace hostess aprons accented by a satin bow.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Mr. and Mrs. Warren J. Watson have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jane, to Charles F. Ellis Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Ellis Sr. The announcement was made to a group of friends gathered for a dinner party at the Watson home. Red candles lit the dinner table, while miniature Christmas trees marked the place of each of the 10 guests. Under each tree were two tiny packages. One contained a small card bearing the names of the couple and their wedding date of Jan. 2; the other package was filled with candy and nuts.
Miss Marion Lyman and Miss Eileen Clarke have been elected Worthy Advisor and Worthy Associate Advisor, respectively, of Mandan assembly Order of Rainbow for girls, at the election of officers meeting held in the Masonic temple of Mandan. Miss Lyman succeeds Miss Barbelle Fairman.
Thirty-seven pioneer daughters and pioneer mothers gathered at the Lewis and Clark Hotel for the Mandan chapter, N.D. Pioneer Daughters Club, annual Christmas party. An informal program was held with each member telling of her experience at Christmas time during the early days.
The Mandan Community Chorus carolers gathered at the Main Street Depot this week to serenade the passengers of Northern Pacific’s Train No. 2, arriving at 6:45 p.m. From there, the group traveled about the town, stopping to serenade patients at the Mandan Hospital, the Mandan Rest Home and to shut-ins in private homes, before strolling down Main Street to sing carols in front of a variety of businesses.
The Mandan Daily Pioneer carrier boys will be going door-to-door this week to gather Christmas Seals not used by householders and also the money for seals that were used. Residents are asked to place unused seals and money in the envelope provided them when the Christmas Seals were distributed during the first week of December.
100 Years Ago – 1913
“Ernest, fifteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Rober, was terribly injured on Wednesday evening, when he was kicked in the mouth and chin by a horse. He had finished supper and went out to the barn to care for the animals when one of the horses let fly at him with its heels. The sharp points of the horse’s hoof cut a great gash in his chin, requiring a dozen stitches.
“Walter S. Parkin of this city has received notification from the office of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C., that his bid has been accepted for furnishing 3,000 two-year-old heifers at the Crow Agency, near Billings, Mont., to be delivered June 1, 1914. Mr. Parkin has been buying a large amount of stock, and most are being wintered in the south. Upon delivery of the cattle, the contract means a payment of about $15,000 to Mr. Parkin by the government.
“The Christmas shopper will be delighted with the varied display of choice Xmas gifts displayed at the Schallern Drug Store in Mandan. A wide variety of gifts can be found here, from leather goods, cigars, perfumes and stationery to china dishes and boxes of fine chocolates for that special lady. If you cannot find something out of this assortment, you must indeed be hard to please. For the wise shopper we say, try Schallern’s.”
125 Years Ago – 1888
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600.
Dec. 20, 1888: “On Thursday, Dec. 20, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 30 degrees above zero.
“A large, cheerful crowd gathered at the Methodist church last night for a very successful Christmas tree service. The church was splendidly decorated with three trees, and they were laden with gifts. The pastor received a purse of $20, and Dr. King, the superintendent of schools, received from his Bible class, a large picture of Christ in the Temple, elegantly framed, and also Shakespeare’s works in thirteen volumes.
“To the many readers of the Pioneer, the Editor wishes a merry Christmas. Young and old, Christian and Pagan in these wide United States, are on one common ground. All recognize this as a period of rejoicing – a period when the work of Thanksgiving is continued. The day brings many joys with it, and may all have their share of the day’s blessings, including a realization of the original meaning of the day, is the earnest wish of the Pioneer.”