Mandan News

Mandan welcomes New Year babies in 1989, ’64, ’39

Diane Boit

25 Years Ago – 1989
The first Morton County baby born in 1989 is Chelsey Jo Fleck, daughter of Keith and Laurel Fleck of Solen. She was born Jan. 5 at St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck.

According to the Northern Great Plains Research Center, Mandan recorded just 10 inches of precipitation for the entire year of 1988, the lowest amount since 1973, when 9.74 inches of precipitation was received.

Michael V. Schaaf, Glen Ullin, has been elected the 1989 chairman of the Morton County Commission during its reorganization meeting held on Jan. 3; Schaaf succeeds Robert E. Chase. Elected as vice chairman was Raymond Knoll, St. Anthony.

Funeral services were held this past week for Anton A. “Tony” Brucker, 69, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The World War II veteran was raised and educated in Mandan and won the title of Golden Gloves Champion of the Upper Midwest in 1938. After the war, he continued working with young boxers and was voted Outstanding Golden Gloves coach of North Dakota. He also held the position of special deputy sheriff in Morton County for 21 years and was employed with the Mandan Public School District for 14 years, retiring in 1981.

Funeral services were held three days later, Jan. 3, for his younger brother, Jacob P. Brucker, 65.

50 Years Ago – 1964
The city’s first baby for 1964 was born at 7:47 a.m. New Year’s Day at the Mandan Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Koch, 410 E. Main, Mandan. Their baby girl will join two sisters, Caroline and Linda, and a brother, Keven.

Proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Davis, 8101/2 Collins Ave., welcomed twin sons, Thomas and Terrance, to their family this past week. They are the first set of twins to be born at the new Mandan Hospital. Davis is employed as a linotype operator at the Daily Pioneer newspaper.

Mandan Hospital’s active medical staff has elected longtime Mandan physician Dr. Harry A. Wheeler, chief of staff. Other officers elected are: Dr. A.E. Hetzler, vice president; and Dr. A.F. DuMais, secretary.

Despite unseasonable warm weather of the past week, the Twilight Hills Snow Bowl, located 20 miles south of Mandan, has opened on a limited basis, according to resort operator, Noel Later. Snow-making has been completed on the beginners’ slope, and classes are underway. An intermediate ski trail is scheduled to open later this week. The chalet is still under construction.

75 Years Ago – 1939
The first 1939 baby to arrive within the city limits of Mandan is a daughter born to the Leo Guons at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2. Among the gifts for the newborn baby and family are: a pound of butter, a quart ice cream, a package of cottage cheese and a dozen eggs, all from the Cloverdale Co. Other merchants’ gifts include: a high chair from the Kennelly Furniture Co., a night light from the Mandan Electric Co., a birthday cake from Midwest Bakery, a silver baby cup from Larson Jewelers, a pair of baby shoes from Mushik Shoe Store and a six months subscription to the Mandan Daily Pioneer newspaper… and for the father, Connolly Chevrolet Co. will donate a cigar lighter for the car.

Members of the Mandan City Commission, holding their first meeting of 1939, read, approved and passed the Mandan City Cemetery ordinance. The ordinance provided for the city ownership of the Mandan cemetery and the perpetual care of both the cemetery and its graves.

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A wedding ceremony at high noon in Mandan’s Presbyterian Church, officiated by the Rev. G.W. Stewart, united Miss Dorothea Jane Watson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren J. Watson, and Charles Freeman Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Ellis Sr. The bride wore a shell pink, corded taffeta gown, along with a veil of pale pink. She also wore a gold brooch that had belonged to her paternal grandmother and carried a white silk, embroidered handkerchief belonging to her maternal grandmother. Attending the couple were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mohr.

Following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Watson hosted a 1 p.m. wedding luncheon served in the dining room of the Lewis and Clark Hotel. Upon their return from a wedding trip to Minneapolis, the couple will be at home at 806 First St. N.W.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“The Missouri River is at last frozen over. The first known attempt at crossing of the ice was an Overland automobile agent of Glendive, Mont., who was driving a new car from the Cities. He made the crossing safely last Saturday.

“C.W. Ruth, one of the most widely-known evangelists in the world, is preaching in Mandan from Jan. 2 through the 13th at the Methodist Church. A personal friend of Rev. D.J. Kane who made the arrangements, Rev. Ruth arrived in Mandan on New Year’s Day, accompanied by two assistants. All three men are non-partisan in their religion and work for no particular creed, but for the betterment of mankind in general. Mandan will surely become the Mecca for Pastors of the Slope Country.

“The sale of Red Cross Christmas seals in Mandan before Christmas was greater than it has ever been before and greater here than in Valley City, Jamestown, Dickinson or Minot. At a cost of just one penny each, Mandan people purchased $73.78 worth of the little bits of cheer, which will be forwarded to Mrs. Fannie Quain of Bismarck, secretary of the N.D. Anti-Tuberculosis Association.

“C.P. O’Rourke was named chairman of the board of Morton County Commissioners during their first meeting of 1914. Yesterday, the board named county physicians as follows: District No. 1, Dr. Geo. A. Stark; District No. 2, Glen Ullin, Dr. T.C. Quigley; District No. 3, Elgin, Dr. F.C. Lorenzen; District No. 4 and 5, Flasher, Dr. G.A. Spielman and Dr. W.R. Shortridge. Dr. Bernard S. Nickerson of this city was named as county surgeon.”

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 Territory.

“On Thursday, Jan. 3, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 38 degrees above zero.

“The ministers of the city can get their half-fare travel permits for 1889 by calling on Mr. Sheriff.

“Everybody got out a piece of smoked glass yesterday with which to watch the eclipse of the sun. It was a grand success, viewed from Mandan, and though not a total eclipse, there was very little of the great orb of day to be seen when the eclipse was at its best.

“Two young fellows who were strangers in town, and who were thoroughly drunk, completely sold a number of Mandan citizens this morning. When first noticed, the smaller of the two was making the other apologize in a satisfactory way for something he had said. As soon as the pardon had been asked and granted, the other one wanted to fight. Their voices grew louder, and soon a crowd gathered to watch the fun. Then the would-be combatants swayed around like dish rags. Their noses would come together, and then they would stagger apart six feet or so. And just as one was going to convert the other into a quantity of finely cut sausage, the crowd was astonished to see the two shake hands in a most affectionate fashion, and start down the street together, arm in arm.”