Those Were The Days
25 Years Ago – 1988
Diane Keidel, daughter of Walter and Leona Keidel, rural Mandan, became one of 713 Future Farmers of America, and the first female from Mandan, to win the American Farmer degree at the 61st National FFA convention held in Kansas City. FFA’s highest degree is only awarded to the top two-tenths of 1 percent of FFA membership of the entire United States. Keidel is the second person from her family to win this special award; her brother, Tom, was awarded the degree in 1986.
Orville T. Lee, Mandan, is one of five people across the United States who won a 1989 Chevrolet truck in Chevrolet’s “Free Ticket to Win” sweepstakes. Lee received his “Ticket to Win” in a mailing from Mandan’s Ressler Chevrolet dealership which allowed him to participate in the contest. Entries were available to any visitor at the dealership.
Housing, Industry and Training Inc. of Mandan elected three new directors to its board at its annual meeting held at the Seven Seas Inn. New directors are Giles Ghylin, Dr. Beulah Hedahl and Alan Thomas. Current officers at HIT Inc. are Don Braun, president; Steve Bain, vice president; Curt Walth, treasurer; and Chuck Stebbins, secretary.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Ninety-five people attended the Employer-Employee Christmas dinner party held at the Municipal Country Club. After an official welcome given by Bob Paris, a smorgasbord holiday meal was served at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing to the music of the Nomads. Business firms joining in the event were Skogmos of Mandan and Hebron, Penney’s, Vantine’s, Silver Clipper, S & S Barbershop, Paris Hardware, The Gift House, Comb and Brush, Dahner’s Music store and Mushik’s Shoe Store.
The second blizzard of the season has struck North Dakota this week, dumping another four inches of snow and plunging the area further into a deep freeze. However, it is reported that Mandan merchants are also joyful as their customers have suddenly decided that cold weather merchandise is needed after all.
In what was probably the most exciting basketball win in the coaching career of Mandan Senior High’s Bill Zwarych, his young, but spirited, Mandan Braves narrowly defeated the highly-favored Bismarck St. Mary’s, 58-57, in a thrilling battle before a near-hysterical crowd. With just seconds to go, the smallest member of the Mandan squad, Wally Koch, hit the game-winning bucket to pull the Braves ahead for keeps. Koch also was Mandan’s top point man with 15 points, followed by junior John Grunseth and sophomore Mike Norton with 12 each. The victory gives the Braves a 2-2 record; it was the Saints’ first loss of the season.
Funeral services were held at Christ the King Catholic Church for Mrs. Lorenz (Monica) Baron, 53, operator of Baron’s Old Age Home in Mandan for the past 16 years. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Schmidt, she was born at Fallon and lived there until coming to Mandan to manage the old age home at the corner of Collins Ave. and 1st St. N.W.
75 Years Ago – 1938
The first home decorated for the Yule season belongs to the H.C. Kinzel family, 709 4th St. N.W., who are displaying a lighted fir tree in their yard and lighted wreaths in their windows. The Kinzels are giving credit to their small daughter, Marilyn, who insisted theirs be the first decorated house in Mandan.
At a birthday celebration for five members of the Adams family at 803 4th Ave. N.W., including Don Adams and his son Carroll, 12, there were 25 people present for the party – 24 of which were named Adams. One Harold Larson was the lone outsider.
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The Kennelly family is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennelly Furniture Co. founded by Thomas Kennelly. His sons, T.G.C. “Cleve” Kennelly and John K. Kennelly continue the business established by their father in 1888 and to celebrate the Golden Anniversary, they have announced a storewide sale at the store located at 111 1st Ave. N.W.
In addition to the offices and display rooms of the furniture store, the building is also home to the main studios of radio station KGCU and six apartments on the second story erected in 1935. Mrs. E.M. Vetter is associated with her two brothers in the operation of the store and also conducts a daily radio program, “Aunt Beth and the Kiddies Hour,” broadcast over KGCU.
100 Years Ago – 1913
“News has been received from the Portland Oregonian newspaper that Mrs. Viola M. Coe has been granted a divorce from her husband, Dr. Henry Waldo Coe. However, Judge McGinn laid the entire fault with Mrs. Coe, and as a result, all of the couple’s property, as well as the custody of their two teenage children, has been entirely decreed to Dr. Coe. The couple was married in Mandan in 1882 and left twelve years later for Oregon where Dr. Coe received a lucrative government contract to establish a sanatorium for the cure of insane patients from Alaska. Mrs. Coe is a sister of Alfonse Boley, Mandan.
“The unseasonably warm weather of the past three weeks has been a great help to the force of ten men who are putting in ten-hour days to build the Heart River dam near the mill. The sheet steel used for reinforcing the concrete arrived last week and was hauled to the dam site, where a big steam pile driver has been put up. More than a hundred of the 183 pilings have been driven so far. The concrete work will begin within a few days, according to Manager Al Farr of the Mandan Transfer Company who has the contract.”
125 Years Ago – 1888
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600.
Dec. 13, 1888:”On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 32 degrees above zero.
“The Mandan schools were opened this morning. The scarlet fever and diphtheria scare appears to be over for now.
“Samples of flour are sent every day or two by the Mandan Roller Mill to Minneapolis, to be tested as to quality. According to recent test results, the Mandan mill is always ahead of the Minneapolis mills, in size of loaf, color and weight. There is no wheat in the world as good as that which comes to the Mandan mill.
“News comes of the death recently of 33 Arickarees at Fort Berthold. Among them was Bears Eyes, who will be remembered as the father of Fighter, the youth who shot and killed young Whitmer. The Indians think that the death of their people is a curse visited upon them as a punishment for the death of the white boy. The fact is, probably, that the death of these Indians is largely due to the lack of nutrition, owing to the lack of food supply. The Indians don’t like their new agent Jones and say that he is selling their food to others for a personal profit.”