Mandan News

Diane Boit: Bair honored by Boy Scout Troop 54, 1988

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1988

Mandan Boy Scout Troop 54 has conducted its spring Court of Honor, with 19 scouts earning 50 awards. As Scout Master Gerard Friesz presented the ranks, Senior Patrol Leader Brendan Thompson presented the skill awards, while Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Thompson, presented the merit badges. A candlelight ceremony was also held to honor Jason Hatzenbuhler on becoming a First Class Scout.

The evening’s ceremony concluded with Scout Master Gerard Friesz presenting to Mandan attorney Bruce Bair an appreciation plaque for his more than 25 years as a volunteer Scouter. Bair became an Eagle Scout in 1944 at Flaxton, N.D., while he was a member of Troop 109. He is an active merit badge counselor for Troop 54, teaching Citizenship in the Community, in the Nation and in the World.

Bruce Bair

Bruce Bair


50 Years Ago – 1963

State Senator Emil E. Kautzmann has accepted the position of vice president at the Mandan Security Bank. Kautzmann had recently resigned as assistant vice president at First National Bank of Mandan.

Bob and Eileen Clifford, proprietors of the Gourmet House between Mandan and Bismarck, have been honored in the June issue of “Holiday” magazine. The Gourmet House was chosen as one of their top-rated 84 American restaurants in the United States and the only restaurant to represent North Dakota.

The new five-digit ZIP-codes goes into effect on July 1, according to Mandan Postmaster J.J. Murray. He also stated that Mandan’s ZIP-code, 58554, should be written after the city and state when addressing envelopes. A list of ZIP-Codes for other cities across the country will be available at the post office.


Ohm's Ice Cream Store advertises its hamburgers in a 1963 issue of the Mandan Pioneer. Though smaller in size, like a slider, the hamburgers were a big deal to the Mandan teenagers during the summer of '63. Ohm's was, and still is, located at 808 W. Main St.

Ohm’s Ice Cream Store advertises its hamburgers in a 1963 issue of the Mandan Pioneer. Though smaller in size, like a slider, the hamburgers were a big deal to the Mandan teenagers during the summer of ’63. Ohm’s was, and still is, located at 808 W. Main St.

75 Years Ago – 1938

Mandan’s Tony Brucker, 19-year-old middleweight, has won the State Golden Gloves championship belt in his division by defeating 22-year-old Roy Carr, of Fargo, in a 46-44 decision. In addition to Brucker, nine other Missouri Slope fighters won crowns in the finals of the fourth annual N.D. Golden Gloves tournament held at Bismarck.

Fire destroyed the Matt Weigel farm home, 6 miles west of Mandan, early on a Sunday morning. Only clothing items were saved by the family, who escaped by climbing out of a second-story window.

This past week, Mandan folks knew that Yellowstone National Park had been officially opened for its annual influx of summer tourists as they heard the familiar beat of the Indian drums near the depot of the Northern Pacific Railroad as eight Sioux Indians from the Standing Rock Reservation began demonstrating their old war dances. Eagle Staff is returning for his eighth summer, while Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Iron Roads are back for the sixth time.

F.G. McCann, of Mandan, has been elected Grand Knight of the St. Thomas More Council of Knights of Columbus for the coming year. He succeeds J.M. Gauer.

Miss Elizabeth Gustin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gustin, of Flasher, will represent the Morton County one-room rural schools at the state spelling contest in Grand Forks according to an announcement by Mrs. Gena Jensen, Morton County superintendent of schools. Placing second was Miss Sally Miller, of rural Mandan.

Death has claimed John Handtmann, Sr., 81, local resident for more than 40 years and county Clerk of Court for 13 years. A native of New York state, he came to Mandan in 1897 with Mrs. Handtmann the former Anna Hunke. He served as a deputy sheriff here and also operated a confectionery store. Pallbearers at the rites held at St. Joseph Church were: John Mushik, Joseph Baron, W.J. Sullivan, M.J. Tobin and Alex Riedinger.


100 Years Ago – 1913

“C. A. Heegard, D. P. Thurston, James Saunders of this city; M. C. Caddell of Ft. Rice and Herman Krueger and James Ormiston of New Salem left yesterday for Gettysburg, Pa., where they will attend the 50th anniversary reunion of the veterans of the Civil War. Governor Hanna and other representatives from the state accompanied them.

“This will be one of the greatest events in the annals of the Grand Army, for thousands from all over the Union will be in attendance. The last Legislature appropriated money to send the veterans from this state.

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On Monday of this week at St. Joseph’s Rectory, the marriage of Miss Mary K. Bauknecht, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bauknecht of this city, to Mr. Ed Knudson of Bismarck was solemnized. Rev Father Eugene officiated. Miss Tillie Bauknecht was bridesmaid; the best man was Mr. Joseph Bauknecht.

“The bride is well-known in Mandan, having lived here a number of years. She met Mr. Knudson while employed as a typesetter at the Mandan Pioneer. The groom, until recently, was employed as a typesetter and printer at the Pioneer. He is now employed at the Bismarck Palladium.

“Mr. and Mrs. Knudson left immediately after the wedding for their future home in Bismarck. The Pioneer joins with the many friends of the couple in wishing for them a happy married life.”

(The Knudsons’ youngest son, Gerald, who resides in Mandan, is the retired owner of Crescent Printing, which was founded by his parents.)


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knudson, founder of the Crescent Printing business of Mandan.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knudson, founder of the Crescent Printing business of Mandan.

125 Years Ago – 1888

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

June 28, 1888: “On Thursday at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 83 degrees above zero.

“A section of choice Custer Flat’s land is for sale at the low price of $2.50 per acre. See Carpenter and Cary.

“The Bismarck Signal Service office reports 5.77 inches of rain for June as against .85 of an inch for June of last year, 1887.

“This Sunday Father Perrault will expound the ‘Declaration of Independence’ during services at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

“The John B. King Post will meet at their headquarters tomorrow at 8 o’clock a.m. by order of M. B. Doyle, Post Commander. The group will not only discuss their part in the Fourth’s parade, but will also view a special addition to their collection of war mementoes. Major Mitchell will present the G. A. R. Post a gift from Col. Hughes of Bismarck. It is an oak gavel made from a Gettysburg tree. The gavel has a bullet in it, as driven in after its discharge from a rifle at the great battle of 25 years ago. The war veterans will be proud to display this unique and valuable addition to the paraphernalia in the meeting room.”


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