Mandan News

Diane Boit: ‘Blue Hawaii’ is theme of MHS prom, 1962

25 Years Ago – 1987

Ken Clouston, Mandan High junior, has been elected State President of the National Honor Society during the state conference held at Minot. Clouston, the son of Kenneth and Gail Clouston, is a three-year letterman in cross country, a two-year letterman in track and is currently on the golf team. Mark Engelter, a senior at MHS, is the outgoing State President.

Ken Clouston

The Mandan News staff came away with dozens of awards during the annual State Newspaper Association convention. First place awards were presented to: Editor Ken Rogers, for Best Sports Page and Best Examples of Reporting; to Karen Hilfer, for Best Feature Story; and to Rick Scharf, a part-time photographer for the Mandan News, for Best Sports Photo. All three, plus reporter Giles Ghylin, also received numerous second and third place awards in other categories.

The POW-MIA flag flew in front of the North Dakota State Capitol from May 3 to 11 to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The Bismarck-Mandan Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America hosted the event to bring attention to the plight of more than 2400 American citizens still listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action, of which 17 are from North Dakota.


50 Years Ago – 1962

A large crowd of Mandan High School juniors and seniors, along with their dates, attended the annual Junior-Senior prom held in the upper level of the Mandan Elks building. As was the custom of previous years, the Juniors sponsored the prom and carried out the Senior class colors of blue and silver in their theme “Blue Hawaii.”  The dance area of the ballroom was surrounded by tables decorated with palm trees and multi-colored flowers, and the students danced the night away to the music of the Melodiers.

Leading the Grand March at the 1962 MHS Prom were the Junior class officers, Diane Wainio and Don Engle, followed by the senior class officers, Jane Barth and George Immel.

A group of underclassmen girls, dressed in Hawaiian style, wearing grass skirts and leis, attended the punch bowl. (l-r) Sandy Leingang, Pat Robinson, Kathy Hansen, Carol Linnell and Karen Joersz.

75 Years Ago – 1937

E.O. Lidstrom, Morton County Sheriff, suffered a fractured shoulder this week while chasing a prisoner who had attempted to break away from the county jail. Lidstrom and Police Chief Jim Buckley were admitting two prisoners to the jail when one broke loose. Lidstrom chased the prisoner down the courthouse hill but slipped on the pavement at the foot of the grade. However, Buckley kept running and caught up with the prisoner and returned him to the jail.

Billy Allen, a first grader, has won the Syndicate School marble championship as play in the city marble tournament got underway this week. The first grader won from a field of 45 representing five grades at the school. Joe Emil, a fourth grader, was runner-up in the Syndicate contest, losing to Allen in the final round. The score was 4-6, 6-2, and 6-0. The tournament will continue at Central School. The Junior Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the tourney which is being conducted under the WPA recreational program.

Even though he won the position in the Nov. 3 general election, Lawrence M. Tavis was officially installed as Morton County Treasurer this week. North Dakota statutes provide that the treasurer take office in May and the auditor in April. Other officers are seated in January.

The Mandan, Bismarck and Beach Junior Chambers of Commerce were officially voted full membership in the state organization at the annual spring meeting of the board of directors held in Devils Lake. Fifty delegates, including James M. Hanley, Jr. and Colin Cary as representatives of the Mandan unit, attended the session.

A bright spot in the relief picture in western North Dakota has been related by Fred W. McKendry, WPA case worker, who believes it indicates the attitude of many Morton farmers, who are anxious to get off relief. This week McKendry received a letter from a Morton farmer who stated that, although he was very grateful for the government aid given him, he believed that he could get along without another relief check as things were picking up a bit and that his family could get along on the money he could get for the cream and eggs he would be able to sell this spring.


100 Years Ago – 1912

“Miss Anna K. Anderson of Holmes, Minn., and Oscar Carlson of Stone, N.D., were united in marriage during the first wedding ceremony performed at the Scandinavian Lutheran Church of Little Heart on Saturday afternoon. Miss Esther Ellisen played the wedding march as the wedding party marched up the altar where the bride and groom spoke the words that made them man and wife. Rev. O. G. Belsheim of Mandan performed the ceremony.

“The bride wore a dainty, cream-white gown, marquisette over satin, trimmed with pearls. She also wore a wreath and veil and carried a large bouquet of American beauty roses. Her bridesmaids were Ida Nelson and Annie Carlson, with little Amelia Carlson acting as flower girl. The groom was attended by Eric Carlson and Lars Swanberg as best men.

“Following the ceremony, they all drove over to the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. S. Carlson, parents of the groom, where the reception was held. The dining room and tables were beautifully decorated with roses and ferns, and at 6 o’clock, a sumptuous supper was served to more than one hundred and twenty guests. The rest of the evening was spent in merry making.”


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.

May 11, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 76 degrees above zero.

“The Heart River bathing season has begun and will continue now until the end of the fall.

“The ferry cars of the Northern Pacific can be used for teams (of horses) at the following rates to cross the Missouri between Mandan and Bismarck: Single horse, one way, $1, round trip, $1.75; Horse and buggy or cart, $1.50, round trip, $2.50; Two-horse carriage or wagon, empty, $2, round trip, $3; Two-horse wagon, loaded, $3, roundtrip, $4. The driver will go free.

“The funeral of M. J. Mahon took place Thursday. The many friends in town of the unfortunate man and his family will commend the action of the authorities in burying his body in consecrated ground even though he committed suicide while temporarily insane. There is utmost sympathy for his family, and there was a large attendance at the funeral.”


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