Mandan News

Diane Boit – ‘Bosh’ named to Legion Hall of Fame, 1988



25 Years Ago – 1988
A Mandan man has been inducted into the North Dakota American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame, along with two other North Dakota Legionnaires who, between them, account for 110 years of participating in and service to American Legion Baseball. Those honored were E.R. “Bosh” Froehlich, Mandan; Claude “Bud” Ebert, Minot; and Gerald L. Lawson, Donnybrook.

Froehlich, a 31-year life member of Mandan’s Legion Post 40, managed the post’s team for three years and has worked in the program for 30 years and has been instrumental in renovating and upgrading the Mandan American Legion Memorial Baseball Park. A 16-year Mandan City Commissioner, Froehlich daily checks on the park maintenance and is credited with being a “sparkplug” who works the entire baseball program in Mandan.

50 Years Ago – 1963
Square Butte School District has sold its schoolhouse located five miles west of Mandan to the State Highway Department for more than $6,000, according to Andrew Mork, district clerk. The Highway Department purchased the 10-year old structure and its site to make room for the new Interstate 94. The district’s board has already announced plans to build a new schoolhouse a quarter-mile north of the old location.
The property was purchased from Adam Boehm. The new schoolhouse is expected to cost approximately $40,000 and will house two classrooms, plus a multi-purpose room and kitchen.
Eight gallons of paint, 12 man-hours and four nights is “all” it took to get the Crying Hill sign, advertising Mandan and the Custer Drama, back in legible shape for people to see when driving into the city from the east. The project was completed by members of the Mandan Jaycees and financed solely by the group’s rodeo revenue. Frank Haupt, chairman of the project, said reconstruction cost was about $60. “The Jaycees certainly worked hard on that sign,” said Haupt. “We had to carry some rocks back up the hill for the Mandan insignia and then gather and carry up enough railroad ties to lay out the Custer Drama sign underneath it.”

Mrs. Borghild Culp, former Mandan High School librarian, has been named Morton County administrative librarian for the Bookmobile service. She began her duties July 1 after five years in the high school post. Richard “Dick” Syvrud has been hired as Bookmobile librarian and driver. He succeeds Willard Stone who resigned after three years of service.

75 Years Ago – 1938
With the largest field of entrants in the history of Mandan golf tournaments, the 1938 annual invitational golf tournament will go down in the record books as the most successful ever staged. The 120 qualifiers divided exactly into championship and 14 flights. Tournament honors went to Les Johnson, Jamestown, who shot a 36 in the championship flight. Medalist honors were won by Harold Dobler of Linton with a 34. R. P. Thomas and G.A. Steinbrueck, Mandan, tied at one stroke behind.

More than 100 automobiles left Mandan and Dickinson this past week on a caravan tour to Medora, for the dedication of the paved highway No. 10 across the state. According to state highway officials, the completed paved highway was the last barrier to dustless coast-to-coast travel. North Dakota’s State Highway Department was also commended for accomplishing the project in the short span of one year.

A total of 341 tickets were sold for the first annual Mandan Policemen’s Ball held last Monday night at the Mandan World War Memorial building. According to Chief of Police Jim Buckley, proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to purchase new uniforms for the four members of the Mandan Police Department.

Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church for Mrs. Mary McBratney, 84, pioneer resident who died at her home, southwest of Mandan. Mary Butler came to Mandan with her parents and nine siblings in 1879 when Mandan was just a handful of buildings. She married businessman Henry McBratney in 1881. After he died in 1892, leaving her to raise five children, ranging in age from one to 10 years, she courageously carried on, adding more land and new buildings to the homestead, seven miles southwest of Mandan.

An outbreak of encephalitis in North Dakota has grown to epidemic proportions with 28 persons known to be ill with the sleeping sickness disease. The mysterious malady has claimed at least seven lives this year. According to state veterinarian Dr. Brandenburg, a connection between encephalitis in horses and human cases is difficult to prove. The disease among horses this year is mild compared to 1937, when an estimated 10,000 head died in the state.

100 Years Ago – 1913
“The severe heat of the past two weeks has been disastrous to several farmers as many horses have succumbed. Erasmus Helbling of St. Anthony reports losing one of his best teams owing to the heat, and George Gangl has also lost two fine animals. The hot weather has compelled many of the farmers to do their cutting in the early morning and in the evening, instead of the afternoon hours.

“The Hon. A.M. Packard, after a lingering illness of many months, has passed away at his home in this city. He was 54 years old. Albert Merton Packard was born in 1859 in Iowa and came to Mandan with his wife in 1888. He was the founder and editor of the old Mandan Times, served this district as a member of the state legislature and was the Morton County register of deeds for 10 years. Packard also served as president of Mandan’s city commission from 1909 to 1912.

“A large crowd turned out to see last weekend’s motorcycle race held in front of the grandstand in south side Mandan. But three machines were entered: Harry Forsyth on an Arrow single, Roy Kennelly on a Harley-Davidson single and Honus Wetzstein on a twin-cylinder Harley-Davidson. The two-cylinder machine was handicapped a mile, making it necessary to circle the track 22 times to the 20 for the single cylinder machines. Wetzstein rode a thrilling race, making up one of the two laps, when his machine broke down in his eighth lap. After completing the twelfth lap, Kennelly took the lead all the way to the finish line.”

125 Years Ago – 1888
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600.
August 30, 1888:

“On Aug. 30, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 82 degrees above zero.
“Early this morning, Main Street presented a lively picture, but shortly after Court opened, nobody was to be seen. The only evidence given that life remained was had in a saloon.

“The entertainment to be given tomorrow night at the Opera House will be well worth witnessing. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is a wonderful and weird story. All seats are 75 cents.

“Ten thousand sacks, capable of holding 20,000 bushels of tea, were shipped west this morning on the No. 1 train to the scene of the wreck of a tea train between Dickinson and Glendive. Nine cars were demolished, the accident being caused by a broken rail.

“This morning, a man was seen to fill an empty whiskey bottle with water so that he could drink from it, even though a tumbler glass was within easy reach. When asked to give his reasons for doing so, he said that he had a very strong imagination, and it made the water taste better to take from a bottle.”