Mandan News

Diane Boit: Diplomas awarded to 138 MHS graduates, 1962

25 Years Ago – 1987

Nine-year-old Shelley Christianson, of Mandan, and her dad, Keith, were winners of the Manufacturer’s Walleye Council Junior Tournament held on the Missouri River near Sugar Loaf Bottoms. The tourney was sponsored by the various tackle manufacturers and hosted by the Bismarck-Mandan Rec and Reel Club. Ninety-two adult-child teams participated, with a total of 345 pounds of walleye and sauger caught. Shelley and her dad caught eight walleye, weighing a total of 20.57 pounds, the largest weighing in at 5.88 pounds The Christianson team won a new Mariner eight-horse outboard motor, a 14-foot StarCraft boat and Shoreland trailer.

A 1979 Mandan High School graduate has earned one of the most prestigious awards for ROTC excellence during a ceremony conducted by the U.S. Army and the George C. Marshall Foundation, at the Virginia Military Institute. Cadet Jerry L. Schafer, the son of Herman and Shirley Schafer, of Mandan, received the 1987 George C. Marshall award as one of 300 college students from across the country recognized for their military science and leadership skills. Schafer represented North Dakota University, Fargo. Schafer plans to receive a commission to Second Lieutenant and enter the Army as an engineer officer.


50 Years Ago – 1962

Dr. H.R. Albrecht, president of the North Dakota State University in Fargo, delivered the commencement address to the graduating seniors and their family and friends at Mandan High School’s 60th annual commencement exercises on Monday evening, May 28, in the senior high school gymnasium.

The evening began with music provided by the Junior High School Band under the direction of Ernest Borr, followed by the invocation and benediction given by the Rev. John G. Holton of Christ Episcopal Church. Then, as the top honors students of the senior class, Patricia Gonowski gave the salutatory, and Jean Johnson, the valedictory.

Directed by Arnold Larson, the Senior High Choir sang “Benedictus,” and John Ellis, graduating senior, directed the choir in the number “Now in Power” composed by Robert Walter, another graduating senior.

Following the address by Dr. Albrecht, the graduating class of 1962 was presented by August L. Spiss, senior principal, and 138 diplomas were awarded by W.R. Russell, president of the Board of Education.

Baccalaureate services were held in the gym the previous evening with Rev. A. Benjamin Dove as speaker.

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Diane Wainio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Wainio, has been installed as Worth Advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls at ceremonies held in the Masonic Temple in Mandan. She succeeds Sharon McIntire. Mrs. George Toman, Mandan, Grand Worthy Matron of North Dakota, Order of Eastern Star, was the installing officer. Prior to the installation ceremony, Diane was escorted through an archway of roses held by 12 Rainbow girls as Sandi and Kandy Riemensnider sang the duet “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


75 Years Ago – 1937

Miss Rose Renner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Renner, St. Anthony, and Mike Gustin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gustin, Mandan, repeated nuptial vows at a wedding mass read in St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Father Andrew Kohlbeck officiating. The bride wore a floor-length, white silk gown and a fingertip veil; she carried a corsage of yellow roses and Lilies of the Valley. Her only ornament was a golden cross belonging to her mother. Ida Gustin, wearing a floor-length gown of pink taffeta, was the bridesmaid. Best man was Albert Renner.

The resignation of Robert Gray as Morton County Deputy Sheriff and the naming of 28-year-old Phillip Helbling as his successor was announced this week by Sheriff E.O. Lidstrom. Gray, who had served two terms as sheriff of Morton County, will return to railroad work. He holds more than 20 years rights on the Northern Pacific, and the pickup of business on the road makes it necessary for him to either resume his old job as brakeman, or lose his rights in the near future.

Electric lights have been installed on the M.F. Schmitz horseshoe court on East Main Street to permit night games in the popular pastime. Nine courts are available in Mandan; however, the Schmitz court is the only one lighted in Mandan. Francis Haider is supervising the horseshoe league games now underway. This week’s competition resulted in the Mandan Used Auto Parts winning four out o six sets from Ripple’s Meat Market, while the Hit-Hat slingers won the entire six sets from the Western Produce.

An ad from the Mandan Daily Pioneer in 1937 for Royal Tailors and Cleaners.

100 Years Ago – 1912

“On Tuesday evening, June 4, occurred the commencement exercises of the Mandan High School Class of 1912. Of the entire class of eleven, there was not one that touched the borderline between success and failure, for every one of the seniors had a high standard, much to the gratification of the faculty of the school.

“The exercises were held at the Opera House which was tastefully decorated with ferns and the class colors of black and orange. A banner stating the class motto, ‘Energy Wins the Way,’ was strung above the stage.

“The commencement ceremony for the eighth grade class of 28 students was also held at the Opera House the night prior to the senior class exercises. Their class motto ‘Onward’ was also on a banner that stretched across the stage. Before the presentation of diplomas, the seventh grade joined the graduating eighth graders in performing two chorus songs- ‘Sailing’ and ‘Voice of the Woods.'”


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.

June 8, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 79 degrees above zero.

“About 60 tickets were sold in Jamestown for the cow raffled off by the widow Mahon of Mandan. The cow was won by the little four-year old daughter of a Jamestown engineer named Buckley. Readers might recall that Mrs. Mahon’s husband committed suicide here in Mandan about a month ago, and she is disposing some of her property for the purpose of buying supplies to run a boarding house in this city.

“It is said that a Minneapolis man has invented a dust collector. The suggestion has been made that he would make his fortune with it in Bismarck.”


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