Mandan News

Diane Boit: Holm named Teacher of the Year, 1988

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1988

Jeanette Holm, a special education teacher at the North Dakota State Industrial School, has been named Teacher of the Year by the International Correctional Education Assn. Holm, who was named Outstanding Young Woman of North Dakota in 1969, began working at the school in 1967 as a librarian. After earning her learning disabilities credentials in 1983, Holm helped set up the special education resource room. In addition to instructing an average of 40 students daily, she and her co-teacher are responsible for all federal requirements regarding special ed. Her past civic involvement includes Mrs. Jaycees State President, Mandan Gymnastics president and treasurer; Sakakawea Girl Scout Council treasurer; and lector and CCD teacher for Christ the King Catholic Church.

Holm and her husband, Logan, who reside in Mandan, are the parents of four children.

Jeanette Holm

Jeanette Holm

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Jim Boehm has been unanimously elected chairman of the Mandan School Board during the board’s reorganizational meeting. Both Albert Zachmeier and LaMar Kruckenberg were nominated for the position of vice chairman, with Zachmeier winning on a 6-3 secret ballot. Others serving on the board are Dennis Toepke, Elmer Madler, Mavis Stastny, Jim Gerding, Dorothy Dahl and Don Braun. Gordon Berge is the business manager.


Jim Boehm

Jim Boehm

50 Years Ago – 1963

The first 1963 oats marketed locally was received this past week by the Peavey Co. elevator from the Anton J. Renner farm at St. Anthony. The oats weighed 37 pounds per bushel, considerably above the 32-pound average, but yielding only 30 bushels per acre compared to 60-70 bushel crops harvested in 1962.

Mrs. T E. Stockdale was elected president of the Fortnightly Club when 17 members met at the home of Mrs. C.G. Fristad, Heart River Drive. Other officers are: Mrs. Fristad, vice president; Mrs. A. Ben Dove, secretary; Mrs. B.A. Girard, treasurer; and Mrs. A.C. Braxmeier, historian.

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra will present a show and dance at the Mandan Elks this weekend. The 15-piece orchestra, along with their female vocalist, is under the direction of Lee Castle, who is one of the musical directors from the original Dorsey organization and is considered one of the best trumpet players in the country.

C.W. Albers was named president of the Mandan Public School Board at its annual reorganization meeting; he succeeds William Russell, who held the president’s post for the past seven years. Albers has been on the board for 15 years. Re-elected vice president was Berlin Boyd.

More than 450 people gathered in the high circular rotunda beneath the dome of the nation’s capital at Washington, D.C., to gaze at an 8-foot bronze statue of North Dakota’s 10th Governor, John Burke, which was dedicated into the Statuary Hall collection, the first North Dakotan to be so recognized. Burke served as a North Dakota Legislator, Governor, the U.S. Treasurer under President Woodrow Wilson, from 1913 to 1921, and finally as State Supreme Court Justice from 1924 until his death in 1937.


75 Years Ago – 1938

Miss Jane Watson, 18-year-old Mandan pianist and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Watson, has been chosen from 11 other contestants to receive a six-week scholarship at the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, Ill., to study under Edward Collins, noted concert pianist who has performed both in the United States and abroad. Miss Watson (the future Jane Ellis) received high praise from Mr. Collins for her rendition of a fully memorized program which had been required for the scholarship.

R.F. Gallagher has been reelected president of the Mandan Public School Board of Education at its annual reorganization meeting. Elected vice president was Dr. George F. Wirtz; James H. Noakes, school clerk, and Warren J. Watson, treasurer. Following the elections, the board selected Nick Loran as janitor to succeed 83-year old E.K. Hansen, who has served as caretaker of the Syndicate School since 1910.


A Mandan Pioneer ad from 1938 for Hat & Novelty Shoppe, located at the corner of the Lewis & Clark Hotel.

A Mandan Pioneer ad from 1938 for Hat & Novelty Shoppe, located at the corner of the Lewis & Clark Hotel.

100 Years Ago – 1913

“Snuff is snuffed out! House Bill No. 28, introduced by Thoreson in the last Legislature session, has caused the snuff to shuffle off the shelves as of July 1. Searchers will now have to travel to another state to look for that little tin of Copenhagen.

“A tag day was put on by the ladies of the library association on last Saturday and resulted in them clearing about $124.66. Anyone that was unfortunate enough to stand on any of the principal corners of Mandan’s Main Street were met by a bevy of girls who insisted that one of them should decorate the bystander with a red tag in exchange for a small donation. The treasurer of the library association states that there is now $199.10 in the treasury with which to purchase new books.

“It will be but a short time until the old McDonald and Royer barn will be a thing of the past. Workmen started this week to tear it down and work is going along quite rapidly. The site will be used for the new federal building (post office) which the government will begin to build here in the very near future.”


125 Years Ago – 1888

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

July 26, 1888: “On Friday, July 26, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 96 degrees above zero.

“As a result of the heat, but few people are on the streets today. They find it more comfortable in the shade of some building.

“Another carload of farm machinery has just reached Mandan on the morning train, making the third that has been received here this season.

“Owing to an unexpected change in the railroad’s time table, a number of persons who wanted to go over to Bismarck on train #4 this morning were left behind.

“The grocers of Mandan are now selling Mandan Creamery butter at 20 cents a pound. Enough cream was brought to the creamery yesterday to make 240 lbs. of butter. There never was any better butter brought to this city than this, and everybody should use it.

“The season has again arrived when a man’s delight consists in the owning a thermometer that tells a bigger story than his neighbor’s. It was learned this morning, from different sources, that yesterday afternoon at two o’clock, in the shade, the mercury stood at 101 in one place in town and at 107 at another, and in still another quarter, where it was exceptionally cool and there was a delicious breeze from the north, it registered 111. The Pioneer now owns a new thermometer that is kept in the shade and, the nearest ice house is four blocks away, and yesterday it registered only 94 above.”


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