Mandan News

Diane Boit: Jaycees honor locals at banquet, 1963

Diane Boit


25 Years Ago – 1988

Gymnast Gina Weigel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Weigel, and swimmer Kelly Kremer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kremer, have been named the Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club athletes of the month for January.

During January, Gina worked to achieve all-around status. At the Valley City meet, she competed in all the events and placed fourth all-round. Kelly led the swimming and diving team by qualifying for the State Meet in seven of 11 events. He is undefeated in the past 11 swim meets.


50 Years Ago – 1963

The Mandan Jaycees bestowed top honors to local three men, in addition to paying special tribute to others at its 26th anniversary Awards and Bosses Banquet held at the Moose Club. Receiving special recognition were William R. Russell, manager of Cloverdale Foods, named “Outstanding Boss of the Year,” Jaycee member Gene Becker, who was given the Distinguished Service Award, and 23-year-old Reuben Schmidt, of New Salem, named “Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year.” Two Jaycees, Wynn Keller and Art Leibfried, received the “Key Man Award” as outstanding men in the organization.

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Cal Tanner, manager of Mandan’s Ben Franklin store, has been appointed chairman of the Morton County Chapter of the Red Cross. He succeeds Irv W. Bates, Mandan.

Gay Schuler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Schuler of Mandan, has been selected as Homemaker of Tomorrow for Mandan High School in the 1963 Betty Crocker “Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow” contest. She received the highest score in a test given to senior girls in home economics classes. Her instructor is Miss Gladys Anderson.

Gay Schuler, 1963 MHS senior, Homemaker of Tomorrow.

Gay Schuler, 1963 MHS senior, Homemaker of Tomorrow.

H.E. Fowler, retired police magistrate, has been honored at a testimonial dinner held in Mandan’s Masonic Temple in appreciation of more than 60 years of service to the York Rite bodies. Mort Johnson was master of ceremonies, and dinner was served by the Queen Esther Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, chaired by Mrs. Roy Dow.

Harry Brandenburg, of Judson, leader of the Spring Valley 4-H Club, has been elected president of the Morton County 4-H Leaders Council. Serving as vice president is Andy Mork, Mandan, who is leader of the Rock Haven 4-H Club. Mrs. Lyle Dawson, St. Anthony, is secretary-treasurer and is also leader of the Oak Coulee 4-H Club.

The inexperienced Mandan High School Braves “took it on the chin” again this past week and dropped their 13th Western Dakota Association basketball game of the season to the Minot Magicians, 52-30. Gary Gustin turned in another good performance for the Braves with 11 points, tying Minot’s Tom Lium for the evening’s scoring honors. Mandan’s Clem Richau followed Gustin with eight points; Frank Walter was next with six.


The Braves 1963 Basketball starters are given a pep talk by Coach Zwarych. (l-r) Jim Koch, Frank Walter, Clem Richau, Gary Gustin and John Grunseth.

The Braves 1963 Basketball starters are given a pep talk by Coach Zwarych. (l-r) Jim Koch, Frank Walter, Clem Richau, Gary Gustin and John Grunseth.

75 Years Ago – 1938

Chief of Police Jim Buckley celebrated his 50th birthday as a dozen friends entertained at a surprise “Stag” party at the Buckley home. Arrangements had been made by Henry Kamstra and John Andrews.

A stamp valued at $280 is being displayed in the Mandan Rexall Drug Store window by R.D. Errington as the movie “Wells Fargo” is playing at the Palace theatre. The 25-cent stamp is an 1842 Pony Express stamp issued by the Well-Fargo Company. Also on display are a 1918 airmail stamp of 16 cents denomination and an 1869 three-cent stamp depicting a wood-burning locomotive.

The Mandan Braves defeated the Holstein basketeers, 18-14, this past week in an exciting game played at New Salem. The Warriors were minus the services of one of their top scorers, Al Spielman, due to illness, and, as a result, Coach Grunenfelder switched Ray Toman to the forward position. In spite of the handicap of wearing a mask to protect his partially-healed broken nose from last week’s game with St. Leo’s, Toman managed to be the high point man for the night with 10 points. However, the Braves might have won by a convincing score if they had been able to register any fair portion of attempts from the court. The shot chart disclosed some 60 goals tried, only 8 of which found the net.


100 Years Ago – 1913

“About 400 couples, including a good number from Mandan, attended the inaugural ball in honor of Governor and Mrs. L. B. Hanna. The elaborate affair was held in the house chamber of the State Capitol in Bismarck where the day began with a reception for the Hanna family in the governor’s office. Dancing began at 9:30 and continued until 3, with music furnished by the North Dakota National Guard Military band and orchestra of Lisbon. A supper was served at midnight.

“William J. Seidel, employed by the William H. Brown Company of this city, met with a very painful and serious accident Wednesday morning, when in cranking the land company’s automobile, it backfired, breaking his arm in two places. He was taken to the Mandan hospital where, under anesthesia, the fractures between the elbow and wrist were repaired.

“Frightened by a passing automobile, a team of horses attached to a farm wagon ran away about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The team was last seen heading south on the Flasher road.

“Just one year from the day she was married, Mrs. Ed McAdams, 20-year old wife of the proprietor of the Union barbershop, died at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon, death being caused by an internal hemorrhage following the birth of a baby daughter four days pervious. The funeral was held from the Methodist church; local barbers acted as pallbearers. The baby daughter is being taken by a sister of the bereaved husband; both left by train for her home in Brookings, S.D.”


125 Years Ago – 1888

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

February 8, 1888: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 22 degrees below zero.

“Father Perrault of St. Joseph’s church is becoming well known throughout this city for his outspoken comments. He says that the graveyard in our cemetery is in the worst condition of all the graveyards in Dakota, and this should not be tolerated. The graves are dug so shallow, he said, that the action of the frost and of the rain is such that the some coffins appear to be rising from the ground.

“W. W. Duncan has a recipe for removing cockroaches. He’s been bothered with them in the express office since last fall. Yesterday, he turned off the steam, opened the doors and froze the office. So cold did it get, his ink froze solid. The result was all that could be desired, and he is now spending his time sweeping out into the cold, the dead bodies of prime Dakota cockroaches.

“‘I hope to goodness,” said a Mandan man, ‘that the attempt that is being made to restore Reno to the army will be unsuccessful. The army has no need for drunken cowards- villifiers of such dead as the gallant Custer who might have been alive today if Reno had done his duty.'”


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