Mandan News

Diane Boit: Just wins Elks Golf Tournament, 1987


25 Years Ago – 1987

Marshal Just, Mandan, captured the 30th annual Elks Labor Day Golf Tournament with a come-from- behind victory over Dave Andrison, of Bismarck. Just won a spot in the finals by defeating Tim Goetz, of Bismarck, 4 and 3, while Andrison defeated Jamie Gronowski, of Denver, Colo., 1-up in 10 holes. Consolation honors in the Championship Flight went to Glen Schwinkendorf, Mandan, over Jim Harris, Bismarck, 1-up.

In the ladies’ 36-hole, medal play with handicap, Karen Cantrell, Bismarck, was the victor with 150. Taking second was Gail Goetz, Bismarck, 151; third place went to Myra Evenrud, Mandan, 155.

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John P. Peffer, former MHS band director, has joined the staff of Stan Puklich Chevrolet, Bismarck, as sales manager.

Jan Hoffman, Mandan, a sales representative with Avon Products, Inc., has returned from an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she was honored for her sales accomplishments. Jan ranks in the top 500 among the 375,000 Avon representatives in the United States and is a member of Avon’s prestigious Honor Society.

A comic, which was originally printed in a 1987 issue of the Mandan News.

50 Years Ago – 1962

A $15,000 gift to the Mandan Hospital Association from the Standard Oil Foundation, Inc. has been presented by Roy Giles, manager of the American Oil Co. Refinery at Mandan, to John Danz, president of the new hospital association. Another check for $100 was received from Lawrence Laubner, the first rural Mandan resident to become a member of the association.

T.K. Sizemore, 1610 Linda Drive, Mandan, has received a ruby lapel pin commemorating his 20th anniversary with the American Oil Company. Sizemore, a utilities foreman, began his career with the Standard Oil Company of Indiana at its Casper, Wyo., refinery. He has also served as president of the Mandan Toastmasters Club and as superintendent of the First Presbyterian Church School.

David Wise, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Wise of Bismarck, former Mandan residents, is the new Assistant States Attorney and is in partnership with William Kelsch, States Attorney for Morton County. Wise graduated from Mandan High School and received his law degree at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

In another publicity stunt, cast members of the Custer Drama drove to Bismarck and kidnapped Governor William Guy from the Executive Mansion and brought him to the outdoor amphitheater, south of Mandan. His ransom was a $3 ticket to the show. Earlier in the week the governor had talked briefly with the costumed picketers at the Capitol Building and had admitted that he had not seen the Custer Drama this summer.


75 Years Ago – 1937

September 7, the day after Labor Day, is the opening day for the 1937-38 school term. Instructors met on Labor Day Monday for instructions and to complete registrations.

Miss Martha Sinkula, who has been employed as operator at Mandan’s Northwestern Bell Telephone Company office for the past two years, has been promoted to chief operator, according to an announcement made by Donald Moore, manager. She succeeds Kathryn Makelke, who came to Mandan from Dickinson as chief operator in 1936. Makelke has been transferred to the toll switchboard at Bismarck.

The National Tea Store closed its doors on a Saturday night at their former location in the Lewis and Clark building and by the following Monday morning had reopened their doors two blocks east at 302 West Main St., the former home of The Mint nightclub. Supervisors from the general office at Fargo directed the move to the building which had been completed redecorated inside and out.

The Mandan Electric Supply Company, distributors for Philco radios in southwestern North Dakota, is celebrating the grand opening of their store at 110 East Main St. Specializing in Philco radios, the shop will have 62 table and console models on display. Contracts are also being signed to include washing machines, refrigerators, electrical appliances and lighting fixtures in their inventory. Roy Iverson, formerly of Glasgow, Mont., is manager of the business, with George Edwards as distributor service manager.


100 Years Ago – 1912

“Morton County, it is believed, has broken the record of the northwest for an oats yield this year, as W. Campbell, who farms in the Fort Lincoln Flats, has shown a threshers’ receipt to prove that he secured an average of 103 bushels of oats to the acre on an 80-acre tract on the Missouri River bottoms.

“Although witnessed only by the immediate relatives of the bride and groom, one of the prettiest weddings ever solemnized in Mandan occurred shortly after midnight on Monday when Evelyne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Simpson, became the bride of Raymond Bergeson, Bismarck. The Simpson home was decorated with sweet pea blossoms attached to a lattice bower, under which the nuptial vows were exchanged. The midnight service was occasioned by the washout at Hodges, Mont., which delayed all of the east bound trains- and partly to foil the many friends of the newlyweds who were dreaming of the atrocities they intended to perpetrate on the morrow. Following the ceremony, the couple left on the No. 1 train for Duluth, where they would board a boat for a cruise across Lake Michigan to Chicago.”


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.

September 7, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 80 degrees above zero.

“The case against the Indian boy Fighter for the murder of young Ernest Whitmer last fall was before the court this morning. Much to the surprise of the audience in the courtroom, the jury found a verdict of Not Guilty and the boy was set free to travel with his father and Indian agent Major Gifford back to Fort Berthold. This decision is being discussed by everyone on Main Street.

“All the jurors were discharged this afternoon, and it is probable that court business will be completely finished by Saturday.

“The coming school term will open on the 12th of September. The school board has rented the Vinton building in the Third Ward for $10 a month. The building’s owner wanted $20 a month, but the board regarded the sum as too much to pay.”


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