Mandan News

Diane Boit: Lee Mohr purchases Lutz Photography, 1937


25 Years Ago – 1987

Each year the first real test of a cross country team’s caliber is the Bismarck Quarterback Club event on the Tom O’Leary Golf Course. According to Head Coach Leon House, the Mandan girls ran a great race with five runners scoring among the top 20 girls. The five, including four sophomores and a freshman, are Amy Stockert, Jody Fox, Kristi Fleck, Tammy Mudder and Nora Beehler. The event’s top five teams and scores are Mandan 58, Minot 69, Bowman 117, Bismarck 151, Fargo South 153.

MHS senior Keith Brady, son of Mike and Gwen Brady, has been named to the prestigious McDonalds’s All American Band. Brady is currently first chair clarinet in Mandan’s Concert Band I. Keith will be spending a week in New York City rehearsing for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and later will travel to Phoenix for a performance at the Fiesta bowl on New Year’s Day.

Keith Brady

50 Years Ago – 1962

Sherry McClelland daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. McClelland, has been installed Worthy Advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls at ceremonies held in Mandan’s Masonic Lodge. Diane Wainio was the installing officer. Other officers installed were: Worthy Associate Advisor, Pat Haseltine; charity, Penny Toman; hope, Lynda Laub; faith, Gretchen Schaaf; chaplain, Jeanine Becher; drill leader, Arlene Becher; love, Beverly Boyd; musician, Kathy Schauss; choir director, Helen Vann; and Rainbow Dad, Ronald Harsh.

Mava Ciavarella, Mandan freshman at Bismarck Junior College, has been elected BJC Homecoming Queen for 1962. She was one of 10 candidates vying for the honor and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ciavarella, Mandan. Queen Mava was also Mandan High School’s 1961 Homecoming Queen.

Per Kloster, Fairfield, Iowa, has been named the new manager of the F.W. Woolworth Co. store in Mandan. Kloster has been with the Woolworth Company for seven years, beginning in Davenport, Iowa.

Sherry McClelland

75 Years Ago – 1937

Lee Mohr, son of the D.C. Mohrs, who manages Mandan’s JC Penney store, has purchased the Lutz Photography studio, which has been operated for the past 23 years by R.R. Lutz.

During his years in Mandan, Lutz has taken an active part in the municipal band for 18 years and has been a member of the city park board for nine years, serving as its president for two years. For 20 years, he served as choir director in the Presbyterian and Methodist-Episcopal churches of the city. He is also a member of the Masonic Lodge and is a past president of the Mandan Rotary club. His future plans are indefinite.

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In a rough and tumble game under the flood lights at Valley City, the Mandan Braves upset the Hi-Liners by a score of 7-6 in a game that had been regarded as a “breather” for the Valley eleven. The contest was a weird affair, in which the officials did almost as much ball-toting as the players. All told, the referees paced off a total of 113 yards in penalties – 103 against the Braves and 10 against the Hi-Liners.

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Eight Morton County residents have been admitted to citizenship at a naturalization hearing conducted in the courthouse with Judge H.L. Berry presiding. New citizens include: Elwood Dorland Davis, George Sturn and Fredrech Meuchel, all of Mandan; Mrs. Mary Anna Sehn, Raleigh; Fred Boschee, Hebron; John Joseph Bendish, Fort Rice; Joseph Kuhn, Flasher; and Herbert Reinhold Nelson, Almont.

After a patriotic address given by Principal W.L. Neff of the Mandan High School, C.F. Kelsch presented flags to the new citizens on behalf of the Elks Lodge, followed by John Handtmann Sr., clerk of court, leading the group in reciting the oath of allegiance and pledge to the flag.


100 Years Ago – 1912

Front Page News: “The Pioneer has received a report that Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive candidate for the presidency, was shot on the evening of Oct 14 just before entering a car to deliver a speech at a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An assailant named John Schrank had fired a .38-caliber bullet point-blank into the ex-president’s chest.

“Despite the chest wound, Roosevelt insisted on being driven to the rally to deliver his speech. With blood slowly seeping into his shirt, Roosevelt told the crowd: ‘I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose.’

“Only after delivering his hour-long speech did Roosevelt allow doctors to examine him. They found that the bullet, after going through his thick overcoat, the folded 50 pages of his prepared speech tucked into his breast pocket, and the metal spectacle case in that same pocket, still had enough force to burrow three inches into his chest, stopping just short of damaging his lung and causing a potentially fatal injury.

“Although Roosevelt had been born a weak, sickly boy, he was determined to improve by adopting a daily program of strenuous exercise that resulted in a powerful physique. What stopped that bullet, and saved his life, were the thick slabs of muscle in his massive chest. He was, indeed, strong as a bull moose.” (The doctors decided it was too dangerous to remove the bullet, and Roosevelt carried it inside his body for the rest of his life.)


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.

October 19, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 41 degrees above zero.

“The recent cold snap has caught the coal dealer napping. They woke up yesterday and were busy sending imploring dispatches to the coal mines. The cold weather is surely making the heart of the coal dealer feel glad.

“It is with pleasure that we are able to announce that Fr. Perrault has been permanently located at Pastor of St. Joseph’s Church.

“It would seem that there is another Mandan in this great country. It is located in Nebraska. A gentleman named William H. Smith of that city has written to say that he could be of assistance to our Mandan, as he is a born detective and is now a constable there. There’s nothing going on in his town, he writes, and he’s looking for new opportunities in the West. However, we must decline his offer at this time, but we do hope that Mr. Smith and his town will neither do discredit to the great family of Smiths in this country or to the fair name of Mandan.”


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