Mandan News

Diane Boit: Lundstrom receives Presidential Award, 1987


25 Years Ago – 1987

Jim Lundstrom, mathematics teacher at Mandan High School, has been awarded a 1987 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics instruction by the National Science Foundation. Lundstrom and his family traveled to Washington, D.C., to join 108 other teachers from across the United States who were also chosen to receive the award, which includes a $5,000 grant to each winner’s high school for improvements in their math and science programs.

The Mandan American Legion Club has announced the distribution of its quarter gaming revenues of $54,050. Among the recipients were: State Legion Band and the Fort Lincoln Foundation, $1,000 each; the Good Neighbor and Care & Share Christmas Programs, $1,500; the United Fund, $2,000; the City of Mandan for Union Cemetery and Art in the Park, $2,000 each; Meals on Wheels, $2,500; Golden Age Services for equipment, $3,000; MAR Club, $4,000; All Seasons Arena and the Veterans Relief and Patriotic Fund, $5,000 each; and to the Mandan Park Board for the Legion Baseball Field, $10,000.

Jim Lundstrom in 1962.

50 Years Ago – 1962

Carl Schauss has retired from the Mandan Park Board after 25 years of service. A native of Mandan, he was born here to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schauss in 1892. After graduating from the North Dakota Agricultural College (NDSU), Schauss returned to Mandan and married Nettie Mrnak. The couple was hired by the Mandan Park Board in 1937, and they resided at the Municipal Country Club until 1951. While Schauss carried out the duties of park superintendent, Mrs. Schauss cooked and served all of the meals and banquets for the various occasions and celebrations held at the country club until retiring in 1951. The couple then moved into a new home, which Schauss built himself, at 1106 West Main St.

Mandan residents will again have two locations where they may purchase Christmas trees this year. One will be at the Northern Pacific Park and the other at Blue Ribbon Hatchery. Members of the Mandan Lions Club will be in charge of the sales at the park as the high school Band Mothers Club have given up the project this holiday season.

Christ S. Assel, Mandan Red Owl Store manager, has received a Service Award for having completed 30 years of service with the company at a dinner in his honor at the Minneapolis Golf Club. Assel was first employed by Red Owl in 1932 at Mandan. During the next few years, he also managed Red Owl stores in several North and South Dakota communities, before returning again to Mandan as store manager in 1938.

The 10th anniversary of the Mandan Kiwanis Club was observed at a dinner meeting at which perfect attendance pins were awarded by current president, Jack Danz. Ten-year perfect attendance pins were presented to William Engelter, H.G. Vander Vorst and Dr. A.L. Larson. The Club’s birthday cake was later cut by William Engelter, first president of the club and past lieutenant governor of the district. Other charter members receiving recognition were H.G Vander Vorst, Warren Buehler and Dr. A.L. Larson, all past presidents.


75 Years Ago – 1937

Installation of new officers, headed by Eddie Stein as Commander, marked the regular meeting of the Harry L. Kidd Post No. 707. Retiring Commander is S.E. Arthur. The meeting was held at the Memorial Building with 30 members in attendance.

More than 230 visitors registered when the Mandan Park Board formally opened Mandan’s new Municipal Club House and dedicated it for the use of the citizens of the community. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schauss have been named caretakers of the building, and citizens desiring to reserve a date for the use of the building can reach them by telephoning 591. Fees for the use of the building are as follows: Mixed afternoon parties, 10 cents per person; Exclusive use of the clubhouse for afternoon parties, $2.50, regardless of the number of guests; Evening dances or parties, a minimum charge of $5 for up to 50 persons.

Funeral services were held this past week at Heart River Lutheran Church for Kornelius C. Hendrickson, 69, a resident of Morton County for 54 years. Mr. Hendrickson was born in Forvig, Norway, the son of Hendrick and Anna Jacobson. At the age of 21, he emigrated to the United States, coming directly to Mandan. In 1902 he purchased a farm 9 miles west of Mandan and two years later married Josefine Johnson in the Lutheran Church of Mandan. Survivors include four daughters, three sons and their families.

Two ads from a 1937 issue of the Mandan Pioneer - above, an ad for Carter's Liver Pills, and below, an ad for Howard's.

100 Years Ago – 1912

“Thanksgiving Day was as rare as a day in June. We have had some delightful weather all during the month of November, but the weatherman gave us a most perfect day this year…and we were extremely thankful. At 10 o’clock in the morning, the thermometer showed 50 above in the shade, and when the sun came around, it ranged between 65 and 70. Every automobile owner, who had not sent his car out to pasture for the winter, burned up a few gallons of gasoline as if to show his appreciation for the fine weather.

“Morton County has only paid $140.50 of the $350 which they were assessed for the silver service for the North Dakota battleship. Another attempt is now being made to raise this money.

“Wednesday afternoon, while trying to hurry up a fire in the kitchen stove, Barbara Schlinger, the 17-year old daughter of Joseph Schlinger, who resides near Parkin, was so seriously burned that her life is in danger. While attempting to pour kerosene onto a fire, the can exploded, throwing the burning liquid all over the young lady’s dress and body. The result was that one side of her head, neck and chest suffered severe burns, while the flesh is nearly charred off the hands. Members of the family heard her screams and then harnessed a team and buckboard to quickly travel the 30 some miles to bring her to the Mandan Hospital where she is in precarious condition.”


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.

November 30, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 28 degrees above zero.

“On Saturday Nicholas Long of Sweet Briar, an ex-section boss and a school director, came into Mandan and proceeded to paint the town red. He loaded himself up with more whiskey than he could very well carry and, accompanied by a boon companion, set out to visit with ‘Jess Hale.’

“However, Long, made a mistake and struck the wrong house. He called upon Mr. Flood instead and was met with a warm reception. In response, Long took offense at some of the man’s remarks and pulled out a revolver, firing three shots at Mr. Flood. Fortunately, his aim was bad, or he would certainly be occupying a murderer’s cell. He was, in due course, arrested and is currently cooling in the local jail.

“After spending three days in jail, Mr. Long was taken before Justice Campbell, but no one appeared to prosecute, and the case was dismissed. However, it is understood that steps will be taken to make the notorious ‘Jess’ either behave herself or leave town as the neighbors have put up with the nuisance of her presence long enough.”


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