Mandan News

Diane Boit: Mandan’s Main Street paving contract signed, 1913

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1988

The results are in for the 12th running of the Mandan News & Lions 10,000-meter road race and race walk, held on Sunday morning, July 3. A total of 75 runners and 47 walkers participated.

Winner of the men’s road race and overall fastest time was Arnie Falk, Jamestown, with a time of 31.11 minutes; coming in second and third were Monty Schafer and Gary Schafer. The women’s run was won by Julie Bosch with a time of 38.33, followed by Melanie Carvell and Deanna Askew.

The race walk overall winner was Shirley Olgeirson, Bismarck, with a time of 58.46 minutes, crossing the finish line for second and third were Brian Rosen and Ron Barth.

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Dr. Pius Lacher, Mandan superintendent of schools, is the 1988-89 president of the Mandan Lion’s Club. First, second and third vice presidents are: Joe Lech, Jim Willoughby and Dave Schaff. Tail twister is Chuck Neibel. Past president and tail twister is Dan Long.

Dwight Kautzmann, Mandan, is the new president of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Kautzmann, a partner with Bair, Brown and Kautzmann law firm, has practiced law in Mandan since 1971.

After ending his high school athletic career at the State Track Meet in June, recent MHS graduate Clint Leingang received the Class A Athlete of the Year Award from the North Dakota High School Coaches Association. Mandan’s Michelle Belohlavek received the Class A honors for girls.


A Mandan News ad for Buehler Funeral Home from 1988.

A Mandan News ad for Buehler Funeral Home from 1988.

50 Years Ago – 1963

As an example of industrial development in Mandan, Foremost Dairies at 701 W. Main St. has invested $15,000 to modernize and expand its plant. The firm has installed a new machine capable of filling and sealing 36 half-gallon cartons of milk per minute. The wax cartons of the “old days” will give way to modern plastic that will do away the bits of wax formerly found swimming in milk glasses. Foremost has also added a new 22- by 52-foot ice cream freezer and 30 by 400-foot milk cooler.

Foremost Dairies services North Dakota and parts of South Dakota.

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Members of St. Maria’s Verein of St. Joseph Church gathered from many points in and out of the state for the group’s 50th anniversary celebration held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The verein was formally organized in 1913 under the direction of Father Clemens Dimpfl. The anniversary opened with a high mass at St. Joseph’s church, attended by nearly all of the Verein’s 345 members. Father John Owens was the speaker at the Breakfast and Evening Banquet. The Verein’s current president is Mrs. A.L. Makelky.

A Mandan young lady was among six North Dakotans who received the garb of the Sisters of St. Benedict in the new chapel at the Annunciation Priory, south of Bismarck. Participating in the ceremony of investiture was Sister Paula Marie (Judith Gustin), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Gustin, Mandan. The Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by the Most Rev. Hilary B. Hacker, Bishop of Bismarck.

Area gardeners entered a total of 263 exhibits in the annual Spring Flower Show, sponsored by the Mandan Garden and Flower Club. Mrs. James Swanick, Mandan, walked away with the Sweepstake honors with winning entries in three divisions. Mrs. George Bird, Bismarck, won the grand champion Iris honors; Mrs. Clem Casey’s peony took grand championship swards in the peony division.


A 1963 Mandan Pioneer ad for City Cab Taxi.

A 1963 Mandan Pioneer ad for City Cab Taxi.

75 Years Ago – 1938

Morton County eighth-grade graduates numbered 201 who received their diplomas at commencement exercises held in the auditorium of Mandan’s World War Memorial building. Delivering the commencement address was L.G. Thompson of Grand Forks, former Mandan High School principal. Presenting the diplomas was Mrs. Gena A. Jensen, the Morton County School Superintendent. Although a total of 410 eighth grade graduates had completed their work in Morton County, the other 209 students were “town” students and had received their diplomas in May.

Paul Ulmer, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ulmer, southwest of Glen Ullin, was instantly killed this past week when struck by lightning during an early morning thunderstorm. Ulmer and his younger brother, Reuben, were standing in the doorway of the Ulmer barn, debating whether they should go to the house, when the bolt struck, killing Paul and stunning his brother. Survivors include his parents and five brothers.

With the increase in the number of “black widow” spiders being found in the Mandan vicinity, the Mandan branch of the Dakota-Montana Utilities has invited the public to view a display of the poisonous specimen, which is confined inside a glass jar in their office. The coal, black spider, with the red hour-glass figure on its underside, was captured by employees of the gas company in one of the company’s “gate boxes’ along the stretch of highway between Mandan and Bismarck. Those wishing to examine the spider on display are warned to do so at once as the spider has become so enraged at being confined that it is in danger of dying from extreme anger.


100 Years Ago – 1913

“The contract for the bitulithic paving of 12 blocks in the business district of Mandan has been awarded to James Kennedy of Fargo. Mayor Foran signed the contract during the regular city commission meeting. The contract is covered by a $62,000 surety bond for the faithful performance of the work, plus another bond of $5,000 guaranteeing the paving for five years. Work will begin on Mandan’s Main Street within two weeks and is to be completed by September 1, with a penalty of $50 a day for every day beyond that date that the work is not complete.

“The first banquet ever held by the local Knights of Columbus club took place at the InterOcean hotel on Monday evening of this week. Fifty-five Knights and their ladies participated in the eight-course meal. Carnations and roses decorated the tables, and the Mackin orchestra furnished the music.”

A Mandan Pioneer ad from 1913 for Western Auto Co.

A Mandan Pioneer ad from 1913 for Western Auto Co.


125 Years Ago – 1888

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

July 12, 1888: “On Friday, July 5, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 82 degrees above zero.

“A gentleman remarked this morning that if, next Fourth of July, the young men would wash their hands before hugging their girls, there would not be quite so many white dresses with finger marks on them as are now to be seen.

“There were only two Bismarck aldermen and one Bismarck dog left behind on the evening of the Fourth. They did not catch the train back to Bismarck.

“A sad accident occurred at Fort Lincoln during the Fourth. Private Renton and Private Morris, both of Company F, were detailed with others on the firing party to fire their cannon for the Fourth of July salutes. The third salute had been fired when an explosion took place which blew off the right arm right up to Renton’s shoulder, and he is not expected to live through the night. The accident cast a gloom over the Fort for the rest of the day.”


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