Mandan News

Diane Boit: MHS senior Alan Inglis wins Science Award, 1962


25 Years Ago – 1987

Led by seniors Neil Anderson and Roy Ogden, the Mandan Braves wrestling team turned in a respectable fourth-place finish in the Mandan Lions Invitational. The Century Patriots dominated the tourney, winning six championships. Anderson went 3-0 and picked up the heavyweight title, while Ogden nailed down 145 pounds for his title. Other Mandan placers were: Dean Schmidt, Monte Weiand, Craig Zachmeier, Shawn Tomanek, Troy Fleck, Lee Brady, Rick Padilla and Jesse Howard.

MHS junior Jenny Riedinger and senior Royann Wagner have been named to the 1987 All State Swim and Diving Team. Pam Hartleib, a senior, received honorable mention.

The Mandan High School girls basketball team held its banquet this week, followed by an awards presentation. Cheryl Voge was awarded the Best Free Throw Percentage honors with 71 percent; she was also named Miss Defense. Most Improved Player was awarded to Melissa Ulmer, while the Best Field Goal Percentage went to Stephanie Dietrich, who shot 62 percent. Stephanie also set a school record for Most Rebounds, 92 offensive and 168 defensive, busting the old record by 100.


50 Years Ago – 1962

MHS senior Alan Inglis has been named winner of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award for his superior scientific aptitude. Alan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Inglis, has won first place in the district and state science fairs, received the Merck Award for Chemistry and Physics, the Navy Service Cruise Award and the second-place award from the Atomic Energy Commission at the International Fair in Seattle.

Beginning Dec 3 and nightly, the added attraction at Joe’s Bar will be the singing of Ed Wagner with his guitar, accompanied by Al Fergel on the accordion. They will be playing western and new and old-time music.

In order to help young mothers complete their Christmas shopping, members of Girl Scout Troop 182 are offering babysitting services in Mandan’s First Presbyterian Church basement during two Saturdays of December. Their fee for the two-hour morning or afternoon shift is 25 cents per child.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle has made its first appearance on Mandan’s Main Street in front of the F.W. Woolworth store. Walter Stark, a Salvation Army member for many years and the most familiar worker at the “Kettle,” has again taken his place inside the wooden booth, ringing the bell for donations to the needy. Assisting in ringing the bell is Mrs. Fanny Norton.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stastny celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner and an afternoon reception, hosted by their children, at the Municipal Country Club, with accordion music provided by Rudy Schmidt, Jr. Ed Stastny, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stastny, and the former Ann Stastny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stastny Sr., all of Mandan, were born and raised here, but were married at Black River Falls, Wis., on Nov. 26, 1912.

Alan Inglis in 1962.

75 Years Ago – 1937

A large crowd packed Mandan’s St. Joseph’s Church to enjoy a program of sacred organ music during the dedication of the new Hammond organ that has replaced the small pipe organ. Father Hildebrand Eickhoff expressed his gratification and that of his congregation over this wonderful gift, naming as the donors: Joseph Schmidt, Frank and John Wetzstein, T. G. C. and John Kennelly and John F. Sullivan. Installation of the organ also necessitated new altar carpet, which was donated by Dr. George F. Wirtz. Sister Veneranda officiated during the benediction services and will preside over the organ in the future.

J.L. Brenden has been named Worshipful Master of the Mandan Masonic Lodge No. 8 at the annual election held during their regular meeting at the Temple. He succeeds William. P. Baird.

Efforts to halt the migration of farm families to Mandan and other county cities are being launched by welfare authorities. According to a recent survey, 108 farm families and 56 additional farm laborers have moved into Mandan during this past year, resulting in overcrowded relief rolls. During the past month, the local welfare board has also received at least 10 queries from welfare authorities of Oregon and Washington requesting return of families who had left Morton County for those areas. The western states are willing to return these families at their own expense rather than place them on local relief rolls.


100 Years Ago – 1912

“A bridal shower was held this past week at the home of Miss Eunice Lanterman in honor of Miss Rose Lang, who will be married to Mr. Earl W. Peterson on Wednesday, December 11. It was a buffet luncheon, and the evening was very pleasantly spent by those present. Miss Lang was the recipient of many gifts of canned goods.

“Next Thursday in dating your letters, you can write 12-12-12. It is probably the last time anyone living today will be able to do this, for it will be another 100 years before it’s again the same day, month and year.

“Miss Barbara Schlinger, the young lady who was very seriously burned by a kerosene explosion at her home near Parkin about 10 days ago, underwent an operation on Thursday afternoon in which she suffered the amputation of her right arm. She was in critical condition this morning, and her recovery is uncertain.”


25 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.

December 7, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 19 degrees above zero.

“To the turkey: You can come down now. You are safe for another three weeks.

“Hay is selling on the street at six dollars a ton.

“Three families direct from Germany arrived last week to settle in the Little Heart valley.

“Jess Hale was on Wednesday fined $20 and costs $17.35 for keeping a “disorderly” house. She paid the money.

“Quite a number of young people have been spending the fine moonlight evenings of the past week in skating on the sluice at the east end of town.

“The first shoveling of snow in Mandan, for this year, was done on Saturday afternoon and this morning. None, of course, was done on Sunday.

“The boy Sodenberg, who was brought to the Mandan jail from Glen Ullin on a charge of larceny, is a bright little fellow. He was in a very filthy condition when he came, and there is every reason to believe that he needs a change of fathers more than anything else.”


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