Mandan News

Diane Boit: New Cloverdale site to open, 1988

Diane Boit


25 Years Ago – 1988

Crews from Cloverdale Foods were fighting some of the coldest temperatures of the winter as they hauled machinery from their old building on Main Street, Mandan, to their newly constructed facility in the Industrial Park, northwest of the Seven Seas Inn, where Don Russell, Cloverdale’s president, had spearheaded the creation of a state-of-the-art meat processing facility that is without peer. It is the first plant in a 17-state area certified for full quality control that meets U.S.D.A. standards. The $5 million, 56,000 square foot high-tech food processing plant is expected to go online by Feb. 22.

The Boys Scouts’ highest honor, the Eagle Award, has been presented to Brendon Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Thompson, during ceremonies held at the First Lutheran Church of Mandan. Speaking on Brendon’s behalf during the Eagle ceremony were Pastor Jim Kloster, teacher and coach Alan Shreve, school principal Ron Biberdorf, troop committee rep Maxine Rugland and Troop 54 Scoutmaster, Gerard Friesz.


The Cloverdale opening in their new location in 1988.

The Cloverdale opening in their new location in 1988.

50 Years Ago – 1963

Mandan’s American Legion Auxiliary has held an initiation for 60 new members. Mrs. Florian Goldmann, past president, was in charge of the ceremony, assisted by Mrs. R.T. Larson, Unit president. Serving as hostesses to acquaint the initiates with members were the Mmes. Leo Schwehr, Joe P. Schaaf, Art Nei and Hadley Wickham, all past presidents. Following the ceremony, a film entitled “Communist Conquest” was shown as part of the evening’s National Security program.

The Fabulous Ink Spots quartet, an offshoot from the original group that retired in 1952, and their memorable music will appear this weekend for their third show at the Mandan Elks Club. Strolling down memory lane, the Ink Spots will be singing some of their unforgettable numbers from the 1930s and ’40s such as “Java Jive,” “If I Didn’t Care” and ” I’ll Never Smile Again.” Forrest Noakes, Mandan drummer, organist and pianist will join the quartet for their local appearance, stated Joe Halm, Elks club manager.

An album cover for the Ink Spots, who performed in Mandan at the Elks Club in 1963.

An album cover for the Ink Spots, who performed in Mandan at the Elks Club in 1963.

Norman Christensen, vice president of the First National Bank, has been elected president of the Mandan Chamber of Commerce for 1963. He succeeds Bruce Bair. Other new officers are: John Danz, first vice president; H. G. Vander Vorst, second vice president; and E.M. Dahlen, treasurer.

Bob Green paced Christ the King School to the annual MAR Club Grade School Basketball Tournament championship by counting 15 points in the opening game to lead the Kings to a 40-28 decision over the New Salem Bullets… and then dropping in 13 more in the title game which the Kings won over Central School, 29-25. Ken Weiand’s four consecutive gift tosses in the final period iced the contest for the Kings.

More than four years work was climaxed this week when the eight-foot bronze statue of one of North Dakota’s most famous men was unveiled at the State Capitol. Members of the North Dakota Legislature and Gov. William L. Guy took part in the ceremonies honoring John Burke, former North Dakota governor, legislator, Supreme Court justice and U.S. Treasurer. The statue is a duplicate of one that is to be placed in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.


A Mandan Daily Pioneer ad from 1963 for a dance at St. Anthony Hall.

A Mandan Daily Pioneer ad from 1963 for a dance at St. Anthony Hall.

75 Years Ago – 1938

One hundred fifty couples attended the Library Benefit ball held in Mandan’s Memorial building on Monday night. General theme of the program was of an old librarian who in order to become up-to-date ordered a few new books which was described to the audience. At the close of each description, master of ceremonies Dr. H.A. Wheeler introduced the seven acts which appeared on the floor, lighted by a spotlight operated by Lee Mohr.

The show opened with a waltz clog dance by Marion Lyman, Carlene Larson June Heisler, Lorraine Nelson and June Ritchey. Miss Norma Edwards and Marilyn Hawley gave the solo tap numbers followed by blackface dance act by Betty and Beverly Barnes and Louise and Winifred Wiebers. Next appeared a 20-voice male chorus under the direction of Supt. J.C. Gould; they sang “Blue Hawaii” and the “Italian Street Song.” After a solo tap number by Doris Eckroth, the evening concluded with a skating act by Marion Stebner, Vivian Gaab, Ida Ereth, John Byerly, Robert Byerly and Margaret Byerly.


100 Years Ago – 1913

“Will anything be done this year to improve Main Street? That is a question being asked a dozen times a week by businessmen and citizens. There is no question that the majority of the property owners on the street would favor paving. Will the city commission act on the matter which is of vital importance or will they pass it up like the man did who had a leaky roof- when it rained, it was too wet to fix; and when it didn’t rain, it didn’t need fixing. Residents are tired of paying for dumping dirt on the street. Though it is true that the first cost of paving will be considerable, once it is paid for there will be an end for 20 years or more to repairing the street.

“It is a sad state of affairs when the Satanic regions are not large enough for all those who desire greatly to enter. Dante’s Inferno, the famous allegory picturing the tortures of those transgressors from the paths of righteousness in Hades, was shown by the moving picture method at Mandan’s Topic theatre on Wednesday and Thursday. Several hundred people who wanted to see ‘Hell’ were turned away when not only the seats, but the standing room was sold out.

“Fred Murrell received injuries Monday afternoon while chopping wood on the F. H. Motsiff farm that resulted in his death. The deceased was 38 years old. Murrell and a friend had just chopped a large cotton wood at the base when the tree slid over the stump and hit Murrell above the hip, breaking his left leg and causing internal injuries. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church with Dr. McCurdy officiating, with internment at the Union cemetery. Murrell leaves a wife and four children.”


125 Years Ago – 1888

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

February 22, 1888: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 21 degrees above zero.

“The going on the Missouri River is not very good. Water is flowing over the top in larger or smaller quantities, and it is rather precarious work to drive over it.

“The Mandan shorthand class is progressing well with 11 pupils. If anyone desires to join and will come up quick, room can be made.

“Somehow or another, there seems to be a good deal less trouble in getting the trains over the 1400 miles that lie west of Mandan than over the 474 miles that lie east. Trains from the west are always on time. How would it be to change officials a little, just temporarily? Send some of the fine fellows that are running things west, say, of Bismarck, to the Dakota and Minnesota divisions, to show the men there how to run trains on time. It might work.”


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From the Mandan Pioneer, a 1963 featuring the night's TV lineup on KXMB-TV.

From the Mandan Pioneer, a 1963 featuring the night’s TV lineup on KXMB-TV.