Mandan News

Diane Boit:Clouston elected Boys State Governor, 1987

25 Years Ago – 1987

Ken Clouston, Jr. was elected Governor of the 45th annual American Legion-sponsored Boys State convention held at the North Dakota State University, Fargo. Clouston, son of Ken and Gail Clouston, Mandan, ran as the Federalist Party candidate and was elected by 521 high school juniors attending the annual event. He is also the student council president at Mandan High School and is state president of the National Honor Society.

Ken Clouston, from 1987.

50 Years Ago – 1962

Kent Wood, manager of the J.C. Penney Co. store, has been installed president of the Mandan Rotary Club. Other officers are: William R. Russell, vice president; John J. Murray, secretary; Cal Tanner, sergeant-at-arms; and Ray Madsen, treasurer.

Marauding thieves shot and butchered an 800-pound steer on the Herman Graf farm, 8 miles north of Mandan during the evening hours of last weekend. The thieves carried off the hind quarters of the animal, leaving the remaining carcass to be discovered by the owner. According to Sheriff Kermit Ellisen, the two-year-old steer was killed about one-half mile from the Graf home. The loss is estimated at $200.

Milt Berreth, manager of the Mandan Branch of Vantine Paint and Glass Co., has been elected as the new president of the Mandan Lions Club. He succeeds J.E. Noonan of the First National Bank.

Plans have been announced by bank president R.M. Leslie of First National Bank of Mandan for the construction of a new bank building at 111 Second Ave. N.W. The new building will be on the site occupied by the Remund Ford-Mercury Company garage which is in the process of being razed. Scheduled completion is for early 1963. It will be the first change of location for the bank since it opened for business in a frame building on Main Street in 1881.

William P. Baird, Santa Rosa, Calif., horticulturist at the Northern Great Plains Station in Mandan for 37 years prior to his retirement in 1957, has died at the age of 70. Baird was known throughout the United States and several foreign countries as a fruit breeder. He introduced 15 new fruit varieties at the Mandan Station. He was a past president of the Masonic and Elks Orders. Surviving is his wife, Grace (Farr), a native of Mandan.


75 Years Ago – 1937

A war on mosquitoes in Mandan has begun with a thousand gallons of oil spread over the sloughs south of the roundhouse and in the Syndicate area.

July 4: Two homeruns by Bud Wallace boosted the score as the St. Anthony baseball nine trimmed Huff, 20 to 8, in a game played on the St. Anthony diamond. Adam Geiger was on the mound for Huff, while J. Sinkula pitched for St. Anthony.

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Twenty hard liquor and beer licenses, representing a decrease of six from 1936, have been approved by the Mandan Board of City Commissioners. The approved applications included 14 for combination hard liquor and beer, two for liquor only and four for beer only. License fees remain at $450 for liquor, $150 for beer and $600 for a combination permit.

The list of licenses for both liquor and beer include: Korner Bar, Joe Wetzstein; Mandan Recreation, Nick Paul; Union Hotel, John Winbauer; Beehler’s Place, George Beehler; Pete’s Place, Peter Huncovsky; Owl Club, Leo J. Eckroth; New Deal, John Sann; Tap Room, B.M. Regan; St. Joseph’s Verein, Albert Heinz; Messmer’s Confectionary, J.M. Messmer; The Cave, Leo and Mike Guon and Joe Gold; Henry’s Place, Henry J. Schafer; and Kopp’s Koffee Shop, Byron H. Kopp.

National News: George Gershwin, composer of Rhapsody in Blue, died at age 38 on July 11 in Hollywood, Calif., during surgery for a brain tumor. This death occurred barely a month after the shocking death of 26-year-old blonde movie star, Jean Harlow. Also making headlines during the first week of July was the news of the downing in the Pacific of the airplane piloted by Amelia Earhart, accompanied by veteran navigator Fred Noonan. The disappearance occurred during Earhart’s second attempt to fly around the world. (Earhart, Noonan and the plane were never found.)


100 Years Ago – 1912

“According to an announcement in the Grafton Record, a wedding of interest to a wide circle of friends was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Bestul when their daughter, Jennie Charlotte, became the bride of Charles F. Pierce. Miss Bestul wore her going-away gown for the service, a handsome tan cloth, with hat and other accessories to match. The groom holds a responsible position at the Mandan Pioneer and gives promise of a bright career in the field of journalism. The young couple left on the Winnipeg Flyer for Mandan where they will make their home.

“Otto Boenitz, a machinist at the roundhouse, was severely burned on Wednesday afternoon about the face and hands. He was using the gasoline blow torch which is used to supply heat for removing tires from engine drivers, when the hose blew off of the torch and the gasoline went all over his body and immediately caught on fire. The burns were very painful, and he will be laid up for quite some time.”


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.

July 13, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 90 degrees above zero.

“The Fourth of July left its mark on some of our most prominent citizens. If a man walks down town, he will meet ex-mayor Rice who will account for his black eye by the assertion that when he was attending to his duties as Marshall of the parade, his horse threw up its head and struck him a violent blow.

“Saunter a little further then and ask Mr. J. H. Long as to why he has got his hand tied up. He informs you that it was the Fourth. Some enterprising and intelligent lad thought to have a little fun by throwing a Roman candle into a crowd of boys, and, instead of this, he threw so that the exploding stuff wrapped itself around Mr. Lang’s hand.

“Further down the walk, along comes Mr. William Simpson who tells you that his eye is in mourning for a mishap at the dance when he bobbed his head up a little too quickly and it hit a man…and that’s how that was done.

“And so it goes. Every Fourth of July leaves its mark and not just on the youngsters.”


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