Mandan News

Hundreds attend Mandan Hospital Benefit Show, 1964

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
The Mandan Jaycees have earned a number one ranking in the prestigious North Dakota Jaycees Winter Board Parade of Chapters held in Williston. Parade of Champions includes the full range of Jaycee activities in the community, established by a point system. The Mandan Chapter was also ranked 29th in the nation for the winter quarter.

Tom Sitter was honored with Best Chapter President for the Months of November and January, as well as year to date. Winning individual awards were: Dale Vincent, President’s Award for outstanding achievement; Deb and Dale Vincent and Kim and Kevin Ressler took honors for project of the month for December (Be A Good Neighbor Program); and Dennis Friesz, outstanding fund raiser for MDA.

Negotiations are nearly complete on the purchase of a new home for Shiloh Christian School in north Bismarck. A $3 million fund-raising drive is key to the relocation of the 11-year old Christian school that now houses kindergarten through the 12th grade in temporary classrooms and space rented from the Baptist Temple Church in Mandan. Currently, the school has 24 teachers and 252 students.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Bolstered by the Almont Male Chorus, the Mandan Hospital Benefit Show “Daddy’s Follies” was given a rousing reception in New Salem as hundreds crowded into the city auditorium to enjoy the numerous comic and musical acts. Nearly $450 was realized at the performance, and this sum brings the Mandan Legion Auxiliary’s hospital pledge over the $2,500 top, according to Mrs. J. G. Fogle, Auxiliary President.

The evening’s emcees, Brue Bair and Kent Wood, introduced the 15 acts, including Miss North Dakota, JoAnn Syvrud; the musical group Davey Berdahl and the Sonics; the Ciavarellas of Mandan in their “Crazy Italians” act; Legionnaires doing the hula, can-can and ballet dances; a male Parade of Fashions; the Flasher ladies performing the “Big Operation;” and New Salem’s own mustachioed fair sex in a take-off of male barbershop harmony.

Mrs. Alvin Moltzen of New Salem, Department vice president of the Legion Auxiliary, was chairman of the show arrangements sponsored by the New Salem Legion Auxiliary.

Butch Schmidt, 17-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Schmidt, Mandan, rolled a practice 300 game this past week at the Ten Spot Bowling Lanes in Mandan. His father is part-owner of the Lanes and was present when his son rolled six practice games of 205, 204, 218, 216, 237, ending with a perfect 300 game. Butch is a member of the Junior Jaycee League and has a 192 average. He is the second Mandan youth to perform the feat at the Ten Spot Lanes within the past month. Wayne Lantz, a sophomore at UND, also rolled a perfect game, and his father is also part-owner of the Lanes.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Three North Dakota aspirants for Northwest Golden Gloves titles will meet semi-final and final round opponents at Minneapolis this weekend. They are: Tony Brucker, Mandan middleweight, who won his first two bouts by second round knockouts and then pounded out a decision over Hale Bakke, Minneapolis; Harry Helwig, Fort Lincoln middleweight, who stopped Dean Lutz, Minneapolis, in the second round; and Les Bondly, Minot flyweight, who dropped Matt Hammond in the first round. Two North Dakota boys slipped from the ranks of contenders: Butch Luger, Fort Yates welterweight, was knocked out by Grover Conyne, Minneapolis, in the third round; and Richard Charboneau, Fort Lincoln featherweight, lost a decision to Harold Tiyona, Flandreau, S. Dak.

The three North Dakota men are among the 32 survivors of the field of more than 200 who sought titles in the eight weight classifications in the Minneapolis event.

Temperatures in Mandan and vicinity varied 71 degrees during the past weekend, dropping from a high of 45 above to a low of 26 below zero during a 24-hour period.
From the Pioneer’s Hits ‘n Mrs. column, written by Charles Pierce: “Somebody the other day called attention to the fact that we have had three U. S. Presidents in succession with double o’s in their names- Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt. He then remarked that maybe that is why we “O” so much.”

100 Years Ago – 1914
“A young lady visiting here from Dickinson is responsible for the ordering of a new bell for the Mandan High School. It all came about when the visitor teased her friend, an MHS alumni member, upon hearing the sounds emanating from the old cracked bell. “It sounds like a dog running down the street with a cowbell tied to its tail!” she said with a laugh. The alumni member then contacted the Alumni Ass’n, and plans are now being made to order a new and larger bell, guaranteed to ring with a clear sound.

“The loving care given to his sick mother in St. John’s Hospital in Fargo and the tender sympathy extended at her death by her special nurse won the heart of her son, Winthrop (Jack) Shotwell, and the romance culminated Wednesday evening at the Catholic rectory in Mandan when he and Miss Mary Jane Tobin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Tobin of this city, were united in marriage by Father Clemens. Jack Shotwell is one of the most prominent young businessmen of Fargo, being associated with his father in the operation of the Shotwell Floral Company. Following the wedding dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Shotwell left on the No. 1 train for the west coast, returning to Fargo after six weeks’ time.”

125 Years Ago – 1889
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; just eight years later, statehood was the talk of the Dakota Territory.

“On Thursday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 38 degrees above zero.

“Last night there was quite a heavy rain shower accompanied by thunder and lightning.

“The teachers of the Mandan Public Schools heartily wish that scarlet fever would abate and the quarantine lifted, so that they might get back to work again.

“Only 18 members of our Legislature went on the trip to Montana- nine from both Houses. It is reported that the crowd that did go was not all the time very sober.

“Last Sunday a wag placed a placard of “Fresh Paint” on a store front which had not smelled any fresh paint or a long while. A great many people, alarmed at the placard, tested the matter with their fingers, only to find that they had been sold.

“Mayor Coe handed in his resignation at last night’s meeting of the City Council. He said that the office took a good deal more time than he expected, and resulted in neglect to his physician’s business. The vacancy of Mayor Coe will be filled by Alderman Cummins until the next regular election.”

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