Mandan News

Mandan hosts state Legion tourney, 1963

Diane Boit

25 Years Ago – 1988

The Mandan Jaycees 23rd Annual Demolition Derby was held on a hot 90-degree Sunday afternoon before a large and enthusiastic crowd seated in the grandstand of the old Mandan Rodeo grounds. Project chairman for the derby was Al Bullinger, with Dennis Friesz serving as co-chairman. The day’s proceeds were designated for the new rodeo grounds to be built in the coming year.

Four heat winners, plus two winners of consolation rounds, advanced to the Main Event, where Dale Thompson, in car #62, won the 1st prize of $800; second prize of $500 went to car #85 driven by Jerry Kapp; third prize of $250 went to car #4 driven by Shay Walden. Taking fourth place and $100 was Ardeen Muller in a red and yellow ‘62 Ford, car #84, which he named the “Motheater.” Muller was the 1986 Derby Champion.

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Development of a cheese factory in Mandan has earned the green light from the Mandan City Commission. In a unanimous vote, the board agreed to apply for a $300,000 low-interest loan for Dakota Cheese Company. The nearly $1 million plant proposed by Virgil Johnson is expected to provide 24 new jobs in addition to the 18 jobs now at the Northland Processing Plant.

50 Years Ago – 1963

Bismarck came on fire in the top half of the 12th inning with four runs to defeat Grand Forks, 8-4, and capture their second State Legion crown in three years. According to a member of the Bismarck Legion team, their good luck during the tourney was due to a ten-gallon cowboy hat hanging from their dugout.

Mandan’s American Legion Gilbert S. Furness Post No. 40 hosted the state tournament at Memorial ballpark. The Legion’s baseball committee, headed by Hadley Wickham, included: Boyd Jaskoviak, Pete Jensen, Mel Skager, Elmer Gustafson, Dick Schmidt, Ron Harsh, Gene Kreuz, Virgil Seerup, Henry Backsen, Tony Beer, Art Dettman and Jake Koch.

1963 TV listings for local stations KFYR and KXMB

1963 TV listings for local stations KFYR and KXMB

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Mr. and Mrs. Mike Heinrich of Solen have announced the engagement of their daughter, Marlene, to Thomas Stastney Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stastney Sr., of Mandan. Miss Heinrich is employed at Ohm’s Ice Cream Store, Mandan, while Mr. Stastney is employed in the milk trucking business.

Miss Maryann Fairfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Fairfield of Fingal, became the bride of Paul Trauger, son of N.S. Trauger and the late Mrs. Trauger, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bismarck on Aug. 10. A wedding dance and reception were held at the VFW Hall, west of Mandan.

75 Years Ago – 1938

Routing four Mandan pitchers with a 16-hit barrage, the Lead, S. D., Elks earned the Regional Semi-Pro Baseball title for the first time after smothering the Mandan Trainers, 13 to 1, in the third and deciding game. In the opening game of the series, the Elks defeated Mandan, 18-7, but Mandan came back to take the second game, 9-6. Until coming to the regional tournament, Mandan pitcher Sydney Peterson had not lost a single game this season, and the Trainers had lost only two games in the past three years.

Opening of the new Bismarck studio of radio station KGCU, Mandan, was made this week by John K. Kennelly, station manager. Located in the Prince Hotel, the new studios will be used for the airing of programs originating from the Capital City.

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Along with an added military touch, fernery and pink and white gladiolus banked the altar of the Minot First Presbyterian Church for the wedding of Helen Dill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dill of Grand Forks, to George Toman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Toman, Mandan. The service was conducted by Rev. Gilbert W. Steward of Mandan. For her wedding, the bride wore a floor-length gown of white satin with a court-length train and veil; she carried a bouquet of lilies and lilies of the valley. Her attendants wore blue and peach gowns, net over taffeta, with short puffed sleeves. The groom was attended by his brother, Edward. Both men were costumed in their army uniforms. The four-year old ring bearer also wore a uniform designed like a regulation National Guard uniform. As the couple left the church, they passed under an arch of crossed sabers of a double row of 12 National Guard soldiers. Mr. Toman is a staff officer of the 3rd battalion of the N.D. National Guard.

100 Years Ago – 1913

“What is probably the best wheat yield made in the state is that of Ed Hagerott of Crown Butte who threshed 11,000 bushels from 325 acres, an average of 33.84 bushels per acre. Local elevators were paying 80 cents a bushel in Mandan last Wednesday, and those familiar with the markets opine that it will go still higher.

“Christ Knoll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knoll, living two miles west of St. Anthony, had a narrow escape last Thursday. He was raking hay when the horse became unmanageable and started to run, throwing Christ under the rake, resulting in several deep scalp wounds; three teeth were also knocked out. After taking him to Mandan to have his wounds dressed at the hospital, family members thought that Christ would be back doing the field work by the end of the week.

“Interest in trapshooting promises to be more keen than ever in Mandan for the city now has two gun clubs. The East End Gun Club is the name of the new club, with the trap site being erected east of Custer school. Charles Edquist and Postmaster Simpson have been actively engaged in its organization and have announced a membership of 25 thus far.

“Despite the efforts of a few local businessmen who objected loudly to the cost of the Main Street improvements, the paving process has finally begun. Currently, Mandan’s streets look as though a cyclone had struck them, as the graders, who are preparing the road surface for paving, having ripped up the dirt in great shape during the past week. Grading is nearly finished from the west line of Main Street to First Avenue N. W., and the rest of the street will be ready by the middle of next week.”

125 Years Ago – 1888

The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600. August 23, 1888: “On Aug. 23, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 95 degrees above zero.

“The record made by Mr. J.S. Green, the Superintendent of the Riverside Ranch, with his new McCormick reaper machine, is a remarkable one. Hitherto, the best time made by any machine was 28 acres a day. Mr. Green distanced this very decidedly with his record of cutting 35 acres of wheat in one day.

“Quite a number of horses are now passing through Mandan on the railroad, and many are unloaded at the stockyards west of town where they can be bought. Some think the prices are rather high, but parties who desire to replenish their stables would do well to look at these horses.

“Judge Francis, who has been in charge of the district court proceedings these past two weeks, is not a popular fellow. In fact, P.R. Smith of Bismarck called Judge Francis a ‘blank, blank, yaller dog,’ to his face this morning at the depot. Perhaps Mr. Smith should now concentrate on leading an exemplary life so that he never appears before the Judge’s bench in the near future.”