Mandan News

Mandan Legion baseball team are State Champs, 1964

Diane Boit25 Years Ago- 1989
A grand opening celebration is being held this week at Mandan’s First Southwest Bank by its new owners, the NodakBankcorporation and local investors. The sale was effective July 5, according to an announcement by Harley Jundt, president of the corporation and of First Southwest Bank; the bank’s vice president is Doug Kourcek. Wallace Joersz is slated to be the chairman of the board of directors. Other directors are: Kurt Walth, Tom Weigel, Gene Mastel, Jay Feil and Frank Larson.

More than a thousand people registered at the Holiday Inn, Hall of Ports, for the 17th Annual Alumni, Family and Friends of Heartview reunion held in Mandan and Bismarck during Aug. 4-6. Weekend activities, also celebrating Heartview’s 25th anniversary, included special speakers, panel discussions, the Recovery ‘89 Run/Race event, and banquet, followed by a dance with music by “Celebration.” Speaker at the banquet was Don Newcombe, former baseball player, from Woodland Hills, Calif. Heartview was organized in1964 and has provided alcohol/drug treatment and education to thousands of patients and families from all over the U.S. and Canada.

50 Years Ago – 1964
The Mandan American Legion baseball club, coached by Pat Vickers, took its first American Legion Class A state championship in 37 years of competition this past week by downing Fargo, 4-3, in an 11-inning contest played at Grand Forks. Mandan’s Bill Cook crossed the plate with the winning run when Fargo right-hander, Ollie Cornelius, balked with one out and bases loaded in the 11th inning. John Grunseth was the winning pitcher, coming on to relieve starter Larry House in the sixth inning. Fargo’s Cornelius went the entire distance.

It seemed as if the whole city of Mandan awaited the arrival of the new state champs after hearing of their 4-3 victory over the radio. Upon a call from the excited Bill Zwarych, one of the team’s drivers, arrangements were made to meet the champs as they entered Bismarck at 10:40 p.m. The convoy of honking cars followed the team’s bus through Bismarck and Mandan and eventually ended up at the Memorial Ball Park where other honors and congratulations were given to the team’s players and coach Pat Vickers by Ron Harsh, Commander of the Gilbert S. Furness American Legion Post No. 40 and Mandan Mayor Cliff Walker.

After just a few days’ rest, Mandan’s Legion team will be traveling to the Region 6 American Legion Tourney at Hastings, Nebraska.

Leaving his dental practice after 30 years in Mandan at 104 3rd Ave. NW is Dr. A. C. Braxmeier. The Mandan native served in the medical corps during World War II and is currently a member of the Mandan Elks, Knights of Columbus, Rotary and is on the hospital board. Dr. Warren S. Runyan, Jamestown, has been named as his successor.

A 10-hour fire, fanned by winds and aided by dry conditions, burned a black swath 100 yards wide and one mile long, north of Mandan, leaving 400 scorched hay bales, belonging to Ken and Lloyd Lohstreter, in its wake. More than 6,000 gallons of water were used to douse the flames, said Fire Chief Harold Helferich.

“Hero” Barth, 12-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Barth, Rt. 6, Mandan, caught a 22-lb. Northern Pike this past week while fishing with a sucker minnow at the Heart Butte Dam. The fish measured 41 inches long with a girth of 21 inches.

75 Years Ago – 1939
For the third straight year, the Mandan women’s softball team has taken the Missouri Slope women’s softball tournament held annually at Bismarck. Sunday, the Mandan Girls defeated Fort Yates, 14-4, in the first round, won, 9-5, over the Coca Cola team of Bismarck in the semi-finals and then defeated the Non-partisan League team, 9-1, in the finals. Veronica Geiger, Mandan shortstop, was awarded the “most valuable player” prize, and individual medals were given to the first and second place winners. The Coca Cola team, third place winner, was awarded the third place prize- a case of Coca Cola.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“Along with reports of the rapidly spreading war in Europe, Mandan residents were also shocked to read of the news of the death of President Wilson’s wife of nearly 30 years from Bright’s disease. Besides her grieving husband, Ellen Wilson is survived by three daughters.

“Peter Kastner, who has been farming near Haymarsh, was in the city today and says he is going to have the best wheat crop since arriving here 25 years ago. He expects to get at least 23 bushels of Marquis wheat to the acre from the two bushels of seed that was planted on his 25-acre field, and says he’s going to keep it all for next year’s seed.

“Manager Sam Arthur of the Mandan baseball team has arranged a game for Sunday afternoon to be played here at the fairgrounds diamond with the New Salem nine. Mandan easily defeated New Salem in a game the fore part of the season. The second game lasted two innings and was stopped by rain with New Salem ahead, 2-0. Now the New Salemites want to finish up that game. They are feeling “chesty” after defeating Stanton last week, 5-4, and are going to try and pass the same package onto Mandan.
“Charles Toman, Mandan’s well-known tailor, returned last night from a week’s trip, but he did not return alone. He brought his bride also. Mrs. Hattie Bradney and Charles Toman were united in marriage last week at Minneapolis. The bride is a widow of several years and has a small son. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Cecak of Silver Lake, Minn. The best wishes of many friends are extended to them.”

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, Aug. 15,at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 90 degrees above zero.

“Don’t forget to get your milk from A. R. Granberry. His cows are in town, and the milk is not carted and churned all over the country before it reaches the consumer. For the first time, people of Mandan are able to get milk in good condition. Especially will this advantage be appreciated during these hot summer months when fresh and sweet milk is not easy to procure.

Constitutional Convention News: “A majority report of the Committee on Public Institutions and Buildings was handed in today. It provides for the permanent location of the Capital at Bismarck, a State University and School of Mines at Grand Forks, Agricultural College at Fargo, State Normal School at Valley City and Mayville, Deaf and Dumb Asylum at Devils Lake, State Reform School at Mandan and a Hospital for the Insane at Jamestown.

“The minority report of the committee on Public Institutions and Buildings was then read. It provided for the submission of all institutions to a vote of the public. Mr. Miller of Cass County moved the adoption of the majority report, and then the circus began. After numerous speeches and fists pumping the air regarding the pros and cons of the location of the capital and other institutions, the assembly was called back to order and a vote taken. The results: 44 voted for the majority report with 30 against. So, under the constitutional law, the capital is located at Bismarck, and the location of the other institutions is approved.

“The Fargo Argus newspaper states: Parsons, a delegate from Morton County, has the most magnificent voice of any man in the convention and makes wonderful speeches on the floor. He is a fine looking young man, well-educated and has a license to practice law—-but he’s too honest, so he went railroading instead.”

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The 1964 State Champions.

The 1964 State Champions.

The 1964 State Champions, along with the current Mandan Braves team, on July 4, 2014

The 1964 State Champions, along with the current Mandan Braves team, on July 4, 2014