Mandan News

Ordinance proposed over bathing attire, 1914

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
Thousands of area residents were among the standing-room only crowd at the Bismarck Civic Center to see North Dakota’s boxing champ Virgil Hill take out Joe Lasisi one minute and 56 seconds into the seventh round of Saturday’s Championship fight. The crowd, numbering well over 8000, came to its feet with thundering applause when the referee signaled the end of the fight.

50 Years Ago – 1964
The traditional Moonlight Madness Sale, sponsored by the Mandan merchants, is full of surprises this year as store clerks have decided to wear nightgowns during the evening sales promotion from 7 to 10 p.m. Each store owner is also being asked to purchase lunch for its clerks at 75 cents a plate, served by pajama-clad Dan Hanna at the Lewis and Clark dining room. A room will also be provided at the hotel for clerks to don their pajamas nightgowns or shorty nighties for a “Nightgown Pajama Parade” down Main Street, to be led the Little German Band.

Election and installation of officers highlighted the Tuesday evening dinner meeting of the Mandan Zonta Club at the Lewis & Clark Hotel. Mrs. E. P. Needham was re-elected president of the group, and Miss Josephine Zahn was re-elected secretary. Other officers are Miss Irene Theissen, treasurer, and Miss Thelma Armstrong, vice president.

Mrs. Alice Shaw, newly-elected regent of the Mandan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was installed in ceremonies conducted at a meeting in the home of Mrs. L. N. Cary. Mrs. E. D. Tostevin, retiring agent, installed the new officers including: Mrs. Lewis Lyman, recording secretary; Mrs. Dave Lindgren, corresponding secretary; Mrs. W. Schempp, treasurer; Mrs. John Gould, registrar; Miss Margaret Gould, historian; and Mrs. C. C. Gurtner, librarian.

Mrs. Henry Schwab has been installed president of the American Legion Auxiliary unit at a ceremony conducted by Mrs. Hadley Wickham, Seventh District president. A Candlelight Memorial Service in memory of departed members formed a special part of the evening’s agenda. Mrs. H. B. Uden and Mrs. Joe P. Schaaf, Past Presidents, were in charge of the service.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Three bicycles, without a headlight or a rear tail light, were confiscated by the police last evening and are resting in the offices of the Mandan Police Department. According to Chief of Police Jim Buckley, the officers found them being ridden on the streets in violation of the ordinance which requires all bicycles ridden during the evening to be equipped with proper lights and with a horn that does not sound like a siren.

Dr. G. H Spielman, Mandan, has been named president of the Mandan Baseball Club, the organization sponsoring the Mandan Indians, city baseball team. Other officers are: F. R. Schultze and George Psomas, vice presidents; J. I. Rovig, treasurer; and Forrest Edwards, secretary. The construction of a baseball field at the Morton County park is now being built in the Syndicate addition. The diamond will be placed on the inside the oval horse track being built at the park, where the future grandstand will be utilized for both baseball and track spectators.

Melvin Green, Mandan, has been fined $10 and costs of $7 and sentenced to 10 days in the Morton County jail by Justice of the Peace W. H. Stutsman before whom Green and Paul Eidam, represented by Attorney W. J. Sullivan, appeared on charges of assault and battery. Charges were lodged against the two men by Morton County States Attorney J. M. Hanley, Sr. on a complaint made by George Hoffman, St. Anthony resident, who received a broken jaw in a free-for-all melee in a Mandan alley a month ago. The fight originally began between Joseph Reis and Eidam in a local pool hall and continued in the back alley where Green and Hoffman, acting as peacemakers, became involved in the fracas. Judge Stutsman also censured the action of the crowd, estimated as up to 150 by some witnesses, which had gathered in the alley. Instead of immediately notifying the police, it appeared that many of them had encouraged the men to continue the fight.

International News: Famous aviator Col. Charles A. Lindbergh testified at a closed session of a house appropriations committee in Washington, DC, that Germany has outstripped the United States in the speed of its attack planes and the efficiency of its light bombers. (Lindbergh had recently toured the airfields of Germany while a guest at the American Embassy in Berlin.) Although the U. S. is in no danger of aerial attack from abroad, the famous flier urged the consideration of additional army appropriations of more than $309 million in order to expand the current U.S. reserves of 5500 fighting planes. Lindbergh claimed the Reich’s current production capacity is 20,000 planes a year.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“The water in the Heart River has now reached that degree of warmth which the kids call “great.” Every night a crowd may be seen swimming at the bend near the hospital in west Mandan. Considerable complaint, not against the boys swimming, but against their natural bathing suits, have been made by those who have also been enjoying boating on the river, and an ordinance is being asked to compel the youngsters to wear cloth bathing suits.

“The ordinance regulating the speed of vehicles on the streets of Mandan was passed at last night’s commission meeting. Fifteen miles an hour is now the limit for automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, carriages and bicycles. Penalty is $10 or ten days in jail or both.

“As a result of a resolution offered by Commissioner William McDonald at last night’s meeting, property owners in the downtown district, which was paved last summer, will be notified by Chief of Police Mike Knoll that all outhouses must be removed, and the vaults filled up within 15 days. Those property owners, who failed to make the sewer connections after the first warning last October 27, will have additional taxes to pay for the removal work that will be done by the city. Mandan is going to be a clean city, and there is to be no leniency shown, said Mayor Henke.”

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, June 20, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 74 degrees above zero.

“For some time past, the Northern Pacific has been putting quantities of earth along its track between Mandan and Dickinson. Yesterday, 90 car loads were dumped by the track just below the water tank and at this end of the Missouri River bridge. The section men along the line will have some shoveling to do before they get all this earth disposed of.

“The Mandan Baseball Club is soon to have its grounds laid out and put in order in block 19, between 1st and 2nd Street and Dilworth (3rd Ave. NW) and Ainsworth Avenue (4th Ave NW). A grandstand will be erected, and the grounds will be surrounded by a rope fence.

“A meeting of 28 stockmen was called by Elijah Boley at the courthouse on Saturday, June 1, for the purpose of organizing a Stockmen’s Assn to represent the interests of all counties west of the Missouri, and to adopt a plan of fire breaks and other methods to preserve our native grasses that are threatened by annual prairie fires. Officers elected were H. S. Parkin, permanent chairman; John H. Hager, vice president; and J. S. Green, secretary and treasurer. A committee of three, George H. Harmon, John Hannah and George A. Breckenridge, was also appointed to consult with the county’s brand committee and to examine the deeds on record at the Register of Deeds office.”

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