Mandan News

Schulte earns General’s stars, July 1, 1989

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
During the month of June, the city had 190 street light poles painted on Main and First Street at a cost of $19,905. The effect, along with freshly painted lines on the streets, gave Mandan a fresh look for the Centennial celebration.

Tom Sitter, past president of the Mandan Jaycees, received the Charles Kulp Award at the National Jaycee Convention held at Memphis, Tenn., during June. The Kulp Award goes to the top 60 chapter presidents in the United States. There are more than 6,000 Jaycee chapters throughout the nation.

Robert Schulte, Mandan, has been promoted as North Dakota’s Assistant Adjutant General during ceremonies conducted July 1 at Raymond J. Bohn Memorial Armory in Bismarck. Pinning the single silver stars on Schulte’s shoulders were North Dakota Governor George Sinner and Major General Gene MacDonald. General Schulte served as a U. S Army helicopter pilot during the Viet Nam War, became Company Commander of the ND Army National Guard in 1972, and was promoted to Colonel in 1985. Schulte is currently vice president of operations for Cloverdale Foods in Mandan.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Pat Vicker’s Mandan Legion baseball club downed the Bismarck Legion, 6-5, in 11 innings at the Capitol City last weekend. Clem Richau led off the top of the 11th inning with a walk, and Frank Walter sacrificed him to second base, followed by Bill Block’s triple to deep center which scored the tie-breaking run. John Grunseth, winning pitcher, then retired the last three Bismarckers in the bottom of the frame to end the game. Mandan is now 4-1 in Western Conference play and 18-4 on the season.

The final payment for the Mandan Community Hospital being refurbished into the Heartview Foundation for treatment of alcoholics was handed over by Heartview Foundation president E. J. Conlin, Jr., to president R. M. Leslie of the First National Bank of Mandan. The foundation purchased the hospital and nursing home from the Methodist Church.

North Dakota’s primary election resulted in the endorsement of State Rep. Donald Halcrow of Drayton, over Bismarck auto dealer Robert P. McCarney, for the Republican nomination for governor. However, Morton County voters bucked that trend and gave their support to McCarney. As a result of the final tabulation, Halcrow will face incumbent Democratic Governor William Guy in November.

In the Morton County GOP House race, Bennie Schmidt of New Salem drew the most votes, followed by E. D. Tostevin and George Schuch, both of Mandan. The three will face incumbent Democrats in the November elections- Donald Hertz, Mandan; Carl Meyer, Flasher; and William Gietzen, Glen Ullin.

In other primary highlights, N. D. voters smashed an attempt to legalize betting on horse and dog races but approved doubling to four years the terms of state officials and county school superintendents.

75 Years Ago – 1939
The Log Cabin on Mandan’s East Main is open for business, according to the proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cook. The remodeled log cabin was recently moved to East Main, near the underpass, from the Mandan airport site on Memorial highway. Mr. Cook is an experienced cook, formerly of St. Louis, Mo.
Scoring 361 out of a possible 400 points has earned U. G. Zimmer, Bottineau, the N.D. state rifle championship. More than 60 marksmen participated in the matches held at the Frt Lincoln range, south of Bismarck. Zimmer is one of 12 marksmen, including Frank Hoffman and Erling Arnstad of Mandan, named to the civilian team that will represent North Dakota in national rifle matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

It definitely was Sid Peterson’s day last Sunday when, behind his mound work, the Mandan State Trainers turned in an 8-1 victory over the Beulah Miners baseball team. In addition to pitching three-hit ball and striking out eight of the opposing batters, Peterson batted .500, getting a homerun and a double out of four times at the plate.

Funeral services were conducted at Mandan’s First Presbyterian Church this past week for C. G. Conyne, 82, Mandan jeweler and optometrist, who retired from active business only three months ago. Conyne was born in Prompton, Pa., and traveled west to Dakota Territory in 1886, coming to Mandan eight years later to open the town’s first jewelry store and optometric office. The Conyne Jewelry store was sold to Arthur G. Hendrickson on April 1. Survivors include two children: Mrs. Charles Ellis, Sr., Mandan; and Scott G. Conyne, St. Paul, Minn., and three grandchildren.

Lou Gehrig, the beloved first baseman of the New York Yankees, has ended his baseball career due to a recent diagnosis of chronic infantile paralysis at Mayo Clinic. Gehrig bade farewell on July 5th at a packed Yankees stadium, saying “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” The 36-year old “Iron Horse” benched himself on May 3, ending his consecutive games streak at 2,130.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“As part of the 100th anniversary of Norway adopting its constitution and declaring itself an independent nation, a delegation of Norwegian- Americans from North Dakota, led by Governor L. B. Hanna, presented a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln to the King and people of Norway at Christiana (Oslo) on July 4. The statue, created by 21-year old North Dakota sculptor Paul Fjelde, is located in Frogner Park and further cements the friendship between Norway and the United States, and especially North Dakota, where about one-third of the population is of Norwegian descent.

“The Bismarck baseball team endured another beating on the 4th of July, 13-3. It was the third time Bismarck has lost to the Mandan crew. Their dreams of victory this year have about as much chance as the mummy of Rameses starting now to learn to Tango!

“The popular Airdome Theater has closed in Mandan, after weeks of cool, rainy weather made it unsafe to go outdoors without an umbrella. The roofless theater opened to excellent business during the fair nights of May, getting capacity houses at both shows of the evening, but later was unable to compete with Mandan’s other two ‘enclosed’ show houses when Nature reared its ugly, wet head. The Airdome may reopen by the end of July, stated the manager, Francis J. Tyler.”

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 Friday, July 11, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 85 degrees above zero.

“Sunday night was about the warmest night we have had this season. It was a scorcher.

“The town was full of Indians again this morning who were on their way home from the celebration.

“Major Powell and the troops from Ft. Lincoln returned to their post on the evening of the Fourth but the Yates troops remained another day and were taken by train to Mandan, from which point they marched to Fort Yates.

“The Mandan Roller Mill Company yesterday sold 2000 sacks of flour in London, England. The transaction was effected by cablegram.

“The grandstand, at the ball ground back of the Inter-Ocean Hotel, looks like the beginning of a permanent circus. It may develop into a regular Madison garden before long.

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