Mandan News

The grand opening of Cross Ranch, 1989

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
Cross Ranch Centennial Park, located 30 miles north of Mandan on scenic highway 1806, opened during the weekend of Aug. 18, with a variety of entertainment including cowboy music featuring banjos and guitars, and former Governor Art Link on the fiddle at the park’s KFYR amphitheater. Other entertainment included Rodney Nelson, Almont’s cowboy poet; a Bluegrass jamboree, the Center Community Band, the Hazen Woodshedders and the singing Pfliger sisters. The weekend concluded with the Washburn Civic Club sponsoring an ice cream social at the cabin. The park was formally dedicated Sunday afternoon by members of the Nature Conservancy and the North Dakota Centennial Commission.

Hundreds of area residents attended the 29th Annual Morton County Fair held at New Salem, according to New Salem’s Dick Fast, president of the Morton County Fair Ass’n.

Besides the 4-H livestock and produce exhibits, fair-goers enjoyed the musical entertainment by Mandan Junior High Math teacher Ken Ciavarella who played and sang a variety of old time, country and rock music. Other musicians included singer Maria Jorgenson, 10-year old daughter of Art and Marjean Jorgenson of New Salem; the Centennial Singers, organized in 1983 for New Salem’s historical pageant; Chuck and Linda Suchy and children, Ben, Andra and Eve; and the Sweet Harmony trio of Carol Erhardt, Delores McCowan and Sharon Mosbrucker, who specialized in the Andrews Sisters’ style of music.

Other fair events included: horse racing, an antique car show, arm wrestling, an old-time threshing bee, and the power and antique tractor pull. A chicken and beef dinner was served to everyone on Saturday night, followed by a dance with music provided by Dennis Heydt’s Traveling Music Machine.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Funeral services were held at the Mandan Methodist Church for Olaf V. Lindelow, 68, long-time businessman and co-owner of the Mandan Drug Co. Mr. Lindelow was born in Sweden and came to the United States with his parents in 1906. After graduating with a degree in pharmacy at NDSU, Lindelow and his wife, Ethel, came to Mandan in 1926 and became the co-owner of Mandan Drug, the last 11 year as a partner with his brother, Eskel. Besides being a member of the Mandan Rotary Club and the local Elks Lodge, Lindelow was also a past Master of Masonic Lodge No.8 in Mandan. Survivors include a son, Dr. O. Victor Lindelow, Bismarck, and a daughter, Mrs. Harold Bohnet, Mandan.

Jack L. Bond, former superintendent of the Newell Irrigation and Dryland Field Station at Newell, SD, has been appointed superintendent of the Northern Great Plains Field Station, south of Mandan. Bond succeeds Ernest J. George, who retired after 42 years of service.

Cameron L. Clemens, a 33-year old social worker with a history of helping delinquent juveniles, has been appointed the new superintendent of the State Industrial School at Mandan. He succeeds former Supt. Thomas Crouse. Clemens, a native of Jamestown, will take office by Sept. 1 at a salary of $7,500 a year plus maintenance.

“Mantini”, the Mandan and Morton County history booklet which has been a special feature of North Dakota’s 75th birthday celebration, has been published and is now on sale at the Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Compiled and edited by Sarah Tostevin, the 71-page booklet contains numerous pictures, stories and biographies from the area’s early days. “Mantani” comes from the Indian word meaning “people on the bank” which at one time applied to the Mandan Indians living along the banks of the Missouri River.

75 Years Ago – 1939
“Citizens of the state of North Dakota must decide soon whether they shall demand as much governmental services in all 53 counties in the future as they have in the past,” said Gov. John Moses, speaking before the ND Retail Merchants Assn. According to the governor, North Dakota is on the verge of bankruptcy. State and county services must be sharply trimmed, he said, or people have to be ready to bear a greatly increased tax burden. However, increased taxes will not solve the problems without more jobs, as the state’s unemployment rate is still at nearly 20 percent.

Installation of a new automatic pump to supply water to the Mandan cemetery was completed this week, according to Mayor C. G. Byerly. Water is being pumped from the Northern Pacific Reservoir, and there is plenty of pressure available. Lot holders are asked to bring their own hoses and sprinklers. Workers are now erecting a fence around the cemetery, and progress is being made on landscaping.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hendrickson were Sunday afternoon hosts to a group of old-time friends who were part of the younger set of the Heart River vicinity during the early 1900s. Following the noon dinner, pictures were taken and albums dating back to 1895 were brought out for the guests to inspect. The afternoon’s highlight occurred when each of the women guests displayed five pictures of early day boyfriends, with a note attached giving the reason for not marrying the youths. The prize for the best story was awarded to Miss Florence McBratney.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“Judge S. L. Nuchols refused to grant a divorce to Willis T. Inman and Mary C. Inman this week for lack of evidence for desertion. The case came up last winter when Willis Inman, aged 73 years, brought suit for divorce from his wife of 52 years. Testimony showed that she had been living nearby in the care of her daughter for the greater share of the past five years.

“New Salem Easy Meat for Mandan: That New Salem baseball team was as soft as a lemon pie at a Sunday school picnic when they met the Mandan nine for a rematch of an earlier game that was called due to rain. Sunday’s game was Mandan’s easiest game of the season, and the final score was 8 to 2.

“Morton County Sheriff Charles McDonald made a good catch on the streets of Webster City, Iowa, on Thursday, when he met Roy Williams face to face, tapped him on the shoulder and said “You need to come back to North Dakota with me.” Williams complied and is now residing in the county jail. According to the sheriff, Roy Williams and William Schofield, who is already in custody, are the two men who stole the 11 head of horses from the pasture of A. Boley, north of Mandan, and took them to the reservation where they were sold to a rancher.”

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. 22, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 76 degrees above zero.
Constitutional Convention News: “At the evening session, some spicy telegrams were on hand from disgruntled parties in Grand Forks, Jamestown and other points that expected to be the site of the Capitol.

“Mr. Parson of Morton County got through a clause which provides that the streams and waterways of the state shall forever remain the property of the state.

“The Great Seal of the Territory was under discussion. Mr. Blewett of Jamestown, a good democrat and excellent gentleman, wanted to see ‘Public Office is a Public Trust’ on the seal. But that was voted down. The committee that had this project wanted to see the Webster’s quotation to appear on the Seal- ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever.’ Despite some objections, the committee’s report was sustained.”

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