Mandan News

The Mandan Lions chapter organized, 1939

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
Gerald Weichman, Flasher, named Morton County’s Handicapped Citizen for 1989 in March, has been named North Dakota’s Outstanding Employed Handicapped Citizen. This is the third consecutive year that the state’s honor has come from Mandan. Warren Smith won the award in 1987 and George Leingang in 1988.

The Mandan Braves track team, coached by Mike Kuhn, claimed a triple crown and double placers in the girls’ division of the Charlie Denton Relays, Mandan’s first outdoor competition, held at Hughes Field, Bismarck. The Braves finished with 113 points and second place, just three points behind Dickinson. The triple crown went to Mandan’s Jeanette Fox who earned first in shot put, discus and javelin. Mandan doubled in six of 17 events- Steph Schoch and Holly Voigt, in the 100 dash; Trina Cook and Schoch, 200 dash; Nora Beehler and Toni Haider, 800 run; Beehler and Fleck, 1600 run; Jodi Fox and Stockert, 3200 run; Jeanette Fox and Carrie Zander, javelin.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Mrs. Wallace Joersz, the energetic mother of six boys, has been named by the Mandan Mrs. Jaycees as the Outstanding Mrs. Jaycee of the Year. The former Eileen Hunke of Mandan is an eight-year member, a past president of the local organization and is currently serving as state director. Chosen as the local Outstanding New Mrs. Jaycees of the Year for a member of less than one year is Mrs. Melvin P. Beckler. Both ladies will compete for the state title at the state Jaycee convention at Grand Forks.

Mandan Senior High’s “thin clads” team made the best of brisk winds and cool temperatures this week to outclass the Bismarck’s St. Mary’s Saints, 95-87, in a dual track meet held at Braves Field. Coach Pat Vicker’s Braves won eight of 13 events with senior Gary Johnson pacing the local club with 10 points on a pair of first place wins in the 100-yard and 220-yard dash.

An announcement was made this week by Principal A. R. Shaw of the chartering of a chapter of the National Honor Society at Mandan Senior High School with 19 charter members. To be a candidate for election to the Society, a student must have a scholarship average of B and be outstanding in service, leadership and character. The National Honor Society was organized in 1921.

One of the oldest industrial landmarks of Mandan, the chimney of the Russell-Miller Milling Co. flour mill in the south side of Mandan, came tumbling down this past week. The old mill has been slowly demolished this past winter by Billington’s Salvage Yard of Bismarck. Built before 1900, the mill closed in 1956; the property is now owned by Peavey Elevator Co.

75 Years Ago – 1939
The Mandan chapter of Lions International was organized Tuesday evening, May 2, during a meeting of 23 prospective members at the Lewis and Clark Hotel. Elected as the first president was Albert Olson of the Mandan Beverage Co. Frank Vore of Kokomo, Indiana, Lions International representative, presided at the meeting and designated Monday, May 22, as the official charter night. Monday noons were selected as the regular meeting dates for the new service club, beginning May 8. The club’s first guest speaker will be J. I. Rovig, secretary of the Mandan Chamber of Commerce.

Morton County States Attorney James M. Hanley Jr. has resigned his position to accept one as Assistant Attorney General. His unexpired term is being filled by his father, J. M. Hanley Sr.
The first automatic baby incubator for the Mandan Hospital has been made possible by the dime donations from 551 city residents. James Dunn, Mandan, began the fund drive when he read of an incubator building program at the University of North Dakota and raised the $55 toward the purchase. Mandan’s incubator is the 14th to be built at UND.

Only two North Dakotans earned corporation salaries of $15,000 or more in 1938, according to a treasury report from Washington, D.C. They were: Mrs. Jenny Black, president of the Fargo Forum Publishing Co. and P. J. Meyer, president of Meyer Broadcasting Co. in Bismarck. Receiving the highest corporation salary in the entire U.S. was movie producer, Louis B. Mayer, Hollywood, Calif.; he earned more than 1.1 million dollars.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“A new pool hall, managed by Ed McGuinness, is schedule to open soon in the InterOcean Hotel building. A partition is being ripped out between the two corner rooms in the hotel building that was formerly occupied by the Holmboe Photography Studio and the Selvig Confectionary. The resulting space will feature four new pool tables and two billiard tables.

“The Beaudoin Brothers who have been engaged in the barbering trade in Mandan for the past 19 years have sold their shop, located in the basement of the Lewis and Clark Hotel., to Leon Skjod who has been an employee for the past six years. August and Otto Beaudoin came to Mandan from Minneapolis in 1895
“Four local attorneys have announced their intention to run for the office of States Attorney of Morton County at June’s primary election. Placing their names on the ballot are: L. H. Connolly, William Langer, B. W. Shaw and incumbent Assistant States Attorney L.N. Steen.

“The new bell for Mandan High School, purchased by the MHS Alumni Assn, arrived from Northfield, Mich., last week and was found to weigh 1380 pounds. Cast in bronze, the massive bell is to be installed in the tower of the school.”

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, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 55 degrees above zero.

“The Marquis de Mores passed through Mandan on Sunday night. He will go through to Europe without stopping off. He has to be in Tonquin, China, by the middle of August, and he figures that he will have no time to spare. His railroad project there is developing in good style, and he expects to make a fortune out of it.

“There was a large attendance at the Emerson Institute in Mandan last evening to take part in the centennial exercises in observance of the 100th anniversary of the swearing in of George Washington as our nation’s first President at New York City. Mayor Gill made some pleasing and appropriate opening remarks and then presided over the musical entertainment given by the choir and band. Patriotic speeches were also rendered by the
city’s clergy.


“Some people have an idea that it is fun to run a daily newspaper and especially easy to get the news. They think there is nothing to do but to stand on the street and let news come along. Such people know nothing about the business. It is the hardest kind of work- all prose and no poetry.

“ It is the same thing day after day; one sees the same people seven days in the week, and they always say the same thing when asked what the news is- “None, sir, everything is quiet.”

“These same men would surely not appreciate it if they took up a copy of the Pioneer and in the place of news, saw printed in large type, “Nothing new, everything about the same.”

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