Mandan News

The Mandan Teamsters Lounge closes, 1989

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1989
The doors have closed at the Teamsters Lounge and a “For Sale” sign has been posted at the building. According to Tony Goetzfried, secretary – treasurer of Teamsters Local No. 123, the decision was made by the membership because the bar and hall were not posting a profit. The Teamsters Union built the facility at 201 Missouri River Drive in the early 1970s, moving from a rented space in Bismarck.

Seventy-two students, representing 34 solos and ensembles from Mandan High School, competed with 1800 entries from across the state at the North Dakota Music Festival held at Jamestown. Of Mandan’s 34 entries, 27 received superior ratings, and MHS junior Shannen Lach was selected as the outstanding soloist of the day from the adjudicator listening to piccolo solos.

The Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club have chosen Dave Zittleman, boys track, and Jody Fox, girls track, as the Athletes of the Month of April. Zittleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Zittleman, placed regularly in the 800 and in the distance relays during April, while Fox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Fox, qualified for the state track meet in four events, the 800, 1600, 3200 and the 3200 relay.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Mrs. Elizabeth Vogel has been installed as president of the Lady Catholic Order of Foresters; she succeeds Mrs. Jack Doll. Bowing out as vice president was Mrs. Nick Ressler who had held the post for more than 25 years. At the age of 82, Mrs. Ressler felt it time for others to take over and, as a result, Mrs. Jack Schaff was chosen as her successor.

MHS senior David Bendikson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Axel Bendikson of Huff, took top honors and the Navy Cruise Award for his scientific project “The Kerr Effect” at the Southwest Central District Six Science Fair held in Mandan. Winner of the Sweepstakes Award, a set of the World Book Encyclopedia, for her “Topology” project was senior Margaret Walter, daughter of Mrs. Anna Marie Walter. Others receiving the special Air Force awards were Frank Hoffman, Richard Bender and Jon Inglis, all of Mandan.

Valedictorian of the 1964 graduating class of Flasher High School is Sandra Timpe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Timpe. Salutatorian is Sharon Upham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Upham. The two girls are among the class of 34 students who will graduate on May 21.

Mrs. E. C. (Harriet) Toman of Mandan has been appointed Home Extension Agent for Morton County. She succeeds Mrs. Marianne (Hunke) Schaaf who resigned last November. Mrs. Toman is also a member and past president of Chapter H of the PEO Sisterhood.

“Grand Opening” was the theme for the May dinner- dance that marked the close of the season for Mandan’s Revelers Club. Robert Paris, retiring club president, cut the ribbon across the doorway into the newly-renovated clubroom for the start of the dinner hour where places were set for 78 members. An election of officers was held, and Charles F. Ellis was elected president with Dr. D. L. Moum as vice president. The evening concluded with dancing to the music of the Jim Collins orchestra.

The 36th annual motion picture Academy Awards ceremony was televised from Santa Monica, Calif., with Jack Lemmon as Master of Ceremonies. Winning the Best Picture award was “Tom Jones;” Best Actor award went to Sidney Poitier for his role in “Lilies of the Field;” receiving the Best Actress award was Patricia Neal for her role in “Hud.”

75 Years Ago – 1939
Robert Zahn, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Zahn, and Richard Tavis, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tavis, were announced this week as the top honor students of the 1939 Mandan High School graduating class by Principal W. L. Neff. Zahn is the valedictorian and Tavis the salutatorian of the class of 106 students. According to Neff, this is the largest graduating class in the history of the school. The smallest graduating class of the school was a class of two in 1901.

Performance records established by a stock model Chevrolet truck on a long distance road test were the basis for a talk which Harry Hartz, well-known former race track driver, gave at a meeting of Missouri Slope Chevrolet dealers gathered at the Lewis and Clark Hotel dining room. Since the first of the year, Hartz has been on the road with one of Chevrolet’s new cab-over-engine units. Hartz said that the truck averaged 15.37 miles per gallon of gasoline at the average running speed of 33 miles per hour and that it consumed one quart of oil for every 1320 miles travelled. Hartz is accompanied on his cross-country journey by Stanley Reed, official observer for the American Automobile Ass’n.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“James Chorley, round house foreman of the Northern Pacific railroad company here, narrowly escaped death Monday afternoon when he was struck by lightning during the rain storm. Mr. Chorely was standing near his desk, leaning against the steam heating pipes when lightning struck near the round house and the steam pipes conducted the electricity into his body, knocking him to the floor.

Although he was unconscious for several hours, he recovered his senses by evening. The doctor says it will be several weeks before his severely burned arm is healed, but he should be able to continue with his duties within a few days. Mr. Chorley is indeed fortunate to be walking among the living.

“Notice is hereby given to all residents of the City of Mandan to clean up their yards, backyards and alleys of all kinds of refuse such as ashes, manure piles, garbage, tin cans, scrap iron and other unsightly and objectionable material. Any premises not cleaned up by the 16th of May will be dealt with by the city authorities at the cost of the property owner. Signed, H. O. Altnow, M.D., City Health Officer.”

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 16, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 42 degrees above zero.

“Mr. E. R. Steinbrueck of Glen Ullin, who recently attended the funeral of his daughter, Mrs.Chas. Keidel, writes the Pioneer as follows:

“At a very sad occasion I had a chance to visit the Mandan cemetery. After a long drive from town, our road led across a piece of ploughed ground. This seemed very strange to me. Afterwards, I learned that there was neither road nor right of way at all to the cemetery and, at the owner’s notion, the passage over said ploughed ground could be stopped at any time.

“The cemetery itself is very well situated on high land with a beautiful view over the surrounding country, the Missouri slope and the river; indeed, a very fine place for our beloved departed to rest. Unfortunately, there is no care of these grounds, no order shown. Keep away the trespassing cattle, horses and hogs by a proper fence around the graveyard, provide roads and driveways planted with shade trees; lay out the grounds into lots with family lots for sale. This is what needs to be done at once.

“I understand the deed of the cemetery is not in satisfactory condition, as the wife of the seller of the grounds did not sign the contract. Surely, one of your city or church officials could have this problem resolved soon. If not, these bones may have to be taken up again after a course of time, perhaps scattered and dishonored…even though every particle of each human body is sacred, belonging to God.”

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