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Those Were The Days – Election results in the news

25 Years Ago- 1988
In this year’s presidential elections, voters overwhelmingly elected George H. W. Bush and his running mate, Dan Quale, over the Democratic presidential nominee, Michael Dukakis, and his vice president nominee, Lloyd Bentsen. It was a Republican landslide in both the Electoral College and the popular vote.

North Dakotans gave their approval for another six-year Senate term to 80-year old Democrat incumbent Quentin Burdick. Also re-elected was Byron Dorgan, Democratic Representative to the U. S. House. The Democrats also prevailed in the race for governor, as incumbent Governor George A. Sinner was re-elected for another term, defeating Leon Mallberg.

Locally, District 34 voters returned incumbent Democrat Corliss Mushik to the State Senate, along with State House Democrats, incumbent Dan Ulmer and newcomer Jim Gerl. Voters in District 53 also returned to the State House, Republican Dick Tokach and Democrat Steve Tomac. Re-elected to the Morton County Commission were Bob Chase, Richard Bendish, Henry Gustin.

50 Years Ago – 1963
A large crowd attended the grand opening of Marv’s Hardware, 110 West Main St., Mandan. Formerly Lockbeam’s Hardware, the store has been remodeled and doubled in size through a 25×10 foot expansion. Marvin Joersz is the manager of the store.

Plans for a new park and recreation area in north Mandan were given the green light at a meeting of the Mandan Lions Club. Located just north of the high school, on a four-acre plot, the Lions Club agreed to accept a Mandan Park Board proposal that it take charge of the development.

According to Duncan Warren, current president of the Lions Club, the club will furnish a portion of the funds over a period of years, while the Park Board provides maintenance personnel.

Coach Ray Walter and his fantastic Mandan Central 8th Grade football squad wound up season action by defeating the Christ the King team, 58-13. Walter and his tribe closed with a perfect 5-0 record on the season. The rout began early in the first period when halfback Dale Belden intercepted a King pass and scampered 50 yards for the opening score. Before the game’s finish, Belden managed to run for three more touchdowns; he was also a defensive standout, intercepting four King passes and recovering a King fumble. Others scoring for Central were John Skager, Mike Kramer, Richard Paris, Gerald Caya, and Arlyn Richau. The King’s only touchdowns were scored by Dale Leingang and Lou Ressler. Coach Boyd Jaskioviak’s eleven closed the season with a 1-4 record.

75 Years Ago – 1938
The Republicans in the U. S. Congress have registered heavy gains throughout the nation. These losses, which cut deeply into President’s Roosevelt’s majority in congress, may give the balance of power to the small band of anti-administration Democrats. In the 1939 session the Democrats will have a majority of about 20 Senate seats and more than 40 House seats, but several times in the last two years, fully that number of Democrats have voted against the administration.

Although Morton County gave the majority of their votes to Governor William Langer in his race for the U. S. Senate, a majority of the state voters gave the Senate nod to Republican Gerald P. Nye with 112,874 votes versus 91,216 for Langer. North Dakota also has a new governor, Democrat John Moses; he defeated the Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor, John N. Hagan.

James M. Hanley, Jr., trailing R. F. Gallagher by six votes in the race for States Attorney with but one precinct to go, took a slim lead after the Classen count was officially received. The votes from the Classen precinct made the final count in Hanley’s favor, 3796 to 3790 for Gallagher, a difference of just six votes. In another contest, undecided until the final figures were nearly all in, veteran County Judge B. W. Shaw was defeated by W. K. Engelter, Hebron, by a vote of 3795 to 3616.

Rev. Father Valerian Thelen officiated at the 9 a.m. nuptial mass in St. Joseph Catholic church when Miss Magdeline Lantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lantz, became the bride of Jacob Hatzenbuhler, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hatzenbuhler, and Miss Helen Fix, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Fix, became the bride of George L. Boehm, Mandan. Miss Mary Hatzenbuhler and Carl Lantz attended Mr. and Mrs. Hatzenbuhler; while Miss Betty Boehm and Joseph Helfrich were attendants at the Boehm wedding.

100 Years Ago – 1913
“One of the prettiest church weddings held in Mandan for some time occurred Wednesday evening when Miss Nora, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Larson, became the wife of Leon Ray Skjod, with the Rev. O. G. Belsheim officiating. The ceremony was performed under a great bell placed over the altar. The church was very prettily decorated with autumn leaves, cut flowers and potted plants.

“Nearly $200 was netted last evening at the annual New England supper and entertainment of the Presbyterian Church. The supper, served in the basement of the opera house by the Ladies Aid Society, was excellent. For the entertainment, 24 girls of the Sunday school took part in a clever Japanese drill. All were dressed in costume and marched to the music of a mandolin orchestra.

“A very pretty double wedding took place last Tuesday morning when Carl Renner and Mary Helbling and Peter Helbling and Rose Renner were married at St. Anthony Church, with Rev. Father Augustine officiating. The bridal party stayed at their Uncle Joe Renner’s and at 9:30 were escorted by the St. Anthony band to the church, where the Ursuline sisters sang a very pretty mass. After the ceremony, all went to the C.O.F. hall where a bounteous dinner was served.”

125 Years Ago – 1888
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1888 its population was at 2,600.

Nov. 8, 1888: “On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 32 degrees above zero.

“Local politics were exceedingly interesting yesterday to everybody in town, but late at night, when it was certain that Bingenheimer was elected deputy sheriff and Voss elected as District Attorney, attention was turned to the national conflict.

“The depot was crowded with an excited lot of people, who read with varying emotions the bulletins as they came in from the East. When the volunteer readers of the dispatches read of democratic gains in some obscure hamlet in Michigan, the democrats cheered mightily while the republicans felt correspondingly gloomy; the actions were reversed with republican gains.

“But as the evening hours passed by, more news bulletins came in by telegraph from across the country, and it soon became increasingly clear that Republican presidential candidate Benjamin Harrison was getting the upper hand. And so, the democrats felt sad, and it showed on their faces. To their credit, the republicans did not rub in the opposing party’s misfortunes, and the best of feelings prevailed.”

(Although president- elect Harrison eventually received a majority of the Electoral College, the incumbent Grover Cleveland received the majority of the popular vote.)

Friday, Nov. 22, will be the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Where were you when you heard the news?

Please email your memories to, along with your name and address (town, state only) or write to me at 402 17th St. NW, Mandan, ND 58554. Look for the results in this column on the Friday, Nov. 22nd edition of the Mandan News.