Mandan News

Those Were The Days: R. M. Heskett plant is dedicated, 1963

25 Years Ago- 1988
Following the 16th Annual Reunion of patients and staff, the Heartview Foundation broke ground on a new wing primarily dedicated to outpatient services. The two-level 13,000 square foot structure will be located on the southeast corner of the property. Turning over the first shovelfuls of soil were Heartview president Jim Dubois and Administrator Ed Gerhardt.

1938 Pioneer ad

1938 Pioneer ad

The 11thAnnual Polkafest, sponsored by the Stein Haus, was held at the Mandan Community Center on Oct. 7 and 8, with more than 2,500 people in attendance. Featured bands included:the Bernie Stein Revue, Randy Stein Band, Duane Kurle Band, all of Mandan; Rocky and his Happy Valley Band, Glen Ullin; Joey Gross & Co., Bismarck, the Bubbling Quintet, Linton; and the Al Lindborg band, Sheridan, Wyo.

This year’s Mad Market Days were celebrated during perfect autumn weather with thousands of people strolling through downtown Mandan shopping for bargains. This year’s promotion committee was headed by Susan Biegler, Seek ‘n Save, Craig Schmidt, Photo Quick; and Jeff Stromstad of Furniture First.

As in the past years, awards were given to merchants and their employees who wore the “craziest” costumes during Mad Market Days. Taking first was Dorothy Leingang of Pat’s Foods; she was dressed as a grocery bag full of products. Second place went to Sandy Hoffer, also of Pat’s Foods, dressed as The Mummy. VooDoo Woman, Virginia Marback of George’s Bakery, came in third.

World Series news: The 1988 World Series matched the Oakland Athletics against the LA Dodgers with the Dodgers upsetting the highly favored A’s to win the Series in five games.

50 Years Ago – 1963
An estimated crowd of 2,500 persons toured the $10 million addition to Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. R. M. Heskett station, north of Mandan, during the two-day dedication and open house. Gov. William L. Guy, MDU officials and representatives of Mandan and Bismarck spoke at the formal dedication, including Cecil W. Smith, MDU president, who recalled the utility was only three years old when he joined it in 1927 and had a capacity of less than 5,000 kilowatts of power- compared with the current capacity of 100,000 kilowatts from the Heskett plant alone. The plant is named for Rolland. M. Heskett, chairman of the board and founder of MDU.

Dr. W. D. Toepke, New Salem dentist, has retired after 39 years of service. The Judson native graduated from Mandan High School and from the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota. Always active in community and musical affairs, Dr. Toepke played trumpet in the N. D. State American Legion Band since 1931 and, for many years, in the Mandan Elks Band. He was the first president of the New Salem Lions Club, the first president of the New Salem Park Board, served as president of the N. D. State Dental Assn and is a commander of the New Salem Legion Post.

World Series news: The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees, 2-1, to take the Series championship with a four-game sweep. Winning pitcher was left-hander, Sandy Koufax whose Series’ total of 23 strikeouts set a new record; 15 strikeouts were made on the opening day.

75 Years Ago – 1938
Increased business has made it necessary for the Mandan Electric Supply Co. to move from its present site at 110 East Main to 408 West Main. According to managers Roy Iverson and Harvey Ball, the company has leased the building just west of the Lewis & Clark Hotel and will transform it into a modern electrical supply display building.

Eight Morton County residents were administered the oath of allegiance to the United States by Joseph Handtmann, Morton County Clerk of Court, at naturalization ceremonies held at the county courthouse. Becoming U. S. citizens were four Mandan residents: Mrs. Louisa Holmes, Mrs. Minnie Fix, Luigi Ciavarella and John Adam Fleck; two residents from New Salem, Joseph Schoner and Sam Boho Pencoff; and two Hebron residents, Joseph Tischler and Eduard Fischer. Following the oath given by Handtmann, W. H. Stutsman, representing the Mandan Elks, presented each of the new U. S. Citizens their certificates, along with miniature U. S. flags.

The Mandan Braves dropped the initial football game to be played on their new high school athletic field as the powerful Williston Coyotes defeated the Warriors, 13-6. Mandan’s lone touchdown came in the fourth period when Sid Hughes made a spectacular return of a Williston punt, bringing the ball up to the 29 yard line where Sam Giardiani plowed through left guard for another 21 yards, before handing off the ball to George Brucker who smashed across the goal line. Williston’s winning touchdown was also scored in the final period.

World Series news: Despite the efforts of the Chicago Cubs pitcher Dizzy Dean who led his team to the National League pennant, the New York Yankees crushed the Chicago Cubs as they had in 1932 to take third straight World Series championship honors in a four-game sweep.

100 Years Ago – 1913
“Mandan as a municipality is well equipped to observe the statute which recently went into effect prohibiting the use of a public drinking cup. The schools, both Custer and Central, have been fitted with drinking fountains; the courthouse is already so supplied. A fountain will soon be installed near the Police Station on Main Street, and it is of substantial construction and will afford a watering place for horse, man and dog. Violation of the law is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine not over $25.

“The value of advertising was never more forcibly shown than last week when the new novelty store, The Arcade, started by O. M. Larson, opened its doors to the public. Mr. Larson came to Mandan several weeks ago from Larimore, looked over the town and decided to stay here. His stock arrived and was installed and then he ran a big ad in the Pioneer of what he had to sell. The result was that six clerks were kept busy all Saturday afternoon and evening. Other businesses in Mandan could take a lesson: When business is dull, it’s time to advertise. Think it over!”

World Series news: The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the New York Giants, four games to one, to take the World Series championship. The great pitcher Christy Mathewson lost the final game of the Series in his final career appearance on the mound.

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

Oct. 11, 1888:”On Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at56 degrees above zero.

“Twenty wagon loads of coffee left the depot this morning for the Indians at Standing Rock.

“The water at Sunnyside, west of the city, is very much in demand now by passing locomotives. Even west-bound locomotive, that have their tanks full when leaving Mandan, stop and fill up there. Mr. Edwards, the engineer, has his hands full to keep the water tank from going dry.

“The air was made melodious last night by the singing of the sons of sunny Italy in the railroad cars near the depot. They seemed to be enjoying themselves, but the passerby who was unacquainted with the language could not tell whether the songs were sacred or secular in character.

“The new dyke at the east end of town was completed on Saturday. Gradually, the railroad track is also being raised, and, in a very short time, Mandan will be entirely protected from the turbulent waters of the Missouri should it get up to the height that they reached in 1887.

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