Mandan News

Those were the days

25 Years Ago- 1988
More than 800 people attended the Grand Opening on Oct. 15 of the Mandan Eagles’ new home at 1408 Collins Ave. According to Jerry Auch, manager of the club, members from other Eagles Club around the state came to the grand opening by the bus load. Following the evening dinner, the people danced to the music of “Rocky and the Happy Valley Gang” in the building’s upper level and to “Sentimental Journey” in the lower level. Gene Muth is president of the 1000-member Mandan club; immediate past president is Linn Thomas.

The Morton County Extension Homemakers Council elected and installed new officers at the Fall Council Meeting held in New Salem. Alma Tavis, Haymarsh Homemakers, Glen Ullin, was elected President-elect; elected Secretary was Elaine Klusmann, Carefree Homemakers, New Salem. Alma and Elaine are joining current officers- President Carol Kinnischtzke, Haymarsh Homemakers, Glen Ullin; Vice president Ione Miller, Willing Workers, St. Anthony; and Treasurer Mildred O’Neill, Fort Rice Farmerettes.

Chosen as this year’s MHS Homecoming Queen and King were Rhonda Huschka, daughter of Bill and Alice Huschka, and Jason Arenz, son of Tom and Helen Arenz. The royal couple and their court
reigned over the evening’s traditional football contest, this year against Dickinson Trinity who managed to spoil the evening, defeating the Braves 22-14. Quarterback KJ Coghlan threw passes to Scott Ressler for two touchdowns, with the extra points made by punter Jason Arenz, and although Mandan led at the half, 14-13, they were unable to keep Trinity down. Mandan is now 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the WDA.

50 Years Ago – 1963
Temperatures in the mid-80’s enabled more than a thousand people to attend the annual dinner and fair held at St. Martin’s Church at Huff on Sunday, Oct 13. According to Father Eugene R. Bova, the noon meal, fried chicken and all the trimmings, was served to an estimated 1,000 people; 500 partook of the supper meal. Handmade quilts, doilies, and other fancywork, plus canned goods, were quickly sold during the afternoon while the folks listened to musical entertainment. The fair concluded with an evening dance.

Miss Evelyn Virginia Ressler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Ressler, and Donald Luikart Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Russell, both of Mandan, were married Oct. 12 in Christ the King Church with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Galowitsch officiating. Hildie Ressler was her sister’s maid of honor; Irvine Russell was his brother’s best man.

Mandan’s Senior High School Braves traded places in the WDA conference cellar with the Jamestown Blue Jays after defeating the Jays, 13-0, in a tribute to Brave’s Dad’s night. Touchdowns were scored by Marv Lattimore and Mike Norton who also kicked an extra point.

Arcade store flyer from 1938.

Arcade store flyer from 1938.

75 Years Ago – 1938
More than a thousand delegates, members and visitors attended the 12th Annual State Farmers Union convention held at the Mandan World War Memorial Building. The four-day convention opened with the singing of “America” and the official Farmers Union song, “Men of the Soil”, led by J. W. Bollinger, president of the Morton County Farmers Union. After Mandan Mayor C. G. Byerly welcomed the crowd, State President Glenn Talbott, Jamestown, delivered the annual address which was also broadcast over the radio throughout the state.

Mrs. Sena Sakariassen celebrated her 77th birthday this past week with an open house at her home, 606 4th St N.W., where she has resided for more than 30 years. The former Sena Miller was born in Denmark where she also met her future husband, Chris Sakariassen. The couple married after arriving in the United States in 1882, settling in Mandan in 1885. The couple had 10 children; husband Chris died in 1930.

The Arcade store in Mandan is under new ownership. Mrs. Myrtle McLeod and Mrs. Beulah Brodl purchased the business from the heirs of the late Sidney Cohen, who died in September after operating the store for many years. According to the new owners, the store will maintain its affiliation with the Ben Franklin Stores.

100 Years Ago – 1913
“It is possible that some of the farmers driving their teams of horses on the county roads are unaware of the rules in passing other vehicles on the road. In meeting a team, pass it to the right. In passing a team from behind, drive to the left. Sunday morning several businessmen made a trip to St. Anthony at the time the farmers were driving to church. Forty teams were passed on the road, of which 33, by actual count, turned to the wrong side of the highway in passing.

“Herman Yunck, pioneer resident of Mandan since 1881, was found dead in bed at his hotel, 124 East Main Street. Epilepsy was given as the cause of death. The deceased was born at Richmond, Minn., 59 years ago in 1854, coming to Mandan in 1879 and for several years was employed on various riverboats in the days before the Northern Pacific Railroad crossed the Missouri River. For many years he conducted the saloon owned by his brother who died in the early 1880s. He married his brother’s widow shortly after. The deceased was one of the first members of the Mandan volunteer fire department. Survivors include his wife, Philomena, six children and their families. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Father Clemens officiating. A number of old timers acted as pallbearers: D. R. Taylor, Chas. Wyman, John Foran, Pat Tobin, H. L. Henke, and George H. Bingenheimer.”

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

Oct. 18, 1888: “On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 36 degrees above zero.

“Like most first snowfalls, on Thursday, Oct 18, it melted as it fell.

“The heavens to the west of Mandan are obscured due to the numerous prairie fires.

“John Locke, who lives on the Cannon Ball about 40 miles south of Mandan, was a few days ago, pretty thoroughly burnt out by a prairie fire. He lost 100 tons of hay, his stables, corral, one horse and a harness. When he saw the fire coming, he went out to plow a firebreak and while in the act, the wind carried some burning particles clear across the other breaks to one of his stacks and started to conflagration.

“Nearly all the land north and northwest of town for a distance of about 20 miles has been burnt over. All the grass that is left for feed in that direction is just what each farmer was able to save around his own premises. Among the losers was Mr. A. G. Schafer who lost 40 tons of hay. Many cattle will have to be grazed in other parts of the state this winter.”

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