Mandan News

Diane Boit: Three MHS seniors ranked at top of class, 1963

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1988

Mandan High School senior Mike Haney has been accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. He received his appointment from Senator Quentin Burdick. During his years at MHS, Haney carried a straight A average, was captain of the tennis team, and a member of the Student Council and the National Honor Society. His parents are Dennis and Nancy Haney, Mandan.

The Mandan Eagles have turned over the first shovels of dirt at the site of its future club building on North Collins Avenue. On hand for the groundbreaking ceremony were national Grand Aerie President Vince Cherry, Chicago, Ill.; Mandan Aerie president and vice president, Linn Thomas and Gene Muth; and Jerry Auch, Dakota State Aerie president.

The Mandan News has changed its publication dates from Sunday to Wednesday. The newspaper will continue to be delivered by carrier, but on Wednesday evening, with mail subscribers receiving it on Thursdays.

The 44 members of the Mandan High School speech team did themselves proud this season, winning the WDA and finishing just six points behind titlist Fargo Shanley at the State Tournament. Pushing the points up for Mandan were five individual champions: Mike Kalvoda, Christi Maruska (a winner in two categories), Sarah Zittlow and Terri Hurdelbrink. According to their coach Pat Pins, this was the first time that Mandan brought home more than two champions.


Mike Haney, 1988

Mike Haney, 1988

50 Years Ago – 1963

Gayle Neill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Neill, and Alan Inglis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Inglis, have been named co-valedictorians of the 1963 class of Mandan High School. Beverly Boyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Berlin Boyd, is the Salutatorian.

Custer Drama officials have named Ernest Borr, of Mandan, general manager for the 1963 season, which opens June 26 at the Custer Amphitheater, south of Mandan. He is the show’s first full-time general manager in its five years of operation.

Mrs. Barry Davis has been elected president of the Mandan Welcome Wagon Club. She will succeed Mrs. Dean Fleming. Other officers are: Mrs. Logan Holm, first vice president; Mrs. Pete Kloster, second vice president; Mrs. Ray Stanley, secretary; Mrs. Ernie Borr, treasurer; and Mrs. Fred Doll, historian.

The Mandan Country Club was the scene for the “Revelers’ Wharf,” with Dr. and Mrs. D.L. Moum, chairmen of the committee in charge of the Revelers’ Club dinner-dance. A lighthouse, fishing boat and picture booth were on the porch of the country club, along with a fishing pond from which the men fished for the names of their dancing partners. The north wall in the dining hall was decorated with interwoven steamers, giving a sea-green effect through which fish were swimming. A lobster dinner was served to the 38 couple attending; dance music was provided by the Coast Guard Cutters.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Eckroth, Mandan, have been named Outstanding Catholic Family in North Dakota for 1963. Eckroth, a retired railroad switchman, has been active in the Knight of Columbus since 1910. Four of the couple’s seven children have been called to religious life. Final selection in the statewide contest was made from entries of 10 district winners.


(l-r) Gayle Neill, Alan Inglis and Bev Boyd, 1963.

(l-r) Gayle Neill, Alan Inglis and Bev Boyd, 1963.

75 Years Ago – 1938

One of the largest crowds in recent years attended the 57th annual homecoming and Past Masters’ night celebration at the Masonic Temple, with 132 Mandan Masons and guests seated at the banquet table. Dinner was served by the ladies of the Eastern Star and White Shrine. The evening’s speaker was Charles M. Pollock, Fargo, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of North Dakota. At the conclusion of his address, J.L. Brenden, Master of the Mandan lodge, introduced the Past Masters, followed by the presentation of a Masonic play, “A Rose Upon the Altar,” directed by J.C. Gould with D.C. Mohr as the star and members of the Mandan lodge taking other roles of the play. After the close of the meeting, the “brothers” enjoyed a social evening with billiard and cards.

More than 1830 Mandan voters turned out for the city election and named Frank W. Haider and John I. Rovig as city commissioners to succeed H.L. Dahners and T.P. Heisler. The voters also returned Mrs. Anna Stark to the Park Board and elected J.K. Porter to the other regular vacancy. Mrs. Stark, who is 87, is believed to be the oldest woman in the state to hold public office.


100 Years Ago – 1913

“The pupils and their teachers at Central School are arranging an excellent program of vocal music, folk dances and skits to be held at the Opera House next week. A small charge of Fifty Cents will be made, with hopes that enough funds will be secured to purchase a Victrola phonograph and records in order to teach music appreciation in the school.

“The weather during this past week has broken all records for this time of year. Monday and Tuesday the thermometer crept up to the 86-degree mark in the shade, and it was hard to believe that summer was not here.

“The farmers who have been in the city this week all bring stories of seeding, and it is estimated that the past week has seen over half the seeding in this section done.

“Gabriel Baron, a resident of the Syndicate, was arrested the fore part of the week and charged with allowing some of his cattle to roam at large, with many gardens being destroyed. Baron was arraigned in justice court and fined $12 and costs. Authorities state that the ordinance against roaming animals will be enforced to the letter.

“Central Park, located at Collins Ave. and Second Street, was officially dedicated this morning with a committee of ladies of the Civic League, headed by their president, Mrs. G. A. Stark, set out the first tree, a box elder. The beautification of that property owned by the city, and commonly called the artesian well lots, is now certain to be carried out.”


125 Years Ago – 1888

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

May 3, 1888: “On Thursday at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 52 degrees above zero.

“It is an interesting fact that shortly after the first tramp for the season showed up in Mandan, the mosquito also made an appearance.

“Some of the Indians about Mandan are marksmen of the first order. This morning an Indian, 65-years old, was in town with his bow and arrows. Someone gave him a two-cent piece to shoot at across the street. The old man stuck the money up, and after one or two shots, brought it down.

“It seems that all the buffalo bones have not yet been gathered from the surrounding country. This morning three wagonloads were brought to town.

“Mr. W. E. Martin has the contract of supplying Fort Lincoln with 144 tons of hay at $5 a ton.

“A vacant building on Main Street, formerly occupied by a saloon, still wears the sign ‘Beer- Five Cents.’ When the passenger trains arrive from the east, it is not uncommon for a few men on board who like a drop of something cool in this warm weather. So when the train stops here, they fly across the park in hopes of getting their whistles wet at eastern prices. When they find nothing but an empty building, they fly back to the train again and wonder how long Morton County has had prohibition.”


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