Mandan News

Triggs is North Dakota’s Chess Chamption, 1989

Diane Boit25 Years Ago – 1989
Jerry Triggs, Mandan, has won the 1989 North Dakota Chess Championship. He topped 37 other chess players from across the state that competed in the tournament held at the Doublewood Inn, Bismarck. Triggs scored a perfect 5-0 in the five scheduled games. His final round victory was against defending champ and chess expert, Steve Turmo, Fargo. Triggs is president of the local Central Dakota Chess Club.

The Mandan School Board has approved a payment schedule for the purchase of the Dan Dugan property which the district has been using as a bus barn. The property’s purchase price is $118,963, which will be paid in full by 1993.

A shortage of nurses has forced the Mandan Hospital to temporarily close its obstetrics department. According to hospital administrator Jim Hubbard, nurses are leaving the state for economic reasons, and although the hospital is advertising for more registered nurses, the department will remain closed until vacant positions are filled. Since January 1, 1989, only eight babies have been born at Mandan Hospital.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Larry Wurdeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Wurdeman, and Carol Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Schmidt, are the co-valedictorians of the 1964 graduating class of Mandan High School. Named salutatorian is Margaret Walter, daughter of Mrs. Frank G. Walter. The three honor graduates were announced by Principal A. R. Shaw.

Tom Neill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Neill, is Mandan’s newest recipient of the Eagle Scout badge. The badge was awarded by Pete Balkan, scoutmaster of Troop 51, at the annual court of honor held at the First Presbyterian Church, sponsor of Troop 51.

Robert Chase of Chase Chevrolet, Mandan, has presented the keys of a new vehicle to Bill Zwarych, driver’s training instructor at Mandan Senior High School. Mandan car dealers alternate in donating a driver’s training vehicle each year to the school system.

John Reich, manager of the Mandan branch of the State Employment Service, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Mandan United Fund. Reich, 35, succeeds Robert Chase of Chase Chevrolet who has completed three years as a UF board member.

Close to 50 youngsters participated in an Easter egg hunt held Sunday at Ft. McKeen by Cub Pack 149. More than 16 dozen Easter eggs were hidden by Cubmaster James Hilliard and several fathers of the club.

Conrad Johnson, 710 3rd St. N.W., has been selected as Mandan’s outstanding handicapped citizen of the year. Johnson, 62, currently in the Mandan Hospital, has been suffering from severe arthritis since he was six years old. Presenting the award were Kenneth Erlandson of the VFW and J. C. Ciavarella of the American Legion, chairmen of the local group’s handicap committees.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Frank Eckroth has been elected Master Workman of the local Ancient Order of United Workmen lodge at the annual election of officers held at the Hudson Hall, Main St., Mandan. John Lindsay was elected Foreman and John Ressler, Overseer.

Funeral services were held this past week at the First Presbyterian Church for Mrs. B. W. Shaw, 77, a resident of Mandan since 1888. Georgia Greenwood Lanterman was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lanterman at Blairtown, N. J., the youngest in a family of 12 children. In 1888 she married a young lawyer, B. W. Shaw, at the home of her brothers, Albert and William, in Hillsboro, N.D. After a two weeks’ honeymoon, the couple came to Mandan during which time Judge Shaw served the territorial, federal, state and county government in various legal capacities. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, two children, LaRue Shaw and Eleanor Ricker, both of Mandan, and eight grandchildren.

The Depression is far from over, according to a report from State officials. A drop of $50,000 in North Dakota individual income tax collection has been predicted by V. I. Gilbreath, income tax deputy, who declared the average individual liability on 16,398 returns is $12.53, compared to $15.98 last year. Motor vehicle registrations are 35,349 applications down from the same period in 1938, and new car sales have also dropped steadily during the past year.

An automobile belonging to Bryon Surface, Mandan, an employee of the Northern Pacific Railway, was seized by the Morton County Sheriff this week during a drive to collect delinquent personal property taxes from Morton County residents. The automobile will be held until the delinquent taxes of $60, plus penalty, interest and costs are paid, or it will be sold at a sheriff’s sale. The action serves as a warning to other county residents who are able to pay, but have not paid, their property taxes.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“Last weekend 75 members of the Mandan Lodge 1256 B. P. O. Elks greeted District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Burnett of Dickinson who complimented the lodge on the splendid advance made by the order in the past two and a half years since organization. Mr. Burnett is visiting the various lodges of the state in his official capacity. The annual election of officers was also held and resulted in but few changes. E. K. Bitzing was elected Exalted Ruler, A. H. Clark as secretary and J. H. Noakes, treasurer.
“Gasoline leaking from the tank onto the hot exhaust pipe set fire to the Buick automobile owned by Charles Winters last Thursday night and completely destroyed it. Mr. Winters was driving south on the Lincoln road and had gotten but a short distance from the bridge when flames shot from below the floorboards. The occupants piled out in a hurry and threw sand on the blaze but were unable to put it out. The auto was valued at $600 but was insured for $300.”

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, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 88 degrees above zero.

“Arbor Day is soon here. Why would it not be a fitting observance to spend a part of it in planting trees in the cemetery?

“It will be seen from notices published in another column of today’s newspaper that the county authorities are getting to work in calling an election to elect delegates to the constitutional convention.

“Mr. J. J. Luck’s many friends will be glad to learn of his appointment to the office of postmaster at New Salem. Mr. Luck was the founder of the New Salem colony and has done more for it than any other one man. He will make a good official.

“The type-writer business is booming. One of our county officials has just got one, and another is talking seriously of getting another. The rise of the type-writer is one of the most noticeable features of the age. It has a long way to go before its click will be heard in every household, but there are indications of orders coming in with great rapidity. Those who want to get the facts, figures and prices should call on the Pioneer newspaper office.”

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