Mandan News

Zanders chosen Outstanding Catholic Family, 1964

Diane Boit
25 Years Ago – 1989
Representatives of the Internal Revenue Service were in Mandan this past week to honor Tracy Porter of Braun and Schaff Tax Service. The firm is the first electronic filer in North Dakota. Using a telephone modem, Porter gets an average three-week turnaround on electronically filed returns and with direct deposit that can be reduced to nine days.

Eighty-one area students, 38 from the city and 43 from the county, participated in the Mandan City/ Morton County Spelling Bee held at the MHS auditorium. The top two placers from each division were eighth graders, Bryon Severson and Kevin Karls,who will advance to the state competition in Bismarck.

North Dakotans packed the Bismarck Civic Center last week as their hero, Virgil Hill, out-boxed Bobby Czyz in 12 rounds to defending his light heavy weight title for the fifth time.

50 Years Ago – 1964
The John F. Zander family, 202 2nd St. NE, has been chosen as the Outstanding Catholic Family of the Year during the two-day observance of the 28th Anniversary of the St. Thomas More Council of the Mandan Knights of Columbus. Zander has served in numerous KC offices, including Grand Knight; Mrs. Zander, the former Ida Gustin, has also been active in the church. The Zanders have nine children, seven sons and two daughters. They live next door to John’s parents, who were parents to 20 children.

Elmer Finck, son of Mr., and Mrs. Glenn Finck of Mandan, has been elected state president of the Squires at a weekend convention at Bismarck of the boys group sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Finck, a junior at Mandan High, is currently the chief squire of the St. Thomas More Council.

75 Years Ago – 1939
Weary North Dakota legislators, who crossed the constitutional deadline for finishing the 26th legislative assembly at midnight, March 3, continued their overtime labors for nearly another week before finally adjourning March 8th with the possibility of a returning to a special fall session if the state runs out of money to meet its obligations. Members of both houses struggled to find revenue to cover the state’s relief programs, including the new $40 per month pensions for those 65 and older. The old age assistance, increased from a maximum of $30, had been approved in November’s election, but lawmakers agreed to delay the increase until more revenue flows into the state’s coffers.

The Mandan Library closed its doors for the final time at the old quarters on Third Avenue N.W. on the night of March 10. The library had been in the same building for 33 years, since 1909.

Mandan’s Tony Brucker, Upper Midwest Golden Gloves middleweight champion, was kay-oed in the second round by Detroit’s Walter Barnes during the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament of champions. It was Brucker’s first fight in the Chicago event. Two hundred fighters representing 26 states are contesting for the right to be among the 32 to enter the quarter-finals of the tournament.

The Mandan Braves basketball team brought their season’s schedule to a dramatic climax this past week before a crowd of nearly 1100 spectators that jammed the Mandan Memorial building, far beyond its seating capacity. The Braves overcame a 12 to 1 first quarter score to battle back and defeat the Bismarck Demons, 32-31. Mandan’s Eugene Eckroth tossed in the winning basket with just 15 seconds remaining in the game. Eckroth was also the top scorer for the Braves with 15 points, followed by George Brucker with 9. Mandan is scheduled to meet Bismarck in a crucial game that will determine which of them will go the State Class A Tournament.

100 Years Ago – 1914
“Fargo has won the state’s first basketball tourney by defeating Minot, champions from the northwest district, 21-13. There were four teams in the tourney, one from each quarter of the state.
“Mrs. Ed Knudson, nee Mary Bauknecht, who has been seriously ill with typhoid fever, is reported to be on the mend.
“A runaway involving a single horse and buggy rented by Mr. Hutchinson from Guy Bartram occurred this week when the horse, frightened by a passing auto, broke its hitching strap and tore down Main Street to the Bartram barn where damage was incurred to the buggy as the horse dashed through the open barn door.
Elfrida Trinkley, 18, survivor of the sinking of the Titanic liner in the Atlantic in 1911, is employed as a maid in the Mandan home of Clerk of Court and Mrs. Ed Morck. In an interview with the Pioneer reporter, she said she would never cross the ocean again, although her grandfather had sent her money to return to Bordeaux, France.

Elfrida said that she had been fortunate to have been pulled out of the ship’s window into a passing lifeboat; her two girlfriends who shared the cabin never escaped. The cries of the people left aboard the sinking Titanic and from those floating in the icy water were terrible and impossible to erase from her memory, she said.

After being hospitalized for six weeks in New York with pneumonia and whooping cough, she stayed with an uncle in Delaware, before traveling west to visit a friend in North Dakota. When she arrived in Stanton, her friend was nowhere to be found and had left with no forwarding address. Elfrida plans to stay in Mandan and save money to study stenography and bookkeeping.”

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, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 38 degrees above zero.

“Shrove Tuesday- in the old country all the people are eating pancakes.

“Yesterday, Ash Wednesday was observed in our churches.

“The news comes of the fact that J. J. Luck has a daughter, and it is reported that he is handing out the cigars to his friends in great liberality.

“Scarlet fever appears to be dying out completely. No new cases have been reported for some time.

“The Free Reading room was opened last night at the Depot. It is a cheerful room, well lighted and well warmed, and there is an abundance of current and standard literature.

“Now that the legislature has adjourned, it is possible to view dispassionately the acts of the members and the Governor. It must be confessed that our Governor has a good part of the time acquitted himself with dignity; his vetoes have generally been based on sound sense. However, several mistakes in his nominations for offices have damaged his prestige; his choices being of woefully bad character. Taking it altogether, the Governor has had a most inglorious two months in spite of his intelligent and much needed vetoes. But, then most of the members of the legislature have also conducted themselves in such a manner as to earn for themselves everlasting retirement.”

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