Pile of bones

Morton County Sheriff Ed Wingenbach, left, and Christ Nuss, Mandan developer, examine some bones uncovered by earth moving equipment in a housing development on one of the hills overlooking Mandan in April of 1963.

Bob Feickert

This story was originally published in the Bismarck Tribune on April 20, 1963.

Bones uncovered by earthmoving equipment in a Mandan housing project Friday afternoon were turned over to Morton County Sheriff Ed Wingenbach.

Wingenbach placed the bone scraps in a cardboard box and notified the State Historical Society in case that agency wanted to examine the find.

The bones were found on top of a hill in Don's Addition, a hilly section overlooking Mandan just east of the new Christ the King Catholic Church being developed by Christ Nuss, Mandan contractor.

The hill is being cut down to provide sites for 14 new homes and Nuss was at the job site when he noticed the bones in the wake of the huge scraper which was stripping off the top layer of earth.

The bones, which included a portion of jaw with teeth and other fragments, were reported to be badly deteriorated. There were no fragments of wood or cloth which might have indicated an old grave, Wingenbach said.

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