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1968: Ernest Borr.

25 Years Ago-1993

Work has begun along the river valley, north of Mandan, on the installation of pipe that will carry city water to rural areas. “It’s the first step in the realization of a 15-year dream,” said Mike Kemnitz, Missouri West Rural Water System manager.

Members of the Mandan School Board have accepted recommendations from architect Al Fitterer for the various contracts and subcontracts that will begin work on a new 22-room southside elementary school in Plainview Heights. The total cost, including $100,000 for converting classrooms at Central Elementary for use into junior high classrooms, and $240,000 for architect and engineer fees, is estimated at $4.54 million.

Funerals this week:

Rose (Volk) Winters, 89, Flasher; born at Bessarabia, Russia. Raised, educated near Raleigh. Married Melchior Winters, 1923. Farmed in Raleigh area until moving to South Dakota, 1948. Following husband’s death, she moved to Flasher, 1969. A member of Christian Mothers. Survivors include one daughter, Kathryn.

Joe R. Mosbrucker, 74, New Salem; raised, educated in rural New Salem area. Served in Civilian Conservation Corps, 1936-37. Married Barbara Schaner, 1940. Farmed until moving into New Salem, 1977. Survivors include his wife, one son and his family, two sisters.

Robert S. Barnhardt, 51, Mandan; raised, educated near Center. Married Paulette Pitzer, 1967. Worked in construction of area energy plants, 19 years. Moved into Mandan, began Barnhardt Landscaping business, 1970s. Survivors include his wife, three sons, two daughters and their families, two brothers, one sister and his father.

Jacob “Jack” Wetzel, 72, Almont; raised, educated near Glen Ullin. Married Eleanor Gietzen, 1944. Farmed near Almont, retiring 1976, moving into Almont. Was school bus driver, 10 years. An avid hunter, fisherman and expert sausage maker. Survivors include his wife, three sons, seven daughters and their families, one brother, six sisters.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, April 13: a high of 52 degrees; 28 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Members of Mandan Lodge No. 8, A.F.&A.M., have elected Ronald F. Harsh as worshipful master, succeeding Curtis M. Parrott, retiring master. Elected to serve with him were Armun D. Jones as senior warden and Michael Riisager, junior warden. Re-elected were E.G. Laub, secretary, and John C. Gould, treasurer.

Elmer Gustafson has been nominated as the new commander of the Mandan American Legion. Gustafson will succeed Thomas Geiger. Also nominated were Mort Johnson, Warren Buehler and Herb Bender for first vice commander. Nominated to the board of managers were Al Ressler, Otto Evenrud, Boyd Jaskoviak and Joe Schaff.

Seventeen graduating seniors of the Mandan High School Concert Band have honored their director, Ernest Borr, with a gift of a metronome. All of the students have been Borr’s bandsmen since the sixth grade. He was their director then, through junior high and moved up to the high school the same year he was named director of the high school band department. Senior Sally Block made the presentation on behalf of her bandmates.

75 Years Ago-1943

Grover Cleveland Alexander, one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, was a guest of the Mandan Rotary Club luncheon this past week. The 56-year-old player reminisced about baseball greats Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Cy Young, who he classed as the greatest pitcher he ever knew. Alexander played from 1911 through 1930 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938. This was his second visit to Mandan. In 1914 Alexander pitched an exhibition game at Mandan between the National and American Leagues’ all-stars teams.

Approximately 18,000 War Ration books have been issued in Morton County, according to officials of the Morton County Price and Ration board.

Johnny Kuntz, seaman first class, who had been home on leave during the past week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kuntz, left this week for New York to report for duty with the U.S. Navy. Johnny has seen plenty of action, in Australia, the Solomon Islands and North Africa, and more recently, convoy duty in the Panama Canal zone. Mr. and Mrs. Kuntz have two other sons in the service, Joseph and Florian.

President Franklin Roosevelt conferred this week with three New York political figures, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, former governor Al Smith and Tammany Chief Michael J. Kennedy. However, the only report given to the press was their agreement on rationing coffee. The four agreed that drying out slightly used grounds and then adding a fresh spoonful each morning and brewing anew was the best way to “save” on coffee purchases. According to rumors, their wives make their own coffee in a separate room.

100 Years Ago-1918

“Charles F. Ellis has moved his offices to the new Lewis and Clark Hotel, and when finally settled, will have the finest offices in the city.

“C.J. Conyne has completed moving into his new store, the place vacated by the Arcade store, three doors east of his old location. When the place is finally arranged, he will have a very attractive store and be better enabled to display his fine line of jewelry and Edison phonographs.

“A military Mass, with a large attendance, was held Monday morning at St. Joseph’s church ,which was decorated with flags in honor of the boys leaving on the ‘Special’ for Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa. A large number of the 71 young soldiers are communicants of this church, and, after the Mass, Father Clemens delivered an address to the boys. Arrangements have been made for all of the business houses of the city to close their doors from 12 noon until after the train leaves the city, in order that everybody may join in the farewell at the Depot.

“Help the boys OVER THERE and the boys OVER HERE by attending the Home Guard benefit dance at the new Elks Hall on Friday evening."

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., April 13, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 49 degrees above zero.

“Tiny blades of green grass can be seen on the prairie.

“In sheltered spots, favored now by the sun’s warm rays, buds of wild flowers have put in their appearance.

“On Tuesday night, there were 465 cars of freight in the Mandan railyards, awaiting transportation west. Delays were caused by repairs needed on destroyed bridges and tracks due to the recent spring flooding.

“The city council met on Wednesday evening. Besides routine business, a Board of Health was appointed, in accordance with the provisions of an act passed by the last legislature. Dr. Goeschel was appointed health officer and he, along with Messrs. Roby, Wymann, and McDonald, constitute the board.

“Down at Fargo the other day, there was quite a struggle on the part of the Morton County contingent to get excused from serving on the U.S. Jury. Messrs. Timmerman, McGillic and others were unable to be excused as farmers. However, Mr. Conroy was. ‘Let me look at your hands,’ said Judge Thomas. Mr. Conroy held out his hands, and they were sufficiently farmer-like to satisfy His Honor, and Mr. Conroy was excused.”

Diane Boit was raised and educated in the Red River Valley before coming to Mandan with her family in 1970. She has been involved with the Bismarck-Mandan newspapers for more than 30 years. Boit can be reached at