25 Years Ago-1992

Jay Feil has been named president of First Southwest Bank-Mandan, succeeding Harley Jundt. The Mandan native is a 1973 graduate of Mandan High School and a 1977 graduate of Minot State University. Feil began his career as a loan officer in Fargo and later spent four years at Norwest Bank, before joining the staff at First Southwest. He is the son of Clifford and Irene Feil, Mandan.

Funerals this week:

Delano Ferderer, 57, Mandan; raised, educated in the Center and Oliver counties areas. Married Margie Zander, 1967. The couple farmed in Oliver County, 38 years, then lived in Mandan, 25 years. Was a member of the Mandan Eagles and Moose clubs. Survivors include his wife, one son and two daughters and their families, six brothers and two sisters.

Jerry Fristad, 51, Cleveland; raised, educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School, 1959. Worked on and ran the family farm until retiring and moving to Cleveland, 1981. Survivors include one brother, two sisters and their families.

Wilbur Nickel, 68, New Salem, raised, educated in the Judson area. Married Mary Carlson, 1944, and farmed in Judson area. Worked for NP railroad on a section crew; also worked for Loehrke Brothers Construction of Judson. Was a member of the Bethel Church board and a 4-H leader for many years. Survivors include two daughters and four sons and their families and one brother.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Sept. 29: a high of 62 degrees; 25 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1967

The Mandan Hospital washed away a little more red ink this past week when it paid a $2,710 special assessment charge from 1965. Presenting the check to Morton County Treasurer Jake Geiss was hospital board secretary Mrs. Charles (Jane) Ellis. The hospital has paid a total of $21,717 in bond payments and special assessments.

Jerry Engle is the new president of the Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club. He succeeds Harold Moos. Other officers are Howard Koch, vice president, and Jerry Knudson, secretary-treasurer.

The North Dakota Highway Department is erecting signs to mark completed sections of the Lewis and Clark Trail. The 24-by-30-inch signs, featuring silhouettes of the two explorers in brown against a white background, are erected in 10-mile intervals in rural areas. The “Trail” will eventually stretch from St. Louis, Mo., to the Oregon coast, following the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-06.

Dawn Johnson of Bismarck was crowned Miss Rodeo Mandan 1968 at the Mandan rodeo grounds last weekend during the annual Sister Cities Jaycee roundup. MHS junior Wanda Knoll was named Miss Mandan Rodeo Princess. The annual event is sponsored by the Mrs. Jaycees, with Mrs. John Kraft, general chairman.

Karen Hertz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Hertz Sr., recently became the bride of Henry C. Weber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weber, at a ceremony conducted at Christ the King Church with Msgr. A.J. Galowitsch officiating. Deborah Ann Hertz was her sister’s maid of honor; bridesmaids were Bonita Geiger and Toni Stanton, both of Mandan. Attending the groom as best man was his brother, William Weber, New Town. Groomsmen were Fred J. Weber and William Hoff, Mandan. The bridal couple are graduates of Mandan High School. The groom is employed at the American Oil Refinery, Mandan; the bride is employed by the North Dakota Highway Department.

75 Years Ago-1942

Parishioners packed the church auditorium to witness the installation this past week of Rev. Father Justin Luetmer as pastor of St. Joseph’s parish by the Most Rev. Vincent J. Ryan, bishop of Bismarck. Preceding the installation, priests of neighboring parishes and members of the St. Thomas More Council, Knights of Columbus, formed the procession that escorted the new pastor from the parish house to the church. Luetmer was a pastor at a White Earth, Minn., parish and also in charge of the mission school for Indian girls.

Six Mandan men have arrived back home for a 10-day furlough. They are Second Lts. Leonard Farr, Irwin Rybnicek, Phillip Schmidt, Eugene Eckroth, Parkin Noakes and Donald Mushik. All were formerly with Battery A, 188th Field Artillery, Mandan unit of the N.D. National Guard.

Temperatures in the state dropped to below freezing last weekend, with Wishek reporting the lowest temp with only 24 above. It was 31 above at Mandan.

First Class Private Robert Norby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Norby, has been killed in airplane crash in Alaska, according to a message received by his parents from the war department. Norby, a graduate of Mandan High School, had been in the Army for over a year.

William Mutz, Mandan high school vocational agriculture and shop instructor and local director of the model aircraft project, has issued a call for all Mandan students entered in the project to turn in their model planes at once. The planes, to be shipped to Army bases, will be used to train members of the United States armed forces in aircraft detection. They are built to an exact shape and painted black so that soldiers will learn to spot both friend and enemy planes by their silhouettes.

100 Years Ago-1917

“A lively scrap has developed at the Mandan Post Office. Following the Postmaster Foran’s announcement of the promotion of Charles Hughes to assistant postmaster, Roy F. Dow, a seven-year employee at the post office, is making a determined effort to land that position on the basis of his seniority. Mr. Dow has circulated a petition demanding the assistant postmaster position. To date, the petition has been signed by all the county and city officers and scores of other citizens.

“Earl, son of L.C. Peters, 712 West Main St., narrowly escaped being killed Sunday. He was driving a team to a hay rake when his foot became caught in the whiffletree. He struck one of the horses to make the animal move forward enough to release his foot, when the horse kicked backwards and gashed his right cheek to the bone. He was taken to the Mandan hospital where eight stitches were needed to close the wound.

“Worry over the possibility of his son, Grant, being drafted into the U.S. Army, is held responsible for the heart attack which seized Samuel W. Unkenholz, 53, resulting in his death earlier this month. Unkenholz was born in New York and came to Morton County with his father in 1882. He had been successfully engaged in farming and was active in the Farmers Elevator organization, being elected secretary in 1907, a position he still held. He was also prominent in the state elevator managers association and was offered a position in the national organization at Milwaukee in 1912. However, that offer was declined due to heart and kidney problems for which he had been doctoring at the Mayo hospital at Rochester, Minn. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Rural, 14 miles southwest of Mandan. Survivors include: two sons, one daughter; one brother and three sisters.”

125 Years Ago-1892

“On Thurs., Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 59 degrees above zero.

“According to Mr. W.B. Foltz, the wheat yield in the Little Heart valley is averaging 18 bushels to the acre.

“Mrs. John Hager broke her arm yesterday, just above the wrist. She was driving her buggy when the horse became unruly, causing her to lose her grip and fall on the hard ground. Dr. Read was summoned and reports the patient is doing well.

“Mr. A.E. Flynn, cashier of the First National Bank, believes now that there are much more agreeable ways of taking a vacation than by going out and 'roughing it' with a surveying party. He says the hours, 4 a.m. till 6 or 8 p.m., are pretty long hours, especially when being used to ending a day’s work at 4 p.m. Mr. Flynn also mentioned that the chef of the party needed some variety on his menu; beans, bacon and black coffee, three times a day, was becoming awfully tiresome.

“Mr. E.C. Rice and Mr. T.J. Gladstone returned from their hunt on Tuesday evening. Mr. Rice says his Kodak was not handy, or he would have taken a snapshot of Mr. Gladstone making for shore after being tossed out of a boat. He was in water up to his neck and with a gun in each hand, held high above his head, he did some tall rustling for a few minutes. Aside from getting wet, no harm was done … except to Mr. Gladstone’s pride.”

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 dboit46@gmail.com.

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