25 Years Ago-1993

Lori Joersz of Mandan, representing the Finder and Mandan News, took part in the annual KFYR Ag Show by manning the company’s booth at the Civic Center, Bismarck. Lori, who has been employed at the Finder since 1979, was also named “Employee of the Month” at the Finder.

Members of Mandan High School boys swim team continue to set records, and head soach Ralph Manley is confident of success at the state meet on March 8. In recent competition at the Grand Forks Invitational, the spotlight shined on Mandan’s Mitch Henke, who broke the 3-minute barrier in the 100-breaststroke. Henke became the first high school boy in the state to break that mark, and he did it with .39 of a second to spare. Also sparking the team is Jeremy Tipton, who swam a personal best time in the 100-freestyle, from 1:02 to :59.32.

Funerals this week:

Esther (Neverdahl) Smith, 92, Bismarck; raised, educated in Wisconsin. Married Walter Smith, 1921; lived south of Mandan. A rural schoolteacher, two years; then a bookkeeper at W.J. Smith and Son Implement, Mandan, until 1955. A 4-H leader for 35 years. Member of Catholic Daughters, American Legion and VFW auxiliaries and War Mothers. Survivors include one son and daughter and their families, three sisters.

Joseph Eisenhauer, 71, Mandan; raised, educated in Pennsylvania. Married Bonnie Tavis, 1943. Served in U.S. Navy, 1944-46. Salesman for Tavis Co., then a printer for N.D. Rural Electric Co-ops, retiring 1991. Selected State Knight of the Year, 1978, Knights of Columbus. Was first grand knight, Council No. 6186, Mandan. Held all offices in third and fourth degree Knights of Columbus. Member of Mandan Toastmasters, Elks, Lions and Legion clubs. Survivors include his wife, one son, three daughters and their families, two brothers, five sisters.

Magdalena (Schantz) Knoll, 86, Mandan; raised, educated at Mandan. Married James C. Knoll, 1927. Worked 21 years for U.S. Army Reserves, Fort Lincoln, Bismarck, retiring 1971. Charter member of Northern Pacific Switchmen’s Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. Member of Catholic Daughters and St. Maria Verein. Survivors include one son and daughter and their families.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Feb. 2: a high of 44 degrees; 23 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Gene Friederich, Dick Schmidt and Jim Hellman captured top honors at the Mandan Jaycees annual awards banquet held at the Mandan Moose Club. The evening’s featured speaker was state Sen. Herb Geving, Parshall.

Friederich, manager of the F.W. Woolworth Co. in Mandan, was named winner of the local Distinguished Service Award. He has been a Jaycee for more than two years and is currently chairman of several local projects.

Hellman, employed by Chase Chevrolet, was honored as Jaycee of the Year. He has also been chairman of more than a dozen local projects in the past two years and is the current secretary of the Mandan Jaycees.

Schmidt received the Key Man Award and the Past President’s pin from the current chapter president, Mel Beckler.

Among the other awards given were Outstanding Young Farmer, Thomas Zander; Boss of the Year, Dick Wood, manager of the Mandan Co-op Supermarket; Outstanding Educator, Ernest Borr. A first-time honorary membership was also presented to Marvin Miller, a Mandan Park Board employee, for his services to the Jaycees.

The evening concluded with the presentation of two Exhausted Rooster awards, given to those who have passed the maximum Jaycee age of 36: Gene Becker, a past chapter president, and past active member Darrell Krause.

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The Mandan Fortnightly Club held its annual Play Day this week at the home of Mrs. C.G. Hughes, Play Day chairman. Carrying out the theme “Let’s Go Mod,” members were required to come in a costume centering on a hairdo, wig or hat. The Traveling Trophy for the best costume, established 10 years ago, was awarded to Mrs. H.A. Wheeler. The group also arranged to send a corsage to one of its charter members, Mrs. Lyman N. Cary, who observed her 96th birthday on Jan. 19. She attended the club’s first meeting in 1906.

75 Years Ago-1943

E.A. Tostevin, 78, founder and publisher of the Mandan Daily Pioneer, passed away Tues., Feb. 2, at the Mandan Hospital. Tostevin was born, raised and educated in Racine, Wis., where he was employed with the Racine Daily Journal and Printing Co. for more than 23 years. He and his family moved to Mandan after purchasing the Mandan Pioneer in 1909. Among his other accomplishments while at Mandan: served 15 years as one of the directors of the Mandan Commercial Club (forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce); was a charter member of the Mandan Rotary Club, serving as its president in 1933; and was the organist for the Mandan Presbyterian Church from 1912 to 1936. Survivors include his widow and two sons, Walter and Edwin, and their families.

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Bill McClelland has received a call to report to Nashville, Tenn., for his training as an Army Air Corps cadet. He entered the Army Air Corps Reserve last July. After graduating from Mandan High School, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. McClelland completed the civil aeronautical course offered at the Bismarck airport, followed by an advance flying course at the University of North Dakota.

With military security no longer requiring secrecy, the Navy publicly added to its list of sunken vessels the names of the aircraft carrier Hornet and 10 other warships which were all lost in furious battles with the Japanese during November. However, Navy officials also said that the Japanese had lost a total of 18 ships, along with more than a hundred of their bomber and torpedo planes. There was no official count of casualties reported.

100 Years Ago-1918

“The new St. Joseph’s Parochial School opened this past week, and it’s one of the finest, if not the finest, parochial school building in the western part of the state. The contract price for the building is $25,000. The structure has eight school rooms on the first and second floors, while the ground floor features an auditorium with stage, a kitchen, lockers and lavatories. Dedication is scheduled at Easter time, according to Father Clemens.

“William Hartley has received word from his brother, Art, who is with Company A of Bismarck. The letter simply tells that he is safe, and the censor was busy on the balance of the letter.

“Word has been received from Earle H. Tostevin, who is with the First North Dakota regiment 'somewhere' in France. His letter contained the following important information: Arrived safely in ‘Foreign Port.’ When you write, make it a book. Traveled via (deleted by censor) and it’s some boat.

“What might have been a serious accident occurred at the B.D. Rowley residence this morning when the hot water system connected with the stove, which had frozen during the night, exploded, blowing off the lids and doors of the oven. The force of the explosion was so great that it blew out one of the windows. Mrs. Rowley, who was preparing breakfast was, luckily, not in that room at the time.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 8 degrees below zero.

“If the muskrat did not build an extra thick nest this year, he did not know his business.

“The man should be bound to a cake of ice for a week in frigid clime, who tries his best to advance the price of coal in the winter time in our region.

“Mr. J.H. Slater has a large group of men at work putting up ice blocks from the frozen Missouri. He has leased the large Gibson icehouse, which should hold enough ice for next season’s orders from Bismarck and Mandan.

“Some of the icemen are complaining because the ice they are getting on the Missouri River is not thick enough. One would suppose that cubes of ice, 30 inches each way, were big enough. It is delightfully, clear, solid and clean.

“In response to invitations, issued a few days ago, 23 tiny misses assembled at the residence of Mrs. P.W. McGillic, this week, to assist the hostess’s five-year old daughter, Florence, in celebrating her birthday. The afternoon was replete with enjoyment, and as each little guest departed for her home, she was given a book and a bag of bonbons.

“An interesting object, for the North Dakota World’s Fair building, will be a petrified stump found four miles west of Glen Ullin. It measures eight feet high and five feet in diameter and weighs close to 10 tons. Mr. McGinnis, secretary of the World’s Fair board, says it will be among the most interesting relics in the exhibit. The fair will open May 3 in Chicago.”

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.