25 Years Ago-1992

Despite voters’ approval of a measure invoking term limitations, Mandan and Morton County voters brought back the incumbents in Tuesday’s election, which saw a heavy turnout in icy winter weather conditions.

District 34 representatives Rae Ann Kelsch, a Republican, and Jim Coats, a Democrat, won re-election, along with state senator Corliss Mushik, also a Democrat. Re-elected in District 31 were Republican representatives Jim Boehm and Rocky Bateman. Morton County commissioners Richard Bendish, Bob Chase and Henry Gustin also won re-election.

Morton and Mandan voters did not agree with the majority of the other states and would have returned President H.W. Bush to office, but they did vote with the majority of North Dakotans to elect Ed Schafer as the 30th governor of North Dakota. Local voters also voted to approve Democrats Byron Dorgan’s bid for the U. S. Senate, and Earl Pomeroy for the U.S. House of Representatives.

After three consecutive Republican landslides for the office of U.S. president, 46-year old Democratic candidate Bill Clinton carried 38 states, winning 43 percent of the popular vote as well as a wide Electoral College margin, 370 to 168, to become the 42nd president of the United States. Clinton defeated Bush in his bid for re-election, along with Ross Perot, who took 18.9 percent of the national vote.

Funerals this week:

Raphael Schlosser, 67, Reno, Nev.; raised, educated in Morton County schools. Served in U.S. Navy during World War II. Was employed by Tektronics in Beaverton, Ore., until retirement. Received Merit Pin for 1,000 hours of volunteer services at Veterans Hospital. Survivors include three sons and their families, all of Beaverton, four brothers, five sisters.

Loretta (Brigl) Collins, 75, Huron, S.D.; raised, educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School. Married Floyd Collins, 1933. Worked at Collins Printing Co., 43 years, retiring 1985. Was an avid golfer and bowler. Survivors include her husband, one daughter and her family and two sisters.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Nov. 10: a high of 37 degrees; 30 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1967

The 1,760-acre livestock and cash grain farm of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Schmidt has won the coveted West Morton Soil Conservation District farm award for 1967. The couple was honored at a conservation awards banquet, sponsored by the Flasher Commercial club. The winner of the East Morton SCD farm award is the 1,280-acre farm of Nick A. Renner, 10 miles southwest of Mandan. The Mandan Kiwanis Club was their banquet host, assisted by the Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Both winners received a plaque and a colored aerial photo of their farm.

Funeral services were held this past week at Mandan’s First Presbyterian Church for Morton County State's Attorney David Wise. The 31-year old bachelor was elected state's attorney in 1966 and took office Jan. 1 of this year. A special meeting will be called by Roy Young, chairman of the Morton County Commission, to appoint a new state's attorney to serve until the next election.

Funeral services were also held for Frank J. Helt, 73, Mandan, longtime Conoco dealer and owner-operator of the Dairy Queen. Helt was born at Lankin, homesteaded in Canada, 1911, then moved to a ranch near Solen, 1919. He married Virginia Holbrook, 1928, then moved to Mandan in 1937 and began operating a Conoco dealership and later built and operated the Dairy Queen, retiring in 1953. Survivors include his wife, two daughters and their families, seven brothers and sisters.

75 Years Ago-1942

Twenty-six Morton County men left this week, under the Selective Service law, for Fort Snelling, Minn., and induction into the U.S. Armed Forces. From Mandan: Donald Simons, Carl Siegfried, Joseph Messmier, Jalmer Michelson, Ulrich Schleicher, Lawrence Dombrowsky, Roy Ericson, Henry Kautzman, Robert Hertz, Nicholas Koch, Edwin Phillips, Anton Koch, Frank Ellwein Jr., Everett Mattson, Edward Helbing and Charley Martz. From Judson: Marvin Thiel. From St. Anthony: Joseph Miller. From Breien: Joe Ressler. From New Salem; John Kiesel, Lorenz Kunkel, Palmer Johnson and Raymond Kaelberer. From Huff: Frank Leidenix. From Timmer: William Kesler. From Cannonball: Narcise BlackCloud.

Population shifts from farms to war production areas have caused huge losses in more than half of the Midwest states. The migration increased the population substantially in the states of Michigan, California, Virginia and the District of Columbia. However, all agricultural states of the Midwest had population declines. According to a recent Census Bureau report, for the two years ending May 1, 1942, North Dakota’s population decreased by 53,167 from a high of 588,539.

100 Years Ago-1917

“The laying of the cornerstone of the new St. Joseph’s school occurred on a recent Sunday afternoon. The school is located on Collins Ave. to the rear of the magnificent church structure. The building will be two stories and about 70 feet square in size.

“Rev. F.W. Thompson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Mandan, has tendered his resignation, effective January 1. Rev. Thompson came here soon after the retirement of the late Dr. McCurdy.

“The city commission has let the contract for the excavation of the new waterworks reservoir. The Mandan Transfer Co. has the lowest bid, the cost approximately $2,800.

“Hereafter, every Wednesday will be corn day and every Friday a meatless day in North Dakota, according to an order issued by Dr. E.F. Ladd, state food director. North Dakota hotels and restaurants have assured cooperation, and housewives are requested to remember the day. This is all done in order to send wheat and other foodstuffs to our Allies in need, namely England, France, Italy and Belgium who must now import more than 60 percent of their food due to wartime activities that have disrupted planting and harvesting in their countries.

“Yesterday, solicitors of the food pledge cards began work in Mandan under the direction of Mrs. A.H. Peterson as city director. The last report received indicated 297 families in the city have taken the pledge to help the government conserve food supplies. So, far there have been no refusals to sign a pledge. The work will continue until every family has been seen.”

125 Years Ago-1892

“On Thurs., Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 54 degrees above zero.

“Grover Cleveland has again been chosen President of the United States by a majority of 100 votes in the Electoral College over incumbent Benjamin Harrison.

(The 1892 national election was a rematch of the closely contested 1888 presidential election between President Grover Cleveland and Republican challenger Benjamin Harrison. Although Cleveland did win the popular vote, he lost in the Electoral College, resulting in Harrison becoming president. In the 1892 rematch, Cleveland won both the popular and electoral vote, thus becoming the first and, to date, only person in American history to be elected to a second, nonconsecutive presidential term.)

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“It looks as though the German population of this county had not lost their habits of sturdy republicanism.

“The 'I Told You So' fiends were not so numerous the day after the election as in days of yore. Probably the surprise was too much for them.

“Some of the defeated candidates who were terribly sure of election before the votes were counted, were done up brown. But they will, doubtless, be on hand again two years from now, and they will try to persuade themselves and their friends that the conditions have things have changed, and although they suffered defeat in 1892, they may look for victory in 1894.

“There is a very interesting discussion, shortly to be witnessed in this state, namely whether or not Mrs. Laura Eisenhuth, who would seem to have been elected to the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, can legally hold that office. Our constitution provides that the holder should be 25 years old and should be a citizen of the United States. However, the laws of 1890, chapter 62, section 1, uses the pronoun 'He' throughout the article. Some say this will need be addressed in supreme court of this state before she can assume the office.”

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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