25 Years Ago-1992

The Mandan Braves girls swimming team have won their fourth straight state championship title. At the state meet, the Mandan girls won eight individual titles and clinched the state title by 50 points. Named to the All-State Team were Suzie Helvig, Nicole Fiest and Pamela Richmond; honorable mention: Linn Little, DeDe Sletten.

The Dakota Zoo has received another $2,000 check from the Amoco Foundation. This is the third installment of a $10,000 donation to help with the expansion of the zoo. The check was presented to Terry Lincoln, zoo director, by Mandan Refinery Manager John Stitzell.

Mandan native Tocker Pudwill has won his 18th professional boxing match at the Mandan Community Center with a unanimous decision over Reggie Busse, Cincinnati. Pudwill’s record stands at 17-0 with seven knockouts.

Funerals this week:

Dell (Weinreich) Hagerott, 85, Mandan; raised, educated in rural New Salem, graduating from New Salem High School, 1925. Graduated from Dickinson State College, 1931. Married Harry Hagerott, 1931. Taught many years in Morton County schools, retiring 1972. Played piano since age 4. Was member of First Lutheran Church, Mandan, and N.D. Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include two sons and their families, one sister, one brother.

Jack Napper 74, Mandan; raised, educated at Kemmerer, Wyo. Married Bertha House, 1941. Served with U.S. Army during World War II. After discharge, worked for Amoco Oil Co. in Wyoming, moving to Mandan to work at their new refinery, 1954, retiring in 1978. Member of Mandan’s Masonic Lodge, El Zagel Shrine, Elks and Christ Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their families, one brother.

Frank G. Leingang, 87, New Salem; raised, educated near St. Anthony. Married Mary Beckler, 1925. Farmed near Solen before moving to St. Anthony to own and operate the Red and White Grocery Store until 1956, then moving into Mandan. Owned Kist Meat Market for several years, then worked at Buy Rite Foods, Bismarck, retiring in 1974. After death of wife Mary, he married Gladys Striegel, 1979. Was a member of Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony Verein. Survivors include his wife; one son, four daughters, three stepsons and two stepdaughters and their families, one brother, one sister.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Nov. 24: a high of 30 degrees; 20 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1967

The Mandan headquarters of the Salvation Army, which has been operating on a part-time basis only since the departure of Maj. Moyne Darnell in 1965, is resuming full operations. Sgt. Ruby Hoffman, who has been serving Mandan out of the Bismarck office, is now stationed in Mandan full time. She and her Bismarck co-workers are cleaning and painting the facilities at 112 First Ave. N.W. and are having plumbing and electrical work upgraded. Sunday services, including Sunday School, will begin by the end of the month.

Lester J. Schirado of Mandan, formerly of Glen Ullin, has been appointed Morton County state's attorney, replacing David Wise, who died unexpectedly after only 10 months in office. Patrick O’Neill of Mandan will stay on as assistant Morton County state's attorney.

More than 50 women representing the Homemakers Clubs of Morton County met at the REA building, north of Mandan, for their annual council gathering to elect a new president and to plan projects for the coming year. The group elected Mrs. James Hendrickson of rural Mandan as president; she replaces Mrs. Walter Kunz, New Salem.

Mrs. Beth Vetter is leaving Mandan to make her home in California, ending an 80-year-residence in the city. Mrs. Vetter came to Mandan with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kennelly, in 1887 and, as a young woman, worked in his store and in the mortuary established by her brothers, Cleve and John Kennelly. During the 1930s, she conducted a popular children’s program, “Aunt Beth’s Kiddies Program,” broadcast over KGCU radio.

75 Years Ago-1942

The War Production Board, acting to conserve fluid milk for consumer use, has prohibited dairy producers from distributing whipping cream to household consumers, retailers and restaurants. According to WPB officials, the order would help relieve the most critical butter shortage in 10 years and fluid milk shortages in most sections of the country. Coffee or “light cream” is not affected by the order.

Flasher businessmen, who closed their stores on Armistice Day to canvass the countryside for scrap metal, report a total of 100 tons of old metal delivered to the collection pile. Every farm in the township was canvassed, with trucks and car wreckers equipped with acetylene torches to cut up the larger pieces for transport. An equally successful drive was carried on in the Almont vicinity, with 45 tons of scrap metal collected for the war effort.

For the first time in the history of the city, Mandan is to have a police matron. Mrs. Fred Tharp has been sworn in and will assume her duties at once, which are to check up on all places where liquor is sold and places where dances are held in order to correct a bad situation of underage young people attending places of this kind.

The wedding of Miss Annie Helbling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Helbling, and Adam Bullinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bullinger, all of St. Anthony, was solemnized Nov. 9 at a 10 a.m. high Mass conducted in the St. Anthony Catholic church with the Rev. Father Andrew Kolbeck officiating. The misses Eva Berger and Monica Boehm were bridesmaids; Leonard Bender and John Bullinger attended the bridegroom.

100 Years Ago-1917

“Former Governor L.B. Hanna was in the city yesterday in company with the architect and contractor on the Lewis & Clark Hotel. He is making the final arrangements as to the completion of the building and is very anxious to have the opening advanced to as early a date as possible.

“Our men, somewhere in France, want American tobacco. The people of this vicinity can do their share by donating to the Daily Pioneer Smoke Fund for the boys 'over there.' This newspaper has made arrangements with the American Tobacco Company to send 45 cents worth of smoking materials for each 25 cents collected.

“The Home Bakery, which opened for business in the Nigey Hotel block last June, has closed its doors. Mr. Nejedly, the proprietor, has gone to the Front with the Second regiment and left the business in charge of his wife. Apparently, the business has not proved profitable, and yesterday, the keys were turned over.

“Chief John Grass of Fort Yates, chief of all the Sioux, along with Mrs. Grass, are in the city today calling on Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Welch. Accompanying them is A.T. Tibbits as interpreter. The Chief and Mr. Tibbets report that there is much uncertainty among the young men on the reservation as to whether they are to be included in the new draft laws, in as much as they are not citizens, but wards of the government. However, as the young men were required to register, it is most likely they must serve. Many of the young Indians have already enlisted voluntarily.”

125 Years Ago-1892

“On Thurs., Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 28 degrees above zero.

“New sidewalks are being put down, and pedestrians are happy.

“The west bound train was on time yesterday morning, the first time for several days.

“Morton County does not want to take in the Indian territory that lies south of us. The vote to increase our boundaries was not enough to enlarge the county.

“Forty cloth cloaks, a little out of style, is going from $2.50 to $5 at Farnsworth’s Store.

“Confirmation service was held at the Scandinavian Lutheran Church on Sunday. Mr. Norby officiating. The rite was administered to six candidates.

“Judge Winchester informs the Pioneer that since his election three years ago, he has naturalized between 300 and 400 citizens in Morton County — more than in all the other nine counties in his district.

“The new Methodist Episcopal church, rebuilt to take the place of the one destroyed by fire several months ago, was opened and dedicated with elaborate exercises Sunday morning and evening. The new church is prettily designed and is a handsome ornament to the city. It is heated by a hot air furnace and is splendidly lighted and cost upwards of $3,000. The indebtedness is $1,200, a part of which was liquidated by pledges given at the services.”

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.