Mandan barbers

1942: Mandan barbers raise rates.

25 Years Ago-1992

After 18 months of planning and fundraising, 67 Mandan High School Marching Band members, accompanied by eight chaperones, three band directors, six educators, city commissioner Tom Kelsch, a group of Native American dancers and three members of the 7th Cavalry re-creation group, boarded a plane at 5:45 a.m. Oct. 6 for the first leg of their flight to Osaka, Japan. The group of 93 will spend 10 days in cultural exchanges, as well as participating in parades and concerts. The trip cost each student $1,460.

John Horner of Mandan recently won first-place honors in the Muzzle Loader division of the Antique Rifle Shoot of Buffalo Hunt ’92 held at McClusky. Horner scored 11 hits out of 15 shots.

Funerals this week:

Virginia (Weber) Martin, 53, Huff; raised, educated in Mandan. Attended RD Hairstylists College, Bismarck. Married Larry Martin, 1956. Worked at Sandvigs,15 years, then at Bill’s Super Valu, Mandan, eight years. Survivors include her husband, one son, three daughters and their families, one stepbrother.

Florence (Berry) Schones, 92, Mandan; raised, educated at Burt, formerly known as Berry. Married Fred Schones, 1926. Attended Bismarck Business College. Was bookkeeper for Grant County Register of Deeds, six years. Worked at Grant County Bank, Carson. Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan. Survivors include one sister and sister-in-law and their families.

Lena Landsberger, 83, Mandan; raised, educated in Hazelton, where she worked at the grocery and hardware stores. Member of St. Joseph Catholic church. Survivors includ: one sister-in-law and her family.

Reuben Haas, 75, Mandan; raised, educated at Zeeland. U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Married Margaret Schmidt. Worked at Missouri Valley Meats, Mandan, 35 years. School bus driver for Mandan Public Schools, five years. Member of American Legion. Survivors include his wife, four sons, two daughters and their families.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Oct. 6: a high of 56 degrees; 29 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1967

The Mandan Municipal clubhouse became a campsite last weekend for the Revelers Club’s first dinner-dance of the new season. Boughs, a pup tent, lanterns and other camping gear carried out the camping theme. Forty-three couples turned out for the party, which began with a social hour and dinner, following by dancing to the music of Ray Heid’s quartet. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jasper headed the party committee.

MHS senior Diane Hanson, daughter of Mr. and Mr. James R. Hanson, has been installed as worthy advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, Mandan Assembly No. 16. She succeeds Susan Helferich and was crowned by Ted Serr, Rainbow granddad. Special music for the ceremony was a piano solo by her younger sister, Carla. Following the installation, Diane was presented with the traditional gavel made by Serr.

A panel of three news media men toured Mandan during the Mad Market weekend in search of the three outstanding costumes worn by store clerks, and announced Jerry Hoff of Mushik’s Shoe Store as the $25 first-prize winner. Hoff was dressed in a flowing blonde wig and rope-belted sheet, carrying a “Hippie” sign on a long pole. This is the third year Hoff has placed in the top three. The second prize of $15 went to Phyllis Schmidt of Woolworth’s, who wore a conglomeration of mismatched clothes, costume jewelry and an odd headdress. Third prize was won by Shirley Peterson of JC Penney Co. in her “mophead” costume. Prizes were provided by the merchants through the Chamber of Commerce.

75 Years Ago-1942

Bond sales amounting to $2,135 and stamp sales totaling $11.25 were reported this week by Frank E. Wetzstein, manager of the new Mandan theater. These sales were made the first night of the campaign by theaters all over the United States in support of the treasury sales of war securities. Patrons can still buy bonds and stamps at the theater any day in the week, evenings, Sundays and holidays, making it possible for persons unable to get to banks and post offices during the day to make their purchases and have them delivered immediately.

A definite decision to abandon the Carter Oil company’s exploration well, drilled 17 miles north of Mandan, was announced this week by company officials. The No. 1 Semling well went to a depth of more than 7,000 feet, with no evidence of oil. The hole will be plugged with mud and concrete, and the derrick moved

Two Mandan men, Lts. Arthur R. Friesz and John W. Shinners, recently received their “wings” at graduating exercises held at a Texas Army flying field. Friesz is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Friesz; Shinners is the son of R.W. Shinners. They were among the eighth class to graduate from Texas training centers since Pearl Harbor. The men completed a 30-week course and flew nine weeks at primary, basic and advanced schools.

The Navy announced this past week that the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown had been sunk after the Battle of Midway as a result of Japanese bombing and torpedo attacks during the four-day battle during the first week of June. The loss of the 19,900-ton carrier with very few casualties had been a well-kept naval secret. The battle took place approximately 1,000 miles northwest of Hawaii and gave the previously invincible Japanese navy its first loss of the war. The Japanese had 2,500 casualties, and lost four carriers, one cruiser and 292 aircraft. Besides the Yorktown, the United States lost the destroyer USS Hamman and 145 aircraft and reported 307 casualties.

100 Years Ago-1917

“Mandan Elks Lodge No. 1256 scored a big success with the picnic held at the Bomberg grove southeast of the city. The Elks, their wives and sweethearts and families and friends were given a generous outing, and the Jazz orchestra, a new local organization, made a big hit. A dancing floor had been laid, and dancing added to the fun. The picnic lunch, served cafeteria style, satisfied the crowd, while the paddle wheel provided fun for the ladies and the kids. The commissary department was also forced to replenish their stores several times during the afternoon for their 'Hot Dogs' was a hit for everyone."

There are still a few living Indians who served as scouts under Gen. George A. Custer at Fort Abraham Lincoln, according to F.B. Zahn, clerk at the Standing Rock agency. In connection with the census of the Indians for the year ending June 30, 1917, the only living scouts are Blue Thunder, Good Wood, One Dog, Iron Road, Fool Bear, all of Cannon Ball; and Keeps Eagle, Shooter, No Eye Brows and Paints Brown of Fort Yates. However, Zahn also said that Paints Brown, after serving one year as a scout, was discharged for unknown reasons, and afterwards joined the hostiles and took part against the white men in the Custer battle.

Funeral services were held last week at St. Joseph’s Catholic church for prominent German-Russian citizen William Boehm, aged 52, who died at his home, 310 2nd Ave. N.E., surrounded by his family. Boehm was born near Odessa, Russia, and came to the United States in 1891. He was employed by the Northern Pacific in the local roundhouse until 1905 when he was hired as janitor of the Morton County courthouse. His wife and six children survive. Nick, Peter, George and Frank Boehm of this city are brothers of the deceased.

125 Years Ago-1892

“On Thurs., Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 83 degrees above zero.

“A number of ladies have decided not to let these beautiful warm fall days pass without enjoying one of them out of doors, consequently a picnic at old Fort Lincoln has been arranged for tomorrow.

“There is no part of the country where hay can be put up any cheaper than in this section of the country. This year’s hay can be cut almost anywhere. Three teams, each with a man at $3 a day, and four extra men at $1.75 a day each, can cut and put up 20 tons of hay in the stack in one day. This is cheap enough for anybody.

“Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Shaw are mourning the loss of their infant son who died on Monday. The baby had been ailing since its birth on July 23.

“Henry Harmon, George A. Welch and Kemper Peabody have been appointed commissioners to appraise the lands at the Fort Rice abandoned military reservation.

“The consecration of the new Episcopal church, Christ church, took place last weekend by Bishop Walker, assisted by 10 reverends from across the state. The Bishop and clergy were kindly granted the use of the nearby Baptist church for the purpose of robing in and from there, headed by the Bishop, they marched in procession to the entrance of Christ church. After the scripture reading and sermon, the Bishop requested and blessed the keys of the church, along with the parishioners’ document, signed by Rev. Chambers, asking for consecration.”

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