25 Years Ago-1993

The Mandan High School wrestlers finished fifth at the State Class A Wrestling tournament held in Minot. Rob Barchenger, also a West Region titlist, was the Braves’ sole champion after a 125-lb. decision, 11-4, over Josh Kerbauygh of Fargo South. Taking the state title was Minot, followed by Century, Bismarck and Fargo South.

Ten members of the Mandan Boxing Club competed at an inter-city event held at the Mandan Moose Club. Winning their bouts were Joey Bartole, 67 lbs.; Nathen Wilson, 85 lbs.; Kane Pudwill, 97 lbs.; James Boltz, 105 lbs.; and Kelly Asbridge, 135 lbs.

Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” is being performed this week, under the direction of Dennis Haney, at the MHS auditorium with a cast of six, including Lucas Kary, Wendi Motl and Toni Massey as Paul and Cori Bratter and her mother, Mrs. Banks. For her role as Cori, Motl received instructions, not only from her director, but from her mother, Cindy, who had the same role in Mandan High’s 1971 rendition of the play, also directed by Haney.

Funerals this week:

Betty (Werner) Dillon, 57; raised, educated at Steele. Married Gerald Dillon, 1956. Resided in Nebraska and South Dakota, for 11 years; moved to Mandan, 1965. Worked at JC Penney store, 12 years, then at Mandan Drug. Survivors include her husband, three daughters and their families, one brother, and her mother, Eda Werner, Bismarck.

Rosalia (Froehlich) Stockert, 81, Mandan; raised, educated at Gladstone. Married Alphonse Stockert, 1931. Received GED and teacher’s certificate. Taught in Morton County, 1946-47. Was cook for Solen School District for 19 years, retiring and moving to Mandan, 1976. Was a member of St. Maria’s Verein. Survivors include seven sons, six daughters and their families, three brothers, one sister.

Monsignor Aloysius Galowitsch, 91, Bismarck; born in Austria; educated at Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. Ordained to the priesthood, Diocese of Bismarck, 1930. Served at Dickinson, Alexander and New England before coming to St. Joseph parish, Mandan, in 1953. Became pastor of Christ the King Church, Mandan, in 1959, retiring 1970. Called out of retirement in 1976 to serve as pastor of St. Mary’s Church, South Heart, retiring again, 1981. Survivors include two sisters and their families.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Feb. 23: a high of 9 degrees; 19 degrees below zero for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Girl Scout Troop 112 conducted a ceremony this week for nine Brownies, who “Crossed the Bridge” to become junior Girl Scouts. The Girl Scout Promise and laws were spoken in a candlelight ceremony, followed by singing “When’er You Make a Promise.” Brownies participating were Jodene Boehm, Karla Jablonski, Karen Wilkinson, Lori Schmautz, Paula Fleck, Karen Eckroth, Kathy Eckroth, April Stuart and Marsha Zachmeier, all of Mandan.

Joe M. Ressler of Mandan is telling a big fish story these days, but now he has the fish to prove its veracity. Ressler reeled in a 24-lb., 44-inch-long Northern Pike from the ice-covered Missouri River near Fort Yates, using a 40-lb. line with a 4-inch minnow as bait.

Dr. Donald A. Carlsen has been named chief of staff at the Mandan Hospital, succeeding Dr. B.A. Girard. Other officers of the hospital staff are Dr. H.A. Wheeler, vice president, and Dr. P.M. Riisager, secretary.

The Maryland Port Authority has announced the appointment of Warren F. McClelland to head its new Far Eastern Trade Development Office, located in Tokyo, Japan. The office will attract a greater export-import commerce through the Port of Baltimore from Far East trade centers. McClelland, who speaks Japanese as well as French and Spanish, is a graduate of Mandan High School and is a brother of William F. McClelland, Mandan.

75 Years Ago-1943

Sgt. Paul Zachmeier, stationed with the armed forces in Missouri, is home on a furlough visit with Mrs. Zachmeier and children.

Lt. William Broderick, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo C. Broderick of Mandan, has been reported missing in action by the war department. The 1936 Mandan High School graduate was stationed in North Africa with the U.S. Army Air Corps. In civilian life, Lt. Broderick was a postal department employee at Mandan. He was also a civilian pilot for two years prior to training at Fort Warren, Wyo., in 1941.

Officers of the Order of Rainbow for Girls were installed this week at a public installation ceremony in Mandan’s Masonic Temple. Miss Patricia McGillic was installed as the new worthy advisor to succeed Miss Bonita Adams. Worthy associate advisor is Miss Bette Anne Eide. Those installed in the color stations were Gloria Johnson, Bonnie Walker, Mary Jane Pierce, Grace Shaw, Donna Gray and June Wilkinson.

The once bountiful sardine became an unobtainable item this week, along with all other canned fish and meats. Public sale of these products has been indefinitely halted at the request of Agriculture Secretary and Food Administration Wickard. Other meat rationing is expected to begin late in March.

100 Years Ago-1918

“The children of this city packed the Palace theatre on Saturday afternoon to witness the Elks annual Washington’s birthday program. ‘Polly of the Circus’ had been advertised as the film to be shown but nothing was said that the second film was a Charlie Chaplin one. When that movie began, it just sent the kiddies wild.

“J.L. Maitland, of Minneapolis, arrived in the city this week, accompanied by his family, and will assume management of the Palace Theatre at once. Mr. Maitland is an experienced show man, having been connected with the show business for some 25 years, first in Duluth and Chicago and then in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

“John Erhart of Almont has shipped into the Mandan Creamery & Produce Co., a large eagle and a handsome owl which he shot near New Salem. They have been turned over to Mr. Allen, the local taxidermist.

“John Keller, a 15-year old boy living on the Fort Lincoln flats, had the toes of one foot amputated this morning at the Mandan hospital and is in danger of losing toes on the other, if not the entire foot. His feet were badly frozen a few days ago when he went to the river bottoms to gather firewood. Upon returning home hours later, his feet and legs were frozen solid. Although circulation was restored, he was brought to the hospital for further treatment.

“The Morton County Chapter of the Red Cross have shipped the following articles to headquarters: 50 sweaters, 35 pairs of socks, 45 pairs pajamas, 33 bed shirts, 12 wash cloths, 10 hospital caps, 10 napkins, 9 bed jackets, 5 pair wristlets, 5 bandage foot socks, 5 hot water bottle covers, 4 convalescent robes, 3 tray cloths, 3 pair bed socks, 2 pillowcases, and several bed sheets.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 30 degrees above zero.

“The public schools, banks and post office were closed on Wednesday in honor of Washington’s birthday. The stars and stripes were wafted to the breeze from several flag staffs in the city.

“A good authority brings word from Minneapolis that Mr. F.F. Gerard, formerly in business here, is now holding down a good position on the Omaha rail line.

“Sheriff Bingenheimer requests that parties still having in their possession U.S. guns, distributed during the Indian uprising scare of two years ago, return them to his office without delay to save further trouble.

“In Legislative action this week, after many weeks of debate and more than 60 ballots, North Dakota finally has a new Senator. The republicans of the state and nation will be weighed down with grief at the result of today’s proceedings in the joint session of the Legislature. After much bargaining amongst members, and even with a strong army of Republicans, there being 53 present against 40 Democrats and Populists combined, Mr. W.N. Roach of Larimore, Grand Forks county, was elected U.S. Senator for a term of six years. If a Democrat had to be elected, Mr. Roach is as good as any, and better than many.

“A Democrat: Even the wind helped us to rejoice on Monday night. Did you notice how it blew great guns? I tell you, we are the people!

“With their work winding down, a number of members of the Legislature have gone home, and some will not return. Several others are leaving tomorrow for Washington where they desire to take part in the inauguration of President Cleveland.”

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.