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25 Years Ago-1994

Larry Bosch has been appointed the store manager for Hedahl’s in Mandan. Bosch holds Automotive Service Excellence certificates in engine repair, brake systems and parts counter professional. He has worked at Hedahl’s since 1968, when he began in the delivery and receiving department, and became the assistant manager of the Bismarck store in 1987. Bosch is also an active member of the Harley Owners Group.

Funerals this week:

Bryan Edmundson, 83, Mandan; raised, educated at Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1928. Married M. Margaret Kraft in 1936. Employed at Mandan Creamery (renamed Cloverdale Foods), retiring in 1975. A past president of Mandan Eagles; also past president of First Lutheran church council and building committee. Survivors include his wife, one son, one daughter and their families, one sister.

Donald Bauer, 62, New Salem; raised, educated at rural schools in Bluegrass and Otter Creek area. Attended Moler Barber College, Fargo. Married Laura Maurer in 1959. Began Don’s Barbershop in New Salem, retiring in 1991. Served on New Salem School Board. Member of Sportsman’s Club, New Salem merchants, Volunteer Fire Department and Lions Club. Survivors include his wife,  one son, one daughter and their families, five brothers, three sisters.

Temperatures Tuesday, Jan. 18: a high of 11 below; 28 degrees below zero for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

Bill’s Super Valu stuffed 110 points through the hoop this past week to wallop Joe’s Bar, 110-40, in Mandan amateur basketball action. The Super Valu team boosted its season mark to 6-0, tops in the league, while Main Bar is comfortably sitting in second place with a 5-1 record. Leading the way for the front-runners were Bob Becker and Gary Bentley, both with 30 points, followed by Larry Schafer with 28. Pat Mangan led Joe’s scoring attack with 20 points, followed by Bob Brunelle and S. Heinsohn, with 10 points each.

Nearly two weeks after the New Year, Mandan Hospital finally delivered its first baby of 1969, a 7-pound, 11-ounce boy named Shawn, born Sunday, Jan. 12. Proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bittner, Mandan.

Mandan bowlers took top honors in both boys and girls single events in the Moose Lodge American Junior Bowling Christmas Tournament, held at the Bismarck Bowling Center. Duane Heinert of Mandan won the boys single, scoring 647 (handicap included) for three lines. Taking third was Bruce Boehm, Mandan, with 637. Three Mandan girls ranked 1-2-3 in their singles event. Debbie Heidt took championship honors with 590 points (handicap included), Mori Parker, second with 587 and Jackie Schmautz, third with 572.

Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Agnes Tostevin, 73, widely-known Mandan newspaper woman for nearly half a century. She became associated with the Mandan Daily Pioneer in 1918 and served as its business manager until it was sold in 1963 to the Conrad family of Bismarck and renamed The Morning Pioneer. In 1925 she married Walter Tostevin, then editor of the newspaper. He died in 1933.

75 Years Ago-1944

Armed forces news:

“John C. Kopp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kopp, Mandan, has been promoted to the rank of technical corporal. He is stationed in Georgia. The Kopps have two other sons in the service: Tech. Sgt. Peter Kopp in the Southwest Pacific and Cpl. Edward Kopp in Alaska.

“Matt Jahner of Mandan has received word from his brother, Marine Gunner A.M. Jahner, that he has landed safely in the South Pacific area. Jahner is a veteran of Pearl Harbor and was with the Marines on Guadalcanal.

“Pfc. Frank J. Ressler, Shreveport, La., is home on furlough and is visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton P. Ressler and family of Solen. The Resslers have another son in the service, Cpl. John J. Ressler, in North Africa.

“A/C Conrad A. Blomberg has been transferred from the air school at St. Louis, Mo., to San Antonio. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Blomberg, Mandan.

“A request for a small portable radio has been received here from Pvt. George Ferderer of Mandan. Pvt. Ferderer’s address is 285 Q.M. Refrig. Co., Camp Carson, Colo. Anyone who might wish to send Private Ferderer the radio is urged to do so.

“Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Key of Mandan have received a letter from their son, Corp. James G. Key, somewhere in England, written Christmas Day. Corporal Key says: ‘We had a swell turkey dinner with all the trimmings and entertained a bunch of war orphans, ages 6 to 12 years. Our mess hall had a Christmas tree decorated with anything that could be used as trimmings — cotton from the medics, flashlight bulbs soldered in series and hooked into a transformer, colored paper saved from packages from home — there’s nothing G.I.’s can’t do with nothing.’ Then he warned, ‘Please don’t get too optimistic about this war ending soon. Just hope and pray.’”

100 Years Ago-1919

North Dakotans were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Col. Theodore Roosevelt, former president of the United States, who died in his sleep at his home at Oyster Bay, N.Y. The 60-year old Roosevelt believed in a strenuous life and had pleaded, in vain, with President Woodrow Wilson in early 1917 to lead a regiment of soldiers during the war with Germany. According to Thomas Marshall, Wilson’s vice president, “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”

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“The 16th session of the North Dakota State Legislature was formally opened this past week when Gov. Lynn J. Frazier addressed the joint session of both houses and outlined his recommendations for legislation. He also called for enactment of the Non-Partisan League program that was approved in two primary and two general elections.

“The county commissioners, at their session this past week, named Dr. F.E. Bunting as superintendent of the county board of health, and Drs. Nickerson and Spielman of Mandan, Gaebe of New Salem and McReynolds of Glen Ullin as county physicians.

“James T. McGrath, the first Mandan boy to return from overseas, arrived on the No. 1 train last night, and is now visiting his sister, Mrs. Joseph Regan. McGrath was employed at the railroad shops before leaving Mandan last May 9, when he enlisted in the Coast Artillery.

“He went across in September on the President Grant, which was one of eight ships in the convoy. During the crossing, the Spanish flu raged badly on board. Out of the 6,300 on his ship, 240 were buried at sea. More than 600 deaths were reported on the other seven ships; all were buried at sea.

“McGrath returned on the transport, Mongolian, landing in Hoboken, N.J., on Dec 22. Others on the same transport were James Fitzsimmons, Al Berg, Billy Wetzstein and Matt Schweigert, all of Mandan.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, Jan. 18, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 35 degrees above zero.

“Conductor Howard had a carload of precious freight on Sunday. It was a consignment of young buffalo, which is to be part of an exhibit at the Mid-Winter Fair at San Francisco. The animals are owned by parties at Casselton.

“The school census of Morton County has just been completed, and it shows that there are 900 boys and 770 girls of school age, for a total of 1,670 children. Including the city of Mandan, there are 27 school districts in the county.

“A fad among the young people this season is a drive to Fort Lincoln for a dance in the old Custer house. This week, upwards of fifty went out on Tuesday evening. Those who participated say it was a most enjoyable outing.

“A number of citizens, including members of the city council, met at the city hall on Monday night to discuss a proposition by Mr. W.D. Mack of Bismarck for lighting the city with incandescent electric lights. Mr. Mack displayed samples of lamps and proposed to use the Thompson-Houston system, beginning with a dynamo of 250-light capacity at a plant to be built on Main Street. Replying to questions of price, he said $4 per outdoor light would be about fair. However, residents, desiring lights in their homes, would be required to pay for their own fixtures and wiring, while he would be responsible for the erection of the poles and outdoor wires.

“No definite action was taken, although a number of people saw no harm in letting Mr. Mack begin as soon as possible, while others, more conservative, wished for a contract and an ordinance covering the matter. The mayor instructed Attorney Voss to draw up a formal reply in answer to Mr. Mack’s written proposition.”

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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. She can be reached at