25 Years Ago-1994

Commencement exercises for the 275 graduating seniors of Mandan High School were held outdoors at Faris Field on a windy Sunday afternoon, May 22.

Avis Kautzmann and Sharon Yrness are among the teachers and staff bidding farewell at Central Elementary School,which closed after 40 years of providing quality education in Mandan. Kautzmann has been teaching for 37 years, while Yrness has 27 years of service at Central.

After more than 40 years of providing education for rural students, the Square Butte and Marmot Elementary schools are closing their doors for the final time this spring. Kay Sorenson, who has taught for 19 years at both locations, will move on to teach third grade next fall at the Lewis & Clark School. Other teachers relocating to Mandan are Amy Schiwal, Lavon Doll, Cathy Danielson and Sara Chenault.

Funerals this week:

Patricia (Bailey) Carrier, 47, Bismarck; born, raised in Mandan. Survivors: her husband, Bud; one son, one daughter and their families, one brother, and her mother, Marie Heck, Mandan.

Eskel Lindelow, 92, Havre, Mont. He and his brother, Olaf, were the former owners and operators of Mandan Drug.

Margaret (Mattern) Gartner, 75, Mandan; born, raised at Glen Ullin. Survivors: two daughters and their families, two brothers, one sister.

Donald Wing, 81, Mandan; born, raised at Flasher. Survivors: his wife, Irene, one son, six daughters and their families, one brother, one sister.

John Peter Schneider, 71, Mandan; born at Gladstone; raised at Lefor. Served in U.S. Navy during World War II. Purchased Missouri Valley Meat Co. in Mandan in 1952. Survivors: his wife, Carolyn; two sons, two daughters and their families, one brother, one sister.

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Temperatures Tuesday, May 24: a high of 78 degrees; 51 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

The two statues of a horse and a colt that usually grace the front lawn of the Midway Veterinary Clinic on the "Strip" between Mandan and Bismarck were reported to have been smashed by a rowdy bunch of people coming from the “Zap-In” at Zap. However, T.F. Orchard of the clinic said that after hearing of the troubles at Zap, the horses were safely moved into the clinic’s barn. He also moves them there on Halloween.

Diane Runyan, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W.S. Runyan, Mandan, has been installed as the worthy advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, Assembly 16, in a public ceremony held in the Mandan Masonic Temple. Miss Runyan chose “Peace” as her theme; the yellow rose as her flower; the dove for her symbol; olive green and yellow for her colors; and “Somewhere” as her song.

Bernard Bonagofsky, 210 Eighth Ave. S.W., caught a 14-pound whopper catfish at the mouth of the Heart River on opening day. Bonagofsky used a minnow as bait, and when the whopper was hooked, he reported an exciting half-hour battle before the landing the lunker on shore.

Beer and coffee cans provide the materials for an unusual hobby that Edwin Janke, 10th Ave. S.W., Mandan, has, that of making knickknack sets of tiny tables and chairs from the cans. Janke, who is a car inspector for the Northern Pacific Railroad, has been making miniature furniture for shelves or doll houses for the past 18 months. One set takes about four hours to make and he has sold more than 170 sets in the past months, charging $5 per set. The only tools Janke uses are tin snips, pliers, straight edge and a scratching awl.

75 Years Ago-1944

Florence Broderick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo C. Broderick, has been named the valedictorian of the 1944 graduating class of Mandan High School. Salutatorian is Mary Jean Fitzsimmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Fitzsimmons. The women were co-editors of The Courier, the high school’s newspaper. Both were also elected to the Quill and Scroll Society, the national honorary society for high school journalists.

Eighteen senior girls of this year’s graduating class of Mandan High School were guests at a dinner given in the dining room of the First Presbyterian Church. The girls’ families are members of the church. Hosts for the dinner party were the Rev. and Mrs. G.W. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Thysell and Miss Marion Means. The dinner was in charge of Mrs. I.C. Iverson, president of the church aid; she was assisted by Mmes. Harry Hunke, F.H. Stein and James Malmgren.

Twenty students of St. Vincent School No. 10, District 15, entertained at a picnic held at Fort McKeen in honor of their teacher, Mrs. Ethel Comes. The group was taken to the picnic grounds by Emil Zander and Adam Vogel.

Officers of the Mandan assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls, and of Wowaste chapter, Order of DeMolays, have been installed at a public ceremony held in the Masonic Temple in Mandan. Miss Mary Lou Stein was installed as worthy advisor of the Rainbow Girls; Robert Jensen was installed as master councilor of the DeMolays.

Mandan’s Service Men’s Center, during the first 18 days of May, has served coffee and doughnuts to 222 men leaving for Fort Snelling from Morton County and the branch line counties of Hettinger, Grant, Sioux, Oliver, Mercer and Dunn, according to Mrs. G.A. Steinbruck, center chairman. Coffee and doughnuts were served to each group in the Memorial building, and each man was given a package of cigarettes and a magazine.

100 Years Ago-1919

“The American Legion, composed of men in the military or Naval service during the war, opened a three-day session in St. Louis with more than 1,000 delegates representing every state of the union. Lt. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt presided. Representing North Dakota were 10 delegates, including Major J.M. Hanley of Mandan.

“Louis Kennell, formerly employed with the Williams Candy store and who drew No. 258, the first number in the draft, sent word today that he expects to be en route home from France this next week.

“The Red Trail Ferry Co. has secured a new landing site on the east side of the Missouri River, just below the railroad bridge and near where the old cable ferry landed. The new landing is being put in shape today.

“The county commissioners have had a crew of men working on the road to the ferry this week. Several bad mud holes have been filled, and the road is now in good shape.

“Joseph Simon, who has the contract for a new home in the east end, has apparently struck an old Indian cemetery for he has unearthed a number of relics including a stone hammer and axe.

“Funeral services were held the past week at Fort Rice for M.C. Caddell, 73, one of the oldest and best-known residents of Morton County. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and came to Dakota in the early 1880s with troops to occupy Ft. Berthold and later served at old Ft. Lincoln. At one time he was a county commissioner. Survivors include three sons and one daughter: Walter, of Solen; Hugh, of Bismarck; and Con, who is with the Armed Forces in France; daughter Miss Julia Caddell, who is the postmistress at Ft. Rice.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, May 24, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 82 degrees above zero.

“Decoration Day is next Wednesday.

“The sun is favoring us with some nice warm rays today, and again, life is worth living.

“Four outfits of farmers crossed the river from Bismarck this morning and are busy getting supplies preparatory to continuing their journey to the Knife River country where they are to settle. Most of them came from near Bowdle, South Dakota.

“The Pioneer is in receipt of $20 from Mrs. Hansborough of Washington, D.C., to be applied in the purchase of artificial limbs for Molly Gunderson. She also wrote that people should send cash, instead of cancelled stamps, so Molly can receive her new limbs quickly.

“Mandan visitors to the New Salem ‘Schutenfest’ on Monday all returned speaking in high terms of the hospitality extended to visitors. There was everything a German heart could wish for. Twenty contestants took part in the shooting contest, including Messrs. Foran, Keidel, McDougal, Ham and Yunck from this city. However, Henry Mann of New Salem succeeded in making the greatest number of bull’s eye shots and was awarded the first prize, a handsome set of harness. In the evening there was a comedy play in German, followed by a dance.”

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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 dboit46@gmail.com.