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25 Years Ago-1994

Central Elementary School will be closing May 20 after 40 years of providing quality education to Mandan children, grades one through six. A large gathering of alumni, former teachers and students attended an April 24 “Farewell Open House” where all the sixth-graders had the opportunity to sign the Class of 2000 sheet to be placed in a time capsule at the school. According to principal Ron Biberdorf, the current Central students will be relocated to other elementary schools, including the new Fort Lincoln Elementary, southside Mandan.

Construction of a $1.5 million medical waste incinerator on New Salem’s north side has been delayed by regulatory and technical difficulties. According to Gary Dietrich, owner of Dietrich Sanitary Service, changes pending in state and federal emissions have delayed some of his equipment purchases. Also, as ground prep progressed, a coal vein was uncovered that must be filled to stabilize the ground. The project’s completion date has now been pushed back four to six weeks, to mid-October.

Funerals this week:

Ernestine June “Agnes” (Rupp) Dombrosky, 73, Mandan; born, raised in Bismarck. Survivors are one son, three daughters and their families, one brother.

Theresa (Steiner) Landeis, 93, Mandan; born, raised at Richardton. Surviving are one son, three daughters and their families, one sister.

Christina (Eisenbraun) Dockter, 87, Mandan; born in Russia; raised near Mandan. Survived by husband, Louie, two sons, two daughters and their families, one brother, two sisters.

Selma (Joersz) Kaelberer, 86, Hannover; born, raised in New Salem area. Survivors are three sons, one daughter and their families, one brother, one half brother, one stepbrother, one stepsister.

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Temperatures Tuesday, May 10: a high of 74 degrees; 43 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

The New Salem High School honor students for the class of 1969 have been announced: valedictorian, Corrine Grube, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Grube; and salutatorian, Sharon Bauer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Bauer. Other honor students are Merry Engelhardt, Craig Giese, Lynette Hied, Mark Holle, Nancy Hoovestal, Kathy Lennick, Sheryl Letzring, Rita Moltzen, Marjorie Olson, Dalonnes Roemmich, Debbie Schulte, Bonita Schulz and Doreen Sturn.

Honor students of the Glen Ullin High School class of 1969 were announced by Frank Page, principal, as follows: valedictorian, Ardis Weisenberger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Weisenberger; and co-salutatorians, Anita Hellman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Hellman, and Joshua Gartner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arlouis Gartner, all of Glen Ullin.

The class of 1969 honor students at Solen High School are valedictorian, Alan Gullickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Gullickson; salutatorian, Carlene Hatzenbuhler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hatzenbuhler; honor students, Kenneth Kuntz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kuntz, and Gloria Geiss, daughter of Mrs. Julie Geiss.

A crowd of more than 800 area residents attended the annual 4-H Talent Show held at Flasher, where the top honors went to the Big Bend Beavers 4-H Club with an act called “The Dog Show” featuring a variety of dog breeds, including a dachshund (a costumed boy who rode close to the floor on roller skates) and a sheep dog (a costumed girl who wore her hair over her face and didn’t see a thing during the entire performance). The judges, Mr. and Mrs. Odell Ottmar of Carson, Mrs. Duncan Warren, Mandan, and the Rev. Allen Satter, Flasher, all agreed that it was the evening’s top act, presented by leaders Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Kovar, Henry Meyer and Leo Toman.

75 Years Ago-1944

Lt. and Mrs. Edward T. Nobles, Mankato, Minn., have announced the marriage of their daughter, Harriet Sherman Nobles, to Lt. William F. McClelland Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. McClelland of Mandan. The wedding occurred Sunday, April 16, in the post chapel, Army Air Force, Lake Charles, La., where the bridegroom is stationed. The bride, carrying a bouquet of pink roses, wore a gown of white silk and a long veil. Her attendant, wearing a powder blue satin gown, was Patricia Ann St. John, Los Angeles; she carried a bouquet of red talisman roses. Attending the groom was Lt. Hobson Kenneth Loard, Nashville, Tenn. Following the ceremony, a wedding supper was served in the private dining room of the Hotel Majestic at Lake Charles.

“It’s So Peaceful in the Country” was the theme of the 1944 junior prom Saturday night in the Memorial building auditorium. Blue and white streamers, representing a summer sky, formed a false ceiling in the auditorium, and punch was served from an old-fashioned bucket well, while flowers and lattice fencing were displayed upon the walls throughout the room. Sixty couples were present for the annual event. Leading the grand march were juniors Robert Gaab and Miss Shirley Comes, followed by seniors Ralph Lang and Miss Mary Lou Stein.

100 Years Ago-1919

“Don’t forget the New England supper at the Presbyterian church on Thursday evening. 50 cents a plate.

“The 36th annual fireman’s dance held at the Elks hall was well attended, and a good sum was realized.

“The largest class in the history of the local Catholic church, 85 children, ages 6 to 15, took their First Communion yesterday morning. Another large class took Communion at St. Anthony. Bishop Wehrle was in charge.

“A flowing well of pure artesian water was struck yesterday on the L.A. Tavis farm, west of town. The well drillers had gone to a depth of 160 feet and a two-inch pipe sunk, when the water gushed forth a regular stream with great force. The striking of a flowing well at this depth is an unheard-of occurrence in this section.

“Olaf Olson, bell boy at the Lewis and Clark Hotel, was painfully injured while working with the freight elevator at the rear of the building yesterday afternoon. As he was approaching the second floor, his right foot became caught between the elevator and the floor. The shoe was ripped off and his heel was badly crushed. He will be laid up for quite some time.

“While starting a tractor with his brother, Arthur, on the Tavis farm, west of town, Frederick Tavis received a painful injury when the engine backfired, the crank striking him on the side of his face. A doctor’s examination revealed some teeth were loosened, but his jaw was not broken.

“Another of Morton County’s many heroes returned this past week in the person of Earl Presley who, for three years prior to entering service, had run a farm south of the Motsiff place. He was with Company K, 352nd Infantry, 91st Division and saw active service in the Argonne- Meuse drive in France. It was during this big battle that he won the Distinguished Service Medal for volunteering and bringing back to the safety of the American lines a badly wounded American soldier who had fallen in no man’s land nearest the German trenches.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, May 10, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 62 degrees above zero.

“Buy your wife, your mother or your sister, or somebody else’s sister, an umbrella at Kennedy & Armstrong’s.

“Today Mollie Gundersen has 63,000 canceled stamps ready for shipment, an increase of 13,000 since last week.

“Marriages: On Saturday at St. Joseph Church, by Father Lemieux, Joseph Brochard to Lena Schmidt and Frances Bart to Francisca Jacob, all of Mandan.

“The New Salemites will indulge in a ‘Schutenfest’ next week. The festivities begin on Monday and will include a German opera and a ball.

“J.G. Perrault, who was once a priest in charge of St. Joseph’s church here, was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court at a term held in Bismarck last week. Attorney Perrault plans to open an office in Larimore.

“While digging alone for coal at Sims, Stephen Russell was badly injured by the caving in of the bank which broke his ankle and severely bruised his face and left shoulder. He managed to crawl out from under the dirt and rode on the neckyoke between his two horses about two miles to the home of J.O. Jacobson, who gave him a horse and buggy for travel to Mandan where Dr. Stark set the ankle and bandaged the cuts and bruises. Mr. Russell moved to town about two months ago to give his children the advantage of a good school.”’

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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.

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