25 Years Ago – 1994

After 22 years of coaching, Gary Olmsted has retired as head coach of the Mandan High School Boys Track team. There are many state trophies with his name on them in the MHS halls − co-champions in 1983, solo champs in 1984, and a host of seconds, thirds and other places. His 1984 team contributed to his Coach of the Year honors.

Fellow coaches in the North Dakota High School Coaches Association have named Mike Kuhn as the 1994 Class A girls track Coach of the Year. It was his sixth designation in 15 years at Mandan High School. Kuhn was also honored in 1981, ’83, ’85, ’87, ’89 and ’91.

Funerals this week:

Julia Klein, 91, Mandan; Born, raised at St. Anthony. Employed at St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck, and Medcenter One, Mandan, retiring 1968. Survivors: three brothers, one sister and families.

Everett Thompson, 81, Mandan; Born, raised at Mandan. World War II veteran. Survivors: wife Emma; two sons, one daughter and families; one brother, three sisters.

James Tobin, 75, Bismarck; Born, raised at Breien. Survivors: four sons, three daughters and families; one sister.

Edith (Nelson) Rask, Santa Paula, Calif.; Born, raised at Mandan. Survivors: one son, one daughter and families; two brothers, one sister.

Carl Unger, 87, Mandan; Born, raised at Mandan. Survivors: three brothers, one sister.

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


Temperatures Tuesday, June 7: a high of 84 degrees; 57 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

Miss Cecile Porter has been elected president of the Mandan chapter of the Pioneer daughters. Other officers are Mrs. Robert Luck, first vice president; Mrs. Julia Massey, second vice president; Mrs. R. F. Gallagher, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Henry Schafer, recording secretary; Mrs. George Ford, treasurer; and Mrs. Agnes Dettman, historian.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council of Fort Yates honored Mandan’s Harry A. Kautzmann with a resolution, passed to express their appreciation for his work while North Dakota American Legion Commander. The resolution thanked Kautzmann for the largest all-time Legion membership attained and expressed gratitude for dedicating the year to Vietnam servicemen. The resolution was signed by A. J. Agard, chairman of the council.

The Kautzman brothers of Mandan − Dean, Gene and Dennis − have proof of good fishing at the Garrison tailrace. Over the weekend, they hauled in 15 walleyes and 14 saugers, weighing a total of 53 pounds. They attribute much of their luck to using yellow and white leadhead jigs with minnows.

Bert Miller of Mandan also had good weekend fishing when he hooked a 20-pound Northern Pike and a 5-pound walleye while at Wolf Creek. He used a sucker minnow and was fishing on the bottom when he caught the 42-inch pike.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council of Fort Yates have honored Mandan’s Harry A. Kautzmann with a resolution, passed to express their appreciation for his work while serving as the North Dakota American Legion Commander. The resolution thanked Kautzmann for the largest all-time membership the legion attained during his term of office and expressed gratitude for dedicating the year to Vietnam servicemen. The resolution was signed by A. J. Agard, chairman of the council.

75 Years Ago – 1944

Local residents awoke to the news on Tuesday, June 6, of a large invasion of Allied forces landing on a 110-mile coast area of Normandy in northwest France. The grand assault included the warships of both British and United States navies, which hurled shells into the coastal defenses that the German have been building for the past four years. More than 4,000 ships and 11,000 planes were in action, along with parachutists and glider men who spearheaded the attack, landing deep behind enemy lines. In total, nearly 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops crossed the English Channel on June 6, along with 23,000 American and British airborne troops. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and under the command General Eisenhower.


The ringing of the Presbyterian church bell at 7 p.m. this evening will be the signal for all Mandan persons to attend special invasion day services at their respective churches. Services will include prayers for the lives of our soldiers, along with music and short talks by the pastors. Churches throughout North Dakota are holding special services today in accordance with Gov. Moses’ proclamation asking that invasion day be made a day of prayer.

D-Day Proclamation from John Mushik, president, Mandan City Commission: “The long-awaited, and yet much feared, D-Day has arrived. D-Day is not a day of triumph and final victory, but rather the beginning of a huge battle. It is a struggle in which more than a million of our young men risk their very lives. D-Day, therefore, is not a day for celebrating; D-Day is a day to resolve that we will back our boys in every way possible that they may achieve final victory. D-Day should be a day of prayer for all Allied nations for a just and lasting peace to come.”


On a lighter note: A woodpecker, who has changed his diet from wood to metal, has been creating an annoying early wake-up call to neighbors near the Marcus West home on Sixth Avenue Northwest. Each morning for the past 10 days, Mr. Woodpecker has perched himself on a metal garbage container at the rear of West’s backyard and pecks away at it, resulting in an unpleasant metallic tune. In trying to discourage the bird, Mr. West covered the container with cardboard, but Mr. Woodpecker, undeterred, has continued to beat a tattoo through the obstruction. The local scrap drive collectors are now seriously considering adding Mr. Woodpecker to the scrap heap.

100 Years Ago – 1919

“Not in many years has this section experienced a hot spell such has marked the past week. Temperatures well above 80 degrees in the shade have ruled; over 90 has also been recorded. The worst gale of the season is blowing today. Clouds of dust have filled the streets and pedestrians had hard work to navigate.

“Mrs. G. H. Bingenheimer is entertaining in honor of Mrs. Viola Boley this afternoon and evening at an “Old Timers’ Party,” the guests coming attired in the garb of twenty to forty years ago.

“Mrs. C. L. Love, Mrs. E. A. Tostevin and Mrs. B. W. Shaw have returned from Fargo where they attended the three-day state convention of the P.E.O. Mrs. Love is president of the state organization. Mrs. Tostevn is president of the Mandan chapter.

“The high school baseball team won their first game of the season last evening when they defeated the State Training School team, 15 to 10 in a seven-inning game. The batteries for Mandan were Kalberer and Greengard.

“In a letter from Richard Furness, who is serving with the U. S. Navy, to his father, County Treasurer A. W. Furness, Dick tells of visiting with Sig Ravanas in the naval hospital at Portsmouth, Va. Ravanas was with the Marines in France and was wounded by shrapnel. He is getting along nicely now and expects to return to Mandan in a few weeks. However, he will be walking with a limp for some time.

125 Years Ago – 1894

“On Thursday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 92 degrees above zero.

“Firemen’s ball tonight. Grand March at 8:30 p.m.

“A baby boy arrived at the home of Conductor and Mrs. J. McDonald on Friday morning, just in time for dinner.

“Street commissioner Benson has been doing good work fixing up the street crossings this week with cinders.

“The inimitable Joe Bragden was in the city yesterday. He took great pleasure in showing his friends a small book, vest pocket size, titled 'What the 53rd Congress has done.' Those turning over its pages for perusal found that they were all blank.

“Mr. Chris Nordstrom left yesterday for Chicago to assist in shipping the Sitting Bull cabin from the site of last summer’s World Fair to Coney Island, where it is to be exhibited this season.

“Chief Rain-in-the-Face, the celebrated Sioux chief, was in the city on Tuesday, en route to Coney Island, New York, where he will be attached to the Sitting Bull cabin exhibit.

“A number of Indians, en route to visit friendly tribes at Fort Berthold, gave an exhibition of some of their dances in the square opposite the freight shed on Tuesday night. The influx of nickels pleased the Indians, and the dances pleased the children and other onlookers.”

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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.