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25 Years Ago-1993

The Mandan Kiwanis Club has elected Dwight Cook as its president for 1993-94. Other officers are Patricia Larson, president-elect; Gene Kautzmann and Linda Urlacher, first and second vice presidents; and John Gerding, secretary- treasurer.

Julie Schaff, St. Anthony, has been nominated to receive the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree. The honor is based on leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production and service programs. Schaff, the daughter of Martin and Angie Schaff, will be one of 1,288 members receiving the degree at the 66th national FFA convention held in Kansas City, Mo.

Funerals this week:

Anna (Benz) Rippel, 73, Huff; raised, educated in Dickinson. Married Joe Rippel in 1941. Farmed in Huff area. Cleaned homes and worked for Jack Mills Catering Service. Member of St. Martin’s Church, Huff, St. Anne’s Altar Society and Catholic Daughters. Survivors include two sons, two daughters and their families, one sister.

Adam H. Heidt, 78, Mandan; raised, educated in Mandan. Married Clara Jacobson in 1940. Employed with Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern, 40 years, retiring in 1975. Member of Mandan Volunteer Fire Department, served as captain, assistant fire chief and chief. Member of North Dakota National Guard. Life member of Mandan Elks Lodge. Survivors include his wife, two daughters and their families, one brother.

Helen (DeCoteau) George, 66, Mandan; raised, educated at Fort Yates. Graduated from Flandreau High School. Married Rudy George in 1958. Worked at St. Alexius Medical Center for 25 years, retiring in 1989. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families, one brother, two sisters.

Gordon Bakken, 76, Mandan; raised, educated in Sims area. Survivors include two brothers, one sister.

Carl F. Kuch, 95, Mandan; raised, educated at Red Butte. Married Mildred Maher in 1919. Farmed in Hannover area. Moved to Mandan in 1988. Survivors include one daughter and her family, one sister

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Oct. 19: a high of 63 degrees; 28 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Five new board members were elected this week when the Mandan Hospital Association held its annual meeting. Elected were Robert E. Chase, Mrs. R.M. Leslie, William Roesch, Kenneth L. Porsborg and Donald Hertz. They succeed H.G. Vander Vorst, William Joersz, Mrs. Walter Tooley and Jack Danz. Hertz fills a vacancy created when Mrs. Norman Christensen moved from Mandan to Wahpeton.

Hundreds of area residents attended an open house last weekend in the first completed 12 units of the 32 being constructed for Mandan’s low-rent housing project at 14th Street and Third Avenue Northwest. Eight buildings, each with four apartment units, are under construction at the north Mandan site. The Mandan Golden Age Club, acting as hosts, served coffee and cookies during the open house. The remaining units are to be complete by Dec. 1

Mandan hosted the area’s punt, pass and kick event for boys, ages 8 through 13, in a contest, sponsored for the fourth year by Remund Ford-Mercury of Mandan. This year’s winners are: Eight-year-olds, Tom Brigl, Mandan; 9-year-olds, Mark Marshall, Mandan; 10-year-olds, Chuck Swede, Mandan; 11-year-olds, Barnett Obenauer, Mandan; 12-year-olds, Byron Schulz, Mandan; and 13-year-olds, Mike Christenson, Bismarck.

North Dakota’s favorite son, Roger Maris, currently a St. Louis Cardinals slugging outfielder, has announced his retirement at the end of this year’s baseball season. As a retirement gift, the Cardinals organization presented Maris with a Hammond organ to be delivered to his home in Fargo. As a New York Yankees star, Maris became famous in 1961 for batting 61 home runs, surpassing Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in one season.

75 Years Ago-1943

The State Training School herd of milk cows led all state institution herds in the production of butter fat, according a report issued by Don Murray, North Dakota Agricultural College Extension dairyman. After compiling test results, the Mandan herd averaged 31.9 pounds of butter fat, with the State Penitentiary herd a close second with 31.6. The State Hospital at Jamestown was third with 28.5, followed by the Grafton State School with 25.7

Eleven men left Mandan this week for induction into the armed forces at Fort Snelling. They are Harold Brady, Melvin Graner, Melvin Hille, Leo Stumpf, Leo Helbling and Richard Helfenstein, all of Mandan; Paul Gress and Marlin Yates, New Salem; Marvin Timpe, Almont; Lloyd Ozbun, Flasher; and John Graner, Huff.

Armed forces news:

“Pvt. Robert White is home on furlough from Camp Edward, Mass., and is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter White of Mandan. He is stationed with the Coast Artillery Air Defense near Cape Cod, Mass.

“Pfc. Albert Schmidt is spending a short furlough in Mandan with his mother, Mrs. Marcus West. Schmidt is stationed at Goldsboro, N.C., where he is with the Air Corps maintenance division.

“Word has been received that Charles Ellis has finished his boot training at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and has been sent to Denver, where he is attending the Air Photographic Technicians School.

“Kenneth Trauger, seaman 2/c, is spending a 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.S. Trauger. He is stationed at Farragut, Idaho.”

100 Years Ago-1918

“Local physicians state that there may be 40 or 50 cases of Spanish influenza already appearing in Mandan. Though some of these may be the old-fashioned grippe, it is a case for individual care against the deadly disease.

“After thorough deliberation over whether the Spanish influenza had made an appearance in Mandan, the Board of Education last evening decided that the wisest policy would be to close the schools until further notice. The action was also influenced by the shortage of teachers due to illness.

“Other North Dakota cities have also made similar decisions. At Minot and Fargo, the schools, theaters and churches have been ordered closed. More than a dozen fatalities at Fargo and three fatalities at Minot have all been blamed on the Spanish influenza, which quickly transforms into pneumonia.”

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“Three Morton County boys have been reported as victims of pneumonia, following attacks of Spanish influenza: Carl Fristad, George Haider and Hurley Malone.

“The first two named were in the country’s service — 25-year old Carl Fristad, a son of Peter Fristad, well-known farmer of the Yucca neighborhood, died at Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill. He went with the last draft contingent in September. The remains will be brought here for burial.

“George Haider was the son of Frank Haider of St. Anthony. Mr. Haider received word Saturday that his son was very low and left Saturday night for Battle Creek. It is not likely that he reached there before his son’s death.

“Hurley Malone, one of the best-known young railroad men, died this morning at the hospital in Dickinson. He had been seriously ill with the ‘flu’ since last week, and seemed to be improving when pneumonia set in. The deceased was 30 years old and leaves a wife and child. The body will be bought to Mandan on the No. 2 train.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 64 degrees above zero.

“Fruit jars, jelly glasses with covers, or the plain, are on sale, 4 cents each, at The Fair Store.

“The Rev. Isaac O. Sloan has finally been awarded a pension by Uncle Sam for his service during the War Between the States. Rev. Sloan, who served all faiths in Mandan during the 1880s, is now residing with his sister in the East. Doubts are expressed as to whether the beloved pastor will ever again return to the Missouri Slope where he is so well-known and beloved.

“Twenty-three huge cases of clothing and merchandise, weighing about 15,000 pounds, consigned to Maj. McLaughlin at Standing Rock, were received at the Northern Pacific freight house this week.

“After a short illness caused by an attack of typhoid fever, Mrs. Kate Anderson, 72 years, died Monday at her son’s residence in Glen Ullin. She was one of the earliest settlers of Morton County and had lived in Mandan for a number of years. Her body was brought to Mandan for interment, and the funeral took place at the Methodist church, of which she was a member. The body, followed by mourners and friends in carriages, was taken to Greenwood Cemetery, south of Mandan, and placed in its final resting place. Mrs. Anderson’s husband, J.H. Anderson, died several years ago and is buried at Jamestown. The family plans to remove his body in the near future to Mandan to be placed by the side of his wife at Greenwood.”

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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