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25 Years Ago – 1994

The Mandan Braves football team won their first homecoming game in 11 years this past week at Faris Field with a 27-12 decisive victory over the Williston Coyotes. When time ran out, Mandan’s fans went ballistic and poured onto the field to congratulate the team. Once again, the trio of seniors Delaney Berger, Ben Beckler and Brad Wagner came through with a combined total of 321 rushing yards and with the winning touchdowns, with quarterback Wagner scoring two, while running-backs Berger and Beckler had one each.

Tom Stebner, head coach, also celebrated with this comment of the game, “It was ugly, but we’ll take it!”

The Braves season record stands at 5-2. In this week’s poll, Mandan is ranked fifth, along with Grand Forks Red River. In the number four position is Fargo South, despite having the same conference record as the Braves and Red River. Minot is unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state.

Celebrating the homecoming victory with the home crowd were MHS Royalty: John Pizzo, son of John and Ronda Pizzo, and Shannon Poppe, daughter of Bob and Evelyn Poppe.

Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Oct. 18: a high of 57 degrees; 52 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

More than a 100 people recently attended the dedication of the new Mandan Eagles Park, located east of the Lewis & Clark School in north Mandan. The park was built at a cost of $3,000 through the joint efforts of the Eagles Youth Committee, the North Dakota Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and the Mandan Park Board. Officials attending the dedication were John Greenslit, director of the state bureau; Fred Harm, president of the Mandan Eagles; “Mac” Crawford, chairman of the Eagles Youth Committee and members of the Park Board. The afternoon’s entertainment was music furnished by Mandan High School’s Little German Band.

The Mandan Hospital Association has held its annual meeting to elect new board members to replace James Hanson, George Rogler, Warren Buehler and Ferd Ohlsen, whose terms expired this year. Elected to three-year terms are: Milton Berreth, Mrs. Wanda Froelich, Lewis Shaw and Mrs. H. E. Stish. James Noonan continues as board president. Hospital administrator is Marvin Bloom.

Eight Mandan teenagers, all members of Girl Scout Troop 107, represented North Dakota at a National Girl Scout Rendezvous held in Ten Sleep, Wyo., during July and August. The All States Rendezvous is the first event to take place at the wilderness area acquired last year by the national organization and is located in the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming. Only one patrol was chosen to participate from each state and was based on the girls previous camping experience. Representing Mandan’s Troop 107 were: Shelley Balkan, Debbie Lighthizer, Chris Carter, Kathy Morrison, Pattie Jasper, Rae Ann Rolshoven, Mary Kay Hoffman and Peggy Gustin. Leaders of the group are Mrs. J. W. Morrison, assisted by Mrs. Howard Jasper.

75 Years Ago – 1944

“Ten Grand,” the 10,000th Flying Fortress, has left the production line. In quick succession, the aircraft production council announced the army took delivery of the 9,999th B-17, four-engine bomber, from Douglas Aircraft Co., in nearby Long Beach; No. 10,000 came out of the Boeing company in Seattle, and No. 10,001 from Lockheed in Burbank, Calif.

Mrs. Charles Kidd was hostess to the Mandan Chapter, American War Mothers, at their regular meeting held Tuesday afternoon at her home. Mrs. J. P. Jensen, president, presided at the meeting which was attended by 14 members. The group voted to send gifts to hospitalized servicemen at Christmas time and also to remember sons of members who are in the service with greeting cards at the holiday season.

News from the Armed Forces:

Pfc. Robert L. Brigham, son of Mrs. Mary Brigham, 1100 W. Main, is missing in action in France, according to a telegram from the War Department to his mother. The message said that he had been missing since July 28. Pvt. Brigham is 21 years of age and graduated from Mandan High School in 1941. He has been in the Army two years, going overseas in January 1944. At one time, Pvt. Brigham was a carrier boy for the Mandan Daily Pioneer. Pvt. Brigham has another brother, T-5 Henry Brigham, who is in Belgium at the present time.

2nd Lt. Robert Friesz, 25, was killed in action Aug. 25, according to a message received this past week from the War Department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph V. Friesz of Mandan. The telegram simply stated that he was killed in action in France and was lacking in any other details. 2nd Lt. Friesz was born in Mandan and attended Mandan schools, graduating from Mandan High School in 1937. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Delores, at home; and three brothers, Richard, who’s awaiting his call into the service; Lt. Raymond Friesz who’s with the U.S. Naval medical corps and Capt. Arthur Friesz, who is with the Army Air Corps.

100 Years Ago – 1919

“A very pretty home wedding occurred this past week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Melarvie, when their daughter, Effie Isabel, was united in marriage to Henry Brown, a prominent young rancher of Timmer. The ceremony was performed by Rev. H. H. Owen of the Presbyterian church in the presence of only immediate relatives. The newly-weds left on the No. 2 train for a honeymoon in the Twin Cities.

“At a meeting of the Gilbert S. Furness American Legion Post this week, the treasurer’s report showed more than $500 in their bank account as a direct result of the bi-weekly dances held this fall. The charter has also arrived and now hangs in the club rooms; the charter will be draped in black for a time in honor of the late post commander, Hugo Renden. The group also unanimously elected John Kennelly to fill the unexpired term of the late Hugo Renden; Scott Conyne was elected vice commander. The local post now has 128 paid members and a total of 140 signers, which makes it one of the leading posts in the state.

“Three large loads of wheat brought into the city yesterday by a farmer living north of Mandan netted $467.

“John W. O’Rourke, who has been in overseas service for over 18 months, returned home today on the No. 3 train. John enlisted with the Second North Dakota regiment. For the past several months, he was employed with a company, checking up the graves of American soldiers. He reached New York on Aug. 30.

“Superintendent of Schools C. L. Love wishes to call the attention of Mandan residents to the number of new students in Mandan High School this fall who desire to find work evenings, after school and on Saturdays; they also need to find a place for boarding. Most of the boys and girls are from small towns throughout the county. Mr. Love has on file at the present time, correspondence from more than 20 who desire to attend Mandan High School for the 1919-20 term but cannot come until finding a room, board and work. Families who are able to help these young people are urged to contact Supt. Love for more information.”

125 Years Ago– 1894

“On Thurs., Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 60 degrees above zero.

“Just one month from Thursday to Thanksgiving.

“Two weeks from next Tuesday is Election Day, and then the agony will be over. It’s hardly necessary to say that candidates for office are now as busy as bees.

“The Pioneer’s large steam press is being kept busy printing the official ballots for Morton County.

“It was hard for people to refrain from taking a drive in their carriages last Sunday, so perfect was the weather for such an exercise.

“A small fire, two runaways and two dogs killed by Welch’s milk wagon were Wednesday morning’s excitements, each incident following closely on the heels of the other. Mr. Welch was driving to the fire, when he lost control of his own team who decided to gallop wildly in the opposite direction, and then he first ran over his own dog, killing it on the spot, and shortly afterwards, ran over a young black dog of considerable value, belonging to Mr. John Foran. Mr. Welch did not arrive at the small fire at his home until well after the neighbors had doused the flames with water.

“According to dispatchers, Bishop Shanley and J. G. Perrault, formerly priest of Mandan’s St. Joseph Catholic Church, are again in the throes of bitter litigation. The former is suing the latter for possession of the parish property at Larimore and, in return, Mr. Perrault is suing the Bishop for $50,000 in damages for what he terms illegal suspension from the priesthood. The case is to be tried in the district court of Grand Forks County.”

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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.