25 Years Ago – 1994

A large crowd was on hand this week to see the Mandan Braves defeat the dangerous Century Patriots girls, 53-51, in an exciting game that was decided only at the sound of the final buzzer. The lead changed sides 12 times, and there were 10 ties. Mandy Schroeder and Wendy Davis were the Braves’ top scorers with 11 points apiece. Jolene Gartner picked up 10 rebounds and scored 10 points. The Braves head coach is Greg Amundson.

Clarence and Grace West of Mandan were chosen the 1995 Senior King & Queen of the Folkfest in Bismarck. They were this year’s nominees representing the Golden Kiwanis of Mandan. This is the third year the Mandan group’s nominees have been chosen as Folkfest senior royalty.

Temps recorded Tuesday, Oct. 11: a high of 68 degrees; 37 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

Lt. Robert W. Kopp, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kopp of Mandan, was among the 68 student pilots at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., who recently received their “Wings” after finishing 53 weeks of intensive Air Force undergraduate pilot training. Following six weeks of training at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Lt. Kopp will be stationed at Cam Rahn Bay, South Vietnam.

Construction has begun on a new 1,204-foot television transmitting tower for KXMB-TV in Bismarck, according to Channel 12 general manager, David Blackstead. The new tower, made by Dresser Industries of Columbus, Ohio, arrived by truck this past week at the transmitter site near St. Anthony. The tower will have a video power of 278,000 watts which will project a stronger picture into homes in south central North Dakota. The previous 862-foot transmitting tower collapsed on Feb. 26, and Channel 12 has been operating with a smaller tower at the same site.

Bob Chase Chevrolet Inc., announced this week that Louis Eckroth, 25, is now associated with the body shop department to provide custom upholstery service. Eckroth, who has eight years’ experience in the field, was previously in business at 420 West Main St.

Western Stores of Minneapolis announces the opening of its new Western Discount Station Store in Mandan, located at 1300 E. Main St. The 2,500-square-foot store area features thousands of bargain-priced merchandise and also offers a mail order catalog center. Store manager Clifford Johnson invites “the good people of Mandan to come in, and a smiling hostess will offer you a cup of coffee while you look around.”

75 Years Ago – 1944

Class elections were recently held at the Mandan High School with the following results: Senior class: Dick Unkenholz, president; Winston Churchill Hoehner, vice president; and Maurice Markovitz, secretary- treasurer. Junior class: Franklin Lindsay, president; Donald Stoltz, vice president; Dolores Ulmer, secretary- treasurer. Sophomores: Jimmy Walsh, president; Roger Lockbeam, vice president; Donald Kasper, secretary- treasurer. Freshmen: Robert Helbling, president; Don Stumpf, vice president; and Evelyn Fleck, secretary- treasurer.

At a pep meeting held last Friday, new cheerleaders were chosen by a voice of the students for the coming year. The winning team is: Virgil Seerup, Bob Fix, Dorothy Carey and Avis Swanson. The other team members which also tried out were: Bob Gaab, Don Hagerott, Lorna Tavis and Bonnie Walker.

The Columbian Squires elected officers at their September meeting held in the St. Joseph School auditorium. Elected Chief Squire is Bob Hagerott. Other officers are: Jerry Knudson, deputy chief squire; Dan Hagerott, notary; Don Kasper, bursar; Jake Hertz, marshal; George Leingang and Art Rebenitsch, captains; Harry Eckroth, sentry; and Edward Eckroth, Bob Kelsch and Bill Clark, auditors.

News from the Armed Forces:

Pfc. Leo A. Stumpf, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Stumpf, graduated last month from the army service forces, Laredo Army Air Field, Laredo, Texas, as a member of the AAF training command. He is now qualified to take his place as a member of a bomber combat crew.

S.Sgt. Gus Fristad is in Charleston, S. C., where he is waiting for a hospital ship. Sgt. Fristad is in the medical corps and fears that by the time the ship arrives, the war will be over.

Sgt. Lloyd Batterberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Batterberry, who was listed as missing in action, is a prisoner of war in Germany, his family has been informed by the Red Cross. When captured, Sgt. Batterberry was a radio technician with an infantry division in the Normandy invasion. He and his crew were cut off from their regiment in a German counter attack and were forced to surrender.

100 Years Ago – 1919

“John Heater has received a letter addressed to his son, Capt. Charles L. Heater, who is currently employed with the Minneapolis Steel and Iron Co. The letter is from the British Air Attaché of the Dept. of Military Aeronautics, War Dept., Washington, DC. The letter states that Capt. Heater has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross of the British government for gallantry in flying operations while in the British army before the U. S. entered the war. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, plans to be in Washington during November to present the awards. Capt. Heater is one of only 19 aviators in the United States to receive this honor.

“According to a recent report from the War Dept. at Washington DC, 756 of the American soldiers killed in action were victims of gassing. The average age of all men killed was 23.

“William Ellison of Huff, who was gassed while in the service and who was recently discharged from the Ft. Snelling hospital, was a Mandan visitor this week. His lungs are still affected by the poisoning, and it will be some time before he will be completely recovered. He travels to Bismarck tomorrow to take an examination before the disability board for those injured in action during the war. After passing that exam, he will go by train to Minneapolis for Vocational Training offered by the government.

“This morning almost 200 of the posts for the “White Way” street lighting system arrived and are being set up on Sixth Avenue. After the rest of the equipment arrives, it will be only a matter of a few days to complete the work.

“President Wilson is back at the White House in Washington, DC, after cutting short his national peace treaty speaking tour at Wichita, Kansas. It is reported that he is in a state of nervous exhaustion and is under the constant care of Dr. Grayson, his personal physician, who insists on absolute rest for a considerable time. President Wilson also gave a speech during a brief stop at Mandan in early September, while on his way to the West Coast.”

125 Years Ago– 1894

“On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 64 degrees above zero.

“Sunshine at last.

“A number of settlers from the New Salem area came to Mandan yesterday to ‘prove up’ on their lands.

“A carload of coal received at the Pioneer office from Sims this week is excellent in quality--dry as a bone and full of heat.

“A booming town we are. A local merchant told a Pioneer reporter yesterday that his sales for the first 10 days of this month are $700 more than for the same period last year.

“At the meeting of the directors of the First National Bank held today, Mr. C. L. Timmerman of Sims was elected to the office of cashier and, at once, assumed the duties of the office. Mr. Timmerman enjoys a large acquaintance among the bank’s patrons who will wish him a hearty welcome at the cashier’s window.

“A number of Indians, with their teams, were up from Standing Rock to haul back to the agency two carloads of stoves. The stoves and other furniture are for distribution among the more thrifty of the Indian farmers Altogether, there are 11 carloads coming, the supply being two years.

“Mr. Heegard shipped, on Saturday, in two cases, 663,000 stamps to Oak Park, Illinois, for which he expects to receive about $150. Through the kindness of Mr. Moore, general freight agent of the Northern Pacific, the stamps will be carried from Mandan to their destination, free of charge. The consignment weighed 200 lbs. Altogether, Mr. Heegard has, thus far, found a market for 775,000 stamps. His greatest difficulty has been to find responsible parties to ship to. On receipt of the money for the stamps, steps will be taken to procure the artificial limbs required for little Molly Gundersen. It is hoped that she will have them in good use by Thanksgiving.”

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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.