Grainer's, 1944

Grainer's, 1944

25 Years Ago – 1994

Dave Bartz, a fourth grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary, received a surprise visit this past week by North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead, who announced that he was chosen as one of five North Dakota teachers to receive the North Dakota Educators Award and $25,000, with no strings attached. According to Sanstead, only 150 awards were given out nationally this year. The North Dakota Educator Award is part of the National Educator Awards Program established by the Milken Family Foundation in 1982.

The Mandan Park Board was the recipient of two large gifts of cash this past week. During Monday night’s board meeting, Dwight Cook, along with three charter members of the Mandan Kiwanis Club - H. G. Vander Vorst, Warren Buehler and Allen Larson - presented park board president Ron Biberdorf with a check for $6,700 to support youth baseball in Mandan. The Kiwanis have been involved in youth baseball since 1955. Not to be outdone, Terry Himmelspach, representing the Mandan Softball Association, also presented a check to the board for $10,455 to cover players fees for the 1994 season. Himmelspach told the board that 50 teams played in Mandan this year. “That’s the most ever for Mandan,” he said.


Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Sept. 13: a high of 68 degrees; 54 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

The Mandan Knight of Columbus St. Thomas More Council 2760 have held an open house gathering to show off their remodeled building. According to club manager Bill Leingang, the remodeling cost around $40,000 and resulted in the removal of several walls to enlarge the upstairs room and wall-to-wall carpeting in a brown, orange and black pattern. The building, constructed in 1952 by the KCs, also has another entrance on Collins Avenue, a new public address system, a new lighting system, a dance floor upstairs for the first time, and new tables and chairs.

Ralph Thomas of Mandan edged John Oxton, 1 up after 10 holes, to win the championship of the Mandan Elks Labor Day Tournament. Oxton won medalist honors after he had tied at 74 with Bob Huseby of Bismarck in Sunday’s qualifying round. On Monday, Oxton carded a 37 to Huseby’s 42. In the women’s event, Lou Fuller won with a 92 in medalist play to top Kathy Stuart’s 106. The annual tournament drew 80 men and 16 women entrants, according to Larry Souther, Mandan club pro.

Hundreds of Mandan residents attended the grand opening of Sundahl’s Jack and Jill grocery store at 712 West Main St. this past week. The Mandan store was previously owned by Otto Scherr who purchased it from Emil Moos in 1967. Sundahl’s Jack and Jill, owned by Albert Sundahl, has been a locally and independently owned grocery store in Bismarck since 1942. In 1952 Sundahl received a new franchise, and the business became the familiar Sundahl’s Jack and Jill. Both stores are currently owned by Albert’s son, Bruce Sundahl.

For the 16th year of the last 17, the North Dakota Dept. of the American Legion has won the Franklin D’Olier trophy, awarded annually to the department enrolling the highest percentage of new members. The trophy was first presented to North Dakota in 1953 and has done so each year, except for 1958 when Vermont received the honor.

75 Years Ago – 1944

A. E. Lubke, Mandan, has been re-elected State Deputy of the North Dakota Knights of Columbus at their annual state convention held in Bismarck and attended by more than 50 Knights, delegates and state officers from the state’s 12 councils. Delegates and officers were guests of the Mandan Knights at a banquet held in Mandan.

The Mandan Braves have elected Eddie Huber as their captain for the 1944 football season. Huber is a junior and was awarded a full-back position on the 1943 Associated Press All-State team.

The Heart River has claimed its second victim of the summer with the drowning of Edward Hoffman, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hoffman, while bathing with his brother, Frank, 14, at a point above the hospital. After the boys dove into the river, Edward was caught in a deep hole and called to his brother for help, who frantically grabbed a nearby long stick and held it out, in hopes of pulling Edward to shore. When the stick broke, the younger brother went for help which came too late for a rescue. The river’s first victim occurred in July when Lester Bauer, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bauer, drowned while swimming near the old dam at Riverside Park.

News from the Armed Forces:

“From an eighth AAF bomber station in England comes official word that Tech Sgt. Bernard Hutmacher of Mandan has been awarded the first Oak Cluster to the Air Medal. He is a radio operator and gunner on the Flying Fortress “Ten Hits and a Miss.” The presentation was made by his group commander at a base in England.

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“Word has been received that Cpl. Charles Rychlik has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is currently stationed in Corsica with a Radar Reporting platoon. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rychlik, rural Mandan.

“Pfc. Lloyd J. Hendrickson was wounded in France and is now recovering in a hospital in England, according to a telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Mathilda Hendrickson of Mandan. Lloyd has been in the army since March 1942. He is currently with the 90th Division which won praise for its heroic work in Normandy.”

100 Years Ago – 1919

“A thousand Mandan citizens and people from surrounding cities on Sunday afternoon paid an unparalleled tribute when they packed into the First Presbyterian Church to attend the funeral of Lt. Hugo Renden, 31, who died suddenly at the Mandan hospital after a brief illness. Renden was born in 1888 at Lanesboro, Minn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Renden, who came to Mandan in 1899. He was a 1907 graduate of Mandan High School and of St. Olaf College at Northfield, Minn., and was prominent in athletics in both schools. When the United States entered the world war last year, he went with the First North Dakota regiment to France, returning in March of this year, in command of Co. F as acting captain. After the Armistice, the returning soldiers organized Mandan’s Gilbert Furness Post of the American Legion with Renden chosen as its first commander.

“Funeral services were largely in charge of members of the Gilbert S. Furness Post of the American Legion. More than 100 Mandan service men donned their doughboy khaki, marine green or sailor blue uniforms and marched to the Renden residence on Sixth Ave. N.W., and escorted the casket and family to the church. Following the services conducted by Rev. Fylling of the Lutheran Church, of which the deceased was a member, the funeral cortege comprising of nearly 200 automobiles, wound its way to the cemetery where a squad composed of members of old Company F, commanded by Lt. Walter Hecker, fired the parting volleys of honor.


“More than 30 automobiles, bound east, have been held up in Mandan today, because the ferry boat, Marion, of the Red Trail Ferry Co., landed on a rock in the Missouri and is unable to be released. Besides the autos, a dozen or more Montana families, also heading east, are stranded near the river, along with a large number of livestock.”

125 Years Ago– 1894

“On Thursday, Sept. 13, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 70 degrees above zero.

“Sunday was an ideal autumn day.

“Fall plowing is being done, the farmers have been encouraged by the late rains of this past week.

“A force of men is at work repairing, for temporary use, the old water mains to be ready in case of fire.

“The public schools opened on Mon., Sept. 3rd, with a good attendance. There were 265 as against 254 on the first day last year. Up to yesterday, the total enrollment stood at 270 pupils.

“On Saturday, the funeral of Mrs. Yarger Sakshaug, who was killed by lightning at Square Butte, took place at the Greenwood cemetery, south of Mandan, with Rev. P. S. Davies officiating.

“The work of collecting poll tax was never done as well in Mandan as this year. The man who is entitled to pay his poll tax has to be pretty active to escape the officials. There is a large amount of street work, sidewalk and water pipe repairs being done with poll tax. According to street commissioner Dooley, all the large force of men who have been working for several weeks on the streets have been paid entirely by the poll tax fund.

“The regular monthly meeting of the City Council was held at the City Hall on Monday, with the Mayor and all the Aldermen, but Gibson, in attendance. The most important business transacted was in regards to the laying of the new water mains. The council authorized Mayor McDougal to travel to Duluth and St. Paul and buy the pipe, hydrants and other necessary material at the lowest possible price for the best quality possible. Charles McDonald was engaged as overseer of the work of making the necessary excavations, he to be paid at $60 per month. He was also empowered to employ a deputy, but without extra cost to the city.”

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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.