25 Years Ago – 1994
The Morton County Social Services Board has honored five of its employees for their service. Honored were Beverly Schepp and Fay Schnell, each with five years of service; Maureen Beck, 10 years; Mary Kay Greff, 15 years; and Marlene Clemens, 20 years. The ladies were recognized by Ken Gerhardt, director, while the awards were presented by Rose Mary Lawson, chairperson of the board.
Tom Regan of Mandan has been named the new executive director of the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way. Regan served as Q & R Clinic’s chief marketing officer for more than five years. He was also a member of the original staff that brought Prairie Public radio to western North Dakota and served as manager of the radio division for Prairie Public Broadcasting.
Temperatures recorded Tuesday, July 26: a high of 76 degrees; 48 degrees for the low.
50 Years Ago – 1969
People of the United States breathed a sigh of relief before celebrating the successful return of Apollo 11 and its three astronauts and their splashdown in the Pacific on Thursday, July 24. However, astronauts Neil Armstrong, “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins must remain quarantined for 18 days before the ticker tape parades can begin. The space trio will be kept behind biological barriers to assure that they brought no “moon germs” back to earth.
David Olslund, member of Boy Scout Troop No. 53, has been presented the God and Country Award during the regular Sunday morning service, conducted by Rev. John MacMullen, at the United Methodist Church of Mandan. Olslund, the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Olslund of Mandan, is the first in the church history to ever complete the work to receive the coveted Boy Scout award.
To prove that fishing is successful at Fort Rice Creek, four Mandan residents brought their haul of 100 white bass, along with two northerns and five sauger, to the Jerry’s Educated Minnows shop in Mandan, for a photo. The four fishermen were Dean Kautzman, Dennis Kautzman, Eugene Kautzman and George Kary.
Work has begun on Mandan’s newest park, Mandan Eagles Park, located just east of the Lewis and Clark School. Tennis courts have been poured and set up as a first step, according to Virgil Seerup, park board president. Other play equipment and the tennis court are being paid for by money raised by the Mandan Eagles and a matching grant from Federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation of $1,500. Also planned for the park are a picnic area and skating rink.
75 Years Ago – 1944
According to John Mushik, president of the Mandan City Commission, a Victory ship, named for the city, has been launched at Portland, Ore. Not only is it named "Mandan," but it’s been learned that many Mandan people, employed in the Portland shipyards, have helped in the construction of this and other Victory ships. On board the ship is displayed a plaque, made of native North Dakota granite, bearing the Mandan Indian head design. The plaque was sculpted by Hynek Rybnicek of the Mandan Monument Works.
News from the Armed Forces:
Lt. Lewis J. Keller, son of John Keller, south of Mandan, wrote the following letter to Milo Keigley at the Connolly Garage.
“Dear Milo, You will notice that I am still on a base in the Gilberts, although at various times our squadron moved to a base in the Marshalls where it’s more convenient to hit the enemy. Our crew still has its original airplane, named the ‘Apache,’ which has received quite a beating, but it has always brought us home. I remember one mission when a burst of flak exploded directly in front of the nose of the ship. The explosion ripped off part of the nose, knocked out the windshield and top turret and the left prop was badly bent -- but, in spite of all that, we still made it home! As soon as I can get the censors’ OK, I will send you a picture of the crew and plane.
“I have 42 missions completed so far. You have probably read of the damage we leave done with our Mitchells. The invasion of Europe and Saipan seem to be progressing as to schedule. All has been so carefully planned that we can’t fail. The best to you and all the boys at the garage. Lewis.”
Funeral services were recently held at St. Joseph’s Catholic church for Henry J. Schafer, 61, Pioneer Morton county resident. Born in Minnesota, Schafer came to Morton County in 1911 and taught in rural county schools until 1921, when he partnered with Henry Schulte to found the Purity Dairy Co. of Mandan. After selling his interest in 1923, he was in the insurance business until 1936 when he became manager of the Hudson Hall, Main Street, Mandan. He was a charter member of the local Knight of Columbus council and is a past Exalted Ruler of the Mandan Elks. Survivors include his widow, Mary; one son and two daughters; five brothers and two sisters.
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100 Years Ago – 1919
“For shoe repairing, go to John Suchy, 102 2nd Ave. N.W.
“A heavy pall of smoke hung over the sky during the early afternoon on Friday. At first it was thought to foretell a gathering thunderstorm, but the blood red appearance of the sun through the smoke soon gave evidence of forest fires in Montana and Idaho. Though it still burns our eyes and noses, the smoke is not as thick as nine years ago when western forest fires turned noonday into night, forcing residents and storekeepers to light their lamps.
“Due to the ongoing drought, two Montana farmers and their families passed through here this week on their way east. Painted on the side of one of the wagons was this message: “Montana, we trusted, and that why we’re busted.”
“Most of the wheat in this section is being cut, according to reports from parties touring the country. The early sown wheat is showing up in fair shape and is expected to go from 3 to 10 bushels to the acre, the same as last year.
“Work is progressing rapidly on the grading of Sixth Ave. N. W., straight over the hill as far as the Red Trail. In a short time, this will be one of the finest drives out of the city.
“M. S. Hyland received advice today that several carloads of posts, cable and all the tops of the ornamental lighting system are now on the way to Mandan. Installation will begin immediately upon arrival.
“R. H. Ohmness, who served the Signal Corps in France, tells of how the local Sioux Indians were used to good advantage in the trenches. One of the difficulties in the Argonne fighting was the establishment of uninterrupted communication between the Front and the rear lines. The Boches had wires strung all over, below and above the ground, and made connection with our wires, so telephoning was not a safe method. Soldiers, who volunteered as messengers, were also quickly targeted by German sharpshooters. Finally, a soldier suggested a Sioux Indian be at each end of the line and use their own language to transmit messages which the Boches could not understand.”
125 Years Ago – 1894
“On Thursday, July 26, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 76 degrees above zero.
“Harvesting is in progress by our neighbors on Custer Flats. Mr. Sam Unkenholz cut his grain a few days ago and has it in shocks.
“This has been a great railroad week for travelling men who seem to be making up for lost time.
“When railroad matters once again reach their normal condition, there is trouble in store for those people who were indiscreet enough to call certain engineers and conductors on this division “scabs.”
“Before the troops from Fort Yates leave Mandan, a good many of our citizens are hoping that Capt. Hickey will find time to put his men through military tactics.
“The Morton County delegates to the Republican State Convention returned from Grand Forks this morning and are feeling happy that the result of their labors produced no less than five places on the ticket for the fall elections, including Frank Briggs of Morton County for State Auditor.
“The Morton County delegates to Grand Forks met our former Father Perrault nearly every day during the convention. Perrault is now practicing law at East Grand Forks, and seems to be having good success.
“Rev. Father Collins, the successor of Father Lemieux as pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, arrived this past week from Fargo. His mother, who is in charge of his household affairs, will arrive next week. Father Lemieux bade the congregation a formal farewell from the altar at high mass on Sunday afternoon.
“With all the excitement and disturbance due to the railroad strike, Mollie Gunderson’s friends have not lost sight of aiding her in the work of collecting a million stamps, required to purchase the artificial limbs she is so badly in need of. Large consignments of cancelled stamps are still arriving at the express office from throughout the region, including a valuable lot of 9272 cancelled stamps sent by Mable Wickham, Athens, Ohio. An inventory of the stock on hand, taken by Mr. Heegard a few days ago, shows that the great million mark may have been reached.”