Robert Chase

Robert Chase served on the Morton County Commission from 1984 until his passing in 1994.

25 Years Ago – 1994

The North Dakota American Legion Class A tournament began in Dickinson this week with the Mandan Chiefs entered as the top seed after taking last weekend’s 1994 West Region crown, defeating the Williston Keybirds, 13-7, in the championship game. The fifth time against the Keybirds was the charm for the Chiefs, who had been defeated by Williston in the previous four matches during the season.

Funeral services were held this week for Morton County Commissioner Robert E. Chase, 78. The Garrison native served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Upon his return to the Bismarck-Mandan area, Chase purchased a Chevrolet dealership in 1955. He owned and operated Chase Chevrolet, Mandan, until his retirement in 1980. Chase was elected to the Morton County Commission in 1984 and served for the next 10 years, attending his final meeting in July. Survivors include his wife, Zita; a daughter-in-law, one stepson, four stepdaughters and their families; and two brothers.


Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Aug. 9: a high of 68 degrees; 53 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

Nine members were elected to the new Mandan School Board in an election held July 29. One person was elected in each of nine areas, four of which cover the city of Mandan. Representing area one is J. P. Schlosser; area two: Leland Olsen; area three: Georgiana Borden; area four: Leland Graner; area five: Lyle Dawson, Jr. Elected to represent the city of Mandan were Richard Wirtz, William Russell, Wynn Keller and John Niles.

Thirty members were in attendance for the Mandan American War Mothers annual picnic held in the Mandan Memorial Building. Mrs. Agnes Blumhagen, president, removed the black drape from the charter, which had been draped a month ago in memory of member Mrs. Christine Feickert, who died in May. It was also noted that the Mandan American War Mothers were recently featured in the National War Mothers magazine, regarding the flag dedication ceremony in memory of William Backer who was the first Vietnam casualty from Mandan.

The Mandan Eagles Auxiliary recently met at the Eagles Clubroom to install new officers for the coming year. Installed were past madame president, Mrs. Wayne Froelich; madame president, Mrs. Ronald Haag; madame vice president, Mrs. Richard Weiand; madame secretary, Mrs. Charles Stastney; madame treasurer, Mrs. Harry Kubista.

Monday is usually a day off for barbers, but this was not the case a week ago when Mandan barber Gene Becker joined Joe Deibert, Joe Johs and Al Bartowski of Bismarck, along with two barbers from Jamestown, and spent the afternoon cutting and trimming hair for 68 boys and girls who are attending Elks Camp Grassick. Since the children are at camp for six weeks, these local barbers donated their time and talent to perform the work.

75 Years Ago – 1944

Approval was given by members of Gilbert S. Furness Post of the American Legion to purchase the property known as “Henry’s Place” in the Hudson building as quarters for a servicemen’s center and club rooms. Arrangements for the purchase of the property from the Henry F. Schafer estate were completed after money was raised through pledges of Legion members. A lease has been signed for the use of the entire second floor. Although the new clubrooms will open by the end of August, the Legion room in the Memorial building will continue to be used by the Legion and Auxiliary for meetings and headquarters.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zachmeier, rural Mandan, are the parents of a son, born in a Bismarck hospital during the last week of July.

A 27 bushel-per-acre yield of wheat was reported this past week at the Mandan Farmers Elevator by Ed Stastney, who farms south of Mandan. The wheat weighed 61-pounds to the bushel.

A formal announcement was made this week of the election of William L. Neff as superintendent of the Mandan Public Schools, to succeed John C. Gould. Francis Grunenfelder will succeed Neff as the high school principal.

News from the Armed Forces:

Three Morton County men are currently receiving their indoctrination at the U. S. Naval training station, Great Lakes, Ill. They are Joseph Eisenhauer, Clemens A. Boehm and Karl Menge, Ft. Rice.

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Wetch and Mrs. Tony Wetch of St. Anthony, were recently thrilled to hear the voice of their son and husband over KGCU radio, Mandan, during the broadcast of a BBC program “American Eagle in Britain.” Young Tony, who was briefly interviewed during the program, is recovering from a gunshot wound at a hospital in England. Tony has been overseas for the past eight months and was leading a patrol when he was shot in the arm.

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100 Years Ago – 1919

“Between three and four hundred farmers, along with their wives and families, crowded into the big barn at the Northern Great Plains Station this week to listen to a very interesting program on the occasion of the Morton County farmers’ picnic. The speakers included Max Morgan, the energetic county agent; the Hon. J. M. Devine, superintendent of the local Reform School; Gov. Lynn Frazier; Rt. Rev. Bishop Wehrle of Bismarck and Max Pfaender, assistant superintendent of the station.

“After the picnic, groups toured grain plots and buildings, while the ladies attended a canning demonstration. Several hundred of the picnickers and townspeople also took advantage of the invitation, extended by Supt. Devine, to go over to the Reform School grounds and see a first-class ballgame between the Reform School nine and the nine from the penitentiary. It was a warmly contested game for the first seven innings, but then it proved a walk-away for the Reform School team, who claimed the victory, 14 to 7.”


“Banker C. F. Peterson of New Salem was a Mandan visitor yesterday. He came to meet Wm. Schucht who just returned from France where he had seen several months of hard service in the signal division of the Army. Mr. Schucht is the assistant cashier of the State Bank of New Salem of which Mr. Peterson is the president.

“The Country Club tennis courts are now nearly completed. The tapes were laid on the one court last evening and, after supper, the first sets were played. The second court will be completed within two weeks. The courts are clay over a gravel base, and they will rival any courts in the northwest.

“J. S. Bartram, who conducts the model garden at the south end of the viaduct, is experimenting this year with raising tobacco. He already has some excellent plants, and, from all indications, the leaf will be of superior quality.

“The fair board, headed by John Dawson as president, last evening awarded contracts for building the new pavilion to Chas. Kidd and Agaton Larson, both bidders being about even. In order to facilitate the work, an agreement was made, whereby both contractors will turn their forces of men on the job and rush it through in double quick time.”

125 Years Ago– 1894

“On Thursday, Aug. 9, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 84 degrees above zero.

“These are the dog days of summer.

“Pity the poor prairie chicken a week from next Monday. That’s when hunting season begins.

“A large number of Indians with their teams of horses were up from Standing Rock on Wednesday, and after loading up with merchandise at the Northern Pacific freight shed for the agency, they retuned south.

“John Vogel of Crown Butte, yesterday, showed a fine sample of new wheat, 60 acres of which he says will yield 15 bushels to the acre.

“Miss May Thurston has been re-engaged as teacher for the Hebron school for another term at an increased salary of $45 a month. Her sister, Edith, will also again take charge of the school at New Salem.

“One of Mandan’s oldest landmarks, an early day saloon at the northeast corner of Main St. and Dilworth Ave., known at one time as “Curley’s Place,” went up in smoke this week. After the fire was first discovered by a military guard on duty in the park, the alarm sounded for the fire companies who fought the fire on the main floor until the water ran out. However, they managed to keep the flames from spreading to Clark’s Drug store on the east side, while a volunteer bucket brigade carried water to the upper floor and doused flames attempting to enter the Voss law office. The fire also destroyed 20 feet of sidewalk. Mr. Sublette, the original owner, had sold the old building some years ago to Joseph Hager. It was currently leased to George Barrie who re-opened it as another saloon..

“The squadron of 8th U.S. Calvary, which has been on duty here since July 8, broke camp early this morning and returned to quarters at Fort Yates. A better-behaved lot of soldier boys could not be found as there has not been one single instance of a conflict between the civil and military authorities and no cases of disorderly conduct.”

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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.