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25 Years Ago – 1994

University of Mary students have elected 12 new members to the Senate, including two Mandan women. Mandy Glasser, daughter of Joel and Fran Glasser, is a freshman radiologic technology major. Wendy Hagerott, daughter of George and Carol Hagerott, is a freshman nursing major. The Student Senate recommends policies and approves decisions of other U-Mary committees. However, one of their main projects is planning Homecoming activities.

Losing only to Fargo South on opening day, the Mandan girls basketball team has since reeled off an impressive string of victories that has earned the Braves a number 3 ranking in North Dakota. Fargo South is ranked first, and despite losing to Mandan, West Fargo is ranked second.

In a grudge match for both football teams, Mandan came out on top of Dickinson in two overtimes, 9-6, this week. The Braves went up 6-0 at the half, compliments of two field goals by Scott Tomanek, but Dickinson tied it late in the game, which set up the overtime. Tomanek was called on again in the second overtime to boot a win for the team, and he did- with a 24-yard field goal. The Braves’ coach is Tom Stebner.

Temps recorded Tuesday, Sept. 20: a high of 86 degrees; 56 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

After receiving news of the death of 79-year-old Ho Chi Minh on Sept. 2 at Hanoi, President Nixon took the opportunity to order a second pullout of U. S. troops from Vietnam. Signs on both sides of the Pacific point to 40,500 men being withdrawn by the end of the year, leaving a half million U. S. soldiers still on duty there. More than 11,000 soldiers have been killed since the war’s escalation in 1964.

The Class A Mandan football team ran up a 38-0 halftime lead last weekend over Class B New England St. Mary’s and then went on to pound the Saints, 46-12. Dave Evinger, Leon West and Chuck Hack all scored two touchdowns each for the Braves. Evinger scored on a four-yard pass from quarterback Jim Gronowski and a 28-yard interception. West went over the line on runs of 29 and 8 yards, while Hack connected on a 44-yard pass play from Gronowski and a three-yard scamper. The Brave’s next game is against Minot Ryan.

Mrs. Buz (Lou) Fuller took championship honors at the Ladies City Golf Tournament held last weekend at the Mandan Golf Course. Mrs. Dennis (Carol) Mongeon was first runner-up, while Mrs. Adam (Stella) Wetzstein won the consolation flight. Medalist honors went to Mrs. Harlan (Leanna) Junker with a 46.

Thousands of area residents attended the sold-out performance this week at the new Bismarck Civic Center for Lawrence Welk and his Champagne Music Makers. The band leader was met at the airport by Bismarck Mayor E. V. Lahr, Gov. and Mrs. William L. Guy and a variety of newsmen. Welk is appearing in Bismarck, in this his 15th season, for the first time since September 1965.

75 Years Ago – 1944

Governor John Moses has appointed L. C. Broderick, Mandan attorney, as Judge of the Sixth Judicial District, filling the vacancy caused by the July 16 death of District Judge H. L. Berry who had served for 24 years.

Mandan’s Company I state guard rifle team outshot the Bismarck quartermaster company team, 874 to 869, in competition this week. Ed Schwinkendorf of Mandan was top scorer, shooting a 70 out of a possible 75. Coming in second was Barney Toman, also of Mandan, with a 60 out of 75.

News from the Armed Forces:

“Mrs. John Ressler, Mandan, has received word that her brother, Phillip Cooper, had been killed in France on July 23. Phillip, who was born in Mandan and attended schools here, was 29 years of age and had been overseas since April of this year. He is survived by his widow and son, who live at Minot.

“Mrs. Mary Brigham of Mandan received word Sunday from the War Department that her son, Pvt. Robert L. Brigham, 21, has been missing in action in France since July 26. He has been in the army for two years and went overseas this past January. Mrs. Brigham has another son, T/5 Henry Brigham, who is also in France and serves in the artillery. The two boys often tried to meet each other, but had always just missed the opportunity by hours.

“Mrs. Mark A. Ehlis, Mandan, has received a telegram from the War Department stating her husband PFC Mark Ehlis, died August 1 of wounds received in action in France. He was 24 years old. Ehlis entered the armed services in August 1942 and was sent overseas in July of this year.

“AMM 2-c B. C. McFerran, son of G. C. McFerran of Mandan, is now stationed at Astoria airport in Oregon as an instructor. For the past several months, he had been in the South Pacific and was aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington when it was torpedoed, but escaped uninjured. McFerran has been in the service for two years.

“Women in southern France were doubly pleased when U. S. Flying Fortresses recently dropped guns and supplies to their region. The guns and supplies were sorely needed there, but the French women really went for those silk parachutes which were used to make underdrawers. 'They had a choice in colors, too,' said Col. Karl Truesdale, Jr., whose group led the first two missions, 'as red, white and yellow parachutes were being used.'"

100 Years Ago – 1919

Mandan was honored this past week by having President Woodrow Wilson speak from the rear platform of the presidential special train as it stopped at the Mandan depot for about 10 minutes to change engine and train crews. When the train arrived at Mandan, the crowds surged about it, demanding an appearance of the president and First Lady, who both came forward on the platform, smiling at the cheering audience. It was only a brief talk but it was received with applause by the hundreds of people who had gathered at the station. The President said:

“I am pleased that there is the same feeling for peace everywhere and that soon it can be made a lasting peace. Many of you believe that our boys finished their job ‘over there,’ but it is not finished yet -- not until the unnecessary debate in the Senate is eliminated, the treaty is ratified and a league of nations is organized to include the United States. Should this movement for world concert fail, the heart of Europe will be overwhelmed by a despair which would result in chaos and unrest. We must not live under the uncertainty of having to again sacrifice our youth.”

President Wilson then shook hands with the people who flocked about the platform until the special train rolled out of the station on its long journey for his next speech at Billings. The President and First Lady, along with his staff and reporters, will continue the “peace” tour on the West Coast and over the southern areas of the United States, returning to the White House by the end of September, after traveling 8,000 miles in 22 days.

“H. L. Dahners, who has been having a serious siege as a result of coming in contact with poison ivy, was taken to the Mandan hospital again last evening.

“Grant Unkenholz returned this week from Fort Sheridan, Ill., where he was mustered out of service. He was among the men wounded in the big Argonne drive last October and was hospitalized in France for several months. Unkenholz returned to this country in April, after serving 20 months overseas.”

125 Years Ago– 1894

“On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 75 degrees above zero.

“The sun is sulking behind the clouds today.

“Melons, fresh Dakota melons. 10 and 15 cents at Lang’s grocery.

“A few days ago, Mr. J. S. Green sold a herd of more than 800 horses to Eaton Bros. and Pellissier. This is the largest horse sale, in points of numbers, that has been reported anywhere in the United States for some time.

“Dr. S. D. King, dentist, will leave October 1st for his annual fall visit to Dickinson and other points up the line, Persons wanting dentistry work done before he leaves, should call and make an appointment without delay.

“The party of Sioux Indians from the Standing Rock Agency, who have been a feature of the Sitting Bull cabin exhibit at Coney Island, New York, this summer, returned Sunday in charge of Harry McLaughlin.

“Several nights this week there have been seen some magnificent Northern Lights. Between 11 o’clock and midnight on Tuesday, they were especially beautiful and, for a time, the sight was a grand one. They seemed like ghosts of dead rainbows dancing through the sky, with a splendor few can adequately describe.

“Mayor McDougal received word this morning assuring him that the pipe for the new water mains would be in Mandan on October 1. The pipe is coming from Alabama and was the only pipe in this country that was available for immediate shipment. The mayor thinks that the work of excavating ought to begin on Monday, and he is in favor of putting on a large force of men to push the work to rapid completion.”

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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.

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