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25 Years Ago – 1994

Mike Kalvoda has returned from California where he took part in “The Price is Right” show, hosted by Bob Barker, and has a new 1994 Ford Thunderbird as a result of his September appearance. “'Family Feud’ helped me get through school in Orlando and now ‘The Price is Right’ has solved my car problem,” said Kalvoda whose current car has more than 120,000 miles on it.

Federal rules limit a person’s game show appearances to three. Since he and his family, (his mother Lila and cousins Rick, Mark and Ken), have already appeared on the “Family Feud” in 1991, he has one appearance remaining and is thinking of applying for the “Wheel of Fortune” or “Jeopardy” game shows.

The Mandan Braves football team came away a 37-29 winner over Fargo Shanley in this week’s opening round of the Class A football playoffs in Mandan. The Braves managed to put six touchdowns on the Faris Field scoreboard by using the passing game with quarterback Brad Wagner going five for five, including three touchdowns. With the help of their teammates, touchdowns were made by Wagner, Chris Giese, Mike Larson and Ben Beckler, with Scott Tomanek making a 27-yard field goal.

The 1994 World Series was canceled due to a strike, begun Aug. 12 by the Major League Baseball Players Association. This was only the second time that a World Series was not played since 1904.

Temps recorded Tuesday, Oct. 25: a high of 48 degrees; 20 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

Foremost Dairies of Mandan has been sold to Cass-Clay Creameries of Fargo for an undisclosed sum. According to manager Jack Danz, the Mandan site was sold because it was isolated from Foremost operations located in the southwest and on the West Coast. Although Danz is to be reassigned to a Foremost office in Kansas City, no additional personnel changes will be made at Mandan.

According to a news release, the minimum retail price for a half gallon of milk in North Dakota plus tax will be set at 57 cents on Nov. 1. It’s now at 54 cents. However, the state sales tax of 2 cents will be dropped on Jan. 1.

A “Haunted House” was the setting for the Mandan Revelers October party at the Mandan Country Club. Decorations included orange lights shining upon skeletons of cows while bats and owls appeared to fly around the ceiling’s light fixtures. The evening’s music was provided by the Paul Skoropat Orchestra.

New Salem High School celebrated this year’s Homecoming festivities with a Holsteins victory over the Center Wildcats, 30-0. The game was followed by a dance with George Eckroth providing the music. Crowned as the 1969 Homecoming Queen was Sherry Moltzen; her attendants were Caroline Balzer and Shelly Englhardt.

The New York Mets, laughed at for seven long years as one of the worst teams in baseball history, was crowned as baseball’s best after winning the 1969 World Series with a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. After losing the first game of the best-of-seven series, the Mets, managed by Gil Hodges, completed one of the most amazing success stories in sports by sweeping four straight games from the bewildered American League champion Orioles, managed by Earl Weaver. This was the year’s second devastating loss for Baltimore fans. In January, the Jets, led by Joe Namath, upset the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

75 Years Ago – 1944

“Funeral services were held this week for Mandan’s 'grand old lady' Anna J. Stark, 94, who had called Mandan her home since arriving in 1883 with her husband, Dr. George A. Stark. During her lifetime, Mrs. Stark served as president of the North Dakota Humane Society and was president of the Mandan chapter of War Mothers, the Mandan Civic League, the City Park Board and the Mandan Flower Club. She was also a past matron of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Stark was largely responsible for the creation of the Collins Ave. park which was transformed from a dump to a spot of beauty in the center of Mandan. In May 1930 she conducted a campaign that designated the gladiola, her favorite flower, as the official flower of the city. Survivors include four sons and two daughters.

The St. Louis Cardinals have won their second World Series in three years by defeating the St. Louis Browns, 3-1, in the sixth game of the series played at Sportsman’s Park. This series marked the third and final time in World Series history in which both teams shared the same home field, the other two being the 1921 and 1922 World Series played on the Polo Grounds in New York City.

News from the Armed Forces:

“Pfc. Tony Zueger has returned to his station at Camp Custer, Mich. Pvt. Zueger has spent 15 months overseas in Africa and Italy. Another brother, Cpl. Philip J. Zueger, is in the service somewhere in France.

“Cpl. Elmer W. Keller, son of John Keller of Mandan, is now stationed in Guadalcanal as a mechanic in the army air corps. He is a 1938 graduate of Mandan High School and enlisted in the army in 1943.

“Cpl. Arthur Digby is now with the army in France, according to a notice received by his mother, Mrs. Pearl Digby of Mandan. Until receiving the notice, she hadn’t heard from him in five weeks.

“Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Key, 507 Collins Ave., Mandan, have received official word from the war department that their son, Cpl. Jerry Key, was wounded for the second time in action in Germany. He was a turret gunner on a tank which was hit by a bomb. He is hospitalized in Holland.

“Pfc. Kermit Toepke, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Toepke of New Salem, was wounded in France and has been brought to Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Utah, for specialized treatment for his injuries. He was a gunner on an M-10 tank destroyer when hit by an enemy shell while in action near St. Lo on July 13. He is a graduate of Judson High School and was farming with his father before entering the service.”

100 Years Ago – 1919

“After more than ten years, Earl K. Bitzing has resigned as editor of the Mandan Daily Pioneer and will leave in a few days to accept a responsible position on the editorial staff of the Fargo Forum. E. A. Tostevin will be taking over his position at the Pioneer. During his time in Mandan, Bitzing was largely responsible for organizing the Mandan lodge of Elks and has held some of the highest offices in the Masonic lodge.

“The 1919 World Series matched the American League champion Chicago White Sox against the National League champion Cincinnati Reds, with the Reds coming out on top, five games to three. Although most Series have been of the best of seven format, the 1919 Series was a best of nine, in order to increase the sport’s popularity and partly to generate more revenue. The unquestioned star of the White Sox was Shoeless Joe Jackson with a .351 batting average. The Reds’ greatest star was centerfielder Edd Roush, who led the league in hitting at .321 and, like Jackson, was in the top five of their respective leagues in most important hitting categories.”

125 Years Ago– 1894

“On Thursday, Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 60 degrees above zero.

“Mandan merchants report good business this week.

“Go to Lang’s store for your Sauer Kraut, 10 cents a quart.

“A large army wagon, loaded with supplies for the post exchange, left the depot for Fort Yates this morning.

“Alderman Raffety bade farewell to his friends yesterday and departed for a long visit to his home in County Tyrone, Ireland.

“At one time yesterday, there were upwards of 108 double teams and wagons in the freight house square. Also, on hand were 130 men, besides the railroad employees, who were engaged in loading up the wagons.

“The work of digging the ditch for the new water main was begun early Monday morning at the east end of First Street. As large a force of men as possible was put to work. City authorities are pushing the work to completion as rapidly as possible before winter begins. The pipe and hydrants have all arrived, and Mr. Mackin will begin the work of laying pipe as soon as enough of the ditch is ready.

“The ladies of the Scandinavian Lutheran Church accomplished the purpose of their supper and sale of work last Monday evening, which was to raise about $200 to erase the remaining debt on the church building. According to Mrs. Ole Paulson, treasurer, the net proceeds have reached $206.”

(The modern World Series of baseball began in 1903, and was established as an annual event in 1905.)

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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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