25 Years Ago-1994

Ron McNally, employed at the Finder and Mandan News, received the Media Advocate of the Year award during the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual awards meeting held at the Radisson Inn, Bismarck. McNally helped create the Business Journal, which is mailed each month to Bismarck- Mandan businesses. The Journal is “to business, about business and for business,” said McNally.

Darrell Nitschke, director of the Bismarck- Mandan Police Youth Bureau, will be the next superintendent at the State Industrial School in Mandan. He replaces Conrad Dvorak, who resigned for employment in Illinois. Nitschke was a youth worker at the juvenile correctional facility from 1974 to 1977; he was named PYB director in 1980.

Funerals this week:

Loretta (Bonderenko) Geiger, 62, Mandan; raised, educated in Minot area. Survivors include her husband, Joseph, three sons, two daughters and their families, her mother and one sister.

Leonard Pitzer, 70, Mandan; raised, educated in rural Morton County. Survivors include his wife Rose (Boehm), one son, one daughter and their families, three sisters.

Charles “Chuck” Vukelich, 41, Bismarck; raised, educated at Bemidji, Minn. Was a golf coach at Mandan High School. Survivors include his wife, Cathy, two sons; one brother, one sister.

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Temperatures Tuesday, March 29: high, 62 degrees; low, 33 degrees.

50 Years Ago-1969

The First National Bank’s basketball squad easily rolled over Joe’s Bar, 82-60, in the championship game of the Mandan Amateur Basketball Tournament held this week at the Memorial Building. (Joe’s Bar posted a 64-56 victory over Bill’s Super Valu earlier in the week to earn a berth in the championship game.)

Taking third place was the regular-season winner, Bill’s Super Valu, which toppled Main Bar, 75-64. Seven teams, with 70 players, participated in this year’s league. The season’s referees were Gary Melling and Gary Orvick.

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Winners of the Mandan and Morton spelling bees have been announced. Mandan’s winner is Davey Eckroth, student at Christ the King School. He received two $25 checks from sponsors the Mandan Lions Club and the Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Morton County’s winner is Candy Schafer, who received a $50 check on behalf of the county’s six banks. Runner-up was Doug Hovie, Almont, who was presented with a dictionary.

The North Dakota Association of Rural Cooperatives’ monthly magazine, the North Dakota Rural Electric Magazine, has received an award for excellence at the co-ops’ national convention held in Atlantic City. Receiving the award were Leland Ulmer, editor; Win Curtiss, assistant editor; Milton Vedvick, managing editor; Fran Carrick, women’s editor; and Pat Phillips, advertising manager.

75 Years Ago-1944

At a news conference this week, Secretary of War Henry Stimson announced that American casualties in this war so far total 162,282, of whom 37,853 are confirmed dead and 35,565 are missing. He also said that 27,222 men are prisoners of war, most of which are in Japanese-occupied areas.

“Sgt. Lawrence Bullinger, son of Julius Bullinger, rural Mandan, has been promoted to staff sergeant. He is serving in the Third Infantry division of the Fifth Army in Italy.

“Pvt. Richard Kruger, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Kruger, Mandan, recently graduated with high honors from the AAF Training Command Radio school at Sioux Falls Army Air Field, Sioux Falls, S.D. Pvt. Kruger compiled a final average of 88.2 percent and attained a code speed of 20 words per minute to rank fourth in his class. He is now qualified to be a radio operator in one of the famed bombers of the Army air force.

“Rev. Orlando Andvik and his father, Rev. O.O. Andvik, both had the same idea — they were going to surprise each other. Pvt. Andvik had a furlough coming up, but did not tell his father as he wanted to walk through the door and surprise his parents. In the meantime, Rev. Andvik, while on a business trip, planned to continue onto Madison, Wis., to surprise his son, stationed at Truax Field. But they both got a surprise. Pvt. Andvik arrived in Mandan to find that his father had departed on the train that same day for Madison. A wire was immediately sent and caught up with Rev. Andvik before he reached Fargo, and he quickly returned.”

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The wedding of Miss Betty Stoltz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stoltz, and Lloyd Lohstreter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lohstreter, was solemnized recently at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Miss Magdalen Schaefer was her niece’s bridesmaid, while Ken Lohstreter attended his brother as best man. 

The newlyweds are both graduates of Mandan High School. The bride is currently employed at the First National Bank, while Mr. Lohstreter is associated with his father at the Lohstreter Dairy, west of Mandan.

100 Years Ago-1919

“Four more soldier boys, home from overseas, cast their glance at the old hometown today, and have been around the city receiving the glad hand. James T. McGillic and Ed Tobin, along with A. Funk of Hebron, stepped off Train No. 1. With them came “Honus” Westzstein. Others are on their way; 20 more should arrive within a week.

“Lt. Wm. P. Ellison, son of John Ellison of Huff, arrived here yesterday from St. Paul, where he had been confined to a hospital at Fort Snelling. Lt. Ellison was gassed during a battle in France, and then after a short stay at a hospital at Bordeaux, he returned to the front. After a second gas attack, he was returned to the United States. The gas attack affected his eyes, and there were fears that his eyesight would fail.

“A marriage license was issued by Judge Shaw yesterday to Joseph Usselman of Fort Rice and Rose Ereth of Solen. Both are popular and well-known young people in their communities."

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 46 degrees above zero.

“It was a chilly Easter.

“City election next Monday.

“You can find fresh horseradish, 20 cents a pint, at Michael Lang’s store.

“A chinook wind, playing havoc with the high piles of snow in the streets and alleys, began about noon today.

“Mr. Theo Cummins was kept very busy this past week acknowledging the congratulations of his friends in the Northern Pacific machine shops, over the arrival of a baby girl at his residence.

“One of the cozy comfortable homes, adjacent to the Mandan Syndicate, is that of former saloon keeper Z. Sublett, who is now spending a great deal of time building a dam in the ravine west of his house. The dam will create a small body of water for boating and other purposes.

“On Monday, Mr. Theo. Feland of Sims was in town, and he took occasion to call at the Pioneer office to express a few opinions on the county’s desire of extending our coal business. Mr. Feland states that he has looked into the shipping of coal to points east of the river and feels confident that Sims will soon be shipping a trainload of coal each day to the Twin Cities. He believes that once the manufacturing plants in St. Paul and Minneapolis try our Morton County coal, they will never return to the dirty and sooty coal of Iowa.”

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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.