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25 Years Ago – 1994

Terry Peffer of Mandan was one of 15 University of Mary students selected to receive the President’s Leadership Award from Sister Thomas Welder during the campus annual recognition banquet. Peffer graduated cum laude with a degree in music on April 29 and is the son of Marge and John Peffer, Mandan.

Dr. John Mindt, a Mandan native, has opened up Align-Mindt Chiropractic at 1211 Memorial Highway in Bismarck. Mindt is a graduate of Mandan High School where he was the 1987 State Diving Champion and set a record in diving.

Funerals this week:

Alice Frederick, 87, Harvey; born, raised at Flasher. Survivors include one sister, Stella Uhlman, Mandan.

Arthur Bethke, 83, New Salem; born at New Salem. Survivors include wife Dorothy; one son, twin daughters and their families; three brothers, two sisters.

Martin Doll Sr., 92, Almont; born at Odessa, Russia. Survivors include four sons, four daughters and their families; four brothers, three sisters and families.

Eugene “Gene” Becker, 63, Mandan; born, raised at Mandan. Was a barber at the Silver Clipper Shop for many years. Survivors include three brothers, fours sisters and their families.

Frances (Paul) Beehler, 89, Mandan; born, raised at Glen Ullin. Survivors include three sons, two daughters and families; two brothers, five sisters.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, June 21: a high of 82 degrees; 54 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

Rockie Kranse, 18, 1802 Sunset Drive, Mandan, has been given his advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout, at a Court of Honor held at the First United Methodist Church. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Krause, were on hand for the awarding of the top Boy Scout rank.

In ceremonies held at the triple-shelter, south of Mandan, the Mandan Lions Club installed their newly-elected officers for the coming year. Herbert Simons is the new president, succeeding Bob Schulte after July 1. Other officers are Donald Hertz, first vice president; Lewis Shaw, second vice president; Christ Assel, third vice president; Elmer Roth, treasurer; Peter Albrecht, secretary, and Nobel Hinkel, tail twister

The Jake Doll family of Mandan reeled in 10 walleyes from Wolf Creek this past week. The fish weighed from 2 to 7 pounds and were taken on minnows.

John J. Bullinger has reported good fishing luck at Snake Creek during the past few weeks. His top catches were a couple of 12- and 16-pound northern pike.

Mark, Todd and Kent Marshall of Mandan were also showing a stringer of several walleye and sauger for their good fishing at the mouth of the Heart River, while camping with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Marshall.

75 Years Ago – 1944

“Pfc. Sam A. Metzner, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Metzner, Fort Rice, was killed in action in France on June 9, according to a notice received by the War Department. Metzner enlisted in March 1942, received his training at Camp Barkley, Texas, and in Louisiana, before being sent overseas in March of this year. Mr. and Mrs. Metzner have three other sons in the service – Pvt. George and Pfc. Joe are in England; and Bernie, at Camp Robert, California. In addition to his parents and brothers, five sisters also survive: Theresa, Madge and Mrs. Betty Piper, all of St. Paul; and Louise and Kathryn, Fort Rice.

“Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ohm, Mandan, received a letter Saturday, dated June 7, from their son, Lt. Carl Ohm, in England. The letter stated that he was fine and had taken part in the invasion, going in with the first group. He was the pilot of a transport plane which carried paratroopers and two gliders. 'I am one of the lucky ones,' he wrote, 'I managed to return to base without a scratch on myself or the plane.'"

According to a report from the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, more than 1,400 Flying Fortresses and Liberators planes – the greatest number ever dispatched on a single mission – struck at 16 German airfields and six bridges in France this week. After the D-Day action on the Normandy coast, the advancement of the armed forces, plus these flying attacks, have rocked the German Army who are fighting for every inch of land.

“Jimmy Stewart, the former Hollywood movie star, has been promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, according to announcement by Brigadier General James Hodges. Stewart, now serving as a group operations officer, has flown 14 combat divisions and holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oakleaf Cluster. In Britain since last November, he has taken part in attacks on Berlin, Brunswick and Frankfurt.”

100 Years Ago – 1919

“The City Commission has awarded the contract for installing a “White Way” system in Mandan consisting of 298 posts to M. S. Hyland of Fargo, the approximate cost to be $46,000. The posts and globes to be used is the King post while those for the residential district will be similar but about 18-inches shorter. Contractor Hyland expects to begin work within two weeks.

“The exact date for Mandan’s high school commencement exercises has still not been announced, but it will probably be during the final week of June. The delay is due to the schools being closed for so many weeks last fall as a result to the deadly Spanish Influenza epidemic.

“Sixteen head of cattle on the Borden farm near Mandan were caught in the quicksand of the Missouri River on Tuesday afternoon. After working until after midnight, only seven head were saved.

“The Farmers Equity Bank opened for business this past week in its handsome new banking quarters in the new building just completed at the corner of Main Street and Second Avenue Northwest There are but few banks in the state that have more attractive quarters. The floor is of polished crushed stone, the wainscoting is of marble and the wood finishing is mahogany.

“George H. Tipper, proprietor of the Mandan Poster Advertising Agency, has received from the U. S. Treasury Department at Washington, D.C., a Victory medal, made from a piece of a German cannon. The medal was given in recognition of his services during the war of displaying advertising posters for the government war work.

“The Mandan Mercantile Co. has furnished building material for a new modern home for Ed Popelka, a prosperous farmer living south of the city. Material was also furnished for extensive improvements on the homes of Mike Heidt, W. Gress and L. Ferderer in Mandan.”

125 Years Ago – 1894

“On Thursday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 90 degrees above zero.

“Hot again today.

“A new hardwood floor has been laid in the First National Bank this week.

“Did it occur to you that today is the longest day of the year and that summer began at four minutes past six o’clock this morning?

“A vacation having been granted to the Rev. J. T. Killen, no services will be held at the Presbyterian church until further notice.

“A runaway horse, attached to Mr. John Veeder’s buggy last Sunday, declined to pull the buggy home, and the boys who were in charge had to pull the buggy themselves from the ice harbor near the Missouri north of Mandan, where the accident occurred, to Syndicate. The boys are wondering if the owner of the runaway broncho had trained it not to work on Sunday.

“Mr. C. L. Timmerman, the Sims merchant, left for the east on Tuesday morning. After a short visit to Washington D.C., he will proceed to New York where he will sail on one of the Hamburg American line steamers for Germany, to visit his father whom he has not seen for several years. Mr. Timmerman has arranged to be back in time to vote the straight republican ticket in November.

“Boating is fine now on the Heart. The river is like a long winding lake − the banks dotted with crimson sand flowers and the sweet scent of the woods and the flowering grape vines − the songs of the birds and the absence of mosquitoes − afford a trip unsurpassed in North Dakota.”

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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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