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25 Years Ago-1994

Judy Friesz, of Flasher, has been chosen the first Country Woman of the Year and was honored at the Fargo Farm Show, after judges chose her from a list of nearly 60 nominations spanning four states.

Judy and her husband, Jim, have raised 10 children, ages 6 to 26, on a cattle and wheat farm near Flasher. But Mrs. Friesz is busy outside of the home, too. She’s on the parish council at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church; she’s a 14-year 4-H leader; secretary of her church’s Christian Mothers group; a volunteer religion teacher; business manager for the Oak Coulee School District; and a musician-on-demand for her rural neighborhood.

“I really enjoy being outside,” she said, “ and the farm is the best place to raise a family.”

Funerals this week:

Harold House, 78, Mandan; raised, educated at Garrison and Mandan. Graduated from Mandan High School. Served in U.S. Army in World War II. Married Loretta Graner in 1942; she died in 1958. Married Evelyn Foster in 1959. Worked for Northern Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1975. Survivors include three sons, one daughter and families, one brother.

Rose (Wenger) Tokach, 80, St. Anthony; raised, educated in St. Anthony area. Worked as a waitress at Mandan’s White Star Cafe. Married Louis Tokach in1931. Owned General Merchandising Store, St. Anthony, until destroyed by fire in 1938. Built Tokach Inn and operated Tokach Food Center, retiring in1974; moved to Mandan in 1980. Survivors include:seven sons, two daughters and their families, two brothers, two sisters.

Vivian (Hinschberger) Schwehr, 81, Mandan; raised, educated in Sanborn. Married Leo Schwehr in 1933. Lived at Fort Smith, Ark., during World War II. Moved to Mandan in 1948. Was a Welcome Wagon hostess, member of Golden Age Club, served with Christ the King Meals on Wheels. Charter member of Mandan Hospital volunteers; a member of American Legion and VFW auxiliaries. Received Outstanding Service award from Bismarck-Mandan Handicapped Association in 1985. Survivors include her husband, three daughters and their families, two brothers, three sisters, special friends, Mary Wirtz, Helen Senger, Pat Uhlman, all of Mandan.

Temperatures Tuesday, Feb. 22. The high was 0 degrees; the low was 11 degrees below zero.

50 Years Ago-1969

The North Dakota Senate has killed a bill that would have permitted retail businesses to operate on Sundays within 10 miles of the state border. The bill would have affected Sunday businesses in Fargo, Grand Forks and Wahpeton. However, the measure was killed by voice vote after Sen. Richard Goldberg, R-Fargo, a co-sponsor, said most merchants in Fargo were still 2-1 in favor of staying closed on Sundays.

The Mandan and Bismarck Masons have honored John C. Gould, of Mandan, for his 50 years with the Masons at a banquet in the REA building north of Mandan. Gould joined the Masons at the Hope Lodge in Oakes in 1919.

The Mandan Golden Agers hit a milestone this past week with the signing of its 300th member into the club. Mrs. John Taghon, rural Mandan, signed during the regular business meeting at the Mandan Memorial Building. The club also held its public whist tournament there, with 17 tables in play. High prizes were awarded to Mrs. Rose Barnhardt and Joseph Gaab.

Morton County’s farm-city social event of the season attracted more than 250 people to Mandan’s Memorial Building as farmers mixed with businessmen at the annual farm school stag. Featured attraction at the event, sponsored by the Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the Morton County Extension office, was Ron Erhardt, coach of the national small college football champions, the North Dakota State University Bisons. After showing movies of his team in action, Erhardt, a native of Mandan, expressed pride at his team’s football 9-0 record, and winning 26 of their last 28 games during the past three years.

75 Years Ago-1944

A registered Holstein-Friesian cow in the dairy herd owned by the U.S. Dairy Station, Mandan, has completed a 365-day production record of 545 pounds of butterfat and 16,317 pounds of milk, according to the Holstein-Friesian Association of America. This is more than three times the production of the average dairy cow in the nation. Her official name is Miss Bess, KPHU Line- Frience- Paul A. Miss Bess is 3 years, 1 month of age.

Armed forces news:

“Pvt. Fred P. Pfau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pfau, Mandan, has completed an intensive course in airplane mechanics at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas.

“Eugene Flynn, U.S. Navy, has been promoted to radio man, third class. His previous rank was seaman, second class. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Flynn and is stationed aboard ship.

“Marine Corps Private First Class, Frederick F. Kopp, was wounded in action in the South Pacific, according to a letter, dated Dec. 10, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Custer Kopp. Pfc. Kopp personally killed more than 20 Japanese soldiers on Helen Atoll at Tarawa, as they piled out of a pillbox, following a heavy artillery bombardment. An MHS graduate, Kopp played football and clerked in several grocery stores prior to his June 1942 enlistment.

“Miss Marietta Uhlman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Uhlman, Mandan, has been sworn into the U.S. Marine Corps, Women’s Reserve. She is a graduate of Mandan High School and has been employed for the past two years as a stenographer at the Russell Miller Milling company. She also has two brothers serving Uncle Sam: Pfc. Walter Uhlman, a Marine paratrooper, and Cpl. Gordon Uhlman, who is stationed in England.”

100 Years Ago-1919

Woman suffrage by federal constitutional amendment was beaten again this past week in the U.S. Senate. The House resolution failed adoption with 55 in favor and 29 against, one vote less than the necessary two-thirds majority. The two North Dakota senators, McCumber and Gronna, voted for the suffrage resolution.

The Morton County Red Chapter of the American Red Cross shipped on Saturday to the Northern Division headquarters at Minneapolis 75 sweaters and 195 pairs of socks.

Three marriage licenses were issued by County Judge Shaw. They were to the following: Joseph Fleck and Rosie Ressler, both of St. Anthony; Adoph Ressler, St. Anthony, and Malina Garhardt, Timmer; and to Paul Landeis, Sweet Briar, and Beronica Neuschel, Judson.

“A letter received by the Chas. Kidds of Mandan from Gordon Hawkshaw, formerly of Mandan, who is with the Canadian troops in France, says he is instituting a search for any record as to what has become of their son, Harry Kidd. Despite attempts for information, only a telegram has been received from Washington, expressing the regrets of the war department, along with a line,‘Missing in Action.’

“The 29-year old Kidd left with the National Guard contingent from Mandan on March 29 of last year, 1918. In May he was ‘over there’ and letters were received by his parents regularly until sometime in September. It is now thought that Harry Kidd is the first Mandan man to be killed in action, with the date being established by a fellow soldier who witnessed his death, as Sept. 23.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 15 degrees above zero.

“Lenten services at St. Joseph’s church every Friday evening during the season.

“Only 25 more days until the first day of spring. It will begin at 10 o’clock on the morning of March 20th.

“Commissioner Engleter was down from New Salem yesterday. He says there is a large-sized hankering for spring existing in the breasts of the sturdy farmers in his district.

“County Treasurer Briggs this morning collected $6,500 of the Northern Pacific, their personal tax due Morton County. Tax agent Swartz went west on the No. 1 and handed the money to Mr. Briggs as the train swept by.

“At the Masonic hall last evening, a meeting was held to take final action towards the organization of the local chapter of the Eastern Star by applying to the Grand Lodge of this jurisdiction. Thirty persons have signed the application roll and have paid the necessary fee. The chapter will be known as the Queen Esther chapter of Mandan.

“Before U.S. Commissioner Shaw, on Wednesday, Fritz Fredrick and Gottlieb Rapp were charged with illegal cutting of timber on the abandoned Fort Lincoln military reservation. U.S. District Attorney Camp of Jamestown prosecuted, while Mr. M.R. Kent defended the prisoners. Mr. Shaw committed the prisoners to the next term of the U.S. District court, which convenes in Bismarck on March 6th, on bonds of $300 each, which were furnished.”

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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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