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1943: Red Owl Store ad.

25 Years Ago-1993

ProMark One telemarketing business has opened in the newly remodeled freight house on West Main Street. The Phoenix-based telemarketing firm has hired 40 people, with plans to double the number by the end of January. Other future occupants of the building include a chiropractic clinic, an investment firm and a Chinese restaurant.

Funerals this week:

Lawrence Graf, 76, Mandan; raised, educated at Medina. Joined Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. Married Helen Martel in 1942. Worked as a carpenter for many years. Survivors include two sons, one daughter and their families.

Roger Palenberg, 60, Mandan; raised, educated at Glen Ullin. Served in U.S. Army, 1953-54. Married Theresa Lindlar in 1955. Owned and operated the Pioneer Bar, Mandan, for 11 years, retiring in 1983. Survivors include his wife, one son, two daughters and their families, one sister.

Lorenz Kunkel, 75, New Salem; raised, educated near New Salem. Married Martha Vellios in 1944. Operated family farm until 1968. Enjoyed fishing, hunting and helping his son-in-law on the farm. Entertained his family through musical talents and sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, two sons, two daughters and their families, two brothers, four sisters.

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Temperature recorded Tuesday, Dec. 7: a high of 20 degrees; 1 degree for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

A Mandan City Commission stand against “go-go” girls entertainment in taverns has drawn its first public response, after owners of three Mandan taverns, the Korner Bar, Silver Dollar and Joe’s Bar, received letters to cease exotic dancing and striptease-like entertainment or risk having their licenses revoked or not renewed.

Erv Stark, owner of the Korner Bar, appeared at the Wednesday night city commission meeting and registered disagreement with the commission’s stand, saying the entertainment at his tavern “has been kept clean.” Stark noted that terms such as “lewdness” have never been clarified legally and emphasized the fact that all three taverns should not be punished for controversial entertainment at only one location.

Stark’s plan to appear at each future commission meeting to protest the “go-go” ban has become a focal point for unwanted publicity among the commissioners, for in addition to owning the Korner Bar, Stark is also the president of the Mandan Chamber of Commerce.

Postmaster Don Hertz and Assistant Postmaster Herb McCann have presented special awards to two of their Mandan Post Office employees — carrier Henry Backsen and clerk Kenneth Klug. Each was given a certificate and a cash award of $250 for superior performance.

Funeral services were held this week for Fred Kist, 57, Mandan, prominent North Dakota livestock auction operator for more than 25 years. Kist was president of the Kist Livestock Auction Co. and had operated the sales ring pavilion on Highway 10 between Bismarck and Mandan since 1952. A native of Steele, he has been a Mandan resident since 1924. Survivors include his wife, Laura, and four children.

75 Years Ago-1943

A population loss to Morton County of more than 2,000 persons in the past 18 months is revealed by a study of the War Ration Book registration figures. Registration for Ration Book No. 1 held in May 1942 was 19,495. To date, 17,181 have registered for Ration Book No. 4, for a total loss of 2,314 persons.

Two cases of cigarettes, containing 20,000 smokes for servicemen, have been sent by the Bismarck and Mandan Veterans of Foreign Wars and its auxiliary to members of the 164th Infantry overseas. Money was raised by personal donations from the veterans and auxiliary members during the past four months.

Armed forces news:

“Seven men who left Nov. 15th for induction into the armed forces at Fort Snelling have been accepted for duty. They include Army, Alfred Schwartz, Mandan; Leo J. Bullinger, St. Anthony; Harold R. Jensen, Mandan; Elmer Joersz, New Salem. Navy, William Ferderer and Harold Hoff, both of Mandan, and Richard Meyer, New Salem.

“William Mushik, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mushik, who is stationed with the armed forces in Hawaii, has been promoted to the rank of corporal.

“Mrs. Alestine Koch, widow of the late Innocenze Koch, Mandan, probably has more sons serving in Uncle Sam’s forces than any other mother in the country. She has six sons in the service, plus another son and two daughters engaged in defense work.

“Pvt. Nick Koch, 33, has been in the Pacific war area for the past six months; Cpl. Jake Koch, 27, is stationed in Puerto Rico; and Pvt. Ralph Koch, 28, is somewhere in Alaska. Pvt. Luke Koch, 32 is stationed in a Louisiana camp; Cpl. John Koch, 23, is in San Francisco; and Pvt. Roy Koch, 20, is at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

“Charles Koch, 9, the youngest son of the family, and his sister Minnie, 16, are at home with their mother. Their brother, Mike, is engaged in defense work at Tacoma, Wash., while sisters Margaret and Katherine Koch are working at defense plants in California. A fourth daughter, Mrs. Charles Knizer, lives in Spokane and her husband is also a defense worker.”

100 Years Ago-1918

“John Tavis, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, is back at his post after a three weeks’ siege with influenza. He is thankful to be one of the few who have survived the epidemic.

“County commissioner John Ellison of Huff is spending a few days in Mandan on business. He says the flu is pretty well wiped out in his neighborhood.

“Residents near the Central School thought their clocks had stopped when the janitor rang the bell at 7:30 instead of 8:30 a.m. He apparently had been in Bismarck and forgot the time zone changed at the Missouri River.

“Adam B. Schlosser of Sanger and Amelia Zentner of Mandan were united in marriage a week ago Monday at St. Joseph Catholic church, the Rev. Father Timothy officiating. After a short wedding trip, the happy couple will make their home at Sanger.

“The City Grocery and Bakery has just received the largest cheese ever brought to this section of the country. It is one of the famous Monarchs and is now on exhibition at the store. Its exact weight is 1,232 pounds. It has been an annual custom of the store to get a big quality cheese each year, and, as in past years, no order will be taken for less than two pounds.

“That many of the boys in the Army camps in the United States could be home by Christmas, is indicated by the hundreds of letters and telegrams that are being received here asking whether their old jobs are open. In most cases, employers here are going to make room for the boys, but occasionally there has been such a transformation in the business due to the war that it will take a little time to absorb them.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 32 degrees above zero.

“J.H. Slater is selling dry cottonwood for $3.75 per cord.

“At 2 o’clock this afternoon, the weather vane was pointed north, a little snow was falling and the air was balmy.

“Send in your orders for the best lignite coal on the market; also have ice for washing purposes. Orders will be filled promptly. See A.R. Granberry.

“At our city’s east end, a citizen made the remark a day or two ago that several worthless dogs in the vicinity will dine on cold lead some of these fine days.

“A local ice man, who sells ice for washing, wears a pair of red flannel trousers so that he can be easily recognized by his customers. To set at ease the minds of some prudish persons, who have remarked ‘it is a downright shame for a man to go about like that,” the ice man says he wears the red flannel pants over his ordinary pants and is the warmer and more comfortable for doing so.

“Many local residents attended a reception Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Heegaard in honor of their silver wedding anniversary. Mrs. Heegaard wore a charming gown of gray silk, and it may be questioned if a bride of twenty-five years ever looked so youthful. The parlors were decorated with carnations and roses, and on display were a variety of handsome gifts of silver, bearing cards of friends from afar.”

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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