25 Years Ago-1993
According to Ron Otto, president of this year’s AID Inc. Care and Share program, a total of $4,404 has been donated to buy food to fill nearly 100 baskets for needy families throughout Morton County. AID Inc also provides a noon Christmas Day dinner at First Lutheran Church. Director of AID Inc. is Joanne Furstenberg.
The Mandan School Board has agreed to purchase from the Mandan Park Board, at a bargain price of just $1, the outdoor swimming pool property adjacent to Custer Elementary School. The pool was permanently closed after the 1991 season due to the high cost of maintenance and ongoing repairs. The school board plans to convert the property to a parking lot or playground. Estimated cost to demolish and fill the pool is $45,000.
Funerals this week:
Margaret (Ellisen) Hoherz, 84, New Salem; raised, educated at Beulah and Mandan. Graduated from Mandan High School and Dickinson State Teachers College. Was a schoolteacher at Sweet Briar, Harmon and New Salem prior to marriage to Walter Hoherz in 1935. Farmed northwest of New Salem; moved to New Salem in 1974. Played and gave piano lessons for many years. Was treasurer of Engelter Township for 48 years. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families, one brother, one sister.
Michael Koppy, 73, Mandan; raised, educated at Fort Rice, Huff, Schmidt areas. Was a U.S. Army medic during World War II. Married Katherine Mook in 1955. Was a car inspector for Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads for 33 years, retiring in 1982. Active in American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Brotherhood of Railway Car Men. Survivors include three sons and their families, two brothers, one sister.
Anna (Miska) Hedlicka, 92, Bismarck; raised, educated at St. Anthony. Married Guy Hedlicka in 1921. Farmed near New Salem, retiring in 1959. Moved to Bismarck in 1987. Survivors include three sisters and their families.
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Temperatures Tuesday, Dec. 21: a high of 32 degrees; 12 degrees for the low.
50 Years Ago-1968
More than 30 needy children of the Mandan area are being taken on shopping tours this week by the Mandan Jaycees, according to Norm Eggers, chairman of the “Children’s Shopping Tour” phase of the “Be A Good Neighbor” program. Each youngster is being allowed to spend $10 toward purchase of winter accessories.
Saveway edged the Silver Clipper, 43-39, and Joe’s Bar trounced Deluxe Barbershop, 60-49, in Mandan amateur basketball action this week. Nine members on the four teams were in double figures, with Bob Sheldon of the Deluxe Barbers leading the way with 29 points, followed by Rick Anderst of Saveway with 22 tallies.
Fred C. Hirsch has been named the Mandan manager for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., 306 First St. N.W. Prior to moving to Mandan in 1957, Hirsch was a test center foreman at Bell’s Bismarck office. Hirsch is also a past president of the Mandan Lions Club.
Mandan’s Heartview Foundation has observed its fourth anniversary, having opened in 1964. Fifteen states and Canada have been represented at Heartview, serving a total of 1,257 patients at its 60-bed facility as of Sept. 30. Tom Pyles is Heartview’s current administrator. Attending the celebration were William R. Russell, of Mandan, president of the Heartview board, along with past presidents, Ed Conlin Jr. and Dr. C.H. Peters, both of Bismarck.
More than a thousand people attended the grand opening of the Morning Pioneer’s new facilities, now located just west of the Memorial Bridge. To keep pace with the rapid growth of the Sister Cities, the newspaper has also switched to offset printing. The Pioneer had been printed by the traditional letterpress since its foundation in 1881. The daily newspaper is currently published by Conrad Publishing Co., operated by three brothers, John, Currie and Charles Conrad, of Bismarck, who purchased the operation from the Tostevin family in 1963.
75 Years Ago-1943
Six Mandan men have received their wings and commissions, five in the U.S. Army Air Corps, one in the U.S. Naval Corps. They are 2nd Lts. Del Skjod, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Skjod; Richard Baron, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baron; William Wilkinson, son of Mrs. A.H. Wilkinson; Ernest Fleck, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Fleck; Pat Fitzsimmons, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Fitzsimmons; and Ensign Rolland Benker, son of Mrs. Helen Benker.
Plans are being made for Mandan people to welcome servicemen traveling through the city aboard Northern Pacific trains during the weekend’s Christmas holiday. Trains will be met each day and packages, containing cookies and candy bars, will be distributed to each serviceman during the stops at the Mandan Depot. According to the women at the Service Men’s Center in the Memorial Building, Mandan women are urged to bake a batch or two of cookies, as it’s estimated that more than 145,000 cookies will be needed for distribution.
Nine Morton County youths have registered with the Selective Service board under the 18-year-old compulsory registration ruling. From Mandan: Edward Stastny, Luke Leingang, Matt Yantzer, John Valder, Roy Tomanek, Frank Braun, Clarence Winbauer and Edward Froelich; and Mike V. Renner, St. Anthony.
Nuptial vows were exchanged at 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church when Miss Marianne Stebner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stebner, became the bride of 2nd Lt. Richard L. Baron, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Baron. Bridesmaid was Miss Leone Klein; serving as best man was the groom’s brother, George Baron, Seattle. Following a wedding breakfast reception at the Lewis and Clark Hotel, Lt. and Mrs. Baron left for Tallahassee, Fla., where Lt. Baron will receive additional training in the Army Air Corps.
100 Years Ago-1918
“President (Woodrow) Wilson has disembarked from the liner George Washington and stepped on shore at Brest, France, to become the first American president to walk upon European soil. Surrounded by immense, cheering crowds, the president, his wife and staff boarded a train for Paris to meet President Poincaire, Premier Clemenceau and other officials to begin negotiating the terms of the unconditional surrender of Germany on Nov. 11, Armistice Day.
“Today is the shortest day in the year, and, according to the almanac, it is the first day of winter. For once, the almanac is ‘Johnny-on- the-Spot,’ for the first general snowstorm greeted the early risers this morning. With a gentle snowfall throughout the day, Mandan has an air of Christmastide.
“John Chesak, of St. Anthony, arrived home last evening, having been mustered out of service at Camp Taylor, Ky. Chesak was on a transport ship, 36 hours out from New York City, when news of the signing of the armistice was received by wireless. It will be a joyous Christmas at the Chesak home.
“Word has been received in Bismarck that Lt. Victor Wallin of Washburn, the first native-born Washburn boy, had been killed in action on the last day of the war, Nov. 11.
“Mrs. S. Christenson, living 16 miles southwest of Mandan and an old-time resident of Morton County, celebrated her 79th birthday last weekend by attending her first movie performance. With members of her family, she took in the film ‘The Doctor and the Woman’ at Mandan’s Palace Theatre and was thoroughly delighted with the show.
“The Mandan high school basketball team went to Bismarck last evening with a large crowd of rooters, about 200 strong, and returned with a victory, 26-12. Although the game was rough at times, with several forced intermissions, the Mandan boys played all around their opponents who, on average, were taller and heavier.”
125 Years Ago-1893
“On Thursday, Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 35 degrees above zero.
“The marriage of Mr. Emil Olander and Miss Annie Anderson takes place today.
“Go to Lang’s store for the choicest sauerkraut. A few Xmas trees are also still available, cheap.
“The winter season proper begins this year at 8:53 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 22, and lasts 89 days, one hour and six minutes. Thus, it will be seen that those people, who had imagined that winter had already set in, are mistaken.
“The Masonic Lodge No. 8, A.F. & A.M., installed its officers for the ensuing year on Tuesday evening, with invitations issued to Masons and their wives only. Cards, etc., followed the banquet, and 25 ladies expressed themselves as having had the best time of their lives, and didn’t know the Masons were such clever entertainers.
“The managers of the Emerson Institute will inaugurate the dance season this evening. Morck’s Syndicate orchestra will supply the music, and Mr. Granger will be the prompter. The following is the programme: Grand March at 8:15 o’clock sharp. Then, dances as follows: Quadrille, Waltz, Lancers, Schottische, Quadrille, Polka, College Lancers, Waltz, Lancers, Rye Waltz, Waltz, Quadrille, Waltz, Newport, Quadrille, Oxford Minuet, York and finally the Home, Sweet Home.”