25 Years Ago-1994

A legion of family and friends, spanning his professional life, joined Mandan attorney Dwight C.H. “Dewey” Kautzmann this past week for his investiture as a magistrate judge on the U.S. District Court of North Dakota, Bismarck. Kautzmann has practiced law in Mandan since 1971 and began serving the court part-time on April 2.

Kautzmann has served many state, regional and national organizations for lawyers, and for the past 12 years, has been among the Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyers, according to a national publication, Best Lawyers in America. Locally, Kautzmann served a six-year term on the Mandan School Board beginning in 1977, and through appointment served as Mandan’s municipal judge in 1975.

According to results of a recent census, only six out of 53 North Dakota counties gained residents from 1990 to 1992. North Dakota’s largest city remains Fargo, with a population of 77,052; coming in second is Bismarck with 51,319. Morton County and Mandan both lost 0.5 percent. Mandan’s population stands at 15,254.

Funerals this week:

Darrell Krause, 62, Mandan. Survived by wife, Judy, two sons, one daughter and families, one brother, one sister.

Magdalena (Koch) Himmelspach, 83, Mandan. Survived by two sons and their families, two brothers, five sisters.

Elizabeth (Geiermann) Kopp, 69, Mandan. Survived by husband, Fred, four sons and their families, four brothers, one sister.

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Temperatures Tuesday, April 12: a high of 64 degrees; 26 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

All ice is out of the Heart River channel and has moved into the Missouri, removing the last threat of flooding to Mandan. The final gorge west of Mandan broke Saturday afternoon and cleared the levee system around the city. The threat of flooding caused much concern after a record snowfall this winter and record moisture in the snow.

Ed Knodel was given a wristwatch and savings certificate in recognition of 25 years of service with the Dan Dugan Transport Co. by Phil Everist, president, at a recent luncheon meeting. Knodel, who is the superintendent of the Mandan terminal, began work for the Dugan company as a driver.

The Mandan American Legion auxiliary has presented life membership pins to six members on the occasion of the 50th birthday anniversary of the Mandan post. Honorees were Mrs. Hadley Wickham, Mrs. Harry Kautzmann, Mrs. Arthur Olson, Mrs. Walter Tostevin, Mrs. Fred Tharp and Mrs. Evelyn Nickerson.

North Dakota’s new tax commissioner is a 26-year-old skiing enthusiast who has made a career of business administration. Bryon L. Dorgan was named by Gov. William L. Guy to replace the late Ed Sjaastad, who died March 20. Dorgan had been Sjaastad’s deputy and will serve until the term expires in January 1973.

Funeral services were held for 78-year old Dwight D. Eisenhower, five-star general and the 34th president of the United States, who died March 28. Eisenhower was the supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War II. However, area residents fondly remember the president’s 1953 trip to North Dakota when he gave a speech at the dedication of the Garrison Dam.

75 Years Ago-1944

Mandan voters Tuesday elected John Mushik president of the Mandan City Commission; Roy O. Young and L.F. Means, commissioners; E.E. Salzman, police magistrate; and Ellen Tharp and Wm. Bauknecht, park commissioners. The race for the two vacancies on the commission was very close, with the lead varying between three men as the count progressed, the final count giving Young 617, Means 614, and Joseph V. Boehm, incumbent, 589. A total of 1,210 ballots were cast as compared to 957 at the last city election.

Coach Horace McLeod has awarded 10 basketball letters for the 1943-44 season. Those receiving the award were Bob Jensen, Buck Eckroth, Eddie Huber, Vernie Huber, Ronald Cress, Art Lang, Eddie Froelich, Ray Schlosser, Norman Uhlman and team manager, Bob Gauer.

William Henry Chittick, rural mail carrier from Flasher and father of six children, left Sunday with the Morton County’s Selective Service group for final induction into the service at Fort Snelling. Leaving with him, from Mandan, were Robert Nagel, George Haider, Edgar H. Backsen and Joseph Gold.

Funeral services were held this week for Mrs. Frank G. McCann, 46, who died within hours of being admitted to the Mandan hospital. Mrs. McCann is survived by her husband and 10 children; the youngest is a year old. Three of her sons are in the service: A-C Frank McCann Jr., San Marcos, Texas.; Sgt. Herbert McCann, Wright Field; and Sgt. Ernest McCann, in England. Residing in Mandan are Miss Madeline McCann, Mandan high school teacher; and children at home, Joseph, Thomas, Patrick, Kathleen, Agnes and Margaret.

100 Years Ago-1919

“Jacob Lockboehm returned Sunday from Fort Bliss, Texas, where he has been in the service in the motor repair department since last November.

“A son was born this morning to Mrs. Martha Turnage of this city. She has been residing in Mandan for the past two months. Her husband was in the Army and was killed in action in the Argonne battle.

“Forty farmers in the vicinity of St. Vincent, 15 miles west of Mandan, have organized a new Farmers Telephone company and are hoping to have the line in operation within the next six weeks. Fred Zahnder is at the head of the organization. Connection will be made with the local exchange of the Mandan Telephone company.

“Several thousand people, residents of Mandan and the surrounding country, saw their first Army tank this week, when, headed by a band of 40 pieces, it wormed its way up Main Street pavement and halted near the corner of Third Avenue where the greatest crowd congregated. State’s Attorney L.H. Connolly mounted the tank and introduced Major J.M. Hanley ,who told the people some firsthand facts relative to the Great War. The final speaker was Lt. Browning of the aviation service, who said, ‘After each attack, there was what was known as the mopper-uppers. I regard this Fifth Liberty Loan drive as a mopping-up process. You people back home who have sent over our money to help win the war, must now clean up the work and donate enough money to help get the two million men back to their homes.’ He then predicted that Morton County would do its share.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 61 degrees above zero.

“Another order of baby buggies was unpacked by C.A. Heegard for his store yesterday, enough to delight any mother’s heart. He also unloaded a car of barbed wire and nails and claims he’ll make bottom prices.

“The trees have begun to show signs of life, and the nice warm sun we are having nowadays will hasten them into foliage. Soon the heads of families will be spending their leisure time tidying up the front and back yards, getting them ready for the ladies and their flower beds.

“County treasurer Briggs was paid $1,500 yesterday by the railroad company for taxes for the year 1889. Other like payments will be made in the course of the next few months.

“The item in last week’s Pioneer asking for canceled stamps for Mollie Gundersen is bearing fruit in great shape. Several lots of stamps have been received. Among them was a parcel of 200 from a young lad at Antelope who turned over his private collection of foreign stamps. This and many other parcels received during the past week have helped Molly pass the first ten thousand mark in her goal of one million canceled stamps to purchase new artificial limbs after losing her own when run over by a freight train in the Mandan railyards a year ago.”

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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.