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25 Years Ago-1993

Paul O’Neill, 28-year-old native of Denver and three-time NCAA champion on gymnastic rings, has been named the new director of Mandan’s Dakota Star Gymnastics Club, according to a recent announcement by Jean House, local gymnastics president. O’Neill has beaten some of the world’s best still ring performers, but he is most proud of having a skill move named after him, the “O’Neill,” a double layout during which one doesn’t release the rings. The move is listed in gymnastic manuals as E-level, the most difficult rating.

So why does an internationally recognized name in men’s gymnastics want to move to Mandan? Although he’s had several offers for work in Denver, O’Neill and his wife were more interested in raising their three young children in a smaller, safer community. O’Neill began work last week with Mandan’s 35 competitive-level athletes.

Funerals this week:

Fritz Schwinkendorf, 90, Mandan; raised, educated in New Salem area. Married Agnes Albrecht in 1935. Farmed south of New Salem for many years, moved into Mandan in 1968. Served on board of directors of Farmers Union Lumber Co., New Salem Credit Union and the Shipping Association. Survivors include one daughter, one brother, one sister and their families.

Edith (Johnson) Karlgaard, 88, Portland, Ore.; raised, educated at Mandan. Married Clarence Karlgaard in 1937. Moved to Portland in 1944 while husband was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Worked as bookkeeper at Georgia- Pacific Corp. and Boulevard Rentals, retiring in 1983. Survivors include her husband, one daughter and her family, one brother, three sisters.

George W. Ritchey, 72, Tucson, Ariz.; raised, educated at Mandan, graduated from Mandan High School in 1939. Married Theresa Beebe in 1942. Served in U.S. Air Force during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and at NORAD in Colorado. Retired in 1968 as a lieutenant colonel. Survivors include his wife, one son, one daughter and their families, one sister.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Sept. 28: a high of 67 degrees; 37 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

The newest concept in radio music listening — FM stereo — was introduced to the Bismarck-Mandan area by KBMR Radio of Bismarck on Sept. 13. According to owner-manager A.L. Anderson, Gov. William Guy was given the honor of being the first to turn on the switch at the FM stereo station. Broadcasting on the 94.5 FM frequency, KBMR-FM’s $80,000 stereo installation is the first station to introduce stereo music listening in the Sister Cities.

75 Years Ago-1943

Simon Dilger, 55, Northern Pacific employee, died late Friday in the Mandan Hospital from injuries suffered when he was pinned beneath a snowplow, which tipped over upon him as it was being moved in the Northern Pacific railyard. Dilger was born in Odessa, Russia, arriving in the United States in 1913. He married Rose Berger in 1926 and she, along with five children, survive. Dilger had been employed with the railroad for the past 30 years.

Armed forces news:

“Twenty-five daylight raids over Germany and Occupied Europe aboard Flying Fortress aircraft is the record of 1st Lt. Clark Henson, navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps, who is in Mandan on leave, after nine months in the European war theater. Henson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross upon successful completion of his 25th trip over enemy territory. He will return to Salt Lake City, Utah, for further assignments after visiting with his father, W.F. Henson, in Mandan.

“Pfc. Joseph Gartner, Army Air Corps, left Sunday for Williams Field at Chandler, Ariz., after spending a 10-day furlough at the home of his mother, Mrs. Celestina Gartner, at Glen Ullin. Gartner has been in the Army for the past 18 months. He is the brother of Frank P. Gartner of rural Mandan.

“Betty Mae Flynn and Corliss Dodge are back home for a week’s visit with their family and friends in Mandan They graduated on Sept. 2 from the Chicago Aircraft Instrument school and are now members of the WAITs. Next week they will be on their way to San Antonio, Texas, where they will be stationed at Kelly Field.

“Cadet Patrick Fitzsimmons arrived this week to spend a short time at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Fitzsimmons. He is a cadet in the Air Corps, attached to the meteorology division.

100 Years Ago-1918

“Nationwide prohibition became a step closer this week as a result of the adoption by the Senate of a ‘dry’ legislation rider added to an emergency bill to deliver food and fuel to civilians who are facing starvation conditions in Belgium and France. The ‘dry’ rider would prohibit the manufacture of beer after Dec. 1. The measure will save on fuel that’s being used by railroads for transporting grain to breweries.

“The state’s first report of snow for this year came yesterday when a generous amount fell at Jamestown.

“Walter Kirch and William Joersz left Mandan yesterday for Tacoma to enter government shipyard work.

“The snagboat ‘Mandan’ arrived yesterday and will remain for a few of weeks before going south for the winter.

“Miss Jennie C. Clouston and Joseph E. Brown of Sweet Briar were married today at the Presbyterian manse by Rev. Hugh H. Owen. The witnesses were Andrew Clouston, a brother of the bride, and Miss Marie McGinnis, a niece of the bride.

“H.C. Kinzel, manager of the Kinzel Vulcanizing Shop, yesterday opened up a radiator shop on First Street Northwest. The place will be managed by John Wilson, who has considerable experience in radiator repairs.

“Special Notice: To the ladies who are canning peaches. There will be a barrel placed on one of the business corners of the city to receive peach pits. The government needs these pits badly as they use them in gas masks. So, do your duty and send your husband or son downtown with the pits and save the life of a Yankee.”

“Influenza news, Boston, Sept. 25: The spread of influenza in eastern New England continued this week although medical authorities expressed the hope that the epidemic had reached its peak. Reports of this unusually virulent flu have also been received in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Sept 28, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 57 degrees above zero.

“There is a high wind and plenty of dust today.

“A new plank crossing has been laid at the intersection of Wright Avenue (First Avenue Northeast) and Main Street.

“A carload of farm machinery was unloaded at F.H. Bingenheimer’s yard on Tuesday.

“Several heavily laden stock trains passed through the Mandan railyards today, and more are on their way.

“Nearly every merchant in town received consignments of merchandise yesterday. One item received at the freight sheds for Mandan was a carload of coffee in sacks.

“There was nothing dead-looking about the Mandan streets last Saturday. The business thoroughfares were packed with farmers and ranch people getting supplies. The square opposite the Northern Pacific freight shed was also crowded and became a rendezvous point for teams of horses from morning until late in the afternoon.

“Misfortune has again overtaken Mr. William Ellingson who resides near Curlew. Last Friday he was badly injured by a horse, resulting in a broken ankle and serious internal injuries. The lost of a great portion of his crops by fire, the death of his wife and this accident, all within a space of a month, is certainly misfortune enough for one man to bear.”

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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