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armistice

1936: Armistice Day.

25 Years Ago-1993

Tara Thorenson, a sixth-grader at Mandan’s Central Elementary School and the daughter of Maurice and Sandra Thorenson, has received a notice that her poster earned a nationwide, second-place award in the AMVETS Americanism Program poster contest. The journey began last spring when she entered her poster and won in a school-wide contest, then repeated her win in the statewide contest, followed by another first-place finish in an Upper Midwest regional competition. Finally, her poster, representing the state of North Dakota, along with all the other regional winners, was sent to the AMVETS national headquarters in Lanham, Md., for judging. Tara won a total of $300 in savings bonds during the contest.

Funerals this week:

William Kuntz, 71, Philadelphia; raised, educated at Timmer and Fallon. Served in Civilian Conservation Corps before being drafted in the U.S. Army; served overseas during World War II; received purple heart. Married Eleanor Reavey in 1946 at Fallon, then resided in Philadelphia, where he was an auto body specialist. A member of American Legion; received 25-year pin from The Men of Malvern. Survivors include his wife; one son, three daughters and their families, four brothers, eight sisters.

Ozella (Heimer) Stroh, 47, Mandan; raised, educated at Flasher. Married Ray Stroh in 1973. Was employed as cashier at Royse Produce. Survivors include her husband, three sons and their families, two brothers, six sisters.

John “Johnny” Heidt, 75, Mandan; raised, educated in Mandan. Graduated from Mandan High School in 1938. Served in European theatre during World War II, 1941-45. Served in North Dakota National Guard, called to active duty during the Korean Conflict. Married Luella Koepplin in 1952. Worked with his father in the operation of the Phillips 66 bulk oil dealership. Also opened and operated Heidt’s Bar, then worked with the American Legion Club for 33 years, retiring 1986. Was a lifetime member of both the Mandan VFW and American Legion Clubs. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Nov. 16: a high of 49 degrees; 19 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Hundreds of Mandan and area citizens traveled to Bismarck this past week to see and hear Baroness Maria von Trapp, whose adventures as the mother and leader of the world-famous Trapp Family Singers served as the inspiration for the Broadway show and movie “The Sound of Music.” Ms. Trapp came to Bismarck under the auspices of the Mary College Ancilla Club. When not traveling across the country for speaking engagements, she makes her home in Vermont, where she runs the famous resort, the Trapp Family Lodge.

Northwestern Savings and Loan Association has announced plans for construction of an office building in Mandan. The one-story 2,000-square-foot building will be erected on the southwest corner of Collins Avenue and Second Street Northwest, south and west of the Mandan Post Office. A residential building is being razed to make way for the building.

Gov. William L. Guy says he spent only $200 of his own money in his recent successful re-election campaign. Guy listed a $200 donation to the North Dakota NPL Century Club as his only personal expense.

Another basketball game was played this week before a packed crowd at the Mandan High School gymnasium, pitting the senior high faculty in a rematch against the Mandan Jaycees. The game ended with another win for the faculty, 81-61. The Jaycees’ previous loss was in a game of donkey basketball. Larry Schafer, playing for the Jaycees, was the top scorer for the evening, coming up with 10 field goals and two free throws for a total of 22 points. High point man for the faculty was Rodger Erickson with seven field goals and one free throw, totaling 15 points. Personal fouls were evenly distributed; both teams had 17. Coach for the Jaycees was John Schmidt; faculty coach was a girls phy-ed teacher, Donna Helbling.

75 Years Ago-1943

Selective Service Local Board No. 1, Morton County, has received notice of a new policy in handling delinquents. This policy will make all delinquents, between the ages of 18 and 37, immediately available for service in the armed forces. They will be classified or reclassified into Class 1-A, Class 1-AO or Class IV-E. If a delinquent fails to report for induction, he will be prosecuted.

Armed forces news:

“Second Lt. William Seigel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob F. Seigel, rural Mandan, has left for Salinas, Calif., after visiting with his parents. Lt. Seigel received his commission and wings from the Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School at Williams Field, Chandler, Ariz., in October. Seigel is a former Mandan High School student and was employed as an aircraft worker before entering the service.

“James Hanson, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Hanson, prior to his induction into the armed forces, was a pharmacist at the Mandan Drug store.

“Cpl. Ben Renner, U.S. Marines, has reported to the U. . Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Ill., for medical treatment. He had been here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Renner, while on a 40-day convalescent leave. Cpl. Renner served with the armed forces overseas for one and a half years in the Asiatic-South Pacific theatre.”

100 Years Ago-1918

Monday, Nov. 11: “It was 1:45 last night when the Pioneer flashed the message to the people of Mandan that the Armistice was signed and that the Great War would end at 4 this morning (Mandan time), 11 a.m. Paris time. It was an uncanny hour of the night to get people out of bed, but the Associated Press call to the Pioneer came at 1:15 and it was one-half hour later before the message commenced to come through the teletype lines.

“President Henke of the city commission was the first individual notified, and the engineer at the Russell Miller Company was next in line. He sounded the first whistle, which was followed by the fire whistle, and soon other whistles and bells joined in, and gradually the streets filled up. Every conceivable instrument that could make noise was pressed into service, and boxes found behind various stores were requisitioned for a huge bonfire in front of the Lewis and Clark Hotel, and soon everybody in the hotel and about every person in town had turned out.

“A parade, several blocks long, passed through the main streets, with men, women and children carrying flags and noisemakers. Autos loaded with 10 to 20 people ran up and down the pavements, singing, ‘Cheer, cheer, the gang’s all here!’ There were also plenty of guns being shot off, disregarding any ordinances. A number of the railroad boys also found a truck, borrowed a casket from Kennelly’s and then paraded it up and down Main Street as a tribute to Kaiser Bill. There were pajama parades coming out of many homes and boarding houses, and Main Street was lined on both sides with red lanterns from the N.P. shops.

“Crowds also filled the N.P. park near the Depot where Attorney Sullivan and other city dignitaries gave brief addresses. After more cheers, people ran across the street to the hotel, where Manager Art Kredler declared there would be no more sleep for anyone in the hotel. Within minutes, a band was brought into service and the lobby was cleared out for everybody to dance. Later, the floor was cleared once again when a little Saxon car somehow managed its way through the double doors into the lobby, where it served as a speaker’s stand for the Mayor and anyone else who wanted to rouse the joyful crowd.

“The party began to wind down around the noon hour as most people had very little sleep the previous evening. Other folks simply overindulged in the bottles of wine and beer being passed from one happy onlooker to another, and some of the older staid citizens, who ‘never drank a drop’ were taken home even before daylight arrived.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 35 degrees above zero.

“The merchants have begun to receive Christmas goods.

“If you care to make a note of it, you can say that Mandan had its first touch of winter on Monday, and its second on Tuesday. A breeze of disagreeable sharpness blew from the north on both days.

“A new recruit to the Mandan democracy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. McGillic on Wednesday.

“Mr. P.B. Wickham, after six months absence at the World’s Fair in charge of the Sitting Bull cabin exhibit, returned to his ranch at Glen Ullin on Monday.

“The ten Sioux Indians who have been exhibiting with the Sitting Bull cabin during the World’s Fair at Chicago returned to Mandan yesterday in charge of interpreter Joe Goodreau. They will proceed to the agency at Standing Rock today.”

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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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