25 Years Ago – 1994

Sunday’s first-ever Buggies-n-Blues festival was cut short by bad weather, but not before 1,200 people, some with umbrellas, had taken a look at the more-than-130 cars lined up for several blocks on West Main Street near the BN Park. Despite the rain, three local bands provided sweet refrains of blues and rock music. Undeterred by the weather, organizer Dennis Nieskens labeled the event a huge success, with plans already in place for next year.


Morton County Primary Election, June 14: The county went to paper ballots this year, the first time since 1972. Voters were asked to fill in ovals beside their candidate’s name, using a No. 2 pencil.

Morton County Commission: Darwin Vander Vorst joined Michael Schaaf, Raymond Knoll and Terry Schantz for the top votes out of six candidates. These four will face each other for the two open seats in November.

Morton County Sheriff: Leo Snider, who has already served 20 years as Sheriff of Morton County, easily won over three opponents and will face Gene Berger in the fall’s voting.

Funerals this week:

Donald Wing, 81, Mandan; born, raised in Flasher. Survived by wife, Irene; one son, six daughters and their families; one brother, one sister and families.

Aloys Feist, 69, Mandan; born, raised in Mandan. Survived by two sons, one daughter and their families; three brothers, six sisters and families.

Barbara (Seigel) Hermanson, 76, Mandan; born, raised in Price. Survived by husband, Henry; two brothers, five sisters and families.

Richard Staehnke, 84, Hardin, Mont.; born, raised in St. Anthony. Survived by wife, Mabel; one son, one step-daughter and families; two sisters and families.


Temps recorded Tuesday, June 14: a high of 77 degrees; 55 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago – 1969

Members of Mandan’s Presbyterian Church recently attended their first service in its remodeled, large sanctuary, closed off since the second week of January, when work was begun on an extensive improvement project. The entire chancel area has been altered to accommodate a new 16-rank Reuter pipe organ, which replaced the original pipe organ installed in 1919. Also, visible for the first time, are the Gilbert Stewart Memorial Chimes, which, since their installation in 1954, were obscured by an organ loft. Mrs. Leo Makelki and Mrs. T. G. Neill, two of the church organists, participated in the morning’s dedication service.

Election of officers was held for the Mandan Eagles Auxiliary, following the initiation of two new members, Mrs. Elizabeth Geiger and Mrs. Lyla Ost. The new officers are Mrs. Ronald Haag, president; Mrs. Richard Weiand, vice president; Mrs. Charles Stastney, secretary; and Mrs. Harry Kubista, treasurer.

Bryan Wetch, with help from his brother, Terry, hooked a 25-1/2 pound sturgeon near the Memorial Bridge during the Memorial Day weekend. The fish measured 56 inches long and was caught on small minnows. Bryan received a “Malcolms Award” and a “Whopper Award” for his catch.

Both Mandan and Bismarck voters defeated a resolution on the ballot of the school election on Tuesday to publish the minutes of school board meetings. In Mandan, Win Keller won re-election to the school board, while Jack Danz, manager of Foremost Dairy of Mandan, won the second open spot with a write-in vote of 41.

75 Years Ago – 1944

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Mrs. Viola (Stasney) La Grave, R.N., has been named superintendent of the Mandan Deaconess Hospital. She succeeds Mrs. Vera Belinsky. Mrs. La Grave has been supervisor of the obstetrical and surgical floor of the Mandan hospital for the past three years. Her husband is in the paratroopers and stationed in England.

Mrs. Marion G. Cary of Mandan has been named president of the North Dakota PEO Sisterhood at the closing session of the two-day state PEO convention held at Dickinson. Mrs. Cary, the former state first vice president, succeeds Mrs. Nellie G. Thornton of Minot.

John P. Leingang, 62, for many years a resident of the St. Anthony and Mandan communities, died this past week from diabetes at Horthorn, Calif. Leingang was born in Russia, coming to Morton County in 1904. He had farmed near St. Anthony until 1934, then moving into Mandan. He left for California a year ago to work in the shipyards for the war effort. Survivors include his widow Emilia; four daughters, four sons; two brothers, three sisters.

100 Years Ago – 1919

The Gilbert S. Furness Post, American Legion, was organized in Mandan this week, with more than 50 of the past servicemen present at the meeting called at the Commercial Club rooms by Major Hanley, state committeeman.

The name Gilbert Furness Post was chosen in remembrance of the late Regimental Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Furness, who died of the Spanish flu at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Ky., on October 9. He was the first Mandan soldier to make the supreme sacrifice in  World War I. Furness was 20 years of age at the time of his death and was a 1916 graduate of Mandan High School.

Following the reading of the constitution adopted at the St. Louis caucus on May 10, the following officers were then elected: Post Commander, Hugo Renden; Vice Post Commander, John Kennelly; Post Adjutant, Charles Hughes; Post Finance Officer, Leo McDonald; Post Historian, Earle Tostevin.


“H. L. Dahners has opened his Edison Shop on the corner of the Nigey block, and Mandan now has one of the niftiest music stores in the state. The brick front has been removed from the Third Avenue side of the corner, and a most attractive modern front put in. Soundproof booths have been built in the place where records can be tried out, and records by the thousands are kept in stock. Columbia phonographs are also available for purchase.

“George Knoll and Minnie Dworshak were married last week at the home of the bride’s parents at St. Anthony.

“Eugene Myers and Miss Phillipina Barth of this city were recently married at the Catholic Rectory by Father Leo. Both are well-known here and are receiving congratulations from their many friends.

“Edgar Johnstone returned by train this morning from Minneapolis and was met by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Johnstone. He was mustered out of the service at Camp Dodge, having been in the 108th Field Signal Battalion. Edgar enlisted a year ago and holds the record for Mandan boys arriving at the Front in the shortest time from the date of enlistment, having been six weeks in training before seeing action against the Boches.”

125 Years Ago – 1894

“On Thursday, June 14, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 84 degrees above zero.

“The much-needed rain has fallen, and farmers hereabouts are happy again.

“A force of men began work a few days ago on the superstructure of Mr. W. Lanterman’s new residence, the foundation of which was put in last season.

“The suggestion has been made by a citizen that girls who contemplate purchasing a bicycle would do well to harden their muscles in advance by running their mother’s sewing machine or rocking the baby.

“The pernicious cigarette habit is growing at an alarming rage in Mandan, especially among the boys. It is not conducive to good business habits for young men and boys to be smoking cigarettes in stores and offices during business hours. And, to see young boys puffing away when sweeping out their employers’ stores at 7 o’clock in the morning, is more than surprising.

“A woman with a family of several children, en route by train from the West to England, lost her satchel containing her railroad and steamship tickets and $600 in money and drafts, somewhere near Hebron, one day last week. The satchel was thrown out of the car window by one of her children and was not missed for some time after the train left Hebron. She reported the matter to the conductor, and he wired Section Foreman Burus who immediately organized a searching party. After a long and tedious search, the satchel was found and returned to the anguished, but now so grateful, woman who had been detained in this city.”

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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.