1944: Mandan Co-op Market ad.

25 Years Ago-1994

Adam James Risser is Mandan’s first baby to be welcomed in 1994. His parents are Guy and Donna Risser, Mandan. Although Adam was the third baby born at St. Alexius Medical Center on New Year’s Day, he was the first baby to represent Mandan.

The Mandan Park District has filed suit in South Central District Court, seeking more than $120,000 in damages from Toman Engineering Co. and Dennis Meyer Inc., claiming they installed a faulty irrigation system at Prairie West Golf Course. The complaint alleges Toman hired Meyer as a consultant, then changed the original plans drawn in late 1988, resulting in damaged hardware and greens due to excessive sand and saline content.

Funerals this week:

Adam S. Bernhardt, 78, Yakima, Wash.; raised, educated at Flasher. Married Eva Marie Hopfauf in 1937. Farmed in Fallon area, retiring in 1975 and moving to Yakima. Survivors include his wife, two sons, two daughters and their families, one brother, two sisters.

Claudina Ternes, 59, Mandan; raised, educated at Grafton, moving to Mandan in 1988. Survivors include nine brothers, two sisters and their families.

Marie (Martel) Miller-Schaible, 81, Elgin; raised, educated in Grant County. Married Reinhold Miller in 1936, then William Schaible. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families, two sisters.

Temperatures Tuesday, Jan. 4: a high of 22 degrees; 1 below zero for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

Mandan’s controversy over “go-go” girls picked up new steam this past week when the Mandan City Commission was presented with petitions bearing more than 250 signatures from persons in favor of “go-go” entertainment. Erv Stark, owner of the Korner Bar, presented the petitions in a continued protest against a city commission warning that liquor licenses could be revoked or denied if “go-go” girls entertainment was featured in local taverns. Although Commission President A.R. Shaw and commission members E.R. Frohlich, Paul Hoffman and H.A. Kautzmann, along with City Attorney Richard Gallagher, defended their actions, Commissioner Joe Schaff remained silent, expressing no opinion.

Stark, who also happens to be the current president of the Mandan Chamber of Commerce, implied that he might take steps to put the issue to a public vote, but first wanted each city commissioner to vote on the matter. They declined. “The action against ‘go-go’ girls was taken by the group as a whole,” said Shaw.

Before the meeting adjourned with no further comments or action, Stark declared that this controversy is most likely to grow in intensity. “I’ll be back,” he said. “Your actions are forcing me to fight for a reputation which I built over 20 years in Mandan.”

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If recommendations by a nine-member committee are accepted by North Dakota’s labor commissioner, Orville Hagen, a new minimum wage law may go into effect during 1969. The committee has recommended that experienced office, clerical and technical workers have $1.45 per hour minimum wage, while learners receive a minimum of $1.50 and students $1 per hour. Experienced workers would be those with more than six months on the job. If accepted, it would be the first minimum wage law written in North Dakota since the 1920s.

75 Years Ago-1944

Mandan’s first New Year’s baby put in an appearance on New Year’s Day. The child is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Bauer, 1312 Second St. N. E. She is one of a pair of twins; her twin died shortly after birth. The New Year’s winner weighs 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and is doing nicely, according to hospital attendants

Hundreds of letters and cards of appreciation have been pouring into Mandan from servicemen who were aboard the Northern Pacific trains that stopped at the Mandan Depot on Dec. 23-24 when the entire city of Mandan cooperated in distributing homemade cookies, candy bars, sandwiches, coffee and milk to every service man and service woman. The letters from soldiers, as well as their parents, were addressed to the Chamber of Commerce and to the Service Men’s Center at the Memorial Building.

Forty-five North Dakota high school principals attended the annual convention in Bismarck of the North Dakota High School Principals Association. The group re-elected W.L. Neff, principal of Mandan High School, as their president.

More than 300 persons attended the annual policemen’s ball held at the Memorial Building auditorium. Music was provided by the Elmer Roubinek orchestra.

The 35th anniversary of the founding of Mandan’s Fortnightly Club was marked with a social gathering at the home of Mrs. L.N. Cary, who was the charter president of the club. Also present at the anniversary meeting were two other charter members: Mrs. W.H. Stutsman and Mrs. Margaret Bingenheimer.

Funeral services were held at the Charles Wesley Burns Methodist Church this past week for Raymond Hendrickson, who died Tuesday, Dec. 28, an hour after he was to have boarded a train for Fort Snelling to report for Army Air Corps pilot training. Tuesday was also his 18th birthday.

According to Police Chief Earl Vredenberg, the youth, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Hendrickson of Mandan, had decided to clean his rifle before storing his personal belongings for the duration of the war, unaware of a cartridge still remaining in the .22-caliber rifle, which discharged, the bullet entering his head.

Raymond was a member of the 1943 graduating class of Mandan High School and had been working in his father’s jewelry store until being called to the service. In addition to his parents, survivors include two brothers and a sister: Howard, in the Army specialist training program at New York; and Richard and Betty Jewel at home.

100 Years Ago-1919

“Mandan woke up this morning to discover a real winter temperature had been in the making during the night when the weather bureau at Bismarck gave the temperature of 18 degrees below zero for this district. However, many residential and store thermometers sneaked down below that number, and everyone agreed that it was cold enough to have satisfied the refined taste of an Eskimo.

“The first auto of the season to cross the river on the ice was driven by Chas. Zachmeier, who drove to Bismarck on Tuesday night. The car, a Ford, is said to have narrowly missed an airhole, and the passage across the Missouri is still considered extremely hazardous at the present time.

“The Daily Pioneer has installed another linotype machine, known as the Mergenthaler Model 14, which is the last word in typesetting machinery. The Model 14 has three full-sized magazines and an auxiliary magazine, enabling the operator to set type of four different sizes and seven different faces without leaving his seat.

“The Honorable W.L. Nuesle, judge of the Sixth Judicial District, sitting for Judge Hanley, Twelfth District, has granted the following applicants for citizenship: Dan Morell, Solen; Nick Stumpf, Mandan; Harry Dinius, Mandan; Augustin Schmidt, Fort Rice; Raphael Kopp, Mandan; and Franz Geiger, Harmon.”

125 Years Ago-1894

On Thursday, Jan. 4, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 2 degrees above zero.

“A Happy New Year to all!

“Snowed a little yesterday.

“Pig’s feet and tripe at Michael Lang’s store.

“The barbershops in town will close at 8 o’clock every night, except Saturday, this year.

“A number of Bismarckers, with spanking teams of horses, could be seen gliding over the snow in well-appointed cutters and sleighs on Wednesday.

“The Eastern newspapers are full of articles indicating that in the Eastern manufacturing cities there is a large amount of distress. Happily, however, there is none in North Dakota, even though the weather is rather chilly.

“On New Year’s Day, there was considerable driving to and from Bismarck and Mandan, and a more beautiful day for sleighing could not be found.

“The Emerson Institute was the scene of a merry gathering on New Year’s night, the occasion being a dance given by the Firemen’s Hose Co. No. 1. There was a large attendance, and the floor managers were often at their wit’s end to find room for all who wanted to dance. Morck’s Syndicate orchestra supplied the music.”

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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.