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25 Years Ago-1994

Following Mandan’s third-place finish at this year’s state competition, Ralph Manley, Mandan High School swimming and diving coach, was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Manley has been coaching for 16 years, eight at Mandan. He became only the fourth Mandan coach to receive the award and the first since Dave Broyles in 1982. Other past honorees were Tim Bourdon, 1976, and Steve Anderson, 1980.

Mandan High School assistant principal Dan Furaus has been named North Dakota’s Assistant Principal of the Year by the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals. The nomination form stated “Furaus is firm, fair and consistent in his decision-making, regarding students and staff — and is an outstanding role model for students.”

The latest piece of technological gadgetry, Info-Lynx, a computerized search/find program for gathering information, is ready for use at the Mandan Library. Through a joint program with the Bismarck Public Library and the University of Mary, patrons of Mandan’s library will now have access to thousands of books and other reference sources, according to Thom Hendricks, Mandan Library’s director. Plans are for the Info-Lynx program to become part of the larger information system, called the internet.

Funerals this week:

Milbern Clendenen, 90, New Salem; survived by wife, Clara, one son, one daughter and families, one brother.

Mildred (Stastny) Tausend, 73, Mandan; survived by one son, two daughters and families, one brother, one sister.

Joseph Dworshak, 70; survived by wife, Cecilia, six sons, five daughters and families, three brothers, three sisters.

Andrew Beckler, 54, Mandan; survived by wife, Deloris, one son, two daughters and families, three brothers, four sisters.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, April 19: a high of 51 degrees; 30 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

The Mandan Mrs. Jaycee chapter has named Mrs. Richard (Georgene) Schmidt as the Outstanding Mrs. Jaycee of Mandan. She will represent the Mandan chapter in state competition. Schmidt served as the chapter’s local president in 1966-67 when the chapter received the outstanding chapter award in state competition.

The North Dakota Associated Press has announced their selections for the 1968-69 all-state basketball squad. Chosen from Mandan was senior Ron Just. Others on the “dream” team were seniors Tom Erdmann, Minot Ryan, Everette Chasing Hawk, Fort Yates, Mark Refling, Bottineau; and junior Reed Monson, Grand Forks Red River.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held this past week at the corner of Collins Avenue and Second Street in Mandan for the new Northwestern Savings and Loan Association building, which is expected to be open in the fall.

Twins Martin and Roy Heinert celebrated their birthday past week, their 85th according to their immigration records. The brothers immigrated to the United States in 1901 from Odessa, Russia. They lived in Solen before moving to the Keller Old Age Home and currently live with the Bill Thompsons, 203 Second Ave N.W.

Lyle Schultz is the new manager of Twin City Implement on Business Loop, Highway 10. Schulz joined the implement company in May 1964 after spending five years with Grube Implement, New Salem.

Eleven past presidents were honored at a meeting of Local 229 American Federation of Musicians, with president Ellis Pittinger presiding. Following the reading of a short summary of the history and progress of 229, lapel pins were presented to Joe Sullivan, Herman Leonard, Guy Larson, Elmer Roubinek, Estel Poppe, Harris Miller, Eugene Senger, James Collins and Hayden Hale. Also honored were deceased past presidents Curt Dirlam and Walter Schmidt. There were only seven charter members in September 1931. Membership is currently at 250.

75 Years Ago-1944

Sixty-two voices of Mandan High School’s mixed chorus, under the direction of Miss Helmi Taipale, will present their third annual Easter cantata this weekend from the stage of the Memorial Building auditorium. The 1944 edition is Lee Rogers’ “The Mystery of Easter.” Soloists are Betty Pederson, Colleen Lindsay, Russell Koetke and Richard Pearson. Dolores Glaser is the accompanist.

Fifty-year badges for three engineers have been presented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The badges went to Mike Drury, William T. Nickel and W.H. “Butch” Flanagan. Mr. Drury is 76 years old and retired in 1936; he served as secretary-treasurer of the lodge for 22 years. Mr. Nickel, who is now 83 years old, retired in 1931 after serving 20 years as chief engineer. Mr. Flanagan began with the railroad in 1893 and is still working on a passenger run between Dickinson and Mandan.

Armed forces news:

“Sgt. Harold Scharf has left for Oklahoma City, after visiting with Mrs. Scharf, following the birth of their son.

“Paul Starr, B.M. 2c, U.S. Navy, is on his first visit at home in four years and is spending his 30-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Starr. The sailor has been in the South Pacific.

“Lt. R.G. Thuente, U.S. Navy Reserve, is stationed at Fort Schyler, New York City. He is a former principal of Mandan’s St. Joseph School. Mrs. Thuente and children are making their home in Minneapolis for the duration.

“Pfc. Warren Heaton, U.S. Marine Corps, veteran of the South Pacific war theatre, has returned to San Diego, Calif., following a visit in Mandan with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Fairaizl. Pfc. Heaton, a machine gunner, is a veteran of Guadalcanal, Midway and Bougainville. He has served overseas for 21 months.”

100 Years Ago-1919

“Delmonico Cafe Best food, best service, prices right.

“The choir of the Presbyterian Church was delightfully entertained last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Stutsman. There were about 30 guests. Returning soldiers Walter and Earle Tostevin were the guests of honor, the former, prior to his military service, having been a member of the choir.

“Leo McDonald, who recently returned from France where he had been in the coast artillery, has accepted a position in the First National Bank.

“Bob Seitz, son of City Auditor W.H Seitz, arrived home yesterday. He was a member of the 111th company of Marines and was discharged from the service at Galveston, Texas. He was stationed at Mare Island, Calif., for a number of months before leaving for Galveston and then to France. However, Seitz says that he never saw any real action, and the signing of the armistice spoiled the foreign trip.

“One of the new style lamp posts arrived this week and is being set up in front of the Lewis & Clark Hotel where the public can give it the ‘once over.’ There will also be another style of lamp post set up soon. When the majority agrees on the style, that post will be the one set up during the summer in the districts that have been equipped.

Ad: “I will give $25 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person who stole the horsehide robe from my garage last weekend. Signed: L.H. Connolly”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, April 19, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 46 degrees above zero.

“The plaintive cry of the meadowlark can be heard among us.

“We stop the presses to announce the arrival of a bouncing baby boy at exactly 20 minutes after 12 this afternoon at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lang.

“One of the neatest consignments of cancelled stamps received by Mollie Gundersen, towards the million she is collecting, was a parcel of 250 from Master Charlie Phelan. Every stamp had been cleaned and every denomination tied up in a separate parcel.

“Mandan is enjoying nearly a perfect state of health just now, but there are a few disease-breeding places in the city that need prompt attention of the board of health authorities. One of the places is near city hall, where human beings, cows and hogs come pretty near to bunking together. People too mean to be decent themselves should not be allowed to endanger the lives and health of others.

“School Superintendent Lorin has just completed his annual report for the year ending Dec. 31, 1893, stating that Morton County contains 27 organized school districts, with 39 schools, for a total seating capacity of 1,474. All but 16 of the schools are provided with Webster’s Dictionary, and all the schools are provided with blackboard space. Although there are 1,699 children of school age in the county, the number enrolled is 1,201. There were 61 teachers employed. The whole amount paid to them during the school year was $10,916.34 (average: $178.96 each).”

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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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