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25 Years Ago-1993

Mandan’s own George Marback, owner of George’s Bakery, has been named baker of the year by the North Dakota Bakers Association, Jamestown. Marback has worked as a baker since 1942, including 17 years at the current Main Street site when it was owned by Sweetheart bakeries. George and his wife, Virginia, purchased the bakery in 1963.

Mike Olson, Mandan, scored 70 points to tie for first place in bareback riding at the recent NDRA event held at West Fargo. Three Flasher riders also fared well. Travis Rossow won the calf-roping in a time of 10:31; Ryan Riehl was sixth with 14:52. In breakaway roping, Kelly Vetter finished second with a 5:21 time.

Ryan Riehl and Jodene Friesz were chosen homecoming king and queen for Flasher High School. Their parents are Roy and Arlene Riehl and Jim and Judy Friesz.

Funerals this week:

Alphonse “Fons” Graden, 83, Bismarck; raised, educated in Beach. Graduated from Beulah High School in 1974. Married Maureen O’Neil in 1941. Worked for Montana-Dakota Utilities, retiring in 1974. Moved to Flasher in 1979 and to Bismarck in 1991. Survivors include his wife, one son, five daughters and their families, one brother, one sister.

Irma (Hartmann) Keidel, 95, Mandan; raised, educated in New Salem area. Moved into Mandan in 1956. Married Ernest Keidel in 1972. Lived on farm south of Mandan, moving into Mandan in 1985. Survivors include her husband, two stepsons, one stepdaughter.

Louise (Metzner) Schaff, 67, Mandan; raised, educated in Fort Rice area. Married Nicholas Schaff in 1956. Worked for Kist Meat Market, Mandan Golden Age Services, Trails West and Tony’s Cafe. Survivors include one son, two daughters and their families, four brothers, two sisters.

Bernice (Roehrich) Storick, 67, Mandan; raised, educated in Bismarck. Married Adam Storick in 1942. Self-employed in child care for 11 years. Worked at Mandan Villa for 11 years. Member of St. Maria Verein and Christ the King parish. Survivors include her husband, two sons, two daughters and their families, one brother, two sisters and her mother, Anna Roehrich.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Oct. 12: a high of 59 degrees; 20 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Peggy Friedenbach has been installed as worthy adviser of the Mandan Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls, at a ceremony held at the Masonic Temple. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Friedenbach, Mandan. Mrs. Donovan Eck is the mother adviser; associate mother adviser is Mrs. Robert Pettitt. Peggy was crowned by her father, who is also Rainbow dad.

James Stine of Mandan, Morton County Extension agent since Jan. 1, 1960, has submitted his resignation to the Morton County Commission. Stine has accepted an appointment in Fargo as district Extension supervisor and will supervise Extension activities in the northwestern one-third of North Dakota.

Officials of six counties and Gov. William L. Guy have reached an agreement on a proposed time zone boundary that follows the Missouri and Little Missouri rivers in western North Dakota. The meeting resulted in jogging the proposed boundary between Mountain and Central Time around Mandan and then splitting two Indian reservations into different time zones. The proposal will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for approval.

Mrs. James (Priscilla) Paul is the new Welcome Wagon hostess in Mandan; she succeeds Mrs. Wally Joersz, who is giving up her hostess job to be the women’s page editor for the Morning Pioneer. Her assistant hostess is Mrs. Dennis (Karen) Klimpel; she succeeds Mrs. Robert Joersz. The new hostesses have recently returned from St. Paul, where they had been taking the Welcome Wagon training course. Welcome Wagon hostesses make calls on newcomers and new parents, welcoming them to the community and bringing gifts from local merchants.

75 Years Ago-1943

According to the U.S. War Production Board chairman Donald M. Nelson, the United States war industry will soon be producing one military plane every five minutes. He also predicted that by the end of 1943, the U.S. war production would be one and one-half times the combined output of Germany and Japan.

In a change of policy of past years, the Mandan High School publication, The Courier, will be distributed without cost to the students this year. Each student will then, in turn, mail his or her copy to some relative or friend, all former high school students, now serving in the armed forces either in the states or overseas. The Courier staff for the 1943-44 school year is headed by the co-editors, Jean Fitzsimmons and Everet Blomberg.

Nineteen of the 34 boys graduated from Mandan High School last June are either in the service or have enlisted and are awaiting calls. They are Jerry Anderson, Warren Larson, Dick Norby, Ralph Reis, all Navy; Ray Barnard, Chris Boehm, Bill Knoll, George Schantz, Clement Wirtz and John Wirtz, all Army; Carroll Christenson, Stanley Gehring, Myles Knudson, Herbert Laemmle, Ernest and Edward Steckler, all Marines; Leo Stumpf, Army Air Corps; Bill Sullivan, Coast Guard; and Douglas Tennesen, Navy Air Corps.

100 Years Ago-1918

“Total receipts of the Missouri Slope Fair at the gates and grandstand will be near $2,000, according to the officers interviewed this morning. This is considerably below last year’s receipts due to the ongoing war. Hundreds of farmers, being short of help, simply could not bring themselves to stop work during those beautiful fall days.

“A trip through the Indian camps at the fairgrounds during the fair, showed a very large number of tents and tepees decorated with service flags. Quite a few of the Sioux families have two sons in the service.”

One of the fair’s most popular attractions was the bust of President Woodrow Wilson, made of Mandan Creamery Co. butter. Hundreds entered a ticket with a weight guess into a huge jar for a chance at the $10 first prize. Taking the prize was William Ryan of Center with a guess of 71 pounds, 8 ounces. Taking second was Chas. Swenson, Bismarck. The bust actually weighed 72 pounds and three-fourths ounce.

“Andrew Miller, a well-known young St. Anthony farmer, had several ribs crushed and was badly injured internally when the wheels of a separator passed over his body. Miller was reaching under the separator for some grain bags when the engineer started up the tractor without warning, Miller is now resting comfortably at home.

“A receptacle has been placed in the Red Cross rooms for peach, plum, olive and cherry pits, and nut shells. After being crushed into charcoal, the pits and shells are valuable for filtering the air breathed into soldiers’ gas masks.

“Train No. 3 yesterday carried a baggage car filled with soldiers’ mail from over the seas. The relatives and friends of Mandan boys received their usual liberal share of letters.

“According to the revised selective service regulations, draft boards can disallow any marriages since Aug. 5 for men who registered for the draft on Sept. 12, but have claimed marriage as grounds for exemption.

“The Spanish Influenza has spread to more than a score of Army camps within the United States. As of Sept 25, there have been 77 deaths reported at the Great Lakes camp near Chicago.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 53 degrees above zero.

“The finest lignite that comes to this city, is that mined at Blue Grass. It is free from dirt, comes mostly in large pieces, is deep mined and solid. It will be for sale exclusively by A.R. Granberry.

“Billy Palmer, the man who received a shot in the body two or three years ago, from George Lewis’ revolver, is in town. He has had four bullet wounds and does not hanker after any more.

“Fred Maier of Hebron is now in the county jail on a charge of firing eight haystacks belonging to a Hebron farmer, named Salzer. It’s rumored that if Mr. Maier had not escaped from that area, he would have been lynched.

“Mr. J.S. Nelson has sent two boxes of potatoes to the World’s Fair at Chicago. One went to the Northern Pacific exhibit in the Transportation Building, the other went to the North Dakota building.

“Mr. J.O. Sullivan, the dry goods merchant, left this morning for Chicago on a purchasing tour and then will view the sights at the Great Exposition in Chicago.

“Rev. J. Lemieux of St. Joseph’s church has returned from his visit to the Columbian Exposition at Chicago. He was accompanied by his brother from Canada who remains as his guest for several days.

“By authority of the city board of education, the two public schools in this city will be hereafter be known as ‘The Lincoln School’ in the second ward and ‘The Jefferson School’ in the Syndicate.”

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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