1919: Dance at the Elks.

25 Years Ago-1994

Graduation ceremonies were held May 22 for the 1994 class of 33 seniors of New Salem High School. Ruth McCulloch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McCulloch, delivered the valedictory address, while the salutatory was given by Derek Jorgenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jorgenson.

Flasher High School’s commencement for the class of 1944 was also held May 22. Valedictorians were Karrie Fleck, daughter of Val and Doris Fleck; Ryan Riehl, son of Roy and Arlene Riehl; and Troy Ripplinger, son of Ervin and Janet Ripplinger. Class salutatorian was Ann Marie Kraft, daughter of Dale and Terry Kraft.

Funerals this week:

Rodney Looyenga, 37, Mandan; born, raised at Mandan. Active in Boy Scouts, received Eagle Scout honors. MHS graduatein 1975. Worked for Bill’s Super Valu for many years. Employed at Mandan News & Finder since 1990. Survivors include his mother, Wilma, three brothers, two sisters and their families, two grandmothers.

Freda (Laubner) Graner, 83, Mandan; born, raised at Mandan. Survivors: Three sons, one daughter and families.

Emma (Kiesel) Reineke, 94, New Salem; born, raised at New Salem. Survivors: Two sons, one daughter and their families, two brothers.

Frances (Froelich) Berger, 90, Mandan; born, raised at Flasher. Survivors: Three sons, one daughter and their families; one brother, five sisters.

Ferdinand W. Schwartz, 89, Mandan; born at Halpstad, Russia. Survivors: Two sons, four daughters and their families,three brothers, one sister.

Adam M. Masseth, 98, Mandan; born in Russia. Survivors: Six sons, four daughters and their families, one brother, three sisters.

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TemperaturesTuesday, May 31: a high of 72 degrees; 45 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

Diplomas were awarded to 264 seniors of Mandan Senior High School at ceremonies held in the school’s gymnasium. Senior class president Ron Just introduced the speakers: classmates Sharon Gallagher, Edward Steinbrueck and Joan Hoffman. Principal A.R. Shaw introduced the graduates as they received their diplomas from William R. Russell, president of the Board of Education.

Marmot High School held its graduation exercises with 17 students receiving diplomas from Isak Hystad, chairman of the State Board of Administration. Graduating eighth-grade students also received diplomas.

Ten graduating Senior Girl Scouts of Troop 107 were presented with traditional silver spoons following a banquet held in their honor at First Lutheran Church. Mrs. Ronald Curfman is leader of the troop, which has 21 members. The graduating scouts are Rochelle Rolshoven, Colleen Shaw, Lorette Baklan, Jean Bullinger, Peggy Friedenbach, Joyce Himmelspach, Paula Jasper, Sheryl Curfman, Gloria Erhardt and Carol Froelich.

One is never too young or too old to reel in the big fish, according to 80-year old Nick Berger, of Mandan, who pulled out a 16-pound catfish from the Missouri, while fishing with his partner, Frank Lanz, also of Mandan. The twosome were fishing near the refinery, using worms for bait. “It’s the biggest fish I’ve ever caught!” said Berger.

The Mandan Horseshoe Club recently met to form its summer league at Riverside Park, southside Mandan. Annual dues are $1. New officers elected were Melvin Skager, president; Ernest Ellison, vice president; and Bill Thompson, secretary- treasurer. They replaced Alfred Schwartz, Robert Schafer and Frank Kuhn.

75 Years Ago-1944

Eighty seniors, wearing the traditional gray caps and gowns, were awarded their diplomas on May 25 at the 1944 commencement program held in the Memorial Building. C.L. Young, Bismarck attorney, delivered the commencement address, entitled “Those will be the days,” followed by the salutatory and valedictory addresses given by Jean Fitzsimmons and Florence Broderick. The ceremony concluded with W.L. Neff, high school principal, presenting the class, as J.C. Gould, superintendent, awarded diplomas. Four of the 80 seniors were not present for the ceremony as they are in the armed forces; their diplomas will be forwarded to them. They are Nichodemus Bender, George Haider, Walter Milton and Clarence Winbauer.

Six students at the Syndicate School had a perfect attendance record for the entire school year, according to Miss Mary Stark, principal. They are Delilah Ritz, Dorsey Boulter, Bernadine Beer, Curtis Cadwell, Rosalie Ferderer and Wilford Rapp.

Sixty-five eighth-grade students received diplomas at St. Joseph’s Parochial School. Rev. Father Justin Luetmer delivered the commencement address and presented the diplomas.

100 Years Ago-1919

“A squad of Mandan’s most popular young men just over from the battlefields of France came home this past week. They are Melvin Erickson, John Kennelly, Henry Handtmann, Gilbert Cass, Ralph Hanson and Raymond Tipper. The boys are looking and feeling fine. One strange thing is that the six boys, who were with the 161st ambulance corps, remained together all of the 17 months they were abroad.

“These boys were in the thick of the fighting at the Argonne and other battlefields. Many sorrowful tales are told by the boys whose job was to bring in the wounded and maimed men who fell in action. Some of the boys also had wounds. Heine Handtmann had his helmet shattered with shrapnel and has a scalp wound, while Gilbert Cass and Raymond Tipper were gassed. Yet, they all came through in good shape. However, one of the boys remarked that of the 16 Indians from the Standing Rock Reservation who went with them, only four remain.”

“A queer looking contraption passed down the Missouri River yesterday. The owner called it his houseboat. He is one man who is beating the war tax on railroad fare, having left Great Falls, Mont., right behind the ice this spring with his family. New Orleans is his objective.

“Sixty carloads of Army mules passed through Mandan this week and stopped at Sunnyside for feeding. They are being taken to ranches near Miles City Mont., from various eastern points and from overseas. A number of soldiers were in charge of the animals.

“Residents filled the Palace Theatre to capacity for this year’s Memorial Day services on Friday, May 30. Following the showing of a short film of the 151st Regiment marching in a victory parade at Minneapolis, patriotic speeches were given by Judge B.W. Shaw and the Rev. Hugh Owens of the First Presbyterian Church. The services closed with the audience singing ‘America.’ The Mandan band later led a parade of returned soldiers in uniform who escorted the few remaining old veterans of the Grand Army from the Civil War to the Union Cemetery where the graves of the departed soldiers were decorated.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 78 degrees above zero.

“There is a genuine summer feeling about the weather today.

“Soon the monotonous wail of the frogs will also be heard.

“Rev. I.O. Sloan has returned to North Dakota and will spend the summer at Glencoe.

“Today, Molly Gundersen has 115,000 cancelled stamps ready for shipment, an increase of 15,000 since last week. She is hoping to soon reach the halfway point to the million needed to receive her new artificial legs.

“There is one sight which, according to the Pioneer’s newspapers exchanges, is seen almost everywhere in the state except in Mandan, and that is young lady bicyclists. The Jamestown papers speak of a bevy of lady riders, of all ages, in that city.

“Memorial Day services were held this afternoon at the Emerson Institute where the interior walls were festooned in black, while the stage was suitably draped with flags and bunting, along with a number of wreaths subsequently used to decorate the graves of dead soldiers in Greenwood Cemetery. Comrade Jacob Christina, commander of the G.A.R. post, acted as presiding officer. It was the 26th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. After a patriotic speech given by Civil War veteran C.P Thurston, the services closed with the singing of ‘Nearer My God to Thee.’”

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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.