25 Years Ago-1994

Jim Mosbrucker, the stock contractor for the Mandan Jaycees Rodeo for more than 10 years before losing the contract this year, has approached the board of directors of the Missouri Valley Fairgrounds in Bismarck, asking to use their facilities to hold a similar event over the Fourth of July. The board tabled a definite decision, stating they would consider renting the facility, but would not promote a rodeo.

The Mandan Jaycees said Mosbrucker was offered this year’s rodeo contract but had declined that offer after refusing to sign an agreement to not operate another rodeo within a 100-mile radius of Mandan that weekend. Jaycees rodeo chairman Ray Morrell has announced this year’s stock contract went to Beach contractor Brad Brettin, one of Mosbrucker’s chief competitors.

Funerals this week:

Eva (Thomas) Vogel, 88, Bismarck; born, raised, educated at Odense. Married Jacob Vogel in 1927. Survivors include two sons, one daughter and their families.

Arlene (Hillius) Borchert, 59, Mandan; survived by husband, James, two sons, two daughters and their families, two stepsons, one brother, four sisters, her mother, Eva Hillius, Elgin.

Alois “Ole” Friesz, 78, Mandan; born, raised, educated in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Survivors are one son and family, three brothers, two sisters.

Howard Holznagel, 59, Mandan; born, raised, educated in McLean County. Survived by wife, Linda, three brothers, four sisters and their families.

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Temperatures Tuesday, May 3: a high of 56 degrees; 36 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

Mrs. Jack Leingang has been re-elected president of Mandan’s American Legion Auxiliary. Others elected are Mrs. Richard Aanderud and Mrs. Tony Unser, first and second vice president, respectively; Mrs. James Coats, secretary; and Mrs. Henry Schwab, treasurer. The auxiliary’s membership stands at 412, one more than the year’s goal.

Mrs. Adam Ehlis, Route 1, Mandan, is the winner of a television set in a drawing held at Thomas TV and Appliance in celebration of the store’s 22nd anniversary in Mandan.

Officers and delegates to the state convention of the Young Citizens League were elected by the Morton County YCL during its annual meeting at the Mandan Memorial Building. The new officers are president, Bob Smith, Route 6, Mandan; and vice president, Gayle Johnson, and secretary, Ruth Syvrud, both of Route 2, Mandan. Delegates are Elaine Mullner, of Huff, and Glen Hille, Route 2, Mandan. More than 375 Morton County students from the fifth through eighth grades attended the weekend convention, followed by a banquet served at the Elks Club.

75 Years Ago-1944

Seventy-five railroad men gathered at the Hudson Hall, Main Street, Mandan, this past week to honor 62-year-old veteran conductor E.M. Steinbruck, who is retiring after 40 years of service with the Northern Pacific Railway. He had served on trains running between Glendive and Mandan during the entire 40 years of employment. Steinbruck came to Dakota Territory with his parents and settled at Glen Ullin, where his father was a passenger agent for the NP. “We were the first settlers in Glen Ullin,” said Steinbruck. “The country was nothing but rolling prairies when we first came.”

A marriage license was recently issued for Vincent Monzelowsky and Theresa Ressler, both of Mandan, by Morton County Judge William K. Engelter.

A group of Morton County men left this week for Fort Snelling for pre-induction physicals. From Mandan: Elmer Haney, Andrew Ehlis, Adam F. Boehm, Joe Erhardt, Roy Gittel, Clemens Boehm, Luke Leingang, John Valder, Edward Froelich, George Slezak, Robert Gauer, Edward McCann, Donald Steinbrueck and William Kamstra.

“The following letter is from Pfc. Anton Geiger, stationed in England. His home is at Selfridge. ‘I’m just swell and safely arrived somewhere in England and, so far, I surely do enjoy myself here. Have already been to several large towns, unfortunately, did not see much on account of “black-outs.” Say hello to the boys for me. I don’t plan on being back for a good long time, but when I do, you had better have the Selfridge band out on the street and in full swing! Will sign off for now and say goodbye until next time.’”

100 Years Ago-1919

“The famous Second Regiment band, known as the Million Dollar Band, played a variety of patriotic music for an audience of several thousand yesterday afternoon at the Northern Pacific park in Mandan. Major Hanley entertained the band members with dinner at the Lewis & Clark hotel, where he personally guaranteed the band $200 for their travel expenses to Minneapolis. During the intermission, the ‘hat’ was passed around the crowd to cover the expenses guarantee. The result was a few dollars short, for which August Timmerman wrote a check for the difference. The band played in Bismarck last evening and boarded the morning train for eastern destinations.

“The Red Trail ferry boat, the Marion, operating between Mandan and Bismarck, started running for the season at 4 o’clock this afternoon. The roads are fairly passable so cars can be driven to the ferry for crossing to Bismarck.

“For Sale: Four-room house, east side Mandan. Has city water and lights; also, small barn and hen house. Asking $1,600. Terms: $400 cash down, the balance in easy payments. See I.C. Iverson.

“Charles E. Hughes returned this morning from New York where he had been on the USS North Carolina as quartermaster, first class. He has been gone just three days short of a year, having been called to service in the Great War from the Naval Reserve while he was employed at the local post office. Mr. Hughes says that he has had plenty of exciting experiences but the greatest one was that of stepping off the No. 3 train at Mandan this morning.”

125 Years Ago-1894

On Thursday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 63 degrees above zero.

“Today Mollie Gundersen has 50,000 canceled stamps, ready for shipment.

“A baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. Dow on Saturday. A boy was also born to Mr. and Mrs., Thomas Adams, Fort Lincoln.

“The heaviest rain seen for a long time in Sims and vicinity fell on Tuesday night, between eight and eleven o’clock. Mr. C.L. Timmerman says it fell, not in streams, but in oceans.

“Mr. W.A. Lanterman has, this week, had a windmill tower erected near the site of his new residence.

“Major Gooding, this week, received a letter from Mrs. Custer, widow of General Custer, asking him to please forward to her certain door knobs from one room especially, in the Custer house, that was used more frequently by the General than any other. He is determined to fulfill her request.

“Mrs. Alex Helmsworth, whose disappearance was noted in last week’s Pioneer, has been found and is again with her family. Continued domestic troubles had so discouraged and excited her that she hardly knew which way to turn or what to do. Parties fishing on the Missouri spotted the poor woman down in the brush, not far from where she lived. She made a strong resistance against being taken to town by Sheriff Bingenheimer, but was eventually removed to the People’s Hotel on Main Street, and there, questioned. She claimed her husband was nearly always drunk and had threatened to kill her. Friends then interceded, and she decided to go home to her children.”

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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.