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25 Years Ago-1994

Marge Peffer, Mandan, has been named one of two recipients of the Crystal Apple Teacher of the Year presented by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Peffer is a sixth-grade instructor at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Mandan where she has spent 15 of her 17 years of her teaching career. Students nominating her called her a tough teacher who made learning fun, while preparing them for junior high. Also receiving the Crystal Apple was Linda Davis, teacher at Simle Junior High, Bismarck.

Funerals this week:

Michael Millner, 75, Mandan; raised, educated in Mandan. Moved to Steele in 1976. Survivors include three brothers, one sister and their families.

Rodney Reuther, 50, New Salem; raised, educated in New Salem area. Graduated from New Salem High School in 1961. Married Peggy Theil in 1964. Worked for Sears and KXMB-TV, Bismarck; Corral Sales, Mandan; then BNI Coal Ltd., Center. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, five sisters and their families.

Yvonne (Thill) Flagg, 46, Mandan; raised, educated in Mandan. Graduated from Mandan High School in 1965. Graduated from Dickinson State College in 1969. Married Dana Flagg in1980; he died in 1984. Worked at F.W. Woolworth Co. for many years. Survivors include her mother, six brothers, one sister and their families.

Temperatures Tuesday, Feb. 15: The high was 39 degrees above zero; the low was zero degrees.

50 Years Ago-1969

More than 950 people took part in the 16th annual buffalo dinner sponsored by the First United Methodist Church Men’s Club, resulting in more than $1,700 for their treasury, according to Dr. B.A. Girard, club president, and Darwin Vander Vorst, general chairman of the event. Others heading the various dinner committees were Carl Schauss and Henry Hansen, co-chairmen of waiters; C.R. Hammond and Ken Blazer, co-chairmen of the dining room ushers; Robert Chase and Harry Frye, in charge of advance ticket and door sales.

The 18th annual Syndicate Mothers Club public card party was held Feb. 11 at the Syndicate School. Door prizes were awarded to Mrs. Al White and Mrs. Frank Haupt. Smear prizes went to Leonard Sandau for high and Russell Dittus, low, with Mrs. Frank Rambur taking high in whist and Mrs. Andrew Dietz, low. Pinochle winners were Mrs. Tom Landeis with the high and Leo Ternes, low.

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Hanson were honored this past week with a dinner party in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary by Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Toman and Dr. and Mrs. Harry Wheeler. The Hansons were married Feb. 13, 1944, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He is currently the owner-manager of the Mandan Drug.

The Mandan Revelers Club celebrated its annual Mardi Gras with a Rowan and Martin Laugh-In theme provided by a committee headed by Dr. and Mrs. John Stenslie. The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award for the best costumes went to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Feickert. Second and third prizes were awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Morrison and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Frank Freezon.

75 Years Ago-1944

Mandan students and their families are behind the “Clean Your Plate Club” campaign 99 percent, according to city chairman Mrs. John Withers, after pledge cards distributed throughout all the schools of the city were returned to teachers this past week. The Clean Plate Club is one of national scope and was started to aid in cutting down on the waste of foods. Schoolchildren can aid greatly in the campaign, said Mrs. Withers, by eating every particle of food placed on their plates.

Armed forces news:

“Pfc. Walter Uhlman, paratrooper in the U.S. Marine Corps, is home on leave for 30 days, visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Uhlman. Pfc. Uhlman has been stationed in the South Pacific for the past 10 months.

“Sgt. Ken W. Schauss, Mandan, who has been overseas for 22 months, has been promoted to staff sergeant. He is a veteran of the Guadalcanal campaign and is now stationed with the army troops at Bougainville, New Guinea.

“From Flight Officer Orin Baertsch Jr., stationed with the air force in Sardinia, comes the following letter written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Baertsch, of Mandan. ‘Things here are fine, although the missions are getting a little rough. We are aiding in the invasion of Rome, knocking out communications lines, etc. I completed my 6th mission today. We had intense accurate flak, and then were jumped by fighters. Our plane was shot up worse than those you see in pictures with the saying “They Got Home.” Although we made it to our auxiliary field OK, we had 100 holes in the plane, with one flap, one elevator and half the rudder shot away. After the first five missions, you get the air medal, so I have that now. I think I’ve got a guiding star, as my luck has been excellent so far.’”

100 Years Ago-1919

“In a game which was ragged and handicapped by an overcrowded gymnasium, the Mandan High School defeated the Bismarck High School basketball team last night at the local gym, 21 to 5. The visitors came over on a special train backed up by about 250 fans. Apparently Bismarck was sure of a victory, but the Mandan steam roller kept rolling, winning the eighth consecutive game this season. Receipts at the door amounted to $134.

“August Timmerman today received a number of interesting Kodak pictures from his son, Lt. John Timmerman. Some of the pictures are of President Wilson and his wife, and of General Pershing and his staff. The photos were taken during the world-famed parade held in Paris when the president arrived for the peace conference.

“Interesting war trophies were received this week from Earle Tostevin. The package contained two officers’ helmets, a German private’s cap, black bread and a belt with the unanswered ‘Got Mitt Uns’ on the buckle.

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“Last evening in the Lewis and Clark Hotel dining room, Claude A. Henderson and Miss Viola Mae Boley were united in marriage by Rev. H.H. Owens of the Presbyterian Church. The bridal pair were attended by Edgar Newgard and Miss Ruth Nichols. A pretty altar was arranged in the doorway to the smaller dining room, and the doorway was draped with American flags and two American eagles on each side. The ceremony began with Miss Hildegard Usselman playing the ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ followed by Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’ as the couple marched to the altar. The bride was daintily gowned in maize colored satin, while the groom wore his khaki Army uniform as did also the best man and a number of friends in attendance.

“Following the ceremony and the wedding dinner, the rest of the evening was spent in dancing to music furnished by the Lewis and Clark orchestra. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson will be traveling to Davenport, Iowa, where the groom will enter the Palmer School of Chiropractic.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 28 degrees above zero.

“The public schools will be closed next Thursday in honor of Washington’s birthday.

“The city council met in regular session at the city hall on Monday evening. After routine business, the council approved the appointment of H.R. Lyon as acting city treasurer, due to the recent death of A.E. Flynn.

“A valentine and shadow party was given by Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Lyon last evening. It was largely attended, upwards of 50 ladies and gentlemen being present. The parlors and supper room were elaborately trimmed with hearts in every size and color; signs of Cupid were everywhere. Mrs. Lyon’s dress was decorated with hearts, and Mr. Lyon wore a large one on his coat sleeve. After the guests arrived, the gentlemen selected their partners for the evening by means of the shadows of the ladies thrown on a curtain. He was a very lucky man indeed who got the partner of his choice in view of the deceits practiced by the ladies when casting their shadows.

“Dear Sir. It may not be known to all the readers of your valuable paper that the ‘Man in the Moon’ has a sweetheart. She can be distinctly seen any of these bright nights through a field or opera glass, or even with the naked eye. The face is on profile in the right-hand side, her hair piled high on the top of her head. Her shoulders can also be seen. Yours truly, W.C. Gooding, custodian at Ft. Abraham Lincoln, N.D.”

“Dear Editor. I see in your last week’s paper that some Mandan friends who attended our masked ball Jan. 23 swear revenge on one of their members, namely G.H. Fuhr. They have no occasion to do so, as Mr. Fuhr was sober and a good dancer. It is only sober men that can dance on waxed floors. Come again, boys. Follow the example of Mr. Fuhr. Leave your bottles at home, and the next dance may be yours. Signed, Katy.”

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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