25 Years Ago-1994
Rhythm and blues will fill the air and “buggies” and specialty cars will fill two blocks in Mandan on June 12 when the Bismarck-Mandan Musicians Association holds it first “Buggies ‘N Blues” event. During its Tuesday meeting, the Mandan City Commission agreed to block off two blocks of Main Street near the Mandan Depot for “Buggies ‘N Blues,” which will include a car show and continuous afternoon entertainment in Burlington Northern Park, to include six blues bands and gymnastics and dance performances. “If the weather cooperates, it should be a good event that promises to grow,” said Dennis Nieskens, of the association.
A week following the Braves’ second-place finish in the state Class A basketball tournament, Jim McPherson has announced his resignation as the Mandan High School basketball coach. He will continue teaching at Mandan High and will assume the position of head boys golf coach, which became vacant with the death of Chuck Vukelich. During his coaching career, McPherson led Mott to consecutive state Class B championships in 1961-62 and later, during his 18 years at Williston, he coached his Coyotes to state Class A titles in 1968 and 1975.
Funerals this week:
Walter “Shorty” Hohbein, 77, Mandan; raised, educated at Judson. Survivors include one son, three daughters and their families, one sister.
Sister Mary Ursula Tokach, 91, Belleville, Ill.; raised, educated at St. Anthony. Entered the convent at Kenmare. Attended St. Louis University, Ursuline College, Louisville, Ky., and Marillac College, St. Louis. Was a teacher for 51 years at Kenmare, St. Anthony and Strasburg. Survivors include two brothers, one sister and their families.
F.C. “Red” Judt, 75, Mandan; raised, educated at Dickinson. Survivors include his wife, Josephine, one son and three daughters and their families, one sister.
Jennie (Unger) Swanberg, 91, Mandan; born in Sweden. Survivors include two sons and families, one sister.
Temperatures Tuesday, March 22: High was 62 degrees, low was 33 degrees.
50 Years Ago-1969
Negotiators for Independent Oil Workers Union Local 10 and the American Oil Refinery at Mandan reached a contract agreement this week to end the 11-day-old strike at the plant. Jim Gerl, secretary of the local, said the contract was ratified in an election held at the Eagles Club in Mandan. The vote was 118 for and 10 against. There are 162 members in the union.
The two-year contract package includes a 6 percent wage increase in 1969 and 4.5 percent in 1970. Other benefits include retirement with full benefits at age 62 and an increase in the company’s contribution to a hospital program.
A total of 35 blue ribbons were awarded at the annual Mandan Science Fair held at the Mandan High School this past week. Winners in the senior high and junior high divisions will advance to the District Science Fair to be held at St. Mary’s High School, Bismarck. Senior high winners include Mary Phillips and James Fors. Junior high division winners are Ross Rolshoven, Helen Kennelly, Paul Buehler, Tara Sayles, Linda Page, Lauren Jacobson, Mark Fleck, Lowell Baillie, Steven Paul and Kathy Gimble.
Area baseball fans were saddened at the news that New York Yankees star 37-year-old Mickey Mantle has retired from active baseball. Mantle signed with the Yankees at age 19 and dominated the American League for more than a decade. In 1956, he won the Triple Crown, leading his league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. He was also the American League MVP that year and again in 1957 and 1962.
75 Years Ago-1944
“Valley City and Wahpeton will meet in the second game in the semifinals of the state class A tournament in Bismarck after the Hi-Liners’ 40-32 win over Jamestown and Wahpeton’s 44-30 victory over Mandan. The Braves fought the Wops to a standstill during the first half and then folded up completely in the second to get thoroughly shellacked. Buck Eckroth, Mandan’s top point man, scored 14 points with plenty of help from forward Bob Jensen and center Ed Huber, who added 7 and 5 points, respectively.”
Armed forces news:
“Cpl. Edward C. Kopp, stationed somewhere in Alaska, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kopp, Mandan. The Kopps have two other sons in the service. Sgt. Peter Kopp is stationed in the South Pacific, while Cpl. John C. Kopp is currently at Camp Gordon, Fla.
“William Stein, seaman first class, Seabees, has arrived for service in the Hawaiian Islands, according to information received here by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Stein.
“Pfc. John M. Windhorst, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Windhorst, Youngstown, has been awarded the Purple Heart. He was wounded in action in the Italian campaign and is now recovering in a hospital somewhere in Italy.
“Pfc John Wirtz, stationed in the Marshall Islands, writes his folks here: ‘The mail is really pouring in. I received a box of cookies, two small packages and two cards. One of the boys here in the company came into the barracks a few days ago, carrying about 50 newspapers. I asked him if any of them for me. And he said, “Yes!” and then dumped the whole load on my bed. I had plenty of reading material for several days. It was the best of gifts!’”
100 Years Ago-1919
“The Mandan high school basketball team came out second best at the state tournament held at Grand Forks in the university gymnasium. After defeating last year’s champion, Valley City, in overtime 19-17, the Mandan boys, without forward Tavis who was sidelined with influenza, faced Petersburg in the title game and were easily defeated, 18 to 8. According to the records of the southwestern district of past years, Mandan is the first of three teams — Dickinson, Bismarck and Mandan — to play in the final game for the state title. However, each of these towns have been represented twice.
“Mandan’s younger social circles were surprised to learn this morning that Miss Ruth Parkin and Sgt. Charles S. Cooley were married last night and had departed on an early morning train for their honeymoon. The 10 p.m. ceremony took place at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. F.E. Bunting, with Rev. C.H. Brown of the Episcopal church officiating. The bride was attired in a beautiful gown of old blue georgette crepe, while the groom wore his military uniform. The bride was raised in Mandan and is a graduate of Mandan High School. The groom is a young attorney who was employed in the law offices of Sullivan and Sullivan before the outbreak of war.”
125 Years Ago-1894
“On Thursday, March 22, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 12 degrees above zero.
“Fresh eggs, 12½ cents a dozen at Michael Lang’s store.
“Easter this year falls at almost its earliest possible date. Only once during the current century has it fallen earlier — March 22, 1818 — and only once at its latest — April 25, 1886.
“There is no lack of competition in dressmaking in Mandan, there being, at the present time, seven distinct dressmaking establishments.
“A Chapter of the Eastern Star was instituted at the Masonic hall on Monday evening. It will be known as Queen Esther Chapter No. 9, Mandan. The charter list contained 29 names, and the group will meet on the first Thursday of each month. This action of the Masonic ladies of Mandan has inspired the Bismarck ladies and now they are also planning for their own Eastern Star chapter.
The long-looked-for storm, which old-timers have been saying would follow the beautiful spring weather we have been enjoying for some weeks past, arrived with full force and fury on Tuesday. The wind blew a stormy gale from the north and it blew so all night, and by morning the city and country for miles around were enveloped with a thicker coat of snow than there had been here all winter. In the city, there were snowdrifts by the score, some of them 10 feet deep. So blinding was it that the Northern Pacific depot platform could barely be seen from the Pioneer block, just across the street.”