25 Years Ago-1994

Gibbs Metro I took top honors in the 1994 10-week trapshooting winter league season at the Capital City Gun Club north of Bismarck. Members of the winning team are Dana Gibbs, Fred Zeeb, Todd Porter, Keith Christianson and Stan Petz. Shooters posting perfect scores of 25 during the league season were Darold Asbridge, 4; Stan Petz, 3; Mervin Stork, 2; and Dana Gibbs, Brian Gibbs, Jerry Gulke, Don Hannu, Richard Johnsen and Todd Porter, all with one perfect game of 25 hits.

Funerals this week:

Katherine (Heck) Schaff, 84, Mandan; born, raised in Mandan. Survivors: four sons, one daughter and their families, two brothers, seven sisters.

Anton “Tony” Boehm, 55, Mandan; born, raised at Judson. Survivors: one son, three daughters and their families, two brothers, four sisters, fiancée Gail Sletten and special friend, Don Fischer.

Eugene F. Dailey, 73, Mandan; born, raised in Minnesota. Survivors: wife Donna; three sons, two daughters and their families, three brothers, six sisters.

Celia (Stockness) Goetzfried, 74, New Salem; born, raised in Minnesota. Survivors: husband Anton, three sons, one daughter and their families, one sister.

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Temperatures Tuesday, May 17: a high of 84 degrees; 65 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

Music and laughter filled the Elks ballroom for the annual Mandan High School prom as more than 70 couples danced to the music provided by the Sanery Street Sounds orchestra from Dickinson State College. This year’s prom theme was “Silence is Golden.” Gold netting, bows and flowers decorated the staircase leading to the ballroom, while palm trees, a fountain with splashing colored water and a mural of a colorful sunset helped create a romantic atmosphere. Gold candles and roses also decorated tables around the room.

Co-chairmen for the event were Dave Evinger and Sue Kopp. Decoration chairman was Peggy Gustin, while Diane Runyan and Chris Carter were in charge of entertainment. Punch girls were underclassmen Luann Boeckerman, Pam Grove, Rita Morrison, Lindy Steckler and Cathy Stine, who wore white crepe empire-style dresses trimmed with gold lace.

Eldo Johnson, Morton County welfare case worker, has been elected president of the Mandan Jaycees. Other officers are Jerry Hopfauf, first vice president; Dick Schnell, second vice president; Norm Eggers, treasurer; and Jim Harms, secretary. Logan Holm was elected state director.

Chapter AK, PEO Sisterhood of Mandan, has named Rachelle Rolshoven, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rolshoven, as the first recipient of its PEO Centennial Award. The $100 cash award, to be given annually to a senior girl, was instituted this year to mark the organization’s 100th birthday.

Four former Mandan High School and American Legion baseball players are now playing for the University of North Dakota. They are Jim Koch, starting second baseman; his brother, Wally, at shortstop; catcher Bill Block; and pitcher Scott Froehlich. Wally is the leading Sioux batter with a .310 average.

75 Years Ago-1944

Adam Wetzstein, 82, pioneer Mandan resident, died this past week at the home of his son, Adam Jr., of Mandan. Wetzstein was born in Spire, Russia, where he was united in marriage to Magdelyn Geiger. For many years, the deceased was engaged as a plumbing contractor in Mandan. He is survived by seven sons and two daughters.

William Eckroth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Eckroth of Mandan, will deliver the valedictory address at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville, Minn., on June 2. Eckroth entered the prep school from St. Joseph’s School of Mandan in 1940. He plans to continue his studies for the priesthood at St. John’s this summer.

Armed forces news:

“Sgt. Tony Brucker has returned to California after spending a five-day furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brucker.

“Ole Nesja, U.S. Navy, is spending a 12-day leave in Mandan and other North Dakota cities. The sailor is a former baseball player and played with the State Trainers. Nesja saw action at Salerno and other areas.

“Vernon Hermanson, BM 2/c U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hermanson, is stationed in the Marshall Islands. Part of his last letter is quoted here: ‘I got off duty early tonight and I thought I’d drop you a line to thank you very much for the Xmas presents that I received today. It couldn’t have been timed better as I was out of all the things you sent and haven’t been paid since the 15th of February.’

“Lt. Willard Griffin, Army Air Corps medical division, arrived in Mandan this week to spend a 15-day leave visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Griffin, rural Mandan. He is stationed at a base hospital in South Carolina. His wife, the former Grace Unkenholz, has been here several months visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Unkenholz, and will accompany him on his return to duty.

“Word has been received from Lt. William Siegel that he has arrived safely somewhere in England and is doing his share over Germany. He writes that after each mission, they receive a shot of Scotch, a candy bar and a package of gum. He says he is well and wishes to say hello to all his friends.”

100 Years Ago-1919

“Half of the American Expeditionary force is either back on American soil or on its way there, according to Stars and Stripes, the official publication of the American Army in France. It is certain that with over 900,000 already in the United States and a million in Europe on May 4, the half-way point was reached this week. President Wilson and the War Department are planning to complete the return of the army of occupation by Sept. 1.

“W.R. Unkenholz, who farms south of town, has received a notice from his brother, Grant, at New York, stating that he had just arrived from overseas and that trains just can’t go fast enough to get him back to North Dakota.

“John Mushik received word yesterday from his son, Ignatz, who has been in France and is now in Boston awaiting his discharge. He will probably be home inside of 10 days.

“Nick Loren returned today from Camp Dodge, where he was mustered out of service. He left here in the fall of 1917 with the old Company F and was later transferred into the 139th infantry.

“A warrant was issued today for John Peterella, a farmer living in the Huff vicinity, on the charge that he has been neglecting to send his three children to school. His hearing will be held next Monday.

“Manager Art Kredler of the Lewis & Clark Hotel, who has been ill the past few days, received a bushel of beautiful flowers yesterday from Sid Parkins and Joe Maitland, managers of the Palace Theatre. They were picked from those fine gardens that hang on the theatre’s walls.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 54 degrees above zero.

“Heavy rain and hail fell in copious showers at Sims this week, bringing cooler weather to the area.

“See Mr. Thurston for insurance. He will protect your crops from loss by hail for only 35 cents per acre.

“Married by Rev. Lemieux at St. Joseph church on May 15: Joseph Winbauer to Mary Heider, both of Mandan.

“A box containing 40,000 cancelled stamps for Mollie Gunderson has been received at the express office from the Valley City schools, and another one, with a like number, was received from F.C. Leisen, St. Cloud, Minn. Other contributors were the Willow City public schools; a large parcel was also received from Berlin, Germany.

“It is safe to say that Molly’s stamps, on hand and ready for shipment, will number a quarter of a million. There’s at least 100,000 lying in the express office, waiting for the order for rebate of shipping charges from St. Paul.

“H.S. Parkin and a force of men were busy this week, loading up a car load of Indian ponies, teepees, etc., to be sent to Coney Island, New York, where they will become a part of the Sitting Bull cabin exhibit. The car was attached to train 54 last night and is in charge of Joe Goudreau and his assistants. Chief Rain-in-the-Face and a number of other Indians will leave for New York tomorrow.”

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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.