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25 Years Ago-1994

Olga Vogelpohl, Mandan, has been elected to the Bismarck- Mandan Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame during the association’s annual meeting.

Vogelpohl captured seven local association titles in a 12-year span from 1952 through 1963. She took Bismarck-Mandan all-events championships in 1952, 1960 and 1963 and double titles in 1960 and 1966, a singles crown in 1952 and bowled on the winning team in 1955. Her doubles partners were Betty Schmidt in 1960 and Bonnie Chase in 1966. During a 31-year bowling career, Vogelpohl, 75, had a high season average of 173, a high game of 269 and a top three-game series of 630. She joined the association in 1940, served as a director for one term and was president of the Local 600 Club for two years.

Mary Sue Bauman, sponsored by Cloverdale Foods Co., has been crowned the 1994 Winter Daze queen at a pageant held at the Mandan High School auditorium. She also won the Sparkle award and both judge’s choice and audience choice in the costume competition. First runner-up was Sandra Lea Kunz, sponsored by U.S. Healthcare; second runner-up was Jodi Harm, sponsored by Bill’s Super Valu. There was no queen pageant in 1993.

Funerals this week:

Anna (Dahl) Thorp, 89, Mandan; raised, educated in South Dakota. Married Henry Thorp in 1929. Moved to Minnesota, then to Mandan. Was a seamstress for Sharks Men’s Store, Bismarck, for many years. Survivors include two sons, four daughters and their families.

Emma (Gress) Voigt, 82, Mandan; raised, educated at Richardton. Married Frank Voigt in 1932. Ranched at Elbowoods, moving to Sweet Briar in 1952 and into Mandan in 1983. Survivors include 10 sons, three daughters and their families, three sisters.

Julia (Roll) Ferderer, 61, Bismarck; raised, educated at Burt. Married John N. Ferderer in 1952. Farmed north of New Salem, moving to Bismarck in 1989. Survivors include five sons, one daughter and their families, three brothers, two sisters.

Temperatures Tuesday, Feb. 8: the high was 10 below zero; the low 18 degrees below zero.

50 Years Ago-1969

R.M. Leslie, president of the First National Bank of Mandan, has announced the promotion of James E. Noonan to vice president and cashier of the bank, succeeding Norman Christensen, who is accepting a bank position in Wahpeton. Noonan joined the staff of the bank in December 1960 as agriculture representative and assistant cashier, after serving five years as Morton County Extension agent.

Berlin Boyd Jr., superintendent of the engineering and technical division of the American Oil Co. refinery, has been elected the new president of the Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Boyd, a 27-year employee of the oil company, succeeds Ervin Stark as chamber chief. Elected vice president was Fred C. Hirsch, Mandan manager of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Re-elected treasurer was Hadley Wickham of Wickham’s Jewelry; Del Skjod was reappointed secretary.

A bill that would create more long holiday weekends each year survived the first test in the Senate, but with one change. Changing to a Monday holiday were Memorial Day, from the 30th to the last Monday in May; Washington’s birthday, from the 22nd to the third Monday in February; and Discovery Day, from Oct. 12 to the second Monday in October. However, the Senate voted 25-22 to leave the observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, instead of moving it to the fourth Monday of October. That decision was made after Sen. Ed Doherty, R- New Rockford, said it was a sad attempt to juggle history to provide recreation.

75 Years Ago-1944

“Morton County men leaving this week for final induction into the armed forces at Fort Snelling were Allen J. McKean, Jacob H. Braun, Arthur A. Olson, Henry E. Cordes, all of Mandan; and Andrew Mormann, Glen Ullin. Men assigned to the Navy were George Schantz, Tony Helbling, Alvin Stayton, all of Mandan; Peter Gustin, Flasher; Clements Kokkeler and Casper Gunder, New Salem.

“Mrs. A.E. Eberle this week received a letter from her brother, Pvt. Florian Goldman, who is stationed in Italy with the armed forces. Pvt. Goldman wrote that he opened his Christmas package from his sister while in a foxhole in the fighting lines of Italy. He also wrote that he recently escaped injury when a shell dropped 100 feet from a truck he was driving.

“John M. Broderick, who received his commission as second lieutenant last June after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., has been promoted to first lieutenant. He has since received his ‘wings’ at Williams Field, Texas, and has now been assigned to a pilot training group. Lt. Broderick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Broderick, Mandan. The Brodericks’ oldest son, Lt. William Broderick of the U.S. Army Air Corps, has been a war prisoner of the Germans for the past year.

“Pfc. Anton Fleck, 18, who has been a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines since the fall of Corregidor in 1942, was finally able to get the first direct word through to his father, Anton Fleck, St. Ignatius, Mont. The card, which was a form message, came through the International Red Cross. Pfc. Fleck falsified his birth records and enlisted in 1940 at age 14. He observed his 18th birthday in January in the prison camp. Fleck is the brother of George G. Fleck, Solen, and Mrs. Ralph Frank, Flasher.”

100 Years Ago-1919

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Skjod this past week, a son.

“The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Mandan was held on Tuesday and the following officers were elected: H.R. Lyon, president; Joseph P. Hess, vice president; John R. Racek, cashier; John F. Tavis and W.J. Watson, assistant cashiers; and George W. Janda, auditor.

“Diners at the popular Lewis and Clark Hotel are being regaled during the dinner hour with fine music furnished by Miss Evelyn Dennis and R.W. Kinshella.

“Members of the Home Guard of Mandan, who have not already done so, are requested to turn in their guns and uniforms immediately. They should be left at Kennelly’s Undertaking Parlors.

“A letter received from John Weekes, son of J.C. Weekes of Flasher, and a brother of Mrs. I.C. Iverson, states that he is now acting as one of the guards of President Wilson during his stay in Europe. John is a member of Co. D, 168th Infantry, and says he is satisfied to stay in France with as fine a job as he has now.

“The masquerade dance given at the Elks hall last weekend by the Mandan orchestra stands out as one of the most jolly dances of the season. Elizabeth Froelich, dressed in a costume made up of copies of the Mandan News, and Carl Estep, dressed as a tramp, won the prizes.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 37 degrees above zero.

“Lenten services at St. Joseph’s church every Friday evening during the season.

“A crew of men, under John Clark of Jamestown, have been at work this week, extending the dike on the north side of the Missouri River bridge on this side.

“Sunday was an ideal day. The sun shone brightly, the air was balmy and warm, and people, fortunate enough to own horses and cutters, took advantage of it and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, gliding over the snow.

“A number of young men and women, who attended the dance at Fort Lincoln on Monday night, have reason to think of ‘before the ball’ as well as ‘after the ball’ on account of some of the mishaps that occurred. Before starting, a horse attached to a cutter bolted from near the People’s hotel and did not stop until there was no part of the cutter left. After the dance, whilst on the way home, a party of several were tossed out over an embankment. One young woman received a bad sprain and some other bruises. No one suffered broken bones.

“Funeral services were held this week at St. Joseph Church for Arthur Flynn, 23, cashier of the First National Bank who died following an illness of 11 weeks, diagnosed as a hemorrhage of the lungs. Young Flynn was educated in the Mandan public schools and has been employed with the bank since 1889. He succeeded Mr. VanVleck as cashier in 1891. Mr. Flynn was also the treasurer for the city of Mandan and was a trustee of the North Dakota Reform School, an appointee of Gov. Shortridge. Burial took place in the Roman Catholic cemetery.”

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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