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1944: Ad from Pioneer.

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25 Years Ago-1994

Erika Anderson, daughter of DeNae and Peter Anderson, has been crowned Mandan’s 1994 Winter Daze Snow Princess from a group of 14 at a pageant held at the Mandan High School auditorium. The Princess Court consists of Amber Dennis, first runner-up, and Carly Emil, Andrea Forde and Kensington Schmidt. The event’s sponsor was Cloverdale Foods Co., Mandan; pageant director is Kay Sculley, assisted by April Dennis and Amber Monteith.

Mayor Bob Dykshoorn has accepted a position as dairy commissioner with the North Dakota Agriculture Department, effective Feb. 1. He will be reporting to Ag Commissioner Sarah Vogel. His duties include supervising seven inspectors and overseeing the state’s dairy and poultry operations. Dykshoorn admitted taking the job would leave less time for mayoral work, but felt that he was already doing more than necessary for the $400 monthly salary as mayor.

Funerals this week:

Mae (Hendrickson) Larsen, 83, Mandan; raised, educated at Mandan. Married Herman Larsen in 1929. Worked for Alaska Native Service, 1938-50. Lived in Fargo, returning to Mandan in 1967. Member of First Lutheran Church, Mandan. Survivors include one son, two daughters and their families.

Anton Geiger, 81, Mandan; raised, educated in Sioux County. Married Josephine Ehreth in 1939. Was a heavy equipment operator for 40 years. Also raised Hereford cattle before retiring to Mandan in 1975. Survivors include his wife, two sons and their families, two brothers, three sisters.

Casper Huck, 103, Center; raised, educated at Odessa, Russia. Arrived in United States in 1901. Served with U.S. Army in France during World War I. Delivered supplies to front lines with aid of pack mules. Married Florentina Steckler in 1919. Farmed near Crown Butte, moving to Oliver County in 1926. After death of wife in 1932, he married Eva Mosbrucker Brilz in 1937; she died in 1973. He was the oldest surviving veteran of World War I in North Dakota. Survivors include two daughters, five stepdaughters and their families, one son, two stepsons and their families, 33 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, three sisters.

Temperatures Tuesday, Jan. 11: a high of 4 degrees; 9 below zero for the low.

50 Years Ago-1969

Leo Ressler, of rural Mandan, has qualified for membership in North Dakota’s exclusive Yield Explorer Club. Ressler qualified with a Bin Buster wheat yield of 46 bushels per acre on 40 acres of hard red spring wheat. The yield goal for this area is 32 bushels per acre on a minimum of 40 acres. The honoree received a framed Bin Buster award from The Farmer magazine in St. Paul, Minn.

An early morning fire in Mandan shoved a family of six into the freezing cold, after three open heaters overheated in their home at 1100 First St. N.E. Mandan Fire Chief Frank Lockbeam said Mr. and Mrs. Fred Raywalt and their four young children were forced from their home into 19-degree-below-zero weather after fire broke out in the basement. The family, most of them still barefoot, escaped to their unheated car. Police took the family to the fire hall until the Rev. Thomas Sullivan of St. Vincent de Paul Society found new housing for them.

Bill’s Super Valu of Mandan lifted its Mandan amateur basketball league mark to 4-0 this week when they defeated the Silver Clipper, 67-43. Four players on the Super Valu squad reached double figures, led by Greg Morman with 21 points; Bob Becker, 13; Larry Schafer and Gary Bentley, 11 points each. Top scorers for the Silver Clipper were Mark Dougherty, 18 points, followed by Tom Homsey with 17.

North Dakota’s highway fatality toll of 197 as of Dec. 31 was the lowest since 1965 when 162 persons died on the state’s highways. September saw 24 persons die in automobile accidents, including eight teenagers in a head-on crash near Jamestown during the Labor Day weekend.

75 Years Ago-1944

Miss Marlene Flaten marked her eighth birthday on New Year’s Day when her mother, Mrs. Martin Flaten, entertained eight of her schoolmates at a party. The group enjoyed movies at the Palace theater, before returning to the Flaten home for birthday cake and ice cream.

Seeking to tap a potential 50 tons of scrap steel, North Dakota’s motor vehicle department plans to collect old automobile license plates when distributing the new 1944 plates. The department is appealing to motorists to bring their old plates to either the main office at Bismarck or to any of the 18 branch offices in the state.

Coach Horace McLeod’s Braves rose to their greatest heights this week as they upset the highly-touted St. Mary’s Saints, 37-34, in a southwest district basketball game played at Bismarck’s World War Memorial Building. Mandan’s trio of Eddie Huber, silver-haired Bob Jensen and Big Buck Eckroth played their best ball of the season, scoring 12, 11 and 9 points, respectively. However, the Braves’ final points were thrown in by Ronald Cress, who iced the game with his first successful bucket of the season. For the Saints, Pius Weigel and Morris Colling accounted for half the Saints' total score, with 16 and 11 points, respectively. The victory puts the Braves on top in the southwest heap with two wins and one loss.

Funeral services were held this week at the First Presbyterian Church for Mrs. A.W. Furness, 72, pioneer resident of Mandan, and mother of William and Bruce Furness, Bismarck. Suffering a fracture of the left hip after a fall, she was recovering in the Mandan hospital until becoming seriously ill. In addition to her husband and two sons, she leaves another son, Richard, serving with the U.S. Navy somewhere in the Mediterranean area. Her eldest son, Gilbert, died of the Spanish influenza during World War I. Mandan’s American Legion post is named for him.

100 Years Ago-1919

“It cost the American people about $18 billion to run the expensive war government and make loans to the Allies during the year ending Dec. 31. Of the $18 billion, $10 billion was for the Army and general military establishment; $3 billion for the Navy; a billion for ship building; and $4 billion as loans to America’s armed allies.”

“At the close of each year, we have been accustomed to list things that have been done toward making a greater and more prosperous community, but our boasting for 1918 is of what we have done for the cause of humanity.

“In this little city of about 6,000 people, we have contributed to the purchase of Liberty bonds, for the Red Cross, the United War Work and other war charities, more than $100 for every man, woman and child in the city.

“For the Red Cross drive last summer, Morton County raised more than $25,000; for the United War Work drive, $15,000; for the Jewish Relief Fund, $2,000. And in all these, Mandan’s share was about 50 percent.

“And now, for the future. With the government’s urging, U.S. cities are undertaking an extensive campaign of municipal work to provide employment to returning soldiers while industry is readjusting to post-war conditions. Mandan’s city commission has also mapped out a program that will mean the expenditure of a large sum of money for improvements, including the paving of cross streets; a modern ‘white way’ lighting system along Main Street; the extension of Sixth Avenue Northwest to the Red Trail; the laying out of the surrounding hills by landscape artists who would replat those areas for future residencies; and, finally, the elimination of war gardens on the city’s boulevards, returning them to their original ornamental function.”

125 Years Ago-1894

“On Thursday, Jan. 11, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 2 degrees above zero.

“The annual school census just taken shows 483 children of school age in this city as against 443 last year

“Those who have taken the trouble to find out, say eight cubic feet of snow produces one cubic foot of water.

“The output of lignite coal from the Wadeson mines at Sims is going to be equally as large as in previous years. Most of the coal this year is being shipped to the Red River Valley and amounts to about seven carloads a day.

“The Methodists and others who have contributed to the support of their last minister, the Rev. C.F. Greene, will be glad to learn that the cash contributions paid to him by the church since his residence here has amounted to between $70 and $80 a month, besides numerous baskets of provisions and other acceptable gifts. This should end the rumors that the pastor of this flourishing church left Mandan in a starving condition.

“After a lingering illness, extending over several months, Mr. Daniel Collins, one of Mandan’s earliest citizens, died last Saturday at the ripe old age of 73 years. Mr. Collins was justice of the peace for many years and an honored member of the Mandan lodge of Odd Fellows. The funeral service took place Sunday morning and was entirely in charge of the Old Fellows, who defrayed all the expenses of the funeral. A short service was held at the residence of the deceased; burial was at Rosehill cemetery. Survivors include his widow and a son.”

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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