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1968: Cartoon.

25 Years Ago-1993

Chris Morris, an eighth-grader from Christ the King School in Mandan, and Mary Gress, a seventh-grader from Sweet Briar School, were the top placers at this year’s Morton County Spelling Bee. Tying sixth-grade winners were Erin Schlomer, Roosevelt Elementary, and Mindy Gonzales, Glen Ullin. Fifth-grade winner was Rachel Breimeier, New Salem.

North Dakota’s largest shopping malls, including Kirkwood Plaza, will ban smoking in their restrooms and concourses, effective May 1. Gateway Mall has yet to announce its intentions to join the smoking ban.

Funerals this week:

Selma (Gappert) Becker, 95, New Salem; raised, educated in rural New Salem. Married George Becker, 1918. Farmed east of New Salem until 1941, then moved into New Salem. After death of husband, she moved into Mandan. Became resident of Elm Crest Nursing Home, 1973. Survivors include two sons and their families.

Barbara (Barth) Ehli, 84, Mandan; raised, educated in Fallon area. Moved into Mandan, 1940. Married John Ehli, 1941. Member of Rosary Society and St. Joseph Church. Survivors include one son, four daughters and their families, one brother, eight sisters.

Blossom (Lang) McGillic, 103, Mandan; born in Mandan, Dakota Territory. Graduate of Mandan High School, 1908. Attended Macalister College, St. Paul, Minn. Returned to Mandan, taught in elementary schools. Married Frank McGillic, 1914. Continued teaching during World War I; a substitute teacher into the 1960s. After husband’s death in 1944, she taught in rural schools and at State Industrial School. Member of PEO, Eastern Star, White Shrine and a life member of First Presbyterian Church, Mandan. Survivors include three daughters and their families.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, April 27: a high of 72 degrees; 43 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Anton Koch, jeweler, has been named Mandan’s Outstanding Handicapped Citizen for 1968 at a public banquet held in his honor at the Lewis and Clark Hotel. Born at Robinson, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Koch, “Tony” grew up in Mandan and attended Mandan schools.

During World War II, he served with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army in the 11th Armored Division. Two months before the war officially ended, he was hit by shrapnel, tearing off his right leg, and lay in the snow eight hours before help arrived. Koch underwent numerous surgeries over a period of three years before being fitted with an artificial leg from the hip down.

From 1947 to 1948, he attended the Kansas City School of Watchmakers. Upon his return to North Dakota he was employed by Westley’s Jewelers, Bismarck, for three years and currently works for Knowles Jewelry, Bismarck.

Koch is married to the former Cleopatra Markos of Mandan, who is a registered nurse at Mandan Hospital. The couple lives on a farm west of Mandan. They have one son, Anton Christopher, a junior at Mandan High School.

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Alvie Nixon has made the first hole-in-one of the season at the Mandan Golf Course. Nixon got his ace on the 225-yard hole No.3, using the sand green, which is used until the grass greens are in shape. “I knew I hit the ball pretty well,” said Nixon, “but it looked to me as though it rolled across the green.” When he arrived at the green, Nixon searched for the ball and, after 10 minutes, finally looked in the cup, and to his surprise, there it was.

Ervin Stark has purchased the former Jack’s Standard Service Station at 401 First St. N.W. from Jack Zander, who is moving to Glendive, Mont. A resident of Mandan since 1948, Stark also owns the Korner Bar-Liquor Store.

Funeral services were held at New Salem for another area Vietnam casualty, Pfc. Raymond Kramer, 21-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Kramer. Pfc. Kramer joined the U.S. Army in 1966, transferred to Vietnam in 1967.

The Mandan Braves wrestling squad held elections to determine co-captains, most valuable player and other honors. The wrestlers, coached by Leroy Boespflug, named Daryl Steckler as their most valuable wrestler of the season and, along with Dave Friedenbach, he was named co-captain of the squad. Steckler finished third in the state at 120 lbs. Friedenbach, the Region II champion at 165, was chosen as the most inspirational wrestler. Other honored wrestlers were Jack Paris, the 103-champion of Region II, who was named the most improved wrestler; and Mark Heisler, chosen as the hard luck wrestler after missing most of the season due to injuries.

Katherine Hepburn and Rod Steiger have received the Best Actress and Best Actor awards for 1967 at the annual awards ceremony, hosted by Bob Hope, at Santa Monica, Calif. Hepburn won for her role in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” while Steiger won his first Oscar playing the gruff, prejudiced sheriff of “In the Heat of the Night.” Best Picture honors went to “In the Heat of the Night.”

75 Years Ago-1943

The Mandan Daily Pioneer is, for the first time since the flood waters hit the office on the morning of March 26, again being published in Mandan. Although several issues were entirely missed due to the rising river water in the building, the last dozen issues of the Pioneer were printed in the plant of the Bismarck Tribune. All four linotypes are now functioning in good shape, along with the top deck of the big Duplex newspaper press.

James “Jack” Knoll, Northern Pacific switchman, became Mandan’s first drowning victim during the recent flood when the boat he was rowing, (to a neighbor’s home to retrieve clothing and other possessions), overturned near the east end Mandan underpass. The Mandan fire department raised the body of the 35-year old father of three from eight feet of water. Besides the children, the victim leaves his widow; his father, Matt Knoll, and stepmother; three brothers serving in the U.S. Army; and four sisters.

Clocks in Bismarck were set back one hour on Thursday, April 1, to comply with the new law, prescribed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. John Moses. The situation only applies to the old Central Time Zone as clocks west of the Missouri River remain the same. The “new time” placed the entire state on Mountain War Time, which western North Dakota already has.

100 Years Ago-1918

“The ferry boat Marion is being brought down the Missouri River this week from Washburn where it had been for the winter. It will probably be in operation by Friday or Saturday.

“Charles G. Hughes, mailing clerk at the local post office, has left on the No. 2 train for Minneapolis where he will enlist in the U.S. Navy for the duration of the war. Hughes has been a Mandan resident since 1911. While he is above draft age, having previously spent four years as an enlisted man, the former Navy man wished to offer his services to his country.

“Five thousand applications for 1918 automobile tags were received in the mails during just one day at the office of the Secretary of State, according to Secretary of State Thomas Hall. This number established a new record, and several new clerks will be temporarily added to the department of Motor Vehicle registration.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., April 27, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 46 degrees above zero.

“Farmers report the land in excellent condition for seeding.

“Thanks, Mr. Weather Clerk, we have had all the wind we want for the present.

“The first hail shower of the season in this vicinity fell shortly before seven o’clock on Tuesday evening.

“It is said the exodus of Mandan citizens to the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago will soon begin.

“Sitting Bull’s personal effects, including the broken rifle, and Rain-in-the Face, who killed Custer, are expected to arrive in town tomorrow or Sunday on their way to the Sitting Bull cabin at the Wild West Show in Chicago.

“Long hoped for, came at last. The family of three bright little girls at the Pilcher home has been reinforced by the advent of a boy, who promises to be equally as bright.

“The trustees of St. Joseph’s church have purchased from Mr. Platt Bristol, 10 acres of land, one and a half miles northwest of the church, for cemetery purposes. It is beautifully located and capable of being made into a very pretty last resting place.

“At a special meeting of the board of education for the city of Mandan held last evening, the employment of a principal for the ensuing year was considered, and it was decided to reappoint Prof. Seitz at a salary of $1,000 with additional allowance of $100 for acting as clerk to the board for one year.”

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. Boit can be reached at