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25 Years Ago–1993

Texas native and longtime newspaper man Rick Hinton, 49, has been named editor of the Morton County and Mandan News and The Business Journal. His staff includes reporters Martina Rennich and Ward Meeker.

Hinton spent two years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in charge of the base newspaper and of public relations in the Philippines. He also spent eight years as sports editor of The Houston Post, supervising a staff of 35.

The American Legion Chiefs baseball squad’s season ended last weekend at the Central Plains Regional AA tournament held in Jamestown after the Chiefs lost two of three games, the last one, a 14-3 pasting at the hands of Davenport, Iowa’s, pride and joy. Even so, for coach Owen Stockdill and his crew of largely inexperienced players, they managed to complete the seemingly impossible task of winning their third state title in four years.

Funerals this week:

Lois Mae (Heinle) Perry, 64, Valley City; graduated from Mandan High School with honors in 1947. Attended Jamestown College for two years. Married James Perry in1949. Worked as medical technician at several North Dakota hospitals, including Mandan. Valley City State College graduate in1971, and for the next 20 years taught with the Sheyenne Valley Multi-District Special Education organization. Received master’s degree in 1979. Received Rotary Community Service Award in 1983, and Governor’s Community Leadership Award in 1984. Survivors include her husband, three daughters and their families and her mother, Elsie Heinle, Mandan.

Thomas Wetsch, 75, Largo, Fla.; raised, educated at St. Anthony. Married Pauline Boehm in1940. Farmed with father, then moved into Mandan, where he worked at Mandan Sheet Metal until retirement. Resided at Largo three years. Survivors include two daughters and their families, one brother, four sisters.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Aug. 24: a high of 81 degrees; 55 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago–1968

A new column, entitled “Breezy Bits,” will appear in the Sunday Morning Pioneer when Mrs. Irene Chase gives readers a rundown on “local bits of breeze” with a human-interest touch. She is a former North Dakota schoolteacher and a newspaperwoman for both North Dakota and Minnesota. For the past five years, she has been employed by the Post Publishing Co., Minneapolis, which published her summer column “Breezy Bits” and a column entitled “Timely Tips for Your Shopping Trips” that appeared in six area newspapers. Irene and her husband, Bob, who owns Chase Chevrolet, reside on Linda Drive, Mandan.

Rich Carrier received the Mandan American Legion’s Most Valuable Player award at a banquet honoring the entire Mandan Legion baseball team and the State Industrial School Class B Legion team. The evening’s master of ceremonies was past Post Commander Roy Tomanek. Guest speaker was KFYR’s sports announcer, Roger Higgins, who said that Mandan had participated in the state tournament for the past five years. The Chiefs placed second in this year’s state tournament, after being defeated by defending champions Grand Forks.

The Paul P. Backer family of Mandan was presented a Gold Star window flag from the Mandan Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary at a ceremony held at the Mandan Memorial Building. Post Commander Warren Smith read a message of condolences from the group, while Mrs. William Adams, Americanism chairperson, presented the flag in memory of their son, William P. Backer, 18, killed during fighting at Da Nang, Vietnam.

75 Years Ago–1943

More than 100 businesspeople and town workers from Mandan, New Salem, Glen Ullin and Hebron have responded to appeals for help with this year’s harvest, according to County Agent R.C. Newcomer. The armed forces, war factories and other war activities have drained North Dakota’s manpower, leaving farmers with a severe labor shortage for swathing, shocking and threshing.

Armed forces news:

“Robert Zahn, who has been stationed at Missoula, Mont., as an instructor with the ROTC, has been called to active duty and will report to Fort Benning, Ga., for officer’s training. He spent the past weekend in Mandan with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Zahn, leaving Monday morning for Georgia.

“Lt. Andrew A. Froehlich, stationed somewhere in Africa, has been transferred to the Army headquarters division. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Froehlich.

“Pfc. Henry A. Neibauer has returned to his station in Arizona, after visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Neibauer, at Huff.

“Lt. Walter R. Reetz, Hebron, is stationed at Tullahoma, Tenn., air school where he is now a co-pilot and is training for the job of first pilot and the chance to choose his own crew.

“Virgil Louis Just, aviation radio mechanic, 3-c, in the U.S. Navy, is home on leave, visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Just.

“Cpl. Mae K. Murry, U.S. Marine Corp Women’s Reserve, Mandan, was recently promoted to her new rank at her station, the Marine Corps supplies depot in San Francisco. Murry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Murry, graduated from Mandan High School in 1939.”

100 Years Ago–1918

“Recognizing the necessity of greater police protection for the citizens of Mandan during the balance of the war and during harvest when the state will be probably overrun with irresponsible harvest hands, members of the Mandan City Commission took advantage of the existence of the Mandan Home Guard and drafted its 52 members for service on the Mandan police force. They will be required to hold regular meetings each Wednesday night for the purpose of drilling. The officers will carry .38 Colts; their men, 1898 Springfield single-shot rifles. The 52 men will be on call at any time for police duty and will receive the sum of one dollar per year for their service.

“The Mandan Transfer Co. was yesterday awarded the contract for building seven bridges in the St. Anthony, Ft. Rice and Flasher neighborhoods by the county board, they being the low bidders. The contracts amount to $4300.

“The first case of infantile paralysis to occur in Mandan was reported to Dr. F.E. Bunting, city health officer, the victim being a little child of Ernest Singletary. As the disease is contagious, the house has been quarantined.

News from Washington, D.C.: Manufacturers of passenger automobiles have been advised by the war industries board to convert their plans to 100 percent war work by Jan. 1, 1919, in a letter addressed to the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce. The movement is to direct all steel and other materials for war work. The letter was in response to a proposal made by Hugh Chalmers on the part of the manufacturers, who had volunteered to curtail the passenger cars production to 50 percent.

125 Years Ago–1893

“On Thurs., Aug. 24, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 90 degrees above zero.

“Today, fresh eggs are retailing at 15 cents a dozen, and potatoes at 60 cents a bushel.

“Threshing is underway in the west end of the county. Mr. Wehri, near Hebron, began yesterday and the Chase Bros. expect to begin early next week.

“Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Briggs and daughter Stella left town on Monday evening. After seeing their daughter comfortably quartered in the Stanley Hall young lady’s seminary where she is to take a course of studies, Mr. and Mrs. Briggs proceeded to Chicago to make a two-week study of the Great Exposition.

“Passenger conductors say the bulk of the east-bound passengers are bound for Chicago and the World’s Fair.

“The alterations and improvements to St. Joseph’s church, Roman Catholic, are about completed. Painters are at work putting on the finishing touches.

“A detachment of one of the troops of the 8th Cavalry, under command of Capt. Guest, stationed at Fort Yates, have been in camp near the city since Tuesday, awaiting a consignment of horses for use at the post.

“A new burglar-proof safe was on Monday placed in the Northern Pacific freight office to replace the one that was burglarized some time ago. It weighs 2,650 pounds.

“It is understood that several suits will be brought against the railroad company for damages sustained by farmers in last Monday’s fire northwest of town. The fire is claimed to have been started by engine 604, which hauled the No. 3 west shortly after noon that same day.”

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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.

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