25 Years Ago-1993

Jake and Clem Doll. of Mandan, married 52 years, were chosen Valentine’s king and queen this week by the Mandan Golden Age Club. Jake worked for the railroad as an engineer for more than 37 years.

In reminiscing their wedding day, Clem said, “We were about to go over to the church when Jake dropped my wedding ring down the register of our furnace, which was in the middle of the living room; they had to take off the grate and crawl down to bring it out.”

“And that wasn’t the end of the troubles,” said Jake. “When we finally got the ring out, I stepped back and tore the hem of Clem’s wedding dress! No one had time to sew it back in place, as everyone was waiting at the church. Thankfully, the ceremony went on without another mishap, and no one noticed the torn hem.”

Funerals this week:

Albert Steffenson, 78, Mandan; raised, educated in Oliver County. Graduated from New Salem High School, 1932. Married Eileen Tank, 1937. Ranched with father, then moved to Sanger, where he drove a delivery truck for Standard Oil until 1941. Returned to family ranch and continued ranching for 31 years. Moved to Mandan, 1973. Managed Morton County Weed Board, retiring 1989. Was director and president of North Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives. Member of Isaac Walton League. Was first rancher in state to raise wild turkeys. Survivors include his wife, one daughter and her family, two sisters, two brothers.

Lena (Anderson) Hartmann, 91, New Salem; raised, educated near Almont. Married Herman Hartmann, 1923. Farmed south of Almont, moving to New Salem, 1982. Member of Ground Observer Corps during 1950s. Member of New Salem Homemakers Club. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families.

Joe M. Ressler, 85, St. Anthony; raised, educated at St, Anthony. Married Lillian Stack, 1937. Farmed until age 35 before moving into St. Anthony, where he partnered with George Hoffman in a blacksmith shop for 21 years. Also did carpentry, gardening; served as janitor at St. Anthony Church. Survivors include two sons and their families, three brothers.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Feb. 9: a high of 39 degrees; 14 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Mrs. Clarence Fately has been installed as worthy matron of Queen Esther Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, at a ceremony held at the Masonic Temple in Mandan. Ted Serr, installing patron, installed Vern Wann as worthy patron and John Gould, associate worthy patron. A past president’s pin was given to Mrs. William Block, retiring worthy matron.

Jon H. Beusen, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Detlev Beusen, of New Salem, has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from Sen. Quentin Burdick, Democratic senator from North Dakota. Beusen will graduate with honors from New Salem High School on May 23. His father owns and operates the New Salem Creamery Co.

The St. Joseph Parish family party, held this past week in the school’s auditorium, was a great success, according to Fred Sandoval, Parent-Teachers Organization committee chairman. And, according to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Boehm, who were in charge of ticket sales, more than 400 people attended the event. The evening’s entertainment consisted of music by the George Eckroth orchestra, cake walks, a fish pond and a puppet show.

75 Years Ago-1943

Lt. Gen.Dwight D. Eisenhower has been named commander-in-chief of all Allied forces.

Leonard L. Schmidt, gunner in the U.S. Navy, is stationed at an armed guard school on the Gulf of Mexico. Mrs. Schmidt left this week for Gulfport, Miss., to join her husband.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Koppy Sr., of rural Mandan, have three sons serving in Uncle Sam’s forces. Joe Jr. is stationed in Camp White, Ore.; his brother, Pfc. John Koppy, is now somewhere in the South Pacific; and the third son is Pvt. Mike Koppy, who is at Camp Barkeley, Texas.

First Lt. Don Nichols, stationed somewhere in Alaska, is home on leave and is visiting here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nichols, and with his grandmother, Mrs. Al Nichols.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Steckler, Wichita, Kan., are the parents of a daughter born Jan. 24. Mrs. Steckler is the former Clementine Leingang, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Leingang, St. Anthony. Mr. Steckler is the son of John Steckler, also of St. Anthony.

The Williston Coyotes ran their series of straight wins over the Mandan Braves to six this week, defeating Mandan, 31-20. According to the Pioneer story: “The Coyotes’ shooting eyes were in first class shape, and they succeeded in making 13 of 41 tries. Mandan marksmen, however, must have worn dark glasses on the floor, as they found the basket only four times out their 46 opportunities.”

The horse population in North Dakota is still in decline, according to the State Stallion Registration Board. J.H. Longwell, head of animal industry at the North Dakota Agricultural College and board secretary. According to their records, the state’s horse population declined from 609,000 to 343,000 — or 43 percent — during the decade 1930 to 1940. He also stated that future Army purchases are not likely as the current war has no need for horses.

100 Years Ago-1918

“Last night at the Bismarck High School gym, the Mandan High School basketball team won their return game by one point in the most exciting game of the season. At the end of the first half, Bismarck was ahead, the score being 9 to 5, but Mandan rallied, and the final score stood 15 to 14, favoring Mandan. The largest crowd on record attended the game, and the proceeds amounted to $100. About 150 Mandan rooters went over there by train.

“Anton Markel, who is employed at the Roby Machine Shops, had a very painful accident on Saturday. While operating a saw, his hand slipped, and the saw took off the index finger on his right hand. He’s recovering nicely and should be back at work within a few days.

“The little baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Larson of Sixth Avenue died on Saturday afternoon. Death was due to an abscess. The funeral was held Monday from the family residence with Rev. Fylling conducting the service.

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“A.V. Schallern, one of the best-known residents of Morton County, a pioneer druggist, and former county treasurer, was arrested this morning by J.H. Troter, U.S. Deputy Marshal, charged with making seditious utterances. He was taken before U.S. Commissioner E.R. Lanterman where he waived examination and was bound over to the U.S. District Court in the sum of $1,000 bond.

“Schallern, who is a native of Germany, is known to have been at the beginning of the war, a strong German sympathizer. The charges allege that since the United States entered the war, his sympathies are still with the Fatherland. According to witnesses, Schallern said the Socialists of Germany and Russia will settle the war, with peace being made while the Kaiser ruled. He was also heard to say that Wall Street owns the press, and the press owns the people’s minds who now can only see one side of the war. The German people have a reason for going to war, Schallern said, while the Americans have none.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 14 degrees above zero.

“The season of balls, parties, etc., is fast drawing to a close as next Wednesday is the first day of Lent, commonly called Ash Wednesday.

“Mr. R. Bauknecht was entertaining his friends with choice Havana cigars on Monday in honor of the arrival of a 12-pound boy on Saturday evening.

“Farmers’ boys are reaping quite a rich harvest in jack-rabbit heads. Mr. Allen, the taxidermist, pays ten cents apiece for them.

“For the past week, the stoves in this good town of ours have been putting in full time, and some of them lots of overtime. The managements of the different business houses are nearly at their wits ends wondering how they much longer they can afford feeding those stoves, as the almost continuous, cold norwesters of the past three weeks have created enormous appetites for fuel.”

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 dboit46@gmail.com.