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25 Years Ago-1993

Work is nearly completed on the Bismarck-Mandan Musicians Association bandshell, located in the Burlington Northern Park, downtown Mandan. However, members Gerald Serhienko and Vernon Cermak are continuing to pound the pavement for final donations from the business community. The most recent donation received was a $500 contribution from Doug Kocourek, representing First Southwest Bank.

Alice Coats has officially retired as principal of St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Mandan. Coats began teaching in Mandan public schools in 1964, joining St. Joseph’s in 1972 and staying there for the next 21 years, serving as principal since 1990. Both she and her husband, retired high school teacher Jim Coats, are ready to enjoy vacation together this fall.

Funerals this week:

Margaret (Schmidt) Haas, 72, Mandan; raised, educated in Fallon area. Married Reuben Haas in 1940. Worked at Palace Cafe, Lewis & Clark Cafe, Vi’s Cafe, American Legion, Heartview and Mandan Hospital’s kitchen, retiring in 1988. Survivors include three sons, one daughter, one stepson, one stepdaughter and their families, three sisters.

Elizabeth (Reisenauer) Hatzenbuhler, 85, Rapid City, S.D.; raised, educated at St. Anthony. Married John Hatzenbuhler in 1927. The couple farmed near Solen until 1952, moving into Mandan. Moved to Rapid City in 1955. Survivors include six sons, three daughters and their families, two brothers.

Stephena (Mosset) Schneider, 80, Mandan; raised, educated at Linton. Married John T. Schneider in 1940 at Fort Yates. Moved to Mandan in 1966. Worked at Northern Pacific lunchroom for several years. Member of Rosary Society. Survivors include four daughters and their families, one brother, four sisters.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, June 29: a high of 70 degrees; 51 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Morton County’s newest and most extensive housing project became a reality last weekend when Florian Goldmann and William Engelter of the Mandan Kiwanis Club set out for the Huff area to put up more than 100 houses for bluebirds. Assisting were Dr. A.L. Larson and Howard Hendrickson. The project was undertaken after an article in North Dakota Outdoors warned that the birds’ natural nesting places were being destroyed. The houses, made by Goldmann and Hendrickson, will be inspected and cleaned each year by the Kiwanians.

Stockholders of the Mandan Farmers Union Oil Co. have re-elected Henry Seiferth and Harry Hagerott, both of rural Mandan, as three-year directors at their annual meeting. More than 150 stockholders attended the meeting and dividend checks, representing 20 percent of last year’s earnings, were distributed to the stockholders.

J.E. Burch of Mandan retired this past week, after working 40 years for the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. He began as a brakeman when steam locomotives pulled the trains and retired as a conductor. His run was from Mandan to Glendive and back, taking the North Coast Limited going and the Mainstreeter on the return trip.

If you want to see a 23-pound catfish, stop by Jerry’s Educated Minnows shop in Mandan where the 3-foot lunker, caught by Richard Miller of Huff, is on display. Miller used a sucker minnow as bait.

75 Years Ago-1943

Leo Cremer, who will once again direct the Mandan Rodeo, arrived in Mandan this week to take charge of last-minute preparation for the big show July 3rd, 4th and 5th. The wild rodeo stock from Cremer’s big Montana ranch is expected to arrive in Mandan by the weekend.

By executive order of Gov. John Moses, North Dakota’s legal highway speed limit drops from 50 to 35 mph one minute after midnight this Sunday. Acting under the authority granted by the 1943 Legislature, the lower speed limit will contribute to savings on petroleum, which is needed for the war effort.

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“Lt. Carl Ohm, who is stationed at the U.S. Army air base at Alliance, Neb., is home on leave and is visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ohm Sr. Ohm was commissioned a second lieutenant and received his wings from the flying school at Douglas, Ariz., in March of this year.

“Staff Sgt. Frank T. Friesz, who is stationed at Camp Polk, La., writes Mandan friends that he is now aiding in the training of 18- and 19-year olds. Friesz operated the Friesz grocery store prior to his induction.

“Lt. Lewis J. Keller received silver navigator wings this week during graduation exercises held at Hondo, Texas. Lt. Keller is the son of John Keller of St. Anthony.

“Pvt. George Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Paul, St. Anthony, has returned to Fort Berry, Calif., after spending his furlough at St. Anthony with his parents.

“Cpl. and Mrs. John F. Lanz and daughter, Georgia Lee, are visiting at Huff with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Lanz. Mrs. Lanz is the former Mary Hutmacher, Mandan. Cpl. Lanz is stationed at San Francisco.

“Sgt. Joseph Buckley, stationed in Africa, in a letter to Mandan friends, writes of meeting Staff Sgt. Al Knoll. Both are former members of the Mandan Fire Department. Buckley is with the bombardment squad. He relates that his outfit has taken part in the bombing of Sicily, Messina and southern Italy.

“Cpl. and Mrs. Harry Kautzman are visiting here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Claflin. Cpl. Kautzman is stationed at Miami, Fla. They are also visiting his parents.”

100 Years Ago-1918

“At a private showing of the great film ‘Cleopatra’ today, Chief of Police Reynolds pronounced it a wonderful picture but rather of the opinion that Theda was a little Bara. This production will be shown again at the Palace Theatre tonight.

“Last evening 50 Red Cross nurses passed through Mandan on Train No. 2 from Portland, Ore. They are to be stationed at various cantonments in the east before being shipped to France.

“The Morton County Red Cross shipped the following articles to the east coast headquarters on Thursday: 60 hospital bed shirts, 50 flannel pajamas, 15 bath robes, 30 caps, 15 sweaters, 90 pairs of socks.

“Mrs. Bertha B. Love of Mandan Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood, has been elected president of the state association of the organization at their annual convention held at Grand Forks. The new president has been a member of the P.E.O. for several years, having originally become a member in Iowa, the home state of the organization. Mrs. Love was instrumental in securing the chapter for Mandan, and, since that time, has been the local president.

“Another big batch of mail from ‘Somewhere in France’ came in on the train on Sunday, and nearly everyone with friends and relatives in the service received letters. Mrs. Hanley received advices that Judge Hanley’s battalion had been in action and had returned safely. A letter from Scott Conyne, dated May 21, says he had just received his Christmas package which was sent from Mandan on Nov. 21. Letters from Earl Tostevin state that he is still in the hospital and probably won’t be back to his regiment on account of an ear problem.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., June 29, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 88 degrees above zero.

“On the Fourth, a special train will leave Mandan for New Salem at 8:30 in the morning and will return at the close of the celebration festivities. The Northern Pacific railroad company will also run a special train from Bismarck to New Salem at one fare and a fifth for the round trip. New Salem officials are promising a good time for the Fourth. It will be a red-letter day in the history of the town.

“At a reception last Friday in the North Dakota building at the World’s Fair in Chicago, Chief Rain-in-the Face and Curley, the scout, were the two persons who attracted a great deal of attention. It was their first appearance in parlor receptions, and they were obliged to make up rules of etiquette as they went along. Their smiles were scarce even when the pretty girls walked by to shake their hands. Mr. Wilbur writes that they reclined with elegant nonchalance in the easy chairs and acted as though they have been used to receptions all their life.

“The Richards Circus was well patronized at both the afternoon and evening performances yesterday. The show is after the style of the old-time circus and is a good one. The main attraction was the balloon ascension which came off as advertised. It was an ideal night for the ascension, and the balloonist made the perilous trip to the clouds without mishap. There are many opinions expressed as to the height of the balloon when the balloonist disconnected his parachute to descend to earth. Regardless, the crowd was grateful for his safe landing.

“The bachelors of Mandan are having piles of fun with the married men whose wives are away at the World’s Fair and other places in the east. One bachelor, who is soon to join the grand army of benedicts, said this morning that he would give $300 for a snap picture of the extreme south end of the reserved seats at the circus last night.”

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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