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Ten Commandments monument

1968: Ten Commandments monument.

25 Years Ago-1993

After 17 years of devoting her life to local swimmers, Mandan High School’s head girls swimming coach, Connie Kirchoffner, has resigned to become head coach at Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming Club, based in Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver. “I was given an offer I couldn’t turn down,” she said.

Kirchoffner’s Mandan High swim team has won the state championship for the past four years. Prior to her four-year state winning streak, her teams were state runners-up for five years. Kirchoffner was named Coach of the Year in 1982 and was the Western Dakota Association Coach of the Year in 1991.

Ralph Manley, Kirchoffner’s assistant for the past seven years, will take charge of the girls team this fall; he is also the head boys swimming coach.

The Rev. John H. Kuhn, Bismarck, has celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with an open house gathering at Christ the King School, Mandan. A native of Napoleon, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bismarck in 1943. In his 50 years of priesthood, Kuhn has served in Dickinson, Alexander, Noonan, Williston, Minot, Mandan and Menoken.

Funerals this week:

Louis A. Tokach, 85, Mandan; raised, educated at St. Anthony. Married Rose Wenger in 1931. Owned and operated several businesses in St. Anthony until retiring in 1974. Moved into Mandan in 1980. Was a softball umpire for many years. Was a county assessor for 10 years; a Morton County commissioner, 15 years. Helped organize the Tokach Timberhaven housing district south of Mandan. Survivors include his wife, seven sons, two daughters and their families, two brothers, one sister.

Gladys (Russell) Baarstad, 80; raised, educated in Flasher area. Married Paul Baarstad in 1936. Was a substitute teacher, worked in the bookmobile, taught Sunday school. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families, one brother, one sister.

Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Sept. 7: a high of 67 degrees; 43 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

The Mandan Eagles, hosting the Dakota Aerie convention, dedicated a Ten Commandments monolith and presented it to Morton County, to be placed in front of the county courthouse. On hand for the dedication were Mayor A.R. Shaw, State Eagles President Ted Diehl, Morton County Commission Chairman Roy Young, Eagles Youth Guidance Chairman J.M. Crawford, Mandan Eagles President Jerry Froelich and Convention General Chairman H.G. VanderVorst.

The Eagles’ “Ten Commandments” project began in 1956 when director Cecil B. DeMille’s epic film “The Ten Commandments” opened across the country. DeMille, in order to drum up publicity for the film, partnered with several Eagles members to erect more than 2,000 granite monuments of the Ten Commandments across the nation. However, the Fraternal Order of Eagles kept the project going long after the film opened, and some monuments weren’t erected until 15 years later, with many erected in public places like parks, city halls and courthouses.

Mrs. Pete Heck will reign over North Dakota and South Dakota as deputy grand regent of the Women of the Moose. The 14-year member was installed during the International Conference of the Moose in Chicago. Also installed were 27 women who will govern other states.

Connie Zarndt, of New Salem, has been crowned Miss Morton County 1969 by Sandra Sue Gronowski, Mandan, the outgoing queen, who was also the first runner-up in the Miss North Dakota pageant earlier this summer. Miss Zarndt, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Zarndt, was chosen over six other contestants at the pageant held at the New Salem High School Auditorium. Pageant director was Glyn Hoger, of New Salem.

75 Years Ago-1943

News from Washington D.C.: Casualties in the United States military forces and the merchant marines since Pearl Harbor now total 103,932 as of Sept. 1. Of that total, 19,581 are listed as dead; 35,895 as missing; 25,129 are prisoners of war; along with 23,327 listed as wounded.

Peter Jumas, chef at Mandan’s New Palace cafe, is particularly interested in the recent invasion of Italy, hoping the enemy will also be cleared out of Greece, his native land. Jumas has vowed to pay $100 to the first American soldier who sets foot in Greece as soon as he’s told the soldier’s name.

Funeral services for Jacob Hertz, 50, were recently held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was born in Odessa, Russia, coming to the U.S. when 9 years old. For many years he was employed as a butcher in local meat markets. Survivors include his wife, Emma (Lohstreter), and six children: Pvt. Robert Hertz, Camp Polk, La.; Cpl. Donald Hertz, Fort Sheridan, Ind.; and Raymond, Lois and Dolores, all at home.

Armed forces news:

“Mike Boehm, son of Deputy Sheriff and Mrs. Adam Boehm, has enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He has already completed a year’s flight training course with the War Training Service.

“Carl Lantz, U.S. Navy, has completed three months of study at the commissary stewards school, San Diego, Calif., and has received the rating of baker, 3C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lantz, Mandan.

“The following letter is from Staff Sgt. Ken Nickerson, stationed in New Guinea. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Bernard S. Nickerson. ‘Greeting from New Guinea! Plenty of everything here, including mud. Received a real treat last night — a bundle of Mandan newspapers. Even my friends, Virginia boys, admitted that we had the newsiest newspaper ever published. Mandan should be proud to have such a swell paper.’

100 Years Ago-1918

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Fleck, a son.

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGillic, a daughter.

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Swanberg at the Mandan hospital, a baby girl.

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lohstreter at the Mandan hospital, a daughter.

“Supt. J.M. Devine says that threshing has begun at the Reform School. Wheat will run 8 to 10 bushels to the acre, while late-sown barley will go 30 bushels.

“George Haider of St. Anthony is home on a 30-day furlough from Camp Custer to help with harvesting.

“Morton County was allotted ten recruits in the drive for student nurses which closed on August 11. The committee reports 11 enrollments from Mandan alone, along with one each from Sims and Glen Ullin.

“Tomorrow, Morton County’s draft registrants will leave for special training at the Agricultural College in Fargo. They are Jack Lockbeam, A.F. Orndorff, Mandan; Lawrence Schmidt of Schmidt; and George Blank, New Salem.

“Overland automobiles from every state in the Union regularly pass through Mandan. This morning, cars from Utah and Rhode Island could be seen in front of the Lewis & Clark Hotel.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, Sept 7, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 93 degrees above zero.

“A large crowd gathered at St. Joseph Church last Sunday when Bishop John Shanley, dressed in his full Eucharistic vestments, celebrated and formally blessed the newly-remodeled edifice. The bishop was assisted by resident pastor Rev. A.J. Lemieux, whose earnest work fulfilled the congregation’s desire for improvements.

“The church has been enlarged 15 feet in length, with a new bell tower and spire of symmetrical proportions erected in front, through which is the main entrance. The whole interior of the church has also been beautifully papered and painted, and the windows have been decorated with stained glass paper, giving the inside a very pretty effect, especially on a sunny morning.

“In a few days, the gladsome sound of the school bell will be heard throughout the city.

“Now, boys! Those school books — Sic ’em!

“The school at New Salem opened on Monday with Miss Thurston of this city in charge.

“All the school children should call at the The Fair store this week and get bargains in school supplies. Lead pencils are three cents per dozen. School tablets are one-cent and up.”

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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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