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1918: Palace Theatre.

25 Years Ago-1993

Dennis Rohr has been elected the new president of Mandan’s Rotary Club; he succeeds Ollie Arenz. Other elected officers are Dan Duhamel, vice president; Paul Trauger, treasurer; and Mary Stewart, secretary.

Dave Ressler, of Ressler Chevrolet GEO has presented a check for $1,225 to the Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck. The dealership donated $25 from each car’s sale during the week of July 12-17. The funds will be used to support “Safe Homes for Kids” who have witnessed domestic abuse.

Funerals this week:

Ralph O. Frank, 91, Bismarck; born in Odessa, Russia, raised and educated in Fallon area. Married Anna Fleck in 1928. Farmed in Flasher area until 1955. Worked for Mahrer Implement, Flasher, 11 years. Worked as custodian for Mor-Gran-Sou for nine years, retiring in 1976. Member of the 55 Club. Member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, for 57 years. Honorary member of Flasher Fire Department. Survivors include one son, two daughters and their families, three brothers, two sisters.

Stephen Schaner, 74, Mandan; raised, educated in St. Vincent area. Married Kathryn Shortick in 1941. Farmed southeast of New Salem, retiring and moving to Mandan in 1969. Worked at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck, for 12 years. Survivors include his wife, three daughters and their families, two brothers, three sisters.

Anna Dorothea (Henke) Maier, 99, New Salem; raised, educated near Hannover. Employed at Hannover General Store and Post Office. Married Philip Maier in 1918. Farmed southwest of Hannover, moving into New Salem in 1946. Survivors include her 102-year old husband, two sons, two daughters and their families, one brother.

Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Aug. 10: a high of 90 degrees; 57 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago–1968

The first loads of 1968 wheat crop are flowing into area elevators and the farmers appear to be well pleased with yields and test weights. Ralph Kary, who farms 5 miles south of Mandan, delivered a load to the Mandan Farmers Union Grain Association elevator at 201 E. Main St. late Wednesday and it tested out at 60 pounds No. 1 wheat. Kary labeled the crop as “real nice.” Other Mandan elevators report 1968 wheat testing from 58 to 62 pounds.

Edward Pesek, 14 miles south of Mandan, was the first to deliver wheat at the Mandan Farmers Elevator, 706 Third St. S.W. His wheat tested at 59 pounds. The No. 1 wheat earned a market price of $1.31 per bushel.

The Peavey Co. Producers Service Elevator at 113 W. Main St. said it received about 5,000 bushels of new wheat from six farmers south of Mandan. Delivering wheat, testing from 58 to 62 pounds, were Emil Fisher, Jr., A.C. Graner, Eugene Graner, Edward Miller, Martin A. Graner and William Miller.

Marvin A. Bloom, assistant administrator of the Bismarck Hospital since 1959, has been named the new administrator of the Mandan Hospital, according to an announcement by H.G. VanderVorst, hospital board president. Bloom will assume the position left vacant by the recent death of Ralph Dove.

Owners of the new Thomas Appliance store, which opened in Mandan last March, erected their 2,000-pound sign this past week, marking their Main Street business. The 35-foot sign stretches into the sky at 718 W. Main.

The Mandan Legion baseball team squeezed by Aberdeen, 4-3, on two home runs, to end their regular season. Two back-to-back home runs by Gerry Caya and Rich Carrier lifted their team to victory.

75 Years Ago–1943

The end of coffee rationing, in effect since January, was announced this past week by President Franklin Roosevelt in his radio address to the nation. He also added that sugar allowances will soon be increased.

The Mandan Elks lodge has purchased the Brink property on the corner of First Street and Fourth Avenue Northwest, across from the Mandan Masonic Temple. The lodge plans to build an Elk home on the property when the war is over. The property consists of three lots on block 10 and includes five small houses. Steve Brink has owned the lots for nearly 40 years and built the houses for rental purposes.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kuntz, St. Anthony, are the parents of a son born Saturday at the Withnell home.

Forrest L. Schmidt is the first ex-serviceman of World War II to join the American Legion Post at New Salem. He is the son of the late Joe R. Schmidt, veteran of the First World War. Forrest was recently discharged from the Army to operate the farm with his mother.

George J. Heidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heidt, Mandan, who is stationed somewhere in Canada, has been promoted to the rank of corporal.

Pfc. Robert Hankins of the U.S. Marines arrived in Mandan this week for a visit with his parents. He will be here for five days. He had planned to make his visit a surprise, but the tables were turned when he discovered that his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Hankins, were vacationing in Canada. His parents were then contacted and returned to Mandan to spend the final three days of a visit with their son.

Sgt. Harlan F. Andrews, who has been stationed in England for the past year, in a recent letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Andrews of Mandan, writes that the Army orchestra, in which he plays the piano, may play an overseas broadcast to the states during the end of August. Andrews is with the aviation ground crew. He will be remembered by North Dakotans for playing with several well-known orchestras and was prominent in music circles at the University of North Dakota.

100 Years Ago–1918

“Mrs. Charles Keidel has turned over to the Red Cross $52.40, the proceeds of a barn dance given at the Keidel farm last Saturday evening.

“Late Wednesday night, some midnight prowlers gained an entrance into the Delmonico cafe and stole seven dollars’ worth of pennies out of a gum machine and also took a number of cigars. They got in through the transom over the front door, and it is thought that it was done by boys.

“Word was received here a few days ago by Mrs. Bartlett, local librarian, from New York, stating that the books donated by the city of Mandan had arrived and had already been shipped and are probably now in use by the boys ‘over there.’ There were 17 large boxes containing 841 books.

“R.S. Johnstone of the Merchants National Bank has received a letter from his son, Edgar, now in France, saying that he was already in the trenches and was writing the letter in a shell hole. Edgar enlisted only four months ago.

“M.J. Fogarty of Fort Rice has returned for a 16-day furlough from the East Coast, where he had been on the battleship Pennsylvania. He left Fort Rice last year with George Ward, arriving together at the Great Lakes training station, where they were assigned to separate ships. News was recently received that Ward, along with 45 of his shipmates, drowned this spring when the USS Lakemoor was torpedoed in the Irish Sea by a German submarine.”

125 Years Ago–1893

“On Thurs., Aug. 10, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 84 degrees above zero.

“Sheriff Bingenheimer has succeeded in getting back his prisoner, E.J. Bjorke, who dug his way out of jail here in June.

“Mr. and Mrs. Windbauer are mourning the loss of an infant boy who died on Sunday. The funeral took place on Monday morning at St. Joseph’s church.

“Much alarm was caused on Monday afternoon, as the mercury reached 102 degrees, by the reports of prairie fires said to be rapidly approaching the city limits on all sides. The country all around the city was beclouded with a thick smoke and that, together with thick clouds of dust that were whirled along the streets, made everybody feel very uncomfortable and not a little concerned, and all the more so when about 3 o’clock, a fire alarm was turned in by Mayor McDougal who had deemed it advisable to take precautionary measures to prevent the possibility of fires getting into the city.

“Tanks of water were ordered sent to the most dangerous points, and a number of firemen and private citizens, armed with gunny sacks, were driven out to points west and northwest of the city, where they waited to beat down the approaching fires. Fortunately, they were relieved at 5 o’clock by the appearance of black clouds in the northwest and, shortly thereafter, a shower of rain soon extinguished the fast traveling flames.

“The good news. Except for the loss of fence posts and hay on the ranges, of which miles and miles were burned off, no animals were lost. However, parties from the south say that terrific fires are still burning on the reservation.”

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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