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25 Years Ago-1993

July rainfall in the Mandan-Bismarck area hit an all-time record of 13.75 inches, beating the previous 9.9 inches that fell during June 1914. Average July rainfall is 2.14 inches.

North Dakota’s 29,000 American Legion members are under a new commander. Don Herrly, a 38-year-old Hebron native, was elected to a one-year, once-in-a-lifetime term as state commander during the state convention held in Minot. He succeeds Ray Atol, of Williston.

Members of Dakota Stage Ltd., dressed in period costumes of the 1870s, are performing scenes of life at old Fort Lincoln while strolling along the grounds of the infantry post on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River south of Mandan. The fort’s 11th annual Walking Drama includes guides who explain the historical significance of the park to spectators, while actors portray historic characters, including Libbie Custer, soldiers and laundry women who discuss the hardships at the fort. Admission: adults, $2; children, $1.

Funerals this week:

Ama (Hoppe) Hammond, 99, Mandan; raised, educated in Illinois. Graduated from Lena, Ill., High School. Married Ralph Hammond in 1913. Resided in Illinois and Wyoming, moving to Mandan in 1986. Enjoyed cooking and reading. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families.

Joe Schmidt, 82, Mandan; raised, educated at Odense and Solen. Married Caroline Barth in 1934. Farmed in Burleigh County, then Sioux County, before moving to Mandan in 1954. Survivors include his wife, three brothers, six sisters and their families.

Margaret (Dunn) Hagerott, 90, Bismarck; raised, educated at Center. Graduated from Valley City State Teachers College. Married Edward Hagerott in 1926. Was an elementary teacher at Center until moving to New Salem in 1936 and Mandan in 1938. A member of Catholic Daughters of America, held the office of grand regent. Active in American Legion Auxiliary and Ladies Knights of Columbus. A member of St. Joseph Church, Mandan. Survivors include two sons, one daughter and their families, two sisters.

Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Aug. 3: a high of 68 degrees; 49 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Gen. LaClair A. Melhouse, commander of the North Dakota National Guard, was the main speaker at the recent dedication ceremonies held for the new Mandan Jaycees Park in south Mandan. Melhouse congratulated all those who helped with the park’s construction before reading the plaque to be mounted on the front of the shelter: “Built by the Mandan Jaycees for the City of Mandan. June 29, 1968.”

Master of ceremonies was Mel Becker, Jaycees regional vice president, and immediate past president of the Mandan Jaycees. Others participating were Rep. Rollin Redlin; state Jaycees president Bob McDaniels; Mandan Mayor Archie Shaw; and the current Jaycees president, Wally Joersz.

The park occupies more than 15 acres of land, and, although not fully developed, there is currently one big shelter, picnic tables and camping areas. Planning for the structure began in 1965.

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Mrs. Pete Heck, Mandan, will reign over North Dakota and South Dakota as deputy grand regent of the Women of the Moose. She was installed, along with 27 other women, during the International Conference of the Moose held at Chicago. Mrs. Heck has been a WOTM member for the past 14 years.

Vernon Ressler, of Mandan, caught a 14-pound northern pike this past week while fishing with his dad, Joe, north of Fort Yates. The whopper measured 36 inches long.

Don Hertz Jr. and Don Russell recently captured titles at the first Mandan Handicapped Tournament held at the Mandan Municipal Golf Course. There were entries from Mandan, as well as Bismarck, Jamestown, Ashley, Linton and Wishek. Hertz captured medalist honors in the upper bracket with a low score of 70. Pat O’Neil and Tony Yantzer finished second with scores of 71. In the lower bracket, Russell and Jim Emil had to play off with scores of 68. Russell came out on top; Emil had to settle for second.

75 Years Ago-1943

Carl Albers has been installed as president of the Mandan Lions club at a 7 p.m. dinner meeting held this week at the Tavern. He succeeds H.B. Uden.

Mrs. Frank Slezak has been named president of the Mandan Homemakers Club at the annual election of officers meeting held in conjunction with a lawn party at the Municipal Club house. Mrs. Frank Mrnak is the new vice president. Secretary- treasurer is Mrs. Harry Jencks. Program chairman is Mrs. Isadore Smith.

H.K. Jensen, North Dakota’s director of Dogs for Defense Inc., is asking for four more dogs from Mandan and Bismarck to complete July’s quota of 91. Jensen said 87 dogs are being shipped this week. Dakota Dogs for Defense Inc. is a nationwide nonprofit organization, recruiting dogs for the U.S. armed forces. Dogs must be at least 20 inches in height and weigh at least 50 pounds.

Announcement is made by Mr. and Mrs. V.J. Wilson, Bismarck, of the marriage of their daughter, Eleanor Kathleen Wilson, to Sgt. Anton A. Brucker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brucker, Mandan. The wedding occurred Dec. 27, 1942, in the military chapel at Fort Lewis, Wash. Brucker is a Mandan High School graduate and is with Battery A, 753 Field Artillery, now stationed at Fort Beale, Calif.

Pvt. Leland G. Ulmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.U. Ulmer, Mandan, has arrived at Ohio State University at Columbus for work in the U.S. Army’s specialized training program.

100 Years Ago-1918

“Sixty-three of Morton County’s young men left Tuesday afternoon on Train No. 8 for Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Mich., where they will begin their intensive training for service in Uncle Sam’s military forces.

“Monday evening, all the boys were present at the Lewis & Clark Hotel for a very fine banquet which had been prepared by the hotel management under the direction of the Mandan Police Co. After the conclusion of the four-course dinner, Capt. Kennelly of the Police Co. made a few appropriate remarks and then introduced the evening’s speaker, Attorney W.H. Stutsman, who congratulated the boys on the opportunity being given them to serve and urged all to do their utmost to add to the outstanding reputation of the fighting men from North Dakota.

“After the banquet, the crowd adjourned to the high school gymnasium where the draft boys were the guests of honor. A very large crowd was present, probably 400 people. Excellent music was furnished at both the dance and the banquet by the Lutz Orchestra, and a merry time was had until the closing at 12:30.

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“A little daughter of Warren Williams was attacked yesterday by a dog which bit off the end of her nose. The wound, which is quite serious, was cauterized by Dr. Bunting.

“A card received today from Martin Mosbrucker, who was, at one time, employed with the Daily Pioneer, states that he has arrived safely in France.

“Word has been received of the death of George Peoples, 78, an old-time pioneer resident of Mandan, who died at Butte, Montana. He built the Peoples Hotel on the corner of Main Street and Collins Ave. during the late 1880s, the place now running under the name of the Mandan Hotel. Mr. Peoples was also the mayor of Bismarck in Territorial Days. He left Mandan 15 years ago. Survivors include his wife, a son, Robert, and a daughter, Fannie.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., Aug. 3, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 104 degrees above zero.

“No activity could be seen today on the streets of Mandan. It was plainly too hot for man or beast.

“The artesian well machinery has been shipped to Moorhead, Minn.

“The men who have been employed at the artesian well shook the dust of Mandan from their feet last night. One went to Chicago, the others to Moorhead.

“Mr. Unkenholtz bought the artesian well tower and shed which he has already pulled down. The materials will be used in the erection of new barn at his farm.

“Tuesday evening was a perfect one for driving, and a number of young people and others took advantage of it and drove out to old Fort Lincoln. Some music was taken along. An hour or two was pleasantly spent in dancing.

“The county records of the board of health show that every birth in July was that of a boy, and no deaths were recorded. If this keeps up — births and no deaths — the county will fill up without immigration.”

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