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25 Years Ago-1993

Due to rainy weather, 267 seniors of Mandan’s class of 1993 received their diplomas on Sunday, May 23, at a ceremony held inside the high school gymnasium. The afternoon’s speakers were John Schaff, president of the senior class, followed by three fellow classmates, Colleen Willenbring, Suzi Fleischer and Stacy Morris.

Eleven graduated with high honors: Aaron Dietrich, Suzette Fleischer, Shaylynn Hellman, Matt Herzog, Stacy Morris, Renee Roethlisberger, Bryan Roll, John Schaff, Eric Thompson, Karen Urban and Colleen Willenbring.

Graduation ceremonies were held Sunday, May 23, for 41 seniors at New Salem High School. Kristen Kilen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Kilen, gave the valedictory address. The salutatorian speech was given by Trisha Kaelberer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kaelberer.

The 21 seniors of Flasher’s graduating class of 1993 also received their diplomas on the 23rd at the Flasher High School gymnasium. The graduating class had three students who maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and, as a result, were selected as tri- valedictorian-salutatorian: Wendy Lawson, daughter of James and Rose Mary Lawson; Elaina Mahrer, daughter of Roger and Isabelle Mahrer; and Stacy Ripplinger, daughter of Erving and Janet Ripplinger, all of Flasher.

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The popular TV series “Cheers” ended May 20 after 11 seasons, 274 episodes and 111 Emmy nominations. According to survey figures, an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. population watched the final episode.

Funerals this week:

Elizabeth (Emter) Geiger, 73, Mandan; raised, educated in Glen Ullin area. Married John Geiger in 1943. Moved to Mandan in 1974. A 4-H leader, member of Catholic Daughters, St. Joseph parish and Women of the Moose. Survivors include her husband, one son and daughter and their families, three brothers, two sisters.

Peter Beckler, 79, Mandan; raised, educated at Fallon; attended rural public schools. Married Pauline Froelich in 1937. Farmed near St. Anthony, moving into Mandan in 1947. Owned, operated Beckler Cabinet Works, then worked for city of Mandan; later for Quality Builders Lumber, retiring in 1979. Survivors include his wife, one son, one daughter and their families, three brothers, two sisters.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, June 1: a high of 63 degrees; 44 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

The Mandan Mrs. Jaycees have received all of the major awards at the state convention recently held at Fargo. Mrs. Logan (Jeannette) Holm was named state president. She chose as her officers Mrs. Richard Schmidt, secretary, Mrs. Eldo Johnson, treasurer, and Mrs. Eddie Ereth, state editor, all of Mandan. It is thought to be the first time that Mandan occupied all of the state offices at one time.

The Mandan chapter was also named the Outstanding Chapter of Division Two, receiving a traveling plaque that they also won in 1967. Mrs. Herb Sasse was named outstanding “first year” Mrs. Jaycee. Mrs. Eldo Johnson was named the outstanding Mrs. Jaycee in the entire division.

Diplomas were presented to 225 1968 graduates (the largest class in the school’s history) of Mandan Senior High School at the 66th annual commencement exercises held at the school gymnasium. W.R. Russell, president of the Mandan Board of Education, made the presentation, with Superintendent August Spiss assisting. Senior class president Dan Ulmer was master of ceremonies and introduced the student speakers: Michael Brien, Sally Block and Dale Leingang. The ceremony concluded with the invocation and benediction by the Rev. John MacMullen.

Wednesday evening, May 23, St. Joseph’s Parochial School of Mandan held its last eighth-grade graduation for 52 students. Earlier in the year, a decision was made to eliminate the seventh and eighth grades at the school due to financial reasons. Beginning next fall, an estimated 130 students in those grades will attend Mandan Junior High School. Father Charles Backes is St. Joseph’s current school superintendent; Sister Helen Margaret is principal.

75 Years Ago-1943

Colors of the rainbow transformed the Memorial building auditorium last Saturday into a fantasyland setting for the 1943 Junior Prom, which was attended by more than 50 couples from the junior and senior classes of the Mandan High School. The Grand March was led by junior class president Donald Fleck and his partner, Miss Claudia Suchy; second in line was Christ Boehm, senior class president, and Miss Elsie Glaser.

When school closes at the Little Heart School No. 4, Anna Leingang will receive a certificate for perfect attendance for the eight-month school period. She is the 11-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Leingang of near St. Anthony, and she has been neither late nor absent during the entire school year.

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Pfc. Clement W. Mushik is now stationed at the Army air force’s basic training center at Kearns, Utah. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mushik, Mandan.

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Geiss of Huff have four sons serving in the armed forces: Mike, stationed in North Africa; John in Alaska; Nick in Los Angeles; and Frank in Tennessee.

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Starr, Mandan, received a letter last week from their son, Cpl. Morley Starr, who is stationed somewhere in the Pacific. Excerpts from his letter follow: “Received your letter with the calendar. That was the last one I got. Well, I have had my fill of bananas here. One day I counted how many I had eaten. It was 50. I’ve also had lots of watermelon and papayas, which are grown on trees. I also tasted some fresh pineapple, and boy, was that stuff good! And the women here wear grass skirts! By the way, I’m still in good shape and am now a corporal.”

Forty-five of every 100 Boeing aircraft employees now are women. Building the big Flying Fortress war planes is no longer just a man’s business, Boeing officials said, and they’re predicting the percentage of women among the plant’s employees will increase to 60 percent within a year’s time.

Baseball star Joe DiMaggio is now a $50-a-month private on Uncle Sam’s team instead of a $53,750-a-year outfielder for the New York Yankees. Joe, 28, who was classified as 3A by his draft board, volunteered for the army at a San Francisco induction center.

100 Years Ago-1918

“George Ward of Bismarck has been reported missing after the American steamer Lake Moor was torpedoed in European waters by a German submarine on April 11. Ward enlisted in the Navy shortly after the declaration of war. He was 26 years old and owned the hotel at Fort Rice which his wife is now operating.

“Phillip Eckroth, one of the best-known farmers of the St. Anthony district, died at the Mandan Hospital as a result of an accident on his farm. Eckroth was out in the fields at work with a team, when the horses started to run away. He grabbed for the lines and, somehow, wrenched himself so hard as to burst a blood vessel. He was discovered by one of his sons and was brought to the hospital, but nothing could be done to save his life. Deceased was 42 years old and leaves a wife and large family. The funeral was held at St. Anthony.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., June 1, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 68 degrees above zero.

“A light frost here yesterday morning.

“The Rev. O.J. Norby, who has resigned the pastorate of the Scandinavian churches of this district, preached his farewell sermon in the Mandan church last Sunday. Mr. Norby says he needs a long rest and is going to take one and expects to spend the summer on the Pacific Coast.

“The city authorities are after tramps and men without any visible means of support with a sharp stick. Last night the police captured 12 and lodged them in jail. It is thought that several days’ work on the city streets, with a ball and chain attachment, should have an effect on their attitude.”

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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