25 Years Ago-1993

The gothic arches of the Louis Rehm barn, northwest of Hebron, have moved the structure one step closer to being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rehm barn, significant as one of the state’s earliest known examples of barn construction using the gothic arch roof shape, was built in 1917 by Adam Rehm, brother of Louis Rehm, who is the father of the current owner, Armin Rehm. Gothic arches were considered more capable of withstanding the buffeting power of prairie winds than the commonly used gable and gambrel roof shapes.

Funerals this week:

Martha (Kemmesat) Henke, 95, New Salem; raised, educated at Youngtown. Married William Henke, 1918. Farmed in Hannover area, retiring and moving into New Salem, 1957. Was a 74-year member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church Ladies Aid. Survivors include two daughters and their families.

Bernard Bonagofsky, 54, Selfridge; raised, educated at Selfridge. Married Roseanna Zinnel, 1959. Worked for Joe Froehlich Trucking and Leonard’s Milk Hauling. Owned, operated Our Place Tavern, Selfridge, since 1988. Survivors include his wife, two sons, one daughter and their families, and two sisters.

Herman W. Starck, 94, New Salem; raised, educated in Sweet Briar area. Married Emma Jacobson, 1923. Farmed near Sweet Briar, retiring and moving into New Salem, 1970. A member of the Pioneers Club. Survivors include two daughters and their families.

Charles Stastney, 77, Mandan; raised, educated in rural Mandan. Married Alma Dietz, 1937. Farmed until moving into Mandan, 1970. Was an ASCS field man, 25 years. Managed the Mandan Eagles Club during 1970s, then worked at Mandan Moose Lodge, retiring 1989. Member of ZCBJ Lodge. Charter member and president of Mandan Eagles Club. Member of Mandan Moose Lodge. Served on the Little Heart School Board and the St. John’s Cemetery Board. Survivors include his wife, one son and two daughters and their families.

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Temperature recorded Tuesday, March 2: a high of 44 degrees; 19 degrees below zero for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Douglas Fix, 17-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fix of Mandan, has been nominated for enrollment in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The notification was received in a telegram from North Dakota’s Republican Rep. Thomas Kleppe. If approved by the academy, Douglas will follow his older brother, Donald Fix, who is a 1966 West Point graduate and serving with the Army in South Vietnam.

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The MHS Braves, with a 1- 17 win-loss basketball record for the year, suddenly came alive this week to give their fans a thrilling game at their gymnasium, edging the Bismarck Demons in a surprising nail-biter that went into overtime. The Braves battled from as much as 10 points behind, with two minutes remaining, to tie the game at 58 all at the end of regulation play. Their momentum continued in overtime, as Mandan’s Dennis Erickson, who had made the tying basket, also scored the final field goal with only three seconds remaining, for the 62-60 victory.

For the Demons, the loss ended their 10-game winning streak and gave them their only loss of the season in Southwest Region play. Top point man for Mandan was Ron Just, who netted 36 points, followed by Dennis Erickson with eight counters. For the Demons, Marc Olson, with13 points, led a group of five BHS double-figure scorers. The win gives the Braves a 2-17 season record, while Bismarck slipped to 15-4.

75 Years Ago-1943

The second anniversary of the founding of the Mandan Hospital Auxiliary was observed at their March meeting held in the nurses’ home at the hospital. The auxiliary was founded to aid the hospital with various work, such as sewing and mending. Eighteen members attended Friday’s meeting where Mrs. O.H. Zeamer was named president of the club. Other new officers are Mrs. P.W. Blank, vice president; Mrs. J.F. Allen, treasurer; and Mrs. Myrtle Walsh, secretary.

Lt. William C. Broderick of the U.S. Air Corps, who had been reported as “missing in action” in February is now listed as a “prisoner of war of the Germans,” according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo C. Broderick of Mandan.

Pfc. Herbert McCann has returned to Dayton, Ohio, where he is stationed with the armed forces following a furlough visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.G. McCann of Mandan.

William L. Neff, principal of Mandan High School, has been named by the U.S. Navy as examining officer for applicants to the newly-created V-12 Navy program. Eligible to take the tests are men in the 17- to 19-year-old age groups, who must either be high school graduates or seniors who graduate by June 30 of this year. Those who successfully pass the test will be sent to college by the Navy to be fitted for service as naval officers. More than 500 colleges are participating in this officer training program.

100 Years Ago-1918

“The telephone booth at the east end of the railroad yards caught fire this afternoon, shortly before three o’clock, from an overheated stove and was completely destroyed.

“Allen Key, Roy Kennelly and Frank Haider left last evening for Ft. Leavenworth to enter the services of Uncle Sam in the signal corps.

“An announcement has been made in Bismarck of the engagement of Attorney General William Langer to Miss Lydia Cady, daughter of J. Cleveland Cady of New York City. Mr. Langer and his fiancee met during the former’s student days in the law department of Columbia University.

“The closest basketball game of the season, which was the first loss in the new school gymnasium, ended in Casselton’s favor when they had to play off a tie game. The score stood 8 to 7 in the visitors’ favor at the end of the first half and when time was called, it was 13 to 13. Then an extra five minutes of play was agreed upon, and Edwards made the winning basket for Casselton. Tavis played the star game for Mandan, scoring four baskets.

“James Coffey of Aberdeen, South Dakota, collector of internal revenue for the district of North and South Dakota, announces that an income tax officer will soon arrive in Mandan and may be contacted by all persons in this vicinity who seek information in regard to making out their government individual and corporation income tax returns. The officer will be at the courthouse during business hours every day until the 10th. Every unmarried person earning more than $1,000 during the last year, and every married person or head of a family, who made more than $2,000, must file with the internal revenue collector of his district. He or she will then be notified before June 1 of the tax due, and payment must be submitted by June 15.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., March 2 at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 9 degrees above zero.

“Wednesday, the first of March, was a lamb like anyone could wish for. The sun shone brightly all day. The air was crisp, but there was no sign whatever of any disturbing elements.

“Just a few more weeks and the coal man will turn his attention to some other industry.

“Last Friday, Wheeler West, a five-year old boy living with his parents in the Dempsey house, tobogganed with considerable force against the side of Mr. Lanterman’s house. His broken leg and gashed forehead are recovering under Dr. Read’s care.

“Rev. G.A. Chambers regrets exceedingly that he could not keep his appointment at Christ church last Sunday. He attempted to cross the river on horseback but the crossing on the Missouri was in bad shape, so he sent his horse back to Bismarck and decided to the walk over on the train bridge. However, he arrived in Mandan shortly after the congregation had left the church, thinking he was not coming after all. Needless to say, the long travel day gave the Rev. Chambers ample time to plan next week’s sermon.

“Mr. P.B. Wickham left for Chicago and other eastern points on Monday. At Chicago he and Mr. Parkin will confer with Col. Cody, ‘Buffalo Bill,’ in reference to Sitting Bull’s cabin. Buffalo Bill, if he can afford the price, can purchase the cabin from the syndicate of Mandanites who own it or, on proper terms, he can have the use of it for his Wild West Show at Chicago this year. However, the owners of the cabin think they have a good thing and don’t propose to part with it for a mere song.”

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. Boit can be reached at dboit46@gmail.com.