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25 Years Ago-1993

Mandan's first baby of 1993 is Kurra Ann, daughter of Kristin Mikkelson and Steve Renner, Mandan. She was born weighing 6 lbs., 2 oz., during the afternoon of Jan. 1 at St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck.

Two Mandan Kiwanians received outstanding honors from the Minnesota-Dakotas District for outstanding leadership. Goldy Goldmann, the 1992 Kiwanis Club president, and John Gerding, secretary-treasurer, were presented with the awards by Kiwanis Lt. Gov. William W. Wills. Goldmann joined the Kiwanis in 1957; Gerding became a member during 1980. This is the second such award for Gerding, who also received it in 1991 with then-president, Steve Beehler.

Funerals this week:

Don Klingensmith, 91, Mandan; raised, educated in Iowa. Graduated from John Fletcher College, 1928. Married Thelma Hyde, 1930, at Almont. Was a pastor in North Dakota and Wisconsin. Served as missionary for the Ponca Indian Mission, Ponca City, Okla. Received a master's degree in history from Oklahoma State University, a master of divinity degree from Garrett Seminary, a doctorate degree in counseling from Valley Christian University. Was a translator of the New Testament from the original Greek. A member of Mandan Lions, Toastmasters, Isaac Walton League, Bis-Man Wildlife Federation, the Prohibition and Republican parties. Survivors include his wife, one son and daughter and their families, two brothers, one sister.

Eva (Bullinger) Wetsch, 86, Bismarck; raised, educated at St. Anthony. Married Michael Wetsch, 1928. Farmed in St. Anthony area, moving to Mandan, 1955. Survivors include two sons, two daughters and their families.

Robert Feickert, 71, Bismarck; raised, educated at Jamestown. Served in U.S. Air Force during World War II and Korean Conflict. Married Gloria Johnson, 1946. Was employed as advertising salesperson, reporter and photographer at the Mandan Pioneer, then the Bismarck Tribune, retiring 1986. Member of Legion, Rotary Club, Elks, Crime Stoppers, the Regional Draft Board, also a past president of the Dakota Zoological Society and charter member of the Mandan Rural Fire Department Survivors include his wife; one son and his wife, Fargo, two brothers.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, Jan. 5: a high of 8 degrees; 14 degrees below zero for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

The winner of Mandan's New Year's Baby Derby contest is a 7-lb., 6-oz. girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stanton, of Mandan. She arrived New Year's Day evening at the Mandan Hospital and joins two other siblings, Teddy, 6, and Jodene, 5. Their father is a clerk at the Northern Pacific Railway Depot in Mandan.

James Stark, of Mandan, has been awarded the designation of Knight of the York Cross of Honor. This honorary degree, the highest in the York Rite of Freemasonry, is conferred only on those who have held the highest office in each of the four bodies of the Rite. Stark becomes one of about 400, out of more than 4.25 million Freemasons in North America and the Philippines, to qualify this year. Stark served as master of the Mandan Lodge of Masons in 1966.

Ron Erhardt, a Mandan High School graduate, has been named North Dakota's Coach of the Year for 1967. The 36-year-old head football coach of North Dakota State University guided the Bison to an unbeaten campaign in his second year as head coach. The Bison earned nine victories before falling to University of Texas-Arlington in the Pecan Bowl held in December.

Phil Jackson, All-American basketball star for the University of North Dakota Sioux, has been named the 1967 Athlete of the Year by the North Dakota Associated Press Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association. The 6’-8” forward from Williston has capped his collegiate career by signing with the NBA's New York Knickerbockers. The nominations for the annual honor also included Mandan's basketball star, Bob Green.

The mother of a New Salem serviceman, killed in Vietnam on Oct. 3, has received a Purple Heart on behalf of her son, Sgt. Major Laurence C. Zietlow, 39. His widowed mother was given the Purple Heart at her home by Col. James K. Walton, army adviser, of Bismarck.

75 Years Ago-1943

Mandan's first 1943 baby, weighing 6 lbs., 4 oz., was born on the morning of Jan. 6 at the Mandan hospital. The newest arrival is David Michael Hobson, the son of Sgt. and Mrs. E.H. Hobson. He will join a brother, Everett, who will soon be 2 years old. Mrs. Hobson is the former Esther Gartner of Hebron and is a sister of Mrs. Matt Clauston, Mandan. Sgt. Hobson is stationed somewhere in Alaska with the U.S. Signal Corps.

Memorial services were recently held at the Hebron City Hall for Cpl. Herman C. Diede, 22, of Hebron, who was killed in action in the South Pacific area on Nov. 23. His mother, Mrs. Christ Diede of Hebron, was notified of the death by the War Department a week prior to the service. Other surviving family members include three brothers and one sister. Cpl. Diede's father died Nov. 24, one day following his son's death.

Death also visited three Mandan homes during the first week of January: Charles F. Ellis Sr., 71, pioneer real estate and insurance man; Eldin O. Wickham, 78, a pioneer railroad worker; and Edwin W. Miller, 69, who worked for Bingenheimer Mercantile before being engaged in the insurance business. The funerals for all three were held at Mandan's First Presbyterian Church. All three were also members of the local Masonic Lodge.

The fourth and last son of the Agaton Larson family has enlisted in the armed forces. Warren Larson, 19, has completed his four-year course at Mandan High School and leaves for Fargo to enlist in the U.S. Navy, joining his brother, Henry. Brother Arthur is with the U.S. Army; brother Harold is overseas with the Army Air Corps.

100 Years Ago-1918

"Letters from some of our boys in France were received in Mandan this week. They indicate that Scott Conyne, W.J. Sullivan, John O'Rourke and ‘Honus’ Wetzstein were on the transport, and they were written when in sight of land. The mailed letters bore the date December 13.

"The new Wonder Store, M.S. Lang, proprietor, opened for business on December 3, in the Lewis & Clark hotel block. A fine display of novelties greeted the many visitors.

"That portion of the old freight depot which was used as an office has been cut away from the rest of the building which is being torn down. This portion is being moved today to upper Sixth Avenue by Mike Pitzer who recently bought three lots there. The building will be remodeled into a home.

"After having been in the business of doing moving for other people, the Mandan Transfer Co. tried it on themselves this past week and moved their offices from the Mandan Electric Co. on Main Street to 106 First Ave. N.W., next to the Kennelly building.

"Rev. F.W. Thompson preached his farewell sermon as pastor of the Mandan's First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 30. The Rev. and Mrs. Thompson and their children left the following evening on Train No. 1 for Deer Lodge, Mont., where Rev. Thompson has accepted a call to the Presbyterian church of that city."

125 Years Ago-1893

"On Thurs., Jan. 5, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 14 degrees above zero.

"The North Dakota Legislature convened at Bismarck on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, at noon. Nothing has been accomplished thus far, except the shaking of hands and swapping of stories.

"Remember the handkerchief sale next week at Hodgson and Ports store. It will be the finest selection in town.

"There is trouble among the young ladies of Mandan. Some of the older ones are a bit jealous of their younger sisters in society because of the very prominent position they are attaining, and refer to them as the ‘babies.’ The younger ones retaliate by speaking of the others as ‘old maids.’ To make matters worse, the latter are finding out, much to their indignation, that the young men are giving more attention to the ‘babies’ and eye these attentions with alarm. However, it does seem that the ‘babies’ have the advantage as they are stronger in number.

"Marriage bells at Sims were ringing very merrily on New Year's Day when Mr. Joseph Neil and Miss Annie Heater were joined in the bonds of matrimony by Justice of the Peace C.L. Timmerman on New Year's Day. The ceremony took place at the brickyard boarding house where the wedding banquet was spread, the guests taking their seats about 8 o'clock. Speeches were in order during the evening, and the oratory went rampant with great fun. The festivities were kept up until the wee hours of the morning."

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