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1918: Mother cartoon.

1918: Mother cartoon.

25 Years Ago-1993

University of North Dakota medical students Mike Schirado and Jim Christensen, both of Mandan, will be spending four weeks at area hospitals as part of their training. Schirado, a second-year med student, will be at Hazen, while Christensen will train at Bottineau. Parents of the students are Lester and Allison Schirado and Ruth Christensen.

North Dakotans are paying about 4 cents more per gallon for gasoline than they did in 1992. Unleaded self-service gasoline is selling for an average of $1.16 per gallon, while full service unleaded is selling for $1.39 per gallon. The national average is $1.14 for unleaded.

Funerals this week:

Tom Olsen, 80, New Salem; born in Norway. Raised, educated in the Almont area. Never married. Served in Civil Conservation Corps, 1935-36. Farmed with brother, Chris ,until 1976, moving into New Salem. Survivors include two sisters-in law and many nephews and nieces.

Ann (Meier) Cantwell, 87, New Salem; raised near New Salem. Graduate of New Salem High School. Graduated from Valley City Teachers College, then taught at Mandan and New Salem for many years. Married Albert Cantwell, 1935. Lived in Sacramento, Calif., eight years, returning to New Salem in 1945. A member of Peace Church Women’s Guild, New Salem Homemakers Club, the golf association, New Salem Horse and Saddle Club, Mandan Elks and several bridge clubs. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families, one sister.

Theckla (Berry) Duffy, 83, Mandan; raised, educated in Burt and received teaching certificate at Dickinson State Teachers College. Married Daniel Duffy, 1932. Taught in rural elementary school near Shields. Moved to Mandan in 1939. Worked as bookkeeper for her husband’s auto dealership and Duffy’s Used Cars. Member of St. Joseph’s Circle and Catholic Daughters. Avid bridge player, a member of the same club for more than 50 years. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, May 11: a high of 76 degrees; 41 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

The St. Anthony Catholic Grade School will close at the end of this school year, according to an announcement by the Rev. Thomas Kramer, superintendent of schools for the Bismarck Diocese. The school is being closed because the Felecian Sisters of Chicago, who provided teachers for the past 25 years, would be unable to staff the school. This is the third school closing in the diocese this year. Others closing are at Linton and rural Dickinson.

St. Anthony is one of the oldest Catholic schools in western North Dakota. It has been in operation for about 60 years, but enrollment has dropped from a 1944 high of 150 students to only 45 pupils this year. The two-room schoolhouse is located about 20 miles south of Mandan.

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The Mandan Columbian Squires Circle No. 180 captured the first-place trophy in the North Dakota Outstanding Circle contest at the North Dakota State Squires Convention held in Devils Lake. Elected to the post of state deputy chief squire was James Brigl, Mandan. Squires delegates attending from Mandan were Steve Fairaizl, Mark Huber and Larry Paul. Mandan counselors in attendance were Frank Boehm and Julius Brigl.

The Couples Club of the First Lutheran Church met Sunday evening for an old-time box lunch party with 20 couples present. As lighted kerosene lamps glowed from tables, opening devotions were given by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Shaw, followed with singing by a men’s quartet, consisting of the Rev. Stephen Knudsen, Ed Dahlen, Dick Syvrud and Earl Setterlind. After the program, members formed groups to make homemade ice ream while silent movies were shown.

Members of the Mandan Revelers Club attended an old-fashioned prom at their recent dinner-dance held at the Municipal Country Club. Netting and stars formed a false ceiling and a French mural on the wall set the scene for the theme, “In Gay Paree Under Starlit Skies.” Dance music was provided by the Paul Skoropat Orchestra.

75 Years Ago-1943

Pvt. Phil R. Schaff has arrived safely in Australia, according to information received by his father, Roy Schaff of St. Anthony.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Ferder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ferder, Mandan, is stationed with the armed forces at New Orleans.

Reinhold Gartner, technician fourth grade, has received a citation for award of the Silver Star for gallantry in action in North Africa. Gartner is the son of Mrs. Mathilda Gartner of Hebron.

Sgt. Joseph W. Youngblut Jr., has arrived safely somewhere in Africa, according to a message received by his wife in Mandan.

Lt. Bernard Schauss is now serving with the armed forces in North Africa after being stationed in England. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Schauss.

Pvt. Robert McCormick, recently inducted into the U.S. Army, is stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., according to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. McCormick. The McCormicks also have another son serving in Uncle Sam’s forces. Jack McCormick is at Rochester, Minn., where he is receiving pilot training.

Staff Sgt. Edward Froehlich, who left Mandan with the 188th two years ago, has been transferred from Fort Lewis, Wash., to Camp Beal, Calif. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Froehlich.

Sgt. Roger Thysell is now stationed with the armed forces in Persia, according to information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Thysell. Another son, Capt. John Thysell, Jr., is stationed at Fort McPherson, Ga.

Pfc. Victor Schmidt, who has been in Australia with the armed forces since April, 1941, has been transferred to New Guinea, according to a letter received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Schmidt of Flasher.

100 Years Ago-1918

“The warm weather of the past few days has started the frog chorus in the ponds south of the depot.

“At the meeting of the Civic League this week held at the Commercial Club rooms, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Mrs. Anna Stark, president; Mrs. Jos. P. Hess, vice president; and Mrs. Francis McDonald, secretary and treasurer. Last fall, the Civic League purchased the two lots adjoining the park on Collins Avenue which now gives the park a frontage of 200 feet on that avenue. It is expected that the new lots, as well as the boulevard, will be put into a wartime garden.

“The ‘goose that laid the golden egg’ has been located down at New England, Hettinger County, according to Attorney Sullivan, who arrived in Mandan after giving speeches for Liberty Bonds in some of the small south line towns. While in New England, he attended a Red Cross auction sale, which was suspended for about a half-hour due to a rainstorm. During that time, a donated goose laid an egg, which was immediately put up for auction and brought $36.40. The New England auction, attended by about 200 people, resulted in $1,999 for the Red Cross."

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., May 11 at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 70 degrees above zero.

“A very frisky wind from the north was with us all day yesterday.

“Several families of new settlers came in on this morning’s train.

“Some beautiful teams of horses can be seen coming in from the country nowadays.

“Henry Harmon, with Mr. Steinbrueck as assistant, were busy last week surveying the Roman Catholic cemetery and staking it out in lots and roadways.

“The first burial in the new Roman Catholic cemetery took place today, the interment being that of the seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Pitzer; he died on Wednesday.

“Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lang left last night for Buffalo, New York, on a visit to friends and relatives. On their return, they will visit the Great Exposition at Chicago. This is Mr. Lang’s first vacation trip east in 11 years.

“Bismarck Tribune: ‘There would seem to be no good reason now why North Dakota should not become the mecca for the “grand army” of mismatched and mis-mated of this world. The South Dakota divorce law, having been amended, leaves North Dakota in the unenviable position of being— barring a hostile judge — the place of all places for obtaining divorces speedily and quietly.’”

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