25 Years Ago-1993

Chris Brucker, of Mandan, a junior at the University of Mary, will compete against the “best of the best” in the Music Teachers National Association collegiate competition to be held in Spokane, Wash. The former MHS graduate played the marimba against musicians from an eight-state region to win the regional contest in Sioux Falls, S.D., and earn a ticket to the national music contest.

Two Mandan football players have been selected to play for the South team in the annual North-South Shrine All-Star football game to be played July 30 in Grand Forks. Aaron Dietrich and Ryland Fleck, both seniors at Mandan High, will be representing the Braves.

Funerals this week:

Palma (Nesja) Grudem, 83, Flasher; raised, educated at Havelock and New England. Graduated from New England High School, 1927. Attended Dickinson Normal College two years. Was a teacher in the New England area. Married E. Milton Grudem, 1934. Farmed near Freda and Flasher areas. Member of Flasher Homemakers group and the Raleigh Rebekah Lodge. Survivors include two sons, two daughters and their families.

Connie (Schmidt) Berger, 34, Mandan; raised, educated at Flasher. Married Durwin Berger, 1977. Was activities director and volunteer coordinator at Medcenter One Mandan Hospital and Hospice. Was active member of the Medcenter One Mandan Auxiliary and North Dakota Council of Activity Coordinators. Survivors include her husband, one son and daughter, her parents, Richard and Monica Schmidt, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Beatrice Berger, two brothers, two sisters and their families.

Ralph V. Erhardt, 80, Almont; raised, educated near Almont. Married Anna Doll, 1942. Farmed southwest of Almont, retiring 1980. Member of Glen Ullin Knights of Columbus, Catholic Men’s Society and the Prairie Rose Senior Citizens of Almont. Survivors include his wife, six sons, two daughters and their families, one brother.

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Temps recorded Tues., Feb. 16: a high of 8 degrees; 13 degrees below zero for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

The fourth annual Benefit Dinner-Dance given by the Mandan Hospital Volunteers at the Elks Club “was a huge success with more than 500 people in attendance,” according to Mrs. R.M. Leslie, president of the group. This year’s theme, “Through the Looking Glass,” included a variety of colorful wall displays, including a huge white rabbit, Alice, the Queen of Hearts and all the other wonderful characters of the story, along with a “white elephant” booth and a variety of games. The evening’s music was furnished by John Pfeffer and the Frontiersmen. The volunteers plan to use the proceeds to purchase new surgical instruments for the hospital.

Officials at the State Highway Department announced the retirement of Margaret De La Barre, of Mandan, a senior clerk in the planning and research division. Mrs. De La Barre served 17 years with the department.

The Mandan Braves wrestling squad closed out their regular season with an impressive 40-13 win over the Dickinson Titans in a dual meet held at the Mandan High gym. The win lifted coach LeRoy Boespflug’s Braves to a 9-2 record in dual meet competition.

The Braves used one decision, seven pins and a draw to drop the Titans. Pat Kremer won the only decision of the match for the Braves with a 6-0 win over Rick Roshau in the 95-lb. match. The Braves’ seven pins were claimed by Jack Paris, Ken Knudson, Daryl Steckler, Larry Boehm, Dale Leingang, Mark Heisler and Dave Friedenbach. Mandan’s John Jangula battled Dickinson’s Darrell Binek to a 4-4 draw in the 145-lb. match.

The Minnesota Vikings will “hold the line” on ticket prices for the 1968 season. Tickets are currently priced at $5 and $3 for adult reserved seats and $1 for a special high school section. The $5 “top” makes Vikings football the best bargain buy in the NFL.

75 Years Ago-1943

The first group of area Navy volunteers have left for Minneapolis and enlistment in the service. Vernon Peters, 43, Mandan, is in charge of the group, which includes the following 17-year olds: Eugene Flynn, George Kuntz, Leonard Schmautz, all of Mandan; William Kolberg, Huff; and Jack E. Helbling, St. Anthony.

Mandan’s “Three Musketeers,” Richard Baron, Delbert Skjod and William Wilkinson, waiting since last July for their calls to active duty and cadet training in the U.S. Army Air Corps, have finally received their calls. All three will report to San Antonio, Texas. While awaiting their calls, Baron and Wilkinson have been working on the railroad; Skjod has been a guard at the State Training School.

Funeral services were held this week for Richard Bauknecht, 85, resident of the state since territorial days. Born in Baden, Germany, he came to the United States in 1885, settling first in Ohio and then at Glen Ullin and Mandan, where he ran a shoe store for many years. Bauknecht began work for the railroad in 1906, retiring 16 years later in 1922. He married Mary Schneider in 1887; she died in 1917. Survivors include four children and their families.

In an attempt to conserve leather for the armed forces, a new national rationing program has begun, making it illegal for citizens to purchase more than three pairs of shoes each year. With just one day’s notice before the effective date, crowds stormed shoe counters in stores across the United States to “stock up” on supplies. Citizens, who are now encouraged to visit shoe repair shops, must sign up for Shoes Coupons at local Rationing Boards.

President Franklin Roosevelt has nominated Lt. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to be a full general, co-incident with Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s disclosure that Allied Forces opposing the Axis in North Africa would be unified under Eisenhower’s command. The promotion makes him the fourth full general in the American forces. The others are Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the first AEF in Europe; George C. Marshall, Army chief of staff; and Douglas MacArthur, in command in the Australian area.

100 Years Ago-1918

“The back of the cold spell has finally been broken and, after several days of temperatures ranging down as low as 30 below, the thermometer climbed up to around the 40-degree mark today.

“Two years ago, this week, following a long warm spell, Mandan boys were canoeing over the fairgrounds in Syndicate. The Heart River had broken up, and the flats were entirely covered with water.

“Mrs. Katherine Ford, who is 72 years old, has done much work for the Red Cross, and it is noted that she has, so far, has knitted and completed 22 helmets, 26 pair of wristlets, 10 pair of socks, 4 sweaters and 1 muffler.

“A fruitcake, which was likely sent to soldier boys, has been returned to the local post office, the address label being torn off. Party proving claim can have it by applying to the local post office.

Ad: “One dozen, guaranteed, selected fresh farm eggs for 40 Cents, in a sealed carton. Cheaper than meat. Ask your grocer or call on us. Mandan Creamery & Produce Co.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 29 degrees above zero.

“The weather in Mandan today is spring-like in every particular.

“On Tuesday’s east bound express train was a valuable consignment of silk. It occupied three baggage cars and was shipped from China and invoiced to New York.

“There was much rejoicing at the residence of President Lanterman of the State Bank, over the arrival of a son on Saturday morning. Mr. Lanterman is unusually proud as this is his first son, his other children being girls.

“On Monday, Mr. Harper, the county judge, issued a marriage license to Gabriel Ruff and Barbara Knoll of Crown Butte. Last week he issued licenses to Alex Fralich and Elizabeth Leingang and to Mathias Mikelsohn and Katherine Mjkangas of Little Heart. In the latter case, the judge also performed the nuptial ceremony.

“Cashier Flynn of the First National Bank says: Our small savings banks are becoming very popular, and a large number of people are beginning to save in them. Our system of saving is quite unique, inasmuch as we give the safes out, already locked, and they can only be opened at the bank. When presented to the bank, the contents are counted and placed on interest, and the safes are again locked and given out.”