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1943: Recruiting.

25 Years Ago-1993

This week the Mandan News showcased an athletic standout from Mandan, Jason Arenz, who graduated from Mandan High School in 1989 and graduated this spring with a business management degree from the University of Mary. He played football for the Marauders under the direction of head coach Tom Shea and was part of the All-Conference team all four years at U-Mary.

In 1992, Arenz was selected to First Team All-American and was the nation’s kick scoring leader. He holds all kicking and scoring records at U-Mary, including a successful 50-yard field goal. He was also the College Male Athlete of the Year and was named team captain in his senior year. He is the son of Thomas and Helen Arenz, Mandan.

Funerals this week:

John Vogel, 84, Northglenn, Colo; raised, educated at Timmer. Married Francis Schlosser in 1937. Farmed northwest of Mandan, retiring in 1952 and moving into Mandan. Employed at State Penitentiary for 22 years., then retired, moving to Denver. Active in Eagles Club and Elks Lodge. A lifetime member of North Dakota Peace Officers Association. Survivors include one son, one daughter and their families.

Tony Heck Jr., 72, Mandan; raised, educated in Morton County. Served in U.S. Army during World War II, 1942-45. Married Barbara Schaff in 1943. Employed seven years as mechanic at Farmers Union. Farmed in Morton County for 20 years, then worked for Schulz Creamery in Bismarck for 27 years, retiring in 1990. A member of the Mandan Moose. Survivors include his wife, three sons, five daughters and their families, four brothers, two sisters.

Madeline “Maggie” (Ferderer) Harm, 68, Mandan; raised, educated at Solen and Odense. Graduated from Solen High School. Married Fred Harm in 1947. Was a waitress and hostess at Mandan Elks for 30 years. A member of the Elks Club and the Eagles and American Legion auxiliaries. Survivors include her husband, four sons and their families, three brothers, three sisters.

Temperatures recorded Tuesday, July 27: a high of 79 degrees; 58 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

J.E. Burch, of Mandan, has retired after working 40 years for the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. He began as a brakeman and retired as a conductor. His run was a round trip to Glendive, taking the North Coast Limited there and returning on the Mainstreeter. He points with pride that “I have had a record of over 40 years in which myself or my crew have never had a reportable injury.” In his spare time, he raises a vegetable garden and enjoys hunting and fishing. “In fact,” he said, with a smile, “I plan on going fishing at 2:30 a.m. tomorrow.”

Newly elected officers of the N.D. Chapter of the National Association of U.S. Postmasters are Donald L. Hertz, president; and vice presidents Edward Barth, Fort Yates, Ken Jones, Parshall, and J. Don Burns, Bowman. Mary Hovel, Jessie, is secretary-treasurer. The postmasters’ convention was held at the Elks building, Mandan.

The annual 4-H livestock judging contest was held at Armour’s and Kist’s livestock auctions in Mandan where more than 80 4-H members participated from six area counties. Receiving the award, presented by Emil Kautzman of Mandan Security Bank, for high individual, sheep division, was Allen Schmidt, representing Morton County.

Virginia Lee Hansen, of Killdeer, has been crowned Miss North Dakota for 1968 by the outgoing queen, Wanda Lou Lowry, of New Town and Bismarck. First runner-up was Miss Morton County, Sandra Gronowski, Mandan.

Theodore F. Hagerott, Mandan, Vernon Glaesemann, Elgin, and Nick Schmidt, Breien, have been re-elected to serve three-year terms as directors of Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative during the company’s annual meeting held in Flasher. According to manager Wallace Timpe, more than 1,100 people registered for the meeting.

75 Years Ago-1943

After conferring with Gov. John Moses and officials from dozens of North Dakota towns, National Rubber Director W.M. Jeffers has declared the 28,500 tires stored in Fargo and Minot warehouses will be regraded and distributed immediately to North Dakota dealers to relieve the critical shortage on farm vehicles during the state’s ongoing harvest. No spare tires will be issued for passenger cars at this time.

Despite numerous telegrams and phone calls by Moses to various government officials, the distribution of combines and other farm equipment will come too late to help farmers during this year’s harvest. North Dakota’s share of the 9,000 combines and other farm equipment approved by the War Production Board isn’t scheduled to arrive until the last week of July. However, officials say the board has been working with custom combine operators, providing them with the necessary gasoline and tires to do the same service as in past years.

Ten Mandan men, formerly of Battery A, 188th Field Artillery, now with Battery A, 753rd F. A. Battalion at Camp Beale, Calif., have been awarded the good conduct medal for “exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity.” Receiving awards were First Sgt. Clemens Matz; Staff Sgts. Kermit Ellison, John Froelich and Ken Lahren; and Sgts. John P. Brown, Jacob Fisher, Clyde Lehman, Desmond Sagmiller, Tony Brucker and Cpl. John P. Koch.

James G. Messmer, seaman second class, son of Mr. and Mike Messer, Mandan, is home on a 15-day furlough from Farragut, Idaho.

Pvt. John F. Gould, son of Mr. and Mrs. J C. Gould, Mandan, who is stationed at the armored force replacement training center, Fort Knox, Ky., has scored the highest mark in his company and is one of the best in his battalion with the .30 cal. rifle to win an “expert” rating.

100 Years Ago-1918

“Impressive services, installing Rev. Hugh H. Owens as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, were held on Sunday evening, attended by a large number of people from the congregation and from the Methodist Church who joined in welcoming the new pastor. Rev. G.W. Stewart of Wilton preached the sermon and presided over the installation service.

“Word was received in Mandan this morning, announcing the marriage yesterday of Sgt. Wm. R. Bauknecht of Mandan and Miss Rose Thomalla of Jamestown, came as a happy surprise to friends and relatives. ‘Bill’ is a Mandan boy, the son of Richard R. Baucknecht, and has a host of friends in the city. Sgt. Baucknecht was one of the first men to leave here for Camp Dodge, Iowa, getting permission from the draft board to leave ahead of his turn.

“Joseph Meyers, a hostler’s helper employed at the roundhouse on the night shift, last night lost two fingers and part of the middle finger of his right hand. Meyers was about to jump on the engine that was backing out, when he slipped and fell, his hand resting on the rail, and the engine ran over his fingers. He was taken to the Glendive hospital this morning where the mangled fingers will be amputated.

“By action of the North Dakota State Council of Defense, the newly organized corporation within the council has been authorized to take over the management of all North Dakota’s 2,200 elevators and grain warehouses until the war has ended. This corporation has also been given control of the North Dakota lignite industry. The action’s purpose is to eliminate unnecessary waste and expenses regarding the handling of grain during the harvest. To assure profits are handled honestly and fairly, elevators must now organize a new board of trustees consisting of five members — two from the country, two from the city, and the fifth member elected by the four.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thursday, July 27, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 88 degrees above zero.

“The artesian well force are busy taking down the machinery and packing up for shipment under the supervision of Mr. Gray, one of the contractors.

“Mr. and Mrs. F. Leonberger left last week for Chicago where they will spend two weeks studying the wonders of the World’s Fair. During their visit, they will be domiciled at the Chicago University.

“In Morton County’s farm produce exhibit at the World’s Fair in Chicago, there will be a quantity of corn which will certainly attract attention. It was planted late on sod at Square Butte and not cultivated at all. The ears are nine inches long and have 10 rows of kernels. The crop speaks well for the fertility of the soil in Morton County.”

“The Board of Education met last Saturday evening and discussed the proposed addition to the Second Ward school. The contract will be let at the meeting of the board on Aug. 1. The work is to be completed by Sept. 9, ready for the opening of the fall term of school. Teacher salaries were also on the agenda. The salary of the grammar school teacher was fixed at $50 per month, and that of all the other teachers at $45 per month. The clerk was instructed to notify the teachers what their respective salaries would be.”

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