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25 Years Ago-1993

Jacqueline Wilcox, Mandan, has been named a recipient of a Milken Family Foundation Educator Award, which carries a cash award of $25,000. Wilcox was one of 120 recipients nationwide, and one of six for North Dakota. She teaches fifth-grade science students at Cannon Ball Elementary School. She had been a substitute teacher in the Mandan Public Schools from 1980 to 1984.

Sen. Corliss Mushik, D-Mandan, has been re-elected chairwoman of the North Dakota Legislative Council. Rep. Bill Oban, D-Bismarck, the assistant House minority leader, is vice chairman. Democrats, with their one-seat Senate majority, hold an 8-7 edge in seats on the council, which oversees legislative business during interims between sessions.

Funerals this week:

Joseph Anton Pius Ferdinand Morant, 83, Mandan; raised in Oliver County, educated in Mandan. Moved to Havre, Mont., then Longview, Wash., returning to Mandan in 1953. Helped manage the William Borden farm for many years. Farmed for a neighbor, Robert Sylvester, 21 years; then for Irvin Young and on his own land near Selfridge. He never married. Survivors include one brother and his family, numerous nephews and nieces.

Bertha (Maier) Schmidt, 79, Mandan; raised, educated in Morton County schools. Married John G. Schmidt Sr. in 1933. Helped establish the Solen Rural Fire District. Held offices in the Solen American Legion Auxiliary, Solen Christian Mothers and Sioux County Social Services. Lived in Solen for 49 years, moving to Mandan in 1982. Was a member of Mandan Eagles Auxiliary, St. Joseph Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters and the Mandan Golden Age Club. Survivors include two sons and three daughters and their families, one sister.

Thea Julia (Eide) Sorensen; raised, educated in Minnewaukan. Graduated with teaching certificate from Mayville Teachers College. Married Jake Sorensen in 1938. Taught in rural North Dakota schools, moving to Mandan in 1976. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law and their family, one brother.

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Temperatures recorded Tuesday, May 25: a high of 58 degrees; 37 degrees for the low.

50 Years Ago-1968

Sen. Milton R. Young has presented Richard Paris, senior at Mandan High School, with the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship citation and a $1,000 check at his office in the Federal Building in Bismarck. Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paris, was one of two North Dakota youths chosen for the award at the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

The first Sunday newspaper ever in the Sister Cities was published by The Morning Pioneer on Sunday, April 25. According to Manager John Conrad, the Pioneer will now be published every morning except Monday.

The Mandan Jaycees have elected new officers and have chosen Wally Joersz as their president. He succeeds Mel Beckler. Other officers are John Schmidt, vice president; Logan Holm, second vice president; Eldo Johnson, secretary; and Jerry Hopfauf, treasurer.

The arrival of a new golf pro is heralding the season at the Mandan golf course. Warren Larson of Yuca Valley, Calif., will be assisted in the pro shop by his wife, Isabel, and son, Joe. Persons wishing information on membership fees should contact Benny A. Graff, Mandan.

Places were set for 175 when the Mandan Catholic Daughters of America held their annual mother-daughter banquet in St. Joseph’s School cafeteria. Mrs. Hector Hoenig served as toastmistress with Msgr. A.J. Galowitsch as guest speaker. A highlight of the banquet was the awarding of 25-year member pins to 17 CDA members. Following dinner, cards were played with prizes going to Mrs. Jalmar Strand in contract; Mrs. Augustus Rolfes, auction; Mrs. Tom Landeis, pinochle; and Mrs. Stanley Helbling. Mrs. Eugene Birkmeier won the door prize.

Mrs. Howard (Lucille) Hendrickson of the Mandan Morning Pioneer was named president of the North Dakota Press Women during its 17th annual convention held in Bismarck. Another convention highlight was the induction of Edward Thompson, retired editor of Life Magazine, into the North Dakota Roughrider of Hall of Fame.

75 Years Ago-1943

Pvt. George R. Ferderer, Fort Snelling, is home on furlough. He has an emergency furlough to aid with the farm planting as his father, Ralph Ferderer, recently injured his arm and has been unable to complete the spring work.

Richard Knudson, seaman second class, is now stationed at Bremerton, Wash., with the U.S. Navy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Knudson.

Kenneth G. Trauger, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.S. Trauger, Mandan, has completed his boot training and is now a second-class seaman. He will continue special training for gunner’s mate. He is stationed at Farragut, Idaho.

Two Mandan high school youths, William Brunelle, son of Chief of Police and Mrs. Archie Brunelle, and Phil Buckley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Buckley Sr., have enlisted in the Seabees and have reported to Camp Terry, Va., for their training.

Kenneth C. O’Neill, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. O’Neill, Fort Rice, is one of 205 men out of a class of 672 Bluejackets promoted to a petty officer rating upon graduation from a service school at the U.S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill. He was advanced to the rating of fire controlman, third class. He is now awaiting assignment to duty with the fleet or at a shore station.

Aviation Cadet Ernest R. Fleck has been advanced from the prefight school at San Antonio aviation cadet center, to the primary training field at Sikeston, Mo. He will undergo training there to receive his basic and advanced flying courses before winning the coveted “wings” and commissions of a flying officer. Fleck is one of 30 from North Dakota to be advanced. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Fleck, Mandan.

100 Years Ago-1918

“Mrs. Albert Johnson was operated on this morning at the Mandan hospital to remove a needle from her wrist which had been in the hand and wrist for several years. At first, it was not known what was causing the sharp pains until the needle was finally located with the X-ray machine.

“In the display window of the Plymouth Clothing Co. is a relic from the battlefields of France, sent by Earl H. Tostevin. It is in the shape of a brass vase, made by French war cripples from a French ‘75’ shell, and is mounted on a plate supported by six rifle bullets which were taken from the belts of dead Germans on the battlefields. These French cripples, who are able to do very little work, have plenty of material to work with, and some of their handiwork is very artistic. The boys from the States are generous purchasers of these souvenirs.

“In a recent newsletter from the front, the war correspondent of the Philadelphia North American helps to explain the song, ‘I’m In Love With A Beautiful Nurse.’ He writes: There are 62 Red Cross nurses at this place. They are cheerful, obedient, brave and competent. And those who weren’t pretty to begin with, became so the moment they donned the nurses uniform which is the most becoming in all the long history of costumes devised for the mystification and beguiling of men.”

125 Years Ago-1893

“On Thurs., May 25, at 2:30 p.m., the thermometer recorded 64 degrees above zero.

“A high wind has been blowing all morning — a hurricane, almost. It was hard on awnings, buildings, etc. that were at all insecure. McGillic, Simpson and Theis’ awning over their grocery department was torn into tatters.

“The roundtrip rate to Chicago from Mandan, with final limit to Nov. 15, is $43.50. No stop-over is allowed.

“At the World’s Fair: The following Mandanites were present at the opening ceremonies of the World’s Fair on May 1: Mr. Colin R. Clark, Mrs. P.B. Wickham, Mrs. C. Nordstrom, Mrs. W.A. Wheeler and Mr. D.D. Wilbur.

“Visitors to the World’s Fair at Chicago, from Mandan and vicinity, will find the Pioneer on file in the press room of the North Dakota building at Jackson Park. The building is between the Kansas and Nebraska buildings, on your left after passing through the 57th Street entrance.

“Last night the trustees of St. Joseph Roman Catholic church met and considered bids submitted for the improvement and enlargement of the church, the cost of which is to be about $800. The contract was awarded to Mr. Isaac Cummins, and work will begin at once. The work includes a new bell tower and spire, which is to be in the front, and there is to be a choir gallery. The plans were drawn up by Rev. Father Lemieux, church pastor.”

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