25 years ago – 1997
David Bartz, a fourth-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Mandan, was voted one of the “coolest” teachers in Prairie Public Television’s 1997 KidZone Cool Teacher Contest. Beginning in March, the station began encouraging students across the region and Canada to nominate their favorite teacher. Bartz, nominated by student Kyle Wanner, was selected by Prairie Public Television from 109 other entries as “cool teacher.” As a result, Prairie Public Television invited Bartz and his students to a pizza party.
Ringside Incorporated ranked Mandan’s Joey Bartole number six in the nation in the 1997 National Silver Gloves, 105-pound, 12- and 13-year-old division. He is a member of the Mandan Boxing Club and coached and coached by Terry Pudwill. Bartole will be joined by 13-year-old TJ Sauers, also from Mandan, when they travel to Rapid City, SD for the Region 10 Junior Olympics Tournament. Both are North Dakota state champions and represent North Dakota in the four-state regional tournament.
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Temps recorded Tuesday, May 20: a high of 62 degrees above zero; 28 degrees for the low.
50 years ago – 1972
More than 200 rural students attended the 39th annual Morton County Young Citizens League convention held Friday at the Mandan’s Memorial Building. The theme of this year’s convention was “Let us learn to care for our brothers”. The guest speaker during the morning session was Lester Kills Crow from the United Tribes Training Center. During the afternoon session, the new officers were elected as follows: Roger O’Neil, President, Fort Rice School; Patty Graner, Vice President, Fort Lincoln School; and Laurel Miller, secretary, Bonanza School at Huff. O’Neil and two newly elected delegates – Rita Payne, Sweet Briar School, and Keith Landeis, Square Butte School No. 3 – will represent Morton County at the State YCL Convention in Bismarck.
Hundreds of area residents attended Mandan’s 14th Annual Art Exhibition sponsored by the Mandan Art Association and held in the Upper Ballroom of the Mandan Elks Building. This year’s show directors are Mrs. Clarice Ressler and Caroline Conrath. Among the show’s protesters was Mrs. Gertrude Mische, an elementary arts teacher at the Hebron Public Schools. She showed acrylic paints on velvet and watercolors in transparent washes.
The Mandan Elks Club hosted a “get to know each other” dinner for Dr. and Mrs. PM Ocampo, attended by members of the Mandan Hospital Board of Directors, active staff and their spouses. dr Ocampo was the medical officer, assistant superintendent, and medical director at Grafton State School before joining Dr. PM Riisager came to Mandan.
Several hundred people attended the 36th Annual Mandan Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Program with the newly elected Mayor of Mandan, Dr. Donald A. Carlsen, as master of ceremonies. The evening’s guest speaker was Royce W. LaGrave, Executive Director of the Grand Forks Urban Renewal Agency. Following LaGrave’s remarks, outgoing Chamber President Donald Hertz introduced the new President, LF “Bert” Gerhart. The program ended with a plaque of appreciation presented to outgoing Mandan Mayor AR Shaw, a resident of the city since 1948, a former principal of Mandan High School and now a social studies teacher at MHS.
75 years ago – 1947
The Mandan Baseball Association has elected Bill Krueger as its President, succeeding Pete Volk. Other officers include John Baer, Vice President, and Mort Bushee, Secretary and Treasurer.
According to officials at the National Beer Wholesalers Association in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Americans are drinking less beer — a million barrels fewer a month than in 1946. The drop in sales is due to public opposition to the 25-cent bottle of beer. Officials claim their prices to retailers have risen only pennies a bottle since 1942. However, the prices charged to consumers have skyrocketed.
Taking advantage of the good hiking weather, the local Girl Scouts and their leader, Mrs. Floyd Cantwell, went on a full-day trip to Ft. McKeen on Sunday morning, where they enjoyed a wiener roast and outdoor games before inspecting the Indian Mounds. The troops returned to Mandan by car in the early evening.
The World War Memorial building was transformed into an old Dutch garden last Saturday night for the 1947 junior senior prom attended by more than 50 couples. The grand march was led by Junior Class President Ray Rolshoven and his partner Donna Kupper; they were followed by Jerry Kopp, senior class president, and Lorraine Mrnak. Behind them were the two class vice presidents, August Katzke Junior and Roger Lockbeam Senior, with their partners Shirley Tostevin and LaDonna Tavis.
The false ceiling and walls were covered with white, yellow and blue streamers. The prom theme “In an Old Dutch Garden” was written out on the stage curtain at the western end of the room, with the letters formed from masses of colored paper flowers. The east end was turned into a garden with a flower-covered trellis separating it from the dance floor; a miniature wooden bridge formed the entrance. Also in the garden were a large white windmill, a fountain spouting water, and a wishing well from which punch was served by a group of freshman girls dressed in Dutch costumes. Music for the dance was provided by The Plainsmen, an orchestra composed of students from Bismarck Junior College.
Before the prom, the junior-senior banquet was held in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, where the Dutch theme was also reflected in the table decorations. Bouquets of red tulips and yellow calla lilies adorned the tables, and miniature Dutch hats marked where guests were seated. The banquet programs were also designed like Dutch clogs and contained the menu printed in Dutch.
100 years ago – 1922
“FH Waldo was elected Chairman, Tom Sullivan Secretary and John Racek Treasurer of the Mandan Radio Club organized during a meeting in April at the Commercial Club premises with a charter list of 43 Mandan citizens. At that time, members voted to purchase a radiotelephone receiver and repeaters capable of picking up messages from all parts of the United States. Each member was charged $10 to cover the cost of purchasing the equipment.
“The first four radio receivers in Mandan, two in private homes and two for public use, will be installed once the equipment arrives. At the home Supt. Schools CL Love’s sons Harold and Rodney on 6th Avenue NW are busy erecting an antenna on the hill behind their home. A set was also commissioned by John Kennelly for his apartment on First Avenue NW. The set, open to the public, will be available to guests of the Palace Theatre, directed by Joseph Maitland. The remainder of the set will be at the Commercial Club, where Mandan Radio Club is currently installing the equipment.
“On Sunday funeral services were held at Almont Lutheran Church for Miss Verna Bird, the 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bird of Almont. Miss Bird, a 1921 graduate of Almont High School, was a teacher in one of the districts about 10 miles south of Mandan. She was attacked with jaundice as a result of a blockage in a bile duct. Although surgery was performed at Mandan Hospital, the disease had progressed too far and she could not recover. Survivors include her father, three brothers and two sisters, one of whom is Mrs. Oscar J. Olson of Mandan.”
125 years ago – 1897
“At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, the thermometer read 64 degrees above zero.
“All men’s wool suits, $6.50; Men’s Pure Wool Trousers, $2.60. In JO Sullivan’s shop.
“Marten Bull is building a house near the old Mead residence and has made good progress with it. It’s a story and a half and will cost around $600.
“The team of horses belonging to a runaway farmer burst into the Morck Bros. van on Saturday morning and quickly dismantled the whole thing into a small pile of kindling and scrap. The farmer blamed George Kasson for the accident. Kasson rode his bike down Main Street scorcher-style—all bent and his back arched like a crescent moon. Young Kasson is being asked to pay for the damage.”
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