25 years ago – 1997
Delores Byrum, activities secretary at Mandan High School, has decided to retire after 25 years of work. Byrum came to Mandan after residing in Alabama and then France with her husband, Darrell, who was in the military. Ms. Byrum was honored at a party hosted by the Mandan Secondary School and Central Administration Secretaries and was also honored at the annual Mandan Activities and Recreation Club Awards Banquet. On her last day in the office, she received 25 roses from her family, plus a dozen from her boss, Darryl Anderson, activity director.
New officers have been elected for the Gilbert S. Furness Post #40 of Mandan, American Legion. They are Lorraine Froehlich, commander; Jody Malling and Fred Stoskopf, vice commanders; Jeanette Sagmiller, warrant officer; Leonard Moore, finance; Fabian Paul, Sergeant-at-Arms; Robert Hamilton, historian; Jim Coats, chaplain, and George Marbeck, Ron Otto and Florian Kuntz, executive council.
US Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babitt has designated the Huff Indian Village State Historic Site in Morton County as a national monument. Located on the west bank of the Missouri River, the Huff site dates back to the 1400s and was once home to up to a thousand people.
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Weather recorded Tuesday, June 10: a maximum of 82 degrees; 50 degrees for the bottom.
50 years ago – 1972
Mothers gathered at Sunnyside School, West Mandan, to honor Mrs Walt (Lois) Schempp who is retiring after 26 years in the teaching profession. Ms. Schempp taught for 21 years in the Mandan region, including seven years in the lower grades at Sunnyside. Mrs. Wilbur Kemmesat presented her with a gift on behalf of the mothers.
David Fisher, juvenile supervisor for Morton, Oliver, Mercer, Grant and Sioux counties, was the guest speaker at the Morton County eighth-grade graduation ceremonies held Friday at the Mandan Courthouse. Newly elected YCL President Roger O’Neill of Fort Rice opened the ceremonies by greeting the students and their parents. Entertainment included a choral reading by St. Anthony students and accordion music by Norbert Fisher, Flasher. The diplomas were awarded by the County Superintendent of Schools, Thelma Klingensmith, assisted by Eleanor Rippel. The Processional and the Recession were performed by Karen Olson, Almont.
The wedding of Florence Feist and Gene Mosbrucker took place on June 9 at the Saint-Philippe Catholic Church of Napoleon. The couple’s parents are Lawrence Feist, Napoleon and the late Mrs. Feist; and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mosbrucker, Mandan. Mary Feist, Fargo, was her sister’s bridesmaid; the bridesmaids were Carol Haas, Freeport, Illinois, and Karen Kautzman, Dickinson. The groom was accompanied by Bernell Renner, Mandan, as best man, and groomsmen Jim Feist, Edgeley and Terry Mosbrucker, New Salem. After a honeymoon in Denver, the couple will reside in Mandan where the groom will be employed by Mandan Public Schools.
Linda Syvrud and Charles Suchy exchanged their wedding vows on June 10 at Mandan First Lutheran Church, with Reverend Richard Hagestuen and Reverend John Kuhn officiating. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. Magne Syvrud and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Suchy, all from rural Mandan. Mrs. Monte Syvrud was matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Mrs. John Flaa, Abercrombie, and Mrs. Steve Mahoney, Detroit, Michigan, with Susan Syvrud as junior bridesmaid and flower girls, Chrissy Schleicher and Sondra Flaa. The best man was Monte Syvrud. The groomsmen were Dave Hanson, Mandan; Steve Crawford, Valley City; and Tom Sullivan, Mandan, with John Flaa as ring bearer. The bride is a teacher at Lincoln School, south of Bismarck. The groom is engaged in agriculture.
75 years ago – 1947
“For the first time in its history, the Mandan Special School District is debt free. According to Supt. WL Neff, the last bond outstanding was received from the State Treasurer and canceled. The high point of the district’s debt was in 1926 when outstanding obligations totaled $222,700.
Seven seniors graduated from Almont High School on June 5. Valedictorian was Rosemary Kunkel; salutatorian, Thornton Becklund. The other graduates are: Natalie Hanson, Joyce Larson, Herbert Thorson, Jean Timpe and Audrey Willman.
In honor of their parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, the children of Mr. and Mrs. E. Ulmer threw a surprise party at their home in Mandan. The Ulmers married in Hazen in 1922 and moved to Bismarck the following year. In 1937 the Ulmer family moved to Mandan and built the White Fence Lodge at 900 East Main Street, where they currently reside. The couple have six children – three sons, three daughters.
Fifty eighth graders received their diplomas in graduation exercises held at St. Joseph’s Church. At the head of the procession and the first to receive their diplomas were Gerald Fix, valedictorian and son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton J. Fix, and Arthur Olson, salutatorian, son of Mrs. Art Olson. Each graduating girl wore a rose in her hair and each boy a rose in his lapel as the class marched single file into the church for a march played by Sister Herman on the organ. Other students graduating with honors are: Eileen Hammerel, Elaine Helbling, Donna Marie Mann, Darlene Schmidt, Cecilia Messmer, Otto Babel and John Lora.
100 years ago – 1922
“More than 300 people gathered at the ZCBJ club, known as Bohemian Hall, 15 miles south of Mandan, for the annual memorial services and the decoration of the graves of their loved ones. Frank Suchy served as president; Anthony Cermak, president of the society, was in charge of the ceremonies. Led by the society group, the crowd marched to the cemetery where graves were decorated and memorial services were held with attorney AJ Heder as the main speaker for the day. The graves of several World War veterans are in Little Heart Cemetery, as well as one Civil War veteran, one Slattery.
“Flasher High School celebrated the graduation of its first high school students on June 3 when diplomas were presented to three seniors. The high school received its state accreditation last year.
“Nick Stumpf yesterday purchased a new Overland touring car from Fleck Motor Sales Co.
“LF Clark, post driver at Shields, worked on making some sharp shoes for his horse, but they turned out to be too sharp because when the horse stepped on his foot, the shoe cut his boot and cut him one of his toes.
“The Mandan Municipal Band, under the direction of Joseph Bergeim, will perform a series of summer concerts on Friday evenings at the municipal bandstand near the depot on Main Street West.
“After a year of conferences and near-trials, members of the North Dakota State Highway Commission, Morton County Commissioners, Burleigh County Commissioners, and U.S. War Department officials signed an agreement to construct a gravel road from the Mandan city limits to the western approach to the $1.4 million Missouri River Bridge, a distance of three and three-quarters miles The road is to be paved by the end of 1924. The cost of the temporary road is estimated at $55,000, of which Mandan will pay $12,000, with the federal and state responsible for the balance.
125 years ago – 1897
“At 2:30 p.m. Thursday June 10, the thermometer recorded 65 degrees above zero.
“School election next Tuesday.
“A flagpole has been erected on the front of the Mandan Mercantile company office building.
“CP Thurston, with a force of men, erected a three-strand barbed wire fence around the cemetery, northeast of the courthouse. Now that the grounds are protected from roaming cattle, horses and trespassers, lot owners will be encouraged to proceed with tree planting and sprucing up the last home of their departed loved ones.
“A recent real estate transfer is 10 acres of land donated by Joseph Froelich, adjoining his farm in Crown Butte, for the purposes of a Roman Catholic church, school and cemetery. There are 24 families in the neighborhood, all members of the church. Work on a small church has already begun.
“Some of the tenants on the second floor of the Pioneer block are of the opinion that if Mrs. Alice Shaw, the renowned whistler, wants a professional partner, she should come to Mandan and ask to see the gentleman who is to the west half from the northeast corner of the Pioneer Block.
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