25 years ago – 1997
Mandan’s Winter Daze celebration came to an end after more than 700 people danced in the sand to the music of Nitelife and the Way Hot Horns last weekend at the community center. During the evening, the crowd was treated to a show in style, accompanied by music from the Tropical Ice Steel Drum Band, then competed in tug of war and “hot leg” contests. To cap off the evening, dozens of prizes were raffled off, including a trip for two to Orlando, Florida courtesy of Satrom Travel and Tour, won by Bill Dillman of Mandan, and a United Express trip for two to Denver, won by Dale Helfrich, also from Mandan.
A majority of Mandan-area residents were among the many fans who gathered around television sets for the broadcast of Super Bowl XXXI where, after a 29-year drought, the Green Bay Packers, coached by Mike Holmgren , defeated the 35-21-year-old Bill Parcells-coached New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl title. The team’s quarterbacks were: Brett Farve for the Packers; Drew Bledsoe, for the Patriots. The game’s most valuable player trophy went to Packers wide receiver Desmond Howard.
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Weather recorded Tuesday February 18: a high of 42 degrees above zero; 12 above for bass.
50 years ago – 1972
The Mandan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has announced MHS Senior Linda Jacquot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JM Booth, Park Town Trailer Court, as this year’s recipient of the local Good Citizen award. The other senior contestants were: Pam Grove, Rita Morrison, Lindy Steckler and Joy Kary. The winner of the competition is based on a state and national government test, letters of recommendation, and a list of extracurricular activities and academic record. Mrs. Walter Schempp is responsible for the local competition.
A Mandan teacher was among 10 outstanding young North Dakotans who were honored at the North Dakota Jaycees convention held in Jamestown. John Peffer, a music teacher at Mandan Secondary School, was one of three teachers chosen for the Outstanding Young Educator award from among 32 applicants.
‘Mandan Sideglances’ by Gloria Feickert: ‘When Mrs Mary Zinnel of Mandan fell and broke her arm in January, it was the first time the 90-year-old had been hospitalized, even though she had given birth to 10 children. She lives alone, does her own chores, is in good health, and regularly walks eight blocks to church. Mrs. Zinnel was born in Hungary and came to the United States in 1901 and married Anton Zinnel the same year. She moved from St. Anthony to Mandan in 1947, following the death of her husband. Luckily, she was only hospitalized for six days, which she says was six too many for her.
75 years ago – 1947
Ms Ella Withnell, operator of Withnell Nursing Home for 13 years, will close her ward this week to return to her hometown of Jamestown where she has accepted a position at Jamestown Hospital. Ms Withnell has been a resident of Mandan for 24 years and says that in her 13 years of nursing services in Mandan she assisted in the delivery of 827 babies at her home at 708 5th St. NW which has now been sold to James Sutherland, announcer for radio station KGCU.
Mandan Deaconess Hospital has been without a wall clock on the second floor for a long time, but this week a beautiful new electric clock takes up significant space on the wall of the hospital. The clock was presented to the hospital this week, courtesy of the Sakakawea Girl Scout Troop, the Order of the Eastern Star and Hendrickson Jewellery.
On the 37th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, the work of the Mandan Scout Troops was displayed by Troops 51, 52, and 53 in the windows of several Main Street businesses. A camping scene, displayed in the window of the Vantine Paint & Glass store, is the work of Troop 51 and shows the gear of a good camper, ranging from a small tent to a can of pork and beans. Troop 53 created an artificial birthday cake topped with 37 candles, visible in the window of the Penney store, and Troop 52 displayed leather goods, bows and bookbinding in the window of the Midwest Bakery.
The music and twinkling lights gave lawmakers and onlookers alike in the North Dakota House of Representatives this week. The occasion was the first use of the new $50,000 electric call system. “Ohs” and “ahs” floated through the lower chamber as a melodious chime, along with flashing red and green lights, signaled the registration of the “no” and “yes” votes. The chime sounds when the vote is ready to be taken, followed by the clicking of switches on lawmakers’ desks, which causes lights resembling Christmas trees to appear on panels either side of the speaker’s rostrum. In a few seconds, the vote is over. The clerk then turns on another switch to record the vote. A device for counting the vote is still missing, which will be installed as soon as it is available. House members agreed the system went live just in time for their first night session last night, February 13.
100 years ago – 1922
“Williston, at 26 below zero, was the coldest place in all of the United States this week, according to officials from the US Weather Bureau. Mandan was slightly warmer at just 22 below zero, according to a report from the Northern Great Plains Field Station.As of February 16, the mercury has exceeded freezing only once this month, that is on February 7, when 34 above were recorded.
“Despite the extreme cold and near-blizzard conditions that swept through the city, many friends, members of the American Legion, veterans of foreign wars, war mothers, the Legion Auxiliary and the AOUW (Ancient Order of United Workmen) happened to honor the memory of 24-year-old Corporal Clifford Paulson, whose body was the first of all Mandan soldiers to be brought back from France.
“Brief services were first held at Martin Paulson’s home on 8th Avenue SW before the flag-draped casket was escorted to General Public Services at the Presbyterian Church.
“At the end of the religious services, the funeral procession marched towards the city limits with the men of the Legion in uniform escort. Trucks struggled on the branch roads to the cemetery, where the impressive military services were interrupted by the terrible windstorm which sent biting squalls of snow sifting through the clothes of the congregation. The volleys of the firing squad were followed by the wind-muffled melody of “Taps” blown by Roy F. Dow, whose lips were frozen on the mouthpiece of his bugle as the piece ended.
“Clifford Paulson was born in Mandan in 1894, attending local schools and, for two years, Mandan High School. After deciding not to pursue a banking career in Minneapolis, Paulson returned to Mandan and was employed by the North Pacific Roadmaster until March 17, 1918, when he and 20 other local men left for Camp Logan, Colorado, to enlist in the Coast Artillery Corp. On September 1, Paulson set foot in France, where he died in a military hospital of peritonitis and pneumonia on November 10, a day before the armistice was signed.
125 years ago – 1897
“At 2:30 p.m. Thursday February 18, the thermometer recorded 24 degrees above zero.
“It’s quite windy today, and anything but pleasant outside.
“Everyone says, ‘Oh, how happy I will be when spring comes!’
“Neil McLean sold his horse, ‘Black Fred’, at a party at Dickinson’s. Now Dickinson can play tunes in the horse racing business.
“In another column of this week’s Pioneer will be found the announcement of Professor and Mrs. Scherman who are to open a fashionable and exclusive dance school. The ad should be welcomed by those who love to dance but feel very deficient in the art of dancing properly. Mr. and Mrs. Scherman are now residents of Mandan and would be excellent teachers of “terpsichorian” exercises.
“The opening by the teacher and Mrs. Scherman of their dance school last night was a success. About sixty people were present. The Schermans were highly praised by all present for their ability and efficiency in introducing their teaching method, as well as the new social dances selected to teach during their school term. Some of the dances featured were: the Oxford Waltz, the Harvard Gavotte, the Varsouvienna Waltz, the New Mazurka Glide, the Sinbad Polka, the Military Schottische, and the DeGarmo Waltz and Quadrille. The music for all of this is original and has been rendered to perfection by Professor Peters and Miss Georgia McLean. All dance enthusiasts should join the class which will start next Tuesday evening, February 23rd.
Diane Boit can be reached at [email protected]