It Happened in Bismarck...


October 23, 1937

More real estate has changed hands in Bismarck in recent months than during any similar period for several years. During that time one hundred transfers, involving an unusually large amount of money, were recorded by the Register of Deeds office.

October 23, 1962

North Dakota inventors will hold their Seventh Annual Inventors Congress here Friday through Sunday with sessions in the Patterson Hotel Sky Room and displays in the World War Memorial Building.

October 23, 1912

Henry Tatley is finishing a store-room between the old and new Grand Pacific Hotel buildings, which is to be occupied by the Singer Sewing Machine Co. The place is to be built of brick, will have a nice display window and be a splendid business location.

October 24, 1887

J. K. Wetherby is about to open a real estate office in Bismarck. If this is not a sign of good times then verily the old-time signs of the times have fallen into innocuous disuetude.

October 24, 1937

Entries for North Dakota's annual State Corn Show, opening Tuesday at the World War Memorial Building, were pouring into the offices of the show committee, leading them to predict the 1937 show will be one of the finest on record.

October 24, 1962

By averaging only 150 miles per hour, Bob and Jack Watts, owners of the Capital Aviation Corp. at the Bismarck Airport, have logged enough flying time to have flown to the moon and back six times or completed 117 around-the-world trips. Their flying time has covered a combined 52-year span.

October 24, 1912

Grant Call was host at a pleasantly novel social function at the Call residence on Avenue A Tuesday evening.

October 25, 1887

Hugh McGarvey, Bismarck's old time contractor, returned from the Manitoba project Sunday, having completed the work under his contract on that line. Shed Lambert, who won fame as a contractor on the Canadian Pacific, has also returned.

October 25, 1937

Friends in all walks of life Monday paid their final tribute to Sister M. Boniface, Superior of St. Alexius Hospital, who died Friday. Civic, business and ecclesiastical leaders from a side area, were at the funeral today.

October 25, 1962

Bismarck's 1962-1963 Community Chest fund drive, now in its fourth week, has received $39,000, about 60 per cent of its total goal. Contributions from downtown employees are lagging considerably behind the drives of recent years, according to drive officials.

October 25, 1912

Ed Wildes, who for the past few years has been identified with the restaurant trade in Bismarck, is remodeling and equipping the building on Sixth Street adjoining McConkey's store, and will shortly open a first-class restaurant therein.

October 26, 1887

Dennis Hannifin, Dakota's squatter governor, owns a number of valuable lots in Bismarck, chief among them being one on Fourth Street, where in olden times he was wont to entertain his friends with faro variations and an honest game of "draw" poker.

October 26, 1937

Eight Bismarck boys ranging in age from 11 to 15 years today were charged by police with burglaries and shoplifting. The loot recovered includes money, clothing, food, toys and other articles. A hearing will be held in juvenile court today.

October 26, 1962

The appointment of John J. Hunkele as Innkeeper and General Manager of Holiday Inn of Bismarck was announced today. A native of Napoleon, he graduated from Bismarck High School in 1947, Bismarck Junior College in 1954 and Michigan State University in 1956.

October 26, 1912

This afternoon the football teams of the Bismarck High School and the Mandan High School are struggling in their first battle of the season. The game was called at 3:30 p.m. and is being played at Capitol Field on the state capitol grounds.

October 27, 1887

The people of Bismarck will be pleased to learn that William Hollembaek has purchased the drug store of J. W. Parker and has returned to the business field of the city to remain. The "doctor" is one of the most thorough and competent pharmacists in the northwest.

October 27, 1937

Bismarck's city commission turned a deaf ear Monday night to a request of several city liquor dealers that they be allowed to keep their establishments open for Sunday business.

October 27, 1962

Jamestown's scrappy Blue Jays rubbed some of the luster off Bismarck's Western Dakota Association football crown here Friday night. They scored a touchdown and extra point with just 26 seconds remaining to tie the Demons, 7-7.

October 27, 1912

The moving pictures taken at Fort Yates, September 11 to 14, last, upon the occasion of the big Indian pow-wow and which are being shown at the Orpheum Theater this week for the first time, are packing that house night after night.

October 28, 1887

The new freight rates announced by the Manitoba Road to Great Falls and other Montana points will wake up the Pacific roads, and the TRIBUNE hopes, culminate in a new transportation era. The rate per 100 pounds is 50 cents less over the Manitoba to the Montana line than over the Northern Pacific.

October 28, 1937

Two hundred and fifty members of Burleigh County's pioneer families gathered yesterday in the World War Memorial Building to renew memories of territorial days at the 22nd annual banquet and business meeting of the Burleigh County Pioneers.

October 28, 1962

Big River Oil Co. was successful bidder on a triangular-shaped parcel of commercial property just east of the Municipal Ball Park. Their bid was $8,202.99 for the land between Front Avenue and Washington Street.

October 28, 1912

The open air concert rendered at Fort Lincoln yesterday forenoon, was greatly enjoyed by the people of Bismarck who had the pleasure of being there. While the weather was rather cold and gray, the musicians rendered their selections magnificently.

October 29, 1887

For several months death has been hovering around the vicinity of Sterling, his messenger appearing in the form of typhoid fever, and several have fallen victim.

October 29, 1937

While cops and oldsters make merry at the policemen's Halloween Ball in the World War Memorial Building Saturday, some 240 Boy Scouts and their friends will see that law and order hold sway at large in Bismarck.

October 29, 1962

Curtis Dirlam, 66, a pioneer in North Dakota broadcasting died Sunday. He helped found KFYR radio and television, as an idea to boost sales of radios, phonographs, records and musical instruments for Hoskins-Meyer, of which he was manager.

October 29, 1912

"There hain't going to be no Hallowe'en" according to the edict sent forth by Chief of Police McDonald. It seems some of the young boys have already been engaging in pranks and the Chief wants to head off the real thing at an early day.

October 30, 1887

Val Schreck's saloon was given an air of life and activity Friday evening by a fight in which chairs, glasses, pokers, pictures and fists were thrown together in a wild chaotic mass. The parties thereto were arrested and await the action of the courts.

October 30, 1937

Days when Bismarck had only 375 telephones and three long distance lines were recalled recently as Northwestern Bell Telephone Company employees paid tribute to the long and loyal service of August Bahmer, cableman who retires Sunday.

October 30, 1962

Public fallout shelters in Bismarck are designed to care for transients and apartment dwellers who can't build shelters, according to Dan Robinson, Burleigh County Civil Defense Director. He urged Bismarck residents to work out a plan to provide for their care in times of emergency.

October 30, 1912

The snow storm of the 28th and 29th was the heaviest of record in the state for October. The total fall at Bismarck was eight inches, compared with the normal October snowfall here of only one inch. The average statewide was six inches.

October 31, 1887

The town of Bismarck was founded by native Americans and at the same time was given a German name. It was named by the directors of the Northern Pacific sitting in New York City and for the reason that some one happened to suggest Bismarck, and the board thought it a good name, which it is.

October 31, 1937

There was little in the way of cleaning up after Halloween fun-makers in Bismarck, thanks mostly to the patrolling activities of about 300 Boy Scouts and their friends. Actually there were fewer police calls Saturday than on normal evenings.

October 31, 1962

North Central Airlines reported record net earnings for nine months of 1962 of nearly 200 per cent more than the entire year of 1961. The company is the nation's leading regional airline, serving 91 cities in 10 states and two Canadian provinces.

November 1, 1887

The improvement of street crossings now being made under the supervision of Street Commissioner Stewart is eliciting words of approval from the people. A little grading on Main Street would not be amiss.

November 1, 1937

It appears that a beaver colony has been working with might and main to throw a dam across the Missouri River, basing it on the intake structure for the Capital City's water filtration plant. After several shots were fired, the beavers abandoned the place.

November 1, 1962

The new facilities of Holiday Inn of Bismarck are open to the public as part of a grand opening celebration. The motel opened in July with 30 units, increased to 84 units by mid-August. It now features 100 rooms in three connected buildings including a bar and lounge, coffee shop, dining room and banquet rooms. Cost was $1,300,000.

October 31, 1912

The ladies of the Civic Improvement League have some choice rutabagas which they raised the past summer for sale, and they desire to dispose of them at once. For prices, phone 247.

November 1, 1912

Wednesday evening Ralph Jewell entertained a number of his friends, it being a Halloween party. Decorations included bats, witches, cats and Jack-o-Lanterns. After dinner the boys went to the theater where the remainder of the evening was spent.

November 2, 1887

Dr. Slaughter, Bismarck's pioneer physician and a gentleman of accomplishment, left last evening for Leavenworth, Kansas, to assume charge of the drug department of the national military home at that point. Mrs. Slaughter will spend the winter in Washington, D.C.

November 2, 1937

Bismarck residents will have an opportunity to meet two of America's outstanding authorities on the outdoors and Indians tomorrow evening. Ernest Thompson Seton and his wife, Julia, will be guests of honor at a public reception at the high school library.

November 2, 1962

Apparent low bids totaling $7.7 million for ten Interstate 94 projects, all in western North Dakota, were opened here today. The largest project, 13.1 miles of concrete paving near Richardton, went for $1,871,705.

November 2, 1912

Owing to the condition of the gridiron, which is sloppy and muddy from the recent snow, it has been necessary to postpone the football game between the Mandan and Bismarck high schools to some future date.

November 3, 1887

The people of Bismarck are preparing for winter, but it looks as though they might just as well keep their linen dusters and fans where they can find them without trouble. November is here and there are no more signs of winter than there was in July.

November 3, 1937

Army engineers will soon begin a restudy of the Missouri River diversion proposal, which initially was adverse, in the light of new information and studies advanced by the North Dakota Water Commission.

November 3, 1962

The Memorial Bridge over the Missouri River here presented a new look to night drivers this week as 28 mercury vapor lights went on, replacing the original lighting system erected with the bridge in 1921. They total 7,000 watts and are controlled by an electronic system.

November 3, 1912

Sam Clark was taken with a severe case of indigestion last evening and put in "a lovely night" at his room in the McKenzie Hotel, in company with Dr. Fisher. It was a case of lobster jim jam jabs and Sam said there was not a funny one in the whole lot.

November 4, 1887

You must not forget the dance to be given at the Custer House on Fifth Street this evening. The invitation is general and as Brunsman's Orchestra has been engaged for the occasion, good music is assured. Tickets, 75 cents.

November 4, 1937

Christina (Mrs. John P.) Dunn, one of the earliest Bismarck residents, celebrated her 82nd birthday this week. She came to Bismarck as a bride, arriving from Minneapolis on May 24, 1873. The train trip; from the Twin Cities was their honeymoon.

November 4, 1962

Two groups of Minnesota rural electric cooperatives announced today they are seeking an REA loan of 31 million to construct a 150,000-kilowatt power plant, to be erected within half a mile of the 200,000-kilowatt Basin Electric plant near Stanton.

November 4, 1912

Bismarck is to have another hotel. Henry Tatley is having the old wooden Pacific Hotel building remodeled with steam heat, sewers and hot and cold water service. It will be a farmers hotel with 28 rooms and be known as the Bismarck Hotel.

November 5, 1887

The suction pipe of the Bismarck Water Works was given its permanent position in the river yesterday and the pump will now be placed in the pump house. Water will be turned into the mains in less than two weeks.

November 5, 1937

Bismarck's municipally owned tourist camp; closed for the winter November 1 with all debts paid and four new cabins erected, as a result of a booming summer business. Tourists crowded the camp to capacity almost nightly, it was said.

November 5, 1962

Inauguration of a new security system intended to serve the welfare of both patients and the hospital and its staff was announced today by the St. Alexius Hospital here. Charles A. Feland, a Pinkerton Agency employee, will serve as security guard.

November 5, 1912

The train which left here Monday morning, was wrecked about six miles out of Stanton, one of the cars containing gasoline falling off into the ditch and tore up a lot of track. The passengers were forced to wait at Fort Clark until the wreckage was cleared up.

November 6, 1887

It is rumored that the traveling representative of the Milwaukee Brewery is about to join the Benedicts, and that his friends are arranging for a grand reception to the groom and bride. A hilarious attach_ of the brewery was heard to remark "May good Luck(now) attend them."

November 6, 1937

Postmaster Chris Bertsch announced today that the temporary post office will be abandoned over the weekend and all equipment moved into the enlarged and renovated Federal building. Box holders must exchange their old keys for new ones.

November 6, 1962

Burleigh County has elected veteran Bismarck attorney W. J. Austin to what may be a four-year term as the first Judge of the County Court of Increased Jurisdiction.

November 6, 1912

The Bismarck Theater takes pleasure in announcing for tonight, Washington Irving's famous legend, "Rip Van Winkle," in two reels. For the benefit of the school children there will be a special matinee tomorrow at 4 p.m.

November 7, 1887

It now appears that November is the base ball month in the Missouri Valley and that this year more games will be played between October and December in Bismarck than during any other month in the year.

November 7, 1937

For the first time in Bismarck history, the Congoleum-Nairn Company of Chicago conducted a linoleum laying school here in the Patterson Hotel to train people in the laying of floor and wall coverings to improve workmanship and service.

November 7, 1962

George Schaumberg, superintendent of the Bismarck Recreation Department, will receive the 1962 citation of honor presented by the Bismarck Art Association. The award recognizes his continuous promotion of art and the appreciation of art in Bismarck.

November 7, 1912

Prof. W. L. Gross of Jeffersonville, Indiana, has arrived in the city this week to take charge of the Commercial Department at the high school formerly held by A. E. Marstens. He comes to Bismarck highly regarded.

November 8, 1887

The TRIBUNE had hoped that it would not be necessary to announce the arrest of George E. Reed, ex-city treasurer, whose books show a shortage of about $4,000. Mr. Reed was placed under arrest Saturday evening and is now held to await the action of the grand jury.

November 8, 1937

The Montana-Dakota Utilities Company will formally open their Hospitality Room tomorrow. It is actually a model gas equipped kitchen built in the company offices on Broadway, with gas refrigerator and range and ample cabinets and similar necessities.

November 8, 1962

Grael B. Gannon will be ordained as a minister in the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in a special service this Sunday. He is the son of the late Clell G. Gannon, a well-known artist and a ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck.

November 8, 1912

Commissioner William C. Gilbreath has been busy preparing a car of exhibits of our great state for the Land Products Show at the Twin Cities, which begins the 12th and closes the 23rd of this month. Mr. Gilbreath left yesterday for Minnesota.

November 9, 1887

Yesterday's election for county commissioner was quiet but sure. There was very little doubt of M. J. Edgerly's election in the morning, and what little doubt did exist vanished long before noon. In the city Edgerly received 290 votes and Sinclair 49.

November 9, 1937

Miss Florence Fritch, manager of the Bismarck Civic Concert series announced season tickets have been reduced in price from $4 to $3 since one of the four attractions has already appeared.

November 9, 1962

The original artwork of five Christmas Seal designs are being displayed at the World War Memorial Building in conjunction with the Bismarck Art Show now in progress.

November 10, 1887

It is understood that the petitions for the enlargement of Fort Abraham Lincoln south of Mandan were signed by thousands of people throughout western Dakota on Tuesday. They will be forwarded to Washington in the near future.

November 10, 1937

Nineteen years ago on November 11, 1918, the World War ended. And once again Bismarck will pause in its daily labors to recall that happy day and the unhappy years that preceded it. All commercial activity will cease from 10 a.m. to noon.

November 10, 1962

Workmen are putting the finishing touches on the block walls of the new Jobbers Warehouse Co. storage building at 25th Street and Railroad Avenue, half a block south of the Big Boy Drive Inn. The 120 by 60 foot building will be used for storage of furniture and household goods.

November 9, 1912

The ladies of the Eastern Star are ever noted for their ability along social lines, and the splendid dancing party given by them last evening at the Masonic Temple was no exception. About forty-five were in attendance and the merry making lasted through the evening.

November 10, 1912

The City Health Officer reports the following cases of contagious diseases in Bismarck: Small pox, 2 cases; typhoid fever, 12 cases; diphtheria, 2 cases; chicken-pox, 2 cases. Two houses have been placarded for small pox.

November 11, 1887

Captain William H. Gould of the government steamer Josephine left for his home in Yankton last evening, having placed the boat in winter quarters at Rock Haven.

November 11, 1937

Victors in sectional eliminations that advanced them to the finals in the state playoffs, Page and Haynes High Schools six-man football teams will clash today at Steele for the State Consolidated School championship.

November 11, 1962

Plans for the 1963 membership drive by the Bismarck Junior College Alumni Association will be worked out at a Thursday evening meeting this week. Representatives from every BJC graduating class are being invited to attend.

November 11, 1912

Sam Clark and C. H. Crockard, publishers of Jim Jam Jems, returned to the city Sunday evening from Fargo, where they had a round with the federal court. They are charged with circulating obscene matter, the trial to come up at the March term of court.

November 12, 1887

The Bismarck Roller Mills are now running day and night. Manager Hillyer says that the demand for flour made from Missouri Slope wheat is constantly on the increase and that the mill is doing a splendid business.

November 12, 1937

Mandan scored twice in rapid succession in the opening quarter to beat Bismarck High School in an Armistice Day football contest that ended the season for both teams. The score was 12-6.

November 12, 1962

"Dakota Belle," a 200-pound buffalo calf will be auctioned off at Kist's Mandan-Bismarck Livestock Auction this week. The money gained from the auction of the six-month old animal will go toward improvement plans for the Dakota Zoo.

November 12, 1912

Even standing room was not available by 8:15 at the Orpheum Theatre last evening and those present were obliged to wait for the second performance. The illustrated lecture on White Slavery given by Prof. Daniels was of exceptional interest and held the close attention of the audience.

November 13, 1887

Edward O'Brien, editor and proprietor of the Irish Standard, the popular Catholic journal of Minneapolis, arrived in the city yesterday afternoon and will visit Mandan today. The Standard is a creditable publication and deserves hearty support.

November 13, 1937

"One Mad Night," the first Cathedral Players production of the season, was presented last night in the City Auditorium before a well-filled house that highly enjoyed the "nutty" speeches of the asylum inmates and the catchy replies of those supposedly sane.

November 13, 1962

The Bismarck public school system will discontinue kindergarten classes next year and Bismarck Junior College will drop intercollegiate football, the city school board ruled today. The first is a reflection of the urgent demand for classroom space.

November 13, 1912

Isaac W. Healy, former Burleigh County Auditor and connected with the Bismarck Tribune of late was found dead in his bed at the Collenden Hotel at Beach, North Dakota, this morning. His wife and five children survive.

November 14, 1887

A considerable number of Thanksgiving parties have already been arranged and the day will be very appropriately observed in the home and social circles of the city.

November 14, 1937

Three women have arrived in Bismarck with a view to starting in North Dakota's capital city a new church known as the National Spiritual Assembly of Bahai. It was founded in Syria and is asserted to be a "revival" of the principles of Christianity.

November 14, 1962

The Bismarck city commission has set December 18 as the date for a hearing on an application for an off-sale beer license to be located in the North Brook Shopping Center now under construction in Homan Acres on North Washington Street.

November 14, 1912

John W. Jagd was in the city yesterday looking up old friends and school mates. He was a graduate of the class of 1906 and has since been at Spokane and the coast cities and is now on his way to Sioux Falls, S.D., to work for the Rumley Products Co.

November 15, 1887

Beginning November 20, the Northern Pacific will run a fast limited train from St. Paul and Minneapolis to the Pacific coast, making the trip in twenty hours less time than the old schedule. This train will stop at all principal points.

November 15, 1937

Advocating "safe milk" for North Dakotans and their children, Dr. Maysil Williams, State Health Officer, noted that only about half of the milk consumed daily in the state's ten major cities, is pasteurized as a safety measure.

November 15, 1962

Members of the Mandan Historical Development Association, parent organization of the Custer Drama, discussed finances and elected three new directors at an annual meeting this week. The programs lost about $6,000 for the 1962 season.

November 15, 1912

The City Scales now being used on east Broadway were established a year ago November 12, and City Weighmaster James Wakeman reports that 18,371 loads have been weighed during that year with total cash receipts of $1,837.10.

November 16, 1887

Some owners of houses in Bismarck deserve leather medals for their fairness and public spirit. Having rented their houses at as high a rate as they can extort, they refuse to make the buildings habitable. Some tenants are expected to furnish storm windows.

November 16, 1937

Stuck by an automobile as he was crossing a street, James W. Foley, North Dakota's poet laureate suffered severe fractures of the left knee and leg and is confined to a Pasadena, California, hospital.

November 16, 1962

Two physicians on the staff of the Quain and Ramstad Clinic here have received notification of national specialty board certificates. Dr. Howard RF. Gray received certification in Dermatology while Dr. Gerd Fischer has been recognized by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

November 16, 1912

At the Armory last night the second basketball game of the season occurred when the Company A team defeated the Baptist Brotherhood by a score of 24 to 20. The local team is composed of Bismarck men this year, and hopes to make a great record.

November 17, 1887

On Tuesday evening, November 15, 1887, for the first time water was turned into the mains from the immense reservoir on the hill. The fact was kept quiet so that some tests could be made. The hydrants were opened Wednesday morning, and there was the water!