It Happened in Bismarck...


June 20, 1937

Pounding the offerings of two opposing pitchers for 17 hits, the Blackstone Club's entry in the Commercial Softball League blasted out a 24 to 2 triumph over 57 Taxi's team in second round play.

June 20, 1962

The Bismarck city commission was notified this week of plans to construct a $500,000 parking rank and commercial complex on the Northern Pacific Plaza on Main Avenue between fourth and Fifth Streets.

June 20, 1912

Rev. Geo. W. Newcomb returned yesterday from a three weeks' trip through the Devils Lake region where he had been delivering lectures in the interests of the Society of the Friendless.

June 21, 1887

The Fort Lincoln and Mandan base ball clubs played a match game Sunday afternoon at the fort, which resulted in favor of the Lincoln nine by a score of 27 to 18.

June 21, 1937

Extension of natural gas service to about 50 homes in the eastern part of the city was announced today by W. J. McDonald, sales manager of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Crews began work on the new line this morning.

June 21, 1962

Rosa Young Park will be formally dedicated as the newest addition to the Bismarck park system at ceremonies tomorrow evening. Located west and north of the intersection of Rosser Avenue and U. S. Highway 10, it is named for Mrs. Clyde Young, who died earlier this year.

June 21, 1912

Tomorrow is the last day for taking the North Dakota School Census for 1912. Addison Falconer is doing the work for the Bismarck school district and will provide an accurate count of the pupils between the ages of six and twenty-one residing here.

June 22, 1887

The total losses adjusted for the cargo of the steamer Eclipse, recently sunk near Fort Berthold, first estimated at $10,000, finally amounted to $1,962.06.

June 22, 1937

Curfew shall not ring tonight---or any other night, because the tower which houses the 57-year-old bell was making the City Hall roof leak, and the city commissioners last night voted to have it removed.

June 22, 1962

The Dakota Conference of the North American Baptist Church went into its third day here with some 324 delegates representing churches in North and South Dakota as well as Montana.

June 22, 1912

Law Librarian Wing went to Dawson Wednesday with the Bismarck Boosters Band for the Old Settlers' picnic. He reports a big crowd in attendance and a splendid time enjoyed by all.

June 23, 1887

While pulling a bucket of water from the well near the residence of Express Agent Morris, James Proudfit lost his balance and fell into the well, going to the bottom, sixty feet below, head first. Miraculously, he was pulled from the ground without a scratch.

June 23, 1937

Burleigh County farmers were warned today by County Agent H. O. Putnam that grasshopper poison must be spread now if results are going to do any good. Hoppers are reported as thick in all parts of the county.

June 23, 1962

Some time in August, a tall, brown-haired 18-year-old girl from Germany will arrive in Bismarck to attend high school here. Michaela Marcus from Bavaria is being sponsored by the American Field Service Committee.

June 23, 1912

Friends in this city will be interested in learning of the wedding of Miss Mary Collinson and Mr. Brooks Hoskins of Bismarck which recently took place in Devils Lake. Floral decorations of plink and green were tastefully arranged throughout the house.

June 24, 1887

The board of directors of the Bismarck Penitentiary has commenced work on the addition to the building. The contract for iron work was given to the Herzog Manufacturing Company on a bid of $6,900.

June 24, 1937

The Big Muddy earned its nickname Monday. On that day every 1,000,000 gallons of water that flowed past Bismarck carried 126 tons of mud in suspension, according to the City Water Department. The turbidity measured was the highest on record.

June 24, 1962

Evangelistic services in the Capital Bible Presbyterian Church will close Tuesday evening with the visit of the Highland College Gospel Team from Pasadena, California, consisting of students of the school and its president, Dr. Robert Kofahl.

June 24, 1912

Non-commissioned officers from every company of the First Regiment of Infantry, North Dakota National Guard, are assembled at Camp Sperry, ten miles northwest of the city for a school of instruction Monday and Tuesday.

June 25, 1887

County warrants will only bring 85 cents now, while a week ago they brought 90 and 91 cents on the dollar. In other words, the purchasing power of a dollar-promise-to-pay-warrant now is 6 per cent less than it was before the recent election.

June 25, 1937

At least 65 workmen were believed idle in Bismarck today with employees of the Capital's City's two hide and fur companies striking for higher wages and shorter hours. Pickets surrounded the Northern Hide and Fur Co. plant at 900 Front Avenue.

June 25, 1962

Bismarck's long-awaited new federal building may be a step closer, word from Washington indicates. The project is to be built on a square block of lush, hip-high weeds and gaping windows in empty houses on the block north of the American Legion Club.

June 25, 1912

State Engineer Timothy R. Atkinson has returned from a week's absence from Bismarck, boosting good roads in different parts of the state. His trip touched the towns of Jamestown, New Rockford and Forbes. is trip; touched the towns of Jamestown,

June 26, 1887

An enterprise which in all probability will be established in Bismarck soon is a starch factory. Those who have given the subject considerable thought are satisfied that this is the proper location, as the potato crop of the Missouri Slope is the best in the world.

June 26, 1937

Mrs. R. M. Bergeson and W. A. Mundy turned sleuths yesterday and eventually delivered two men, who may later be charged with shoplifting, into the hands of the police. The thrilling episode was enacted right here on the streets of Bismarck.

June 26, 1962

Several Burleigh County officials have moved into new offices in the $180,000 addition to the building which now has been completed and accepted by the county. The two-story structure was built between the old courthouse and the Burleigh County jail.

June 26, 1912

If the Board of City Commissioners accept the plans for the Municipal Auditorium designed by Reed and Stem, of St. Paul, Bismarck will have the best auditorium in the state. The plans are on file at the Commercial Club rooms.

June 27, 1887

Mayouck and Byrne, of this city, have received the contract for constructing the two large reservoirs for the water works, and are already at work hauling the stone to the ground. They will be on the high bluff just east of the Northern Pacific railroad bridge.

June 27, 1937

Work on the half-completed municipal park on Sibley Island will stop July 1. The project has been financed by federal WPA funds and the fate of the workmen involved, estimated to number about 175, may be problematical.

June 27, 1962

A group of out-of-state newsmen will soon arrive in the Bismarck-Mandan area from Dickinson to enjoy local tourist attractions on the North Dakota annual travel editors' tour. Fort Lincoln and the Capitol area are on the agenda.

June 27, 1912

A splendid program of vaudeville, novelty songs and the latest photoplays were shown last evening at the Orpheum Theatre, known widely as the Coolest place in Town.

June 28, 1887

The new switch engine, Northern Pacific No. 51, arrived yesterday. It will be run by John Flynn. It is a beauty and is just in from the Baldwin Locomotive Company shops in Philadelphia.

June 28, 1937

First violence in the four-day-old strike at two Bismarck hide and fur companies was reported Monday as the first attempt to settle the dispute failed. Wendelyn "Red" Welder, a picketing striker, was shot in the left leg but not seriously wounded.

June 28, 1962

Garry Carlson and Jerry Gaschk, co-chairmen of the Bismarck Jaycees fireworks project announced that the fourth annual fireworks display will be held on July 4th at the Indian Mounds, northwest of the city.

June 28, 1912

Col. William P. Tuttle returned to Bismarck today after a thorough campaign made over the Second Congressional District prior to the primary election. Returns show he has a safe lead for the nomination to Congress.

June 29, 1887

Meyer Eppinger, of the Star Clothing House, is now in the east buying a new stock of clothing. Mr. Eppinger is a regular "outfitter" and carries one of the largest stocks in the Northwest.

June 29, 1937

Arnold C. Van Wyk, for the last eight years a teacher and principal in the Bismarck city schools, has resigned his position here to become principal of the high school at Valley City. He will assume his duties there this fall.

June 29, 1962

Luther M. Wells, recently appointed Bismarck Division manager for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. will assume his new responsibilities here Sunday. He replaces W. G. Renden who has retired after 42 years of service with the company.

June 29, 1912

The First Baptist Church will have an interesting and profitable service tomorrow morning. In the absence of the pastor the trustees will conduct the services. The theme of the morning service will be "The Working Girl Problem."

June 30, 1887

Local merchant Sig Hanauer arrived by steamer from Havre, France, and put in an appearance in Bismarck. He spent fifty days with his father in Baden and visited all the principal cities on his route, including Paris, Vienna and Heidelberg.

June 30, 1937

Efforts to develop a long-time rehabilitation program for North Dakota will be coupled with consideration of immediate necessities at the two-day convention of the North Dakota Farm Holiday Association which opens here tomorrow.

June 30, 1962

No objectors appeared here Friday during the time set for a hearing on a recommendation to increase minimum wages of women mercantile establishment workers and all minors. Deputy Labor Commissioner Henry Martinson said the order will go into effect in August.

July 1, 1887

At 6 o'clock yesterday morning a fire in the frame buildings on Main Street west of First Street called out the fire department and produced some lively rustling for about thirty minutes.

July 1, 1937

The first of 270 North and South Dakota youths were arriving at Fort Lincoln today for tomorrow's opening of the 1937 Citizens Military Training Camp, the "one-month school of the soldier."

July 1, 1962

Cardinal Petroleum Company, independent drilling and producing firm, closed down its main offices here yesterday. Monday, a new main office will open in Billings, Montana fur a field office will be maintained at Westhope, North Dakota.

June 30, 1912

Assistant Attorney General Alfred Zuger has severed his connection with the state legal department in order to become a member of the firm of Purcell and Divet of Wahpeton. He has been one of Attorney General Miller's most able assistants.

July 1, 1912

Mrs. Minnie C. Budlong, Secretary of the State Library Commission, left Saturday for Valley City where she will lecture on library work before the teachers attending the Valley City Normal School.

July 2, 1887

Mr. George F. Feagles has been engaged to give an exhibition of rifle shooting at the gun club grounds on July 4th. He has the reputation, so rumor says, throughout the east of being one of the best combination shots in the United States.

July 2, 1937

Northwest Airlines officials announced today that service on a third daily round trip between the Twin Cities and Seattle, authorized by the Post Office Department, would start on July 16.

July 2, 1962

The headquarters office of Basin Electric power Cooperative opened today in Bismarck. Basin was recently awarded a $36.6 million loan from the REA to construct a 200,000 kilowatt lignite-burning generating plant near the Garrison Dam.

July 2, 1912

The ladies of the Civic Improvement League have been requested to give another of their informal dancing parties at the Armory Thursday evening, the Fourth of July. O'Connor's Capital City Orchestra has been engaged to furnish music for the occasion.

July 3, 1887

An interesting game of lawn tennis occurred yesterday in the quartermaster's yard, between Dr. Maus and Lt. Croxton of Ft. Lincoln and C. B. Little and Captain Call of this city. The Bismarckers were vanquished three straight games.

July 3, 1937

This weekend will see the grand opening of the Economy Grocery in its new home at 307 Third Street, according to Joseph A. Patera, proprietor and manager. The store has operated at 411 Broadway for the past seven years.

July 3, 1962

Two new members have joined the staff of Wheatlands, a $2.5 million retirement manor and apartment hotel planned here for persons 62 or older. It is planned for a 4-acre site at First Street and Boulevard, two blocks west of the State Capital.

July 3, 1912

This morning the Fifth Annual Missouri Slope Championship; Tennis Tournament was commenced on the courts of the Capital City Tennis Club. The matches are being played under the rules of the United States Lawn Tennis Association.

July 4, 1887

J. M. Quinn, of the TRIBUNE, is the orator of the day at Aberdeen on the Fourth, and Judge Francis and John Hollembaek go to Steele. T. D. Merwin orates at Mandan, and General Allen, Judge Edgerton and other prominent speakers also have engagements.

July 4, 1937

On tap for Bismarck boxing fans in the World War Memorial Building today is a 31-round fight card headlined by two regional welterweight champions---one will be Dick Demarary of Bismarck, who will taken on Sonny Boy Akers in ten 3-minute rounds.

July 4, 1962

The crowning of Miss North Dakota for 1963 in the World War Memorial Building on Jul 12, will climax another six months plus of concentrated effort on the part of the Bismarck Jaycees and Mrs. Jaycees.

July 4, 1912

Residents of the state capitol commemorated Independence Day in a fitting manner. There was no special celebration in this city, although several picnic parties were held, such as that at Crawford's Grove, ten miles south of town.

July 5, 1887

The infant girl of Captain and Mrs. Alex Hughes was baptized at the Episcopal Church, Sunday night by the Rev. Ben_Ham, and christened Helen Alexander Hughes.

July 5, 1937

Hearing has been set for July 20 by the North Dakota Supreme Court on contempt proceedings against A. C. Townley and six other persons for alleged practice of law without a license, according to John H, Newton, Clerk of Court.

July 5, 1962

A request by the Bismarck Park Board for the privilege of utilizing some of the street lights now being removed from the street lighting system, street improvements, petitions and other matters come before the City Commission.

July 5, 1912

One of the merriest of many Fourth of July parties held in the city was enjoyed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Wolbert. Fireworks, dancing and a big watermelon feast completed a very happy day.

July 6, 1887

The black cloud of smoke which darkened the eastern horizon last evening was produced by the burning of a large barn on the Stark Farm, about five miles south and east. It was rumored that two or three horses were destroyed.

July 6, 1937

Declaration that he is accumulating a mass of information relative to the operation of North Dakota's wholesale and retail hard liquor trade for presentation to the next legislature, was made before the Bismarck Kiwanis Club by State Treasurer John A. Gray.

July 6, 1962

A team of three teen-agers, called Youth Caravaners, will be the guests of Zion Lutheran Church this week. The three Caravaners are traveling for the Walther League, International youth organization and official youth program of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

July 6, 1912

Herbert C. Fish and other members of the State Historical Society have commenced the work of getting together material for a history of Bismarck. All phases such as fort history, river history, railroad history and Black Hills history will be taken up.

July 7, 1887

The Penitentiary board was in session yesterday with a full attendance. The contract for furnishing brick for the new addition was let to Peter Birck of Dickinson, at the remarkably low figure of $8.85 per thousand.

July 7, 1937

Indian Schools in five western states will claim the 16 members of the Bismarck Indian School's teaching and maintenance staffs whose work here was terminated this spring with the decision of the U. S. Indian Bureau to abandon its institution here.

July 7, 1962

About 500 youths attended a baseball clinic at the Municipal Baseball ark here today sponsored by the Minnesota Twins baseball club. It was conducted by two former major league players who are now scouts for the Twins---Angelo Giuliani and Billy Martin.

July 7, 1912

George Ward had a narrow escape from injury last evening. He was out driving and in turning the corner of main and Second Streets was thrown from the buggy, which went over a high pile of dirt. He was dragged a considerable distance.

July 8, 1887

Governor Church is expected to arrive this week, and it is understood that he has completed arrangements for the removal of his family to Bismarck before August 1.

July 8, 1937

In a glass jar on the desk of County Agent H. O. Putnam are a couple of brown bugs about an inch long. They look like overstuffed grasshoppers with tails, and their name, "Mormon Cricket," may some day be unpleasant to North Dakota ears.

July 8, 1962

A commemorative coin is making its appearance in Bismarck and across North Dakota this week. They are intended to commemorate the fact that, for the second time in its history, the national Legion Junior finals are being held in Bismarck late this summer.

July 8, 1912

Chief of Police McDonald received word from Mandan to be on the lookout for one Harry Harris, wanted for theft. He found his man loitering about the Northern Pacific depot the same evening and received a reward of $50 for making the arrest.

July 9, 1887

The Northern Pacific will be requested to place electric lights at their crossings in this city and it is believed that the company will gladly comply.

July 9, 1937

Bismarck's population has increased about 15 per cent the last two years, results of the biennial school census indicate. On the basis of these figures, the population is between 15,500 and 16,500, according to school board officials.

July 9, 1962

Charles Arthur (Art) McKinney, 37, today took over the post of Director of Administration for Gov. William L. Guy. McKinney is a former sports editor of the Bismarck Tribune and recently had been working for the Santa Maria Times in California.

July 10, 1887

The young men of the city are organizing an athletic club, and already eighteen members have been secured. A suitable room will be rented, and will be fitted up; with th emost modern contrivances.

July 10, 1937

A resolution directing Sheriff Fred Anstrom to proceed after July 20 to collect delinquent personal property taxes by levy and sale of property, if necessary, was passed recently by the commissioners of Burleigh County.

July 10, 1962

Council 1604 of the Knights of Columbus will hold open house in its new club building at 312 Twentieth Street. Construction began last October with the remodeling and enlargement of an existing structure on the site. Cost was about $200,000.

July 9, 1912

Frank Feeney, who was a candidate for Justice of the Peace at the June primaries, led a party of his friends to a picnic in the woods north of the city Sunday. They were attacked by mosquitoes and after fighting well the ground was abandoned and the party retreated to the city.

July 10, 1912

The Fifth Street Stationery Store has moved its stock from its room in the McKenzie Hotel to a building across the street, where the management will be pleased to have its patrons call.

July 11, 1887

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup should always be used for children teething. It soothes the child, softens the gums, allays all pain, cures wind colic, and is the best remedy for diarrhea.

July 11, 1937

Five runs in the last inning fell 3 short of closing the gap and the Colored House of David baseball team defeated Bismarck's independent team over the weekend at the local ball park, 11 to 8.

July 11, 1962

The Red Owl stores in Bismarck this week offered cut-up frying chickens at 33 cents a pound, canned picnic hams at $1.79 each and sliced bread for 23 cents per loaf---all plus double S & H Green Stamps.

July 11, 1912

Company A, North Dakota National Guard, departs for the annual encampment at Devils Lake next Tuesday. In order that the boys may vary their Army rations of beans and coffee an informal shirtwaist dance will be given in the Armory for the benefit of the mess fund.

July 12, 1887

E. M. Bennett, formerly proprietor of the Bismarck Roller Mills, but now of Rochester, Minnesota, is in the city looking after some interests which he still holds.

July 12, 1937

Gov. William Langer late to day ordered a "thorough cleaning" of the State Hospital at Jamestown and dental treatment for all inmates. Adjutant General Heber L. Edwards was directed to use a chemical gas to "rid the institution of bedbugs and lice."

July 12, 1962

Down the river they'll paddle, some 90 or more Boy Scouts in canoes, from Garrison Dam to Bismarck in mid-August. It will what could become an annual Missouri River Boy Scot canoe derby, involving participants from the Bismarck and Minot councils.

July 12, 1912

A. S. Hoffman is in the city and expects to make his home here. He is an excellent piano tuner and is available for work. His place of business will be at Peck's Piano store where appointments may be made.

July 13, 1887

Although the attendance at the Athenejum last evening was not as large as the novel attraction of a spelling bee should have called out, the event was a success and there was much of genuine old-fashioned enjoyment.

July 13, 1937

A. J. Loudenbeck of Emmet, N.D., former McLean County Sheriff, was appointed Warden of the State Penitentiary today b y the State Board of Administration. He replaced Girdell Patterson, a veteran of the Nonpartisan League.

July 13, 1962

First rooms in Bismarck's new Holiday Inn Motor Hotel will be occupied by guests Sunday, according to the management of the $1,200,000 facility east of Memorial Highway Bridge. Now ready are 30 rooms on the north front of the two story structure.

July 13, 1912

The old settlers' picnic is being held at Painted Woods today, and a large number of the old timers of the Capital City took advantage of the excellent weather. This event is looked forward to with no little pleasure.

July 14, 1887

Dr. Karl Schulin, the well known occulist and aorist of St. Paul, will visit Bismarck on July 15 and will remain one week, during which time he may be consulted at the Sheridan House by those suffering with diseases of the eye, throat or ear.

July 14, 1937

Watchful waiting was the status of the hide and fur companies' strike in Bismarck. All parties concerned are awaiting the arrival of Robert J. Welner of Minneapolis, regional representative of the National Labor Relations Board.

July 14, 1962

Plans to build a 72,950-square-foot shopping center in northwest Bismarck were announced here, with construction to start within six weeks. It will be known as Northbrook Shopping Center and will be built at Central Avenue and Washington Street.

July 14, 1912

Mrs. I. P. Baker was the hostess at the boat party yesterday. About thirty ladies of Bismarck made the trip to Rock Haven on the Benton Packet Co.'s boat "Frayne," and were served refreshments upon arrival. They returned to the city by 6 p.m.

July 15, 1887

The Bismarck Cricket Club has done some lively practicing, and it is believed it will soon be the most creditable organization of its kind in the northwest.