It Happened in Bismarck...


July 15, 1937

The schedule of play in the City Horseshoe League for the remainder of the season was released today. The six teams involved represent Molly's Service Station, Lucas Oil Co., Morley Electric, French & Welch Hardware and Budweiser and Gluek's beer distributors.

July 15, 1962

Demolition of the old Bismarck Junior High School building at the corner of Seventh Street and Avenue C, began here recently. The project will be finished in four or five weeks. An addition to Bismarck High School will be erected on the site.

July 15, 1912

Matters in connection with the dog show which will be given in this city in October are progressing nicely. The members of the Western Kennel Association are doing all in their power to make it a big success.

July 16, 1887

At a well attended meeting Thursday evening the Bismarck Athletic Club was organized and committees appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws and to select a suitable building for the use of the club.

July 16, 1937

A full page advertisement celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Molly's Service Station at Fourth and Thayer in downtown Bismarck. It is owned and operated since 1933 b y Leo de Rochford, long-time professional baseball player whose nickname is "Molly."

July 16, 1962

A three-day open house at the new Knights of Columbus building, 310 Twentieth Street, will end with a smorgasbord followed by a free dance to the music of the Feather Merchants.

July 16, 1912

Pat Kelly, who has the contract for the street grading in the Capital City, has a crew and twelve teams engaged in the work which he is rapidly completing. His work is being done in the northeast corner of the city and makes a great improvement in that section.

July 17, 1887

Let it be recorded that the first water ever pumped out of the Missouri River at this point by the Bismarck Water Company was drawn yesterday afternoon and sent gushing to the reservoirs on the hill.

July 17, 1937

Neil Croonquist of Bismarck is playing Bobby Campbell of Minneapolis for the amateur golf championship of the state of Minnesota today. The match is 36 holes over the Minneapolis Country Club course.

July 17, 1962

Tom Kleppe, President, and Harold Schafer, Board Chairman, were at the airport to welcome Gold Seal people to the company's 20th Anniversary sales convention in Bismarck.

July 17, 1912

The special train for Mandan will leave here this evening at 8:15. The band will give a half hour's concert at Fourth and Main and then go to Mandan where they will parade from the depot to the Chautauqua grounds.

July 18, 1887

The report that Billy Costello, so well known in Bismarck, killed a man at Little Muddy several days ago has caused a sensation among his many friends in this vicinity. Costello drew a revolver and fired three times, each ball taking effect in the body of his adversary.

July 18, 1937

Condition of Sister M. Boniface, Sister Superior and Superintendent of St. Alexius Hospital for the last 51 years, who is critically ill of heart disease, was pronounced unchanged by her physician. The 84-year-old nun has been sick about a week.

July 18, 1962

The new Hillside Junior High School, located north of Hillside Park and scheduled for completion this fall, will take care of junior high students in the eastern part of Bismarck.

July 18, 1912

R. S. Redman, Secretary and Manager of the American Gas and Construction Company, is in the city for a few days looking after matters in connection with the proposed new coal gas plant for Bismarck.

July 19, 1887

The Fetzer Cornet Band now practices in the neat little room located over Chas. R. Williams' saloon on Third Street.

July 19, 1937

Junior American Legion baseball teams from Bismarck, Cando, Grand Forks and Fargo won challenge rights to compete in the state tournament at Grand Forks by winning district elimination tournaments over the weekend.

July 19, 1962

I. M. Oseth, Police Magistrate here since 1949, has resigned the position effective August 1 "or as soon thereafter as a successor can be designated." Oseth, who doubles as Juvenile Commissioner, will continue to serve in that job.

July 19, 1912

Mrs. W. E. Butler has the second of a series of albums prepared by the Womans Federation of the Photographers Association of America on exhibition at her studio. This is an exchange of prints among the best female photographers all over the United States.

July 20, 1887

The reports of the shooting at Minot in which Billy Costello played the prominent part are conflicting and it is now stated that he shot a woman and not a man as first reported.

July 20, 1937

The Goodman Wonder Shows, a traveling carnival, completed a week-long run in Bismarck despite rain and other difficulties. The show was set up at 20th Street and Broadway and will leave late Wednesday for Montana.

July 20, 1962

Robert J. Fleck, general manager of Fleck Motor Sales here, was elected President of the Bismarck Auto Dealers Association at a meeting here recently. He succeeds Robert P. McCarney as president of the local group.

July 20, 1912

Supt. C. C. Root of the city schools returned Friday evening from a four weeks vacation spent in Michigan. He was present at the commencement exercises of the University of Michigan and also the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of its founding.

July 21, 1887

The Bismarck Dramatic Club is now rehearsing "David Garrick," which will be presented in the Atheneum in about three weeks. He best dramatic talent in the city has been enlisted and the play will be creditably presented.

July 21, 1937

Bismarck's municipal swimming pool will stage a giant swimming carnival in connection with the Junior Association of Commerce Barbecue Bargain Day, August 4. Twenty-five events, including swimming and diving competitions, will be on the program.

July 21, 1962

Bismarck-Mandan Pheasants Unlimited, a local sportsmen's group, released the first batch of 750 pheasants this week in a program aimed at restocking game birds in this area. The release took place on a farm six miles south of Menoken.

July 21, 1912

With two good vaudeville acts, a program of classy photoplays and new songs by the new resident singer the Orpheum Theatre is sure to be well attended tonight. Lew Wood is billed as "That Ventriloquist."

July 22, 1887

The Pacific Hotel on Fourth Street is nearly refurnished and provides first class accommodations at low rates. Louis Peterson is owner and manager. It is also the headquarters for the Washburn & Ft. Berthold Mail and Express Line.

July 22, 1937

Missouri Slope farmers and business men desiring to see the Sidney, Montana, irrigation district on July 28 are urged to obtain their tickets immediately for the special train that will be run from Bismarck that day. 125 tickets must be sold for the special train to be operated.

July 22, 1962

Mrs. Walter Knott has wound up 38 years with the Northern Pacific Railway Co. here as freight office cashier. Her employment began during World War I when railroads hired women to bolster dwindling staffs of workers.

July 22, 1912

State Historical Society Curator Herbert C. Fish has returned from Fort Berthold Reservation bringing back with him a number of new and interesting relics and a great deal of new data on the early history of the place.

July 23, 1887

The contract for the ditching, laying of pipes, etc., for the Bismarck Water Works has been awarded to Mr. Mooney of Grand Forks, who arrived in the city yesterday and will soon have a force of men tearing up the streets.

July 23, 1937

From ownership of a single five-acre park in 1927 to ownership or control of 14 parks and recreational centers covering approximately 1400 acres is the story of the Bismarck Park Board, which has just completed its tenth year of existence.

July 23, 1962

Physically fit and professionally efficient, 24 members of the 896th Float Bridge Company of Linton and Bismarck were the first North Dakota National Guardsmen to return home after 10 months of active duty at Ft. Riley, Kansas.

July 23, 1912

Bismarck was visited by a heavy hail and wind storm Monday night that did considerable damage. The Hoskins Floral Company was the heaviest loser from mail, many windows having been broken in their greenhouses.

July 24, 1887

The troop; of the Seventh Cavalry now marching westward are expected to camp; at Apple Creek tonight and will arrive in Bismarck tomorrow. They will make the entire trip from Fort Totten to Fort Meade overland.

July 24, 1937

A squad of National Guardsmen unloaded a bushel basket of assorted knifes, files and shop tools in Warden A. J. Loudenbeck's office last night after completing a two-hour inspection through nearly 600 cells at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

July 24, 1962

The League for Animal Welfare has been formed in Bismarck to care for and find new homes for pets which owners are no longer able to provide. The organization is headquartered at Mary Marc Meadows northwest of town.

July 24, 1912

Webb Brothers Department Store is being remodeled in its interior and when completed will offer one of the finest display spaces of any store in the state. The section heretofore holding the furniture department will now be the ready-to-wear garment department.

July 25, 1887

The Brickbats scored another baseball victory last evening over a club picked up around town and not sufficiently organized to possess a name. They won by a score of thirteen to eight.

July 25, 1937

Neil Croonquist of Bismarck, who this season has entered a campaign to capture links honors in Minnesota, was nosed out of his second straight title Sunday, after reaching the final round of play. He was defeated by Maurice Cain of Wahpeton in the finals of the 14th annual Breezy point event.

July 25, 1962

George A. Doblin, Vice President of National Garages of Detroit, Michigan, will report on a feasibility study of a proposed parking ramp on the Northern Pacific Plaza in a meeting scheduled for the Grand Pacific Steakhouse.

July 25, 1912

Sheriff Barnes and a number of deputies, including members of the police department, visited places of thirteen alleged violators of the prohibition law armed with search warrants. Evidence was found in some places while in others nothing was found.

July 26, 1887

A subscription paper is being circulated and numerously signed among the residents of the upper end of Second and Third Streets, for the purpose of having an electric light places at the corner of either Avenue A or B on Second Street.

July 26, 1937

A 15-room, 2-story apartment house costing $13,000 is going to be constructed at 215 Mandan Street. James Holkup is the builder, J. C. Beatie the contractor. Permit for its construction was taken out at the City Hall during the last week.

July 26, 1962

Bids for construction of Bismarck's new post office and federal building will be opened August 23 at Kansas City, Missouri. The building, for which the firm of Leonhard and Askew of Bismarck was architect, will cost about $3,800,000.

July 26, 1912

Mrs. Claude Rossen appeared before Justice Olsen Thursday afternoon and entered a plea of guilty to a charge of assault preferred against her by May Ashley, the fifteen year old girl alleged to have been beaten by her. She was fined $10 and costs.

July 27, 1887

Attorney John Stoyell's office is to be removed to the Central Block on Main Street and the present office on Fourth Street used by Mr. Mooney as a plumbing establishment,

July 27, 1937

Mary Slattery---Mrs. Daniel M. Slattery---died at her home at 508 West Broadway in Bismarck Monday at the age of 58. As Mary Johnson, she came to the city with her father, a prominent builder and contractor, in 1883.

July 27, 1962

Opening of a new residential subdivision, Southwood Terrace, was announced recently. The developer is Don Decker of Omaha, who has been associated with Porter Real Estate here. It is located on South Washington about eight blocks south of the ball park.

July 27, 1912

A large group of citizens and businessmen attended a meeting called for the purpose of perfecting the organization of the Bismarck Country Club. The present object will be to lay out a golf course in the western part of the city.

July 28, 1887

A private letter from Duluth says that on August 1 Colonel Lounsberry will convert his paper, the Saturday Evening Journal, into a daily edition. His many Bismarck friends wish him success in his new venture.

July 28, 1937

Two hundred and seventy eight persons were aboard the special excursion train which left Bismarck at 5 a.m. today en route to Sidney, Montana, where farmers and business will view the irrigated farms in the Lower Yellowstone Valley.

July 28, 1962

With neither ceremony nor celebration, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Moses will mark their 60th wedding anniversary Monday at their home on Park Street near Custer Park. They have lived in Bismarck since 1916.

July 28, 1912

Addison Falconer and a crew of men departed this morning for Wilton where they will make a survey and plat the premises owned by the Washburn Lignite Coal Company.

July 29, 1887

Street Commissioner Stewart is performing his duties in a every creditable manner. For the first time the poll tax is being vigorously collected from every body liable under the law and the same expended in the improvement of the streets.

July 29, 1937

North Dakota's national guardsmen will travel to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, for the Fourth Army maneuvers there August 8 to 22 in two special trains and motor convoys. Special trains will operate over both the Northern Pacific and Great Northern main lines.

July 29, 1962

Law enforcement authorities were investigating a reported revolver shooting at a night club between Bismarck and Mandan last evening. The action climaxed an argument between patrons of the Spur Night Club

July 29, 1912

Thomas Gandy was arrested this morning by Chief of Police McDonald on a charge of being drunk and disorderly. Upon being searched, $17.30 was found, which the owner of the Atlantic Cafˇ claimed was stolen from him.

July 30, 1887

Mrs. M. H. Jewell and her mother returned yesterday after ten weeks absence in the east. During their absence Mr. Jewell purchased the property of George P. Flannery, corner of Thayer and Second Streets, and surprised them with a new home.

July 30, 1937

Enderlin, a dark horse entry, defeated Bismarck 8-4 in the opening game of the North Dakota Junior American Legion annual tournament in Grand Forks this morning. Johnson and Henkel of Enderlin cooperated in holding the capital city team in check.

July 30, 1962

Bismarck's Legion nine warmed up its bats for a Western Division Tournament opening at Williston by clubbing three New Rockford pitchers for 14 hits and a 19-1 abbreviated victory here.

July 30, 1912

A message was received this morning that Senator William Drew Washburn had died at his home in Minneapolis. He returned home about two weeks ago from Europe where he had been taken ill.

July 31, 1887

A team of horses, tormented almost to death by the persistent mosquito, ran at a furious rate up Second Street this afternoon and came near upsetting the backstop; on the base ball ground.

July 31, 1937

R. E. Thompson, resident of Bismarck for the last 12 years, has assumed managership of the Dacotah Seed Company at the corner of Ninth Street and Main Avenue. He also continues as manager for the Washburn Coal Company.

July 31, 1962

Pipeline laying crews, working at a feverish pace north of Bismarck, plan to connect a 106-mile Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. natural gas line to the company station here soon. The $4,600,000 segment will give the company a complete loop through the western part of the state.

August 1, 1887

The residence of Banker Clarence B. Little is now being wired for the electric light system. Other residences about town will also use the incandescent system.

August 1, 1937

Jacob Horner of Bismarck and Chief White Bull of Little Eagle, S.D., both survivors of Custer's ill-famed Little Big Horn campaign of June, 1876, have been invited to participate in Robert L. Ripley's "Believe It or Not" radio program over the NBC Network.

August 1, 1962

The Bismarck city commission approved preliminary sketches last night of a new four-lane access highway into the city from the north which will connect with Interstate Highway 94 when construction begins in 1964

July 31, 1912

Driving from Minot to Bismarck in a "Lexington Forty" automobile, Arthur Hanson was covering the ground at fifty miles an hour when one of the front wheels suddenly started 'cross country,' causing the vehicle to veer into a bank and grind up the fender, spring and lamp on the wheel-less side of the car.

August 1, 1912

Tomorrow evening at the shooting park east of the baseball field will occur the regular weekly shoot of the Bismarck Gun Club and the Bismarck Ladies' Gun Club. Each is arousing more than usual interest and all are invited to witness the competition.

August 2, 1887

The county commissioners received the local option petitions yesterday. There were 527 names on them, and the commissioners will examine them carefully to see if all are legal voters. If so the matter will go on the November ballot.

August 2, 1937

A. J. Gerlach, chief of the State Regulatory Department, instructed his inspectors today to stop all trucks of licensed beer wholesalers to see that beer is properly stamped. He said 113 North Dakota beer wholesalers are handling the products of 33 breweries---all located in other states.

August 2, 1962

The annual convention of the North American Association of Alcoholism Programs will be held in Bismarck in October. It will mark the first time North Dakota has hosted the conference and is also the first time it was held outside a major metropolitan area.

August 2, 1912

The main hall of the courthouse was the scene of a fight yesterday between County Treasurer Carl Kositzky and Ed Patterson, chairman of the County Commissioners. Though he was knocked down by several blows, Patterson maintained he was absolutely unhurt.

August 3, 1887

The authorities have inaugurated a thorough investigation of the alleys in the city of Bismarck. Noxious weeds, manure, tin cans and other nuisances must go. It is time for reform.

August 3, 1937

Valentine Roth, 31-year-old window washer at the capitol, died at his home in Bismarck today, of a pulmonary embolism. He was employed at the capitol building during its construction and had been window washer there ever since.

August 3, 1962

Bismarck's civic and business leaders will meet with Lewis Dymond, new president of Frontier Airlines, at the Gourmet House today. Dymond will present his company's new service philosophy to communities in Montana and North Dakota.

August 3, 1912

Today was held the funeral of William E. Butler, longtime Bismarck photographer, the services being held in the Masonic Temple. The remains were shipped to Farmington, Minnesota, the former home of the family.

August 4, 1887

James Keenan, the well known accountant and chief clerk of the Power Line, returned from the South yesterday to resume his duties at the river. He visited New Orleans and reports a boom in the land of the lost cause.

August 4, 1937

Officials of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana were conferring at Bismarck in the Patterson Hotel on various new developments. These include the adoption of a new uniform for filling station dealers as well as a number of new accessories.

August 4, 1962

A new sign marks the Bismarck Tribune building at Fourth and Thayer. The 850-pound plastic sign replaces one which has been in use since 1938 and requires much less electricity to light up.

August 4, 1912

The work of taking the religious census of this city is being done under the supervision of Mrs. Tousley, who is secretary of the Home and Visitation Department of the State Sunday School Association. The plan is to determine the religious preference of each resident of the city.

August 5, 1887

John Mattice, who drives Logan's delivery wagon, narrow escaped death at the Third Street crossing of the railroad. Just as he reached the track an engineer backed the freight cars and before Mattice could get out of the way the wagon was smashed to splinters between the colliding cars.

August 5, 1937

More than 5,500 hungry Missouri Slopers gobbled up 5,600 barbecued beef sandwiches yesterday and the Bismarck Junior Association of Commerce staged its first Barbecue Bargain Day. Also consumed were 500 gallons of various beverages.

August 5, 1962

Faster commercial air service between Bismarck and Denver, with utilization of pressurized-cabin flying equipment will be inaugurated September 4. The new aircraft will be 44-passenger Convair 340 planes which will reduce the flying time by an hour.

August 5, 1912

The Dakota Coal Products Co. has decided to move its offices from New Salem to Bismarck where they will be located in the basement of the City National Bank, corner Main and Fourth.

August 6, 1887

The incandescent lights are being improved and will give perfect satisfaction as soon as the machinery is placed in good working order. Larger pulleys are necessary to give the dynamo the requisite number of revolutions.

August 6, 1937

Wetter weather has eased the task of the Bismarck Waterworks pumping station on the Missouri River west of the city. It has pumped nearly 30,000 gallons less water during the first six months of 1937 than it did in the same period of 1936.

August 6, 1962

A buckskin-clad horseman galloped over the Capitol lawn today, headed for Williston, 240 miles away. He will carry a message from Gov. William L. Guy to kick off Williston's 75th anniversary celebration.

August 6, 1912

James Wallace, the old pioneer harness-maker, has been enjoying business at his new location, 112 Fifth Street. He has been engaged in the harness repair work for twenty-seven years, most of it at Bismarck.

August 7, 1887

The red flash which is briefly observable on the streets of late is not produced by electrical agencies, as has been supposed. Austin has a new buggy with vivid red wheels. That's all.

August 7, 1937

A controversy within the Grand Forks city commission relating to police laxity in enforcing portions of the liquor ordinance, took on expanded significance last night when it was claimed the local rules were being treated no differently than those of the city of Bismarck.

August 7, 1962

Nine young musicians from the Bismarck area are members of the International Music Camp European Tour band which will play a concert here next Sunday. It is made up of 70 select students from eight Upper Midwest states.

August 7, 1912

Capital City people had considerable difficulty in recognizing J. W. Bull, the pioneer real estate dealer. While absent from the city he had his beard shaved off, and he says it is the first time in fifty years that he has been separated his hirsute appendage.

August 8, 1887

The whereabouts of ex-City Treasurer George E. Reed are now the subject of much interesting comments. Now he seems to have stopped at some point between Aberdeen and Bismarck. We expect to see him in a few days, if not today.

August 8, 1937

Temperatures mounted rapidly in North Dakota over the weekend with Weather Bureau forecasts holding little hope for relief. It was 87 in Bismarck at noon with the mercury rising.

August 8, 1962

Grand opening of the new Skogmo Department Store in Mandan is slated for Thursday with a ten-day sale launching the new venture. It will occupy the old Cummins Company quarters at 200 Main Avenue West.

August 8, 1912

Mms. Harriet Labadie, a noted interpreter of plays, has come to Bismarck in aid of the Civic Improvement League and will give a dramatic interpretation of "Tomorrow," a new play of vital interest on the subject of Eugenics.

August 9, 1887

J. A. Bates of this county announces that if capitalists will furnish the money he will erect and operate a starch factory in Bismarck and guarantee it 5rto be a profitable investment.