Back When........from the Independent files.
10 years ago...........2004
The 142nd Engineer Battalion begins their journey home. National Guard men and women from North Dakota, including the Ransom County area are preparing to begin their journey back home after over 400 days since the 142nd left its home station of Fargo, ND in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The journey brought 631 soldiers from North Dakota and Minnesota through Fort Carson, CO, which was their mobilization station and into Iraq to assist with the engineering efforts of the coalition forces in support of the building of Iraq.
The 142nd has had soldiers spread throughout the country of Iraq providing the engineer assets and skills of the Battalion.
Upon clearing theatre the 142nd will return to Ft. Carson, Co. for completion of the demobilization process, which will release soldiers from active duty and return the soldiers to the National Guard.
The 142nd Battalion has accomplished over 1500 missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The have contributed to the engineering efforts and rebuilding of Iraq along with winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers, the North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Cass County Joint Water Resource District have signed a Memorandum of Agreement ensuring compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. The MOA listed the cultural and historical sites that were identified as a result of the investigation and testing done by the Water Resource District. Recognition of any effects that might occur to those sites as a result of the Maple River Dam were revealed and steps will be taken to lessen any of the effects and protect the sites.
Last rites were held for Kenneth Ensz, Louise Kellerman and Kenneth a Peterson all of Enderlin.
Justin Dehn formerly of Enderlin and now residing in Bismarck was awarded the 2004 Gordon Yoder TV NewsVideo Workshop Award from the National Press Photographers Foundation.
20 years ago.........1994
Sheldon and Enderlin Boys Basketball teams were both awarded Regional positon with Sheldon in the #2 postion and Enderlin in the #3 postion.
Sno-Fest King and Queen were announced with Tifaney Anderson reigning as Queen and Mark Oehlke as King.
The Enderlin Grapplers took ninth place in the State Wrestling Tournament with Cody Nelson, Cory Schall, Brandon Cavett, Kris Mark, Jason Remmick and Kam Muscha all placing and giving the Grapplers their overall 9th place finish.
Enderlin spelling bee winners were Darci Morris, Dusty Hartl, Shannon Utke, Kelli Gilbertson, Nathan Cimbura and Stacie Lemnus.
30 years ago..........1984
There was a big crowd on hand for the Youth Center opening ~ The Enderlin Community Youth Center opened its doors Tuesday, February 21st. 59 youth came to the center on the first day and 73 on Thursday. The operation of the youth center is primarily to handled by the kids, but an adult supervisor is always on hand. Kinds volunteer to take turns handling the sales of Pizza, candy, chips and pop. A lounge area, dance floor, snack counter, electronic games and restroom facilities are intact with most of the remodel complete. The Youth Board consisting of Bryan Kemmer, Dean Torbenson, Kandy Finzel, Shelly Hughes and Cindy Sprunk have set up rules governing the use of the center. The center is available to any young people up to the age of 20 years and will be open from 4 to 10 pm.
Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Carter of Sheldon announce the engagement of their daughter Ellen Marie to Paul Chesley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Chesley of Enderlin. A June 16 wedding is planned.
Clifford Boxrud was presented the Community Improver Award by the Jaycees at the Community Awards Banquet.
Kellie Archbold will raise money to fight muscular dystrophy when she participates in a 12 hour dance-a-thon on the Mary College Campus.
Enderlin Eagles placed 2nd in the District II Basketball Tournament and Jerry Bartholomay was chosen District II Basketball Coach of the Year.
40 years ago........1974
The Enderlin High School Wrestling Team had one of its better seasons in 1973-74. They started the season in bad shape due to injuries and weight problems; but after Christmas things started to fall in place and the team improved with each match. This is the first team to win a Regional Title and crown 5 regional champs. The team also finished with the most points scored in the State Tourney and finished fourth. Tom Krom a senior had 20 wins and was State Champ, Regional Champ and Conference Champ. Steve Schmitz, a senior had 25 wins and was Regional Champ, Scott Schmitz, a senior had 10 wins and placed 2nd in regionals, Brett JOhanneson a senior had 16 wins and took 3rd in Regionals. Hal Wallner, a Junior won 33 matches and was 2nd in State and both a Regional and Conference champ; Dave Geyer a junior had 14 wins and had a 2nd place regional finish, Tim Combs, a sophomore had 17 wins; was Regional Champ and took 3rd in state, and Bob Dalos a sophomore had 20 wins and took 3rd in regionals.
Sunday night or early Monday morning Kraemer Motors in Enderlin was broken into and robbed. The thief or thieves broke into the Ford dealership through the front door. The office safe, cash register, and pop machine were all broken into and robbed. Less than a hundred dollars was taken in all.
The Enderlin Park Board received a Federal Grant of $3,027.90 for park improvements. The purpose of the funds was stated to be to “enhance existing park through construction of a picnic shelter and comfort sattion at Patrick Pierce Park. Also included was the cost of electrical, sewer and water service for the comfort station.
Darrell Berglund was chosen as an all conference forward for the South East Conference basketball team. Darrel is a senior this year and has lettered 3 years in basketball, 3 years in football and 3 years in golf.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church held it’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at Morrys. They served chicken, ham and all the fixins and home baked pies for only $2.50 a plate!
50 years ago.........1964
A fire On Thursday, February 27th caused much damage to the Lawrence home. The blaze completely gutted the home. The fire was discovered after Mrs. Gross smelt something smoldering and discovered the entire basement was engulfed. Firefighters attempted to save the home without success. Mrs. Gross sad she had salvaged her good dishes from a buffet but other than that everything was badly damaged by smoke and water. The cause of the fire was unknown at this time.
Philanthopists are now offering North Dakotan’s a chance to balance the state budget painlessly. All we have to do is legalize parimutual betting on the dogs and horses and an estimated million more in taxes will roll in. Since gambling is, in the main, controlled by the underworld, these benefactors of mankind off us a chance to contribute to their favorite charity ~ The Syndicate!
No one has estimated to date how many grocery bills won’t be paid because papa or mamma toook a fling on the ponies!
However, these public spirited citizens are going to be downright hurt at how unappreciative some people can be when they run up against Mr. A. D. Ottinger and the girls of the WCTU. This daughter of the late Reverend Cooper, long time pastor of the local Methodist Church, is a formidable opponent, as numerous legislators who have incurred her wrath can testify. She pulls no punches and like Lancelot, “her strength is as the strength of ten because her heart is pure.”
This looks better than the Liston-Clay fight.
The past week was a big one for Economic Development. There was the first state wide conference in Fargo, the successful Area Products show in Enderlin, and all sorts of interesting developments locally.
This matter of economic development on the community level is such a long haul that while numbers of people in Enderlin have worked hard at it, things move in such a maddeningly slow way that the public sees very little concrete evidence that anything is being accomplished.
Then, last week the first car of steel arrived for the new Dimmer Brothers Nu-Way plant which will be built in Enderlin. The same day, word got out that the lovely praire rose badge developed by Bunny Tschida and Pearl Bjerke had been adopted as the official badge of the North Dakota Seventy-fifth Anniversary, and the girls were in business.
The retirement home is nearing completion, the bird seed plant is providing a market for sunflowers and millet, the improved lighting system is in operation, better service by the Municipal LIbrary is showing a gratifying increase in circulation, the Welcome Club is now solidly established. There are rumors of other interesting developments in the offing.
It looks as if we have a good head of steam and re starting to roll. Now is the time, to use the politician’s classic phrase to “put our shoulders to the wheel and our noses to the grindstone”, however interesting that position may be, and keep things moving!
60 years ago........1954
The 1954 Red Cross fund campaign opened with the appointment of Mrs. Clarence Cox as city campaign Chairman.
Enderlin’s quota for the campaign, which will continue thought March is $450. The Ransom county quota is $2,465.
Mrs. Cox’s appointment was made by Lowell O Tjon, chounty chapter chairman, Willis Froemke of Lisbon is the county campaign chairman.
Ward chairman appointed by Mrs. Cox are:
First Ward - Mrs. Steve Groth. Second Ward - Mrs. S. C. Bacheller. Third Ward - Mrs. Harold Lindemann.
The Motor Inn in Enderlin was offering Firestone Tires for a mear $11.65 with an exchange or your old tire.
This weeks specials at Red Owl Agency are Charmin Toilet tissue 4 rolls for .29 cents, Mixo pure vegetable shortening a 3lb can for .79 cents, Grape Jam for .29 cents, Tuna fish for .35 cents, salmon for .69 cents, facial tissue for .25 cents and Farmdale cheese food 2 lb box for .79 cents.
Cox’s Market had Rib steaks for .39/lb, fresh ground beef for .29/lb and beef roasts for .49/lb.
Shop at Cox’s Market for everyday low prices!
March came in like a wooly lion with icicles in his whiskers.
A mild end of February was followed by a beginning of March that brought about two inches of snow and a return to wintery temperatures. The high was 5 degrees with a low of -17.
80 years ago..........1934
Mrs Olaf Berland, Preston township resident was fatally stricken Saturday while attending the funeral for her brother-in-law Mr. Fred Larson.
Although not of a robust nature, Mrs. Berland had not complained of being ill and was not aware that the end was near.
Mrs. Berland suffered a sudden stroke as she stepped from an automobile at the funeral, and passed away 3 1/2 hours later.
Acting on a tip, Sheriff Seelig, States Attorney Adams and the local police force raided the William Daub farm Monday and confiscated nearly 50 gallons of alcohol and whiskey. The officers arrived at the farm just as a car drove out of the yard. Giving chase, the sheriff overtook the car which was found to contain nearly forty gallons of alcohol and a quanitity of whiskey. Three gallons of alcohol were also found in another car on the farm. The men emplicated in the deal were William Daub, Palmer Daub and Orrin Fraedrich.
The three men pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal possession yesterday before Judge Thompson and were sentenced. Wm. Daub was given six months jail sentence and a fine of $200. The other two were each given 90 days and a fine of $200.