In February, four Morton County area night club operators were each fined, paying $25 for each count of either Sabbath breaking and/or operating a dance on Sunday. Mike Guon was fined on both accounts. Joe Wetzstein, Charles Hawley and Irvin Young were each fined for a single violation.
Mandan recorded its second highest daily high temperature 109⁰F in August 5, 1941 at 2:00 PM at the weather bureau at the USDA Northern Great Plains Field Station research center.
Among a surge of new cafe openings in early 1942, Ernie Rober and his wife opened the Uptown Cafe at 412 West Main Street, just west of the Lewis and Clark Hotel and across the street from the train depot. It is located in a new two-story tile and brick building built specifically for the purpose including all new funiture and equipment. The business seats 50 patrons. The chief chef was Brent Grant.
(The building has hosted a series of taverns and eateries, including most recently the Roundup Bar and the current West Side Grill.)
Mandan Pioneer Newspaper Ad 1942
Despite calls by the US Department of Defense to cancel all state and county fairs in support of the war effort to save tire rubber, the Mandan Rodeo Association responded "The Show Must Go On" and held the Fourth of July event as scheduled. more than 20,000 paid admissions were already in hand for the three day event. The largest crowd to date for the parade witnessed the marchers under clear skys and perfect 75 degree temperatures.
Sketch of Victory Ship Class VC2
On May 26, 1944, Mandan joined a total of 218 American cities and towns with the honor of a "Victory Ship" named after it. The SS Mandan Victory was a VC2-S-AP3 launched by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation of Portland, OR and was added to the US Merchant Marine to support the war effort. Devils Lake and Dickinson also had a Victory Ship named after them.
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