Photo Album From Fredonia Diamond Jubilee

"Photo Album From Fredonia Diamond Jubilee." Kulm Messenger, 22-23 June 1979.

Most photographs in this special supplement were taken by Les Strand. Others are by Tom Koenig of Jamestown, ND (parade) and Bruce Hunter of Denver, CO (coronation). Thanks to The Ashley Tribune for the use of their photos of Saturday activities.

There was a lull in the Diamond Jubilee activities when this aerial photo was taken about 2 p.m. Saturday. Many were at the antique auction as pilot Orion Rudolph of Ashley and Messenger photographer Les Strand flew over.
Ceremonial beginning of the Diamond Jubilee: Jim Holman hoisted the Stars and Stripes as Bill Nitschke, Arven Janke, Bob Ziebart and Archie Hoffman, members of the American Legion Color Guard, stood at attention Friday morning.
Fredonia Mayor Roland Janke led both parades carrying the Stars and Stripes. Following him was the Fredonia American Legion Color Guard consisting of Willie Hahne, Bob Ziebart, Archie Hoffman and Elmer Schlecht.
Queen’s Float: Reigning Fredonia Queen Mrs. James (Mabel) Ziebart rode with the candidates for Queen of the Diamond Jubilee in Friday’s parade. Waving in the convertible was Lieutenant Governor Wayne Sanstead.
A colorful parader Friday was this clown, Ray Batsch of Jamestown representing the Jamestown Eagles.
The Gackle High School Marching Band
1939 Lincoln Zephyr V-12, owned by Chris Rott of Ashley
City of Lehr’s float
Fredonia News float with Mrs. Adeline Hoffman (in the front seat) with friend, a 1914 Model T
The float of the Fredonia Whisker Club and Jubilee Daisies
Fredonia Co-op Elevator’s float
Entry from Kulm Civic and Improvement Association, a Model A driven by Dell Palm
Clowns from the Jamestown Shrine Club kept the kids laughing Saturday..
Crowned the previous evening, Carmen Rudolph, Queen of the Diamond Jubilee, had the seat of honor on the Queen’s Float Saturday. With her was Attendent Valerie Ruff and other queen candidates. The second attendant, Jeanine Wolf, is not visible.
Parade announcers Raymond Burkle and Harold Fregien
Some of the equestrian units in Friday’s parade
Nazareth Congregational Church’s float with Rev. Fred Heydel and small friends on board Friday.
Mrs. Billy Dittus’ pet pig on a leash got many looks such as the one on Leo Flemmer’s face. She is from Nortonville; he is from Lehr.
Martin Luther Lutheran Church’s float
The Kulm City Band, directed by Art Hollan, at far right
Stationary engine and old water pump display of the Logan County Historical Society
The Ashley German Band on the float of the Ashley Lions
Mike Martell of Wishek operating an old Rumley tractor with Darrell Ruff standing at right Friday
State Senator Claire Sandness of LaMoure
The Fredonia Old-timers, from left: front- Arven Janke, Raymond Burkle and Roland Rossman; back- Edwin Ketterling, Charlie Ruff, Raymond Haag, Paul Janke, Arnie Lautt, Ervin Wolf and Eugene Wolf.
Arven Janke delivered a pitch to Gene Young in the first inning. Roland Rossman was catching for Fredonia, and Jerry Ziebart called the balls and strikes as umpire.
The Kulm Old-timers, from left: front- Harold Giesler, Larry King, Reinie Harr, Gene Young and Virgil Bjur; back- Darwin Strobel, Orville Ogren, Arley Anderson and Jim Young.
Sorry, but we can’t identify all the girls in the cracker eating and whistling contest. Cindy Buchholz and Donna Heck are second from right and far right respectively.
Trying to whistle after eating a cracker isn’t easy.
These are some of ladies, members of the Fredonia American Legion Auxiliary, who spent much of their time in the Legion Hall kitchen serving coffee, sandwiches and goodies. They are Alice Nitschke, seated, and from left, Leona Janke, Esther Krueger, Delores Holman, Ethel Holman and Alice Janke.
Bob’s Turkey Roost was a popular watering spot both days. It was operated by Bob’s Bar. The American Legion also had a beer garden alongside the Legion Hall, but business was slow in the chill Friday. It picked up Saturday, they said.
The conversation during the Mad Hatter’s tea party was wacky in this scene from “Alice in Wonderland.” Members of the cast were: Karen Schlenker as Alice, Milbert Kurtz as the Mad Hatter, Jan Kurtz as the Dormouse and Pastor John Fick as the March Hare. All except Pastor Fick are from Gackle.
It wasn’t only the kids who were amused by the Children’s Theatres Friday and Saturday afternoons. Many of the adults also got a chuckle from the nonsense of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Winnie The Pooh.” The kids, however, got to sit in front.
The question was, Is what crosses your middle a belt or a tie? Humpty Dumpty, played by Milbert Kurtz of Gackle, gave it serious attention and a nonsensical answer. ..Humpty Dumpty dropped in on “Alice in Wonderland” Friday.
Kathy Fick directed both “Alice in Wonderland” and “Winnie The Pooh.” Here she talked with cast members of “Winnie The Pooh” before they went on stage Saturday. The Fredonia kids were fascinated by the costumes. The cast members were, from left: Linda Elhard as Pooh, Rosemary Tracy as piglet, Claudia Wilen (back turned) as Roo, Cindy Bye (hand to forehead) as Christopher Robin and Lila Butz as Kanga.
Natasha Ziebart wasn’t quite sure if she dared pet the fuzzy March Hare, but she got some encouragement from her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ziebart. The March Hare didn’t utter a sound. Underneath the costume was Pastor John Fick.
Carmen Rudolph, Queen of the Fredonia Diamond Jubilee
The Quadratones entertained during the coronation.
Attendent Jeanine Wolf answered a question from Emcee Harold Fregien during the interviews of the 14 candidates.
Queen Carmen with Attendent Valerie Ruff. Her second attendant, Jeanine Wolf, is at right. Brenda Hehr is at left
This was the view of the Fredonia Baseball diamond early Saturday afternoon from about a thousand feet up. The Kulm women’s softball team was playing Gackle. Kulm won both games by scores of 15-5 and 19-8.

Pilot on the aerial photographic excursion was Orion Rudolph of Ashley. He noted an unusual amount of rain in the countryside due to the four-inch rain that had fallen earlier in the Jubilee week.

Conversation on Main Street was the popular pastime during breaks in Jubilee’s activity. The Ashley Tribune’s photographer caught a typical scene following the Saturday parade.
Many people went to the flea market Saturday upstairs in Legion Hall. It was organized by Luella Wolf and featured craftsmen from the area. One of them was May Jenson from Wheatland, N.D. who was offering ceramics and jewelry.
Bill Nitschke
Ed Wolf
Dean Entzminger
Gene Holman
Richie Wolf
Wesley Karvonen
Larry Schlenz
Elledhor Irion
Edwin Ketterling
Palmer Buerkle
Lorenze Lautt
Leonard Mund
Old time dresses newly made winners were, from left: Mrs. Larry Schlenz, Mrs. Roland Janke, Mrs. Stanley Meidinger and Mrs. Ervin Wolf
Old time orginals: Mrs. Ida Schultz, left, and Mrs. Rosalla Weispfenning.
Sorry, but we can’t identify all these girls in their old time dresses. The winners, Lisa and Jennifer Schlenz, are at far right. They are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schlenz
This was the scene as the judges tried to pick the winners of the old time newly made dresses.
Left, the judges weighed their decisions.
A portion of the audience for the beard and dress judging Saturday evening.
Many of the Jubilee visitors paid at least one visit to the old post office to buy a Jubilee Book or to sign the guest register. Jubilee souvenirs available included cups, crocks, hats, pins, etc. In the photo, James Dok of Ellendale signed a receipt for a book for Mrs. Raymond Burkle, his former school teacher. Also pictured is Mrs. Darwin Rudolph. According to the ladies, only 60 Jubilee Books remained following the celebration.
Fred Hiller, Fredonia’s oldest citizen
Oscar Lange, a drummer for the Kulm City Band for 50 years

Antique collector Christ Rott of Ashley in a buffalo robe coat

Ed Haag talking with Art Janke of LaMoure
Harold Fregien called for a bid on an antique plate held by Oscar H. Ost during the antique auction Saturday afternoon. Kenny Herman was the auction clerk, at left. At right is Fred Geiszler, organizer of the antique display.
The antique display was a spot many people visited during Friday and Saturday morning. After looking over the antiques, they had a chance to bid on many of them during the antique auction.
Some jolly folks from Zeeland dancing the polka with the Ashley German Band
Kathy Stadler and Buster Langowski had a young audience while dancing the polka in Hahne’s Blue Room.
Left, accordion player extraordinary Joey Schmidt of the Schmidt Family Band from Napoleon.
Dancing to the Schmidt Family Friday evening in the Legion Hall which was packed
Wild Bill and his Dakota Music Makers. “Wild” Bill Elhard, a former Fredonia resident, is second from right.
The Jay Notes from Jamestown in concert Saturday afternoon
The Wishek Diamond Squares on Main Street in the fading
The Ashley German Band
Aerial photograph taken Saturday, June 23 the second day of the Fredonia Diamond Jubilee Orion Rudolph of Ashley was the pilot.


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