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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER "City Fair Because We Care" Remington Mansion Converted to Apartments gress Motor Court To Replace "Castle" I I @ I O m~ One of Bismarck's early day man- ~fons recently was converted into ~n apartment house by a Bismarck couple who found this project "per- ~ectly faeinating". Their combined efforts in three months time creat- as did other members of capitol city society. The garage anu basement under it contain many of the old doors removed from the house at various Louise and Ted Kopseng were pleased to rent the first apartment in the old Remington mansion at 610 7th St. to Mr. and Mrs. Mar- land V. Black. who said this home remi'nded them of the one th y left in Iowa. The Kopsengs are shown with M~. Black. who is hanging one of his original oil paintings He is dis- trict manager of the Woodmen Ac- ciaent and Life Company plumbers were underneath the house Occasionally all these people would conflict with each other and with the carpenters, so some of them would have to go away to another ~roject for awhile. There were no antiques in the Limes. The original front door, see- house itself, except for the beauti- ed several :law living units with- eral inches thick, with name plate ful glass towel racks with cut glass ~ut changing the outside charm of and fancy ;brass fittings, is there, knobs in the two master bathrooms. the place, to the delight of the So are the leaded glass French]The free standing oval lavoratory neighborhood, doors which once led to the sun-l in the main bathroom' is the kind Wlaen Ted and Louise Kopseng room. Off in a dusty corner stand I that is in demand now in some sac- first heard that the P. C. Remington som~ of the original plumbing fix- ]-tions of the country. The wonderful home at 610 7th Street was to be tures, i old back door bell has a tone that sold they became mildly interested. I The Kopsengs remodeled the maWi ~ still rings loud and clear. This was one of the homes Louise house into five apartments, and two, The carpenters were surprised to used to walk by every day on her left-over sleeping rooms which just find buried in one wall off the way to work several years ago. She didn't seem to fit in anywhere. had thought it would be fun to The basement, part of which has see what it looked like inside and hardwood floors, will be redone at maybe live in a house like this a later time. some day. They are looking forward to the Research showed that the original day when they will perhaps re- ~roparty was owned by the North- model ,the garage into two nice ern Pacific railway. Later it was apartments. This will make nine original fireplace had to ,be walled owned by Philip Webb, Frank Don- apartments, all within easy walking in. Accidentally a carpenter dropp- halley and Carrie Donnelley before distance of downtown Bismarck. An ed a 2 x 4 on the mantel and broke it. Not knowing how to replace it, Paul C. Remington purchased it ultra modern apartment building and realizing the room arrangement m 1911, Records in the city asses- may some day grace the spacious sor's office shows that the home area to the south, was .better without it, the fireplace was sacrificed. was built in 1890, remodeled in 1908 The first thing the new owners Finally the fun part of the bull- and 1914, with the garage-cottage did after ~buying this mansion was ding came--the decorating. Many of constructed in 1920. Since 1943 it for Louise to draw it all out to the walls in this house have ornate has been a home for as many as 38 scale, just the way it was. After plaster-work on them, in the shape student nurses from the Bismarck considerable hours of study, a set of flowers and various designs. An Hospital of plans envolvedo The plumber was artist from Europe spent all winter Mrs. Charles Liessman, who lives contacted, found She plans feasible, doing this the neighbors say. Orig- across the street, recalled that the' was delighted with the huge crawl inally painted in different colors, ~e wa~ fairly new when they space, complete with lights, under they have since been painted the ~noved to Bismarck 4~ years ago. the unexcavated p~r~ of the base- ~me color as the walls Thi~ was one of the show places ment. and went to work. I~ was by chance that Mrs. Kop- of early day Bismarck and was The experienced eIectricia~s said sang visited a local paint store just ~ashionably right for a ,banker and the proposed changes co~Idbe made, before it adveriised its sale in the ~is family The gracious living in although they would be extensive paper~ and she pur~ased their an- this home with little interference and costly, tire s~Ie supply, ~ g~lIons of paint ~[r0m the Constant TV and radio programs of today migh~ make Two different sets of contractors at a quarter of its original price. many a housewife just a little bit were contacted. The first one ~ This filled the floor space of one envious of this peaceful era when overwhelmed. He kept e~ccl~iming, o . . only a favored few had telephones. "Holy Smokes" again and again as he went through the rooms. The Although the old home seemed to second contractor thought his men present a terrific challenge to make could do the job. over into apa~ments, the Kopsengs City officials were very cooper- loved the spacious lot and beauti- ative about the remodeling permit, ful landscaped grounds that once as there was plenty of floor space demanded a gardener's full time at- and the lot area was more than tention. After thinking it over for adequate several months they became the The carpenters and their men new owners went to work with enthusiasm and So for the first time. instead of kept the sawdust flying, installing building an apartment house with new windows in several west-side new materials, the Kopsengs found rooms, taking out the useless can- themselves with 5,000 feet of floor tral hallway, closing up doors, wall- space in a house which spread out ing over unwanted windows and in all directions in fhe shape of a building many cabinets. The rooms cross, with four bathrooms, were so large it was necessary to * :(:* Present Mayor's Home Bismarck residents better take a room and had to be continually quick look soon at one of the hand- shifted as work prooressed. Thensomest residences ever construct,- too the colors had to be mixed to ed in this section of the country be- harmonize with the decorating plan.I fore demolition sets in. Wallpaper was used effectively to bri~ht~n ~r,~ I~t~r ~ ~h~ ,~,~ IThe castle-like building pictured - - er located on the northwest rode of the house w~ll be painted, ~ *'erha"s in a soft color ~corner of Thaver Ave. and .Second ta l~ . - /St. will be replaced with a ,modern lne linoleum an(1 Iloor ~lle men o or /m t hotel by Marcus Fleck. nad their problems ~oo. An old form of checkerboard black and white tile which was in bad shape had to be taken up. The old linoleum in the master bathroom had to be re- moved and underneath was the var- nished floor, which was popular in the old days. Linoleum in attrac- tive patterns cover only partial areas in the apartments with the sanded ~wood floors highly polish- ed. reflecting the fine workman- ship and materials of seventy years ago. The new owners were glad to finish their remodeling project about three months after they had started it. It was a relief to finish the job they say, even though it was more intriguing to do over this old home than following through on blue prints for a new building In visiting with neighbors Ted and Louise Kopseng also learned that it was Banker Remington who was the original father of the zon- ing ordinances m Bismarck. Before his time houses had been built on alleys, on 25-foo1 lots, and with no regard to proper planning. Rem- ington wanted the residential areas to be beautiful. And it was this gracious home in an attractive setting that prompt- ed this real-estate couple to em- bark on a new project of transform- ing old mansions into apartments, without losing the outer charm of a by-gone generation, which will The cottage has a roomy, two bed- remove only one partition. room apartment on the second floor. The plumbers were just as co- The main floor housed five ears j operative and spent a solid month, in the days before cars were ql~ite I making changes in this house, which [ The present mayor of Blmnarck I North 3rd ~t. might be classed so long. Many persons still livinglwas heated with hot water. They I Is living in a more c~servativel"Average American." in Bismarck today can recall Mrs. [put in two addit!onal bathrooms, ~home than many of his early day] This modest bungalow was built Remington s electric ear and the [ plumbing for five ~i~cnen~ and two I nredecemors I nattily dressed cha~lffeur in capI automatic washers. I'~'~[~;J"~l Mrs. ~Evan Li the[ in 19.51 and has six rooms, three and spats, as he drove the couple[ The electricians spent a great deal I Y P' I bedrooms, & living room, dinlng to the Eltinge Theatre where the ! of their time in the attics (there are t former Elsa Kavonius, have three Iinr m'thekitchenbasement.and aTherereCreatiOnls a areaone Reming~tons and their private box,! five separate ones), while the children, and their home at 13151ear attached garN~e. Col. C. W. Thompson, the contrac- tor for North Dakota's first c~pitol building, used the same materials to construct "this residence for himself in 1891. His aim was to build the finest home possible, which would live on through the ages like the traditional castles of the European noblemen. As soon as it was built ft became the scene of many political and so- cial events, Gold-braMed officers and their lovely ladies added much color a~d gary to the gatherings, Col. Thmnpson devoted a great deal of atten%lon to shrubbery and flowers in the yard. But wher~ the property fell into the hands of outsiders it became neglected for many years. The building sagas purchased by Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Welch in 1903 and as the Roanoke Hotel was beautifully furnished. It was also a fashionable residence for Bismarck people as well as a stoppfmg place for the travellng public. After remaining vacant for a considerable period, the building be- came the residence of Bismarck's first Bishop, the Most Reverend Vincent Wehrle until in 194I. The Benedlcintine Sisters then took it over and used It for an old folks' home until ,moving into their new building in 1957. The Sisters named the home St. Vincent% after The first elected mayor of Bis- marck, John A. McLean once own- ed this home at 223 lot St. McLean was one of the partners of the old McLean and McNider wholesale and retail store of Dakota Tmrrltory days. John and his wife Mary L. Fal- coner McLean lived in 'this house for several years and it was here that Harry was hem. This son later made a great fortune in railroad construction in Canada a~d a few years ago presented to the sta~ the statue of the pioneer fam/ly situated on the beautifully land- scaped grounds of the North Dakota state building. For awhile the house served as the B~pttsis Old Pdople's home until they moved to their new lo- cation in 1948. The building is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. John $, Banek who have converted it into eight apart- Father of Year Judges 'Named Three people have aocepted the responsibility and honor of being the 1960 "Father of the Year" con- test judges, Mrs. W. A. Plath. Dav- enport, chairman of the contest an- nounces. They are Mrs. J. H Hanson Bow- man. past president of the North Dakot:~ Cow Belles: C. H. Toroerson. Cooperstown, Department Comman- der. North Dakota American Legion and Clark Frederickson Davenport. businessman, prominent in youth recreational activities. 4-H. FFA. FHA. Junior Stockmen. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are sending their entries to Mrs. Plath by March 1. The winner of the 1959 contest. Mr. Ray Schnell. Dickin- son, was also selected as All Ameri- can Father of the Year and was honored nationally at the American National Cattlemen's Convention in Dallas. Texas recently. The state winner will be present- ed with a loin of choice beef. and other gifts by the North ,Dakota Cow Belles and cooperating agencies at the North Dakota Stockmcn's Assn- clarion annual convention Dickinson. The nominating group will also re- ceive recognition at t,he convention in June. ---=3--- STARK MAN'S AUTOMATIC WATERING SYSTEM PAYS Peter Herauf is finding that the automatic watering system he put in last fall on his ranch near South Heart is surely doing the job and is taking a lot of the headaches out of tthe winter watering prob- lem. Herauf figures it costs him $3 per month for electricity to water his 63 head of calves. Since he has used up all the sil- age that was put up last fall, the k~t~k cotmt~y man Ls feeclin~ a ration of grain and a special pre- pared pellet, along with alfalfa hay. He uses open feed bunks for feeding his calves, but would like to get a self feeder. He~'au;f believes that livestock feeder would be money ahead to watch the price of small grain. particularly harly, when buying feed. He believes that if feeders would convert the bushel price of feed grains to ton prices, they would get a more realistic picture of the comparative priced hazy, or used to stretch the present short hay supply a little farther. ,This is good advice for all feed- ers, says ~ A. Kirkeide, assistant extension livestock agent at NDAC --CY-- National Guard Sponsors Essay Contest in State Maj. Cren. Heber L. Edwards, the Adjutant General of North Dakota ~has announceed that an Essay Con- test will be sponsored by the North Dakota National Guard for male senior students in public and par- ochial high schools. The four es- says judged the best of the~e sub- mitted in the S4~te will be entered in the national George Washington Awards for Young Citizens Essay CorAesq which is being sponsored by the National Guard Association of the United States. Na'donal winners will be award- ed scholarships totaling $2j~50, with a first scholarship award of $1.000. This purpose of the essay con- test, General Edwards said, is to encourage senior high school /~1- dents to give special ~tention to areas of United States history which emphasize the sacrifices that were made by Americans in arms to win and to preserve the free- dom ~lhis country continues to en- joy. The essay subject for 1960 is '~George Washington Colonel o~ Militia". General Edwards announced that the following general" ntles will govern the con~est: All essays will be written at the nearest local National Guard Arm- ory on Friday, March 18, 1960 from 8 a. m. ~o 5 p. rr~ o~ on Sat- urday, March 19, 1960 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and under supervision of a National Guard or school rep- resentative. Contestants will be expected to do necessary research prior to the announcd date of t~he essay as- sembly. The essays submitted in the State will be judged by a board appointed by the Adjutan| Ge~- eral. The four essays judged to be the best submitted will be entered in ~e'nationwide contest General Edwards said that de- tailed information will be avail- able in the various communities from local National Guard armor- ies or school au~orities. General Ekl :w a r d s announced that Capt. Edgar Johnson of Bis- marck, N. Dak has been appoint- ed project officer. Additional in- farm~iorl cam be obtained by conta~ing ~he project officer at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck, N. D. Cooked pork has more protein, less fat and fewer calories than it's been getting credit for. An average serving (3~/z ounces~ will provide a man with 40 per cent of his daily protein needs, 69 per cent of the thiamine, and only 8 per cent of the calories (240). Provide water in a tow pan for baby pigs within a day or two after farrowing. Provide a good creep ration, fresh daily, for baby ments, and six sleeping rooms, The pigs over five to seven days old. family retained half the house, in-I ' eluding the original 40-foo~ livingI A record ntm~ber of cattle were room, for their use. Ion feed in North Dakota the first Mr. Banek did the remodeil~l of this year. They total 125,000 himselft, adding one bedroom on the I head, .up 10 per cent frmn the 114, fir~ floor. . 000 on feed San. L 19~9/,: