The Decorah Nespapers
August 24, 2016
A golden anniversary back in 1915
It was June 9, 1915, and Halvor and Randi Baardson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. This keepsake photo is shared with Echoes of the Past readers by Joan Landenberger. Pictured (children in front from left): Alice Halverson, Walter Halverson, Laura Landsrud (Vine), Esther Landsrud (Knutson), Geneva Landsrud (Davidson) and Ruth Landsrud; sitting (L-R): John Halverson, Halvor Halverson, Bertha Halverson, Bert Halverson, Halvor Baardson, Randi Baardson, Andrew Halverson, Hans Halverson, Ingrid Halverson (Landsrud) and Ole Halverson; back (left): Hilda Halverson holding Rebecca Halverson. In the middle row: third from the right is Mabel Halverson holding Ruth Halverson; and seventh from right is Annie Halverson (Bert Halverson’s wife). Help is needed in identifying others in the photo. Contact Joan Landenberger, 2678 Joplin Ave., Denver, IA 50622, or call 319-984-5436.
  • WPA workers begin project at the pool
     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Of the more than 20 WPA (Works Progress Administration under Roosevelt’s New Deal) workers assigned to work at the Decorah Municipal Swimming Pool construction project, all reported for duty and have started excavation. Two of the new laborers decided the work was too arduous, and failed to show up at their assigned work time for the next day; but two others reported. So, there are now a good number of capable men hard at work.
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  • Girls make up one-third of Luther fall enrollment

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A good number continue to sign up for Luther. Girl applicants are about one-third of the total fall enrollment. There could be nearly 100 girls at Luther in the fall term. History is being made this fall on the campus.

    Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hlubek of Fort Atkinson received a telegram the other evening from Minneapolis, alerting them to the death of Mrs. Hlubek’s brother.

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  • Eight new rooms at Hotel Winneshiek
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: There are eight new rooms on the second and third floor of the Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah. The rooms are above the lobby area. Each room is equipped with a French phone. Four of the rooms have modern SQUARE bathtubs. The hotel can now house 125 guests. Hotel Manager Ernest Bergman said a new bar in the Italian taproom has been completed, with the most sanitary draught beer equipment – just as in the old Indian room at the hotel. “Even the ladies will like it too.” Public inspection is encouraged.
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  • Locust Rd. deadlock has officially ended
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The final act of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors last week was in closed session. The Locust Road deadlock has officially ended. A step closer has been made for improvements, with an agreement approved to install blacktop over the next three years.
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  • Destructive fire causes $15,000 in damages

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: One of the most destructive fires in the city of Decorah in recent years was reported the other day. An estimated $15,000 in damages resulted in the blaze at the Ingvoldstad Lumber Company yards when nine immense coal silos caught fire.

    A Chicago attorney has donated a valuable wall rug to Luther College. The rug, measuring 5x6 feet, is valued at a whopping $1,750. The rug is a semi-antique Kirmanshah portrait rug, portraying a Shah of Persia. Arthur Anderson, the donor, is well known in this area, as he is the donor of the boat Tradewind, a small craft that crossed the Atlantic Ocean and is now displayed at the Norwegian American Historical Museum.

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  • Rev. Paul Koren celebrates 50th

       EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Rev. Paul Koren, the pastor at Washington Prairie Church, is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a pastor.

    Enrollment FOR GIRLS is officially under way for the first time in history at Luther College. It is reported that there are already as many inquiries from prospective girl students as to make it seem certain that the total enrollment for girls for the first year of coeducation will exceed 100. This is a very satisfactory start. Luther has been a college for men for 75 years.

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  • Plans for city swimming pool are now finalized
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The construction plans for a new swimming pool for the city of Decorah have been finalized. Bids came in this week, according to Mayor George A. Baker. The contract for supervision of the construction work of the Decorah swimming pool has been awarded. The bid of the Fred Carlson Company of Decorah was  $2,800 for which they will provide one concrete mixer, mixing scales, truck, scrapers, wheelbarrows, water hose, picks and shovels, as well as other small tools. Labor on the pool is to be provided from the WPA rolls.
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  • ‘Risky’ prisoners are captured in big raid
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A siren-screaming state highway patrol car and officers in a caravan of 11 cars drove into Waukon with some “risky” prisoners the other night, following that big raid reportedly conducted in the area. The gang of thieves was traced to a “shady” headquarters in Postville. A stolen car, men’s and women’s clothing, whiskey, playing cards, poker chips, some lumber and a gas siphon were just a few items of “loot” discovered by investigating officers.
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  • Decorah remains in Republican ranks

         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Democrats had 780 more votes in the June 1936 Winneshiek County primary election than did the Republicans. Decorah, however, remained in the Republican ranks again this year, with 781 votes, compared with 617 for Democrats.

    Ice cold milk – that stays near the freezing point even on a “near hundred-mile drive” in the summer months. That is what can be found soon here in Decorah these days with refrigerated trucks being the latest in new machinery.

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  • Land purchased for new Decorah pool
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Official word has finally been released to the public that the modern, new Decorah Swimming Pool will be constructed at the intersection of Luther College and Highway 52. Land has been purchased and deeded to the city park board for the new pool. Time of actual start of construction is still on hold.
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  • Seniors from throughout area invited to Luther
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: High school seniors from a 75-mile area are invited to Luther College this week for a program of music, baseball, talks and more. The splendid program is planned for the young folks only if favorable weather prevails. A fine orchestra, consisting of students from Luther College and from the Decorah College for Women, will be directed by Prof. Nickel. A delicious picnic dinner will conclude the festivities.
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  • New Decorah citywide delivery system begins
          EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A new citywide delivery system, set in place for local businessmen, has been put into operation here. The folks behind the delivery system are four enterprising young men from Decorah. Hubert McCauley, Raymond Rosa, Arthur Eggen and Earl White have four delivery cars in operation and they will pick-up and deliver packages for area stores every 35 minutes. Sixteen deliveries will be made daily with more deliveries on Saturday evenings starting at 6 o’clock.
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  • G-man who helped nab Dillinger speaking here
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The chief G-Man from the big Chicago office of the Federal Secret Service is speaking here in Decorah in early May. He reportedly helped capture John Dillinger, the most notorious gangster of them all. No doubt, he will have some interesting tales of intrigue to share.
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  • More than 170 paid old-age pensions

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: More than 170 Winneshiek County residents are being paid old-age pensions. The elderly citizens are paid $14.50 each month.

    Allen Wise has been appointed Postmaster in Decorah. Postmaster Will Linnevold checked out after 13 years of efficient service to the citizens of this area.

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  • Seek programs to help keep boys occupied
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Local residents are determined to provide programs to occupy the leisure time of boys in this community in a beneficial manner. The average boy in Decorah spends 30 percent of his time outside the home, church and school and boys must be trained in activities that will help them attain manhood. This is the plea urged from a recent speaker at the meeting of the Decorah Chamber of Commerce. A great deal of emphasis is being put on Boy Scouting. “Participating in Boy Scouting will work to make these boys into useful men,” said Dr. A.F. Fritchen, chairman of the local Boy Scouts.
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