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May 26, 2015
Family gathering from 1921?
A reader dropped off this keepsake photograph, which is believed to have been taken in front of a residence some place in Madison Township or Glenwood Township. The only identifying mark on the photo is the year 1921, which is handwritten in the corner.
  • New firemen chosen for city of Decorah
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: New firemen have been chosen for the city. The young men named to the fire department are: Sam Usgaard, Pete Usgaard, Lester Grant, Sidney Ruth, Bob Bernatz, Don Flickinger, Lloyd Heyer, Don Stoddard, Carl Selland, Alton Nelson, Roy Berg, Ernest Martinson and Melford Teslow. 
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  • Brick work on new high school building begins
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Brick laying on Decorah’s new, attractive high school building has begun. Contractors are the James Leck Company of Minneapolis. The building should be completed by Sept. 1. Of special note -- local labor is being used almost exclusively. 
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  • New ordinance eliminates 14 volunteer fire fighters
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Fourteen members are eliminated from active membership in the Decorah Volunteer Fire Department due to a new ordinance stating compulsory retirement of members when they reach a ripe old age … that being their 56th birthday … or if they are physically unable to carry on as active firefighters for the city of Decorah. 
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  • It’s official: Decorah College for Women
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Complete accreditation of the Decorah Girls’ College was voted on by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities in Chicago earlier this month. The new name is official: Decorah College for Women.” Organization of the college began here in the city three years ago. 
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  • Program to stimulate home building beginsProgram to stimulate home building begins
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A program to stimulate home building and modernize parts of Decorah is under way here. Benefits are being sought from the new Federal Housing Act. 
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  • Woman wants to marry someone who will help pay off parents’ debt
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: FRONT PAGE NEWS: Miss Marion Dahl of Minneapolis, Minn., has paid for an advertisement appearing in the Decorah Journal. She hopes to wed anyone who can help her parents pay off their mortgage and debts. 
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  • Plenty of corn for livestock in county
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Mr. S.E. Brickner, local feed and seed dealer, reports that there is a fair supply of corn for livestock feed in most parts of the county, but there is a real, measurable shortage of rough feeds, particularly hay and straw. 
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  • The best thing since sliced bread
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A modern slice master has been installed at the Bake-Rite Bakery here. The machine reportedly slices the bread to various thicknesses, and the thin slices are cut to perfection. 
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  • Retail Assn. supports tax on chain stores
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Members of the Decorah Retail Merchants Association met the other day in the small courtroom at the courthouse to voice support for a proposed tax on chain stores.  
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  • Motor supply Co. located in Solberg Building

     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The Motor Supply Company (W.S. Hustvedt, proprietor), is now located in fine quarters in the Solberg Building on East Water Street.

    …Edward Shima of this city arrived home the other day after an enjoyable visit in Miami, Florida. He reports having “a wonderful time.”

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  • Record 75 miles of road graveled
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A record 75 miles of county roads were graveled this past year … 42,000 yards of rock was quarried and crushed for the project. This makes a total of 208 miles of such roads in this vicinity that have been put to grade and surfaced with rock, which is just about 20 percent of the entire local road mileage in the county. Total highway expenditures by the county during the last year alone totaled nearly $200,000. 
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  • Only four divorces in county last year
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Following a research of records at the local courthouse, it has been found that there were only four divorces reported in Winneshiek County last year, as compared to six divorces the two previous years. There were 303 marriage licenses issued. Wedded folks in the area are evidently much happier these days. 
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  • Road conditions from storm worst in years
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Road conditions from the recent snowstorms are the worst in years. Plows are busy day and night, but can’t cover the county in quick order. Many roads are blocked, as snow continues to drift. Efforts have been made to get some work relief crews busy in clearing the roads, but so far it hasn’t been possible because the relief men are busy moving that large county crusher from the Ossian quarry to another quarry over at Locust. Up to 60 relief workers are busy daily on that particular job. For now, locals will just have to deal with the snowdrifts. 
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  • Chamber membership gala will cost 50 cents

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The annual Decorah Chamber of Commerce membership drive commences here Jan. 21, 1935. Banquet tickets for the annual gala are 50 cents each.

    …FRONT PAGE NEWS: Luther College professor has wed a girl in Germany. GE NEWS: Prof. Theodore Nickel from up at Luther College has announced his engagement via cablegram. Frauline Irma von Hafen is his lovely betrothed.

    …The Jackson Junction Savings Bank is being liquidated. The bank has been operating under the restrictions of Senate File 111 for nearly two years.

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  • Fire destroys barn, kills 44 head of beef cattle
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: An early morning fire last week destroyed a big barn and burned 44 cattle at the former Cal. Beard farm a short distance from Decorah, adjoining the Twin Springs fish hatchery. 
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