EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The 1932 Oneota Golf Club champion will be either George Baker or Dr. C.K. Peck. The club championship match will be played Sunday, Aug. 28.
...William Dickman and Myrtle Hildahl, both of Winneshiek County, were among several young couples obtaining marriage applications at the clerk's office this past week. Harry Brandt and Nora Borseth also applied for a license.
...A Northwest Iowa man was in court here last week after hijacking a car containing 135 gallons of alcohol near the Washington Prairie Store in eastern Winneshiek County earlier this summer. The man reportedly has been engaged in bootlegging for a number of years.
...More than 100 new students have enrolled at Luther College for the fall term. The Luther "canvassers" have reported that the liberalization of the college's course of study has been a great help in securing new students.
...The big fair over at Cresco will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. High trapeze artists, bands, comedians and more are planned at the four nightly shows.
...Ed Luzum, the popular Calmar rural mail carrier, will leave for Baltimore to attend the Rural Carriers National Convention. He attended the same convention last year in Los Angeles, Calif., as an Iowa delegate.
...The Standard Bearers of the Ridgeway M.E. Church held elections last week. President is Alice Kuntz and Vice President is Mrs. Paul Vatthauer.
...The Frankville players still lead the Cow Pasture Baseball League in the area, after defeating the Burr Oak team. The Decorah Hoboes are in a desperate struggle for second place.
...The Winneshiek County Fair is being held Sept. 13-16 this year. A fine horseracing program is sure to attract fairgoers.
...Coach Hamlet Peterson reports a Negro athlete wants to attend Luther College. He has written the coach about the matter several times. He is anxious to get some kind of employment in the area that would partly pay his way, as a porter or at some similar occupation.
...A young fellow, who was dressed in a pair of white duck pants, arrived in Decorah after hitchhiking from Chicago the other day. He hopes to catch a ride to the Minnesota line.
...Shop the Ness Store for these August bargains: Rice Krispie cereal, two boxes for 19 cents; macaroni or spaghetti, six packages for 25 cents; and 100 pounds of C&H cane sugar, $4.19.
...Stop by Grahams for new school supplies: Carter's ink, 10 cents per bottle; Big Chief pencil tablets, five cents; pencils, one penny each; and glue paste, 10 cents per bottle.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: It is official, London has admitted that Prime Minister Winston Churchill has indeed made a trip to Moscow to confer with Josef Stalin, the premier of the Russian Soviet Republics. Some tentative reports from the meeting - that an Anglo-American invasion of German-held France may be in progress, and that this might mean the imminent opening of the Second Front. More war news will be released as it comes off the wire.
...All local business places plan to close from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday of the Winneshiek County Fair, to allow employees the opportunity to enjoy the festivities.
...Maynard Underbakke has left for Baltimore, Md., to do civil service work. He will graduate in absentia from Iowa State College in Ames.
...Luther College has issued an emergency appeal for funding. Local churches and the city of Decorah have been asked to make donations. From the La Crosse circuit comes a report of $5,815 to date. The St. Ansgar circuit is working full speed, and the Story City circuit has raised more than $4,000. Total for this most recent emergency appeal is more than $90,000.
...The kidnappers of that local Hesper girl have received their prison sentences. Both will serve five to 10 years. One of the Army deserters guilty of the kidnapping charges is reportedly married and has children in Colorado.
...From society news of 1942: Viola Wepler and Leonard Hertges were united in marriage Aug. 17 at the Catholic Church with Father Nolan officiating. Her sister, Luella, attended the bride. His brother, Donald, attended the groom.
...The Pleasant Livewires 4-H girls met recently at the community building. Attending were Lillian Wise, Loraine Stortz, Marilyn Halverson, Audrey Huseby, Geraldine Haugen, Virginia Halvorsen, Kay Haugen, Marilyn Haugen, Mavis Halvorson, Jenanne Finholt. Club leader is Mrs. Oscar Rogness.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: A grand opening at the new Woolworth's is planned in downtown Decorah Aug. 21-23. H.C. Smith is the new manager.
...Robert Jevne, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Jevne, showed the Grand Champion Baby Beef, a Shorthorn, at the Winneshiek County Fair. Douglas Dickman showed the Reserve Grand Champion, a Black Angus, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dickman. Jevne is a member of the Springfield Joy Boys and Dickman is a member of the Frankville Jolly Boys.
...The Mork Sisters, Randeen and Kaaren, from Springfield Township, had the top girls 4-H demonstration at the fair. "Secrets to Smart Pressing" was the title of their demonstration. The girls are members of the Washington Prairie Peppers 4-H Club. They are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mork. The second place demonstration was "Making Plaids Match" by Jean Bergan and Alice Falck from the Bluffton Bluebelles Team.
...It's "Back to School Days" sales time in Decorah. Purchase boys and girls anklets, three pairs for a dollar; white dress shirts for $1.49; sweaters for $2.95; and crisp white slips for $1.
...Luther College will open for the fall term Sept. 5, 1952. The school is entering its 92nd year. Rev. Gerhard Frost leads the religion department. Weston Noble is the head of music; and Kenneth Berger is the director of the forensics department. Several get-acquainted sessions are planned for the new students on campus.
...Workmen have been busy oiling the streets of Decorah.
...The Decorah School Board has authorized the purchase of a new 42-passenger school bus. Six buses and one stationwagon will be operated during the upcoming school year.
...A sixth polio case has been reported in Winneshiek County. The 36-year-old has been transported to the hospital in Rochester by ambulance.
...Six-year-old David Witzke, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Witzke of Decorah, is the mascot of the Decorah Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps. He and other members of the group recently returned from an exceptionally well-received performance tour in Chicago.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: The most noticeable change in the Decorah Community School District this new school term will be the final phasing out of the last of the rural one-room school houses. Six of the schools were the last on the chopping block. To make room for the added students in Decorah, two new rooms have been added - one at the Decorah Lutheran Church and one room at East Side School. All of the fourth graders will have class at the Roberts School. Kindergarten through third year primary will be at the West Side School. Fifth graders will meet at Decorah Methodist, and sixth grade will be at First Lutheran and at Decorah Lutheran.
...John Cline, the popular superintendent of Schools of the Decorah School District, has died at a Rochester Hospital. High School Principal Grover Hedemann will be acting superintendent.
...Orval Bruvold has won the tractor radio at the Winneshiek County Fair. He is the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Bruvold of Springfield Township. The other boys who placed in the event were Dennis Juve of Decorah, second place; and Gary Blumhagen of Bloomfield Township, in third place.
...A local man has been sentenced to a one-year stay in the Winneshiek County Jail for writing a bad check - fourth offense. He wrote the $10 check at the Bergeson Store over at Ridgeway earlier this summer.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Don Nesteby, veteran stock car driver on the Decorah and Waukon circuit, won the "A" feature race at the Winneshiek County fairgrounds track recently.
...The Rev. David Ash family has returned from a two-month stay in England. Rev. and Mrs. Ash were accompanied on the trip by their children, Sue, 13; and Rich, 17.
...Edna Jacobson was the winner in the ladies horse race at the Winneshiek County Fair last week. Second place went to Julie Hovey. Winner of the men's horse race was Rodney Hutchinson. Second place went to Bob Ludeking.
...Tom Rima, one of the best left-handed hitters Decorah High School ever fielded, had a productive summer at bat with the Peoria Pacers. He compiled a .325 batting average for the Peoria team.
...The winner of the Decorah Softball League Tourney was the team from Carlson Materials. Team members are Dennis Hjelmeland, Denny Gilbert, Greg Hovden, Darrel Sersland, Lyle Engbretson, Darrel Dodd, Denny Hovden, Fred Koch, Mike Keefe, Craig Anderson, Randy Brekke, Norvin Anderson, Rich Nating and Dave Gilbert.
...Norwegian exchange students Ingeborg Sabu and Geir Harold Fodness were recently welcomed to the area for the upcoming school year.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Jerry and Jo Ann Aulwes are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary Aug. 22 at their Decorah home.
...Mary Macal of Decorah recently participated in the Minnesota Border to Border endurance trials. Her partner in three events was Dave Paskach of Decorah.
...Jeff Fitzgerald is the champion of the Silvercrest Golf and Country Club junior tourney. Robbie Gloe, Jeff Kramer, Emily Gloe and Warren Wicks also scored well in their divisions.
...Tim Lynch defeated Jim Weis to capture the Oneota Golf and Country Club match play tourney last week.
...Brian Henning of Decorah scored a hole-in-one at Oneota Golf Club's 201-yard No. 2 last week. Tom Anderson Jr. witnessed the long shot.
...Professor J.R Christianson of Decorah and wife Birgitte, have edited a series of Danish books titled "The Dream of America."
TWENTY YEARS AGO: A brand new public golf course is under construction in Winneshiek County. Jackson Heights Golf Course will open in Jackson Junction in the near future. Seeding of the course was completed last week. A driving range and putting green will be featured at the course, which is located along highway 24.
...New staff members at Luther College this fall are Heidi Miller-Olinger, Liang Chee Wee, Finn Gabrielsen, Benjamin Mboe, James Bovee, JoEllen Anderson, Chris Lessly, Laurie Iudin-Nelson and Rebecca Gesing.
...HELP WANTED: Postal employees in the Decorah area. Earn $23,700 per year.
...Greg Berland, John Quandahl and Mitch Benzing are expected to vie for the position of quarterback on the Decorah High School squad this fall.
...David Hart of Decorah has advanced to the semifinal round of the Iowa State Fair Talent Search in Des Moines. He is presenting a juggling routine at the fair.
TEN YEARS AGO: "Live on Winnebago," a festive downtown event, is planned this weekend. The event showcases unique, interactive art works, children's activities, music and more.
...New teachers at Decorah Schools this fall are Martha Olson, Liz Breitenstein, Molly Holkesvik, Michelle Rice, Steve Peterson, Silvia Merritt, Pam King, Stacy Knight and Adam Riley.
...Adam Skretta of Fort Atkinson has earned his Eagle Scout Award. He is the son of Mark and Rebecca Skretta.