EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Winneshiek County now has 400 miles of hard-surfaced roads, having added an additional 54 miles last year. Roadwork cost the county $214,000 last year. Improvements are still needed according to local supervisors.
The Winneshiek County Farm Bureau Male Quartet is to be congratulated as they have captured first place in the male quartet contest at the state Farm Bureau Convention held recently in Des Moines. The local group features Emick Ellickson, tenor; Willard Torgrim, second tenor; Willard Linnevold, baritone; and Arthur Lomen, second bass. Assisting the men were Mrs. Durwood Darling, accompanist; and Miss Clara Hoyt of the Luther music department.
Dr. A.F. Fritchen is the capable chairman of the annual President’s Birthday Ball at the Elks Club on Saturday night. Tickets are $1 per couple. Proceeds go to the fight against infantile paralysis.
Giving a good show with a dazzling passing game and plenty of comedy, the Harlem Globe Trotters, the well-known professional Negro basketball team, took a 32-28 decision from the Luther College team on the Norse court the other evening. Dan Daniels, star forward for the Globe Trotters, had eight points, and Miller Johnson had four points.
Madison Lutheran Church congregation contributed $17 to flood sufferers in the Ohio area.
Carl Sandburg, Chicago poet and lecturer, whose fame is nationwide, will lecture at C.K. Preus Gymnasium at Luther College the evening of Feb. 8.
Twenty of the Northwestern Bell Telephone operators from this area enjoyed a housewarming the other evening at the lovely new home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hoffman. A delightful luncheon was served, followed by playing cards and the corn game.
A smoldering overshoe, which raised a heavy smoke and smudge in the Roy Dinger farm residence on Highway 52, was the cause of calling out the rural fire trucks from Decorah last Saturday at four o’clock. The Dingers’ hired girl, along with two of their small children, were the only ones at home at the time the fire was discovered. When firemen arrived, they came upon the smoldering overshoe and promptly threw it outside.
Calmar High School hosted a declamatory contest the other evening, with the following winners announced: Valerian Kuhn, Margaret Hosting, Audrey Sobolik, Imogene Hauber, Clotiel Frana, Ruth Sobolic.
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