EIGHTY YEARS AGO: 1930 - Herbert Gross of the Old Kentucky Homer fame will be among the judges for the upcoming Old Time Fiddlers Competition. Some local accordion players have also asked to put on a contest at the same time, and organizers will see how much time can be allotted to such a program. Among the local fiddlers competing are Walter Norton, Sven Wigesland, Will Norton, Paul Haugen, Otto Anderson, all of Decorah; and John Swehla of Ft. Atkinson.
...The annual Red Cross Drive in Decorah has netted the sum of $853. Mr. Ben Bear, chairman of the fund drive, has already mailed the check to St. Louis, Mo.
...Construction of the new Lansing "high bridge" is under way. It is interesting to note that there are no loud words or profane language heard as the construction company workers are the most quiet and orderly bunch of men we have ever seen.
...Mayor Ellickson gave a talk at the Winneshiek Hotel last week on "Keeping the Good Will of the Community." He advocates shorter parking hours along the business section.
..."See Norway" is the title of a motion picture planned at the C.K. Preus Gymnasium at Luther Collegle Jan. 29, 1930. The picture cost a whopping $25,000 to make, and is an accurate exposition of Norwegian life.
...The local hospital has released a report of the past year's activities. There were 487 patients admitted and 80 babies were born. Surgical operations for the past year totaled 178. Twenty deaths were reported. Total salaries for employees in 1929 reached $10,042.72.
...A. Gjevre is opening up a new grocery store in the building first door east of the Bergland Café on Washington Street. In honor of the Feb. 1 opening day - buy 4 pounds of Peabury Coffee for $1.
...Pat Ronan, the well-known horse buyer here, leased a portion of the lot in the rear of the Decorah library and will soon erect a nice office building for his horse and cattle business.
...Dates for the 1930 Winneshiek County Fair have been announced - the fair will run Sept. 9-12.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: A total of 18 fair acts have already been booked for the 1940 Winneshiek County Fair, planned later in the summer. The Gold Dust Twins, a comedy duo, will be joined by the acrobatic act of Naida and Perez, and by the musical comedy team of Lauren and Ginger. Rounding out the program will be the Three Leonardos, an acrobat group, and the Great George, a musician.
...The Winneshiek County Nurse will soon take up headquarters in the library room at the courthouse.
...High prices were reported for livestock shipped out of Winneshiek County recently. Prices are upwards of $6 on hogs.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS - Former Congressman Fred Biermann and his wife will observe their 10th wedding anniversary this week.
...Now showing at the Grand Theatre - "Swanee River" starring Al Jolson and Don Ameche.
...Dr. O.J.H. Preus, president of Luther College, celebrated his 60th birthday anniversary last Sunday. In honor of the event, Mrs. Preus kept open house for her husband, and many friends called between the hours of three and six.
...Big advertisement on local sports page - Luther vs. colored Globe Trotters, Friday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.. Admission is 40 cents for adults and 25 cents for high schoolers.
...Nils Kinnick of Big Ten football fame, will be in Decorah in a few weeks to speak at a special Chamber of Commerce dinner. Kinnick's prowess on the football field last fall made him the most talked-of and sought-after gridiron star of recent years. He will be joined here by Dr. Eddie Anderson.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: D.J. Darling is the new owner of the Decorah Launderers and Cleaners Inc.
...Bryce Emery, a farmhand from Decorah was pinned in the wreckage of his car the other night when it collided with a truck in southern Iowa. He is recovering in a hospital in Oskaloosa.
...G.F.Dahly of Decorah is the new dealer of Dodge and Plymouth autos in Cresco.
...The rationing of coal in Decorah has started. The plan calls for the delivery of only one ton of coal to residential customers and not over two tons to commercial users.
...Teslow Sales & Service is showing off the new 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe four-door sedan. It has that new "Gyro-Matic" low price automatic transmission to free you from shifting.
...A salary hike has been approved for the Winneshiek Probation Officers. The pay is $3,500 per year, up from $2,500 a year ago.
...Mode O'Day Women's Apparel in Decorah has a modern line of house-frocks priced at $1.97. The frocks have a 13-button coat front with a tie sash to adjust to expanding waistlines, and those generously-cut arm holes are "a must" for the busy housewife.
...Earl G. Dresser has been hired as the new hospital administrator for Decorah.
...Erlin Womeldorf and Lester Pfister are the Green Pasture Contest winners in Winneshiek County. The contest is sponsored annually by the officers of the Winneshiek County Soil Conservation Service. Prizes are valued at $50.
...Brandt Hall on the Luther College Campus will be ready for use by Feb. 1, 1950. The new dormitory features single Hollywood type beds, desks, desk lamps, bookcases and built-in wardrobes.
...Curtis Yarwood, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Yarwood of Decorah, has earned the $400 VFW Scholarship from the local post.
...Now showing at the Grand Theatre - "The Fighting Kentuckian" starring John Wayne.
...Merlin Hogan has been hired as a new Iowa Highway Patrolman for the district.
...Mr. and Mrs. John Dieseth of Fergus Falls, Minn., have given a gift of $5,000 in cash to be used towards furnishings for Luther's Brandt Hall. An open house is planned at the hall in early February.
...Connor-Knight has moved to its new store location at 207 West Water Street, six doors west of the old store.
...A telephone strike situation in Decorah has been avoided. Talks between Northwestern Bell Telephone Company officials and local operators will resume Jan. 31. There are currently 50 telephone system employees working out of the local office now.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: A grade Swiss heifer, who heretofore has had little if any claim to fame, may soon find herself the center of attention among livestock geneticists. The heifer, a member of a 41-animal herd of dairy stock owned by Elmer Linderbaum of Orleans Township, recently came up with a reproduction "double-play" that has veteran livestock breeders scratching their heads in wonder. The heifer has two dads and one ma.
...Bud Vance is the new manager of the Marigold Quality Checked Dairies in Decorah.
...Persons planning to put out evergreen windbreaks this spring or next are invited to special meeting next month on Windbreak Planning at the local Extension Office.
...Three-pound hams priced at $1.69. Choice roast beef - priced at 45 cents per pound; and a jar of Skippy Peanut Butter - 35 cents. Shop Fareway Store for these and other bargains from January - 1960.
...The Decorah Junior High romped past New Hampton on the basketball court the other day. Leading 20-6 at halftime, Coach John Corkery got a chance to see most of his squad in action. Wayne Ellingson had 23 points for top scoring honors. Keith Hjelle followed with 10. Jay Berst hit 18 for New Hampton.
...Walter W. Jewell is the new president of the Winneshiek County National Farmers Organization (NFO).
...Another hearing on the proposed North Winneshiek School is being held Feb. 4, 1960. The hearing will be in the large courtroom at the local courthouse.
...The rattlesnake bounty in Decorah now stands at 50 cents each before July 1, and will increase to $1 each after July 1. The bounty on gophers is still 10 cents each, and the bounty on foxes is $2 each.
...Thompson Motors on Leiv Eriksson Drive is being sold to Fred Niedfeldt of La Crosse, Wis.
...The job of preparing some 500 meals each day at the high school cafeteria is a big job for these local cooks - Mrs. Lawrence Sutton, Mrs. Larissa Enger, Mrs. Myrtle Hovden, Jeanette Holkesvik and Clara Solem.
...The County Home for the Aged and Ill near Freeport is the topic of a series of articles by the Winneshiek County Association for Mental Health. Mrs. George Knudson, president, writes that the steward and stewardess at the home (Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gavle) moved from a farm in Highlandville back in 1959 to take over the duties. They have a 13-year-old son, Gary, who attends junior high here. In the article it is revealed that Gary loves raising canaries.
...The South Winneshiek FFA swine judging team placed fifth in competition at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids last week. Competing from South Winn were Linus Kleve, Robert Bily, Al Hageman, Kenneth Jevne, Charles Cremer, Gary Blumhagen, Jerry Donlan and George Ness.
...Firemen were called to the Joe Woodhouse farm home on Highway 9 recently after fire broke out in the attic and threatened to consume the entire home. There was considerable smoke and fire damage. The Woodhouse children's Christmas toys were lost in the blaze. Fire Chief Les Keefe credited the new 1,200-gallon tanker with saving much of the home.
FORTY YEARS AGO: The 412 members of the Nordness and Waukon Co-op Creameries voted overwhelmingly to merge in special elections last week at the two plants.
...Marion Myhre was crowned queen at the annual Sno-Ball during Christmas vacation. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Myhre of Route 2, Decorah. Her escort at the dance was Michael Adams. Attendants were Cathy Hinz and Joni Dalen. Miss Hinz was escorted to the event on the arm of Gordon Berg, and Gary Sailor escorted Miss Dalen. Tom Rima presented the queen and attendants with bracelets from the high school fire squad (event sponsors). Larry Seim is the fire squad advisor at T.R. School.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS - Telephone Book Delivery is now under way in Decorah and the surrounding area.
...Ken Hamilton's One Hour Cleaners now has a special on sweaters - cleaned for only 49 cents.
...The Decorah Jaycees have honored top young men in the area. The six "outstanding" were Dave Rambo, Wallace Reidel, Richard Svenson, Bill Elpert, Norbert Tierney and Noel Koranda.
...Miss Shelley Seim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Seim, has been named to the dean's list at Cottey College.
...PFC Donald T. Stromseth is now serving as a member of the Military Police Force and as a Motor Pool Mechanic in Germany.
...Kids in Decorah are asking for more G-rated movies at the Decorah Theatre. Some sixth-grade boys have circulated a petition among classmates and families, asking for more G movies. Spearheading the campaign are Rick Nelson, Paul Butler, Paul Myhre, Dean Groth, Russ Schultz and Keith Bruening.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Sen. Howard Baker will be speaking at Luther College this week. He is a Republican candidate for U.S. President. In other campaign news, Nancy Reagan will be in nearby West Union later this month campaigning for her husband, Republican Presidential-contender Ronald Reagan. Joe Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy, will be in Decorah soon to campaign for his uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, Democratic presidential nominee.
...Barb and Sid Hinz are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.
...President Carter's grain embargo on the Soviet Union as so far not had a great effect on local farmers - this according to John Lillegraven, general manager of the Winneshiek Co-op Association.
...Don and Louise Flickinger are celebrating 50 years as owner of the Family Store in Decorah. It is the last of the neighborhood grocery stores in Decorah, and is well known for its meat department.
...Myron Krauskopf has been selected a finalist in the state Outstanding Young Farmer Competition.
...The Armory Dining Room serves up a fine, complete Scandinavian Night dinner every Wednesday night - Cost is $5.75.
...The Nordic Snow-Riders snowmobile Club of Decorah is meeting later this month to discuss a membership drive.
...Robert and Linda Sessions of rural Decorah have won their case in District Court in a continuing battle for the right to home-school their son. The District Court overturned a case brought by the local school board and the school officials may consider further action.
...Safety Patrol Captains at East Side School are Brett Raasch, Lee Tangen and Denise Juve.
...Julie Breeser is a new beauty operator at "The Barbers" in downtown Decorah.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Elaine's Apparel Store has opened in downtown Decorah. Elaine Sims's new shop offers a complete line of womens' sportswear, dress fashions, sleepwear, jewelry and accessories. The shop is in the former Hale's store.
...A major expansion is planned at the Rockwell International Plant here, calling for up to 40 new jobs, which now has 340 workers.
...Army Sgt. 1st Class Cynthia R. Kvamme, the daughter of Ray and Phyllis Kvamme of Route 6, Decorah, has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal at Fort Story, Va.
...The annual jump-rope marathon at North Winneshiek School raised funds for the American Heart Association.
...State Representative Paul Johnson has announced he will not seek re-election for a fourth term.
...Cho Sun Chinese Restaurant, located in the Old Armory Building, has a new menu of luncheon specials - priced at $3.50.
...Jordan Running, Carl Kamm and Andy Gray were just a few of the local Cub Scouts turning out (with sailboats in hand) for the second annual "Rain Gutter Regatta" at First Lutheran Church.
...Gordy McMasters of Decorah will be performing selections on his saw and harmonica on Iowa Public Television early next month.
...The Viking boys' basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak, beating Oelwein 71-32. Stars for Decorah were Mitch Running, Kevin Marten, Andy Rocksvold, Dennis Keefe, Andrew Moorcroft, Rich Olson and Jeremy Skoda.
...George Kruchek is retiring as custodian at West Side School.
TEN YEARS AGO: Republicans and Democrats are gathering by precincts in schools, church basements, fire stations and private homes for the Iowa caucuses Jan. 24, 2000.
...Bo Ramsey and Teddy Morgan are teaming up for a concert at Matter's Ballroom later this month. D.A.S.Y. (Dance and Stay Young) Productions is promoting the concert.
...Kristi Davis is the new massage therapist at the Hairloom in Decorah.
...Locals are earning 6.25 percent on CDs at local banks this month.
...Steve Matter of Decorah will demonstrate the art of snowshoeing at Wold Park as part of the Barnelopet (a ski race for young people ages 3-13).
...Wal-Mart appears to have met the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's requirements for building in a flood plain, according to a local supervisor from the DNR. Wal-Mart plans to build a 172,000-square foot super center on a 26-acre site on the east edge of Decorah.
... "2000 Reasons to Love Nordic Fest" is the theme of this summer's celebration of Scandinavian ancestry. The Fest is in its 34th year.
...Jenna Nanke and Jase Grimm were the local winners of the "Our Flag - What it Means to Me" essay contest sponsored by the Decorah Elks Lodge. There were 52 young entrants in the contest. Their teacher is Lisa Witzke.