EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The manufacture and sale of beer in Iowa has been legalized by the Legislature and by the Iowa governor. Beer can be bought at restaurants, lunchrooms, hotel dining rooms, drug stores maintaining luncheonettes, railway dining or buffet cars, private clubs, country clubs, nightclubs serving food, and at confectionaries and any delicatessens holding food permits.
...Arthur Linderbaum of Ossian had the experience of being part of a hold-up between Janesville and Waverly the other night. He was driving a car that the hold-up men shot at. They put three bullets through the car doors and one of them went right through Mr. Limderbaum's coat tail.
...The Inwood over at Spillville opened for the season on April 20. Clarence Craven and his Golden Gate Band will appear. Earl Hunt's New Saxophone Band will be coming soon.
...The Decorah Junior College for Women is hosting an April tea. Entertainment will be one of the classes in German.
...A total of 99 students will graduate from Decorah High School next month. Ceremonies are May 25, 1933.
...The Sattre Home Talent Play "Go Slow Mary" is being presented at the Highlandville School next Wednesday night. Admission is 10 cents. Stars are Oliver Akre, Esther Nordheim, Etta Lund, Thelma Iverson, Maurice Akre, Walter Gavle, Wallace Nordheim, Ulah Nordheim, Agnes Solheim, Bert Coonradt and Floyd Wassenberg.
...From the society pages of 1933: A popular Decorah couple was married April 17 at the Decorah Methodist Church. Miss Florence Baker wed Julian Hegtvedt in the Monday morning ceremony. They will be at home on a farm owned by the bride's father.
...A Wisconsin pastor has suggested that Luther College here in Decorah be merged with St. Olaf College at Northfield, Minn. Rev. D.J. Ristad of Manitowoc, Wis., has suggested such a plan in a recent editorial in the Skandinaven, a Norwegian language newspaper published in Chicago. Of course the suggestion is unthinkable, and would scarcely deserve serious attention, however it is inferred that the suggestion originated with the president of St. Olaf College, Dr. L.W. Boe.
...The sewage disposal system of the city was seriously damaged in the recent flood. Reconstruction plans are now under way.
...The "Belle of Barcelona" is the title of the high school operetta here this weekend. Stars are Austin Hanson, Leone Rounseveille, Eleanor Dorrum, Solveig Dorrum, Arthur Solheim, Donovan Oldbridge, Frank Morgan, Arnold Hjelle, Gordon Johnson, Ruth Krumm, Esther Stephens and Florence Johnson and Willard Linnevold
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: The FBI continues to work on the trail of those dope fiends who got away with 250 tablets of morphine at Brueckner's drug store over at Calmar.
... "King Lady" is this year's senior class play at Decorah High School. Speech instructor Helen Simmons will direct.
...There are currently 122 names on the honor tablet at First Lutheran Church ... Decorah High School opened its baseball schedule here last week, playing the Lawler team. Decorah was defeated 6 to 3. The batteries for Decorah were Lynch and Istad.
...The plea is being sent out throughout the country: "More Nurses are Needed!" The need for qualified nurses to serve with the U.S. Army and Navy was stressed during a recent meeting of the Red Cross here.
...Harlan Bersie, who is a seaman first class, has arrived home for a brief visit. He is in the Seabees construction battalion of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Providence, R.I. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Bersie.
...Now showing at The Grand Theatre: "John Steinbeck's "The Moon is Down" Starring Lee J. Cobb and Sir Cedric Hardwicke.
...Assistant Postmaster Edward Powers has died suddenly of a heart attack at his Day Street home. Oscar Jaeger, the money order and register clerk, will act as assistant postmaster for a time.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Rod and Gun Club will conduct a clean-up of Twin Springs trout streams this weekend.
...Word has been received that Wesley L. Headington of Decorah is one of the U.S. Navy men selected to man the world's first atomic-powered submarine. The Saturday Evening Post told the story of the men named for the top Navy assignment. Headington is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Headington.
...Lundberg Motors is holding a grand opening here later this month. The new Ford dealership is located at 223 Leiv Eriksson Drive. Top wages of $1.40 per hour are being offered.
...Donkey basketball drew a huge crowd to Ridgeway last week. The game was in the high school gymnasium. A team of seniors was made up of Norman Harvey, Joe Frana, Harlan Amundson and Frank Hrudina. The junior team was made up of Ronald Harvey, Lyle Holstad, Virgil Hovden and Darrel Kuntz. Some of the donkeys were trained to buck their riders, and one in particular lived up to its reputation. Another donkey was trained to simply lie down on the floor. Locals agreed it was a very entertaining event and provided splendid amusement for both young and old.
...FIRST TIME IN BOTTLES: Schmidt draft beer.
...The Inwood in Spillville will open for the season later this month with Ray Palmer and his Men of Note.
...A rural mail carrier position is open over at Fort Atkinson. Standard salary is $3,158 per year.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: A Calmar youth, Robert Maroushek, age 14, has suffered burns in a trash explosion near Calmar. He is in satisfactory condition at the local hospital. He and his mother were burning rubbish at the time, when an unknown object exploded and flames hit Robert while he was standing about 15 feet away. The accident occurred on the afternoon of his 14th birthday.
...The new Iowa Travel Guide includes a listing for Wonder Cave of Decorah.
...That new water tower over at Calmar has boosted the storage capacity for the town considerably. Total cost was $69,740. The tower is 136 feet high, 20 feet higher than the old one.
...From the society pages of 1963: The wedding of Lloyd Strinmoen and Charlotte Christopherson, both of Highlandville, was April 6 at Big Canoe Lutheran Church.
...The annual "Hat Show" was a big event for the primary students over at West Side School. Among the children dressed in their gay Easter costumes in Mrs. Winger's class were Holly Marsh, David Sunde, Ricky Ellingson, LeAnne Wilhelm, David Moore and Kathy Russeth.
...Ronnie's Café in Decorah serves up turkey dinners every Thursday night. Price - 98 cents. Hamburger baskets also are available for 44 cents (complete with one hamburger, French fries and cabbage salad).
FORTY YEARS AGO: William J. Post, age 23, has been hired as the new business education instructor and assistant varsity football coach at Decorah High School. He steps in for Warren Woepking, who is moving to Columbus Junction. Post is currently in his first year teaching at Harlan. He is a native of Rolfe, Iowa, and attended Dakota State College, where he was a four-year letter winner in football and was president of the College Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
...Returning letter winners on the DHS girls track team are Ann Hovde, Pat Hart, Kristi Olson, LeEtta Halvorson, Barb Rima, Sharon Quandahl, Vicki Granger, Cindy Carey, Chris Macal, Nancy Hart, Janet Tiernan, Robin Sacquitne, Jane Graves and Shawn Hanson. Carol McClure coaches them.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Randy Olson, Route 6, Decorah, is busy refinishing and repairing golf clubs in his workshop in the back of the Country Store at Freeport.
..."Constellations" was the title of Heather Smock's science project at East Side School. Jane Leuenberger's topic was "Manmade Fibers." Troy Roseland's project was on honeybees; and Brian Bigler displayed his sixth grade science project on gliders. "Wind Energy" was the title of Brenda Dinger's project.
...From the society pages of 1983: The engagement of Karen Westby and David Jones was announced. They will wed May 14 at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Karen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Westby of Decorah.
...John Houseman, well known actor, writer and producer, is in Decorah as part of a lecture series at Luther College. Most recently he has starred in the film "The Paper Chase." He won an Academy Award for his role in the film.
...Allen Sykora is the new news editor at the Decorah Newspapers. He succeeds Mary Wetschka.
...Decorah's Stacey Lloyd was medalist at a recent high school golf meet at West Union. She toured the course with a 91.
...A crowd of 200 turned out for a "roast" for retiring band director Don Allen in Decorah. The farewell dinner was held at the Cliff House.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: The Radio Shack in Decorah recently donated a new answering machine to the Family Support Network.
...North Winneshiek's Tim Easler tied his school record in the shot put at the Riceville Invitational track meet last week.
...LaMoyne Thompson is retiring from his job at Decorah Building Supply. He has worked at the local lumberyard since October of 1954.
TEN YEARS AGO: The Decorah Viking girls' tennis team has moved to 4-0 in the conference, defeating Clear Lake by a score of 7-2. Posting wins for Decorah were DeAnn Humpal, Jessi Leuschen, Erin McCormick and Jenny Spurgeon.
...Ross Kurash, a sixth grader at Turkey Valley School, was selected as one of two students to represent Iowa at the National History Day event in Maryland this summer. His presentation was titled "The Homestead Act: The Right to Claim the Land and the Ability to Care for It."