EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A delegation of Decorah citizens motored to the state line to witness the pouring of pavement at the end of Federal Highway 55 at the Minnesota Line. Workers of the crew threw their caps and hats into the mixer, according to custom, and everyone enjoyed the wrestling and scrambling among the men to see that no man's headgear escaped! Several crates of peaches, some cigars, doughnuts and Flagstaff beer were served the crew. Spectators gave the men of the crew three rousing cheers to express the wish they would come back to pave No. 9 next year!
...Fred O'Boy is selling out his entire stock of some $8,000 worth of dry goods, groceries, men's furnishings and shoes at Castalia.
...Here are some of the more popular titles at the Decorah Public Library - "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Roper's Row," "The Art of Thinking" and "Blair's Attic."
...The Monte Oil Company has been sold to W.E. Scott for approximately $75,000.
...The Luther Norsemen won a smashing victory Sept. 28, 1929, as they defeated Dubuque "U" in the opening game of the season - 47-0.
...The Rock Island Line has put on an electric motor car for train passenger service between Decorah and Cedar Rapids. The train leaves Decorah daily at 8:15 a.m., arriving in Cedar Rapid sat 1:30 p.m.
..."Speakeasy," the most convincing dialogue picture yet to reach the screen, is on view now at the Lyric Theatre.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS of the day - Frank Stika Sr. and his wife, Helen (Pecinovsky) have been married 50 years.
...That fabulous "Uncle Tom's Cabin" company will be in Decorah with a one-day performance later this week. The large theatre company travels to various towns in their own cars. Featured are the largest portable stage ever constructed and a monster tent theatre.
SEVENTY YEAR AGO: Jiving at the "Jitterbug Jam" at the Decorah High School were rug-cutters Marjette Fritchen and Chuck Hislop. All the couples were just "glad all over", including Ethel Barth and Howard Owen. The swell looking young people had a "whee" of a time at the dance. It does one's heart good to see the youth so clean and happy, and high school dances such as the jamboree appear to be a real good idea!
...The city poll tax is now due - the total tax of $2.50 must be paid by late October, 1939.
...The average cost for electricity in homes here in Decorah this year is about 8.3 cents per day. That's less than the cost of an ice cream soda!
...The average time it takes to reach a person by calling long distance via Northwestern Bell Telephone is about 90 seconds. The lowest rates are on Sundays.
...The Decorah City Council has decided to limit the number of beer parlors in the city. There are currently about 20 beer parlors here.
...Benjamin Frana of Protivin has been promoted at the Naval Academy. He was recently home on leave, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Frana.
...Dr. G.J. Howland, osteopath here, has brand new Turkish bath equipment. There is an experienced lady attendant to help the women.
...Now showing at The Grand - "The Old Maid" starring Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins and Geo. Brent.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Mrs. R.N. Day of New Orleans has sent a check for $215 to be used for the construction of a marker for Decorah's Day Spring. Mrs. Day is the sister of Harry B. Montgomery, and her husband, Richard Noble Day, was a grandson of William Day, the founder of Decorah.
...Winneshiek County's biggest taxpayer is the Milwaukee Railroad. The railroad property value is estimated at $815,483.
...Leonard Karnik of Decorah has just completed construction of the first plowshare oven and refinishing machine in Decorah. He is now able to sharpen, temper and re-shape plowshares to factory precision.
...Kenneth Huinker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Huinker of Festina, has signed up to play ball for the Chicago White Sox.
...Luther coeds may occupy the new Brant Hall by the second semester. The girls are thrilled to learn the rooms have Hollywood beds and picture windows. Completely fireproof, the brick and concrete structure will have a capacity of 225 students.
...Four divorces were filed at the courthouse last week.
...Marjorie Brickner of Decorah was among the 55 women students chosen recently for membership in the Scottish Highlanders at the State University of Iowa.
...Sixteen train cars derailed near Fort Atkinson the other day when a railroad bridge over the Turkey River collapsed. No one was hurt. The Decorah paper (the only paper to operate a photo-engraving plant in the area) was the first to publish pictures of the railroad wreck. They were the only pictures appearing in any Iowa newspaper. The newspapers' photos were picked up by the Mason City and by the Cedar Rapids papers.
...Dr. Eugene J. Swella is on the honor roll at the Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport.
...Earl J. Rima has been appointed the sub-clerk at the Decorah Post Office. The Decorah Posten previously employed him.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: These boys recently left to serve in the U.S. Navy - Harold Christopher Hjerleid, James Hoeg, Gerald Swehla and Arnold Lundvedt are all graduates of Decorah High School. They are in basic training at San Diego, Calif.
...All 18-year-old young men in Decorah must sign up for the draft. New draft hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
...Hubert Leseth of Decorah has been named one of five trustees of the new Conestoga Girl Scout Trust Fund. The other officers are from the Waterloo area.
...Quick action saved the life of 7-year-old Dickie Jensen, who had fallen into the swollen stream at Coldwater Creek at the annual Boy Scout Camporee. David Courtney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Courtney of Decorah, is credited with saving Dickie's life.
...An Ossian man earned a stint in the jail for stealing $72 from a local funeral home. He must repay the funeral home at a rate of $10 per month beginning in October.
...A seven-year-old Decorah girl is the victim of a vicious assault case. The search is on for her abductor.
...Ron Olson led the Decorah High School to a first place finish at the Class AA state high school mile championships last week in Ames. Don Roney, Gary Hall, Bill Berg and John Gipp also finished strong for Decorah.
FORTY YEARS AGO: The new staff members at the Barthell Eastern Star Home are preparing to receive their first residents at the new home in Decorah. Among the new staff: Mrs. Audrey Schroeder, who will be the matron of the home; Mrs. Inga Goodno, who is in charge of the kitchen; and Arthur Morrison, who serves as custodian.
...Patrick Maloney, Noel Broadbent, Stanley Oftelie and Carl Aschim will fill vacancies on the Decorah Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
...A new feature will appear regularly in the newspaper these days - "On Duty" is a weekly report of the activities of the Decorah Police Department. The column is a renewed effort in improving communications with the public, and to keep residents posted on the activities of the local department.
...Now open seven days a week - Estrem's Tasty Pastry. Free delivery!
...Marg Ronan, manager of Seifert's in downtown Decorah, recently attended a state manager's meeting.
...Mrs. Frank Holland has been elected to the Winneshiek County Mental Health Board to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Helen Strand, who had previously resigned. Others are on the board are Mrs. Edwin Bouska, Mrs. Ron Olson, Miss Margaret Balik, Albert Quass, Rufus Moellers and Mrs. Vincent Henry.
...The North Winneshiek High School Girls' softball team is the sectional softball champs, after a late September victory over North High of West Union. Their coach is Pete Eikren. Team members are Beth Underbakke, Kim Stoffregen, Barb Danielson, Kathy Rude, Roselyn Houdek, Joan Nierling, Lois Bentley, Rhonda Knoke, Susan Falck, Yvonne Smith, Lynee Kruse, Kathy Leonhart, Stella Sexton, Susan Hovey, Terry McCabe, Doris Leistikow and team mascot Inger Kristianson (foreign exchange student from Denmark).
...School elections were held last week at the Decorah Junior High. Student body officers are David Sunde, president; Ron Evans, vice president; and Peter Wolfe, secretary-treasurer.
...Vying for the title of 1969 Decorah High School Homecoming Queen are Julie Ellingson, Susan Ness, Marian Myhre and Cathy Hinz. Attendants are Helen Dahlen, sophomore; and Kris Dain, junior. Theme for the homecoming dance this fall - "The Age of Aquarius."
...FOR SALE - A milk route. Net income of over $6,000 annually!
...Wayne Remmen and Mary Fretheim of Decorah have started school at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines for the fall quarter.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Two local boys, Arlin and Andy Hageman, earned lifesaving awards from Iowa Governor Robert Ray recently. They were recognized for saving their father, Victor, from near drowning in the Upper Iowa River a few years ago.
...Milwaukee Railroad officials are refuting farmers' ownership claims to the abandoned 10-mile Milwaukee branch line between Decorah and Conover. Sale of the rail land will be for public use.
...Tim Lynch is returning to Decorah to set up a law practice with his father, Thomas C. Lynch. The 1968 DHS graduate earned his law degree at the University of Iowa.
...Locals are sharing their stories after attending the October 4 visit by Pope John Paul II to Des Moines. Several busloads made the pilgrimage to Living History Farms for his visit.
...Local girls competing for the title of Pork Queen are Bonnie Gerleman, Lori Mikota, Cathy Zbornik, Zita Holthaus, Lois Elsbernd, Julia Ludeking, DeAnn Huinker, Lori Rausch and Jody Mitchell.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Decorah's 1989 Homecoming Queen is Janell Wurtzel. She is the daughter of Ron and Marjorie Wurtzel of Decorah.
...The 1989 South Winneshiek High School Homecoming Queen is Sara Paulson. King is Wayne Heying. Paulson is the daughter of Arlan and Linda Paulson, and Heying is the son of Larry and Elaine Heying.
...The DHS Viking football team now has a record of 5-0, with a 54-0 trouncing over Oelwein in the homecoming game last weekend.
...Shirley Ringdahl's second grade class at North Winneshiek helped celebrate the school's 25th anniversary by tying yellow ribbons around the school. Among the youngsters helping with the project were Tim Hovey, Brandon Underbakke, Erin Brown, Barbara Newhouse and Jennifer Emery.
...A proposed development called Heartland Medical hopes to open doors soon in the county-owned land near Freeport. Thirty-five workers may be employed during the firm's first year of operation.
...Now showing at the Viking Theatre - "When Harry Met Sally" starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and "Parenthood" starring Steve Martin.
TEN YEARS AGO: Now showing at the Viking Theatre - "Runaway Bride" and "For the Love of the Game." Coming soon - "The Sixth Sense."
...Steve Matter has filed candidacy papers for the at-large seat on the Decorah City Council.
...The Winneshiek County Planning and Zoning Commission have denied the proposal for a River Bend Subdivision along the Upper Iowa River.