EIGHTY YEARS AGO: If citizens want no further forced liquidations of banks, signatures of waivers is the proper way to avoid those bank liquidations. No bank that has gone on this new "waiver plan" has since not been successful in the industry. This data is according to Judge H.E. Taylor as reported at a meeting of Decorah State Bank depositors.
...George Westby, age 21, was seriously hurt in a fieldwork accident on the farm last Tuesday afternoon. He suffered a broken collarbone and fractured jaw.
...The Haug Department Store in Spillville has some good bargains this week. Tomato soup, three cans for 9 cents; six Baby Ruth bars, 19 cents; and four dozen jar rubbers for 19 cents.
...Ridgeway is staging a "Good Will" picnic and jubilee in the next week in the downtown section of the village. Celebrating the prospects of one of the best crops in many a year, the trend toward higher prices for hogs, and other exciting farm products, along with the proposed reopening of the bank in Ridgeway.
...Harry Marron is the new chairman of the local Democrats.
...The Happy Hustlers 4-H Club met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bunting last week. A demonstration on the making of whole wheat bread was followed by a talk on setting the table.
...Chris Hamre killed three rattlesnakes recently over in Canoe Township. He brought the rattles of the three snakes into the office of the county auditor for a whopping $1.50 bounty.
...Shop Spencer Bakken store in Ridgeway for these bargains: Libby's pork and beans, five cents per can; sardines packed in oil, 5 cents; and Kellogg's Bran Flakes, five cents per box.
...FOR RENT: The upper duplex in Mrs. Conrad's house on Maple Avenue.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Two alleged U.S. Army deserters and the Hesper girl they abducted here were picked up by police at a street intersection in Denver, Colo., recently. The kidnappers were arrested after a series of hold-ups and auto thefts, which blazed a trail of crime from Decorah through Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado. The duo will face federal kidnapping charges and criminal assault charges. "They tried to get rid of me," the Hesper girl reported to a detective, "but I told them I would stay with them until I saw them hang." She told detectives she was held against her will. She now said she is fearful of the gossip of a small town like Hesper. We have learned that the young girl may soon be reunited with her parents, but only once the family can raise enough money for her return fare. Just where the legal responsibility for the cost of the return trip for the girl to Winneshiek County lies is not yet known.
...Rationing of bicycles in Winneshiek County has now started, according to Walter Cummings of the county rationing board.
...Don Severson of Calmar has been promoted to the rank of corporal in the U.S. Army.
...The Luther College faculty has, carefully considered the immediate housing problem for the 70 men who lived in Old Main. The utilization of Larsen Hall will make it possible to house many of the young students. The loss of Old Main to the recent fire had no effect on women's housing. Some students will stay at privately owned homes such as Vanaheim, Melody Manor and Miller's.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: Decorah now has a woman oil station attendant. The city's first is Miss Bernice Woldum. Could it be that war has caused this?
...Jake Becvar, for 30 years in the meat business with Weselmann & Becvar in Calmar, has purchased the Hotvedt Meat Market in Decorah.
...Shop these bargains from 1942: one pound of Ice Cave butter, 37 cents; a can of spam, 12 cents; new potatoes, 10 pounds for 29 cents.
...FOR SALE: Threshing machine, like new, $215.
...The county fair will be held in Decorah in late August, as originally planned. Attractions include harness horse races, a good carnival and top-notch midway attractions.
...Now showing at the Grand Theatre - "Sergeant York" starring Gary Cooper.
...The family of Father Owen Tekippe has not heard a word of his safety since Pearl Harbor. It has just recently been reported that he is indeed safe, and that the Japanese have occupied the Catholic school and abbey since the fall of Manila in the Philippines. They have learned, via a letter from President Roosevelt, that the religious orders are allowed by the Japanese military authorities to continue with their work.
...For a few minutes the other day, Decorah had yet another "kidnapping" scare, when a three-year-old miss went missing. The little gal, a blonde of about age 3 wearing a yellow dress and black ribbons in her hair, wandered away from her parents while shopping in Decorah. She got over to the corner of Main and Court Streets, when Patrolman Murphy located her. Her parents were over at the library, enlisting the help of Miss Janice Relf and others in searching for the little girl. She was found leaning against an iron railing at the Berl Daniels' home. Her parents enjoyed a happy reunion with her.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Drum and Bugle Corps still need $270 to cover the cost of their trip to Chicago.
...Clay Varner has been elected councilman-at-large to fill the vacancy created by the death of councilman Earl Zahrndt.
...Richard Wheatman recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
...Howard Schultz is the new wrestling coach at Luther College.
...The Ben Bear Clothing Company is moving its location to 126 W. Water. The new location was recently vacated by the F.W. Woolworth Company. Bear's has been at its other Water Street location for the past 76 years.
..."Ditto" Food Market bargains from 1952: Three pound can of Crisco, 79 cents; large jar of peanut butter, 59 cents; watermelon, 4 ½ cents per pound.
...Now showing at the Decorah Lyric: "Francis Goes to West Point" starring Donald O'Connor. Coming next week - "Pat and Mike" starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1952: Twin daughters were born July 14 to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Rasmussen, Decorah. A son was born July 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Clair Moellers, Fort Atkinson.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Airport Commission is interviewing companies who manufacture buildings for hangars in a continued search to provide the right type for the new city air facility.
...Glen Larson has taken a post as director for the Aase Haugen Homes Inc. He married the former Kathleen Erickson, also of Decorah, in 1939, and they have three sons and five daughters.
...Ronald Lukes of Fort Atkinson, Wenceslaus Klimesh of near Calmar and Victor Fencl of near Calmar have enlisted in the Regular Army for three years under the new "Army's Choice, Not Chance" enlistment program.
...Shop Reardon's Market for these bargains from 1962: "three dozen eggs, 83 cents; fresh pork loin, 69 cents per pound; fryers, 29 cents. Angel food cake mix, 39 cents.
...Now showing at the Decorah Drive-In theatre: "The Pleasure of His Company" starring Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds and Tab Hunter.
...The Howard County Fair is being held later this month, and one of the big attractions is a U.S. Army Missile Display featuring the Army's most space-age weapons.
FORTY YEARS AGO: The distinctive homes of Dr. J.J. Blodgett on Pleasant Drive and the Roy Carlsons were popular on this year's Nordic Fest Tour of Homes. Co-chairpersons for the Homes Tour are Jan Berg and Ellie Anundsen.
...Kevin Anderson, a right-hander for the Decorah baseball team, threw a no-hitter as the Vikings dumped Waukon, 5-0.
...Roger Raine, 36, of Dubuque, is the new assistant manager at the Winneshiek Hotel.
...The controversial all-new Decorah State Bank remodeling project will be unveiled at an open house July 22. The new bank was designed by Decorah architects Olson, Gray, Thompson and Lynnes. Bank officials say they like the new sophisticated, towering appearance. It was almost eight months ago that workmen removed the four historic pillars from the old bank and made way for a "modern" frontage. The pillars proved a bit of a problem for workmen, and a second crane was needed to complete the job.
...There may be more than 25 entries in the Nordic Fest parade this month. Theme is "Norwegian Folk Songs."
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Dwaine Lemke of Decorah has announced plans to open a plumbing and heating and air- conditioning business here in Decorah. He and his wife Cheryl have two children, ages four and two.
...Nell Schmitt is a new member of the staff at Haugen Realty in Decorah.
...Father Frank Benda from St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Spillville, is observing his silver jubilee of ordination into the priesthood.
...It was a shocker - Waukon put an early ending to the tournament for the Decorah Viking baseball team in Class 3A. Final score in the district semifinal - Waukon 6, and Decorah 5.
...A new addition to the upcoming Winneshiek County Fair in early August will be a variety tent.
...The Paul and Lois Christenson home in Decorah is part of this year's Nordic Fest home tour. The "neo-gothic" home is located at the corner of Maple and Sanford Streets and was built in the 1860s.
...The Gene Sivesind family will host a Nordic Fest farm tour as part of this year's celebration.
...Pokey Pete, the popular trolley engineer, will bring his train, an engine and two train cars to Nordic Fest this week.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: A trio of Elizabeth Hart, Ellie Kath and Leah Raulerson were the "sprout" division winners at the Winneshiek County Fair Talent Show. David Hart, an avid juggler, captured first place in the senior division. Winners will advance to the Iowa State Fair for further competition.
...Pioneer Days in Burr Oak were held in mid July. Erin Brown was crowned Little Miss Laura during the festivities.
...The Decorah Viking baseball team finished the season with six losses. The team faces Osage in the district tournament.
TEN YEARS AGO: Residents of Decorah's West Side area are saying a resounding "no" to the prospect of a new Fifth Avenue Bridge. Opponents say a new two-lane bridge to replace the one-lane bridge would "seriously change the residential nature of the neighborhood." Debate continues.
...Former Iowa State University wrestling standout Cael Sanderson was in Decorah last week as the featured clinician at a wrestling camp.
...Lance and Adeline Lillibridge are observing their 60th wedding anniversary this month.
...The Decorah/North Winn Viking softball team came out victorious over Charles City in the Class 3A district semifinal the other night. Final score 6-5. The win clinched the Vikings a berth in the regional tourney and a shot at a district title.