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On trail of possible Lindbergh kidnappers
Echoes of the Past
Thursday, May 17, 2012 7:40 AM
EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The county attorney and sheriff from over at Fillmore County near here were on the trail the other day of persons suspected of being kidnappers of the Lindbergh baby. A man and a woman were seen traveling with an infant in a car with Michigan license plates. They stopped for dinner when a person in the restaurant thought the child resembled the Lindbergh baby. The strangers hastened and left the place without finishing their meal. The Rochester police were also notified.
...The mysterious disappearance of 21-year-old Winneshiek County farm youth Glen Amdahl, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Berge Amdahl of near Ossian, is being investigated to the fullest extent. Every effort is being made to run down all the clues in an attempt to solve the mystery surrounding this young man's death. There was no evidence of wounds, injuries, broken bones or fractures. Foul play is indeed possible, according to Coroner Boehm. The testimony of every one of 28 witnesses is being examined. The young man attended Decorah High School for many years, and then developed eye trouble and was advised by his doctor to quit school. He was of a quiet, retiring disposition. The suspense of his dear family has been great and the interest of the public has been aroused to such an extent that the authorities cannot fail to do their utmost to try and bring about a proper solution.
...The 11 Decorah newspaper carriers of the Des Moines Register and Tribune were recently invited to a grand convention in Des Moines. The honored guests are David Coffeen, Carl Daly, Clair Gierhart, Charles Hegtvedt, Charles Howe, Robert Keither, Robert McCauley, Wendall McConnell, Leo Meyers, Fridolph Peterson and Orrin Torvson.
....The local hospital observed National Hospital Day May 12, 1932. A reception, complete with delicious cake and coffee, was hosted by the members of the Decorah Hospital Club in honor of the special day.
...Heavy rains have caused quite a bit of damage in the Decorah area. Decorah has been without train service since a freight train fell through the Trout Run Bridge. About two miles of the track were washed out in the vicinity of Clermont, and also parts between Decorah and Nordness.
...Shop these bargains from 1932: Four cans of corn, 25 cents; Kraft Velveeta cheese, two for 25 cents; five pounds of bananas for 25 cents.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: More than 1,500 gophers have been destroyed here in recent weeks.
...Ninety local children have received examinations at the Crippled Children's Clinic conducted at the local hospital last weekend.
...Six young ladies, all champion bowlers at Oneota Bowling Club, went to Spring Grove to play the champs from that community. The Decorah team was comprised of Bernadine Sampson, Etta Lund, Helen Ronan, Verna Simenson, Ann Johnson and Miss Melba Blegen.
...Ten Decorah music students earned top ratings at the State Music Contest last week. Among the honorees are Kermit Vanderbilt, Alyce Hanson, Lorraine Rovang, Pauline Seim, Marilyn Evanson, Kathryn Christian, Carlton Fischer, Charles Stortz, Betty Ann Hendrickson and Zona Gabrielson.
...The rationing of sugar is causing quite a stir in the community. The ration stamps are becoming increasingly valuable these days.
...There are currently openings for women between the ages of 18 and 49 for work in the defense industry. Pay is $1,020 per year.
...Two beer taverns in the city were raided last Saturday night. Decorah Deputy Fred O'Boy accompanied the "State Men" during their surprise visit to the Tuchek Tavern on Water Street and to The Rendezvous on Winnebago Street. Some punchboards were confiscated and more than a dozen minors were taken out of the places to the courthouse for questioning. No arrests were made. Loss of tavern license may be the next step in the investigation.
...The summer school sessions for 1942 have been announced at Luther College. Tuition for the summer is $13 per two-semester hours; and $5 per hour after that. A room is available for $18 for 12 weeks. Dining hall charge is $5 per week.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: The Winneshiek Mental Health Society is organizing here this month.
...Paul Holland is the new president of the Winneshiek County Saddle Club. Other officers are Milton Vyverberg, Russell Baker and Maybelle Brown. The first event of the 1952 season is a May 9 trail ride beginning at the Russell Baker home at Prospect Place, Decorah. A lunch and square dancing will follow at the Baker home.
...Now showing at the Lyric Theatre: "Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair". Coming soon - "Bronco Buster."
...Miss Carole Lusson of Ridgway is the Girls State candidate from the area. She is a junior at the Ridgeway High School.
...Joan Wicks, Janice Johnson, Mary Lou Thompson, Martha Ylvisaker, Randall Halverson, Philip Hurlbut and Alvin Vine were all named to the A honor roll at the high school. All are seniors.
...Ralston Reisner, a Pleasant Township Farmer, escaped possible death the other afternoon when his tractor tipped over and pinned him in a ditch on the Leonard Ottney farm. He was helping disc a field at the time of the accident.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Glen Sheetz, who retired as street superintendent here after 25 years of service, was honored at a testimonial dinner the other night. He was presented an engraved wristwatch for his faithful service.
...The Fred Carlson Company of Decorah has unveiled a new advertising campaign, graphically pointing out the merits of concrete. Ads will be appearing in the newspaper every week during the summer months.
...Shirley Rovang was crowned queen of the Fire Ball, sponsored by the Decorah High School Fire Squad. Attendants were Miss Beth Haugen and Miss Cam Leseth.
...Tom Gillman of Decorah has been awarded a General Motors Scholarship to attend Duke University in Durham. N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gillman who lives on Pleasant Avenue in Decorah.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1962: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Soukup of Calmar have chosen the name Douglas Jay for their son born April 10. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pettit, residing at the Luther College Barracks in Decorah, have chosen the name Jody Lea for their daughter, born April 23. Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Courtney of Ridgeway have chosen the name Jay Francis for their son, born in early May. He joins a brother, Jeffrey and a sister, Joni.
...Karen Hess is the new "Miss Decorah" for 1962. She is a Luther College coed.
...Thieves took nearly $1,000 in a robbery at the Decorah Newspapers office. The money taken was part of the newspaper payroll. Investigation continues.
...Trout stamps are now on sale for $2 at local spots around Decorah.
...A car struck Wendy Jean Mincks, the 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allyn Mincks of Decorah, while she was riding her bicycle the other evening. She was hospitalized for the weekend after having some stitches.
FORTY YEARS AGO: The student body officers at Decorah Junior High were elected last week. President is Karla Olson. Vice president is James Ulring and treasurer is Barbara Bruemmer.
...Miss Susan Sacquitne of Decorah, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sacquitne, has won a coveted spot on the Iowa State Singers ensemble. The group is the top choral group at Iowa State University in Ames. She will join the singers on a tour of Europe in May of next year.
...Joanie Hastings and her prom date Craig Hovda were just one of the 90 couples attending the prom at Decorah High School last weekend. Chaperones were faculty members Mrs. Ruth Hein, James Dohse and Mrs. Pat Inglett. The entertaining George Krumm Orchestra once again provided dance Music.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Decorah Bicycles has opened at 218 W. Water Street. Owners Rich Gosen and Karl Magnusson will offer new bicycles, repairs, rentals and trade-in service.
...A proposal is being considered at North Winneshiek School for construction of a new 44- by 42-foot multi-purpose addition to the southeast entrance of the school gymnasium.
...The city of Decorah will receive several million dollars from the federal government to help pay for the construction of a new wastewater treatment facility here.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: A request to sell beer at the Winneshiek County fairgrounds during Nordic Speedway races has been approved. Beer sales will not be allowed during the county fair, however.
...A new home is being built for the Helof Holm Post No. 1977 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Decorah. The post has sold its location at 311 West Water, and is constructing a new building on State Street.
...The men's 35 and over 3-on-3 basketball champs this season were Steve Herold, Lonnie Humpal, Dick Luzum, Bill Ludwig and Daryl Luzum. They suited up for Monge's IGA. Runners-up were Dennis Olejniczak, Rich Gaard and Daryl Sersland. They played for Hardee's.
...Liz Hoyme and her prom date Chad Zahasky were among the DHS students attending a prom meal served at the home of Jim and Caroline Weis in Decorah. Dan Barth escorted his date, Mary Weis; and Julie Boehm attended the prom on the arm of Jason Rima.
TEN YEARS AGO: North Winneshiek School celebrated its last prom the other night. Prom-goers enjoyed a poolside celebration at the Villager Lodge in Decorah.
...The Decorah team captured first place at the Iowa Envirothon event last week at Springbrook State Park near Guthrie Center. Larry Berland coaches the students. Members of the team are Carina Cavagnaro, Hannah McCargar, Ross Evelsizer, Paul Cutting and Jessica Nanke. They earned a spot at the national competition in Massachusetts this summer.