EIGHTY YEARS AGO: By a vote of 101 to 57, stockholders of the Equity Cooperative Association voted to keep the marketing facilities of the association in Decorah and Ridgeway open for farmers who desire to ship livestock out of town.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pixley in an automobile as they rushed to their home at the farm of Milt Lardahl, father of the young mother. Doc Fritchen was immediately called. Mother and daughter are getting along nicely.
...A two-pound catfish caused some problems for 16-year-old Willis Dirks of Decorah. He is the son of Decorah's genial iceman, E.C. Dirks. Young Dirks and his friend Walker Sandbach (son of the Methodist pastor) winded their way down the Upper Iowa along the swinging bridge in quest of bass. Willis got a bite, and was promptly pulled into the river by a two-pound catfish. After some hard work, he safely found the shore. The boys were able to rescue Willis' pole and enjoyed catfish for supper. Their fathers went out fishing a bit later, but were not as lucky ... they came home empty-handed.
...It is reported by Bill Ronan, who operates a livery and horse business here, that many of the new draft horses for the Ringling Brothers Circus have been furnished from this area.
...The city's new sewer contract has given 20 men work. The Taggert Company was the low bidder at 69 cents a foot for sewer and $20 for manholes. About 2,400 feet of new sewer lines are to be installed locally.
...Special: Grease/oil job at Jack's Auto Service - 75 cents.
...Luther College will open the football grid schedule with Coe College in mid-September.
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