By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Prices as high as $62 for good cows and $165 for high-quality horses have been paid at auction sales around these parts this month. Decorah State Bank reports these results after clerking six sales just last week. Top prices for the season were paid at the Bergit Nelson auction. Corn as high as $1 is also reported in this corner of the state.

Amy Hovden, Edith Borseth and Merle Fulsaas, all of Decorah High School and living near Ridgeway, were snowed in with no chance of a ride to school here in town last week. After spending the weekend in their homes in Madison Township, the trio got brave and hiked all the way to Decorah on foot – a distance of 10 miles over the snow-blockaded roads.

Following the trail of the stork from 80 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Estrem of near Decorah announced the birth of their son on Feb. 13; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Berg of Decorah had a daughter Feb. 10; Mr. and Mrs. Torleif Rikansrud welcomed a son Feb. 5; Mr. and Mrs. Perry Dale Rodman had a son Feb. 11.

The championship Luther cage team has been invited to compete in the National A.A.U. basketball tourney at Kansas City this week. Expenses will be pro-rated among the competing teams at the tournament.

FOR SALE: A full one-pound of Prince Albert or Velvet Tobacco and a pipe. All for $1. Also available, a table lighter, a package of flints and a can of lighter fluid, all for $1. Shop Haugen Tobacco Company.

Dr. Kuhn, Decorah’s physician and surgeon, surprised an immoral dope fiend who had broken into his office about noon last Sunday. As the doc unlocked his consultation room, he heard another door click and saw a man run out into the hallway. He wrestled with him for a few minutes, but the man broke away. The lowly suspect was picked up later by police; and he had made it as far as near the Standard Oil Station on Washington Street.

There will be a two-cent electric rate for excess usage again this spring.

Prof. Ottar Tinglum of Luther College sat in the sun parlor of the Dale residence on Hill Street the other evening and counted cars at the Luther-Columbia championship game. When the last car had left the campus scene of the battle, he had 417 marks on his paper.

Boys’ wash suits and girls’ wash dresses on sale for $1 each this week at the Bandbox in Decorah.

The Fort Atkinson Creamery is producing a special fine sweet butter. Proprietor is A.R. Polikowsky.


EVENTY YEAS AGO: The Decorah Viking basketball boys will meet the cage club form Loras of Dubuque in the Class A district tourney. Stars for Decorah in recent games leading up to the tournament were Hurlbut, Womeldorf, Knowlton, Knorr, Leikvold, and Fadness.

Todd Duncan, who skyrocketed to fame with his brilliant interpretation of Porgy in the original production of Porgy and Bess back in 1935, is performing in concert at the C.K. Preus Auditorium on the Luther Campus next week.

The West Union telegraph office here is not making any changes of service. This news comes all the way from Omaha. Folks in the area are relieved to hear they won’t be without this valuable service.

The Winneshiek Hotel has persuaded Johnny Mack to come back as chef at the hotel. Stop by soon for a good meal.

The Decorah Community Concert Association is holding its membership drive. Season tickets are $5, plus $1 tax.

Helen Peterson, Richard Lomen and Elizabeth Kaster have all advanced to the district speech tourney in Nora Springs.


IXTY YEARS AGO: Contributions in the Pinebluff Corn Drive amount to more than $1,900 with 10 local clubs reporting.

Georgiann Johnson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Decorah, will be making her motion picture debut in a new movie role, which made Veronica Lake a star overnight.

A grand opening at the new Davis Paint Associate Store on East Water Street is planned for mid March.


IFTY YEARS AGO: A new ping-pong table has been added at the rec center in City Hall. Other games and some miniature golf will soon be added.

Humphry Dairy Superette in Decorah has a bargain on eggs. Priced at 33 cents for a dozen. A half-gallon of Humphry dairy milk is 52 cents; and a gallon of ice cream is $1.50.

Huns Bergsrud is happy to announce he will continue the fine quality shoe business of K.L. Hamre in Decorah.

Winners in the sub district FFA contest recently were the following North Winneshiek students: Douglas Corson, Wayne Christopherson, Dwight Seegmiller, Harold Rosendahl, Robert Ellingson and Roger Bentley. Their advisor is Clayton Wangsness.


ORTY YEARS AGO: Amy Fitzgerald, the 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Fitzgerald of Decorah, was selected to be the child ambassador to Norway from Winneshiek County Schools. Kristin Sansgaard, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Richard Sansgaard, was named alternate. The announcement was from the Sons of Norway Foundation.

Decorah Jobs Inc. is hoping to get an option on purchase of 30 acres of county-owned land south of Freeport for an eventual industrial development. Pricetag is $3,500 per acre.

From the society pages of 1977: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Lynch and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Dahlen, both of Decorah, are announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Dorothea Ann Lynch and Roger Alex Dahlen. They will wed April 30 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Decorah.

The Depot Outlet Board of Directors has purchased a building on Riverside Avenue in Decorah.


HIRTY YEARS AGO: Decorah FFA is celebrating its 50th year. Local FFA founder is Kenneth Reeves. 

Nine liquor stores are now open in Winneshiek County, replacing the former state liquor store once open here in Decorah.

Decorah Office Education Association students Denise Gulrud and Alice Bjergum brought back trophies from the state contest held recently in Des Moines.

Turkey Valley’s boys’ basketball team has been eliminated from the Class 2A district tourney. The boys lost a 55-41 decision to North Fayette.


WENTY YEARS AGO: Brandon Livingood has been crowned state wrestling champ in Class 2A at 130 pounds. The junior is the 14th state champ in DHS history.

Champion of the Decorah Middle School Spelling Bee is Chris Schuster. Braham Ketcham claimed second place and third place went to Kristen Thompson.

The curtain is coming down after 57 years for the Decorah Community Concert Association.


EN YEARS AGO: Jazz Coffeehouse will be presented by the Decorah High School and Middle School jazz bands this week at Nob Hill.

More than 150 people attended the Pave the Way to Your Heart banquet recently to raise funds for the Prairie Farmer Trail paving project.

Candidates interviewing for the job of Decorah School Superintendent include Pat O’Donnell, Robin Spears, Michael Haluska, Mike Wells and Rick Ironside.

The No. 1 Decorah Viking girls’ basketball team is still perfect on the season; and they are taking Des Moines by storm in their quest for a state title. The girls moved one step closer to their goal of a state title, winning a big game 72-50 over Keokuk in the quarterfinals. Locals are headed to the state capital by the carloads and busloads once again this week, as the local girls will face Spirit Lake in the semifinal round.

The 2007 Winneshiek County Beef Queen is Janessa Hageman, daughter of Milan and Deb Hageman. Princess is LeeAnn Reddel, daughter of Darrel Reddel and Lori Bohr.