Steve and Barb Johnson shared this vintage photo of the village of Sattre, along with the following bit of history: In 1892 Halvor J. Forde built the Sattre Store on land purchased from Ole Magnuson Saetre for whom the village Sattre is named. Halvor’s son, Erik H. Forde and his wife Stena (Thorson) Forde lived in the building and operated the store until 1900. When Erik’s health failed, he sold the store to Julius Hanson. The store then had a succession of owners: Lewis Hendrickson, partners Nils Aschim and Julius Hanson, Jerry Bentley, Nils Aschim, Edward Lund, Robert Seegmiller, Edward Lund, Ivar Heier, Dwayne Rude and Richard Dotzenrod. The little crossroad store, located in Pleasant Township, was the center of the village of Sattre. A bench existed behind the store that served as a dance platform for the numerous holiday picnics. It also served as a post office from 1895 to about 1918 or 1919. Erick Forde was the first Postmaster of the store. Shoppers at the store could buy yard-goods, oil (which came in 50-gallon barrels), and flour and sugar, which also came in 50-gallon barrels but was sold by the pound. There existed a blacksmith shop across the road built by Peter Ellingson who sold it to Henry Fortune, the builder of the house presently standing at Sattre. The next owner was Nels Nelson who added a second story to the frame building that was used as a dance hall.
Steve and Barb Johnson shared this vintage photo of the village of Sattre, along with the following bit of history: In 1892 Halvor J. Forde built the Sattre Store on land purchased from Ole Magnuson Saetre for whom the village Sattre is named. Halvor’s son, Erik H. Forde and his wife Stena (Thorson) Forde lived in the building and operated the store until 1900. When Erik’s health failed, he sold the store to Julius Hanson. The store then had a succession of owners: Lewis Hendrickson, partners Nils Aschim and Julius Hanson, Jerry Bentley, Nils Aschim, Edward Lund, Robert Seegmiller, Edward Lund, Ivar Heier, Dwayne Rude and Richard Dotzenrod. The little crossroad store, located in Pleasant Township, was the center of the village of Sattre. A bench existed behind the store that served as a dance platform for the numerous holiday picnics. It also served as a post office from 1895 to about 1918 or 1919. Erick Forde was the first Postmaster of the store. Shoppers at the store could buy yard-goods, oil (which came in 50-gallon barrels), and flour and sugar, which also came in 50-gallon barrels but was sold by the pound. There existed a blacksmith shop across the road built by Peter Ellingson who sold it to Henry Fortune, the builder of the house presently standing at Sattre. The next owner was Nels Nelson who added a second story to the frame building that was used as a dance hall.

     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Daytime and nighttime car thieves are hard at work here in this vicinity. Two cars have been reported stolen and a third automobile was looted of all its groceries. One car went missing while parked right in front of the Hines Café and it was found the next day near the Blount School House on Highway 52.

…Hundreds turned out for the 85th birthday of the Congregational Church here in Decorah.

…Les Forde, a star Luther College ball player, has earned himself a coaching job in Spring Grove, Minn.

…Leo Tollefson, Glenwood Township farmer who works the T.M. Kirkeby farm, is jubilant over his corn progress this year, and he has reason to be. His corn is six-foot and six inches high in early July.

…Folks on Decorah’s West Side are smacking their lips over the fine strawberry crop that landed in their laps the other day. Two cars carrying luscious strawberries and pails of sweet cream collided near the Johnson Super Service Station. The onlookers were pining for some sugar to go with the tempting concoctions as both cars were damaged considerably and the fruit was strewn all over the road.

…Luther College Coach Hamlet “Pete” Peterson will remain at Luther College after declining an attractive offer at a prominent and growing Iowa college. 

…A trotter owned by George A. Baker and B.M. Graham, stepped in a hole at the start of the races at Cannon Falls last week, but still finished third in the heat. Because of the injury, the horse - Gilbert Volian - was scratched from the final race of the day.


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EVENTY YEARS AGO: P.L. Kohl, fly control chairman for the City of Decorah, says a check has been received from the Decorah Hospital as a contribution to the 1949 permanent fly control fund here in town. The Winneshiek Infantile Chapter has pledged $100 for control of flies as well.

…Fred Lubke, Ridgeway, escaped injury when his car collided with a. horse on the highway near Chatfield, Minn., on July 5. He was returning to Decorah from Rochester when the accident occurred.

…A proposed ordinance banning comic books is sleeping in the city council’s hopper. The ordinance prohibits the display and sale of this kind of obscene literature. Action is expected soon.

…FRONT PAGE NEWS – 8-year-old Eric Witzke, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Witzke of Decorah, is recovering in the Decorah hospital from injuries received when an auto struck him on Vernon Street a few days ago.

…Orville Larson, who has been in charge of the meat department at Bucheit’s Super Market in Calmar, has enlisted in the Army with the C.I.C. He left June 29 for Fort Riley, Kans., and from there will be sent to Ft. Meade, MD., where he will be stationed.

…Seven youths were seen swimming at the Decorah swimming pool after the pool had closed July 2. Frank Capon, lifeguard at the pool, lives at the Luther College barracks, and he heard the boys and went over to the pool to investigate. Before he could catch them, the boys placed an extra diving board against the fence and got away.

…The Washington Prairie Peppers 4-H Club met at the home of Ardith Nelson last week. Myrna Fay Johnson gave a talk on “How to Wash Sweaters and Mittens.”

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IXTY YEARS AGO: The Minowa Players are moving into production week on their sole production of the summer. The play “Playhouse” is directed by Lyle Fisher, high school drama director. Among the stars is Bill Becvar, a theater student who most recently played /Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s famous play of the same name. He also appeared in the Minowa Playhouse production of “The Solid Gold Cadillac.”

…Owners Harold and Al Burshtan announced that a new Westinghouse coin-operated Laundromat is opening at 110 Court Street in Decorah. There are 30 heavy-duty washers and 10 50-pound dryers.

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IFTY YEARS AGO: The fifth annual Institute in American Studies for Scandinavian teachers is now under way on the Luther College campus. Some 43 Scandinavians from five countries are participating.

…The unbeaten Decorah prep nine will face almost a “major league” schedule this next week as far as diamond action is concerned. The schedule begins with a big game against Oelwein, the high school team battles three top baseball teams in St. Paul. They will have six games in six days. Standouts in a recent game on the home diamond were Chuck Lynch, Tom Rima, Dean Witzke and Rusty Sproatt. Coach is Dennis Olejniczak.

…Semor Tofte is now the zone manager for Investors Diversified Services Mutual Inc.

…Mabe’s Pizza’s new addition is now opened and fully equipped to serve the adult and family trade more comfortably.

…Kent Finanger is new president of the Rotary Club. Cliff Schrubbe serves as the secretary.

…FOR SALE: Small home with garage situated on four lots in Frankville. Priced at $1,900.

…A centerline painting contract for county highways was awarded by the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors last week to Traffic Marking Service. The owner was given the contract for 70 miles of centerline painting at $35 per mile, and no-passing lines using 840 gallons of paint at $5 per gallon.


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ORTY YEARS AGO: The Board of Trustees at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital has given tentative approval for a modern, new telephone communication system to be installed in the hospital. The computerized system will boast 10 outside lines and have modern touch tones rather than rotary dials. Total cost is about $68,000.

…From the society pages of 1979 … Rachel Andersen and David Faldet, both of Decorah, announced their engagement and approaching marriage. Graduates of Luther College, they will be married Aug. 4 in Boscobel.

… “Young’s Electronic Village” will hold a grand opening this week at 112 Winnebago St., the firm’s location in Decorah since expanding here from nearby Harmony, Minn., two years ago. Proprietor is Fred Young of Harmony. He has been involved in television repair and electronics since 1967 and divides his time between his two stores. George Duder will serve as full-time manager of the Decorah store.

…The recent grand opening at the Calmar Municipal Pool is a dream come true after what must have seemed an endless stream of headaches for the pool’s supporters in getting the project off the ground over the last two years. The Department of Health recently gave the project a clean bill of health and young and old alike have started enjoying the pleasures of swimming right there in Calmar. Among the newly-hired lifeguards at the pool are Chris Johnson, Jean Muether, Sharon Schmitt and Cindy Barrett.


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HIRTY YEARS AGO: United States Senator Tom Harkin visited relatives here recently. He reportedly went tubing down the Upper Iowa River, taking time to shake a few hands during his three-day visit to Decorah.

…The number of swimmers cooling off at Decorah’s recently opened new swimming pool has put a smile on the faces of Parks and Recreation staffers. When the new pool opened its doors for the first Time on June 30, more than 1,000 people showed up. Attendance figures increased to 1,189 on July 1 and 1,271 on July 2. First in line for the pool opening to the public were Chanda Humpal, the 9-year-old daughter of Dean and Lois Humpal, and Stephanie Blauer, 10-year-old daughter of John and Cindy Blauer.

…Darrell Pierce of Decorah was recently elected president of the Iowa Mortgage Bankers Association during the group’s convention at Okoboji. He is a senior vice president at Security Bank and Trust, and a 1964 graduate of Luther College.

…Now showing at the Viking Theatre: “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “Ghostbusters II.”

…Livingood’s Supper Club at Frankville has a Saturday night prime rib special - $4.99.

For $1 more, get a side order of shrimp, fish or scallops.

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WENTY YEARS AGO: Les and Ruth Branhagen of Decorah are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Lester Branhagen and the former Ruth Flaskerud were married July 8, 1949, at First Lutheran Church.

…Summertime is a time for fun, but also a time for parents to prepare children for the upcoming school year by having their immunizations up-to-date. The Public Health Nursing Service is holding a kindergarten immunization day later this month at the office in the old Smith Memorial Hospital building.

…Sarah Schnitzler, Lynette Keune, Kari Twedt, Amy Meyer and Jill Holthaus are seeking the title of Winneshiek County Fair Queen.

…A rare brook trout species, which produces naturally in Iowa only in Winneshiek County’s South Pine Creek, is being reintroduced into Decorah’s Dunning’s Spring.

…The Rev. Arland Braaten-Lee of St. John’s and Hauge Lutheran parishes was recently honored at a farewell potluck. He and his wife Kristina will be pastors in Minnesota.

…The community is busy preparing for the upcoming RAGBRAI XXVII in Decorah. On July 29, more than 10,000 RAGBRAI cyclists will arrive in Decorah for an overnight stay. “Rally in Our Valley” is the theme here.

…From the society pages of 1999: Holly Lensing and Jeremy Olsgard will be married Aug. 14. 

…Richard Bernatz has been appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission here to complete the term of Joyce Epperly.

…The local Farm Bureau Women’s Chorus members have honored Elinor Miller after her resignation as accompanist for the group. She was presented with a plaque, patio planter and a gift of money for her many years of dedicated service to the group.

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EN YEARS AGO: Hannah Ranum, daughter of David and Brenda Ranum of Decorah, has been crowned 2009 Winneshiek County Fair Queen. This year’s Fair Princess is Amanda Wiger, daughter of Clark and Liz Wiger of Decorah.

…Organic farmer, author and teacher Eliot Coleman is the keynote speaker at the 29th annual summer conference and campout at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm later this month.

…It runs in the family. There have been seven Elsbernds working at the Family Table in Decorah. Currently, the Family Table employs the five eldest Elsbernd brothers: Craig, Brian, Darin, Nick and Jon. Older sisters Jen and Rachael used to work there. Owner Scott Gossling says, “They’re all really good employees … hardworking … and their only downfall is that they’re Packers fans.”

…Pine Needles Quilt Shop has opened in Decorah. 

…Jack Thompson of Decorah is asking the City of Decorah to adopt an ordinance requiring bicycles to have horns. Thompson, who walks up to seven miles a day in Decorah, says bikers pass him at 35- to 40-miles an hour as he’s walking on the sidewalk along College Drive. He points out the danger to pedestrians on the sidewalks.