By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

   EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The beautiful new church chandeliers and cemetery cross were blessed last week at St. John’s Church and St. John’s Cemetery over at Fort Atkinson. Numerous members of the church made the donations to make the additions possible.

…Currently there are 50 CCC boys quartered out at the Decorah camp at the fairgrounds remodeling old buildings, erecting new ones, installing a connection with the city sewer system and making other preparations for removal of the Cresco CCC camp of 250 members to Decorah in late November.

…New “pin-it-up” lamps are on sale now at Interstate Power. Priced at $1.89, the lamps adhere to the wall on a wooden sconce. The lamps make a lovely accent to any home.

…Decorah High School takes on Charles City High School in the big game for football conference leadership. The game is Friday at the high school grounds. Admission is 35 cents, or 10 cents for kids.

…Shop Central Block Grocery for these bargains from 1938: one pound of coffee for 18 cents; one pound of spaghetti for 8 cents; two pound-box of graham crackers for 10 cents; popular Midnight Sun fish balls, priced at 20 cents for one pound. Also of note – in observance of the store’s 54th business anniversary a bushel basket of High Grade Groceries will be given away at 9:30 p.m. next Friday night.

…Headlines from 1938: “Norwegian Lady to Talk to Chamber of Commerce.” It is reported that Miss Sigrid Gaustad, a resident of Oslo, Norway, who is spending some time in Decorah studying immigration, will speak to the Chamber of Commerce luncheon next Monday.

…Dr. A.B. Tosten is moving from his location on Winnebago Street to 604 West Water Street. 


EVENTY YEARS AGO: This is pretty exciting news. The first television set has arrived in Decorah at Thurst’s Music Store. He received the Stromberg Carlson set (with a 10-inch screen) earlier last month.

…Nearly 50 students, mostly of the sophomore class, have enrolled in a new driver’s training course under the instruction of Robert Swenson at the Decorah High School. A driver-training car was recently purchased by the school.

…Natural gas may be a possibility for Decorah residents within the next four years if a federal power commission approves allocations.

…A new attorney, Floyd S. Pearson, has started in association with the Frank R. Miller practice of law. He assumed his duties late last week.

…Hollywood cameramen were in Spillville last weekend to film the Bily Brothers Clock Exhibit.

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