By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: All the discarded Christmas trees from the area will make a big bonfire over at the Skating Rink this weekend. The numbers of trees brought down to the rink will decide on the size of the fire.

…FRONT PAGE NEWS from 1939: A woman resident of the south part of Decorah was arrested by Night Watchman Herman Tavener at two o’clock the other morning. She pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly. She is nearly 35 years old and reportedly has some marital difficulties. In view of the fact that she has two children, a boy of age 7 and a girl of age 3, her sentence was reduced to $25 in fines and a suspended 30-day jail sentence.

…Friends of the area have subscribed to a campaign to get an artificial leg for Charles Christen, the son of Lloyd Christen. The prominent pitcher for the high school baseball team the past few seasons lost his leg when disease struck a bone in his right leg, making it necessary to amputate the leg above the knee. The solicitation for funding is now complete. Charles hopes to begin studies at Luther College at the opening of the second semester.

…A piece of glass pierced the lung of J.H. Duncan, pioneer local businessman here the other day. He is now recuperating at the hospital. The 77-year-old businessman was greatly enjoying a brief matching of strength in a friendly scuffle with some young men patrons of his place of business – the Sugar Bowl, when he slipped on an iron heat register and fell into a glass showcase. Glass from the shattered showcase pierced his lung, causing much discomfort.

…Arthur Riha is a new telephone lineman for Farmers’ Telephone Company of Fort Atkinson.

…The Decorah Recreation Center has proven to be a popular place at the Congregational gymnasium this winter. Youngsters are enjoying craftwork, volleyball, shuffleboard and Chinese chess. 

…Dr. Arthur Andersen of Chicago has sent a nice check to Luther College. The $1,000 check is to benefit the library at Luther College.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: Mrs. William Kimber, who lives about seven miles north of Decorah, was hit in the leg by a ricochet bullet as she was walking along the railroad track near the Milwaukee Road Turntable in Decorah last week. Police Chief Bert Smithling said the bullet was flat on one side, indicating that it had ricocheted before it hit her. The source of the shot has not yet been discovered.

…A tractor being used by Decorah Produce Company to clear the snow from the old Upper Iowa River channel crashed through the ice into three feet of water the other afternoon.

…A fire of mysterious origin caused more than $1,000 in damage at the Ness Store the other evening. Burt Henning, who was at his filling station across the street from the store, discovered the blaze.

…S1-c William Rekward has been killed in the line of duty at Yokosaki Naval Base, Japan while serving in the U.S. Navy. His funeral was last week at Decorah Lutheran Church. He was born April 2, 1923, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rekward, and he graduated from DHS in 1942.

…Wesley Halverson and Barbara Morrison are winners of the Decorah School holiday doubles bowling tourney. Thirty-nine couples entered the tourney.

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