EIGHTY YEARS AGO: To all the men of Draft Age. If you are interested in a suit or an overcoat for the fall, but it now! If you should be drafted, Germann’s will be glad to refund you the full purchase price. And you can keep your suit or overcoat with our compliments. This offer is good until Jan. 1941. Signed - F.A. Germann, Decorah Clothier.

…Here’s an important message to men of military age. We will accept the return and will refund the purchase price of any suit or overcoat purchased during the month of October in the event the purchaser is drafted and enters the service before Jan. 1, 1941 – Signed Ben Bear Company, Clothier.

…C.C. Smith of Decorah is penning a series of nature articles called “Birds of Winneshiek County” for the Decorah Journal.

…The film “Boom Town” is showing at the Grand Theatre in town. Stars are Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

...The Men’s Shop will formally open doors this week in the Hotel Winneshiek Building. Dewey Sampson and Kermit Hendrickson are proprietors. 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO: School bus transportation will cost money, but it is important, according to Superintendent Fjelstad. He reported the bus progress during a message to the Decorah Chamber of Commerce. He says the new bus system starts this year and includes two buses. 

...A new Girl Scout Cabin is being constructed up at the Phelps Park area. 

…Members of the Decorah Quarterback Club met the other night and favored a proposal of forming an automobile pool to transport farm boys who are engaged in high school football practice back to their farms in the evenings. More than 20 quarterbacker members volunteered to take turns in taking the boys home after each football practice.

SIXTY YEARS AGO: The play “The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote” will be presented this fall in the Decorah High School Auditorium. Colorful costumes, dancing and lively music are promised. 

…The 1961 Lancer is the new vehicle being unveiled at the local Dodge dealership in downtown Decorah.

…See Vernon Vick on Main Street for all your Fuller Brush needs.

…The last walls of the old Methodist Church parsonage came tumbling down to the ground this past week as work on the new church addition continues. Workmen started two weeks ago tearing down the parsonage and the brick building north of the church, also known as the old Morse property. Rev. Artman said the addition will be completed about Aug 1, 1961. The new addition will feature a building to the west which will be connected to the main church and also a building on the north. Total cost for the work is $125,897.

FIFTY YEARS AGO: Decorah’s Cheryl Brown, who recently participated in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, was a $1,000 scholarship honoree at the pageant. She returned to Luther College for the 1970-71 school year – her junior year. 

...Earn up to $2 per hour working construction for some of the firms in the Decorah area. Time and a half after 40 hours! 

...The 1971 Matador is the new American Motors car this fall. It has a 118-inch wheelbase, the longest among intermediate vehicles! 

…Coffee shop and cocktail waitresses are in high demand! Apply today at the Winneshiek Hotel. 

…Kids in Winneshiek County ate a lot of school lunches this past year. According to a recent report presented in the county, Decorah served up 210,638 lunches. North Winneshiek served 84,160; and South Winn served 76,039.

FORTY YEARS AGO: Al Palmquist, a famous speaker known as the cop who didn’t cop out on drug addicts and prostitutes” will appear at Luther College. He has appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC, and is now in Decorah to help in the fight against drug use. 

...A new welding, blacksmithing and horseshoe shop has been set up by John Beard at his residence just west of the intersection of Highways 9 and 52 in Decorah. 

...Federal Land Bank has a new loan officer – Jeff Grant. He and his wife will move to their home here soon from Waverly.

...There will soon be a new “circle-type” drive at the front of the Luther College Centennial Union. It is hoped the new one-way circle will eliminate traffic bottlenecks on campus. 

THIRTY YEARS AGO: From the society pages of 1990: Margaret Jenkins will wed John Colangelo in a November ceremony to be held in Decorah. 

...A new residence hall on the Luther campus will have a skywalk linking it to the upper part of the campus. The $6 million-plus dormitory will have 259 beds. Occupancy is expected as early as next February. 

…Vernon Spilde of Decorah, who served on the Winneshiek County Fair Board for 15 years, has been named the new fair manager. He will be paid $125 per month.

…Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital auxiliary is celebrating 70 years of community service. The “Hospital Club” was originated back in 1920 by Mrs. Henry Ness, who was the group’s first president.

TWENTY YEARS AGO: In society news: Dave and Kathryn Kelly of Decorah announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Beth, to Jon Hebeisen, son of Richard and Noreen Hebeisen of Gaylord, Minn. They will wed Oct. 19 at St. Benedict’s in Decorah.

TEN YEARS AGO: Joe and Patty Weis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month with an open house at Oneota Golf and Country Club. They were married Oct. 22, 1960, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah. They have three children: Marc, Julie and Steve.

…Decorah High School Marching Band has earned its 9th straight Division I top rating for marching band at contest held at Dubuque Senior High School.

…After 31 years of service to the people of this region, Dr. Kevin Sand, M.D., has announced his retirement.

…Decorah High School Football team took sole possession of first place in the District with a win over Charles City at home. The team is now 6-1 on the season (5-0 in conference action).