By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The farm residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McArthur, situated 12 miles northwest of Decorah, was destroyed in a fire last week. All of the contents of their home also were lost, while the owners were away attending the county fair. The origin of the blaze remains under investigation.

…A cash prize of $2.50 has been awarded to Jerry Scholtz of Scout Troop 88 in Ossian. Presenting the award was a member of the Winneshiek County Fish and Game Protective Association. Jerry constructed the best wren house, which was exhibited at the county fair last week.

…Luther College enrollment of new students is now at 150.

…Trout season will close here on Sept. 1, 1938.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: Miss Eunice Hexom, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. W.T. Hexom, was feted at a lovely kitchen bridal shower the other evening at the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Ransome Bolson.

…Two teenagers from the Minneapolis area are being held in jail and charged with the break-in at the Gambles Store in the area. They entered through the cellar window and rifled through the till – coming away with about $25 and they also stuffed clothes, cigarettes, knives and other merchandise into several suitcases and cartons. They were caught red-handed by Miss Marjorie Siegel, co-proprietor of the grocery department at Gambles.

…Following the trail of the stork from 1948: A girl was born Aug. 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Masters; a son was born Aug. 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Johnson; a son was born Aug. 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kipp; and a son was born Aug. 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ehley.

…The recent scorching heat wave here will decrease the total corn yield in Winneshiek County – perhaps by thousands of bushels.

…Charles Huinker has purchased the Tosten Tagen farm near Ossian.

…There are now openings for up to 70 ladies in the Marines, according to the Marine Corps representative here.

…The family of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Baker is gathering in Decorah this week for a pre-anniversary observance of the Bakers’ 50th wedding anniversary.

…The stop-and-go signals that were ordered several months ago by the city council have arrived. City officials have made arrangements with the power company to erect the signals soon.

…FRONT PAGE NEWS: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Larson are pictured on the front page of the newspaper following their Aug. 20 wedding ceremony at First Lutheran Church. She is the former Miss Eileen Qualley.


IXTY YEARS AGO: Carol Askelson of the Highland Hustlers 4-H Club gave a talk on “rolls” at a recent meeting at Highland Lutheran Church. Shirley Grindeland captured the audience with her piano solo during the meeting. The creed was recited by Beverly Kroshus, Arlys Lane, Judy Wennes, Lavonne Midthus and by Karen Grindeland.

…FRONT PAGE NEWS: Joe Frana, agent at the Milwaukee Railroad in Ridgeway is filling in the vacancy as agent in Decorah during the vacation of Carl Blomgren.

…The June wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kerian of near Protivin, which was held in St. Lucas, is featured in the August-September issue of “The Iowan” magazine. Four pages are devoted to the marriage and wedding festivities.

…Among the Decorah businesses now boasting AIR CONDITIONING are: C.F. Baker & Son Lumber, Ben Bear, Rosel’s Pharmacy, R&A IGA Foods, Lang’s Shoes, Darling’s Drug Store, The Family Store, Ostander’s Café, K&S Super Value, The Bandbox, Coast-to-Coast Store and Sear’s Catalog Sales Office.

…Newlyweds will now get a free three-month subscription to the Decorah Newspapers.

…Now showing at the Decorah Drive-In: “Sad Sack” starring Jerry Lewis and “Another Time, Another Place” starring Lana Turner.

…St. Bridget’s Catholic Church at Bluffton will once against host the annual Labor Day ham & chicken dinner. Adults are $1.25 and children, 50 cents. Dancing in the evening!

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