EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The farmers of the area are providing the tasty eats for the businessmen of the town at the annual July 4th picnic. The Decorah businessmen are subscribing $175 toward expenses of the Independence Day get-together. An attractive program is outlined, featuring music of the Gauken Singing Society, directed by Alfred Vick, and the Grieg Singing Society, directed by Wm. Linnevold. A baseball game, with Frankville taking on Canoe, will be in the afternoon. Other activities include a tug-of-war event, boys' pie-eating contest, ladies' nail-driving contest, horseshoe throwing contest and a pillow fight or two.

...Fred A. Bridge became a member of the hole-in-one club at Oneota Golf Course the other day when he sunk his tee shot on the 118-yard fourth hole.

...Shop George & Iver's Grocery for these outstanding values: six cans of sardines in oil for 25 cents; two cans of pineapple for 19 cents; hamburger, four pounds for 25 cents; four rings of bologna for 25 cents.

...The grand 4th of July celebration over at Bluffton promises fun for everyone. Frank O'Brien's Whoopie Band will perform. Hesper will take on Burr Oak in a spirited baseball game. The Harmony Boys also will give a vaudeville routine.

... "Ossie" Orwoll, Decorah's famed baseball player extraordinaire, has been "sold" to the St. Paul team of the American Association. He had previously been with the Portland team in the Pacific Coast League.

...That large three-story building on West Water Street in Decorah, which formerly housed the Lutheran Publishing House, will shortly be the new home of the Norwegian-American Museum. Luther College's Knut Gjerset will be curator. The new, modern museum will display an extensive exhibition illustrating life among early Norwegian pioneer settlers. It is hoped the facility will eventually attract thousands of visitors annually.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO: A Hesper girl was reportedly kidnapped near Matter's Dance Hall just the other day. The official report states that two young men, dressed in soldier uniforms with flat caps, had been walking along the road. A Hesper man and his young passenger stopped and picked them up. A little later, the two men made the couple turn off onto the road by Breezy Hill, forcing the driver from the car. They took the girl, and the car, and promptly drove away. The kidnappers also robbed the man of his billfold, which contained $42 and some small change. No trace of the kidnappers or the girl, have been secured. A much-publicized investigation is ongoing.

...More than 85 tons of rubber has been turned in as part of the war effort. Winneshiek County is now among 17 counties in Iowa to turn in the largest amount of rubber to date. The local Chamber of Commerce is continuing its promotion -- offering a $25 U.S. War Bond to the person turning in the largest quantity of scrap rubber during the nationwide campaign.

...Retailers here are staging a War Stamp drive in conjunction with the 4th of July celebration. Bands, a big parade with floats and marching units and a street program featuring local talent are part of the festival highlights.

...High water surged through Decorah the other morning. Dick Holm, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holm of Decorah, was in a canoe checking out the high waters, when he came upon a cottontail rabbit that was driving down the river on a clothesline pole. He was able to rescue the rabbit in quick order. The Upper Iowa went out of its banks, flooding some businesses and residences in West Decorah.

SIXTY YEARS AGO: On sale now - "Sunback Sister Dresses" priced at $2.77. Stop at the Montgomery Ward catalog store to order one today.

...A fire destroyed the barn on the Henry Bakken farm about seven miles east of Decorah on the Old Stage Coach Road.

...The celebration of First Holly Communion at St. Benedict's Church honored the following: Ray Wicks, Jerry Donlon, Thomas Carolan, Darrell Palmer, Dennis Sutton, Patrick Regan, Larry Lynch, David Losen, David Ira, James Ellingson, Reg Wicks, Thomas Phillips, Bonnie Carolan, Joyce Holthaus, Jerry Jensen, Barbara Broghammer, Ronald Holthaus, Darrel Ira, Sherry Schrubbe, Susan Mailey, Robert Carolan, Michael Ronan. Angels were Susan Sande, Phyllis Cronin, Sharon Maust and Michelle Locke. Flower girls during the Mass were Jacqueline Carlson, Elaine Holthaus, Rosemary Wenthold, Lynn Gahan, Carol Dow and Mary Lou Keefe. Rev. Daniel O'Sullivan officiated.

...Thurst Kjome is ending his 19 years as director of the Decorah Junior Drum and Bugle Corps.

...Cost of the Decorah High School bus service is $15,386 per year. Average cost per student is $78 per year, according to a report from the local school officials.

...Roger Lundtvedt, the five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilman Lundtvedt, Route 1, Decorah, has won the fishing rod given away in the community's fishing contest.

...FRONT PAGE NEWS: Dr. Kochendorfer is back on the job. The veterinarian suffered a leg injury when he was kicked by a calf.

...A new "Freedom Flame" has been lighted here as part of the Decorah Fourth of July celebration. The flame will be lit from July 4 to 7. The flame consists of a charcoal fire. A few extra bags of charcoal are placed near the flame to encourage freedom-minded folks to throw a few pieces of coal onto the fire to keep it burning during those days.

FIFTY YEARS AGO: The Luren Singers will soon leave for a performance in Salt Lake City.

...Rev. Allen Hermeier has been installed as pastor at the Hesper and Burr Oak Lutheran Churches.

...Following the trail of the stork from 1962: The name Phil Hugo has been chosen for the newborn son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Heying of Ossian. The name Michael Rae has been chosen for the newborn son of Mr. and Mrs. Urban Hageman of Canoe Township.

...Safety is urged during the upcoming Fourth of July festivities throughout the county. It is hoped it will be a "quiet, middle-of-the-week" observance, with law enforcement officials planning an all-out effort to combat incidents.

...Shop these bargains from 1962: Ground chuck, 49 cents per pound; ground beef, three pounds for $1; three quarts of fresh strawberries, $1; 16 rolls of bath tissue, 89 cents; and frozen lemonade - 10 cents for $1.

FORTY YEARS AGO: Coach George Rhinehart's South Winneshiek Warriors split a summer doubleheader with Waukon last Friday afternoon. Stars for South Winn were Terry Wenthold, John Humpal, Bob Klimesh and Larry Novak. The game was on the Indian field.

...Decorah High School opened its 1972 NE Iowa Conference summer baseball campaign last month. Ace right-hander Jim Lynch got the opening mound assignment.

...New teacher contracts have been approved for seven faculty members. Over 1,000 applications were submitted for the jobs.

...Harriet Jevne, Mary Linderbaum, Cynthia Flak, Marilyn Anderson, Joyce Blacksmith, Linda Wiersema and Susan Cantine are the new teachers.

...Leiran's A&W now has a modern drive-in service with a capacity for 16 cars.

THIRTY YEARS AGO: Decorah's softball team has four capable outfielders this summer. Those duties are assigned to Lisa Madrigal, Dena Larson, Heidi Olejniczak and Cindy Running. Pitchers are no problem for the Decorah team, with Sandy Drenth and Jenny Bohr sharing the duties. Catcher is Joan Womeldorf.

...Four Decorah golfers will compete at the PGA Junior State Tourney this month in Des Moines. Decorah's Angie Carlson, Pete Dahly, Garth Carlson and Tim Johnson earned their way to state, along with Calmar's Troy Wangsness.

...Get in shape at the new Barbell Fitness Gym located at 326 Washington Street. The new gym has memberships ranging from $5 to $20 per month.

...Money market interest rates are paying about 14.25 percent these days.

...The newest and most exciting feature to be added to this year's Nordic Fest is a farm tour of the Gene Sivesind farm located two miles west of Decorah, just off of Highway 9.

TWENTY YEARS AGO: A lease agreement between Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital and Gundersen Clinic of La Crosse, Wis., is expected this week. Hospital board members approved the lease concept after learning the La Crosse-based clinic is interested in leasing the entire lower floor of the hospital's south wing. The new agreement is just one of several proposals for the health care campus near the hospital. A committee is studying a type of "mall approach" for the grounds, working closely with representatives of Mayo Clinic and Gundersen. Waterloo architect Wayne Snyder is currently working on a feasibility study.

...Helping out at the local hospital's "Hoboville" breakfast recently were Cheryl Craft, Darwin Melcher, Paul Anderson and Collyn Bridges - all dressed in their hobo finery.

...The new $1 million DHS auditorium will be useable in time for Nordic Fest at the end of the month.

...Carrie Mikota, age 6, is the new Little Miss Calmar. Her parents are Ken and Nancy Mikota.

...Several local youngsters competed in the Hershey Youth Track and Field Meet at Luther College. Burke Bockman, Joey Gavle, Chris Roney, Mika Busta, Josh Hildebrand, Jake Hildebrand, Nathan Cline, Julio Guzman, Josh Buttorff, Mike Larson, each earned honors in the 13-14-year-old boys division.

TEN YEARS AGO: From the society pages of 2002: The civil union of Otter Dreaming and Bill Musser in Burlington, Vt., was March 28. A reception for the couple was planned in Decorah June 29 and in Seattle Wash., July 6. Vermont was the first state in the U.S. to maintain legal recognition of same-sex unions, affording gay and lesbian couples all the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage.

...Competing for the title of 2002 Winneshiek County Fair Queen are Jesse Schroeder, Bridget Buddenberg, Janelle Keune, Stacy Uhlenhake, Jennifer Wenthold, Betsy Koenig and Molly Monroe.

...Humpal Milk Express, started by Virgil and Virginia Humpal, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

...Groundbreaking for a new Habitat for Humanity Home in Calmar was held last week.

...Janet Bullerman has earned the 2002 Calmar Campus Extra Effort award at the annual Northeast Iowa Community College employee recognition convocation.

...Now showing at the Viking Theatre: "Men in Black II" and "Mr. Deeds." Coming soon "Lilo & Stitch."

...The popular ArtWalk on Water Street is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Decorah Regional Arts Council will feature an exhibit celebrating the event's 25-year-history at the Decorah Library next month.