EIGHTY YEARS AGO: From the Decorah Dynamo school newspaper: “A rare case of honesty was reported at the school the other day when Catherine Schrubbe walked into Mr. Peterson’s office and laid down a dime saying, “Here, I found this in the hall, Mr. Peterson.” Now, if everybody in the school lived up to this same code we might get back some of those things that we have lost.”

…The sad news received here in Decorah is official. The news is that Doctor Svebakken’s widow, Mrs. Otto Svebakken of Decorah, has died. She had reportedly been recovering quite nicely from the injuries she sustained in that recent accident in Florida. The same accident had earlier claimed the life of her husband, Decorah’s well-known physician. However, it is reported that she passed away suddenly last week. It is probable that both Dr. and Mrs. Svebakken will be buried over at Waukon in upcoming weeks.

…From the society pages of 1934: Friends helped the George Gunwalls celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a beautiful dinner over at Ridgeway’s Lincoln Church. They have three children: William, Selma and Wallace.

…Trout season opens in Decorah on April 1.

…Shop Winkie’s Grocery on Washington Street for these bargains: three pound package of coffee, 45 cents; American cheese, 17 cents per pound; four rolls of tissue, 19 cents; and six cans of sardines in oil, 25 cents.

…A hearse and auto collided on Main Street the other day, causing quite a stir. The hearse ended up in Ernest Rosenthal’s front yard. There was a corpse inside the hearse. No one was injured in the crash, and the corpse is now on its way to Boscobel, Wis., in the capable hands of Bensch & Brandt of Decorah.

…The following filed for marriage licenses at the courthouse last week: Leon Johnson of Spring Grove and Ruth Askelson of Decorah.

…The new Ford Tudor is priced at $642 at Windle Motor Company. Come see it today.

…A modern Superflex oil-burning refrigerator is being shown at the local school next week. The Superflex is manufactured by the well-known Perfection Stove Company of Cleveland, Ohio.

…From the society pages of 1934: Miss Alvia Amundson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Amundson, married Lester Oehler over at the Waukon Presbyterian parsonage March 6. The bridal party returned to Decorah after the ceremony for a dinner at the home of the bride’s parents.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: The local high school students are busy making imaginative ash trays from tin cans in their art class.

…The county supervisors are posing a question to local timber owners to get their opinion on the possibility of cooperatively owning a few power chainsaws to relieve the labor shortage and provide native lumber for the ongoing war effort.

…Now showing at the Grand Theatre: “Flight for Freedom” starring Rosalind Russell and Fred MacMurray. Coming soon: “After Midnight with Boston Blackie” starring Chester Morris.

…Kermit Hendrickson, who is taking U.S. Army engineering training at Provo, Utah, has arrived home for a furlough. He is staying with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hendrickson.

…Shop the Decorah Piggly Wiggly store for these bargains from 1944: A two-pound can of coffee, 31 cents; a 50-pound bag of flower, $2.45; cocoa, 10 cents per carton; and a three-pound jar of Crisco, 67 cents; and a jar of Karo syrup, 15 cents.


IXTY YEARS AGO: Don Bush, who is currently the telegraph operator at the Milwaukee Train Depot in Jackson Junction, has been promoted. He will be the night telegraph operator over at the depot in Calmar.

…Actress Georgiann Johnson of Decorah has completed a new film in Minneapolis. She makes her home in New York City.

…Professor Lloyd Hustvedt is chairman of the variety show being presented up at Luther College this week. The faculty presents a talent show each year, to the delight of students and locals alike. He promises the Luther profs are planning to don comical costumes and “take leave of their everyday personalities.” It is sure to be entertaining.

…William Gaffney from over at Calmar will be given the rank of Eagle Scout later this month at the Calmar gymnasium. William is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warner Gaffney of Calmar.


IFTY YEARS AGO: Deadline is approaching for the popular soapbox derby in Decorah. The local Jaycees will sponsor this year’s event.

…Shop Jack & Jill for these bargains from 1964: Old-fashioned ring bologna, 11 cents; tomato soup, 10 cents per can; and one package of marshmallows, 25 cents.

…Rabies has claimed two more animals in Winneshiek County. Another rabies vaccination clinic will be held next week. The latest outbreak was northeast of Decorah.

…The students at Decorah High School will present the musical “Finian’s Rainbow” March 20-21, 1964. Among the cast members are Ralph Knutson, Cheryl Hislop, Gordon Linnevold, Phil Docken and Diane Lerdall.

…A few Silvercrest Country Club memberships are still available according to Club President A.R. McKernan. The official opening of the club will be in a few short weeks. An opening night dinner dance is planned. Music will be by the popular George Krumm Orchestra.

…Diane Macal, age 12, of Ridgway, was the winner of a grand prize in the recent Easter coloring contest sponsored by the newspaper. She won a $25 U.S. savings bond for her good work.

…Dave Schreiber, who was unbeaten at 177-pounds this season for Luther College, dropped down to 167-pound class in the NCAA college division tourney and missed a chance for an Olympic Games tryout. He lost a semifinal match to Don Millard of Southern Illinois, 3-2.


ORTY YEARS AGO: At the recent meeting of the Decorah City Council, the local parks commission received approval of its plans for the Fred Biermann Memorial Fountain, which will be put up in front of the modern Decorah City Hall building.

…The new Scenic Hawkeye Stages Bus Depot, located at the intersection of Mechanic and Paine Streets, is one of the larger buildings constructed in the city over the past year.

…Ten DHS students have earned berths at the state speech contest. Honorees are Vickie Grainger, Mary Bruening, Laurie Olson, Janice Halverson, Jean Overland, Ann Hovde, Randeen Torvik, Ellen Dolan, David Faldet and Paul Simonson.


HIRTY YEARS AGO: RC 10 Racquet and Health Club in Decorah now has the first year ’round tanning center in all of Decorah. No fear of burns or pesky ultra violet B rays. Reasonable rates. There is a special being advertised now for new sign-ups: six sessions in the tanning bed for $22.

…Walter Mondale’s son was in Decorah recently to speak on behalf of his father, who is considered the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Ted Mondale made an appearance before a nice crowd at Decorah’s Cobblestone Restaurant.

…Terry Ira, a 6-foot 5-inch center for South Winneshiek High School, helped his team win a Cedar Wapsie Conference game over Turkey Valley, 47-42.


WENTY YEARS AGO: Security Bank of Decorah was the “Making Strides” team with the highest money raised during the recent walk-a-thon fundraiser at Luther College.

…Ye Old Opera House in Spring Grove, Minn., will present the play “On Borrowed Time.” Decorah’s own acting duo, Jerry and Ruth Bruce, have the lead roles in the production.

…Three wrestlers from Decorah High School have qualified for District action. Honorees are Jason Larson, Tony Post and Lee Fullhart.

…A proposal to close the 98-year-old East Side School and add 10 classrooms at West Side School was outlined during a recent Decorah School Board meeting. Superintendent Ken Jensen presented the proposal during his annual “state of the schools” address to local district employees.


EN YEARS AGO: Sue Burks of Decorah was the winner of the grand prize at the local hospital’s fund-raising Crystal Ball recently. She received a crystal bowl. The Crystal Ball raised $26,000 for the hospital’s obstetrics unit. Committee members were Brenda Carlson, Peggy Beatty, Patty Frana, Melinda Hanson, Charis Hovden, Jan Johnson, Rosie Kuhn, Cindy Lentz, Linda Quaas and Elea Uhl.

…Brett Humpal turned in a fine all-around effort in a big win over New Hampton in Class 3A basketball the other night. The Vikes now play state-ranked Crestwood for a chance to go to the district tourney. Humpal, a junior, accounted for four of Decorah’s six three-point shots in the recent game.

…The choral reading entry “Untamed Chickens” is among the All-State Speech Festival selections featured in Ames last weekend. DHS students involved in the selection were Ryan Burras, Seth Nelson, Brian Bay, Pat Regan, Gabe Twedt, Elizabeth Wetli, Catherine Bouska, Jill Kirkeberg, Marlene Van Dysseldonk, NoEmie Stolz, Connie Everett, Jenn Novak, Anna Wikan, Kirsten Cowan and Sara Voss. Molly Holkesvik is the group’s director.