By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis


   EIGHTY YEARS AGO: That large oil well tower on the Bakke farm about three miles northeast of Decorah, a landmark in this vicinity for the past 14 years, is being torn down. The well is reportedly more than 3,300 feet deep.

Three locals, Solveig Dorrum, Frances Graham and Harold Normann, have the lead roles in the Campus Players’ show on January 13, 1937. “The Late Christopher Bean” will be staged at C.K. Preus Gymnasium. Willard Linnevold, another Decorah boy, is the director.

FRONT PAGE NEWS: John Peterson, driver of the Decorah fire truck, is laid up with the flu. In case of fire, just make a call and the fire truck will be driven by O.A. Bergan or Carl Danielson.

Mayor Baker’s auto recently hit an ox on that well-paved highway along the Mississippi River near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Fortunately the mayor and his wife were not injured, but the car was somewhat damaged.

Mrs. Carrie Tavener, age 88, was laid to rest last Saturday. She was one of the early pioneer women of Decorah. She died of pneumonia on Dec. 31.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ness are now comfortably settled in their fine new home on Mechanic Street, which was built in recent months. In other residential news of note – Mr. and Mrs. C.K. Fjelstul and family moved into their new residence on East Water Street the other day. The Fjelstuls had been living at 403 East Main Street.

Howard Hexom, age 18, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Hexom of Decorah, was forced to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year at his home. He is employed at Caley Hardware Store, and during the afternoon of Dec. 31, he dropped a 100-pound keg of nails onto his right foot. His foot is badly bruised, but nothing is broken. This is good news to his many friends.

The Barge Café has been undergoing many changes during the past two weeks. A fine, new bar has been installed with Frank Ruffridge in charge. The lunch counter also has been improved.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: The school pupils of Freeport Village School have earned a state honor. The school was named one of the top 10 high schools in Iowa in the state Fire Prevention Program. Making fire inspections for the school were Louise Anderson and Jon Vine. Miss Bernice Feltis is the teacher at the school. She and the students have been invited to be present at a special half-hour broadcast over station WHO on Jan. 4, 1947.

To read the rest of Echoes of the Past subscribe to Decorah Newspapers for just 36 cents an issue, or get it even cheaper with an online subscription. Go to for details. Papers also can be purchased at any of the many convenient locations in Decorah and throughout Winneshiek County.