By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Mrs. William Dickman recently lost a coin purse with several dollars inside. It was found by Burt Henning, oil station proprietor, who brought a description of the purse and its contents into the newspaper office. He took out a want-ad which ran in the paper, and upon seeing it in the paper Mrs. Dickman learned the name of the finder, identified the purse and paid Mr. Henning a reward. Also, she paid for the Journal want-ad. She was fortunate in that the purse was found by an honest person who went out of his way to advertise his finding in the local newspaper.

…The Winneshiek County Fair will have a mule race during the fair, to be held Aug. 17-20, 1939.

…Several of Miss Kathryn Colman’s tap-dancing students staged a clever revue at the Grand Theater the other day. Among the stars were Margot Acres, Bobbie Tekippe, Cheryl Mae Digre, Nancy Peck, Peggy Acres, June Sauersig, Jean Ruth Bradley, Beverly Goltz, Cynthia Flickinger, Patsy Hogan, Sylvia Fischer, Donna Howland, Donna Rae Woodmansee, Shirley Moe, Beverly Olson, Elizabeth Kaster, Allowez Tovson, Darlyn Williams, Gloria Goltz, Marietta Vangsness, Clarice Swehla, Mavis Halverson, Marilyn Halverson and Joan Davis.

…A boy of 14 has been arrested by Motor Patrolman Alton Nelson of Decorah about six miles west of Waukon on the charge of stealing an automobile. The young man was already out on parole for having stolen a bicycle belonging to Clinton Monson of the Monson Motor Company. The auto he stole was the property of Erlin Lomen. The delinquent has been promptly sent off to the State Training School at Eldora for the next six or seven years.  He can earn time off for good behavior.

…New federal regulations are being advised when it comes to the telephone business, with specific regulatory measures being considered.

…Learn to Dance on roller skates under the big tent in Decorah this summer. Free instruction by Miss Dorothy Miller of Minneapolis, Minn. The tent is on the fairgrounds.

…A new beer tavern opened in Spillville July 1. Owner is Jos. Swella Jr. He serves up all kinds of bottled beer, tap beer, cigars and cigarettes.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah office of the Iowa State Employment Services has moved to their new location.

…Orin Eittreim and Paul Ofstedal were ordained into the ministry at First Lutheran Church in Decorah.

…Winneshiek County Democrats held their convention last week in the small courtroom at the Winneshiek County Courthouse.

…Nearly 200 attended the Girl Scout Day Camp conducted for girls of the Decorah Council.

…The windstorm that struck Decorah June 23 was the most severe since 1942, and its damage to electrical wires and equipment is devastating. Members of the Oneota Golf and Country Club and families were sitting down for a family night supper at the clubhouse near Freeport when the storm struck. Men braced tables and boards against the west wall as it started to crack – then leaned their shoulders against it to hold it in place. They said the wall pushed in as much as four inches several times and they continued pushing it out. No injuries were reported.

…The Don Flickinger apartment above the Ness Store in downtown Decorah sustained the most damage in the big storm the other night. The rear porch roof and about 20 feet of main roof was torn off by the wind, and the interiors of the kitchen and dining room were damaged – with six inches of water on the kitchen floor.

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