EIGHTY YEARS AGO: His expert and speedy husking won Lyle Erickson the title of Winneshiek County Corn Husker Champion earlier this week. Other men competing were Walter Ode, Roy Fleming, Walter Huffey, Eugene Hove, Gotfred Vick, Erick Styve, Walter Peck, Albert Shindelar Jr., Carl Westby, Odin Scholl and Willie Moen. Frankville Township’s Erickson won this first annual Winneshiek County ‘Nubbin Derby’ and a prize of a whopping $30 for tossing 22 ½ bushels of corn into a wagon box in an 80-minute period. The event was conducted at the Ludwig place near Spillville. It was reported that more than 4,000 corn-husking fans turned out to see Erickson capture the title. The winner is age 18 and the son of Mr. and Mrs. I.E. Erickson of Frankville. His top prize was given out courtesy of the Dewey Tatro Company of Decorah. They also made it possible for a loudspeaker system to keep the crowd posted on the corn husking progress throughout the day. Referees were Horace Brickner, Andrew Kuhn, Frank J. Barloon, Stewart Baker, Edward Kuhn, Richard Sandager, Arthur Smith, Elmer Rosa, Leo Birdsell, Julius Flaskerud, Olvin C. Hovden and R.E. Knox.

Knut Vick, who operates Vick’s Confectionery on Winnebago Street, has sold his business to M.P. Anderson of nearby Fillmore County, Minnesota. The Andersons plan to operate the business as usual. Another business changing hands here was that of State Senator Sam Goetsch, who has sold Sam’s Tavern on East Water Street to Leslie Cox of this city.

Last Friday afternoon a peddler made a sale to a Decorah businessman with some very dishonest results. The peddler offered to get the businessman correct change at a next-door business. When he failed to return with the businessman’s money, the local sheriff was summoned. It took some time, but the hawker was finally caught in Rochester, Minnesota, and he was returned to Decorah on embezzlement charges.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: There will soon be modern, new parking meters on both sides of Water Street in downtown Decorah. Two hundred of the units will be installed by the workers from Duncan Meter Company of Chicago, Ill. One penny entitles a driver to 12 minutes of parking time. A nickel will give you a full hour of parking in the downtown district.

Western Air Lines of Los Angeles, Calif., has announced the hiring of Ardath Youmans of Decorah as an airline stewardess. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ed Youmans of this area. Ardath recently completed her airline stewardess school training.

Santa’s Toyland at McCall’s Marshall-Wells Store is now open with loveable baby dolls and some wooden sleds, all priced at less than $1.


IXTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Schools will hold an open house this week in conjunction with American Education Week. Max Hines will serve as master of ceremonies. Parents will follow the class schedule of their children, spending 10 minutes in each class and five minutes between classes.

A Luther College student was surprised to find a light pole had fallen onto his automobile the other night. The young man’s 1951 sedan received damage to the rear window and fender. He was parked on North Street when the accident occurred. The result was $50 in damages.

The Ridgeway High School boys’ basketball team won a game over Fort Atkinson in a 39-33 thriller. Mark Kukpa of Fort was leading scorer with 14 points. Wayne Wemark and LeRoy Fjelstul played a sparkling defensive game for the Ridgeway team. Wemark and Fjelstul are joined on the squad by Charles Meyer, Tom Trytten and Duane Snyder as returning lettermen. Coach of the team is Jerry Bramer.

Following the trail of the stork from 1956: A daughter was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Corliss Yetter of Decorah;’ a son was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schick of Decorah; a daughter was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Wesselmann of Calmar; a daughter was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Lutkenhaus of Festina; a son was born Nov. 10 to Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson; a daughter was born Nov. 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sand of Decorah; and a daughter was born Nov. 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Ignatius Kriener of Fort Atkinson.

Darwin Ellingson has been re-elected as Winneshiek County auditor here.


IFTY YEARS AGO: Iowa Governor Harold Hughes has won his bid for re-election.

Decorah Bakery has been purchased by Donald Hart of Fargo, N.D. He and his wife and their seven children will soon arrive in Decorah. The bakery currently employs nine people.

The local recreation commission is looking into options for a spot for local teens to dance. The teenagers want a place to get together on Friday and Saturday nights for dancing, games, or just to visit over a bottle of pop.

Joe Malek, Dean Thuente, Mike Webb, Dave Bucheit and Greg Schrubbe are in the starting line-up for the Ossian DeSales Central High School Falcon basketball team.

One of the world’s best billiard players, Fast Eddie Farrel, was passing through town on his way to the Twin Cities. He is considered the top trick shot artist in the world and was a stand-in for Jackie Gleason in the movie “The Hustlers.”

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Men who like shoes which are cut conservatively and priced the same will now find a good fit in Decorah. The shoes are made by Crosby Square, and they can be found at McCarty’s Shoes in Decorah.

Ray Kaster has been recognized for 50 years of membership in the Decorah Masons.

The daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Kingsley recently celebrated their birthdays at the home of their parents. Shirley is 4 and Shelly is 2. They were both born on the date of Nov. 3. Guests at the party were Mary Courtney, Darlene Iverson, Debbie, Darcy and Denise Bruening, Brian, Brenda and Bonnie Christopher. Sean and Tod Henry, Brenda Wilson, Jane and Janice Bentley and their mothers.

Dave Grove is the coach of the Decorah Vikings basketball team this season.

PFC James Gipp, age 20, is a member of the 552nd military police company, which arrived in Vietnam a few weeks ago. He is a 1964 graduate of Decorah High School.


ORTY YEARS AOG: An early-morning fire has left 14 homeless. Jeffrey and Debbie Hegland and their 11 dogs and one cat lost the second floor of their residence, along with the contents.

Grand opening of Greentree Country Corners on the Bluffton blacktop is Saturday, Nov. 6, 1976.

The Decorah High School boys cross-country team has won the state meet. Team members are David Averill, Lyle Klotzbach, Derek Loeb, Randy Fitzgerald and Tom Hasvold. Coach is Mike Fitzgerald. Decorah now has 11 state championships in cross-country (10 for the boys and one for the girls).

Dave Headington, a ninth grader at the local junior high school has won a portable television set for collecting more than $400 for the American Lung Association of Iowa as part of the Decorah Walk-a-Thon event. Paula Reitan, seventh grader at East Side, placed second and she earned herself a 10-speed bicycle for her efforts.

Registered nurses are needed at the local health care center. Earn up to $4.62 per hour.

Winners in the recent costume parade in Decorah were Elizabeth Hennings, Angie Valley (dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse); Christopher Davis, dressed as a prospector; and Julie Davis (wearing a horse’s head mask) and Kerry Davis (dressed as the horse’s back-end). Paula Reitan dressed as a stick of Wrigley spearmint gum.

Three Decorah Viking football players have earned all-NEIC honors: John Sacquitne, senior running back; Steve White, senior end; and Denny Kuntz, senior defensive end. The Vikes finished the 1976 season with a 2-4 conference record.


HIRTY YEARS AGO: Local Cub Scouts took a tour of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department and the local jail the other day on a field trip. They learned about criminology and were treated to a fingerprint session.

A new gift store, Marilyn’s Hallmark Shop, is opening Oct. 20, 1986, at Centrum Shopping Center.

John Cline School hosted its annual Indian Pow-Wow the other day at the elementary school building. Youngsters dressed in Indian costumes and learned pow-wow songs during the day.

Grand opening at The Flower Gallery across from Hardee’s at the intersection of Highway 9 and Short Street is Oct. 16-18. Decorah Greenhouses owns and operates the new shop.


WENTY YEARS AGO: A ribbon cutting was held last week at the new Winneshiek County Recycling Center in Freeport.

The Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is celebrating 76 years of community service here. Formerly known as “The Hospital Club,” the organization was formed in 1920 by Mrs. Henry Ness. At that time, the auxiliary was divided into many neighborhood units throughout the area. Each unit held various fundraisers and service projects over the years.


EN YEARS AGO: Chuck Gipp and Brian Quirk will serve another term in the Iowa House of Representatives after easily defeating their challengers in the recent general election.

Decorah High School senior Rachel Madrigal has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Northern Iowa for Head Coach Tony DiCecco beginning the 2007-2008 school year. Her parents are Jon and Marcia Madrigal of Decorah.

Diana Johnson of rural Decorah recently celebrated her 20th anniversary with McDonald’s here.

Lots are now for sale in the new Woodland Acres subdivision across from Oneota Golf Club.