By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Word on the street is there may soon be another CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camp here, with workers taking up soil conservation work at farms of Winneshiek and adjoining counties. The good word is that the current CC buildings on the fairgrounds have been kept in good repair and are practically ready to move into.

…Prof. S.S. Reque gave an interesting pep talk on the many points of historical interest in Winneshiek County during the fall opening luncheon of the Decorah Chamber of Commerce.

…The West Madison Ladies’ Aid Society recently celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Madison Lutheran Church parlors.

…Grangaard’s Market has standing beef rib roasts, 15 cents per pound.

…Locals flocked to the Mississippi River last week to see the flooding near Lansing and McGregor. The river has reached its highest flooding stage in years. No Milwaukee trains could run eastward from Prairie du Chien.

…At least a thousand people, many from Decorah, are expected to inspect the modern new Milwaukee railways’ “Hiawatha” speedy and luxurious train, which will run between Chicago and the Twin Cities. The Hiawatha is scheduled to stop in Calmar later this month. The train reportedly boasts four coaches, a dining car, three parlor cars and a “Tip Top Tap” car.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: Ernest Fuhs is a new stylist at Witzke’s Beauty Parlor.

…Lucille Aschim has left the area for Des Moines and will teach high school there.

…That new Interstate Power plant over near Lansing has been put into service. This is the third power source feeding into Decorah.

…The question of rat control in the city was discussed at last week’s City Council meeting. Red Squill will be used in the new eradication program. It will be necessary for owners of pet- dogs and cats to restrain these animals while the program is in force here.

…Weston Noble of Riceville has accepted a position as the new band director at Luther College. He taught in high school two years and is a Luther graduate, where he served as band director for one summer. He recently attended summer school at Ann Arbor, Michigan.


IXTY YEARS AGO: Decorah’s Dizziest Day Dawned Dynamically last week as more than 75 Decorah merchants and employees, plus ponies, mules and burros, turned out for the first ever Ridiculous Day Parade. The Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps presented their last performance of the 1958 season during the festivities.

…Sixty-three area students have enrolled at Luther College as freshmen this fall.

…There was a big turnout for the laying of the cornerstone at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in West Decorah. The first services at the new church will be Sept. 21, 1958.

…Ray Alto’s Cowboys performed at the Schmidt & Pabst Beer Dance last weekend at Matter’s Ballroom in Decorah.

…Sealed bids will be accepted this week for the following country school buildings: School District No. 7 (known as Hjelle School) and School District No. 10 (known as Blount School).

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