IGHTY YEARS AGO: The snappy new uniforms for the VFW Boys Drum and Bugle Corps are scheduled to arrive this week. 

…The Happy Hustlers 4-H Club met last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Vine. A delightful program entitled “Ode to Posture” was presented to the club members by Loretta Anderson.

…It is reported that good, ripe sweet corn was taken from the garden of Clark Tillinghast at 704 Washington Street at the end of June. On July 3 Mr. Tillinghast sold 60 dozen ears to the C.C.C. Camp.

…The local 4-H clubs are learning practical work, including canning, baking bread, refinishing furniture and sewing.

…Rexford Tugwell, the key man in President Roosevelt’s “Brain Trust” and Undersecretary of Agriculture, will come to the Iowa State Fair next month. The latest type of amplifying equipment will be installed at the fairgrounds amphitheater so that he may be heard plainly by the audiences. 

…Bob Bernatz, pitcher for the Decorah Aces, allowed only eight hits in a recent Kittenball game over Glenwood.

…The subsistence gardens being cared for by the Emergency Relief Workers here were declared to be the finest in the state by a visiting inspector from Des Moines.

…The Highland Township Schools are reportedly in splendid financial condition according to a recent report. The Highlandville District covers four sections of Highland Township and one in Pleasant Township.

…Eight local boys have joined the Decorah C.C.C. Camp: James Keck, Lyle Goltz, Morris Erickson, Raymond Styve, Herman Johnson, Glen Abrahamson, Lynn Gross and Perrie Nailey. There are now 30 local boys at the local camp.

…An interesting program on “Making Dresser Scarfs” was presented at the recent meeting of the Happy Hustlers Club.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Produce Company has given employees a raise. Employees now earn 45 cents per hour.

…Following the trail of the stork from 1944: A daughter was born July 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Julius Manderfield of Calmar; a son was born July 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bakken of Decorah; a son was born July 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Parnell Donlan of Decorah.

…Louis Lester Seim, seaman first class, has arrived on a 15-day leave with his parents. He has been stationed in Brazil for some time.

…Another Decorah man, Robert J. Hutchinson, is reportedly seeing action in France. He recently sent a letter home to his parents, but was not able to tell much because of censorship. But he did say he was busy and in good health.

…Penney’s is having a sale on non-rationed shoes - $2.79 per pair.

…Shop Diamond Brothers for these bargains from July 1944: Two pounds of powdered sugar, 23 cents; 5 cans of tomato soup, 25c cents; American cheese, 35 cents per pound; and a large box of Bran Flakes, 13 cents.


IXTY YEARS AGO: The opening for Decorah public schools will be Aug. 30, 1954.

…Clair Palmer and his son, Darrell, 11, who farm a mile northwest of Freeport, are showing off a corn stalk measuring 10 ½ feet tall. It is on display at the newspaper office.

…Pvt. David Weis, the son of Pauline Weis of Decorah, began eight weeks of basic training at the Antiaircraft Artillery Replacement Training Center at Fort Bliss, Texas. Also beginning his eight-week stint there is Pvt. Donald J. McCormick, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McCormick of Decorah.

…Little Jacalyn Ann Dickman celebrated her birthday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Dickman.

…Now showing at the Decorah Drive-In Theatre: Gary Cooper in “Springfield Rifle” and Cary Grant in “Room for One More.” Coming soon: “As You Were” with William Tracy and “Living it Up” with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Janet Leigh.


IFTY YEARS AGO: It’s time for a teen party. The teens at Silvercrest will host the Oneota teens at a hamburger and watermelon party on Saturday night. A twilight hootenanny, featuring Paul Ingvoldstad, will start shortly before dark.

…Four men have been added to the science faculty at Luther College. The new faculty members are Walter Heino, David E. Carlstrom, Dennis E. Barnaal, and Roger M. Knutson.

…Chef Tangeman is featuring sliced roast beef, ham, fried chicken, beef stroganoff and fresh salmon at the upcoming Sunday buffet at Hotel Winneshiek. Price is $1.75 (all-you-can-eat) and $1 for children.

…Now showing at the Decorah Drive-In: “Girls! Girls! Girls!” starring Elvis Presley. Admission is 75 cents. Coming soon “Spencer’s Mountain” starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara.


ORTY YEARS AGO: West Central girls’ basketball coach Gene Klinge conducted a basketball camp for girls this summer on the Luther campus. Among the local participants were Leslie Olejniczak and Jana Christen.

…Champions of the Spillville 4th of July softball tourney were the following young men: Denis Barth, Al Thornton, Dennis Hesse, Mark Dostal, Dean Barth, Kim Grant, Dave Sunde, Mark Olson, Arnie Larson, Arnie Dahlen, George Loomis, Arlyn Moe and Norvin Anderson.

…Dawn Faldet and Cindy Vick recently gave an interesting 4-H presentation on “Tie Dye” at the Madison Merry Makers Achievement Show at Decorah Lutheran Church. Sherry Kuehner’s presentation on “Birdhouse in the Bathroom” was another winning presentation.

…Ellen Dolan of 101 College Drive, Decorah, has been selected to the Junior Repertory Theatre at the University of Iowa this summer. She is a recent 1974 graduate of DHS. She is one of 17 high school students in the theatre program.

…From the society pages of 1974: the engagement of Neal Kephart and Miss Kathy Ann Zahasky is announced. They will be married Sept. 7 in Decorah.


HIRTY YEARS AGO: Winneshiek County drivers dominated racing at West Union the other night. Mitch Fretheim, Al Brockmeyer, Tim Anderson, Rod Friedhof, Dave Thorston and Dennis Hovey all placed in some of the feature races.

…Decorah’s Sport Shop Inc., is celebrating its 10th year in business and a move to a new location at 218 West Water Street.

…The Decorah baseball season ended in the substate tourney the other night. The Vikings lost to Dyersville Beckman, 13-7. The Vikings did capture the district title in a big game over Waukon a week ago. Todd Tekippe was pitcher and he shut the door on Waukon.

…Sister Joan Hageman of Ossian is celebrating her 25th jubilee at St. Aloysius Church in mid August.

…New clerks at the Winneshiek County Treasurer’s office are Elaine Fretheim and Luann Goeke.

…Now showing at the Viking Theatre: “Gremlins.” Coming soon “Splash.”

…Financial support is being sought for a proposed course in Norwegian as a foreign language at the Decorah Community Schools. A two-year pilot program is being debated.

…Mike Nelson, Leslie Dengler, Pete Dahly and Brian Amundson captured titles in the Oneota Country Club Youth golf tourney last week.

…Decorah’s David Sloan and Mark Poppe have been named first-team all-conference in baseball for Decorah High School.


WENTY YEARS AGO: Winners of the senior talent division at the talent contest at the Winneshiek County Fair were a trio of Beth Kephart, Jenny Kephart and Melanie Gipp.

…Decorah and much of Winneshiek County were hammered by storms the other night. Mangled cable TV towers, torn apart Nordic Fest booths, and tree-covered cars were just a few of the damages reported by local residents.

…Now showing at the Viking theatre: “Forrest Gump” starring Tom Hanks and “The Lion King.”


EN YEARS AGO: The “Dogs,” a group including Jody Koenig, Ole Torvik, Erik Berg and Mark Stumme, will reunite for a performance this month at Roscoe’s in Decorah. This is their first gig together in over 20 years.

…Darrah Lansing showed the champion market lamb in the 4-H/FFA sheep show at the fair this year. Her brother, Danan, had the reserve champion market lamb.

…Coveted Eagle Scout honors have been presented to Austin Brusse of Decorah. He is the son of Dallas and Jill Brusse.

…Tim and Sue Broderick, the new owners of Curves in Decorah, have remodeled the fitness center at Pyramid Plaza, and are hosting a grand “reopening” this month.

…Esther Miller of Decorah is the grand marshal of this year’s Nordic Fest parade. She is recognized for her years of community service. Gordie MacMasters, local musician/entertainer, is this year’s Nordic Fest flag recipient.

…Kathy Barloon of Decorah is the new director of the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in the Decorah Public Library.

…Decorah native Peter Oyloe will perform at Lawn Chair Night as part of the summer concert series at the courthouse.