By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The Newhouse farm near Burr Oak will be the stage for the big corn husking contest in these parts of the country this month. Refreshments will be served by the capable ladies of the Rural Women’s Chorus. A total of 15 huskers have made entry for the countywide event so far this week. A loud speaking system will be available courtesy of the Dewey Tatro Company of Decorah.

…Ed Shima of the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Factory here in this city, recently attended a manufacturing association meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

…The West Side Girl Scouts met last week and made posters for the annual Book Sale and Silver Tea, which is coming up soon. Alyce Hanson, recently of Patrol 1, directed the troop in playing and singing of the musical number “Skip to My Lou.”

…The one-act play “The Neighbors” will be presented at Big Canoe Church next weekend. Characters are being enacted by Palma Quanrude, Bertha Anfinson, Barbara Quanrude, Jeanette Mikkelson, Kathryn Arneson, Ellen Amundson, Harris Quanrude and by Jerome Kroshus.

…Grading from the Will Foltz farm to the white schoolhouse along Clay Hill is now completed. The old road was the worst snow trap in the county for many years. Supervisor Henry Lubke deserves much credit for doing so much in helping to get these much-needed road improvements.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: The grand opening of Sid’s Steak House is this week. Sid Hinz is owner and manager. Free coffee will be served throughout the day, with free doughnuts from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

…FRONT PAGE NEWS: Mrs. Percy Blount has returned home from St. Mary’s Hospital where she has been undergoing treatment for polio. She must still use heat on her affected limbs.

…Two rat control meetings were held here last week. People of both town and country were in attendance. A rat control campaign is under way. The first step is clean-up (and that’s an important one), and the second step is pre-baiting. Bait is put out for two nights and we’ll see what happens after that. The problem is a big one this fall.


IXTY YEARS AGO: The Silver Dollar Tavern, recently moved to a new site adjacent to the R&A IGA Store, will observe a grand opening from noon to midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1958. Five-cent beers and free popcorn will be served throughout the 12-hour period. Everett Costa is owner and manager.

…Mary Ingvolstad is the DHS Homecoming Queen. Other candidates were Kay Pfister, Karleen Strand and Gretchen Kittleson. Attendants were Rosemary Anderson, Ruth Magelssen and Sharon Baker.

…Following the trail of the stork from 1958: A boy was born Oct. 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kuntz; a boy was born Oct. 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Gordian Lensing; a girl was born Oct. 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Timp; and a boy was born Oct. 27 to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Krietzer.

…News from Ridgeway this week – In honor of Kim Bakken’s second birthday on Oct. 8, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John V. Bakken, entertained many relatives.

…The 10th annual Halloween Party in Decorah will be Oct. 30 prizes will be awarded in the costume contest, which is divided into 3 categories: best, ugliest and most comical.

…David Bakken, a freshman at Ridgeway High School, accumulated 16 points to have a perfect achievement record for this past quarter at the school.

…Dispatches from the state conservation commission in Des Moines indicate that a 16-acre tract in Winneshiek County has been purchased for use as a trout hatchery. The site is near Highlandville on the South Bear Creek. The hatching facilities when completed will produce about 30,000 trout to be stocked in area streams.

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