By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

   EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A report of a night prowler in Decorah has folks locking their doors. Local authorities are on the hunt for the ill-famed intruder.

The big corn-husking contest is being held this week at the Ludwig farm situated 2 ½ miles southwest of Spillville. Watch for the names of the big winners in the coming weeks. A grand prize of a whopping $30 will be awarded to the best husker.

Buy a pair of Brevette lounging pajamas for 98 cents at Conner-Knight Department Store. The pajamas are the correct garments for those leisure hours for any housewife. Comes in green, yellow and blue.

In other “corn” related news, a rural Decorah man has mangled his hand in a corn picker accident on his farm near Locust.

Dr. Qualley has been named vice president up at Luther College.

The grand Talle caravan has arrived in Decorah. Hundreds turned out for the event.

Nine potatoes have reportedly grown in one cluster on the J.A. Gossman farm in Burr Oak Township. It is the topic of much conversation at the local coffee shops.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Rygg have moved to Mason City.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: Fire has destroyed a barn on the John Lee farm near Frankville.

Midland Manufacturing Company has resumed work here.

Leo J. Tekippe, Cletus Herold, Roy Meyer, Ronnie Tekippe and Paul Tekippe recently returned from a deer-hunting trip to Canada. They each brought home one carcass.

Election Day 1946 is looming large. Interest in the area continues to focus on the race for Iowa governor between Governor Robert Blue on the Republican ticket and Frank Miles on the Democratic ticket.

Members of Silvercrest Country Club are enjoying pheasant hunting. The men will hunt during the first part of November. Two teams will be gathering, one led by Martin Risic and the other led by Frank Chambers. Hunters will receive points during the hunt. A crowd of more than 200 is expected to turn out for the event. The hunt will be followed by a special dinner. 

Sixty neighbors turned out to help Roy Dinger rebuild his farm buildings last week. He lost a barn and livestock in a fire Oct. 19, 1946. A benefit also is planned at Matter’s Ballroom.

Thirty-one divorces have been granted in Winneshiek County so far this year, and that is reportedly a 100 percent increase over a year 


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