By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Roscoe Wicks of Burr Oak recently marketed 80 quarts of fine, homegrown strawberries in Decorah. He picked them at his place on Oct. 30. He has marketed more than 2,400 quarts of those delicious ever-bearers, all picked on his farm since August 1.

…Rev. Elwick of Decorah will be preaching at the Bur Oak Church on Sunday because Mrs. Prust is sick with quinsy and they are not able to determine whether or not she has scarlet fever. Clinton reportedly has been having scarlet fever the past three weeks. And several other cases of the scarlet fever are reported in the area.

…An enormous crowd of more than 2,000 people attended a big Republican rally sponsored at the Luther gymnasium last week. The rally started off with a mammoth automobile parade from the courthouse up to campus. The largest delegation from outside Decorah came from the Fayette area.

…The citizens of Protivin who had planned an elaborate welcome home celebration last week in honor of their pastor, the Rev. Father Hradecky, had to postpone on account of the illness of the Reverend Father. He is ill in a Cedar Rapids hospital, after returning from a tour of Europe.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: The hot lunch program at Decorah High School started Nov. 1. Mrs. Velma Christen is supervisor of the hot lunch program. 

…An electrical hot plate used for hot lunches at Lincoln Country School No. 2 was taken in a robbery last weekend. Deputy Sheriff Harry Halverson said the school was broken into, and that the hot plate was the only item missing.

…Visitors from this area joined officials from three neighboring states when the new Lansing Plant of Interstate Power Company was dedicated last week.

…Collections from the parking meters, which have been installed in Decorah city streets, have produced $7,682 in the first six months of operation. There are now a total of 30 parking meters in the city.


IXTY YEARS AGO: The GOP retains strength in the county after the recent elections. The only office in which the Republicans failed to score was the sheriff’s post, where Democrat Bob Hitesman scored a resounding victory over GOP candidate Henry Ernst. Paul Strand, in his first venture into politics, won the county attorney post over Joe Keefe, the Democratic candidate. His margin of victory was 860 votes.

…Shop local for your Thanksgiving dinners. Turkeys are 29 cents per pound, and fresh lutefisk is priced at 29 cents per pound. Cans of pumpkin are going fast at 10 cents per can.

…Bill Wilkens of Pleasant Township was named the 1958 Contour Corn Yield Contest winner with 138.2 bushels per acre. He earned a $15 first prize. Second place and $10 went to Oyen Brothers, also of Pleasant Township. Marcellus Broghammer of Springfield Township took home third place and a $5 prize.

…Following the trail of the stork from 1958: A girl was born Nov. 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lansing; a girl was born Nov. 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Gremm; and a boy was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Melbourne Faldet.

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