By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The Tin Can Derby at the fairgrounds drew a large crowd. The first “casualty” occurred in the first half-mile when G.H. Holseth’s car crashed through the high board fence at the east end of the grounds, landing on the Rock Island railroad tracks. Holseth escaped injury, but was compelled to quit the race due to a smashed radiator. Norbert Baltes of New Hampton won the 75-mile race in two hours and one minute. He never stopped at the pit for oil or gas, but shot his 1924 Model T around the track at a dizzy pace. He finished with a broken oil line, with oil squirting out, but he kept the car going nevertheless, winning the whopping $75 cash prize.

…Professor William Sihler is beginning his 50th year as a teacher of Greek and German at Luther College. Hats off to Prof. Sihler.

…FRONT PAGE NEWS: Rev. and Mrs. H. M. Normann of this area are still very much concerned over the safety of their two sons, the Rev. Rolf and Harald Normann, who are in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They received a cablegram from them a while back, asking for money, as they were without funds. They reported that their sailing date has been delayed.  It is hopeful they will get reservations on a ship soon.

…Harold Smith of Burr Oak has been chosen to interpret the part of Si Crowell in the homecoming play “Our Town” to be held in the college gymnasium at Upper Iowa University later this month. 

…A 48-year-old mother of nine has passed away in an Iowa City hospital. Mrs. John Swenson of Decorah leaves behind her husband and her nine children (Mildred, Esther, Lillian, Reuben, Arthur, Norman, Ellen, Arletta and John). Mrs. Swenson was born in Stavanger, Norway, and was the daughter of a Mr. and Mrs. Mickelson. She came to America in 1915. Her mother, aged 84, is still living in Norway. Services for the young mother are at the Stavanger Lutheran Church.

…A farewell party was given for the Rev. and Mrs. T.O. Tolo last week. The Highland congregation was honoring the pastor for 22 years of service. 


EVENTY YEARS AGO: From the HELP WANTED section of the newspaper back in 1939: WANTED: Bellhop at Hotel Winneshiek. Day Shift. Good Tips. Good Salary. Meals provided. Apply at once to the manager.

…Thirty-six neighbors and friends turned out last week to help bale and store hay at the farm of Herbert Gross of Clay Hill. Gross has been seriously ill at the University Hospital at Iowa City. Four tractors, a baler and an elevator were provided by the neighbors. Tractors used in the work were donated by Henry Jensen, Kenneth Frye, Ed Seegmiller and Roger Matter. Robert Seegmiller donated the elevator.

…Miles Roach of Waukon was the champion sharpshooter at the “chicken shoot” held last Sunday afternoon at the Legion Club. He won six chickens by winning six rounds of shooting. Bob Rosenthal and Wilson Lange tied for second, each getting three chickens. Leo Tekippe and Coli Goettleman got two chickens.

…Architect Charles Altfillisch and his staff of Decorah have been selected to make the working plans for the $750,000 first unit of the hospital for crippled and handicapped children to be built by the University of Iowa.

…Robert Balk, age 17, a Waucoma High School student, was injured in a hunting accident in the woods near his home on a recent Sunday afternoon. The gun he was using exploded and a fragment of the gun struck him in the right eye just below the pupil. He is recovering at Worrell Hospital at Rochester, Minn.

…Marjorie Brickner of Decorah was among the 55 women students chosen for membership to the Scottish Highlanders, an all-girl bagpipe band at the State University of Iowa.

…Miss Neva Maye Bjonerud of Calmar will be one of a bevy of 36 queens of the Dairy Industry competing at the National Dairy Congress at Waterloo in earl October.

…The Decorah Vikings passed their way to a 14-0 victory over McKinley High of Cedar Rapids at Cedar Rapids the other night. Hamlet Peterson, Elwood Syverson, Dick Smock and Vern Ellingson were standouts for the home squad.

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