By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Willie Barth, who hails from Canoe Township, has won the county corn husking title. Mrs. Julius Selness is the woman champion. Glen Reed’s Team won the team division. More than 1,200 people attended the contest. The local businessmen of the area gave out prizes. Through the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Newhouse, all of the huskers enjoyed a fine meal following the contest. Barth had a net load of 1,435 pounds. Second place honors went to Roy Fleming of Bluffton. Larry Wenthold won third place.

…L.C. Vandervort, salesman at Showell and Klinker’s Ford Garage, sustained a broken shoulder last week when he was thrown from a horse. He got the horse in a car trading deal, had sold it, and was delivering it at the time of the accident.

…While repairing a heavy piece of machinery at Peter Johnson & Sons Machine Shop last week, Oscar Bauder put a little extra pressure on the monkey wrench. The wrench slipped and his right arm hit the machine a heavy blow, which fractured a bone in his right wrist.

…FRONT PAGE NEWS: The golden wedding anniversary of an esteemed Burr Oak couple, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Wicks, was being celebrated Oct. 28, 1938. Mrs. Wicks’ maiden name was Eva Burrows and she was from Bluffton Township. They have five sons and one daughter: Roscoe, Robert, Claude, Cecil, Bertha and Roy.

…Emil Rosenthal, proprietor of the Central Block Grocery, is making elaborate preparations for the 54th business anniversary here in early November. His scores of friends wish him the best.

…At the request of Luther College authorities, two inspectors of the State Board of Health were in town to inspect the college’s boarding, gymnasium and offices. They said Luther was among the best to be found among all the colleges of Iowa and gave general approval for the hygienic conditions there.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: Gubernatorial candidate William S. Beardsley was here in town at a luncheon at the Hotel Winneshiek recently.

…Arthur O. Davidson, who was the former head of the department of education at Luther College here, has been appointed assistant professor of education at Dartmouth College.

…Army Engineers have deemed possible the raising of the Twin Bridges by seven feet, which would necessitate a long ramp approach and would mean the elimination of the bridge across the dry millrace channel south of the Twin Bridges.

…A.C. Lynch has purchased the Paine residence at the top of Broadway.

…The Decorah City Council has given the Army Engineers the go-ahead signal on the removal of the park dam.

… George Peck of Springfield Township has received the coveted award of Contour Corn King in the 1948 Winneshiek 10-acre corn yield contest.

…In late breaking news - Mayor George A. Baker has announced that the Twin Bridges crossing the Upper Iowa River will be razed.


IXTY YEARS AGO: It has been about six months since the Decorah State Bank officially opened its doors to reveal a newly remodeled, modern and up-to-date banking house.

…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.

…Kenneth Nesvik leads the senior class in scholastic achievement at Ridgeway High School. The top junior is Lila Bakken.

…Plans for a new City Hall continue. The old city hall building (which was constructed in 1879) was sold by the council for $20,000 to make way for a parking lot. Cost for the proposed new structure is $190,000.

…Top honors in the recent Halloween Kiddie Parade here were Randy Finholt, Jonathan Strand, Torger Berg, Becky Rugland, Kari Berg and Kevin Ruen in the 4-9-year age category; and the following in the age 10-and-older category: Nancy Knutson, Ellen Wright, Vergene Simenson, Diane Dunlavy, Joan Yarwood, Tommy Tofte, Lawrence Frey and Diane Gilmore.


IFTY YEARS AGO: Mark Pint has been accepted as a probationary member of the Wenonah Players, the dramatics group at Winona State College. The selections followed fall try-outs. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pint. The players will put on a fall show, Sheridan’s “The Rivals” in early November.

…Daylight Savings Time went into effect at 2 a.m. Oct. 27, 1968.

…Shop K&S Super Valu for these bargains: four rolls of toilet tissue for 39 cents; Crisco, 69 cents for a 3-pound tin; Miracle Whip, 39 cents per quart; and ground round: 79 cents per pound. Don’t forget Hamm’s Beer, a six-pack for $1.

…Denver, Boise and Johnson (an exciting young musical group), is playing at Luther College next month. The group was formerly known as the Mitchell Trio. Tickets are on sale now.

…South Winneshiek Homecoming festivities began Oct. 24. Homecoming candidates were Grace Moudry and Jeanne Wegner.

…A questionnaire recently distributed to local voters revealed one of the major concerns to be The War in Vietnam. Twenty percent of those surveyed favored continuation of present efforts; while 35 percent want an increase in bombing and 15 percent want unilateral cessation by the U.S. of all bombing in the North. Approximately 20.5 percent call for unilateral withdrawal.

…Stars of the De Sales High School play, “The Chalk Garden,” are Mary Ellen Dotzenrod, Lynn Macal, Jan Kafka, Mary Beth Topf, Valerie Grant, Alana Stortz, Duanne Ruen and Cletus Houdek.


ORTY YEARS AGO: There was a fire at Noeckers’ Jewelry Store recently. The fire department responded with 13 men and the Department’s Engine One and aerial truck. No injuries were reported.

…Ruth Ann Hove has been named to the National 4-H Congress.

…The undefeated Decorah Viking football team scored a pair of touchdowns late in the game to defeat the Columbus Sailors of Waterloo 28-14 and escape with their record still unblemished. Standouts for Decorah were Lon Olejniczak, Matt Thayer, Paul Woodhouse, Marty Weis (who made a key tackle on an attempted double reverse play during a Columbus possession), John Zidlicky and Bob Jewell.

…Mark Steffens is a delegate to the National Dairy Conference.

…Norm Aldridge, who resides on Shady Lane Drive, was recently honored for his outstanding sales effort for the A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Company.

…A library club has formed at the Decorah Junior High School.

…A major expansion project is planned at Decorah’s Camcar-Textron Company plant.

…Contestants for the title of 1978 Winneshiek Saddle Club Queen are Julie Sorenson, Julia Ludeking, Peggy O’Hara, Cheryl Jacobson and Connie Hanson.

…Mrs. Allan Wicks, Mrs. John Kerndt and Mrs. Wayne Roberts helped plan a lovely style show at the Elks Ladies Night recently. The event is a popular annual outing for the ladies.

…Beginning with just eight workers, Decorah’s newest industry now employs 56. The Collins Air Transport Avionics Division of Rockwell International is operated in the new 30-acre industrial park situated near Freeport. The company has been in operation here for six months.


HIRTY YEARS AGO: The film “Young Guns” has been held over at the Viking Theatre. Coming soon: “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise.”

…Town Square Pizza is offering up a Sunday evening Italian Buffet from 5 to 9 p.m.

…The number 1 Decorah Vikings football team will clash with the Mustangs from Independence at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls

…News from the society section of the newspaper: The approaching marriage of Joanie Carolan and Terry Rollins was announced. They will wed Nov. 11. 

…Little Melanie Olson of Decorah dressed as Little Red Riding Hood at the Jaycee Costume Parade last month. She is the 22-month-old daughter of Jenny and Mark Olson of Decorah. Mark Stevens, the 6-year-old son of Jim and Wendy Stevens of Decorah, dressed as a ship called the USS Night Hawk.

…Brian Beatty, the owner of downtown Decorah’s Ben Bear Clothing, captured first prize in the “spooky window contest” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The event was part of the Fall Follies promotional contest.


WENTY YEARS AGO: Luther College is presenting distinguished service awards during homecoming festivities this weekend. Included among the honorees are three local residents: Cynthia Carlson, Jerry Rosholt and Carl Homstad.
 …Details/plans are expected soon on the big North Alley improvement project, which was just given the “go ahead” by members of the City Council. Complete removal of overhead electrical lines in the alley is just one of the improvements expected.
  …A growing need for a new type of assisted-living housing has propelled the Eastern Star Nursing Home to develop a new complex. The proposed 16-unit assisted living structure should be completed as early as spring of 1999.


EN YEARS AGO: Continuing to roll past the competition, the Decorah cross country teams claimed a sweep at the Northeast Iowa Conference meet over at New Hampton last week. Standouts for Decorah were Christina Storlie, Molly O’Regan, Kelsie Larson, Kelsey Strand, Emma Blanchard and Breanna Tangen. Evan Neubauer paced Decorah taking second, followed by Marty Mitchell, Brian Minear, Parker Beard, Sam Zook, Ryan Hemesath and Adam Voss.

…Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah announces David Rooney has accepted the position of senior director of clinics and outreach.

…From the society pages of 2008: Clara and Bernard Webb of Decorah celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 4.

…Advancing to the All-State Music Festival in Ames in late November are 16 DHS students: Eden Ehm, Kristen Flak, Tess Wicks, Aaron Mertzenich, Michael Eastwood, Rebecca Eastwood, Jena Flak, Allison Kephart, Ned Ulring, Andrew Tjossem, Jonathon Winter, Dee Fritz, Faith Hall, Rachel Leeper, Kayla Burggraf and Kasi Misseldine (alternate). 

…Feeding deer within the city limits could soon be illegal. A first reading of an ordinance prohibiting residents from feeding deer was presented to the Decorah City Council the other night. Two more readings are expected in the weeks ahead. Controlling the deer population in town has been brought up for many years. Penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of up to $500, and/or up to 30 days in jail. Don’t feed the deer.