By Roz Weis
By Roz Weis

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Big news from back in 1939. Miss Betty Jean Berg won first place for the girls and Dean Yarwood earned first place for the boys in the best feet contest sponsored by Ray’s Foot Comfort shop. Both were presented with new pairs of shoes. Hundreds of children had their feet tested during the recent contest here in town.

…Milo Harvey hopes to organize a model airplane contest in early October for boys and girls in this vicinity. Stop by his radio shop if interested.

…Playing before a crowd of 4,000 spectators, the Decorah High School football team lost a hard-fought game at Rochester the other night by a score of 13 to 0. A few fumbles cost the home team the game.

…Mrs. Genevieve Hilger, the efficient superintendent of the Decorah Hospital for eight years, has resigned to accept a post at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

…The Decorah Fire Department is going to put on one of the longest runs in its history at the fairgrounds Oct. 1, 1939. They will stage a Tin Can Derby with more than 20 model T Fords entered so far. The excitement starts at 2:30 in the afternoon, when the Fords will whiz past the judges in a 75-mile race. Model T drivers have been registering with Earl Johnson at the Phil Johnson Service Station on the West Side. Big prizes are promised to the first, second, and third-place winners.

…Winneshiek County has been given a quota of 20 CCC enrollees for the October enrollment period. Any boys who qualify for CCC selection should stop at the Relief office by the end of the month and enroll. Recently there has been some fear on the parts of parents of CCC enrollees that the CCC would be inducted into the Army if the U.S. became involved in a war. To relieve the parents of undue anxiety, a paragraph in a recent news release from the director put a stop to that fear.

…There are 400 students enrolled at Luther College, with 73 in the senior class.

…Frederick Rosenthal arrived home the other night from a two-week Eastern tour. He saw a baseball game in Chicago, and then traveled to New York City to see the great World’s Fair for two days.

…Some 14,000 feet (nearly three miles) of terraces were built on four farms in the Nordness Watershed demonstration area by crews from the Decorah CCC Soils Conservation Service Camp last month. Farm owners participating were Willard Torgrim, Helmer Orvella, Orlando Tovson and Paul Ode.

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EVENTY YEARS AGO:  Castalia has organized a 4-H Club called the Bloomfield Busy Bees. Marilyn Green will serve as president and Dorothy Schutte will be vice president.

…The Festina Southern Belles 4-H Club met recently at the Janet Schuler home. Janet and Alice Kuennen gave a demonstration on “How to Wash Dishes.”

…Stop at the A& Root Beer Stand in Decorah for hot dogs and barbeques, 15 cents.

…Frank Darrington of Hesper, who was injured in an airplane crash while spraying at a cotton plantation in Mississippi last month, has been transferred to a hospital in Jackson, Miss., where he will be under observation of a bone specialist.

…Among the exhibit winners at the recent Spillville Day Off (which drew 4500 people) were the following: Joseph Klimesh Jr., biggest pumpkin; W.A. Kubik, best quart of beans and best quart of carrots; Clarence Maroushek, best plate of plums; Mary E. Klimesh, best bouquet of mixed flours; Mrs. A.A. Ira, best plate of onions; and Cyril Neuzil, best single ear of corn and best 10 ears of corn. Donny Klimesh had the tallest sunflower and Rickie Wagner had the best watermelon.