The Decorah Nespapers
December 07, 2016
Luther football 1923
This photo of the Luther College football team dates back to circa 1923. Pictured in back row, second from left, is Burt Henning of Decorah. (Photo from Sarah Iversen collection).
  • Majestic Stove sale at local hardware store
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A special Majestic Stove sale is being conducted at the local hardware store (Caley Hardware) this week. Climax of the sale will be on Saturday afternoon, when a Majestic Stove Company demonstrator will bake a cake in the store. Later the cake will be taken out onto the sidewalk, and a heavy plank, wrapped with paper, will be placed atop the cake. 
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  • Lyle Erickson is new corn-husking champ
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: His expert and speedy husking won Lyle Erickson the title of Winneshiek County Corn Husker Champion earlier this week. Other men competing were Walter Ode, Roy Fleming, Walter Huffey, Eugene Hove, Gotfred Vick, Erick Styve, Walter Peck, Albert Shindelar Jr., Carl Westby, Odin Scholl and Willie Moen. Frankville Township’s Erickson won this first annual Winneshiek County ‘Nubbin Derby’ and a prize of a whopping $30 for tossing 22 ½ bushels of corn into a wagon box in an 80-minute period. 
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  • Luther pageant parade attracts a large crowd
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The Luther College Pageant Parade recently attracted crowds. The parade depicted some of the early days of the college. Two full-blooded Winnebago Indians, descendants of early settlers, headed the parade route. Leslie Decorah (Spotted Feather) and John Thunder were the Indians leading the parade, which also featured covered wagons and church floats.
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  • Night prowler rumor has people unnerved

        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.

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  • New sign erected at West Decorah bridge
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A metal tablet about two feet square with the outlines of a ship has been erected at the east entrance of the beautiful new West Decorah Bridge, now and hereafter to be called Leif Eirikkson Bridge. The metal plate has been erected at a particularly appropriate time just prior to the Luther College Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The authority for the spelling of Leif Eiriksson is Dr. T. Stabo of Decorah, the Norwegian Voice Consul, and a real authority on the Norwegian language.
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  • Dr. Preus enjoys concert with the king of Norway
       EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Dr. O.J.H. Preus enjoyed a concert with King Haakon of Norway at Trondhjem earlier this summer. The popular king reportedly refused to use an umbrella offered to him by the Luther president. He stated that he didn’t wish to hinder the view of others in the audience. Dr. Preus, who recently returned to Decorah from his trip to Europe, said he was greatly impressed by the concert, which featured Luther students. Dr. Carlo A. Sperati, veteran director of the band, and Dr. Preus who escorted King Haakon to the Castle Yard where the concert was played. The king speaks English fluently, according to Dr. Preus.
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  • Fuller Brush Co. hiring; seeking ambitious men
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: From the HELP WANTED section of the Decorah Newspaper in 1936: WANTED: Four capable, ambitious men to qualify for positions paying up to $33 per week. Write: Fuller Brush Company.  
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  • Robert Erickson wins prize for his Elks essay

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Robert Erickson from Decorah earned second prize for his essay about the Junior Drum and Bugle Corps trip to attend the Elks National Convention in Los Angeles.

    The city of Ossian now has a new fire truck. The truck was purchased for approximately $1,500.

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  • Electrification line planned for Burr Oak
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A new rural electrification line will be allocated for customers in the Burr Oak area. Some 100 farm families will be served. A total of $33,500 is being allocated for this Winneshiek County improvement. The estimated cost of 100-killowat hours is understood to be approximately $7.50.
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  • WPA workers begin project at the pool
     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Of the more than 20 WPA (Works Progress Administration under Roosevelt’s New Deal) workers assigned to work at the Decorah Municipal Swimming Pool construction project, all reported for duty and have started excavation. Two of the new laborers decided the work was too arduous, and failed to show up at their assigned work time for the next day; but two others reported. So, there are now a good number of capable men hard at work.
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  • Girls make up one-third of Luther fall enrollment

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A good number continue to sign up for Luther. Girl applicants are about one-third of the total fall enrollment. There could be nearly 100 girls at Luther in the fall term. History is being made this fall on the campus.

    Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hlubek of Fort Atkinson received a telegram the other evening from Minneapolis, alerting them to the death of Mrs. Hlubek’s brother.

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  • Eight new rooms at Hotel Winneshiek
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: There are eight new rooms on the second and third floor of the Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah. The rooms are above the lobby area. Each room is equipped with a French phone. Four of the rooms have modern SQUARE bathtubs. The hotel can now house 125 guests. Hotel Manager Ernest Bergman said a new bar in the Italian taproom has been completed, with the most sanitary draught beer equipment – just as in the old Indian room at the hotel. “Even the ladies will like it too.” Public inspection is encouraged.
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  • Locust Rd. deadlock has officially ended
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The final act of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors last week was in closed session. The Locust Road deadlock has officially ended. A step closer has been made for improvements, with an agreement approved to install blacktop over the next three years.
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  • Destructive fire causes $15,000 in damages

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: One of the most destructive fires in the city of Decorah in recent years was reported the other day. An estimated $15,000 in damages resulted in the blaze at the Ingvoldstad Lumber Company yards when nine immense coal silos caught fire.

    A Chicago attorney has donated a valuable wall rug to Luther College. The rug, measuring 5x6 feet, is valued at a whopping $1,750. The rug is a semi-antique Kirmanshah portrait rug, portraying a Shah of Persia. Arthur Anderson, the donor, is well known in this area, as he is the donor of the boat Tradewind, a small craft that crossed the Atlantic Ocean and is now displayed at the Norwegian American Historical Museum.

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  • Rev. Paul Koren celebrates 50th

       EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Rev. Paul Koren, the pastor at Washington Prairie Church, is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a pastor.

    Enrollment FOR GIRLS is officially under way for the first time in history at Luther College. It is reported that there are already as many inquiries from prospective girl students as to make it seem certain that the total enrollment for girls for the first year of coeducation will exceed 100. This is a very satisfactory start. Luther has been a college for men for 75 years.

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