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July 30, 2014
Cable TV circa 1967
Dave Houdek of Decorah shared this clipping from the Decorah newspaper back in 1967. He worked for the local cable television company (formerly J&E Cable) from 1966 to 1974. Cost for cable TV back then was between $3.50 and $5 per month. Only five channels were available. On the list of plans for the future for the cable company back in 1967 were: connecting with a Chicago TV station, and providing local weather and news on a special cable channel. Houdek said he and J&E Manager Ernie Sivesind attended regular seminars to keep abreast of the changing cable TV business. They provided prompt, professional service for cable subscribers in the area.
  • New uniforms expected for the VFW drum, bugle corps

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The snappy new uniforms for the VFW Boys Drum and Bugle Corps are scheduled to arrive this week. 

    …The Happy Hustlers 4-H Club met last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Vine. A delightful program entitled “Ode to Posture” was presented to the club members by Loretta Anderson.

     

     
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  • Co-ed decision for Luther is deferred

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    IGHTY YEARS AGO: A much-anticipated decision on co-education at Luther College has been deferred. After two full days and nights of meetings, the board members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America were unable to recommend a single plan of action for the proposal. A series of speeches held during the board gathering revealed that there is considerable division of opinion on the matter of co-education. Debate continues. In other news, the Decorah College for Girls has voted to make no change in operation of the college for the coming school year. Dr. Ottar Tinglum has presided over the college for the past few years and will continue in his position.

     
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  • DHS earns another scholastic accolade
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The highest of scholastic honors has once again been won by Decorah High School, placing third in competition with all Class A high schools in the state. Miss Olga Strandvold, the capable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Georg Strandvold, had the unusual distinction of placing first in the World History examinations. Samie Meyer was fifth in English literature and Elmer Bredesen took seventh in American Literature. A splendid record indeed. 
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  • Bluffton’s McCaffrey wins ‘big egg’ contest
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Leonard McCaffrey of Bluffton Township beat Hans Williams and Carl Gulbranson of Madison Township for the “Biggest Egg” challenge here in town. The winning egg weighed 4 ½ ounces. The prize egg is proudly displayed in the window of the newspaper office for all to see. 
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  • Total of 73 students graduate from DHS
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A grand total of 73 students will graduate from the Decorah High School this weekend. The class of accomplished seniors will be honored at exercises at the C.K. Preus gymnasium at Luther College. 
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  • Relief program in Winneshiek curtailed
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: On orders from Des Moines, the relief program in Winneshiek County has been curtailed. State officials hope to steer workers off relief rolls and show them how to contract for work with private individuals. One proposal calls for a maximum of $28 relief per month per family. “The needy are encouraged to take care of themselves as part of the new stricter limitations,” said one official. 
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  • Controversial new liquor store opening
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: That controversial new liquor store opening soon will be located in the Hutchinson building on Main Street. It is just across the street from and just east of the post office. Currently it is a grocery store. Manager is to be P.P. Nockels of this city. 
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  • Trick shooter steals radiator caps for show

     

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A fellow who is a member of a cowboy and trick-shooting vaudeville show was reportedly in the Decorah area the other day. He had stolen four radiator caps from autos parked in and around Ridgeway. He was using the stolen caps in his vaudeville sharp-shooting act. The gent has been fined a hefty $15 in all by the court of Justice of the Peace Harold A. Olson. Radiator caps are typically inexpensive, but these caps cost the thief quite a hefty sum at about $4 each.

     

     
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  • U.S. Highway 55 will become U.S. Highway 52

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: United States Highway 55, that paved road which has brought so much auto traffic to and throughout this city, is shortly to have its number changed. It will hereafter be known to all as “The New U.S. Highway 52.” The length of the highway will be greatly increased, to extend from the Canadian border in North Dakota clear to the Atlantic coast at Charleston, South Carolina.

    …Ben Bear has a new line of Easter suits for the handsome gent in the household. The new 1934 Worsteds, Tweeds and Twists are really something to see. Priced at $21.45.

     
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  • Looks like Decorah will get a state liquor store

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: It's official. The city of Decorah may well be one of the first 26 Iowa communities to get an “official” state liquor store later this year.

    …The David Hexoms recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day. They have 10 children.

    …Mrs. J.J. Blodgett was the latest winner of the Silver Cup trophy in the local bridge tournament at the Hotel Winneshiek. Mrs. Mary Updegraff Reed directed the tournament, which commenced over the past few months.

     
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  • Temperance policy of Iowa Liquor Commission
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Temperance is to be the policy of the Iowa Liquor Commission. President indications are that it may be well into the late summer before hard liquor will be available in Decorah. Only a few large cities will be the first to have state liquor stores. Just how and where they will be located has not yet been revealed. Debate about the evil liquor continues. 
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  • Honesty demonstrated at Decorah High School

     

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: From the Decorah Dynamo school newspaper: “A rare case of honesty was reported at the school the other day when Catherine Schrubbe walked into Mr. Peterson’s office and laid down a dime saying, “Here, I found this in the hall, Mr. Peterson.” Now, if everybody in the school lived up to this same code we might get back some of those things that we have lost.”

    …The sad news received here in Decorah is official. The news is that Doctor Svebakken’s widow, Mrs. Otto Svebakken of Decorah, has died. She had reportedly been recovering quite nicely from the injuries she sustained in that recent accident in Florida. The same accident had earlier claimed the life of her husband, Decorah’s well-known physician. However, it is reported that she passed away suddenly last week. It is probable that both Dr. and Mrs. Svebakken will be buried over at Waukon in upcoming weeks.

     
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  • Skin of mountain lion drawing lot of attention
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A skin of a large Idaho mountain lion is drawing much attention in the east window at Ben Bear Clothing Store right here in downtown Decorah. The animal was killed by the capable son of John Nesheim. He is currently a resident of Decorah. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: J.C. Penney Company is having a sheet sale: 88 cents each. Also on sale: washcloths of modern terry cloth fabric are priced at three-for-12 cents. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Here's a list of attributes the local boys believe would make the best all-American girl at Decorah High School in 1934: 
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