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April 19, 2014
Luther College entrance
This picture from the Decorah Newspapers’ archives shows an entrance to the stately Luther College campus. No date is indicated on the photograph.
  • 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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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The balance of the restricted time certificates at Decorah State Bank has been released. This is good news from the bank officials. Anyone wishing to draw on them at this time may do so. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Four floodlights will shoot light straight up into the air as part of the downtown merchants' Christmas extravaganza decorating program this holiday season. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Federal prohibition officers have raided a huge still located in Hanover Township over in Allamakee County. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The local school board will file an application for federal emergency funding to build additions onto the present high school building.

    ...A case of what appears to be smallpox has broken out at a Decorah home. The house has been quarantined; and the city health department has taken all of the proper precautions. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The first Iowa-brewed beer since Prohibition Days was placed on sale right here in Decorah last week at the Commercial Hotel Beer Parlor. The beer is brewed at the Dubuque Star Brewing Company, located in nearby Dubuque, Iowa. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Father Martin Hogan, the beloved pastor over at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, has been called to his Eternal Home. He died last Sunday afternoon from a heart attack. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A minimum wage of $10 to $11 for a 48-hour week is now possible in Decorah thanks to the new retail amendments which have been approved by President Roosevelt with the NRA provisions. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Eighteen motorists were arrested for violations here over the weekend. Several had to pay fines. A state motor inspector swooped down on Decorah motorists and made the arrests. It was all part of a campaign of the state of Iowa to make motoring safer for the driver and pedestrians. 
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