EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Twelve brand new drums will be added to the Junior V.F.W. Drum and Bugle Corps troupe this month. The drums were ordered through Thurst's Music Shop here in town, and will be secured from the Fred Gretch Mfg. Co. of Chicago. They are superior in quality and each one has a whopping price tag of $32.50.
...Winneshiek County State Bank's 10-percent dividend checks will be ready for distribution July 20, 1933. This will be a tremendous financial boost for many in the area.
...Vandals entered the United Lutheran Church building the other night. Locks on two cupboards were broken, but nothing of value was reported taken.
...The cornfield of G.T. Pearson & Son near the city limits is attracting much attention throughout the area. Some of the tallest corn is reported there. The corn is of the Yellow Dent variety and was planted the middle of May. It has now reached a height of 12 feet.
...Dutch Rubie, Hans Anderson and Alvin Ellis went over to Waukon Junction the other day for two hours of fishing. They landed 10 fine bass.
...From the society pages of 1933: A high noon ceremony on July 14 united Miss Norma Peterson to Mr. Harold Larsen. They will make their home on Upper Broadway in Decorah.
...Jeanette Headington, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Headington, who live on the former Beard farm a mile west of Decorah, met with distressing injuries the other day. She was on the second floor of the barn when she became entangled in the hayfork rope. She fell 25 feet and fractured her skull. She was transported to the hospital by Pete Dedrickson's auto (traveling upwards of 60 miles per hour on Water Street). She is now reportedly improving nicely at the hospital.
...Jimmy McAndrews boxed a St. Paul man in a show here July 28.
...A police radio has been installed at the local sheriff's office. As soon as any crime is committed, the news will be broadcast over the new radio system.
...Raymond Drew of Madison Township was in Decorah the other day with his left hand bandaged, a carbuncle having formed a week ago Sunday. He spent a restless week of suffering great pain.
...From the society pages of 1933: The marriage of Miss Esther Martinson of Madison Township and Ingolf Hovey of Nordness was Tuesday afternoon, July 17, at 4 p.m. at the home of the bride's brother, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Martinson.
...The Grand Theater has a new special on Saturdays. Popcorn with double butter - five cents.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Miss Lucille Kirschmann, the daughter of Ross Kirschmann of Ridgeway, has enlisted in the WAVES and leaves soon for New York City, where she will receive training.
...Eleven men have entered the U.S. Army this week, and nine men have gone into the U.S. Navy. Among the inductees in the Army are Lyle Sampson, Francis Huber, Henry Montgomery, William Brooks and Eugene Wicks. Navy enlistees include Curt Eittreim, Charles Wells, Emil Klimesh, Alden Losen and Gorden Anderson.
...Miss Carrie Lee, who has been employed as a clerk at the Anderson Store in Ossian for several years, left last week for the country to enjoy a vacation with her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Knut Lee.
...Shop Diamond Brothers for these bargains from 1943: one-pound jar of George Washington Tobacco, 57 cents; five-pound bag of sugar, 32 cents; one bag of potato chips, 10 cents; and two boxes of gelatin, 15 cents.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Kilties Junior Drum and Bugle Corps recently performed at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Mich. The group reportedly "Sole the show" at the festival.
...Dr. F.A. Hennessy of Calmar was recently honored for his 45 years of service to the community. He has been a physician in Calmar all those years.
...Ben Manning of Freeport caught a 28-inch Walleye Pike in the Upper Iowa River near Lundy's Bridge the other afternoon.
...From the society pages of 1953: A girl was born July 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Obert Sacquitne; a daughter was born July 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rude, Decorah.
...Army ROTC Cadet Linus F. Rothmeyer, presently attending the ROTC artillery summer camp at Ft. Sill, Okla. He is one of 2,300 reserve officers' training corps cadets from 48 states and other parts of the world attending the camp.
...A freak ear of corn is on display at the newspaper office. Glenwood Township farmer James Hanson showed off the ear, with each kernel boasting its own individual husk.
...Miss Decorah Nancy Peck is off to Clear Lake next week as Decorah's entry in the Miss Iowa Contest. She will be accompanied by Miss Mary Jo Iverson of Calmar, who served as her accompanist in the talent contest. Judging is on evening gown, personality and talent.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Grand opening for the newly enlarged and remodeled Ben Franklin Store in downtown Decorah is set for Aug. 15, 1963. The new owner is Ray Mullen. He bought the old Donlon's Drug Store building and enlarged the Ben Franklin Store to double the store space.
...Leon Kipp, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kipp, was injured recently when his leg became caught in a power takeoff. He is in satisfactory condition at the local hospital.
...Vergene Simenson, Silvercrest ladies golf champ, won the South Winneshiek Women's Invitational Tourney last week. Runner-up was Alma Harvey, also a member at Silvercrest.
...From the society pages of 1963: Miss Rose Mary Hackman became the bride of Urban Kriener July 6 at St. Mary's in Waucoma. The wedding was at 10 a.m. The couple honeymooned in the Badlands, Black Hills and Yellowstone before returning to St. Lucas.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1963: Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Christen are the parents of a baby daughter, Jana Beth, on July 10. She was born in Mason City.
...Construction of a new home for Mr. and Mrs. Jon Vine at Freeport has started.
...The Iowa State Fair is advertising some special talent for the extravaganza in Des Moines in mid August. Performers include Buster Keaton and Rosemary Clooney in a musical revue. Grandstand seating is available at $1.50 per seat in advance.
FORTY YEARS AGO: The drama program, which is part of the Decorah Recreation Program here, will present a play at the junior high next Thursday night. The play is an adaptation of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." Directors are Nick Preus and Mary Homstead. Carl Homstad, a local artist, has devoted most of his summer to helping develop the sets and scenery for the play. About 40 young people are part of the program.
...Four generations of wedding gowns were recently modeled by four daughters of the Cletus Holthaus family at a recent Bridal Ball held in Ossian. Models are Joan Holthaus, Rosemary Holthaus, Betty Holthaus and Shirley Holthaus Frimml.
...Directing the Porter House Museum guided tours during the Nordic Fest are Barbara Willis, Elaine Hippen, Helen Bodensteiner, Betty Jean Nelson, Helen Getchell. Mrs. Darlene Brandt and Miss Lori Worcester.
...The Decorah Viking baseball team has won over South Winn in the first district game of the tournament. Final score 6-1. Stars for Decorah were Mike Lynch, Kerry Anderson, Steve Anundsen, Randy Iverson, Erick Gilman, Mark Webb, Mike Rima, Stan Willer and Lars Sacquitne.
...A crowd of more than 50,000 is expected for the three-day Nordic Fest here later this month.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1973: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Martinson July 24; a daughter was born July 24 to Jr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Decorah; and a son was born July 26 to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gerleman, Fort Atkinson.
...Mary Orvella is the 1973 Holstein Princess for District I. The 19-year-old honoree is from Decorah, and was crowned by last year's princess, Cheryl Sersland.
...Winneshiek County Fair contestants for 1973 are Nancy Ira, Joan Viste, Marsha Schutte, Carol Rasmussen, Ramona Christopherson, LuAnn Thorson, Arlene Patterson, Christy Macal, Nancy Kratz and Mary Akre. The queen will be crowned Aug. 8.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: A new sign has been erected at Phelps Park in Decorah. Donations for the sign were made by the members of the Izaak Walton League. Randy Fulton of the Park-Rec Department designed the sign. Work on the sign was completed by the Decorah High School industrial arts class.
...Decorah was victorious over North High of West Union, 10-0 in the first round of district baseball here. Bob Usgaard had a two-run homer and went on to pitch a two-hitter in the win.
...A youth from New Mexico has bicycled 1,500 miles for the Nordic Fest. Toting a tent, sleeping bag, fuel stove and a few extra clothes, Steve Frank is here to visit his grandmother, Mrs. Charlotte Orbeck of Decorah. This was his first Nordic Fest. The cyclist averages 100 miles per day and it took him 17 days.
...Members of the Nordic Fest Rock Throw Committee spent many hours on the hunt for the 75-pound rock, which was used in the annual rock throw this year.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Winners of the talent contest at the Winneshiek County Fair in the "sprout division" were a Calmar area trio of Katie Holthaus, Kristal Lensing and Bree Lensing. Senior division winner advancing to the State Fair was Cheryl Albrecht of Mabel, Minn.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1993: A boy was born July 15 to David and Jean Wise, Decorah; a girl was born July 17 to Daryl and Anne Frana, Ossian; and a girl was born July 19 to Dale and Karen Huber, Fort Atkinson.
...A dramatic rally has sent the Decorah Viking baseball team back to the state tourney. Decorah beat the odds over Charles City to shock the host Comets 8-7. The local team was down 7-2 earlier in the game.
TEN YEARS AGO: A garden designed by Decorah native Alan Branhagen, son of Ruth and Les Branhagen, is receiving a national landscaping award. He designed the Island Garden at Powell Gardens in Kansas City.
...Marian Kuhn of Decorah won the jam contest at the Winneshiek County Fair this summer. Cake contest award winner was Amber Uhlenhake of Ossian. Winner of the kolache contest was Ann Elsbernd of Fort Atkinson.
...The Decorah/North Winn softball team has clinched the NEIC title with a victory over the Cresco Cadets. The girls are coached by Jill Christopher.
...Blake Courtney, age 4, and Christopher Knutson, age 4, won the 3-4-year-old divisions at the Pee Wee Dairy show held recently at the county fair.