EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Sheriff Mike Graf brought that thieving 20-year-old from Chippewa Falls, Wis. back to Decorah the other day after he admitted to stealing a Chevrolet coach at the Winneshiek County fairgrounds late last month. Sheriff Graf obtained a confession from the thief, who said he stole the car after driving two girls to the county fair. He took the auto all the way to Sturgis, S.D. and the girls accompanied him. He consented to return to Decorah voluntarily with the sheriff. One of the fathers of the girls has reportedly censured his daughter for making the trip with the man.
...Katherine Deming, a teacher in the Fort Atkinson area for 60 years, has died at her home at the age of 84. She is thought to be one of the oldest teachers in years of service in Iowa. She taught in practically every rural school in the area, and was most recently at the Einwalter School for 15 years.
...A local man has been found guilty of assaulting a woman for planting a tree on what he claimed to be his lot. Fine for the assault was $1,000.
...The ladies in Decorah are reminded that the men folk are serving supper this next week. It's that time of year when the men of the Congregational Church hold a dinner. Charge is 35 cents per plate. Bud Bucknell is busy shopping for his uniform as head waitress. George H. Baker is hard at it -- practicing up on his dishwashing skills; and Grant Bollman is learning how to manage a kitchen.
...Brickner's Store is having a dollar day sale. 49-pound sack of flour for $1; two dozen half-pint fruit jars for $1; one bushel of potatoes and a sack of bran - all for $1; and 155 pounds of salt for a buck.
...Carl Wulfsburg recently earned his Eagle Scout badge.
...A quiet wedding was held at the Catholic parsonage at Calmar Sept. 27 as Miss Florence Aabey of Decorah married Joseph Poshusta of Calmar. The bride has a large circle of friends and the groom is associated with his father in the furniture business.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS -- The Weisers have left the city by car for a lengthy trip to California. The family will go to Alta Dena first, and later travel to Long Beach.
...A Tax Protest Committee is meeting at the courthouse Saturday. The committee is made up of representatives of each township. It has been proposed that the local farmers refuse to pay taxes, but they have decided to meet with the county board first to discuss concerns.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: America has lost a fine pilot in the death of Bob Symonds in an airfield crash. He was a real American boy, with a twinkle in his eye. He played football and helped out in the summers at his father's greenhouse here. His memorial service will be held at Luther College. The young Symonds was born here Nov. 21, 1921.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: Henry Twedt has stepped onto a sharp nail and hurt a tendon in his foot. He is employed at Weselmann & Sons Meat Market. He will be laid up for some time to come.
...It is official. Winneshiek County will get the same fuel oil rationing as Minnesota and North Dakota, having been placed among the coldest areas of the United States.
...Denton Marsh has been elected Decorah High School student body president. Joan Haugen is vice president and Ruth Kraby is secretary.
...The first Luther football game of the season is being played Oct. 3 versus Dubuque University. Only 18 of last year's squad of 58 are back this year.
...The local Red Cross Chapter recently mailed another shipment of 115 Army sweaters along with handmade surgical dressings and crocheted shawls for the war effort.
...The first in a series of National Defense classes starts this week in Calmar.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Bruce Brandenburg, 19-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brandenburg, is the reported 24th polio case in the area. He is listed in fair condition at the University Hospital in Iowa City.
...Marlene Gaffney, age 17, is the newly crowned Calmar High School homecoming queen. Attendants are Joanne Wangsness, Lona Mae Lien, Cathy Condon, Robyn Hove and Luelle Hageman.
...A white-face Heifer was killed in an accident the other evening on Wepler's Hill on Highway 52. The heifer reportedly wandered out onto the road in front of a truck driven by a Missouri man near Rod Engebretson's home.
...Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Hexom are the proud and lucky parents of twin daughters, born Sept. 23. They were born on the day set by Westinghouse and Gerber's Baby Food for local distributors to award to a family with twins born on that day. In addition to a new washer and dryer, a year's supply of baby food is provided. The girls will be welcomed home by a brother and sister.
...Chest X-rays will be given to Winneshiek County students this week at the high school, according to Esther Good, Winneshiek County Public Health nurse.
...A series of articles about the newspaper boys in the city is being published this month. Featured is Richard Amundson, age 9, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Amundson, who reside at 505 Franklin St. He is in the fifth grade at East Side Public School. Young Amundson started carrying the paper a few months ago, and has now saved a whopping $20 from his route earnings. The money is going to help pay for his college education. His route is in the central part of town. Richard says he earns most of his own spending money and also buys a few of his own clothes. He is saving up his vouchers until Christmas when he will use them to buy presents for his family. Among the outside activities he enjoys is Cub Scouts. He admitted he's had his share of troubles while carrying papers. One time his newspaper bag, which was draped over the back wheel of his bike, got caught in the wheel. After that particular mishap, he has always put his paper bag over the handlebars.
...Winneshiek County has shipped 70 train carloads of hay to the Southern states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Texas. The states have been designated distress areas due to the drought.
...Calmar High School topped Arlington in a big football game the other night. Russ Hillman scored six touchdowns in the match-up.
...Most of Luther's football games this season will be played at night, with the exception of homecoming, which will be played on Saturday afternoon.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Now showing at the Grand Theatre - Chubby Checker in "Don't Knock The Twist."
...Julie Osmundson celebrated her 7th birthday with an after-school party the other day. Guests were Ruth Arness, Lynn Ringdahl, Sharon Quandahl, Janis McGee, Avis Fjelstul, Colleen Anderson, Mary Lillegraven, Deborah and Diane Headington, and Patricia, Margaret, Elaine and Marion Surley.
...DHS homecoming queen candidates for 1962 are Helen Tofte, Lynn Atherton, Karen Dinger and Irene Berg. Underclass attendants are Bonnie Koenig, Patsy Wheatman and Linda Stoddard.
...From the society pages of 1962: A kitchen shower honored Miss Rosemary Klimesh earlier this month. She is to be married Oct. 6 in Calmar.
...The ties between Luther College and the community of Decorah were made stronger the other day when the college hosted a fine barbecue. It was the second annual event sponsored along with the Decorah Chamber of Commerce and local businessmen. It was held at Nustad Field and an estimated 2,000 were in attendance. Food consumption was tremendous. Served were 3,500 ham sandwiches, 2,000 ice cream slices, 22 pounds of butter and 10 gallons of milk. Glenn Lyshoj was general chairman of the barbecue, with help from capable committee members Jack Duffy and Rollie Heins.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: Dr. Hagen is doing well after he had surgery for a sub-dural hematoma at St. Mary's in Rochester.
...There are new rules for the annual pigeon shoot, which is planned later this month. Shooting will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and all shooters in the area will wear designated armbands.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Five DHS students are this fall's National Merit Scholar finalists: Tim Jones, Walt Hilberg, Tim Martinson, Susan Grinna and Carol Reitan.
...The old Obed Lee farm home north of Ridgeway was torn down the other day. Members of the Peace Lutheran Church congregation helped tear down the house. Lumber from the home was salvaged and will be auctioned off, with proceeds to the church building fund.
...Deb Lansing and Dorothy Lomen are the new editors of the high school newspaper "The Dynamo."
...Rose Verlsteffen was crowned homecoming queen at Turkey Valley High School recently. Senior attendants were Cathy Puffer and Shirley Lukes.
...Miss Carmen Cresswell, a stylist at Marge's Beauty Salon on East Water, was winner of the first prize trophy in a recent styling competition at Clear Lake. Miss Yvonne Smith was her model.
...Winning first place in the recent Punt, Pass and Kick contest at the South Winneshiek football field in Calmar are Jerry Heying of Calmar; Kim Benda of Decorah; Frank Kubesh of Calmar; Lonnie Olejniczak of Decorah; David Nelson of Decorah; and Gene Wiltgen of Calmar. They advance to the Zone competition event at Dubuque in a few weeks.
...Gene Swella, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene J. Swella of Decorah, has won the annual Silvercrest Junior Golf tourney. Kevin Anderson was in second place.
...Decorah High School racked up another cross-country victory by winning its own 12-team invitational. Running well for Decorah were Mark Finanager, Fred Schultz, Mike Nelson, Mike Sloan, Stan Willer, Steve Anundsen, Keith Ellingson, Neil Hendrickson, Bruce Bullard, Russ Schultz, Paul Myhre, Scott Iverson, Steve Christianson, Mark Williams, Scott Ulen and Jeff Thompson.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah School Board has designated a committee to screen applicants for the superintendent job. It had been suggested that some type of open forum be set up between applicants and members of the community and faculty to encourage open dialogue; however the Board soundly voted down that proposal.
...Possible water contamination in shallow wells over by Hesper (in the northern part of Winneshiek County) are being investigated by the County Board of Supervisors.
...All Tylenol capsules have been pulled off the shelves in Decorah after news has spread of some poisoned capsules found in the Chicago area.
...During this first week of October, satellite earth stations throughout the country are experiencing phenomena called sun outages. It is currently affecting local cable television reception.
...Floyd Pearson, Decorah attorney, was honored on his birthday the other night at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet. He was called to the stage and presented with a gift of a miniature hunter wearing a DU cap with a toy dog.
...Six boys have passed the first hurdle in the fall Run, Punt, Pass contest: Andy Rocksvold, Devin Johnson, Brad Groth, Jason Olejniczak, Clint Williams, Pat Williams will all represent Decorah at regionals.
...Members of a CBC network news crew were in town last week covering the re-election campaign of Congressman Cooper Evans.
...Helen Zbornik of Fort Atkinson is a new Winneshiek County Public Health nurse.
...The old "Wickney Farmhouse" has arrived on wheels to its new home behind Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum here. It came all the way from Northwood, N.D.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Communities in the area are hosting a fall event called "Kaleidoscope '92" this weekend. Among the events are a hobo stew supper in Calmar, parade of scarecrows in Ossian; covered wagon display in Burr Oak; guided tours around Decorah; gallery exhibits on the Luther campus; and much more.
...Mayo Clinic of Rochester hopes to continue its expansion in Decorah by working on the development of the Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital's new "health campus." Mayo earlier purchased the former Decorah Medical Associates physician practice, which is now located adjacent to the hospital. This move marked the first time in its history Mayo has purchased an existing regional family medical practice in a rural community.
...A pelican traveling south for the winter got itself off course and wound up on a pond at the Elmer and Richard Matter farm southeast of Decorah.
...Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Osler are noting their 25th wedding anniversary Oct. 10, 1992. They will be honored at an open house at St. Benedict's.
...Pastor Paul Hasvold is observing his 25th anniversary of ordination at Good Shpeherd Lutheran Church.
...Viking volleyball girls have won their seventh straight game. Stars are Jill Christopher, Sarah Borowski, Gretchen Hansen, Laura Scholl, Anne Gallery and Betsy Newhouse.
...ALERT THE MEDIA: The "Roger Huinker Turns 40" committee has been meeting and plans are in full swing for a grand Oct. 8 celebration.
TEN YEARS AGO: A two-year-old Calmar girl is in the hospital after being infected with E. coli bacteria. Local residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms of the dreaded disease, which commonly occurs in summer months.
...Decorah's Highway 9 and Montgomery Street intersection will soon have a three-way stop sign system.
...The second annual Decorah Chamber chili cook-off is coming up. Proceeds go to the Decorah Free Clinic.
...Decorah native Lars Finanger recently placed first in the Ironman Wisconsin Triathalon.
...From the society pages of 2002: Ron and Marilyn Fulsaas recently observed their 25th wedding anniversary.