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.
...The Ridgeway bank is reporting a successful business year. Farmers State Bank reports deposits of $277,899.85 last year.
...The Spillville Citizens Savings Bank had a fine showing last year. Deposits totaled $142,566.33 as of Dec. 30, 1933.
...One of the best meetings ever enjoyed by Decorah Lodge No. 443 of the Elks was held on New Year's Day. A vaudeville act was followed by a wonderful dinner. The Little German Band of Fort Atkinson provided a large amount of enjoyable dinner music.
...The first federal home loan made in Decorah was filed for record this week at the county recover's office. The amount of the first loan - $3,000. Numerous other applications are being considered; but red tape continues.
...Jimmy Bakken, age 2, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bakken, fell into a pan of hot water the other night; Mrs. Bakken was preparing to scald a chicken when the accident occurred. Dr. Svebakken was called and there are good hopes for the boy's swift recovery.
...Here are some interesting statistics released by the Decorah High School Dynamo newspaper. The tallest girl in the freshman class is Phyllis Dahle and the tallest boy is Dale Goltz. The girl with the mot dimples is Nelle Jane Inman and the boy with similar dimples is Milton Herwig. Most unusual laugh honors go to Ruth Roseth and Leonard Broghammer.
...Buy a whole new set of guaranteed tires at Peter Johnson & Sons. $16 for the pair.
...Erick Jensen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Jensen of Decorah, has been appointed substitute city mail carrier for the city.
...The Roy Relf family reports seeing the first 1934 robin in this area on New Year's Day. Mrs. Martin Ellingson of Springwater Township saw 12 cardinals in her garden a few days ago.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Shop Diamond Brothers Grocery for these bargains from 1944: five pounds of sugar for 32 cents; Grape Nuts cereal, 27 cents per box; and a dozen California oranges, 27 cents.
...Frank Miller of this city will file for the post of Winneshiek County Attorney on the Republican ticket.
...Plans for a youth center in Decorah are being considered. The youth center is designed to cope with the growing delinquency problems here. The center would be located on the main floor of the Meritol building north of Woldt Furniture. Debate on such a facility continues.
...Joseph B. Wolfe of Ossian has earned his wings in the Army Air Corps. Also reported: Bob Erickson of Decorah has earned his wings in the Air Corps. They have both been commissioned as a second lieutenant.
...Mary Margaret Roberts of Decorah, the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Roberts of Decorah, is the new editor of the Pioneer, Luther College's annual yearbook.
...Some Winneshiek County homes are cold and families are suffering due to a lack of fuel oil, but there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it, according to the Winneshiek County War Price and Rationing Board.
...From the society pages of 1944: The marriage of Marcella Hayek and Marcus Blong was Thursday morning, Jan. 13, at St. Wenceslaus Church at Spillville. Mr. Blong is enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Now showing at the Lyric Theatre: Calamity Jane starring Doris Day and Howard Keel.
...It has been reported that the ratio of marriage licenses to divorces in Winneshiek County is 20 to one. Ten divorces were granted during the past year.
...Miss Ardyth Gulbro, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Gulbro of Highlandville, was crowned queen of the "Decorah Little Switzerland Squad." Members of the squad are young men who have enlisted in the Marines: David Lennon, David Houdek, Keith Pruviance, Homer Hjerleid, Lawrence Krambeer, James Bolson, Nickolas Bowlus, Lowell Bruening, Roald Thorson, Ronald Ask, Dale Moen, George McArthur, Gerald Stortz and Gordon Westby.
...Miss Rose Eileen O'Brien, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank O'Brien of Decorah has joined the Benedictine Sisters of the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Mo. Her sister, Marcella, is a nun with Sisters of Mercy.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1954: A girl was born Jan. 14 to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hagen of Decorah; a girl was born Jan. 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Arness of Decorah.
...WANTED: Egg breakers. About 15 new girls are needed. Decorah Produce expects to start egg-breaking operation in February.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Leo Herold, Winneshiek County agricultural leader for more than 30 years, has died in Fort Dodge. He suffered a heart attack while attending a convention of Federal Crop Insurance agents.
...Gordon Linnevold, a senior at Decorah High School, has been chosen as a member of the U.S. High School Band for this year. He plays trumpet.
...J&E Cable Company is now offering cable TV service in most areas of Decorah. You can view five (count them a total of 5) channels; channel 2 in Cedar Rapids; channel 6 in Austin; channel 7 in Waterloo; channel 8 in La Crosse; and channel 10 in Rochester. Cost is $3.50 per month.
...Work is progressing on enclosure of the new gymnasium at Thomas Roberts School.
...Cam Leseth, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Leseth, and Rex Carlson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Carlson of Postville, are winners of the youth leadership contest sponsored by the local Elk's Club. Each received a $25 government bond.
...Reg Wicks erased a career scoring record formally held by Ron Stoskopf when he pinned Duane Nosbisch with five seconds left in the 154-pound match at a tournament last week. The fall also tied with Lee Fretheim for the most pins in dual meets in one season. One more dual meet pin will give Wicks nine this season and a new school record.
...A public hearing on relocation and improvement of Highway 9 near Decorah will be held here in April. Debate about the project (which may begin as early as 1967) continues.
FORTY YEARS AGO: It was 30 below zero, one of the coldest nights of the year so far, when Linda Svenson gave birth to twins in the family car. Linda's husband, Richard, helped deliver them. They were expecting a baby (not twins) around Valentine's Day; but the twins had other ideas. The Svensons were on their way to the local hospital. They pulled off on the side of the road and delivery commenced. The twins, a girl weighing four pounds, six ounces, and a boy, weighing in at four pounds 13 ounces, join a 3-year-old sister, Rachel.
...The nationwide (and worldwide) fuel shortage is affecting Decorah residents as well. With gas more and more expensive, public transportation services are gaining popularity. Lawrence Tjossem at Scenic Hawkeye Stages Bus Co., said holiday traffic was much larger as folks decided to travel long distances by bus. Currently the company offers a commuter service between Waterloo and Oelwein and Waverly. Most commuters work at John Deere.
...The ninth grade matmen edged Waverly the other night. Winners by falls against Waverly were Mark Wolfe, Jim Swatek, Jim Casper and Dave Hanson.
...The Decorah High School audio-visual department is boasting a brand new closed-circuit black and white T.V. camera with a video recorder.
...Decorah members of the Luther College Nordic Choir are Russell Kephart, Loren Hendrickson, Kevin Anderson, Judd Larson and Lois Swiggum.
...Ticketing begins today for all incorrectly parked cars. Fines are $2.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Greg's Auto Sales, owned by Greg Vick, has opened on Highway 52, about 1 ½ miles from Nib Hill Supper Club.
...Friday the 13th was not a lucky one for the Decorah boys' basketball team. The Vikings lost to Waverly-Shell Rock by a score of 50-34 on Jan. 13, 1984.
...Roy Darling, age 91, local businessman here for 32 years, has passed away in Florida. He was an active member of the community.
...Jeff McCarty and Deb Will, both of Decorah, are members of the Luther College Nordic Choir, now on tour in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. While in Hollywood, the choir will record an album at Capital Records. Conducting is Weston Noble, now in his 36th season with Nordic Choir.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Decorah's Winterfest is being held later this month. Goal for the Park-Rec Department event: fight those cabin-fever blues. A snow-bowl, twilight cross country ski event, winter run, cross-country ski race, snow volleyball, a scavenger hunt, sled dog racing, winter bicycle time trials, ice games and more are planned. A beach party is planned at Orsey's in downtown Decorah with Reggae tunes from Gileta McFarland and Ethical Treatment.
...Local officials are considering combining the sheriff and police offices here in Decorah. Debate continues.
...Lee Fullhart, Decorah High School wrestler, has extended his winning streak to 91 with a win over 3A No. 1 Daryl Wieland of Cedar Falls.
TEN YEARS AGO: The Decorah-North Winn girls' basketball team is now ranked 10th in Class 3A in the state. Standouts in a recent victory over the Postville Pirates were Kim LaRue, with 16 points; Jess Jewell with nine points; and Amanda Henke and Sharese Van Sloten with eight points each.
...Decorah area wrestlers earning individual titles at the Chris Flanagan Invite in Cresco recently were Taylor Mansfield, Mike Tangen and A.J. Gregg. Tangen was named outstanding wrestler of the tournament.
...The local Compensation Board has suggested a 3.5 percent raise for county employees.
...David T. Nelson of Decorah is the recipient of the Luther College Spirit of Luther Award this year. Ceremonies will be held in early February.