EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Decorah may be the site for a new Federal Camp through the Civilian Conservation Corps. Two hundred men would be located here for a period of at least three months.
...Benny Gulbro broke his back in an auto accident the other night. He was injured, along with three other members of the Freeport ball team, while riding home from a game with Burr Oak. They were en route to Locust and Highlandville when their car took a wild plunge off the roadway over a steep bank. Also in the car were Emil Engen, Leonard Ottney and Kenneth Ruffridge.
...Five more Winneshiek boys started off for the Iowa forestry camps: Daniel Kobringer, Donald Daniels, Raymond Witt, Harold Holien and Walter Jermeland. They will go to Fort Des Moines and be assigned to a camp from there.
...See a naked white giant with a beautiful civilized woman in his strong arms. See "King of the Jungle" with Buster Crabbe and Frances Dee. See the romance bloom in the new film now showing at the Grand Theatre.
...A class of 59 graduated from Luther College recently. Of the graduates, 24 were from Minnesota, 12 were from Iowa, nine from Wisconsin, six from South Dakota, and four from North Dakota. There were one each from Michigan, Illinois, California and Texas.
...A local couple was robbed of $1.50 the other night. The downstairs rooms of their home were ransacked and the money was taken from the homeowner's pocketbook. Local officials are investigating.
...New uniforms for the Decorah Municipal Band were selected last week. They are French blue in color with rolled collars and the worlds DECORAH over the breast pocket. A black garrison belt will be worn with a metal buckle.
...Rev. Glesne confirmed 28 young boys and girls at the United Lutheran Church last Sunday.
...The members of Decorah Junior College must now bid their friends goodbye for the summer. The girls have indicated they will return next fall, as classes will resume then. Best Scholar honors were given to Norma Lee of Ossian.
...Bob Elderton toured the nine holes at Oneota Golf Club in 32 strokes last week. This is believed to be the low for the year so far. The record on the course is 31, held by George Baker. Bob was golfing with Fred Bridge, Tom Baldwin and Dr. E.J. Goen.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Decorah housewives were aroused to close their windows the other night during one of the loudest thunder and lightning storms to hit the area. A bolt of lightning during the storm set the garage of Miss Mabel Johnson afire. She lives on Vernon St. Awnings and screen windows stored in the area also were burned.
...A local boy was beaten up by four fellows who picked him up while he was hitch-hiking and robbed him of $45 last Friday. The local boy had been in Des Moines and was hitch-hiking home to Decorah. They ganged up on him and gave him a good, sound pounding before they robbed him. Two of the criminals had parole records. The local boy called the first cop he found and reported the incident.
...Four pupils of Jackson School No. 7 had perfect attendance during the entire years of schooling: Lorraine Baderm, Dorothy Ondrashek, Rita Kuboushek and Gerald Rose.
...The municipal swimming pool is opening here June 6. Lifeguards are Janann Downie and William Schamel. Matron is Mrs. Frank Goltz. Wading pool attendant is Barbara Baker. Bathhouse attendant is Carleton Fischer. Concessions will be under the direction of Arthur Lomen. Remember - everyone swims free on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
...Shop the By-Rite Grocery for these bargains from 1943: 49-pound bag of flour: $2; three packages of Lipton soup mix for 25 cents; sugar (with ration stamp No. 13) - 10 pounds for 67 cents; and two pounds of spaghetti noodles, 13 cents. New shipment of oranges just arrived - 12 for 35 cents.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Georg Strandvold, a journalist for 50 years and the editor of the Decorah Posten, is celebrating his 70th birthday.
...From the society pages of 1953: The announcement has been made of the engagement of Connie Mae Ward to Donald Martens. She is from Ossian and he is from Waucoma. They will wed June 14 at Ossian Lutheran Church.
...Stephen Carolan and Larry Carolan were pretty proud of the three-pound trout they caught last week on a worm at Trout Run. It took the two of them to get it.
...The beautiful new Viking Coffee Shop will open shortly in the Hotel Winneshiek. It will be the mot beautiful eating place for many miles around. Chef Rosson will prepare the food in the modern new kitchen.
...Highland Township boasts the following Decorah High School graduates: Barbara Walhus, Beverly Gulbro, Luverne Brunsvold and Lorraine Ness.
...Robert Knowlton has resigned from his law firm in Emmetsburg to return to the faculty at Rutgers University. He is the son of Mrs. W.P. Knowlton of Decorah.
...Tekippe's Skelgas Service is celebrating its fifth anniversary. A set of four glasses will be given to the first 50 women in the store after 10 a.m. Grand prize is an Admiral clock radio. Second prize is a ham.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: The new K&S Super Value building is progressing well. The new building is being erected in South Decorah across from the Erickson Texaco. There are now three walls up and workers are commencing on the cement parking lot. The store may be open as early as August. The market will have a new revolutionary type of produce case, and three fully mechanized checkout counters. The parking lot will accommodate 80 vehicles.
...Decorah Golf Coach Max Hines recently was pictured congratulating Vergene Simenson, DHS junior, who placed third in the State Girls Golf Tourney at Iowa Falls. She scored an 88. She also was district tourney medalist at Waterloo and won the Women's Club Championship at Silvercrest last year.
...Kinley Eittreim, the son of the late Oliver Eittreim and Mabel Eittrem of Decorah, is being ordained into the holy ministry at First Lutheran Church in Decorah on June 9. He is a 1959 graduate of Luther College.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1963: A boy was born June 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Fretheim; a boy was born June 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gerlich of Calmar; and a girl was born June 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Spalding of Decorah.
...Miss Diane McCabe of Burr Oak, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene McCabe is earning her BA from Clarke College.
...There were 57 graduates in commencement ceremonies at De Sales Central Catholic High School in Ossian last week. Among the honorees from Decorah are Barbara Broghammer, Robert Carolan, Harry Cole, Jerry Donlon, Elaine Holthaus, Ronald Holthaus, David Losen, Susan Sande, Sherry Schrubbe and Rosemary Wenthold, all from St. Benedict's in Decorah.
...Official name for the new Decorah airport three miles southeast of Decorah on Highway 9 is Decorah Municipal Airport. The new name was given official status at a recent meeting of the local airport commission, held at the home of Carl Meyers on Locust Road.
...Now showing at the Decorah Drive-In Theatre: "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" starring Deborah Walley and James Darren. Coming soon "Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
...Susan Zahrndt is the valedictorian at Decorah High School. Salutatorians are Becky Nelson and Irene Berg.
...The Milton Jetson home at Harmony was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. No injuries were reported.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: the Decorah City Council is studying the possibility of putting litter cans in West Decorah. A request was made by a Luther student who said he felt the area was susceptible to littering because students walk back to the college after buying their malts at the local ice cream shop.
...Shop Anthony's in downtown Decorah for these bargains from 1963: twin sheet set, $1.57; men's dress shirts, two for $5.
...From the society pages of 1963: The 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller of Decorah is being celebrated June 9 in the social hall at Decorah Lutheran Church.
...Carol Askelson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Selmer Askelson, has graduated from Minneapolis Business College, completing the private secretarial course. She graduated in the upper bracket of her class and she has accepted a position as a secretary with Advanced Engineering of Minneapolis.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Julie Andera of Spillville was honored at a bridal shower recently at St. Wenceslaus School. Her bridesmaids hosted the shower: Nancy Andera, Karen Bruess and Martha Berg. Susan Knight of New York, also a bridesmaid, was unable to attend.
...The Decorah Viking girls golf team, led by seniors Jana Bernatz and Julie Branhagen, are off to state. These two young ladies have shot in the 40s for nine holes since their ninth grade year. Coach Kopriva said they will be hard to replace next year.
...Pleasant Livewire 4-H members Carlene Fisher and Nancy McClintock demonstrated "beef fondue tips" at Fareway the other day as part of the recent Beef Month promotion.
...Twenty-four eighth graders graduated from St. Benedict's School the other night.
...The former Weselman Meat Market in Calmar is going up for sale.
...FOR SALE: 11 acres on the West edge of town. Price: $18,000.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Jaycees were named the second best chapter in Iowa at the annual banquet in Waterloo last week. A total of 295 chapters were in the running for the top spots. The local chapter grew from 155 to 185 members during the past year, according to President Roger Huinker. In other Jaycee news: Larry Berland of Decorah took first place in the state "speak-up" contest.
...Iowans now face the possibility of pari-mutuel betting and a possible lottery in the state after the Iowa Legislature passed two bills in the last days of the 1983 session.
...Jayme Rutledge and David Rhodes were the valedictorians at Decorah High School recently. Salutatorian honors went to Dale Lensing. A class of 163 graduated during the recent commencement exercises here.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Little Miss Squirt will be crowned here next week. Five area youngsters will share their knowledge of the dairy industry as they vie for the 1993 title: Sara Linderbaum, Amy Kuennen, Erin Beard, Julie Winkler and Kristy Broghamer.
...The State China Painting Convention is here this month.
...The local toy lending library, called "Toys Go Round," is celebrating its first anniversary here.
...LaVonne Brown is retiring from her job at Vanberia Inc.
...The Family Store in Decorah is going out of business. The business has been a Water Street fixture for many years.
...Tom Stout is the new manager at Hardee's family restaurant in Decorah.
...Mr. and Mrs. Bill Keefe of Decorah recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
TEN YEARS AGO: Decorah placed second in the Iowa Environthon competition in Guthrie Center. Team members were Hannah McCargar, Jessica Nanke, Brad Crawford, Angela Exey and Ross Evelsizer. The team received awards in the soils and aquatic categories. Their coach is Larry Berland.
...The Iowa Department of Agriculture is currently investigating a complaint regarding herbicide applications on the Luther College campus.
...The U10 Decorah girls soccer team won the championship at Tomah recently. Team members are Elly Arend, Moran Lonning, Emma Blanchard, Julia Bishop, Johanna Olson, Katie Belay, Ashley Spencer, Chloe Meyer and Kelsey Strand. Coach is DeAnne Blanchard.
...The Decorah girls tennis team has clinched a berth to the state tournament to be held early this month in Cedar Rapids. Top players for Decorah this season are Vee Shinatrakool, Courtney Burks, Kim LaRue, Amber Krieger, Jill Allen and Erica Ruen.