EIGHTY YEARS AGO: It sure pays to raise high quality beef cattle. That fact was demonstrated here recently when one cow sold at auction for $107. Cattle are selling at an average of $80 per head in other parts of the state. Sale totals have been much higher than owners expected, according to C. C. Pilgrim, estate auctioneer here.
...Connie Rosenthal is the sole owner of the F.J. Rosenthal's and Sons grocery here. He had been in business with his brother, Rene, up until now.
...Local retailer Ben Bear talked to the high school students last week. Miss Berry's class learned a lot from this wise man.
...Shop the Ness Store for these bargains from 1933: Butter, 17 cents per pound. Bacon, 15 cents per pound. Oranges are priced at two dozen for 9 cents.
...The new sleek, two-way stretch Formfit girdles have arrived at Connor-Knight. They are priced at $1.98.
...Milk in Decorah is now five cents per quart.
...Due to the increasing number of burglaries reported in recent weeks, special police are now on duty here. Money appears to be the object of the thieves.
...A reception honoring the new Luther College President O.J.H. Preus is planned on campus next week. The ladies of the faculty will honor Mrs. Preus at another reception in the weeks to follow.
...Four dapper young bandits, whose ages are about 28 to 30 years, staged a daring hold-up and robbery at the Nels Bergan farm home about 11 miles southwest of Decorah in Madison Township last week. Francis Bergan and his brother, Lloyd, were alone at the house when a car drove up about seven in the evening. After engaging in some conversation, three of the visitors pulled guns on Francis. They reportedly didn't wear any masks, and they forced the boys to open the safe at the house. After finding some money ($4), the bandits pulled the telephone wires from the wall to prevent the boys from putting out a call for help. They were told to lay face down on the floor and they tied them up. They were told to stay there for a while. They also got away with a collection of guns and two flashlights. Investigation continues.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: The War Department is hard at work advising farmers on how to conserve. The latest advice concerns horseshoes. Farmers are asked to remove shoes from their horses immediately after necessary roadwork or other farm work. They can then replace the shoes when needed.
...Two Decorah High School girls, Georgianne Johnson and Marilyn Evanson, have written a melodrama, "Letty, The Light of Lockheed," a laugh-spiced story of a girl who works in an airplane factory. The girls are juniors at the high school. The play will be presented at a high school assembly this week. Cast members are Kenneth Winger, Barbara Morse, Gordon Kolseth, Forrest Foltz, Helen Halvorson, Frances Losen, Eileen Qualley and Vincent Anders.
...Earning their badges at a recent Court of Honor event are the following local Boys Scouts: Don Roseth, Edwin Peck, Jack Anundsen, Don Costello, John Bridell, James Juve, Bobby Ellickson, Billy Reichow, Eldon Pritchard, Claire Sholtes, Donald Juve, Robert Bartter, Dean Fritchen, Robert Sattre, Jack Hurlbut, Duane Bruening, Tom Knowlton and Robert Rounseveille.
...It is expected area golf courses may get more use as the war has halted vacation travel. At present, there is a full membership of 100 at Oneota Golf and Country Club.
...Miss Gretchen Altfillisch, a student at the University of Iowa, is president of Kappa Kappa Gamma social society. She is a junior in liberal arts.
...Lowell Williams of Decorah is stationed at Camp Rucker in Virginia. He wrote home to say that one of the cases of eggs served at the camp was labeled "Decorah Produce Company."
...Another tin-can collection is planned in the community on Saturday. All are urged to participate in this national war effort.
...Lt. Willis Dirks of Decorah is flying a bomber in the U.S. Army. He is stationed at Victoryville, Calif.
...The War Department has now banned the sale of canned meat and fish. It is believed that sales probably will be permitted again when meat rationing begins in March.
...The next draft call in Decorah is for 94 more men.
...Rex, a 3-year-old Great Dane belonging to Bernice Woldum, is the first Decorah dog to be drafted into the U.S. Service. After passing his exams in Davenport, he was sent to Robinson, Neb. to receive basic training.
...The Henry triplets will celebrate their fifth birthday later this month. Madelyn, Mary and Martha are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Henry of Fremont Township. They are well-behaved little girls with two redheaded brothers, Harlan, 12; and Michael, who is 1 year old.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: The Ossian De Sales girls' basketball team has won the sectional tourney at Fort Atkinson. Team members are Eunice Lansing, Inez Lansing, Jean Hawkins, Rosalind Lansing, Clarinda Bodensteiner, Audrey Kleve, Jane Kilsart, Lorna Figge, Norma Jean Bohr, Patrice Brom, Arlene Bohr and Ramona Murphy. Cheerleader is Kathryn Wallmark.
...Reigning over the winter carnival up at Luther College this week are Hillbert Reese and Verna Befrens, the new king and his queen.
...FOR SALE: 160-acre farm. Priced at $160 per acre.
...Erling Rikansrud, son of Dr. Rikansrud who lives on Vernon Street, has been awarded his pilot wings. He is stationed at Reese Air Force Base in Texas. He entered the Air Force in January of 1952.
...The local grade school children will present an operetta next week.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: Duane Sharp, age 12, has broken both his arms in a sledding accident at Canoe Country School No. 1. He is in the seventh grade and his teacher is Mrs. Milton Moellerman.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: The bone-chilling cold is continuing in the area with nearly 20 days of readings well below zero.
...Judith Ann Cremer, formerly of Calmar, has been promoted to staff home economist with the Maytag Company in Newton.
...Students bearing welcome banners and signs turned out to greet new Luther President Dr. Elwin Farwell and his wife as they arrived at their new home on High Street.
...John Wangsness is the new president of the Decorah Barbershop Chorus. The group hopes to gather at least 25 members to have a charter.
...Preliminary drawings for a new elementary school for the Decorah School District are being reviewed. The 11-classroom school would be across the street from the Thomas Roberts building.
...Chuck Rooney and Lloyd Winger were champions of the doubles bowling tourney here last week.
... Luther's Dave Grove had 25 points in a big victory over rival Parsons the other day. Grove swished in the winning basket as happy fans, students and cheerleaders stormed the floor. Final score, 71-70.
...Kathy Jo is the name given the newborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Reeder of Decorah. Jeanie Marie is the name given the newborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bullerman of Calmar.
...The senior class of the school at the Elks Hall is once again hosting the annual Decorah High School Heart Hop on Feb. 16. The semi-formal dance will have music by the Music Maestroes. Karen Dinger, Caryl Berge, Jendean Hegg, Gary Bengston and Loren Leistikow are on the committee for the dance.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Mrs. James (Caroline) Weis of Decorah gave birth to the first baby of 1973 earlier this year. David James is his name.
...This is making national news: Michael Kjome, age 36, of Decorah is alive in a North Vietnamese Prison Camp and he will be among the U.S. prisoners repatriated as part of a recent truce settlement ending the 10-year-old war in Southeast Asia.
...Decorah High School Junior Al Thornton was the only champ in a recent NEIC mat meet. Thornton reached the finals in a 7-2 decision over his Waverly opponent and then won the championship match over the Charles City 105-pounder.
...Dr. Chester McClure is opening a private mental health practice here.
...Following the trail of the stork in 1973: A girl was born Feb. 3 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Naslund of Decorah; a boy was born Feb. 4 to Mr. and Mrs. John Heying of Calmar; and a boy was born Feb. 13 to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Roney of Decorah.
...Top finishers in the North Winneshiek High School Voice of Democracy speech contest are Maxine Sutton, Vickie Kroshus, Merrylin Miller and Jane Hageman.
...The South Winneshiek High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter has five girls this year: Rita Lensch, Barb Johnson, Verna Johnson, Louise Lansing and Kathy Geiselhart.
...Beth Underbakke is the reigning queen at the North Winneshiek homecoming celebration. King is Ross Arneson.
...Keith Bruening led the freshmen basketball team in a recent game versus Waukon with 16 points. Tim Schweizer scored 11, and Craig Tiernan added 10.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Residents at Olson Hall on the Luther campus were roused early the other morning after a bomb threat was received at around 3 in the morning. Decorah Firemen and Police were alerted, but a search of the building found nothing.
...Stars of the musical "Snoopy!" at the Cobblestone Restaurant in Decorah include Dave Greedy, Marilyn Larson, Bette Greedy, Sandy Baldridge, Bill Fried, Lindy Borske-Hubbard, Mike Root and Peggy Burnside. They are all members of the New Minowa Players community theatre troupe.
...Grand opening at the new pizza department at Café Deluxe is being held this weekend.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Now showing at the Viking Theatre: "A Few Good Men" starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Coming soon, the Disney musical "Aladdin."
...Volunteer coaches are now being sought for a new youth "biddy basketball" program in Decorah.
TEN YEARS AGO: Decorah School's first wrestling coach, Lloyd Grandprey, was honored at a recent wrestling meet here. Grandprey coached from 1952 to 1959.
...Turkey Valley wrestler Greg Meirick, a sophomore, clinched a big win for the Trojans with a 21-2 technical fall victory over David Fuller at 135 pounds in the final match of the night over New Hampton. Final score, 35-32, in favor of Turkey Valley.
...Dr. Greg and Karen Tjossem were recently recognized by the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce for their efforts in opening the Decorah Community Free Clinic here.
...A celebration of Decorah's Tavener Bridge was held early this month. A parade across the structure was held, with parade participants holding sparklers and torches as vehicles passed over the bridge.
...A new grant for Camcar/Textron of Decorah could create 150 new jobs.
...Seventh and eighth grade wrestling cheerleaders this winter are Katie Sacquitne, Brittney Lawson, Erin Gilbertson, Samantha Espe, Kaity Vick, Jessica Sullivan, Amy Borseth, Chelsea Smith, Bridget Ode, Megan Petersburg, Ally Moen and Rachel Tangen.
...The Braves won the youth division of the Luther winter hitting league. Members of the young team are Andrew Casper, Travis Blanchard, Sam Wettach, Gavin Wicks and Jason Shupp. There were six teams in the league this winter. Wicks was crowned the individual batting champ.