EIGHTY YEARS AGO: It's official. The city of Decorah may well be one of the first 26 Iowa communities to get an “official” state liquor store later this year.

…The David Hexoms recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day. They have 10 children.

…Mrs. J.J. Blodgett was the latest winner of the Silver Cup trophy in the local bridge tournament at the Hotel Winneshiek. Mrs. Mary Updegraff Reed directed the tournament, which commenced over the past few months.

…Deposits at Decorah State Bank have climbed by $109,000 since January 1.

…Work is being started this week on the extensive program of building the state fish hatchery at Siewers Springs. The CCC Camp is working under the capable direction of LA. Burbank, who was commissioned as the works’ superintendent.

…Constable Lewis Lang arrested a young Decorah man for possession of a gallon of alcohol. He is being held on $500 bond.

…Miss Anna Coletta Hogen of this city entertained 12 little friends last week when she celebrated her 9th birthday.

…Verna Newhouse (now Mrs. Eugene Simenson) and Ann Simenson (now Mrs. Archie Johnson) were honored at a joint bridal shower the other day. Hundreds attended.

…Claude Iverson, age 38, the chief of the Decorah Police and also known in the area as a popular war veteran, died suddenly after a brief illness.

…The film “Eskimo” will be featured at the Lyric Theatre this week.

…Anne Cox Beauty Shop is having a special on permanent waves. Priced at $1.98. Stop by for your spring permanent today. Manicures also on special for 35 cents.

…Kathreen Gunderson of Ossian, a pupil in Miss McGary’s 5th grade class, has won the county spelling contest.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Approximately $8,000 a day is being paid to producers of eggs in northeastern Iowa and southern Minnesota by the Decorah Produce Company. This amounts to about twice as much as average winter production. Soon, a new department will open here at the Produce Company, when the canning of frozen eggs is started. Thirty new jobs are available.

…Joyriders took Mrs. Frank Bernatz’s car for a joy ride the other day. She had just filled the car with gas. She called Night Marshall Geo. Donielson and he went on the prowl for the maroon Ford sedan.  The car was discovered, unharmed, but the full tank of gas was gone and about 180 miles were put on the speedometer. Someone had a grand ride at the expense of poor Mrs. Bernatz’s gas ration.

…Norman Johnson of Decorah is now stationed at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Idaho. He is a former employee of the Decorah Journal.

…The medal of the Purple Heart came to James Headington of near Freeport the other day in honor of the loss of his son, James Benjamin. He was lost when the cruiser Juneau was sunk on its return trip from the South Pacific in November, 1942.

…Sgt. Lester Ellingson has been killed in the South Pacific. He is the county’s 13th Gold Star Hero. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ellingson of the Locust area.

…Front Page News: A whopping sum of $19,100 has been paid for a 156-acre farm north of Calmar off of Highway 52. Mr. and Mrs. Norval Stromsodt sold the farm to Edmund Gerleman.

…Kraft Cheese is now buying Decorah milk powder from the Ice Cave Creamery. The local creamery makes 25-barrel shipments to Kraft frequently.

…From the society news of 1944: Kathleen Gunderson of Ossian will soon wed Elton Bradley of Decorah. The wedding is April 2 at Ossian Lutheran Church.

SIXTY YEARS AGO: The 1954 road proposal includes the grading of 34 miles of roads in Winneshiek County.

…Rev. E.A. Beaver will soon be installed as the new pastor at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church.

…Joe Louis, former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, stopped in at the Gross Café in Decorah the other morning. The celebrity and his party enjoyed a hamburger steak meal. They were reportedly traveling between Dubuque and Minneapolis.

FIFTY YEARS AGO: The Fred Carlson Company has the low bid for the new Highway 52 bypass just west of Decorah. The firm’s winning bid: $498,696. The project will be nearly five months in length, and the road runs from the intersection of Highways 9 and 52 southwest of the city, north along the western boundary of Decorah to a point north of Decorah where it again meets the old portion of Highway 52.

…City officials have unanimously declared a halt to that controversial truck parking at City Hall.

…Hans Peterson has resigned as football coach at Decorah High School.

…The De Sales Falcons from the high school over at Ossian have registered a record-breaking basketball year. Their record – 14 wins and three losses.

FORTY YEARS AGO: James Burns, a graduate of Decorah High School, has joined the local law firm of Attorneys Miller, Pearson and Gloe. A 1973 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, young Burns worked as a student clerk at the local firm during the summers he attended law school. He is single, age 26, and is the son of Wayne Burns, superintendent of schools, and Mrs. Fran Burns, a teacher at South Winneshiek School. He has two sisters, Jan and Becky.

…Shop Fareway for these bargains from 1974: Pork and Beans, four cans for $1; Clorox bleach, 49 cents per gallon; Bacon, 89 cents per pound; ground chuck, $1.19 per pound; and butter, 69 cents per pound.

…Gary and Mary Ann Hill have purchased The Sattre Store from Mr. and Mrs. Iver Heier.

…From the society pages of 1974 -- A June wedding is planned for Carol McClure and Rich Gaard. Carol is the daughter of Mrs. Don McClure of Washington, Iowa, and is teaching PE in the Decorah Schools. Rich is currently teaching Distributive Education at the Decorah High School.

…Julie Lynch, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lynch of Decorah, has been selected to perform with Central College’s polka exhibition group in Pella.

THIRTY YEARS AGO: Jerry Isenberger is retiring after 30 years with the Post Office here.

…The one-act play “PushCart Peddlers” earned a top Division I rating at the State Large Group Speech Contest recently. Richard Merritt, James Baldridge and Julie Suhr are in the cast. The play is directed by Nick Preus.

…Julie Ann Grimes of Decorah recently graduated cum laude from Winona State University.

…Chad Evans has joined the real estate team at Viking State Wide Realty.

…Jim Leix has resigned from his job as Luther College’s head basketball coach to take a new job at Augustana.

…The Pony Express Benefit Dance sponsored by the Winneshiek Saddle Club is March 30, 1984, at Matter’s Ballroom.

TWENTY YEARS AGO: Nordic Dancer auditions were held last week at John Cline School. Announcement of the new group is expected in early April.

…The Decorah girls’ basketball team recorded a 12-8 record in its first year of five-player basketball. The 1993-94 team members are Danielle Askelson, Betsy Newhouse, Melissa Brynsaas, Melissa Jevne, Heidi Hansen, Kim Luhman, Brigit Broghamer, Stephanie Blauer, Erika Amundson, Amy Dougherty, A.K. Lee, Laura Scholl, Jill Christopher and Amy Albers.

…The local owners of the Clarksville Diner here in Decorah have purchased another diner, called Van’s Lunch Box. They hope to restore it in the near future.


TEN YEARS AGO: Approval for a restaurant on College Drive has been given by the City Council. A plan for the development of an undisclosed restaurant was submitted by owners of the local Pyramid Properties organization. The site plan includes an area for outdoor