EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Luther College will not become a co-education college for at least another two years. To the great regret of many friends and well wishers of the college, especially in Decorah, the Board of Education of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America failed to endorse the proposed change to co-ed status. Most Decorah people have come out in favor of co-education for many reasons.
...The auto damage case of local residents involved in an accident over in Howard County has brought a verdict of $1.07. The lawsuit was initially filed for more than $1,000, and word of the small verdict has folks around these parts talking.
...Postmaster Willard Linnevold reports a record business during the holidays. More than 53,000 letters and 577 sacks of parcel were sent out in two days last week. Four extra men were put on duty at the local post office during the holiday rush.
...A Christmas party was given at the schoolhouse at District No. 1, Lincoln Township, earlier during the holidays. James Soukup gave a recitation titled "Santa's Whiskers." Violet and Bernice Espeseth sang the songs "Cowboy Dream" and "The Ship That Never Came In." Edna Barnes is the teacher at the school.
...A rabies outbreak is being reported in the area. Two cows have been affected. A strict quarantine of dogs has been placed by the Trustees over at Hesper, Burr Oak, Bluffton, Canoe and Fremont Townships.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Little Arlene Larson the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. N.H. Larson of Ossian, recently celebrated her 10th birthday. Several of her school friends helped her celebrate the occasion, including Jo Ann Schultz, Mary Lou Brockman, Onalee Paul, Helen Jean Bothel, Dagna Tinderholt, Sylvia Nerlie, Gwendolyn Schroeder Loretto McGary and Mavis Arnold.
...The Red Cross continues its appeal for donations to the War Relief Fund following the attack on Pearl Harbor early last month. Mr. I.G. McQueen has sent $7 as a first donation from Ridgeway and more is on the way. The grand total of $293 is a far cry from the $4,200, which is Winneshiek County's official quota.
...Reports have been slow in coming from the war zone. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Huinker of Calmar recently received one from their son, Dan, on the U.S.S. Medusa, stating he is safe. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stoen of Pleasant Township, received word their son, Sophus, age 18, who is stationed in Pearl Harbor, stating he is well. Daniel Huber, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Huber of Spillville, sent a cablegram to his parents reporting he is safe on Midway Island in the Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and the Philippines.
...From the society pages of 1941: Miss Lelia Thorsen and Otto Ruen were married on Christmas Day.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Seegmiller of Locust ushered in Christmas in a happy manner when they received a long distance telephone call from their daughter, Celia, all the way from Bellingham, Washington. She made the call at 7 o'clock and Mrs. Seegmiller claims she heard her daughter's voice perfectly. The call came from a distance of 2,000 miles.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Durwin Dinger, Kathleen Nugent, Norris Erickson, Donald and Richard Lomen, Ann Marti, Bill Bernatz, Gertrude Torgrim and Walker Moore were all home for Christmas break from Iowa State College at Ames.
...James Weis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Weis of this city, was home for the holidays from St. Mary's College at Winona, Minn. He will go back this week.
...Little Miss 1952 for Winneshiek County is the newborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Woodhouse of Route No. 5, Decorah. Little Miss Woodhouse is the first baby born in the county in 1952. Her big brother is Tommy Woodhouse, who was born just 18 months ago. The family walks away with a host of prizes from local merchants.
...The first fire of 1952 in Decorah has completely destroyed the Roy Barth farm home one-half mile north of Locust.
...Strinmoen Grocery and Holland Furnace Company are looking for full-time office girls.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Winner of the "1962 First Baby Contest" sponsored by the local newspaper and 12 Decorah merchants is the newborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Myhre of Pleasant Township. She was born Jan. 2 and is the Myhre's seventh child. Her brothers and sisters are Elaine, 13; Ron, 12; Marion, 9; Susan 8; Sandra, 6; and Betty, 3. Her father works for L.C. Bolson Co.
...Kids wanted that new "Yakkity Yob" a red-headed robot that moves about making clacking sounds, winking and picking up objects. It also performs other exciting tricks without benefit of batteries. It is not known if any youngsters in the area received the Yakkity toy under their Christmas trees.
...Orma Ihde became the bride of Milton Quam earlier this month at Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia.
...Locals celebrated New Year's Eve in style with a night of bowling at Oneota Bowling Lanes.
...Most of Iowa has been battered by the worst snowstorm of the season.
...Gene Simenson is the new president at Silvercrest Golf and Country Club. Jack Duffy was named vice president and Roy Green was re-elected secretary/treasurer.
...Decorah Feed Store is rolling out the welcome mat for its annual Doughboy Day event. Free gifts, coffee and doughnuts will be served.
...Now showing at the Grand Theatre "Kidnapped" starring Peter Finch and James MacArthur. Coming soon, "Love in a Gold Fish Bowl" starring Tommy Sand and Fabian. Admission - 25 cents for kids and 75 cents for adults.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Following the trail of the stork from last month (December, 1971): A daughter was born Dec. 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Vern Iverson of Decorah; and a son was born Dec. 5 to Mr. and Mrs. Valerian Neuzil of Fort Atkinson.
...Marie Wolfe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Wolfe Route 1, Decorah, has received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and anthropology, graduating with distinction from Iowa State University in Ames. She graduated from Iowa State earlier this month.
...Elizabeth Anne Holtan, daughter of Leslie and Sharon Holtan of Decorah, is the first baby of the New Year. She was born Jan. 3, 1972, weighing eight pounds and four ounces. Dr. James Bullard delivered the new baby. She joins a brother, Tomthy, age 4. Holtan is an accountant for Hacker and Nelson firm of Decorah
...From the society pages of 1972: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Stortz of Decorah announce the engagement of their daughter, Beverly, to Paul Nichols, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nichols of Decorah. A late fall wedding is planned.
...A Luther College spokesmen reports meetings are now being planned between administration, faculty members and students during the Christmas holiday to discuss the growing "racial tension" on campus. The college was closed four days early due to the ongoing racially sparked problems.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Sarah Jane Cagle was the first baby born in 1982 at the Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 2 at 5:22 p.m.
...An open house at the new Christian Life Center in Decorah is planned later this month. Tours and refreshments will be offered. Recording and television personality Bob Smith will appear at a concert during the open house.
...Decorah's new bakery, Hart's Bakery and Coffee Shop, is being opened by Larry Hart. He is following in the footsteps of his parents, Don and Lucille, who had a bakery in Decorah for 12 years.
...From the society pages of 1981: Vern and Janeen Iverson are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary Jan. 2.
...Fresh snow is making the ski hill at Nor Ski Runs a very popular place these days.
...Dorisgene Winger will be instructing couples on social dancing as part of the Decorah continuing education series this winter. Barb Willis is teaching an 8-week knitting course and Delores Koch will offer a six-week class on crocheting.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: The first baby of 1992 born in Winneshiek County is Cody Dean Haugen, the son of David and Janan Haugen of Decorah. He joins a brother, Dusty, age 4 ½. He was born Jan. 3 and was delivered by Dr. Kevin Sand.
...Luther College director of intercollegiate athletics and professor of physics David T. Nelson is retiring at the end of August after nearly four decades of service to the college. He also served as mayor of Decorah from 1977 to 1990.
...Dr. Joseph P. Callaghan, a veteran surgeon from Decorah, has joined the Gundersen Clinic Department of Surgery.
...Many in the area turned out to celebrate New Year's Eve at the Cliff House in Decorah. This year's package included a buffet dinner for two, party favors, champagne and music. All for $35.92 per couple.
...Land prices are holding steady at approximately $1,900 per acre these days.
...The Hawkeye football team at the University of Iowa is off to play in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 30. They will take on the BYU Cougars.
TEN YEARS AGO: The first baby of the New Year is Katherine Bruening, the daughter of Keith and Amy Bruening. She joins a brother, Michael.
...Mark Whelan, a Luther College senior from Decorah, is a member of the Luther College Chips newspaper staff.
...The Nordic Fest Board of Directors has selected a theme for the 36th annual Nordic Fest next year. The theme is "A Vow to Our Heritage."
...Marilyn Roverud of Decorah recently commissioned the work "Rejoice-Christmas Songs" for the Luther College 2001 Juletide performances as a celebration of her 35-year marriage to her husband, Jeff, and a thank you to Luther College, their alma mater.
...The annual Decorah Parks and Recreation New Year's Eve bash was once again sponsored at the Luther Regents Center