EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A minimum wage of $10 to $11 for a 48-hour week is now possible in Decorah thanks to the new retail amendments which have been approved by President Roosevelt with the NRA provisions.
...A Decorah man is being held in the local jail on a charge of reckless driving. Dr. Kochendorfer and Dr. Peck arrested the man after he zig-zagged across the highway in front of them. The local doctors are members of the local American Legion safety committee.
...A verdict was reached in the much-publicized murder trial of M.T. Grattan. The Civil-War veteran was found guilty of killing Claude Meade after a dramatic day at the Winneshiek County Courthouse. The guilty verdict was reached on the second ballot on Saturday morning. Cost of the lengthy trial to the county is estimated at a whopping $3,000.
...Hubert Leseth, a reporter for the Decorah High School Dynamo, writes that Decorah soundly defeated New Hampton in the homecoming game last Friday. Final score was 32-7. "Although none of the local boys was outstanding, the team as a whole played a very good game," Hubert writes.
...Two slot machines were seized at the Erickson Recreation parlors the other night. Sheriff Graf and Deputy O'Boy, along with Constable Lang, were ace investigators on the scene.
...From the society pages of eighty years ago: Fred Gross of Clay Hill and Miss Olga Olson of Decorah were married the other afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. Aaron Seegmiller. They plan to honeymoon at the World's Fair.
...Fine quality men's union suits have arrived at Larsen Clothiers. Price: 89 cents.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Frank Knox from nearby Burr Oak Township recently underwent a serious spinal operation. He is able to hobble around with a cane now, and reportedly will be up to full speed in a few months.
...Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Baker have donated 80 spring chickens for the annual chicken dinner at the Methodist Church next Tuesday night.
...Now showing at the Olympic Theatre at Calmar: "Air Force" starring John Garfield and Gig Young.
... Charles Alois Doubek, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Doubek of Fort Atkinson, has graduated from radioman school at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Farragut, Idaho.
...Lester Lowery won the right to the title of champion of Silvercrest Golf Club. He won the playoff with Severt Twenge.
...The local rendering service is paying $2.50 for horses and cows.
...FOR SALE: 260-acre improved farm in Winneshiek county on a good road. Good two-story house, large barn and six other buildings. A real buy at $19,000.
...Miss Barbara Baker of this city is a new cheerleader at the University of Iowa.
...Little Barbara Ann Giesen, the 5-year-old daughter of the late Karl Giesen who was one of the men killed at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, has received her father's Purple Heart. Karl Giesen was the county's first gold star hero. Karl's mother lives in Calmar. She is Mrs. Nellie Giesen.
...There are four new scouts in the Castalia Boy Scouts. They are Jerry Finnegan, Wayne Walters, Johnnie Svendsen and Davis Buddenberg. Many fine experiences await these boys in scouting.
...George Johnson, member of the U.S. Navy, left last week for Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton, Wash., after a few days' leave with his parents in Decorah.
...Jack Lien, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. O. Lien of Decorah, has been named student body president at Luther College. He is a senior at Luther.
...Henry Dotseth has installed new ovens at the Decorah Bakery. He said that he is turning out a larger volume of baked goods, but admitted that the output is still controlled, for the most part, by the amount of sugar rations available.
...Mr. and Mrs. Hiller Holien of Jackson Junction have sold their stock of general merchandise and grocery store to Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Jirak. The stock consists of dry goods, groceries, meat, hardware, gasoline, oil and more. The Holiens are moving to Canton, where they have a beer tavern.
...A conduct code has been approved for all students by the capable members of this year's Decorah High Student Council. Here are a few of the code regulations: It is hereby ruled that no boots can be worn to school unless they are clean and shiny and are worn under the pant leg. It is also hereby noted that all boys must wear their belts in their proper place and that all trousers must have loops for said belts. No Levis are permitted. The students must comply or face prompt disciplinary action.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: A crack down on rowdy driving in the city is a joint effort of local police and sheriff's officials.
...It has come to the attention of the Board of Supervisors that the new radio system for the sheriff's department is being used in an efficient manner. There are many times when Sheriff Pierce Anderson gets out in the country on official work, and he needs to check in with the office in Decorah. If his wife is at home, he can radio her with the new radio installed in the sheriff's residence at the county jail. But if she isn't home, there is no one to contact. The two-way radio system was just installed and may need to be revamped in the future.
...Mona Jacobson celebrated her 90th birthday in Burr Oak last Sunday.
...Luther College rolled over Upper Iowa at the homecoming game last weekend. Final score, 53-20. Kent Finanger scored 29 points in the victory. He is the leading scorer in the nation among small colleges.
...He has scored 62 points in the first five football games of the season.
...The entire front end of the car driven by Thomas Halse of Route 3, Decorah, was damaged in a three-car collision on East Water Street the other evening.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Cam Leseth, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Leseth of Decorah, was crowned Decorah High's homecoming queen last weekend.
...The new Turkey Valley Community School located on the edge of Jackson Junction was dedicated last weekend. Total cost for the school construction was $767,500. The building is a one-story structure built in a T shape with an auditorium-gymnasium as the central room of the building.
...Shop Fareway for these bargains from 1963: Pork roast, 27 cents per pound; Nestle chocolate bars, 10 for 35 cents; Jiffy cake mixes, 10 cents per box.
...Little Daniel Joseph Bohr was baptized Oct. 6 at St. Benedict's Church. He is the newborn son of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Bohr of Decorah. Daniel has two sisters, Lori and Karen.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Richard Fromm is the newest member of the Decorah Newspapers staff. He began work here Oct. 17, 1973, as sports editor and photographer at the paper. He is a 1972 Luther graduate and makes his home at the Wilkes apartments at Twin Springs.
...Anthony's in Decorah is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Manager is Paul Horsfall.
...DECA Club officers have been announced as follows: Dean Barth, parliamentarian; Deb Gremm, president; Diane Fosaaen, secretary; Connie Fretheim, treasurer; Julie Erickson, historian; Steve Courtney, reporter; and Pat McCaffrey, vice president.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Former professional football player Calvin Hill will be a guest speaker at Luther College next week. Hill, a graduate of Yale University, was a first-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1969.
...Twin Bridges could be open for traffic by winter.
...The Decorah ninth grade football team remains undefeated. Standouts in a recent victory over Charles City were Joe Lambert, Jeff Brauer, Dick Wise, Carlton Bakken, Kent Guttebo, Chad Borsheim, D.J. White, Dave Womeldorf and Darin Johnson.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Julia Wharton of Decorah was crowned Miss Northeast Iowa 1994 in a pageant here last week. She is the daughter of the Rev. George and Marjorie Wharton of Decorah.
...A funding request has been approved and Decorah's ski hill will remain open for 1993-94.
...Russ Freerking, educator at Decorah Schools, has won the Iowa Foreign Language Secondary Educator of the Year Award.
...A large bull moose that has caused quite a stir in the Ridgeway area apparently is still on the loose.
TEN YEARS AGO: This is the time of year that the new group of Nordic Dancers (composed of third grade students) is selected. The Nordic Dancer group is formed every five years and the dancers stay together through their 12th grade in school. All third graders at Decorah Schools and at St. Benedict's have an opportunity to audition. Practice sessions will be held two weeks prior to auditions.
...Decorah artist Mary Ann Gloe has preserved Decorah's historic Tavener Bridge (the green bridge on Fifth Avenue) with her painting of the one-lane structure. The bridge was erected back in 1914. It will soon be taken down and replaced with a modern, two-lane bridge across the Upper Iowa River.
...The Decorah Vikings football team has a record of 6-0 so far this season.
...The Decorah sophomore football team came out ahead of Union La Porte City 42-8 last Friday night. Standouts for Decorah were Luke Leidahl, who paced the Vikings with four touchdown passes. Paul Weis completed the scoring for the Vikings with a TD plunge in the final stanza. Viking Michael Dahl also reached paydirt on a five-yard run. Other standouts for the Decorah squad were Derek Svestka, Jordan Kraayenbrink, Jon Olson, and Pete Reifenrath.
...Twelve area runners have earned all-Upper Iowa Conference honors: Darin Monroe, Alan Brincks, Glen Elsbernd, Adam Hageman, Brandon Kuboushek, Robbie Teff, Amber Uhlenahke, Emily Hackman, Katie Luzum and Ryan Gates, all of South Winn; and from Turkey Valley: Nick Langreck and Liz Hageman.