EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Ed Nordheim, well known Pleasant Township Farmer, exhibited 10 ears of corn at the International Grain and Hay Show in Chicago last week. His ears won fifth place and a grand prize of $10!
...Harold Swenson, superintendent of the pressroom of the Lutheran Publishing House here has been wearing quite a smile since Dec. 13, when a lovely 11-pound baby daughter was born at the Decorah Hospital. The little miss is indeed a special holiday gift.
...The next bond election for the high school building is planned for Jan. 15, 1930. Real need exists for more room at the high school and a yes vote is desirable.
...J.O. Johnson, a popular and efficient manager of the Lutheran Publishing House here since 1882, has resigned after 47 years of continuous work.
...Ward and Carrier will open a new Shell Gasoline Filling Station on the West Side of No. 55 this week. The station boasts a fine barbecue lunch counter too!
...The Soda Grill will be closed for most of Christmas Day, but will re-open at 5 p.m. sharp!
...The large 16-foot electrical sign at Ben Bear Company clothing store has arrived and will be installed soon. The sign is one of the very latest in electrical displays.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: The finest in "Lorraine" dainty under-things are on sale now at Connor-Knight. Carter's has the ever-popular "Gal Briggans" for sleeping and lounging - priced at $1.95.
...The pupils at Burr Oak Village School presented their program Dec. 22 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Burr Oak. Class includes Harlan Whitney, Eileen Wicks, Elsie Brunner, Norma Brown, Glen Reed, Robert Ward, Mavis Wicks, Gene Wicks, Harold Brunner, James Ward, Norvis Wicks, Charles Loftsgaarden, Joyce Wicks, Phyllis Gossman, Edna Brunner, Phyllis Erickson, Junior Kelly, Carol Reed, Dixon Smith and Charles Palmer. Their teacher is the capable Miss Eleanor Loftsgaarden.
...Local students are arriving home from college by train this week.
...The holiday play "Santa Claus and his Christmas Fairies" will be presented by the first- and second-grade students at St. Benedict's School later this week. A few of the stars are: Beverly Bruening, Eleanor Cronin, Rosemary Hayes, Richard Stortz, James Weis, Lowell Bruening, Grace Carolan, LaVerne Murphy, Thomas Weis, James Blodgett, Ann Carolan, Patricia Cronin, Rosalyn O'Brien, Dale Remke, Gladys Mae Brandt and Ilene Martinek.
...Send flowers just in time for Christmas. Fine arrangements priced at 30 cents to $1.25. Stop at Decorah Greenhouse today.
...The Springer Hotel-Café will be serving up the traditional Christmas dinner. Priced between 25 to 50 cents. The public is invited.
...Crown Prince Olav of Norway is sending Christmas greetings to Decorah residents via a telegram to Dr. T. Stabo of Decorah.
...The Decorah Elks lodge distributed 164 Christmas baskets of food this season to the poor of the area. The baskets were filled with plenty of good holiday foods and were valued at $3.25 each. The food packaged inside was enough for about 16 people in a family to enjoy.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS - Gilbert Torgerson's dog killed a snake Friday, Dec. 22, near Silver Creek, which passes through the Torgerson farm.
...Fifteen telephone operators from NW Bell Telephone gathered for a Christmas party at the Green Parrot last week. The occasion was a merry one, with a grab-bag enjoyed by all.
...Seldom has the demand for lutefisk for Christmas been so great in Decorah that local merchants could not supply it. Last week, the stocks in Decorah were exhausted and it was necessary to make a call up to Highlandville and Mabel to supply the demand.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: The little southern Minnesota village of Hesper has operated a Post Office at the home of Miss Charity Willsie since April 16, 1937.
...The employees of the Borden Ice Cream Company of Decorah enjoyed a turkey dinner Christmas gathering at the Green Parrot last week.
...Three local men have enlisted in the U.S. Armed forces this past week. The new enlistees are Einathan Thomas, Gordon Berge and Donald Betts. All three men will take their 13 weeks of basic training at Fort Riley, Kans.
...Mrs. Henry Twedt of Calmar is the proud winner of the "Shelvador Refrigerator" given away at Christmastime at the McArthur's Bottle Gas and Appliance Store.
...Calmar's newest place of business, the Calmar Cleaners, will have a grand opening the week. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lee are the new owner-operators.
...Just in time for Christmas - a new shipment of fresh Lutefisk - priced at 21 cents per pound! Stop at Davies Food Market.
...Invitations have been mailed for the annual Jaycee Ball, planned for Dec. 29 at the Legion Club.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS - Action has been taken by the Decorah City Council. A controversial, new stop sign will be placed on both corners of River Street where it intersects with Pearl Street.
...The Decorah Viking Yearbook Staff sponsored a Christmas party last week, with proceeds going to put out this year's annual publication. The festivities included a tap dance routine by Cynthia Flickinger, a duet by Donna Haugen and Vincent Williams, and a performance by a few teachers - Miss Ruth Richardson, Miss Phyllis Stryzewski, Dean Hogeland and Robert Toutsch. Pete Ramlo was in charge of the decorations for the party.
...There were 2,113 patients admitted to the Decorah hospital over the past year.
...Dr. Donald Moore of Decorah has been elected president of the Veterinary Association for this region.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS - Lester Branhagen is the new proprietor of the Green Parrot. He has taken over from Jack Conklin and will begin possession Jan. 1. His partner is Alton Lovstuen. Branhagen moved to Decorah from a farm near Nordness back in 1944 and has operated the Cozy Tea Room for about a year or so.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: If at first you don't succeed, try again. Dismissed after the first appeal, residents of northern Winneshiek County have filed a petition for another vote on formation of a "new" North Winneshiek School District.
...Airman John Lutkenhaus of Festina has completed his initial course of Air Force basic training and will soon travel to Keesler AFB in Mississippi. He is a graduate of De Sales High School.
...John Gipp, Jim Matter and Paul Egge all scored wins for the Decorah wrestling squad last week against West Union.
...Following the trail of the stork in 1959 - A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Hagensick of Castalia on Dec. 21; and a girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Barth of Mabel on Dec. 18.
...LOST - lower denture near Fareway Store last Monday evening. Reward offered for immediate return! Christmas dinner won't be the same if it isn't found!
...Local skiers enjoyed a bit of skiing on the new ski runs near Decorah last week, if only for just a short time! The run was blanketed with a sheet of white snow one day, and the snow had melted by the next! The Ski Club hopes to open the slopes on a more regular basis after the next snow fall.
...Three DHS students have won $25 in an essay contest. Winners were Cheryl Hill, Bill McLain and Julie Seegmiller.
FORTY YEARS AGO: The "Bear Cuberettes" is a new musical group in Decorah organized by the local Cub Pack 68. Band members are Craig Chyle, Bryan Taylor, Steve Andersen, Pat Alberts, Mike Alberts and Tim Broderick. There is a manager, drummer, trombone player, trumpet and guitarist in the bunch.
...More letters to Santa from 1969 - "Dear Santa, I am trying to be a good boy. Please bring some of these things for Christmas, a watch, a racetrack, machinery, road grader and sled. Thank you, Jerry Joe Samuelson."
...Popular athletic coach and teacher Larry Poock has died at the age of 33 at the local hospital. The services will be in the high school gym to accommodate the large crowds who are paying their respects.
...Decorah Lutheran Church may be inheriting an estimated $750,000 from a Minneapolis woman's estate. The late Mrs. William L. Luce is leaving the majority of her estate to the local church.
...An estimated 4,319 kids got the new measles vaccine at clinics here last week.
...Dr. Jim Bullard of Decorah has recently returned from a climbing expedition in the Himalayas.
...Craig A. Newhouse is on the job in Vietnam. The 23-year-old soldier is a truck driver with the 2nd Battalion of the 25th Infantry Division near Cu Chi.
...More letters to Santa from 1969 - "Dear Santa - I am 5 years old and I am in kindergarten. I have tried to be a good girl most of the time. I would like a new baby Tiny Tumblelina for Christmas. I also would like a pair of slippers. Please bring something for my little brother, Dick. Love, Halley Wise. P.S. - I am 5 years old so my big sister wrote this for me. Thank you!"
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Local sheriff's deputies apprehended a 19-year-old youth after a 40-mile chase from Decorah to Cardinal Marsh located on the Winneshiek Howard County line. The youth was charged with 22 traffic violations.
...Cheryl Jacobson is the new 1980 Saddle Club Queen. Runner-up is Julia Ludeking.
...Decorah's Bruce Kinseth, who won the NCAA wrestling tournament title at 150 pounds at the meet on the Iowa State University campus in Ames earlier this year, is now training for a bid on the U.S. Olympic team. The build-up for the Olympics starts soon with a meeting in Madison, Wis., followed by the Olympic tryouts. Kinseth was named the most valuable collegiate wrestler in the nation at the meet in Ames. Many from Decorah were in attendance to witness the milestone event!
...This year marks the first year for the state of Iowa to have four divisions in girls' basketball for tournament play beginning in mid February.
...Virginia Pilgrim and her daughters Mary, Paula, Julie and Martha were winners in the Teenform Company's "Like Mother/Like Daughter" contest. They were treated to a trip to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City earlier this month. They were the company's guests for a five-day holiday in the big apple!
...Citizens of the month at the East Side Elementary School recently were Kirsten Roverud, Leslie Dengler, Jason Crookshank, Kathy Eckblad and Kris Finholt.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1979 - Ryan and Randall Fulsaas, twin sons of Marilyn and Ron Fulsaas of Ridgway, were born Dec. 20 at the local hospital. Also arriving during the Christmas holiday time were Nicole Mikesh, born Dec. 23 to Kris and Tom Mikesh; and Steve Schmitt, born Dec. 22, to Diane Schmitt of Fort Atkinson.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Jennifer Batzler, daughter of A.J. And Bob Batzler of Decorah, is the new Winneshiek Saddle Club Queen.
...Judy McIntosh of rural Decorah has been named to the Iowa State Milk Made Magic Committee for a three-year term.
...A 50-bed expansion at Oneota Care Facility east of Decorah near Freeport, may be completed by the end of the year.
...Some of the Girl Scouts helping with the mitten tree at Security Bank this year were Sarah Iverson, Jennifer Anderson, Kara Lukes, Angela Kerndt, Carrie McKelvey, Stephanie Fisher and Stephanie Cline.
...Decorah Community Schools have accepted the resignation of Dennis Olejniczak as assistant varsity football coach. He will now take a lower-level coaching position in the Vike grid program. He has worked with the program for 26 years.
...Bob McQueen of the Ridgeway office of Cresco Union Savings Bank is retiring after 40 years of service to the community.
TEN YEARS AGO: The residents along Whitetail Road are asking that the county pave the roadway east of Decorah. The Supervisors have yet to take action on the proposal.
...Jessica Halverson, currently the assistant to the president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, has been named the new Decorah Chamber Executive Director.
...Tim Weiand has opened "Today's Headlines on Monarch Lane" in Calmar.
...Local farmers turned out to help Orvin and Ann Hotvedt with their farming operation after Orvin was hospitalized several months ago. Helping out were Bobby Snell, Randy Schnitzler, Donald Schnitzler, Lyle Headington, Randy McIntosh, Matt Nierling, Adam Tollefsrud, Randy Halweg, Wayne Headington and Kelly Holthaus.
...Little Mitch Cornelius was the soloist in the "Juletide" concert at Luther College recently.
...The annual DHS madrigal dinner was a sell-out last weekend. Vocal instructor Lynette Wilson led the following musicians in the program: Karla McClintock, Kara Bovee, Max Brauer, Aaron White, Erica Spilde, Lauren Ude, Lydia Ehm, Kim Oltrogge, Brita Lorentzen, Abby Lynch, Jamie Iverson, Courtney Tindall, Laura Matter, Sonja Dillman, Teresa Mitcheell, Kari Nelson, Myra Hangartner, Cassidy Olson, Briana Underbakke, Jen Scheidel, Sarah Little, Anne Holthaus, Melissa Stockman, Nate Zeien, Owen Miller, Katie Hilberg. Jesters were Alex Downs and Robin Martinson. King and queen at the event were Ron and Bobbi Lenninger.
...Now showing at the Viking Theatre - "Deuce Bigalow - Male Gigalo" and "Anywhere But Here."
...The Decorah City Council has approved partial TIF financing for Vennehjem housing project north of Decorah.