EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The reorganization of the First State Bank of Ridgeway will be attempted later this month. A number of leaders of that community will assemble to consider the possibility of raising sufficient new capital and opening the financial institution as soon as practical.
...The Cole Café and the Frank Figge Clothing Store over at Ossian were robbed the other morning. A sum of money, cigarettes from the restaurant, an overcoat, a topcoat, two pairs of shoes, underwear and other articles of clothing were taken. The capable Sheriff Mike Graf and deputy are investigating.
...A new ordinance in town is designed to protect local merchants from peddlers and transient merchants about town. Fees of $5 per day will be assessed these pesky peddlers. Fees also will be assessed those who engage in selling food or goods from their cars.
...A marriage license was issued recently to William B. Ask and Ruth A. Johnson, both of Route 6, Decorah.
...The local paper has an extensive article about the much-publicized ongoing national search for the "Lindy Baby," also known as Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., who was abducted from his crib last month.
...Little Dickey Hughes, the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hughes of nearby Frankville, was the object of a merry chase the other afternoon. The local police, pastors, citizens and his grandparents were worried for more than an hour, fearing he had been kidnapped. After evading the watchful eye of his grandfather while in the waiting room at Dr. Inman's office, little Dickey started out exploring Water Street. He was later found looking over the fire fighting equipment at the Decorah Fire Department. He was provided with plenty of candy to keep him entertained until his grandparents arrived to return him to his parents' watchful eyes.
...Charles Altfillisch, prominent in construction, architecture and engineering, has been appointed Decorah city engineer.
...Decorah High School won its two opening baseball games this week. Ervin Haberman pitched airtight baseball. Carsie Winger and Les Forde also had some good hits.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Earl Lyon, who served Winneshiek County 4-H Club boys so long as a 4-H club leader, has returned to the area for a few days. He was taking training at the large Naval Air station near Minneapolis to become a pilot. But after preliminary training, he became air sick at the sharp drops of 4,000 feet, barrel rolls and other air tactics. He is transferring to some other branch of the service.
...Sixteen more Army selectees are leaving for Des Moines, including the following from Decorah: Raymond Usgaard, Wayne Headington, Robert McMullen, Ben Sande, Wallace Erickson, Charles (Mac) Scott and Henry Nelson.
...The U.S. Navy reports Harold Frisbie, age 21, of Calmar, is missing in action somewhere in the Pacific. This is Calmar's third victim of this war.
...James Seim gives an excellent performance in the Decorah High School senior play "Young April." The production also stars Frances Jane Taylor, Eivind Qualley, Henry Montgomery and Genevieve Johnson.
...From the society pages of 1942: The engagement of Viola Wepler to Leonard Hertges has been announced. The day of the wedding has not yet been set.
...Ruth Flaskerud's interpretive speech "A Kitty Goes Adopting" won her high marks in the dramatic division at the county declamatory contest. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Flaskerud and is a pupil of Miss Anita McCabe in the Madison School Number 6. Also excelling at the event was Louise Rolfs, who gave a humorous talk "Excuse Me Please." She is a pupil of Miss Shirley Erickson at Burr Oak Number 6. Robert Drew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Drew, also placed in the humorous division with "Me and Skinny." He also attends Madison School Number 6.
...It is "Coed Week" at Luther College. Coke dates, breakfast dates and (if weather permits) picnics will provide the basic entertainment for most of the couples, as the Luther lassies will set out to lasso the lads again this spring.
...Gladys Hebel married Norm Woldum of Decorah in an April 29 ceremony at St. Benedict's parsonage. He is home on furlough from the U.S. Navy.
...Al Weis of the Decorah Motor Company will be training pilots for the next 60 days. After they complete their training, the flyers will likely be assigned to service at a government airfield.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS: Little Julie Kapinos, age 4, the daughter of County Treasurer and Mrs. Julius Kapinos, had her appendix out the other evening. She is making a splendid recovery at the Decorah Hospital.
...From the trail of the stork in 1942: A girl was born April 29 to Mr. and Mrs. James Frana of Decorah; a girl was born April 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hammil of Ossian; and a boy was born April 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Balik of Spillville.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: A record number of booths have been reserved for this year's Scout-O-Rama.
...Several soldiers of the flood task force at Camp McCoy, Wis., passed through Decorah this week, returning to their base after waging sandbag battles against the raging Missouri River in Iowa and points south.
...The Decorah Public School will be closed the morning of the opening day of trout season. Students were reminded to report to school one-half hour early each day for the six school days prior to the opening, to make up the half day off in advance. The measure was adopted to eliminate the problem of absenteeism, which has always prevailed on opening day of trout fishing.
...Bobby and Betty Henning, twins of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Henning, celebrated their 19th birthdays at their farm home last week. Guests played cards and enjoyed a luncheon.
...The post office is issuing a new 3-cent Grand Coulee Dam commemorative postage stamp. The stamp will be on sale at the local post office in about a month.
...The Brandt Hall telephones have been mighty busy lately. Everyone is calling up the man of her choice for the annual coed banquet.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Among the local children showing off their Easter hats in the annual style show at West Side School were Helen Halverson, Paul Horsfall, Mark Magelssen, Kathie Blue, Torgi Berg and Becky Brooks, all members of Mrs. Lloyd Winger's class.
...The telephone office in Decorah will not be used as a public fallout shelter in the event of an emergency. It will not be used because of prior commitments as an emergency center for communications headquarters in case of an emergency.
...The drive-in theatre in Decorah is now open for the season. The first movie is "Teenage Millionaire" starring Jimmy Clanton, Rocky Graziano and Diane Jergens. "The Hustler" opens next week. The new film stars the dreamy, blue-eyed Paul Newman. Admission is 75 cents and all children under 12 are admitted free when with an adult in the car.
...Two Calmar youths, Ron Oyloe and George Ness, have earned the Iowa Farmer Degree at the annual FFA convention in Waterloo.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Residents of the Minowa Heights subdivision in Decorah appear more positive in their stand regarding annexation into the city of Decorah.
...The piano students of Mrs. Virgil Denk will give their spring recital this week. Students are Marshall Anderson, Jim and Mike Baker, Lynn Bakken, Karla Bigler, Mary Christianson, David Dahle Melseather, Janie Ellingson, Mike and Karen Hacker, Marcia and Jim Hanson, Mike and Judy Motley, Lonnie Olejniczak, Lynn Ringdahl, Rhonda and Audrey Schacht, Chris and Jill Storlie, Warren Vine, Janice Weiss and Kathy Wicks.
...Kim Klocke and Rick Hovda were the winners of the pole vault in a recent Decorah High School track team victory over Cresco and Riceville at the Viking track. Also earning a strong finish in the hurdles was Arnie Larson.
...Dick and Beverly Schuman are hosting a dance at Matter's Ballroom to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. They have one son, Bruce, who will graduate in May from Iowa State University, and a daughter, Becky, of Clear Lake. They have resided in Decorah since 1964.
...The story of Bambi was told in the spring program at St. Benedict's Catholic School last week. Stars of the play, titled "Beautiful Things," were David Kester, John Hadecek, Paul Woodhouse, Brenda Mincks, Lora Hayes, Mary Blodgett, Barb Iverson and Todd Hoffer. Sister Sharon Marie was the play director.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: More than 100 Decorah High School Science Club members traveled to Chicago for the annual club trip recently. Chaperones were Marvin Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Winters and Judy Hildreth.
...It was science fair time at East Side School this week. Among those showing off their projects were: Josh Sliwa with a solar cell mechanism; Elizabeth Chapman with a water purification project; Shane Melcher with his "x-ray booth"; and Eric Yarwood, who shared a maze he built for his pet tortoise-shell guinea pig.
...Dewey Tatro, the pioneer in radio and aviation in Decorah, has passed away at the age of 84. He was partly responsible for a mini-industrial revolution here with the introduction of the Delco Light Plant here, the L Tatro 32-volt radio; and the Tatro Airport.
...Burr Oak has joined with Bluffton in forming a new Jaycee chapter.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Decorah Newspapers Executive Editor Pat Maloney of Decorah was recently inducted to the Iowa Newspaper Association's Fifty-Year Club at the annual INA convention.
...John Shroyer, Paul Weis, Breann Billiet, and Becky Fulton were some of the eager youngsters coloring Easter eggs recently at Children's House Preschool.
...Erik Kephart of Decorah was one of the 18 young inventors chosen at a regional competition to compete in the Invent Iowa Convention in Des Moines. He is a student at West Side Elementary School.
...Decorah's Jeremy Skoda has survived the final cut for the Iowa AAU Select boys' basketball team and will make a trip to play in Russia this summer.
TEN YEARS AGO: The new Walmart Supercenter construction is ahead of schedule. An October opening may be a possibility.
...Luther College President Richard Torgerson has issued sanctions on participants of nude soccer matches on campus. Seniors began playing naked soccer about a decade ago on the Preus Library lawn to mark the end of their finals exams. The number of participants and observers has grown, and there have been new reports of high school students becoming involved and of people from off campus coming to watch.
...Outstanding Performance Awards went to select Decorah High School students at the state contest recently. Honorees were Katie Blair, Anna Evenson, Kayla Hotvedt, Sarah Twedt and Kristen Thompson.