Echoes of the Past
Ruth Anundsen chose as Decorah's most beautiful girl
Thursday, June 05, 2008 5:22 AM
EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Miss Ruth Anundsen, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anundsen of Decorah,was chosen as Decorah's most beautiful girl and now bears the title "Miss Decorah." She will represent the community at the Miss Iowa contest in Des Moines. Second prize went to Miss Bernice Headington, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Headington.
...Little Dorothy Drew, the 4-year-old and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Will Drew of Lincoln Township had a painful accident the other morning. She stepped on a rake and ran one of the tines through her foot between her toes. Dr. Fritchen dressed the wound and she's getting along well.
...Following the stork in May of 1928 - a son born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Severtsgaard of Decorah; and a son born to Deputy County Auditor and Mrs. Oswald A. Hanson of Decorah.
...FRONT PAGE NEWS -- The Decorah Hospital is a busy place these days. Mrs. John Anderson of Decorah underwent gallbladder operation and at least 100 stones were removed. Mrs. Oscar Erickson had an operation for appendicitis. Jacob Becvar of Calmar had a minor procedure. Guy Leidahl of near Locust was treated for injuries sustained in an explosion. Mrs. John Finnegan of Frankville underwent an appendix operation, and Mrs. George Pfister had a gallbladder operation and was hospitalized for several weeks.
...Two Civil War veterans, Knute Grindeland and J.C. Johnson, attended the Memorial Day services in Decorah. Only about 10 survive in the county.
...The Rev. T. Hoff gave the Memorial Day address in the city this year. He is declared to be one of the best heard in our city.
...Leo Ronan shot a perfect score at the Decorah Rod and Gun Club Shoot north of Luther College last week. He broke 25 birds straight. Other high marks went to Wm. Janson, 16; John Lannon, 14; and Dr. Fritchen, 12. It was the first shoot of the season.
...FOR SALE: One of the finest farms in Winneshiek County. Good house with basement, barn and 100 acres all fenced with woven wire fence. Priced at $125 an acre!
...The 50th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church in Protivin is to be celebrated June 7, 1928, with a community program, outdoor attractions and supper.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Season tickets are now available to the new swimming pool in Decorah, which opens for the season this week. A summer ticket is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
...Sixteen DHS students will compete in the "Brain Derby" at the state level this week. Those traveling to the 1938 academic meet in Iowa City are: Mary Margaret Roberts, Ronald Noyce, Margie Elliott, Bjarne Omdahl, Marjorie Talle, Kenneth Uglum, Ardath Youmans, Arthur Youmans, Nadine Fischer, Margaret Germann, Mary Haug, Florence Nelson, Carolyn Nelson, Marion Nelson, Orrin Torvson and LaVerne Blount.
...Bing Crosby stars in "Dr. Rhythm" at the Grand Theatre this weekend.
...Opening for business soon - the new Heights Hotel in McGregor.
...Walt's in La Crosse is serving up a special seven-course dinner on Saturday nights - 85 cents!
...The annual drive for the Decorah Junior Drum and Bugle Corps will commence June 2, 1938. Locals soliciting for donations are Dr. A. F. Fritchen and Clarence Juve, accompanied by Edwin Peck in uniform; Dr. Chester Peck, Walter Kneeskern, with Dean Fritchen accompanying them in his uniform; Pete Ellickson, accompanied by Jimmy Juve in uniform; and Grant Woldum accompanied by Bobby Dick Ellickson in uniform. The drive will be set up on several street corners in the city.
...St. Aloysius Parochial School in Calmar will graduate 16 class members this week. The three honor students are Irene Dolan, Rosemary Frana and Ruth Novak.
...WANTED: To borrow some money. Security information is guaranteed.
...Local farmers can now load hay in a hurry thanks to the modern McCormick-Deering Cylinder Rake Hay Loader. See it now at S.E. Brickner & Son in Decorah.
...The William Broghammer property in Calmar was sold last week for $875. Joseph Koch was the highest bidder, purchasing the house and two lots.
...May specials at Nali Grocery - Wheaties - two boxes for 21 cents; fruit pectin - 15 cents; powdered sugar - two-pound package for 19 cents.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Construction of a new, modern race horse barn and hog house will begin soon at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds.
...Tony Boosalis will close his candy store on West Water Street in early July. The local shop is among the last of the old-time candy manufacturing companies in the area.
...Shop Larsen's for the finest in graduation gifts for that young man on your list - tie clasps, billfolds, polo shirts, belts and suspenders - all priced at $1.
...Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Flaskerud of Calmar have marked their 64th wedding anniversary. Honoring them were their seven children and families.
...Students at Luther College have initiated a memorial fund in memory of their beloved music teacher, Donald Larsen, who died suddenly last week. He was 41.
...Albertson Jewelry is moving to 200 West Water Street, next door to Buckton and Miller.
...Staff Sgt. Donald Barr, son of Mrs. Mary Barr of Calmar, is now stationed in Osaka, Japan. His brother, Sgt. Eugene Barr, has been stationed at Fort Richardson, Alasa.
...Miss Mary Lou Johnson, daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. Alvin Johnson of Decorah, was elected first lady in waiting to the campus queen of the College of Saint Teresa in Winona.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Thirty seniors will graduate from Dec Sales Central Catholic High School in Ossian next week.
...Members of the steering committee on the proposed reorganization of the Decorah Community School District will meet with the Highlandville Independent School Board next week.
...Karen Johnson is the student body president at DHS for 1958-59. Mike Natvig is vice president and Judy Haugen is secretary.
...Dale Henning, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Henning of Decorah, has been initiated into the University of Iowa Sigma Xi scientific honorary fraternity.
...Paul Strand has won the nomination for the county attorney post on the Republican Party ticket.
...Several new teachers have been hired by the Decorah Schools, including Larry Poock, Scott Richardson, William Curtis, Richard Roby, James Casterton, and Anita Holten and Zola Running.
...The possibility of a by-pass of Decorah of Highways 9 and 52 was brought to light in a discussion at the recent Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon. Hjalmar Carlson of Decorah, a member of the highway committee, reports of the proposed bypass. He said these modern bypasses are the coming thing, and merchants should study the advantages of a bypass before forming opposition.
...A class of 181 will earn their degrees at Luther College this month.
...WANTED: Man or woman to be the new Hallmark ballpoint pen distributor in this area. No experience necessary.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Rosemaling continues to be a popular hobby in Decorah and the rose painting is appearing on more and more objects every day. The Nordic Fest Committee now sports an authentic rosemaled car!
...Former Decorah residents are survivors of last week's savage tornado that devastated the city of Oelwein. David Willig, son of Mrs. Ethel Stuckman of Decorah is a high school teacher in Oelwein and he was downtown when the tornado demolished the business district. He sought shelter in the store's basement to wait out the storm
...The largest senior class in Luther history has graduated - 387 received diplomas.
...The Decorah Junior High has announced the names of the new cheerleaders: Pearl Haugen, Jan Istad, Mary Dougherty, Nancy Strinmoen, Janet Tiernan, Marilyn Iverson, Lois Frana, Jane Graves, Julie Hovey, Patty Hart, and Debbie Rasmussen.
...Darrell Pierce has been named Winneshiek County Chairman for the campaign of Robert D. Ray, Republican candidate for governor.
...Decorah has captured the state golf crown in the Class A tourney! Tim Lynch, a constant medalist contender, tied Jim Strathman of Pocahontas Catholic for top honors in the tourney. Decorah won with a score of 317, followed by Pella, 318; Eagle Grove, 323; Sumner, 325; and Mid Prairie of Wellman, 326.
...Male graduates of Thomas Roberts High School are competing for scholarships and awards under the provisions in the will of the late Dr. Norman C. Bradish, establishing the Bradish Memorial Scholarship. Here are some of the rules - recipient may not be married and if the recipient should marry before he graduates the scholarship is cancelled; the scholarship is only for a male student; the scholarship shall not be given to anyone attending a school with a religious affiliation; and the recipient must go to a school outside the state of Iowa. The scholarship award is $200 each year for four years. To date, there have been four recipients: Steven Meyer, Darrell Branhagen, David Rod and Steve Torvik.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Max Quaas has been hired as a family physician in Decorah. Medical Associates announced the addition of this fifth doctor to its local staff.
...A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Calmar swimming pool will be held this month at the pool site on the southwest edge of Calmar.
...The new Interstate Power Company building at the corner of River and Water is within a month of completion.
...A brand new Wurlitzer piano was a surprise gift to the Decorah Senior Citizens Center from Elmer and Eva Holt.
...Peter Hasvold was valedictorian of the Decorah High School Class of 1978. Salutatorians were Jackie Bahr, Kay Sacquitne and Marshall Anderson. Other students making up the "top 10" academic were: Derek Loeb, Paul Erdman, Hilary Nelson, Nancy Chaffee, Julie Thompson, Mary Holland.
...A grand opening is planned this week at Decorah's Ben Franklin Store to celebrate the early-year acquisition of the business by veteran local veterinarian Dr. Donald Moore.
...Randy Fitzgerald is the recipient of this year's American Citizenship Award from Decorah attorney Jim Burns, representing the Winneshiek County and American Bar Associations.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: The Viking track team has captured its first ever NEIC crown. For the first time in 29 years of trying, the boys came away with the title in Charles City. A record-setting performance was turned in by the 4x400 meter relay team - Steve Nesteby, Jason Olejniczak, Scott Barth, and Mike Naslund. Another record-setting performance was in the 4x100 meter relay with Rick Guilgot, Brian Fisher, Tim Christensen and Mike Naslund.
...Downtown Decorah will be getting a new mural soon. Carl Homstad has been named the artist to paint a mural on the side of the Christian Camera Building on Water Street in Decorah. The scene will depict the downtown of the 1870s.
...The business procedures class at DHS has captured a national award from the Office Education Association. Class members are Brenda Dinger, Heather McCabe and Angie Bruvold. Their teacher is Alice Haus.
...Members of the 1988 Nordic Fest Board are gearing up for its summer's festival. The board includes: Kellie Houselog, Jeri Laursen, Nancy Ruen, Cindy Womeldorf, Renee Lillibridge, Pat Dahly, Carol Gaard, Kris Lynch, Scott Fjelstul, Eric Anundsen, Gordon Christianson, Cindy Johnson.
...John and Muriel Lensch of Decorah are the featured cooks in Roz Weis's Country Living recipe column this week. They share their time-tested beef recipes in honor of May Beef Month. Among the recipes - Favorite Beef Dip -- 8 oz cream cheese, ¼ c. chopped green pepper, 2 T. chopped onion, garlic powder, ½ c. sour cream and 3 oz. chopped dried beef. Mix together rand heat in crockpot. Serve with crackers and veggies.
TEN YEARS AGO: Jessica Schnitzler of Decorah is the new Dairy Princess for Winneshiek County. Cindy Brincks of Ossian is the alternate. Jess is the daughter of John and Roxanne Schnitzler and Cindy is the daughter of Don and Joyce Brincks. Others earning awards at the annual dairy banquet were: John Schnitzler Sr., pioneer dairyman; Mike Einck, outstanding young dairyman; and Louis and Pat Courtney - outstanding dairy family.
...Dana Ellingson, Cheryl Albrecht, Wendy Vick, Kelli Krauskopf, Dan Hubbard, Tim Bishop, Nicole Benzing, Sarah Corlett, Bethany Carolan, Mindy Casterton and Beth Wilmarth were just a few of the DHS senior class pictured in the newspaper at the commencement exercises recently.
...The Decorah Vikings boys' tennis team has earned its third straight Class 1A state team title. Propelling the team to victory were Tait Smock, Chris Spilde, Peter West, Zach Fromm, Lucas Moellers and Josh McCaffrey.
...Some of the youngsters starring in this summer's New Minowa Players' production of "The Sound of Music" are little Teresa Procter, Hope Cowan, Catherine Bouska, Scott Peake, Jessi Leuschen, Christopher Edman and Ellie Kath.
...Neil Schrader of Hacker, Nelson & Company has been reappointed chairman of the Governmental Auditing and Accounting Committee of the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accounts.
...Now showing at the Viking Theatre - The Horse Whisperer" starring Robert Redford.