EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The local school board will file an application for federal emergency funding to build additions onto the present high school building.
...A case of what appears to be smallpox has broken out at a Decorah home. The house has been quarantined; and the city health department has taken all of the proper precautions.
...One giant oak tree in Decorah has brought a hefty sum of $250. Anx Ohio furniture store purchased the tree and the company sent its own men to cut it down.
...FOR SALE: Five acres of good farmland, a seven-room house, a new chicken house, garage, good well and windmill. All of this can be yours for one price -- $1,200.
...Stopping up at the courthouse for their marriage licenses last week were Alvin Klimesh and Sidonia Klimesh, both of Spillville; Walter Hruska and Lydia Frana, both of Spillville; and Gundar Sjull and Edna Dowd, both of Winneshiek County.
...Two Decorah boys, Erling Rohm and Arnold Williams, are off to Oelwein for examinations for entrance into the CCC camps. Currently there are 228 young men quartered here at the fairgrounds as part of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Camp) program. They will be doing preliminary work on the new state bass hatchery at Siewers' Springs and a large trout pond at Twin Springs.
...One of the largest breweries in the Middle West, the Pointer Brewing Company of Clinton, has resumed operation after a period of 16 years due to Prohibition. It is estimated that 75,000 bushels of grain will be used annually in the brewing operations there.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Byron Kroshus is the new director of the Highland Township Farm Bureau.
...Bertel Field, the eldest son of Dr. and Mrs. H.P. Field of West Decorah, who has been a newspaper carrier for the Des Moines Register, has won a trip to the Iowa-Illinois football game at Iowa City. Sixteen other carriers from across the state earned the free trip.
...Parnell Courtney of Bluffton has been husking corn for Edward Carolan for the past week.
...A fragment believed to be part of a meteor was plowed up the other day in Jackson Junction at the Art Tupy place. It has the appearance of molten lead, steel and iron. Mr. Tupy recalls having seen a flaming mass fall from the skies some time ago, and it was around the same time a like-fragment fell on the farm of Henry Burns across the road.
...Shop the Piggly Wiggly for these bargains from November of 1943: three grapefruit for 20 cents; two pounds of apples for 20 cents; one box of baking soda, 7 cents; and one bottle of real vanilla, 8 cents.
...Elaine Vopava, Marvin Nygaard, Gordon Gunwall and Roy Quill have been named to the freshman honor roll at Ridgway Public School. Junior class honorees are Harriet Flatland, Betty Wentworth.
...Mrs. Burton Oyen from Locust is in the hospital with an infection of the throat after having her tonsils removed.
...Little Joanne Grindeland, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Grindeland of Locust, recently celebrated her third birthday.
...Garfield Miller, the son of Mrs. Mary Miller of Decorah, has been promoted from private first class to corporal at Pendleton Field, Oregon.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Irving Eittreim, an aviation electronics technician third class in the U.S. Navy, is a participant in a cosmic ray stratospheric research study being performed aboard the USS Currituck off the coast of South America. The project is known officially as "Operation Churchy." During the research expedition, 13 huge balloons were released in an effort to gather data on high-energy primary cosmic radiation.
...Leo Joehl is the new manager of the liquor store over at Calmar.
...Gerald Hageman, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hageman of Calmar, sustained a painful injury when a sharp stalk of corn pierced through his skull between his eyes and his nose. He fell out of the wagon into a patch of dry weeds on his parent's farm south of town when the accident occurred. He is recovering at the New Hampton Hospital.
...Three FBI men were killed in a collision of two autos near Decorah last week. The FBI men were from Chicago, and their vehicle collided with a car occupied by three Winneshiek County men. Details of the mishap were not made available to the newspaper. The three local men were sent to the hospital following the accident.
...From the society pages of 1953: Joan Rooney became the bride of Urban Hageman Nov. 9 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Ossian.
...The Decorah High School basketball team opens the season against Lawler on Nov. 17, 1953. Returning lettermen are Al Heggen, Cliff Fishback and Marv Mikesh. Coach is Kenny Bey.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: The date of Nov. 4, 1963, was the official opening day for the brand new Decorah Municipal Post Office. The modern structure is situated across the street from the relatively new Decorah City Hall. Eddie Nugent serves as postmaster.
...Luke's in Decorah has a new shipment of games for the whole family. Stop by and purchase the popular game "Password" for $1.67.
...The Decorah High School students will present the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" Nov. 9 at the school auditorium, Ellen Wright has the title role. Other cast members are Mary Rosell, Faye Varner, Mary Peterson, Cheryl Hislop, Gordon Linnevold, Gary Koenig, Mike Coffeen, Ralph Knudson and Fred Larson.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1963: A boy was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Hotvedt; a boy was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Carolan; and a boy was born Nov. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Fulsaas.
FORTY YEARS AGO: A recent report has been released by the Winneshiek County Extension Office, and it is reported that bacon is served in area households more frequently than any other meat. A survey of 1,000 families was taken.
...Vicki Holland of Decorah has joined the real estate staff of Lyle Erickson Real Estate and Auction Company of Decorah.
...Isadore Meyer is the new president of the Decorah Chamber of Commerce.
...Interest in the ongoing investigation into what is now known as THE WATERGATE SCANDAL has kept people talking around Decorah these days. The incident occurred during a break-in reported at the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate office complex in the nation's capitol over a year ago.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah DECA Club is once again holding its annual fish and seafood sale.
...Mr. Carpet of Decorah is observing the fifth anniversary here.
...The returning letter winners on the Decorah girls' basketball team are Amy Dwyer, Beth Larson, Bonnie Hammel. Coach is Jim Schreffler and assistant is Steve Wiltgen.
...The popular ski swap is planned early next month at the Girl Scout cabin in Phelps Park.
...The people of Spillville will soon vote on whether to grant another 25-year franchise to Northwestern Bell Telephone.
...Houdek T.V. in nearby Mabel, Minn., is observing 25 years in business.
...Jerry Reichow, who helped put Decorah football on the map, is coming to town to speak at a meeting of the local Quarterback Club. The 1952 DHS graduate played football at the University of Iowa and played professionally for the Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles and for the Minnesota Vikings.
...The New Minowa Players will present the production "Bible Herstory" as a dinner theater at Nob Hill this weekend.
...The seventh grade Decorah football squad finished the season undefeated.
...Brook Bockman recently celebrated a milestone birthday - The Big No. 16.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Vikings volleyball team saw a successful 1993 season. Twelve team and individual records were shattered during the season. Members of the squad are Shilah Lybeck, Melissa Jevne, Anja Diestel, Amy Albers, Brandy Thompson, Kim Luhman, Michele Clements, Kim Gossman, Jill Christopher, Amy Dougherty, Betsy Newhouse, Laura Scholl and Heidi Hansen. All conference honors went to Newhouse, Scholl and Christopher. Gossman was a second-team honoree.
...Spillville is among the winners of the Iowa Community Betterment Program recognition in Des Moines.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1993: A boy was born Nov. 11 to Tim and Dawn Milligan of Cresco; a girl was born to Patricia and Gary Lien of Calmar; and a girl was born to Michelle Gilson of Decorah.
TEN YEARS AGO: The Cliff House in Decorah will reopen soon as "Bluffs Inn."
...Luther College students recently hosted a "Haunted Lab" filled with intriguing hands-on physics demonstrations at Valders Hall of Science.
...A ribbon cutting was recently held at Don's Sales & Service on College Drive in Decorah.
...Several Decorah High School students have been selected for the coveted All-State Festival during auditions recently. Honorees are Elizabeth Wetli, Marguerite Moeller, Daniel Ellickson, Katie Haller, Isaac White, Kristen Cowan, all band students; and the following orchestra students: Anna Evenson (in her fourth year at All-State), Lauren Wettach and Catherine Bouska. They will perform this month on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
...The Decorah Viking football team has kept a perfect record intact with a thrilling 25 to 21 win over Western Dubuque.