EIGHTY YEARS AGO: By the elimination of a few teaching positions and a general decrease in salaries, the Decorah School Board has saved some $9,000 in the total amount paid next year to the teachers in the public schools. Total salaries this year were $55,465. At the high salary point is the annual salary paid to Superintendent Thomas R. Roberts - amounting to $3,240. Most of the high school teachers make $1,170 per year. Grade school teachers are paid $900 per year.
...Eight wolf cubs have been found on the Lewis Thompson farm up near Mabel.
...A fine response to the new banking plans in the nation is reported locally. Folks have been busy turning in salary warrants this week since the local Decorah State Bank has been reorganized and is now functioning again.
...Several new brightly colored modern electric neon signs have been erected along Water Street. The Signs advertise Darling's Drug Store, the Connor-Knight Department Store, the Green Parrot Tea Room and Yetter's Jewelry, and a few more are planned.
...The marriage of Ernest S. Christen and Miss Mildred Steine was solemnized Sunday afternoon, May 7, at the Lutheran parsonage.
...Bert Porter of this city gave an interesting talk over at the Rotary Club meeting in Clear Lake last week. He related his experiences on his South American trip, and talked about his butterfly collection.
...A new kind of "iceless" refrigerator is being sold in Decorah. It gets its power from kerosene burners, just like our modern cook stoves.
...FOR SALE: Yellow seed corn, $1.50 a bushel. Stop at Anderson & Bakke, Decorah.
...Dr. Charles Mayo, world-famed physician and surgeon, will speak on "Progress of Science" at a banquet sponsored by the Linne Biological Society of Luther College. The event will be at the Winneshiek Hotel.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Baker & Graham Stables of Decorah has a new fine stable full of fast racehorses.
...Hubert Bernatz is now a Montgomery Ward's merchandise buyer.
...Shop Piggy Wiggly for these 1943 bargains: tomato juice, three large cans for 21 cents. Kellogg's Corn Flakes, two boxes for 25 cents. Crisco shortening, three-pound can for 47 cents.
...Attorney Everett Miller, brother of County Attorney Frank Miller, has opened a law office in the Ben Bear Company block.
...Women who are college graduates may now be offered training in the Japanese language by the U.S. Navy. The new school is located on the campus of the University of Colorado.
...Lined up for a photo in front of the Burr Oak No. 3 school at Burr Oak Township are Larry Whalen, triplets Madeline, Martha and Mary Henry, Lucy Whalen, Florence Wernet, Richard Patterson, and LaVerne Whalen. Their teacher is Mrs. Avitus McCabe.
...Pvt. Matt Soukup, the son of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Soukup, recently wrote home about his army life in Fresno, Calif. He writes, ... "The army is O.K. I am all tanned and healthy and able to take on anything they demand." He adds, " ... By this time I am an expert bed maker. Of course all the military men believe they can make a bed better than any housewife."
...Several Ossian pupils received their eighth grade diplomas last week. Honorees were Mary Jane Doane, Ingrid Oxley, Ive Nell Mundt, Shirley Sand, Inez Wolfe, Nelda Witt, Derald Radtke, Robert Hardy and Jack Goggin.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Several youths who robbed the Ossian service station on the community's west side were captured in a police dragnet in Decorah the other night. Two highway patrol cars, three sheriff autos, city police vehicles and a dozen officers took part in the action, which resulted in the arrest of three teens.
...Some thieves stole 470 trout from Twin Springs the other weekend. Glenwood Church is noting its 100th anniversary on May 31, 1953.
...Rodney Vick won first place in the city marble tournament a week ago. He attends East Side public school and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Vick.
...Rev. Robert Beckman of the Assembly of God Church here in Decorah has accepted a new post at Excelsior Springs.
...Alert Folkedahl of Decorah topped five other entries to win the district VFW marble tourney held in Decorah earlier this month. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Folkekdahl. He won a glove and ball as his prize.
...David Fadness, the son of Mr. and Mrs. N.L. Fadness who reside on North Street, has been named treasurer of the Luther College student body. He is a sophomore.
...The annual Girl Scout May Festival drew more than 1,000 attendees last week. Decorah Brownie Troop No. 10 of Decorah performed a colorful "Miss America Drill" as part of the festivities. Some of those participating were Georgie Ann Steine, Lynn Atherton, Marga Wilcox. Janet Stee, Karen Blekeberg, Patty Eggen, Marilyn Amundson, Martha Salisbury, Lynn Gahan, Sharon Bergsrud, Rosemary Wenthold, Judy Kruckman and Judy Rosel.
...Dr. Donald Moore of this city will be the new chairman for the Fourth of July Program here in Decorah.
...New officers of the local Beta Sigma Phi service sorority here are Mary Lou Brockman, Carol Eittreim, Gladys Jennerjohn and Dona Lensing.
...Construction work is underway on the new front for the F.R. Alberts Plumbing and Heating business located at 415 West Water St. A 44-foot, all-glass frontage is planned. The new business will have a modern knotty-pine interior and red cement flooring.
...Springfield Lutheran Church is holding its 100th anniversary celebration this summer. Rev. Lunde is pastor there.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Diane Mallu is the newly crowned 1963 Miss Decorah. She is a Luther College coed, and she won out over nine other girls in one of the finest Miss Decorah pageants ever sponsored by Decorah Jaycees.
...Decorah Builders Inc., has purchased the old Anderson building between Kjome Hardware and Evie's Koffee Shop on East Water. The building will be torn down soon.
...A grand celebration was held for the inauguration of new Luther College president Dr. E.D. Farwell recently. He is the sixth president of the college. Dr. Frederick A. Sciotz, president of the American Lutheran Church, performed the rite of induction. His inaugural address was titled "Stability for Change: To Serve and To Shape."
...Several area youths took a car out for a test drive from Kratz Motors in Cresco, and were involved in an accident on the Old Stage Road. The car struck a guardrail and plunged 55 feet down into a ravine. Four youths suffered cuts and bruises in the accident.
...Marc Nichols is the new president of the Decorah High School student body for the 1963-64 school year. Vice president is Ron Jaastad and secretary treasurer is Donna Berge.
...NEW LISTING: 200-acre farm between Decorah and Cresco. The farm has been in the same family for 100 years. There is a large home and good buildings. Farm is nearly all tillable with good black soil. Priced at $180 per acre.
...The Decorah Community Schools have hired seven new teachers including: Gretchen Richardson, Sheryl Erickson, Gordon "Rollie" Nesheim, Karen Anderson, Cheryl Martinson Rowse, and Janet Pipho.
FORTY YEARS AGO: 1973 Junior High School student body elections will be next week.
...Members of Girl Scout Troop 232 earning the award of Cadette First Class last week are Kim Johnson, Janet Moore, Joni Courtney, Diane Klocke, Barb Bruemmer and Kathy Naeseth. Their leader is Mrs. Gene Gardner. Members of Troop 425 receiving the Cadette First Class award are Mary Christianson, Paula Dwyer, Rochelle Kittleson, Suzanne Chaffee, Sherry Stoskopf and Vicki Stoskopf. Mrs. Gardner also serves as their leader.
...Suggestions for Mother's Day gifts: How about a fresh-baked, decorated cake for $1.98. Top it off with frozen strawberries, priced at 19 cents per package; and a half-gallon of ice cream, only 59 cents. Shop K&S.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Six area residents have made pleas of guilty to drug charges after a drug bust a few months ago. Six men and women appeared in court and were sentenced on charges of delivery or intent to delivery an illegal substance.
...Fred and Barbara Brown of Decorah are observing their silver wedding anniversary later this month with an open house at their Freeport home.
...Amy Fitzgerald and Gene Alberts, both juniors at Decorah High School, have been selected to attend Girls State and Boys State, respectively, next month.
...Newly elected officers of the Decorah High School student body were named this week. President is David Wrightsman. Lisa Engelhardt is vice president and secretary is Doreen Huinker.
...From the society pages of 1983: The engagement of Lynette Dotzenrod and Terri Wenthold is announced. They will wed June 4 at St. Francis De Sales Church, Ossian.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Following the trail of the stork from 1993: A girl was born May 13 to Bruce and Marcia Gullickson of Ossian; a boy was born May 13 to Christian and Martha Pilgrim of Decorah; and a girl was born May 13 to David and Paula Strand, Decorah.
...The 1993 DHS Prom theme was "A Brand New World." Among those attending the prom were Lisa Bremer and her date Donny Foltz; Lea Bremer and her date Matt Olson; and Karla Sensor and her date Rich Olson.
TEN YEARS AGO: Brenna Duffy and Ashley Tekippe led the Decorah High School girls' golf team to a victory over New Hampton last week. Both fired a 48 to share medalist honors.
...Barbara Hunt, retiring fixture at Decorah Newspapers and longtime local volunteer, has been chosen as the 2003 Nordic Fest flag recipient. She will be honored at the 37th annual festival in July.