Roz Weis
Roz Weis

EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A skin of a large Idaho mountain lion is drawing much attention in the east window at Ben Bear Clothing Store right here in downtown Decorah. The animal was killed by the capable son of John Nesheim. He is currently a resident of Decorah. …A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Falness of near Calmar on Jan. 3. …The Rudolphinum basketball teams from Ridgway motored to Alta Vista the other evening, where the boys vanquished the Alta Vista team 20-7. …Many locals turned out to tender a farewell party for Lizzie Riley, who was the faithful housekeeper for the late Rev. Father Martin Hogan at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. She spent 33 years of her life in this vocation. She was tendered a purse of money as a token and remembrance of fine service. …The Lyceum Players will give a play at St. Bridget’s parish hall this weekend. Admission is 25 cents. …The recent death of a beloved local doctor, Otto Svebakken, was a great shock to the entire community. He and his wife were traveling to Florida by car when the accident occurred. Mrs. Svebakken was badly injured and is reportedly being cared for in a hospital in one of the southern states. The couple’s auto collided with a fruit truck and turned over twice. The first news of Dr. Svebakken’s untimely death came to his partner, Dr. Lester Larson, by long distance telephone call. …The Decorah High School Viking basketball team trounced Waukon the other night. Score at the half was 26-2. No sloppy shots in this game. Pat Williams had 20 points to his credit. Nelson Preus also gave a good show. …Mrs. Valdorf Moe, a recent local bride, was tendered a lovely shower at the Hotel Winneshiek last Friday evening.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO: E.T. Haugen has assumed his new duties as the chairman of the Decorah Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Clarence Fjelstul. …C.R. Walker, a 78-year-old Decorah man, was pictured on the front page of the newspaper holding his two-month-old great-granddaughter. The little baby’s father is currently getting training in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Jackson, Tenn. …Following the trail of the stork from 1944: A son was born Jan. 28 to Mr. and Mrs. George Ellingson of Decorah; a son was born Jan. 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Daniels of Decorah; a daughter was born Jan. 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Baraynard of Decorah; and a son was born Jan. 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Gene McCabe of Burr Oak. …The recent President’s Ball here raised more than $500. The event was at Matter’s Hall, and more than 1,000 people attended. …Ossie Orwoll, whose baseball ability put Decorah on the sports map, recently returned from a 10-month stay at Baffin Bay, where he worked on a military job with the Al Johnson Construction Company. It is 250-miles from the Arctic Circle. …James McWilliams, Navy yard representative, is here interviewing men interested in employment at any of the six U.S. Navy shore establishments. He currently seeks workers for the Pearl Harbor Navy yard, as well as several other locations.

SIXTY YEARS AGO: More than 135 persons attended the annual Iowa Independent Telephone Association meeting at the posh Viking Room at Hotel Winneshiek. Demonstration of a modern new “inter-toll dialing technique” was presented for all those in attendance. …Decorah’s two Lutheran Churches have established a Christian home and marriage counseling service for the area. …Thieves have broken into Union Produce in Ossian. They got away with the tidy sum of $200 from the safe. They left behind all their thieving tools, which included a crowbar, hammer and chisel. Investigation is under way.

FIFTY YEARS AGO: A recent scarlet fever outbreak in Winneshiek County has alarmed the local county nurse, Mrs. Elaine Duvel. She urges all parents, teachers and school officials to be on lookout for symptoms. A diagnosed case of scarlet fever should remain at home for a minimum of seven days under doctor’s care. …The local TOPS weight-loss organization will change its name to Fat Fighters of Minowa. The club has nine official members here. …Reg Wicks and John Dinger finished second and third, respectively, in their weight classes at the state wrestling tourney at the Waterloo Hippodrome. …Sign-up for kindergarten will be March 6, 1964 at West Side School. Vision tests will be given all youngsters who register. …Decorah High School girls who are contestants for Miss Decorah are Roxanne Ellingson, Linda Grinna, Sue Noecker, Mimi Nesseth and Charlotte Kalsow. Luther College candidates for the 1964 Miss Decorah title are Judy Snell, Janice Snell, Janice Smith, Alexis Kompelien, Gwen Woodcock and Ruth Ann Johnson. The event is April 18 at the high school auditorium. …Davis Johnson, Doug Jacobson, Len Erdahl and Dave Schreiber helped the Luther College Norsemen win the fourth straight Iowa Conference wrestling championship over at Fayette.

FORTY YEARS AGO: Red, White and Blue (Grass), a four-member music group performing that popular “newgrass” music, is opening a 30-day tour of Midwest colleges with a performance at the Luther Field House. …Dean’s Roller Rink, located a mile east of Ossian on Highway 52, is expanding hours. …Shop The Family Store in Decorah for these bargains from 1974: Hormel sausages, 69 cents per package; ground beef, 99 cents; two heads of lettuce for 29 cents; and one-half gallon ice cream, 69 cents. …Now showing at the Viking Theatre: “Bang the Drum Slowly.” Coming soon: “Lovers and Other Strangers.” …Stan Willer, DHS senior, had 28 points in a big game the other night, as the Decorah Vikings basketball team humbled Elkader, 82-65. …Champions of the NEIC wrestling tourney at Decorah High School last week were Tom Hovey, wrestling at 155 pounds; Bruce Kinseth, weighing in at 126 pounds; Al Thornton at 105 pounds; and Lars Sacquitne at the 138 pound weight class.

THIRTY YEARS AGO: Marshall B. Anderson of Decorah has earned an award in a design competition at Illinois State University. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Anderson. He designed the costumes for his college’s production of “The Country Wife.” …Decorah may have another bank in the future. A group of local individuals has filed an application for a brand new national bank here. The proposed First National Bank is being organized by the following: Arnold Kratz of Cresco; Douglas Kratz, David Kratz and Paul Moen, all of Decorah; and Bruce Storey of Mabel, Minn. …Following the trail of the stork from 1984: A boy was born Feb. 24 to Robert and Sara Wiemerslage of Decorah; a boy was born Feb. 24 to Dennis and Lois Bohr of Ossian. …Seeing playing time in the last regular season game at home the other night were the following Decorah High School basketball stars: Scott Pierce, Jody McCormick, Bob Broghammer, Jerry Weis, Shegun Pointer, Jeff Kramer, Brian Womeldorf, Steve Ransom, Randy Vine, Eric Sorum, and Jim Root. Their season ended with three wins and 15 losses. …Brand new round conference banners have been installed in the high school gymnasium. …White’s Custom Trophies has opened for business here. Al White is the owner of the new business, located at 113 West Water

TWENTY YEARS AGO: Frances Rude has been named Goodwill Industries Volunteer of the year for Northeast Iowa. …Decorah senior wrestler Lee Fullhart has earned a piece of Iowa history in his most recent Viking wrestling tournament win. He is just the fifth wrestler in Iowa to win 100 or more consecutive matches. …Mike Hovden is the new service manager at Decorah Implement.

TEN YEARS AGO: Five Decorah young people (Hannah Maher, Jason Orvis, Samantha Cuvelier, Allison Orvis and Erik Orvis) recently swam in an all-star meet in Lawrence, Kansas. The local swimmers train at the Cresco Fitness Center throughout the winter. …Larry Shay is retiring after 42 years in education. Most recently he was superintendent of schools at North Winneshiek. …Going for gold at the Iowa High School Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this week are the following Decorah students: A.J. Gregg, Aarik Dahlen, Taylor Mansfield, Brett Schultz, Mike Tangen and Mikel Hansen. Qualifying for the state tourney from South Winneshiek is Jacob Elsbernd. Turkey Valley’s top qualifier is Lee Meirick (currently ranked second in the state). …Nicolas and Kara Zahasky have graduated from massage therapy school in Las Vegas. …New officers of the South Winneshiek FFA organization are Tabatha Hageman, Mason Tiekoetter, Jill Winkler, Jason Cook, Tanner Miner and Brian Schmitt. …Roger and Cheryl Craft of Decorah celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. They have two children: Doug and Connie. …Terry Ramlo of Decorah turned 40 a few weeks back. His friends at K&S ran a big ad to commemorate the occasion.