EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The stage is set. The Winneshiek County Fair opens here this week for four days and four nights of real enjoyment. Nine big circus acts are sure to please the folks in the grandstand. A bucking comedy mule is also a "scream" according to fair organizers. Some experts on the horizontal bars will do some risky somersaulting too.
...The pheasant season this fall will be limited to only two days, according to action of the Iowa Fish and Game Commission. No female birds can be killed this year. The dates will be in the last two weeks in November.
...A train has killed a man on this side of Ossian. He was walking on the Milwaukee tracks and was killed instantly by the No. 3 train coming from Chicago. The 50-year-old single man was from Springfield Township and was a cement worker by trade.
...New Life Membership tickets to the Winneshiek County Fair are available at the Decorah State Bank.
...The garage and part of a grain shed were burned to the ground on the Eldo Peck farm near Ossian the other night. An auto was also destroyed in the garage.
...Ralph Jones defeated L. Miller in the finals of the annual golf caddie tournament at Oneota Golf Club. Selmer Moen was a consolation winner.
...A huge number of folks turned out for the opening of the new Bake Rite Bakery the other Saturday. The grand prize was a $3 giveaway (given in 25-cent increments). Next week's prize is a free loaf of bread.
...C.C. Kvale took some folks up in his cabin plane the other day and his Chicago passengers took a number of fine pictures from the air in the flight over Decorah.
...Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Haugen of near Nordness are proud parents of a 9-pound baby girl, born Sept. 1.
...News from Ossian: Mrs. Wm. Brockman is a patient at the Grand View Hospital in La Crosse. Her husband and children, Bradley and Mary Lou, visited her on Tuesday.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: A new "payroll allotment" plan is being introduced here. All businessmen from the area are urged to attend a meeting of the War Band Committee to hear more about the plan. War Bond purchases are necessary to make the program work. The success of this plan directly affects the success of our war effort.
...Andrew Bakke has tied for second place in the judging event at the National Dairy Cattle Congress recently.
...Bells will ring throughout the city on Sept. 14 at the launch of the new Victory Bond Drive.
...T.T. Henning is moving his photography gallery to a new location at the Pearsen Building, first door south of the Decorah rest room.
...Oneota Bowling Club has a new manager in F.E. Wall of Mason City. The Oneota boasts eight alleys and no finer ones can be found in the state.
...Two new teachers have been hired here, Miss Beatrice Watland and Miss Florence Peters.
...One Springwater area farmer is upset over the proposal that old guns be donated to the scrap metal war effort. "If guns must be taken, then they should take the church bells too," he said. He added that some of the iron being scrapped at the old Springwater Mill has been at the mill for more than 49 years.
...Hugh Perkins, age 75, is retiring from 40 years of railroad service over at the Calmar yards.
...From the society pages of 1942: Orlando Barth has married Alma Ramsey in a Sept. 4 ceremony at Washington Prairie Church.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Six train carloads of hay from this area are headed to drought-stricken areas in Kentucky and Tennessee.
...Norma Jean Gulbro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Gulbro of rural Spring Grove, has enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls.
...A 12-year-old boy, Harlan Erickson of Decorah, is the ninth polio case reported in Winneshiek County.
...An all-time record number of freshmen are enrolled at Decorah High School. Total is 161 freshmen.
...Nancy Peck of Calmar has enrolled at Iowa State College in Ames. She will major in economics.
...The young Republicans from Winneshiek County are organizing a local group. They will have their first meeting later this month at the Luther gym.
...Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wurzer of St. Lucas finally received word that their son, Pvt. Clement C. Wurzer, has arrived safely to his assignment in Japan.
...Class officers were named at the Decorah High School last week. President of the student body is Harry Jensen. Vice president is Peter Usgaard. Dean Christen is secretary-treasurer. Donald Stegen is the junior class president and Joyce Westby will serve as vice president of that class.
...The Iowa Cornhuskers will be providing dance music at Matter's Ballroom next weekend.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: The Decorah Airport Commission is currently accepting bids for a brand new airport hangar. It will be constructed with four stalls.
...A grand opening at the new Anthony's Store in downtown Decorah is planned this month. The new department store is situated in the former Taylor Hardware Store. Some of the grand opening bargains are: a men's two-piece suit, $39; three-piece luggage set, $10; and women's half-slips, two for $5.
...Current Fred Carlson Company projects under way in the region are: a bypass on Highway 30 in Cedar Rapids; paving of Interstate 80 northeast of Iowa City; four-lane highway on the outskirts of Ottumwa on Highway 63; and work on a four-lane highway in the Dennison area.
...A public hearing on the proposed abandonment of the Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Company line between Postville Junction and Decorah is planned in mid October. The hearing will be in the courthouse courtroom. Those attending are asked to testify as to the effect such abandonment will have on their business and inconvenience it will cause them.
...Len Seegmiller is the new postmaster at Luther College.
...Ann's Beauty Shop has welcomed two new stylists: Anna Mae Bucheit and Charlyn Vick. They are giving new permanent waves for $6 (a $10 value).
...Construction of the new Post Office in Decorah will be completed by next March of 1963.
...Last year's popular barbecue at Luther College has prompted organizers to hold the event again this fall. Businessmen have donated all the labor and money to make the barbecue a success. It will be at Nustad Field on Sept. 25.
...Bicycling has become a popular family affair for several groups in Decorah. To make the biking more enjoyable for the entire family, several local residents have acquired modern "rear seats" for the kids. One family, Dr. and Mrs. James Bullard, recently brought back "bucket-type" seats from Germany. The seats are attached to the front cross bar of the bikes, allowing the child to see ahead during the ride.
...The Decorah Viking football team is geared up for its opening game versus Waukon this week. Lettermen are Ron Stoskopf, Chuck Hoyme, Chuck Egge, Wayne Clement, Wayne Ellingson, Ray Wicks, Reg Wicks, Phil Svanoe, Jim Hedemann, Chuck Sensor and John Matter (who is out for the season with an injury).
...Following the trail of the stork from 1962: A boy was born Sept. 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Benda; a girl was born Sept. 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Bruening of Decorah; a girl was born Sept. 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Boe of Decorah; a boy was born Sept. 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kolaas of Decorah; and a boy was born Sept. 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Busch of Fort Atkinson.
FORTY YEARS AGO: Ted's Tobacco Shop at 101 East Water is now "Trollheim." Manager George McArthur is hosting a grand opening this week. A popular soda fountain service is available, along with pipe, cigarette and cigar sections. A full line of foreign tobaccos also is featured. Trollheim is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Olson of Decorah. They purchased the business from Ted and Olga Wangsness earlier this summer.
...Klimesh Ford of Calmar is holding registration for the annual "Pass, Punt and Kick" contest for boys 8-13. It has been announced that Lonny Olejniczak, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Denny Olejniczak, will once again compete. He has been a two-time, national finalist and national semi-finalist last year in the contest.
...Decorah High School junior letterman Mike Nelson led the local cross country team to a victory over West Union the other evening. He posted a winning time of 4:44.4 over the one-mile distance. Close behind were his teammates Fred Schultz. Mark Finanger, Jeff Seim and Mike Sloan, who also finished strong for the local team.
...FOR SALE: An 80-acre farm with four-bedroom home, dairy barn, silo, hog barns, cattle sheds and other good buildings. Priced to sell at $53,000.
...Truman Tollefsrud Jr. rescued his 14-month-old daughter from the family's burning home the other night. The farm is located south of Sattre and northeast of Decorah. The two-story farm home was gutted in the blaze.
...Leaders of the Decorah High School band this fall are Kerry Anderson, president; Steve Anundsen, equipment manager; Dave Schwiezer, manager; Jan Bahr and Marilyn Berge, librarians; Linda Klocke and Janie Ellingson, public relations.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1972: A daughter was born Sept. 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hjelmeland, and a son was born Sept. 9 to Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Laursen of Decorah.
...Decorah halfback Kerry Anderson led the Vikings to a 48-0 romp over Oelwein the other night. Captain Anderson raced for two Viking touchdowns and caught touchdown passes from junior quarterback Craig Hovda.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: A new vice president has been introduced at Luther College. Dr. Albert Anderson, president of North Carolina's Lenoir-Rhyne College, will succeed Maynard Aakre in January.
...Looking for a good money market interest rate? How does 10.78 percent sound?
...Jean Sloan of Decorah is the new manager at Davidson's Department Store in Decorah. She is the daughter of Neil and Joan Sloan.
...Mike Weis guided the Decorah boys' cross country team in an easy victory Saturday in the nine-team Waverly-Shell Rock Invitational. He won the two-mile race in 10 minutes, 29 seconds.
...Bill Hart, who enjoyed a career in the newspaper business that spanned more than 50 years, has died at the age of 74.
...Decorah High School is gearing up for the 1962 homecoming. Candidates for queen are Jenny Thornton, Patsy O'Hara, Cathy Kuehner, Julie Olson and Lynn Akre. Theme for the festivities is "We Can Do Magic." Daily themes are "Ridiculous Day," "Punk Day," "Pajama Day," "Dress Up Day" and "Red and Blue Day." Angie Carlson is the junior attendant and sophomore attendant is Debbie Arneson.
...Following the trail of the stork from 1962: A boy was born Sept. 17 to Russ and Ruth Ann Kephart, Decorah; a girl was born Sept. 18 to Gary and Mary Cline of Decorah; and a girl was born Sept. 19 to John and Karen Kerndt of Decorah.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: It's homecoming time at Decorah High School. Queen candidates are Laura McGrew, daughter of Jay and Kay McGrew; Laura Hart, daughter of Jon and Mary Hart; Angie Lenz, daughter of Maury and Eileen Lenz; Lea Donhowe, daughter of Vicki and Mark Donhowe; and Kjersti Ehrie, daughter of Jim and Karen Ehrie. Attendants are Betsy Newhouse, daughter of Marilyn and Craig Newhouse, junior attendant; Kim Luhman, daughter of Dave and Sue Luhman, sophomore attendant; and Joy Sayasenh, daughter of Baribane and Khouang Sayasenh, freshman class attendant.
...The Unified Jazz Ensemble, now in residence in the Decorah Community, is busy performing, teaching and coaching local high school students throughout the academic year.
...Decorah School has received West Point Academy's National School Spotlight Award for the Decorah Middle School.
...Robert Larson, head of the drama department at Luther, is directing the Commonweal Theatre Company performance of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in Lanesboro this fall.
TEN YEARS AGO: James Ott, M.D., a family physician, has joined the Decorah Clinic staff here.
...The Decorah Viking sophomore football team was victorious over MFL-Mar Mac 15-6. A 75-yard touchdown pass from Brett Humpal found Adam Lundvedt in the first quarter. Joe Wolfe entered the end zone on a two-point conversion. Wolfe again entered paydirt in the third period from 19 yards out. Kicker DJ Mello rounded out the scoring for Decorah with a successful point-after attempt. Coach is Adam Riley.
...The Decorah Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps has entered its 70th anniversary year. The Kilties are the third oldest drum corps in the nation.
...South Winneshiek High School will select a homecoming king and queen later this month. Queen candidates are Allanda Boeckenheuer, Cassie Hageman and Kristi Kuennen. King candidates are Darren Einck, Wayne Kovarik and Josh Uhlenhake.