EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Two horses fell through the ice on the lake near the First Power Dam here the other afternoon. The team was owned by Will Gjetley of Pleasant Township. He wad driving a load of wood out onto the lake and despite his precaution, the horses broke through. He succeeded in unhitching the team, which began swimming around in the water. Two other men joined Mr. Gjetley in the rescue attempts. They were able to save the first horse, but couldn't get the second out, even after cutting the ice away from the shore. The rescued horse is getting along nicely.
...The last of the connecting link of the Marquette and Prairie du Chien Bridge has been inserted. Flooring has been completed, and Everett Johnson of Dallas, Texas was the first to operate a private car across it on Feb. 13, 1931.
...Artificial ice is coming to Decorah. It will be shipped in for retail delivery next week and is being kept in cold storage at the creamery, without the use of sawdust!
...Luritz S. Swenson, a Luther College graduate, has been appointed by U.S. President Hoover as the new U.S. Minister to Holland. He graduated from the local college in 1886, and he made many friends here during his college years.
...The H.J. Bidne Tin Shop has been sold to Clarence E. Bidne. He previously conducted the tin shop business with his brother, H.J. Bidne.
...Open house is this weekend for the new telephone building at the corner of Court and Main.
...Helmer Haugen, the butter maker at Canoe Creamery, has resigned. His post will be filled by Nels Iverson of Clermont.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Two hundred area children have been cast in the operetta at the grade school in Decorah. "Polly Make Believe" features 20 musical numbers. Stars are Wanda Jean Anderson, Wesley Youmans, Roger Hines, Judy Moore, Leland Howland, Burton Faldet, Joan Amundson and Marietta Vangsness, Robert Bensch, Betty Jean Berg, Marvin Leseth and Robert Elickson.
...The Methodist Church over in Cresco burned down last week. Damage is estimated at $35,000. Several Decorah motorists drove over just after the fire to see the remains.
...A carload of young Iowans, including several from Waukon, plunged into the Mississippi River near the toll bridge at Prairie du Chien the other Sunday morning. Four young women and two young men lost their lives as they were returning from Prairie du Chien to Allamakee County. An eighth victim also may be reported as the investigation into the missing youth continues.
...The Mott Company's 40th birthday was a huge success, with 1,000 visitors entertained.
...Harold Morten Fretheim of Decorah, an apprentice seaman in the U.S. navy, was selected honor man of his company at the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill.
...Eleven more of our fine county men have been called to service with the recent huge national defense program. Among them are Paul Bergsrud, Bjarne Roed, Raymond Bucknell, Merlin Steen and George Severson, all of Decorah.
...Now showing at the Grand Theatre: Mickey Rooney in "Andy Hardy's Private Secretary." Coming soon - W.C. Fields in "Bank Dick." Admission - 10 cents to 30 cents.
...Everett Gross of Gross Oil Company has just purchased a large semi-trailer gasoline truck, to help service a total of 24 gas stations in the area.
...Bargains at Piggly Wiggly from 1941: Tuna fish, 10 cents per can; longhorn Colby cheese, 18 cents per pound; shortening, 39 cents for a 3-pound can; graham crackers, 7 cents per box.
SIXTY YEARS AGO: Blackie Davis, Gary Reichow and Bob Noecker will see plenty of action as the Decorah High Vikings take on Waukon in the district basketball meet later this week.
...A new chimney is being placed at Glenwood Lutheran Church, rural Decorah. The addition of a cloak room and a "mother's room." also are in the remodeling plans.
...An edition of "Your Baby's Care," an 80-page booklet, is being distributed to all new mothers at the county hospital. The local drug store is sponsoring this added service to the hospital.
...Two Ridgeway boys - DuWayne Butz and Richard Evenson - have enlisted in the regular Army.
...Little Cheryl Hislop celebrated her fourth birthday Feb. 25, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hislop. Guests were Fay Varner, Karen and John Dinger, Sue Stoddard, Jimmy Nordheim, Dickie and Larry Halverson, Susan Bernatz and Patty Bernatz.
...The Red Cross Drive is under way in Winneshiek County. Goal is $5,000.
...Katherine Ellingson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Ellingson of Decorah was scratched and bitten by a dog while on the East Side School playground last Friday morning. She is in the second grade at the Decorah school.
...Fire broke out at the Calmar Theatre the other evening, causing $2,000 in damages. The projection machine was not harmed in the blaze and the theatre was made ready in time for the evening show.
...Bargains at Ditto Food Market from 1951: Ground beef, 63 cents per pound; peanut butter, 59 cents per jar; carrots - 20 cents for a 2-pound bag.
FIFTY YEARS AGO: Milton Hove has been named outstanding young farmer by the Decorah Jaycees. Hove farms east of Decorah on the Old Stage Road. He and his wife have four children: Susan, 11; Joan, 10; Stevie, 8; and Ruth Ann, 9 months old. He is a member of Glenwood Lutheran Church, Farm Bureau and the Luren Singing Society.
...Following the trail of the stork in Decorah: Suzanne Marie is the name chosen for the newborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald White of Decorah. She was born Feb. 17.
...Jeanenne Marie is the name given by Mr. and Ms. Dwayne Hauber of Ridgeway, to their newborn daughter. She was born Feb. 19.
...Five Decorah pilots have been invited to joining the Iowa Pilots Association. The charter members of the group are George J. Bucheit, William R. Fitch, George E. Knudson, Jesse W. Wepler, T.R. Schafreth and Dewey T. Tatro.
...Students in Mrs. Lloyd Winger's second grade class at West Side are learning all about the postal department by playing post office. Youngsters pictured in a recent article in the paper are Diane Wicks, David Hovde, Terri Thompson, Paul Russeth, Tom Lovlien, Steve Gray, Connie Ellingson, Greg Vick and Mark Stokes. They are learning everything from about how the Pony Express came about, to modern postal operations.
...Henry Halweg has bought the Maid Rite Café in Decorah from Carl Kohl.
...The local fire department is hosting a Firemanship Training School here at the fire hall. Four classes, each three hours in length, will earn participants a certificate.
FORTY YEARS AGO: The new hospital in Decorah boasts a modern gift shop. Mrs. Carol Tekippe and Mrs. Diane Acker of Decorah are among the workers at the gift shop, which is run by the auxiliary members. They also have a gift cart and library cart for patients and visitors.
...Darrell Thompson of Decorah, a senior at DHS, won the Nordic Fest Emblem Contest. His artwork will be featured in various ways during the summer festival in Decorah.
...North Winneshiek High School was eliminated in a Class A sectional basketball tournament at Kee High the other night. High scorer for the Mustangs was senior Daryl Knoke, with 22 points.
...Dennis Cline wrestled in top form over the weekend in Ames to claim the individual 98-pound state championship at the Iowa State Wrestling Tourney.
...FOR SALE: Two-story brick home at the corner of Jefferson and Mill. Priced at $11,000.
...Roy Carlson, president of Fred Carlson Company, was recently named vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Iowa.
...Army Private Lawrence Lynch, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Lynch of Decorah, recently graduated from basic army administration course at Fort Ord, Calif. Pvt. Lynch, a Luther College graduate, completed his basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash.
...The OK Lunch at Phillips 66 is open from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Odell and Karen Myhre run the restaurant.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Those 25-cent one-way fares will continue, according to coordinators of the new in-town bus service called Crosslines Crosstown.
...Mabe's Pizza is offering specials to celebrate its 28th year of continuous business. Small pizzas with two ingredients are priced at one dollar, with the purchase of another small pizza. Mabel White began the business as a 30-seat café on the corner of College Drive and Lief Erickson in 1953. Groundbreaking at their new site at 110 East Water took place in May of 1977, after a fire destroyed the business on the last day of 1976.
...The Decorah girls' basketball team has won the sectional tournament, advancing to regional play at Charles City. The team includes Jana Christen, Chris Bartlett, Becky Jewell, Lisa Madrigal, Mary Glesne, Kari Foltz and Shawn Daughton and Karen Hacker.
...Six Turkey Valley wrestlers are on to the state meet: Tom Lensing, Paul Cuvelier, Dave Meirick, Dennis Meirick, Dennis Busta and Brian Costigan.
...Looking for a good interest rate - Passport is yielding 16.68% for accounts opened with as little as $5,000.
...Newspaper Editor Pat Maloney can now boast a career-defining milestone. He photographed Pope John Paul II a year and a half ago, and he most recently photographed President Ronald Reagan. Both photos were taken during stops in Iowa.
...Mel Faldet, an employee for Northwestern Bell Telephone for 35 years, earned himself a ring and a money clip from Telephone Manager Vic Pinckney.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: The local members of Xi Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held a valentine cake fundraiser last week. The group decorated 750 cakes and delivered them with helium-filled balloons and personal messages.
...From the society pages of 1991: Arleen Halverson and Jan Krueger have announced their engagement. They will wed March 30 at First Lutheran Church, Decorah.
...Turkey Valley High School has advanced four wrestlers to the State wrestling tournament in Des Moines: Kurt Jirak, Paul Folkers, Ray Zeran and Lauren Busta.
...Decorah Public Library Director Ted Stark has resigned to accept a job in Des Moines.
...Bill Fullhart, Lee Fullhart, Howard Fullhart and Jason Stoskopf are headed to Des Moines to represent Decorah High School in the wrestling tourney. Lee Fullhart is the first Decorah freshman ever to advance to the state tourney for Decorah.
...Perry Numedahl from North Winneshiek has earned his third trip to the state wrestling tourney.
...The New Minowa Players will present the world premiere of the production "The Lansing Queen" by playwright Darwin Baldridge, as a dinner theater at the Elks Club in Decorah.
...Jory Blauer from Decorah High School has won the 100-backstroke at the state swim meet.
...The Bridal Boutique in downtown Decorah is holding a "prom preview" March 10. The latest in prom styles and accessories will be showcased.
TEN YEARS AGO: Decorah Vikings are sending four wrestlers to the state tournament: Luke Severson, Blake Livingood, John Jaeger and Ted Kuennen. Three Trojan wrestlers from Turkey Valley have advanced to the state meet: Paul Meirick, Mitch Langreck and Luke Bouska. South Winneshiek's Justin Smith also will represent the area in Des Moines at the tournament.
...Kendra Timp, a senior at South Winneshiek High School, was crowned FFA Sweetheart recently.
...Decorah artist Elisabeth Maurland has created a piece of pottery commissioned for Iowa Public Television's Festival 2001.
...Brandan Devine-Meyer, son of Jody and Mary Eileen Devine-Meyer of Decorah, has achieved the Eagle Scout designation.