Newspaper Article Archive of
100 years ago
May 10, 1917
Rev. E. D. Lantz of Abilene, Kansas, who served several years as pastor of the local Reformed church, has been extended a call to again accept the place after an absence of seventeen years.
Mrs. Emily Wellman, aged 60, was struck by an auto on the streets of Iowa City Saturday night and died in a hospital 48 hours later. The driver of the car was freed from all blame.
At a meeting of the board of education last week the price of tuition in the Lone Tree school was advanced. The grade tuition was advanced from $1.50 to $3.00 a month and the high school from $4.50 to $6.50 a month.
The applications of James Sherburne and Fred Dodson have been accepted and they will enter the officers training camp at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota in a few days.
Fred Timmerman sustained several rib fractures and possible internal injuries and narrowly escaped death in an accident at his home Thursday afternoon. While oiling a tractor Timmerman’s right arm was caught in a fly wheel and his body was hurled as the wheel revolved several times before it stopped. Two coats and a sweater were removed from his body by the fast-moving wheel.
R. J. Vigars, with his high school vaudeville show, scored another hit at the Fisher opera house last night. The program was composed of eight acts.
Henry Meyers of Nichols was found dead in a field Tuesday morning about ten o’clock. Mr. Meyers had not been well for some time, having been afflicted with dropsy. It is thought that heart trouble hastened his death.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wiese on Wednesday, May 8th.
A lot of university students have left their studies and gone to the farms, having been given full credit for their year’s work.
John Ziegler replaced the old board walk in front of his place with a new cement walk last week. This was the last of the board walks in Lone Tree.
A Lone Tree man says he mowed the lawn in the evening and shoveled snow off the walks the next morning, the first week in May. How’s that for Iowa?
The Rock Island arsenal is now turning out 200 rifles a day to equip the new armies for the war with Germany.
After July 1917, city councils of towns in which newspapers are published will be compelled by law to publish the proceedings of each regular or special session of the council.
The Universal Motor Car Co. moved into its new garage on Commercial street last week.
75 years ago
May 14, 1942
Tuesday was a memorable day for Mr. and Mrs. S. Hiller, the day of their golden wedding anniversary, and for the many relatives and friends who gathered at their home to rejoice with them and wish them well. Among the guest for the day was Dena Rubelman, who was also a guest at the wedding fifty years ago in the Swank church neighborhood.
James H. Bell of Nichols was re-elected to a six-year term on the county board of education at a meeting held Tuesday morning.
Friends did a very neighborly act Tuesday for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hawthorne when they came and moved the fence back along a 40 acre tract where a new road is being graded. Mr. Hawthorne had been unable to get the fence moved due to illness.
In the grade declamatory contest held at the schoolhouse Thursday evening Mary Forwald placed first in the humorous section and Betty Tagge placed first in the dramatic section.
Twenty-two persons were present at the first meeting of the new Red Cross first aid class, held at the schoolhouse Friday evening.
Stamp No. 1 from your War Ration Book No. 1 will be good for the purchase of one pound of sugar up to Saturday, May 16. Approximately 40,000 persons registered for sugar in Johnson county.
William Doerres was a member of the graduating class at the State University of Iowa receiving degrees at the May convocation at the University Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon. The B. A. degree granted him was in Liberal Arts and Medicine. He is continuing his studies in the medical college in the new semester.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nolan are parents of a baby girl born May 12 at Mercy hospital.
25 Years Ago
May 15, 1992
For the third time, voters of the Highland school district have said “no” to a school bond issue. Even if the law had been changed, which would require only 50% yes rathern than 60%, this bond issue would have failed. Only 45.78% voted yes. The number of registered voters increased since the last time around, from 1,629 to 1,782. For some comparisons, the number voting in June 1990 was 1,004; June 1991 was 1,032; and Tuesday, May 12, there were 1,186 who voted.
Following the results of the election, patrons from Riverside presented a petition to Highland school board president Denny Klein calling for another election in six months. This petition, signed by more than 211 people, calls for the issuance of bonds in the amount of $1,648,970 to locate a new school in Riverside and for improvements for Ainsworth Elementary School.
One hundred seventy-two students from Highland were among more than 2,200 Iowa grade school students who attended performances of “Mountain Tales and Music,” performed by Roadside Theater on the University of Iowa campus. Roadside Theater hails from the Appalachia Mountains of eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. The performances for school groups were part of the 1991-92 Performing Arts for Youth series hosted by the UI Arts Outreach program.
10 Years Ago
May 10, 2007
A new Riverside fire station will be a reality by Nov. 4. During the dedication ceremony May 5, members of the fire department thanked the Riverside City Council for appropriating funds for the building and the township trustees for their support. The $1.3 million project has been in the works for approximately eight years.
Swank Church of Lone Tree will celebrate its 100th anniversary Sunday, May 13. Special guest speaker is the Rev. John D. Kerr of Oelwein, Iowa. He is the grandson of the Rev. W. Ernest Stockley, who presided at the dedication of the new church April 28, 1907.
In two years, Bud’s Custom Meats, a top supplier choice for area residents, will celebrate its silver anniversary as a top area meat processing service. In fact, demand has been such that the family-owned and operated business added a third more space this year. The 16-by-25-foot addition is on the building’s east side, right near its famous beef jerky sign.
Now run by Doug Havel and his sister, Denise Marsengill, Bud’s is the very well known nickname for their father, Raymond Havel, who opened the business in 1984 in Riverside. The elder Havel retired in 1997.
100 Years Ago
May 10, 1917
It beats all how cussed ornery some kids do get. Some youngsters pulled up a lot of vegetables in John Shetler’s garden recently. They saw the boys, but Mr. Shetler not having good eyesight he could not tell who they were. They destroyed potatoes that were up, tramped out lettuce and damaged a lot of ever-bearing strawberry plants. The Shetler family were made almost sick, they felt so badly to see their excellent garden destroyed.
Our apologies are due the young son who arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Whetstine April 27 for not mentioning his arrival sooner. Mr. and Mrs. Whetstine now have a fine pair, a girl and a boy.
George J. Swartzendruber was not at all discouraged over the lateness of the spring when we talked with him last Saturday. He says 36 years ago this spring they did not finish sowing oats until in May, at which time there were many snowbanks to be seen, and that season they had abundant crops. He remembers the time very distinctly, as that same spring he and a few of his neighbors moved with teams and wagons the Hauber family and personal effects from the Amana colonies to their neighborhood, which has ever since been their home.
75 Years Ago
May 14, 1942
Spring repairing and cleaning up continues in the business section of Wellman. The Benteco Grocery has been given a new coat of paint and a new awning has been erected. The sidewalk in front of the Home Appliance store was torn out and relaid, and the building next to it, which houses the Gingerich Harness Shop and the Primp Beauty Shop, is being given a stucco front. So far, the west side of main street has done the most renovating and cleaning up. The east side is going to have to hurry to catch up.
Thirteen years ago, a group of five small, curious youngsters entered the kindergarten class at Lexington school. They were Willard Patterson, Betty Tadlock, Dean Emde, James Pence and Richard Gardner. Their teacher was Thelda Freel Birkey, who continued in that capacity for four years.
This week, the first four of the group graduate with the senior class of Wellman High; the last named boy graduates with the class of Washington High.
All five, except James Pence, who attended Pleasant Valley a short while, attended no other rural school, graduating from the eighth grade at the same time. The first three students have spent their entire school life together. All have lived in the same farm home.
All four attending Wellman school are members of the band and chorus groups. Three boys, Dean Emde, James Pence and Richard Gardner, are active members of the Cedar Chips 4-H club. Betty Tadlock was a member of the Cedar Chain 4-H club when it was organized. This is rather an unusual record for a rural community.
Mrs. William H. Blum received a Mother’s Day telegram Sunday morning from her son Clarence, who is somewhere in Ireland. The telegram was dated as having been sent from Great Britain. It read as follows: “Best wishes on Mother’s Day. Wish you many more of them. Feeling fine. Your son, Clarence Blum.”
50 Years Ago
May 11, 1967
Wayne E. Hazelton Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hazelton of Wellman, was one of three sailors aboard the Saint Paul whose birthday fell on April 12, which was a non-existent day for the ship as it passed over the International Dateline.
In a quote from the ship’s newletter, it states, “Hazelton came to the ship from the McKinzie and has previously served aboard the Porterfield. A seaman in 3rd Division, he works in the hangarbay on the Saint Paul since his arrival aboard March 16. He joined the Navy Oct. 20, 1965, and lists Wellman, Iowa, as his hometown, where they don’t have problems with International Datelines.”
Brad Kiesey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Kiesey of near West Chester, has been named city editor of the University of Iowa student newspaper, The Daily Iowan. Brad is a 1964 graduate of Mid-Prairie High School and is a junior majoring in journalism at the university.
Mr. and Mrs. Gail Shaver, Kalona, announce the engagement of their daughter, Claudia Ann, to Kenneth Phil Bishop, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olen Bishop of Wellman. An Aug. 27 wedding is being planned. Miss Shaver is a senior at Mid-Prairie High School.
25 Years Ago
May 14, 1992
Patricia M. Witinok of rural Wellman will be awarded a Ph.D. in physical geography Friday, May 15, during the commencement ceremony for the Graduate College of the University of Iowa. Dr. Witinok has resided in Washington County since September 1976. She taught earth science at Washington Junior High School for two years and then returned to the University of Iowa to complete a master’s in geology in 1979 and a master’s in physical geography in 1987.
On a weather-perfect spring day, May 8, 31 members and friends of Wellman Heritage Society spent a day in Iowa City that included guided tours of Ronald McDonald House, Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the Old Capitol.
A record 564 students will receive their degrees and diplomas during spring commencement at Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, May 14. Among the graduates will be Mark Millice and Carmen Shifflett, both of Wellman. Millice will receive an associate degree in nursing. Shifflett has studied computer systems/networks technology at Indian Hills.
10 Years Ago
May 10, 2007
The Wellman City Council Monday discussed the downtown building project which is under way in the former Nicholls Dimes and Dollars store. John Schwartz of Schwartz Construction is in the process of gutting the three buildings. The project include three store fronts, one of which will be the new senior dining site if approved. The others will be a pharmacy and a professional office building. There will be six condominiums upstairs that Schwartz said, “will probably be rented out as apartments.”
Larry Thrapp of West Chester had some great luck mushroom hunting Thursday, May 3. He brought in 11 pounds in three and a half hours in the morning. His hunting spot was in Whitey Deatsch’s timber east of Richmond along the Skunk River.
100 years ago
May 10, 1917
Through the courtesy of the Sharon Hill Cemetery Association, the town of Kalona has received a gift, the Sharon Hill cemetery. It is sadly in need of being cleaned. Therefore, by the order of and in behalf of the Town Council of Kalona, I have declared and set aside Friday afternoon as a time for that purpose. Now everybody who is interested in beautifying the cemetery as well as the town, please get your lawn mower and garden rake ready and come with us to the cemetery and help clean and beautify it. When you hear the bugle call Friday after dinner, make a beeline for the cemetery and do your share. J. R. Swartzendruber, Mayor.
Ed. Eash, a Wellman carpenter, was the victim of a bad accident, Tuesday afternoon, while working on a barn on e of the Rabe Trunipseed farms south of Wellman. He was at the very top and with other carpenters was putting up the rafters, when a strong wind blew him from his perilous position to the hay mow floor about 30 feet below. He was frightfully crushed and was taken to an Iowa City hospital and according to our last report, his condition was very critical.
75 years ago
May 7, 1942
Considerable excitement was caused downtown Monday afternoon when the horse belonging to Will Yoder became frightened at the barking of several dogs while left standing in front of the Snair Hardware Store. The horse which was hitched to a buggy ran south from Snairs to the D. B. Hochstetler residence south of the railroad tracks. It was necessary for him to jump a ditch to get on the lawn where the animal turned and ran back to the tracks and ran west, crossed the creek bridge and was finally stopped before reaching highway No. 1.
Supt. and Mrs. H. V. Snodgrass entertained the 17 members of the Senior class at a May Breakfast. Plans were completed concerning the class trip to Chicago.
Mrs. Eli Stutzman is nursing a very sore right hand, having caught it in the wringer while washing Monday morning.
Mrs. Ed Downs is assisting at the county superintendants office in Washington this week correcting the 7th and 8th grade examination papers.
Mrs. Celia Escher was a guest on Monday at the Duwa and Gingerich wedding at Riverside. On Monday night a wedding dance was given by them at the Z. C. B. J. hall here.
The play given at the Parish Hall I Richmond Sunday nig ht was well attended.
Ed Downs and Harry Strabala who are working for the Eclipse Lumber Co. at Washington are doing some work on the Wm. Shalla farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Bart Yotty and sons, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Speas and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Speas, Chris Yotty and Junior Hochstetler were dinner guests in the Linus Patterson home Sunday.
Mrs. Della Dawson and Mrs. Stanley Dawson and Judy visited in the Harold Stumpf home Saturday afternoon.
At Pilotburg the sugar ration board consisted of Mrs. Carl D. Anderson, Mrs. Wayne Stransky, Mrs. Raymond Chalupa and Mrs. Carl Oldfield and Mrs. Lyle Walton, the teacher.
At Lookout school, Marguerite Vodicka, Marion Stransky and Joe Vodicka had charge of the registration.
Mary Ann TeBockhorst was one of the members of the cast that presented a play at the Casino Hall in Richmond last Sunday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwane Shalla and Larry and Mrs. Charles Marek and Bob spent Sunday with Charles Shalla.
50 years ago
May 11, 1967
R. H. Peterseim received a 50-year certificate as a licensed funeral director. Following his apprenticeship in Chicago, he established a mortuary in Kalona and also operated a furniture store until it was destroyed by fire at the time the Hesselschwerdt store burned. Later ‘Pete’ started in the barber trade, having s shop in Kalona for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. George Allen Jr. have purchased a lot on west C Avenue from Mr. and Mrs. Menno Helmuth. They plan to build a house later this year.
Mrs. Monroe D. Yoder and Cherie and Mrs. George E. Fry were in Cedar Falls for the weekend to share Mother’s Day activities with their daughters, Beverly and Boni Yoder and Connie Peterseim.
Kalona women golfers who met at the local course on Wednesday afternoon, included Mrs. D. G. Sattler, Mrs. H. E. Peterseim, Mrs. Ferd Skola, Mrs. Ray Hendrickson and Mrs. Amos Mellinger.
At a previous meeting, Mrs. Peterseim had been elected president and Mrs. Reese Trusler, secretary. It was decided that the ladies will continue to golf at one o’clock each Wednesday afternoon.
25 years ago
May 7, 1992
Paul Swank, Rhoda Hershberger, Jackie Flake and Richard Oyer are retiring this year. Their combined years of service to the Mid-Prairie School District add up to an impressive 129. Mr. Swank served as Vo-Ag instructor and FFA advisor for 28 years. Miss Hershberger has taught elementary pupils. Miss Flake, junior high science teacher, guide the girls basketball team to several winning seasons as head coach. Mr. Oyer was junior high math teacher.
Children receiving their First Communion Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church were Amanda Brenneman, Blair Brenneman, Jon Hagemeier, Blake Hershberger, Heather Duwa, Ryan TeBockhorst, Adam Surly, Brandon TeBockhorst, Ryan Waldschmdit and Elsa Young.