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Looking Back - Lone Tree Reporter
October 19, 1916
The Curtis Handle Co. factory started operations Monday and within the next few days will be running to full capacity.
Ray Guernsey has been retained by the Iowa Electric Co. as manager of the local electric light plant.
Jesse Rickey brought us a turnip Saturday that weighed seven pounds and nine ounces and measured 24 inches around.
There is some talk of a new Methodist church in Lone Tree.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Aubrecht on October 16.
In honor of Iowa Day, October 20, some facts about Iowa are:
- No section of the world of equal area is as productive as Iowa.
- The average Iowa farm is worth $20,287.91.
- Iowa ranks first among the states in value of horses; $136,000,000.
- First in the number of automobiles per capita.
- First in the value of swine; $60,000,000, and egg production; $21,000,000.
- Farm land of Iowa is worth $4,000,000,000.
- Iowa’s apple crop is worth more than that of Oregon and Idaho combined.
October 23, 1941
Harry Brenneman of Nichols won his third championship in the annual Johnson county corn husking contest held Monday at the Lloyd Burr farm northeast of Lone Tree when he husked 2,599 pounds net in the allotted 80 minutes. Lloyd Burr place second with a net of 2,544 pounds.
The Red Cross knitting project got under way Wednesday afternoon when a group of eleven volunteers met at the school house. They will be at the economics room each Tuesday and Friday afternoon.
Miss Marcella Kuen became the bride of Donald Musser at a ceremony solemnized at 8:30 o’clock Saturday morning in St. Michael’s church in Norway.
Funeral services for William Crawford, 73, who passed away Friday morning, were held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the Reformed church. Burial was in the Lone Tree cemetery.
Elmer L. Stock was seriously injured about 9 o’clock Thursday when he struck a train at the railroad crossing about six miles west of town on Highway 22. Mr. Stock was driving west and apparently did not see the train coming and ran into the side of the motor unit pulling the train. He was taken to Mercy hospital in Iowa City.
In a transaction completed Tuesday the Lone Tree Farmers Exchange purchased the elevator at Nichols.
Miss Shirley Lindholm became the bride of Wesley L. Baker in a ceremony solemnized last Thursday at Kahoka, Missouri.
Supt. and Mrs. R. W. Anderson came Saturday from Lawton, Iowa. and Mr. Anderson took over his duties as superintendent of the local school on Monday morning. Mr. Anderson is teaching all of the high school mathematics in addition to his supervisory duties.
Looking Back - Kalona News
October 19, 1916
Wm. Welte has improved his business property in the east part of town, by laying a good cement sidewalk along the west side of his lot.
Mrs. Nita Edmondson Reif was a guest last week of her sister, Mrs. R. V. Manatt. Mrs. Reif has a splendid voice and many of our people were delighted to hear her sing at various social functions.
75 years ago
October 23, 1941
The Iowa Electric Co. will start work next week laying cables for the new electroliers which are to be installed in the Kalona business district.
Correction: We stated in last weeks News that the new bridge on Miller street was completed and open to traffic. That is true, the construction is finished and it is open to traffic, but approaches to the bridge are not even a credit to a good “hog wallow”, the mud being knee deep and no less than 10 cars have become mired down there the past week.
We do not know who is responsible for this condition, town or county, but whoever is should make it passable or barricade same until rock or other surfacing material is placed on the approaches making the bridge passable.
In observance of the 50th anniversary of the Kalona news, we are offering a life subscription to those persons how have taken the News for the past 50 years. We know who some of these subscribers are but there are others which we have no record of.
The share holders of the Kalona Bowling Club met last Friday to make plans to reopen for the winter season the first of November. James Moore was elected secretary and the following committee was chosen to have charge of the organization for this year, R. A. Hender, Lovell Strickler, H. L. Walker, John Page and Charles Ashby.
Firemen answered a call to the Eli Stutzman home Wednesday morning when a kerosene stove caught fire. Mrs. Stutzman had lighted the stove and was in another part of the house when she heard a noise in the kitchen, upon investigating she found the stove in flames.
Mr. and Mrs. Emery J. Yoder and Alma Troyer suffered injuries late Monday afternoon when their car, which apparently struck loose gravel, overturned several times near the Emmet Hochstedler farm home north of Kalona. Mr. Yoder, who was driving, sustained a chest injury. Miss Troyer was cut about the face and head and Mrs. Yoder also suffered cuts and bruises.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan L. Swartzendruber are the parents of a girl born October 20. She has been named Martha Fern.
Jerry Lee is the name of the son born to Mr. and Mrs. Mose Coblentz October 21.
Stanley Litwiller suffered a painful injury last Saturday while helping unload corn at his farm home when the hopper on the elevator fell on his foot cutting one of his toes severely.
James Fisher has been unable to work since last Thursday when a railroad iron fell from a work bench at his blacksmith shop and crushed one of his toes.
Mrs. Jacob J. Miller and Anna Mae entertained at an all day quilting last Wednesday and Thursday. Guests were Mrs. John Miller, Mrs. Anna Yoder, Mrs. Isaiah Yoder, Mrs. Will Hochstetler, Mrs. Mose Beachy, Mrs. E. B. Hochstetler, Lizzie and Edna, Mrs. Ben Brenneman, Mrs. John L. Hostetler, Mrs. Raymond Miller and baby, Mrs. Ephriam Hershberger, Mrs. Lewis Ropp, Esther and Lydia, Mrs. Eli L. Miller and Nettie, Mrs. Mahlon Frey, Mrs. Rufus Beachy and baby, Mrs. H. C. Yoder, Mrs. Emery Hochstedler and Marjorie, Mrs. Fernandis Bontrager and Emma Grace, Mrs. John L. Hostetler, Mrs. Joe Kauffman, Mrs. H. C. Yoder and Mrs. Emery Hochstedler.
The marriage of Bernard Duwa and Loretta Dumont of Harper was announced last week.
Friends are happy to learn of the return to John Durst of Wellman from Colorado, where he was stricken with sleeping sickness. Mr. Durst was a former business man in Kalona.
The Kalona school has been practicing economy several weeks, in regard to paper, which is higher in price and harder to get. All ditto work from the office will come out with material on both sides of the paper. The teachers have been asked to cooperate in this matter and accept papers which have assignments on both sides of the paper. The student body has been asked to use some degree of economy in paper towels because even if we did order some, we probably could not get any.
50 years ago
October 20, 1966
Mrs. Lawrence F. Duwa, died October 14 after a short illness. Agnes Bopp was born December 11, 1897 and married Lawrence F. Duwa June 18, 1919. Survivors include her husband; three sons: Dale, Clifford and Dean; eight daughters, Mrs. Leroy (Lucille) Duwa, Mrs. Dwayne (Cleola) Schneider, Mrs. Olin (Vera) Gingerich, Mrs. Leo (Delores) Krotz, Mrs. Ralph (Velma) Waldschmidt, Mrs. Freddie (Elaine) Lee, Mrs. Dennis (Irma) Altenhofen and Mrs. Merlin (Janet) Hagie.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford A Small announce the engagement of their daughter, Miriam, to Mr. Larry L. Plecker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everette Plecker.
A/1c and Mrs. Francis P. Nejedly are the parents of a son born October 13. Mrs. Julia Nejedly is the great-grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. John Spenner are the parents of a son born October 13.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Teets and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Plank were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Long of St. Louis last weekend. They attended the Cardinal-Cowboy football game. Dave Long is on the Cardinal squad.
Earl Yoder Night has been announced for October 31 in Sharon Center. Mr. Yoder is a Republican candidate for state representative from Johnson County.
The American Legion Auxiliary met at the home of Mrs. Alva Kepler. The meeting was conducted by the president, Mrs. Mary Yotty. Those present were Mrs. H. V. Beck, Mrs. Rex Allensworth, Mrs. Earl Gardner, Mrs. Sylvia Chody, Mrs. Lyall Moore, Mrs. Joye Niffenegger, Mrs. Roland Maxwell, Mrs. Alva Kepler and Mrs. Mary Yotty.
Mrs. Roy Kallaus entertained at a coffee on Tuesday to hear Governor Harold Hughes being interviewed by a group of Iowa ladies on television. Mrs. Harry Levy of Washington was a member of the group. Guests were Mrs. Joe TeBockhorst, Mrs. Urban TeBockhorst, Mrs. Ed Downs, Mrs. Joe Malichky, Mrs. Robert S. Welte, Mrs. Will Chapek, Mrs. Robert Beranek, Mrs. Maurice Strabala and Mrs. Clem Shalla.
Sunday dinner guests at the Sam Watkinson home in Hills were Mrs. Ed Downs and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ledman. The occasion was Sammy Watkinson’s birthday.
Dinner guests in the Duane E. Yoder home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Schlabaugh and Judy, Sherman Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Miller and family and Bjarni Olafsson.
Monroe Yoder, Richard Oyer, Mr. Williams and Paul Bailey attended the Minnesota-Iowa football game at Minnesota Saturday.
Mrs. Joe Allen entertained members of the ABC club. Prizes were won by Marie Jackson, Mrs. Eugene Way and Mrs. Willis W. Gingerich. Mrs. Earl Fry was a guest. Others attending were Mrs. Reese Trusler, Mrs. Don Miller and Mrs. Lyle Fry.
Naomi Chapter Order of the Eastern Star was held in the Masonic Hall Tuesday evening. Refreshments were served by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Yotty, Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Beck and Mrs. John D. Woodin, using the Hallowe’en motif.
Looking Back - Compiled by Bill Gatchel
100 Years Ago
October 19, 1916
The W. H. M. S. held a very good meeting at the home of Miss Edith Weller last Wednesday afternoon. At the business session, Mrs. S. H. Huntsberger was elected a delegate to the annual conference to be held in Keokuk soon. Mrs. Hunter, as chairman of that special committee, reported as the Thank-offering date, Sunday, November 5. Rev. Neil will give the address. Mrs. Dawson has on hand a barrel of empty fruit jars from Bidwell Deaconess Home in Des Moines. Any member or friend of the Society who can contribute fruit toward filling this barrel are requested to do so at their earliest opportunity. There is also an earnest urge for more of the Society literature to be in every home. Plan to take the paper and study book if possible that America for Christ may be come to you a more vital cause as you read of the need and the workers.
The Musical Guardsmen, the first number on the lecture course, highly pleased a crowded audience at the M. E. church Monday night. Each member of the company, numbering six, was an artist in his line, and in the combination of piano, violin, cornet, flute, accordion and saxophone and trap drum there were hard to excel. The entertainment was fully up to the high standard maintained in our entertainment course during the past two seasons. If you were not there you missed a rare treat.
Frank Smith, wife and two sons, Roy and Tom, and Lloyd Bush and wife, of Iowa City, called at the Tom Schulty home in Nira Sunday afternoon. Mr. Smith has a fine new six-cylinder car.
75 Years Ago
October 23, 1941
Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Durian Sr., who passed away Friday evening, were held at the Wellman Methodist church Monday afternoon at two o’clock. The Rev. P. M. Conant had charge of the services. Mrs. Lowell Dodds sang accompanied by Mrs. Arthur Gardner. Burial was in the Wellman cemetery.
Delphine Caroline Burkey was born in Illinois, October 12, 1857, and passed from this life at her home in Wellman October 17, 1941, at the age of 84 years and five days. She came to Iowa County with her parents when she was a small child. They settled on a farm about eight miles north of Wellman where she grew to womanhood.
She was married to Charles Durian at Richmond February 29, 1880. Their entire married life was spent in or near Wellman, with the exception of six years when they live in Adams County.
To this union eight children were born: Mrs. J. C. Reese of Corning, Harry Durian of Fort Dodge, Mrs. W. B. Webster, Henry, Fred, Roy, Charles Jr., and Carroll Durian, all of Wellman, who with the husband survive. She is also survived by one half-brother, John Burkey and one half-sister, Josephine Schriber of Iowa City, fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Durian was a member of the Methodist church and attended the services as long as her health permitted. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The Wildcats lost their battle with the Richland Tigers on a wet and dirty field Friday. The Red and Black men did not seem to be clicking whereas the Richland men played splendid ball. Sparked by young Steinbeck, the Richland backfield put on an offensive that Wellman seemed unable to stem. The Wildcats should do better in their game against West Chester to be played here tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.
50 Years Ago
October 20, 1966
Abbie Timmins, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion L. Timins of West Chester will be competing for the title of Iowa Dairy Princess at the state contest, October 26 and 27. Princess Abbie was crowned at the Ayshire Picnic, July 10, 1966. The Dairy Princess Pageant will climax the two day Dairy Conference which is being held in Des Moines, and thirty-six candidates will be seeking the title which is currently held by Carol Flage of Waukon. The Iowa Dairy Princess receives a scholarship to the college or university of her choice in Iowa, a wardrobe allowance and an expense paid trip to the American Dairy Princess contest. She becomes a part-time staff member of the American Dairy Association of Iowa and represents the Iowa Dairy Farmers at many events.
An attempt to break into the West Chester Elementary School was made recently, according to Superintendent Dean Curtis. The person or persons were not successful in gaining entrance to the building, however. In answer to an inquiry concerning the amount of money left overnight in the school, Curtis answered by saying that “money is never left in any of the Mid-Prairie Community School buildings overnight.”
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Nicholls of Davenport are the parents of a seven pound, seven ounce daughter, Lisa Marie, born Sunday, October 16. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herb Nicholls and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Buckwalter.
25 Years Ago
October 24, 1991
Wellman Boy Scout Troop 236 is inviting all ages to visit South Park the nights of October 29 and 30 to enjoy(?) the scary surprise they have planned to celebrate Halloween. For a $1.00 donation, be prepared to be scared and surprised. Proceeds will be given by the scouts to a community project. Scouts and adults will serve as guides. Additional volunteer help is needed. Please contact Dr. Doug Campbell or Richard Young to volunteer.
Sunday, October 20, Garth David Gripenberg, two-month-old son of David and Tegwyn Gripenberg of Des Moines, was baptized by his great-grandfather, the Rev. Earl Erb. He was assisted by the Rev. Dr. Charles Klink, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, who concluded the service by singing the baptismal song. Guests present at the service were Garth’s grandparents, Darrell and Charlotte Gripenberg and Ron and Anita Welsher; his great-grandparents, Harlan and Margaret Shaffer and Louise Welsher, all of Des Moines.
Lisa Therme and Steve Feldmann were married Saturday, October 12, at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Iowa City. The bride’s parents are Jane and Tom Therme of Iowa City. She is the granddaughter of Maxine and Bob Houseal of Wellman. The groom is the son of Ruth and Tom Feldmann of Jefferson.
10 Years Ago
October 19, 2006
The Mid-Prairie Marching Band performed at the State Marching Band Contest Saturday, October 14, in Oskaloosa. The band, under the direction of David Kunz and under the field direction of Drum Major Justin Adam, won the school’s first ever I rating for Marching Band. Band members and color guard members are Naomi Burrows, Amanda Jacobson, Katie Michaelis, Candace Henrichson, Ashley Hawley, Kelsey Fuhr, Kayla Swartzendruber, Katrina Schaeffer, Bethany Campbell, Eva Coblentz, Dana Zimmerman, Samantha Troyer, Alex Palmquist, Jake Yotty, Nick Martin, Ariel Fugate, Courtney Wilkinson, Megan Yoder, Lindsay Gingerich, Becca Mansfield, Sara Schwartz, Mike Schnoebelen, Kyle Fisher, Katie Wildeboer, Ian Michel, Brian Stout, Kristene McCall, Analise Bluemel, Audrey Yoder, Elissa Teets, Katherine Hershberger, Taylor Duff, Amber Hurt, Rori Johnson, Lindy Miksch, Riley Henrichson, Tyler Cue, Erik Schneider, Andy Thompson, Bristen Nisly, Matt Kramer, Molly Hussey, Amanda Kubo, Amanda Miller, Elizabeth Schrock, Travis Gaule, Patrick Hussey and Zach Riddle.
Tom Gretter of Gretter Motor Co. presented the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education Scholarship in the amount of $1,250 to Tyler Seward. Seward was selected as one of sixteen recipients based on his commitment to pursue automotive technical training in auto body collision repair. Seward is enrolled at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. He is the son of Jim and Deb Seward of Wellman.
Iowa Mennonite FFA students Michael Darby, Josh Yoder, Nathan Stoddard and Lincoln Schrock participated in the livestock judging contest at Kirkwood College, October 10.