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March 23, 2017 Looking Back - 03-23-2017
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25 Years Ago

March 27, 1992

Reconstruction of the bridge across Honey Creek on Iowa Highway 1 in Washington County near Lake Darling State Park began the week of March 16, according to the Iowa Dept. of Transportation. The project involves replacing the present bridge on existing alignment and building a temporary bridge to maintain traffic. Work will be done by Iowa Bridge & Culvert, Washington, under a contract for $442,500. The contractor estimates the project will take six months to complete.

Dianne Shebek of Riverside and Steve Schaefer of Kalona will be married June 20, 1992, at St. Mary’s Church in Riverside. She is the daughter of Edward and Joan Shebek of Riverside. He is the son of Nadine “Sue” Schaefer of Kalona and the late Warren Schaefer.

Alicia Marie Platteter, 17-year-old daughter of Bruce and Dianne Platteter, Riverside, has been selected to represent the Ely American Legion Auxiliary Unit #555 at the 1992 Girls State activities at the University of Northern Iowa this summer. She is a junior at Highland High School.

Doug and Mary Kleopfer of Riverside announce the arrival of their twins, Riley William and Mollie Goodale, born March 23, 1992, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. Local grandparents are Robert and Marie Kleopfer of Riverside.

10 Years Ago

March 22, 2007

John C. Holter, 82, of Ainsworth died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at Halcyon House in Washington following a lengthy illness. Helen M. Yakish, 87, of Shellsburg, Iowa, originally of Lone Tree, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Rock Ridge Residential Care Center in Shellsburg.

The Riverside post office finally has a sign. A postal maintenance worker from the Cedar Rapids district office installed it Monday. Officials said it is the office’s original sign that somehow had never been put up.

Katie Marie Shank of Riverside has completed degree requirements for the December 2006 term to graduate from Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Saturday, May 12, 2007, with a bachelor of science degree in conservation management.

Kaelen Havel of Ainsworth was named to the winter term 2006-07 dean’s list at Indian Hills Community College. Laura Czyzewicz, junior and daughter of Lisa and Joe Czyzewicz of Riverside, broke the Buena Vista University school record in the weight throw. The new record is a 13.75-meter toss. The old school record was set in 1999.

Hills Bank employees brought one-day-old baby chicks to Ainsworth kindergarten and preschool classes to be used as a hands-on activity for part of the spring and agriculture unit for the month of March. Hills Bank employees also brought T-shirts, pencils, coloring books and stickers for the students.


100 Years

March 22, 1917

Johnson county will have a county crop agent, being the twenty-sixth county in the state to obtain one.

A meeting of the Farmers’ Union of Johnson county was held here Saturday in the Fisher opera house. Officers were elected as follows: President, Geo. Stock; vice president, Oscar Wiese; secretary-treasurer, E. J. Draper; buyer, Fred M. Baker.

The machinery down at the handle factory is kept busy every day now and handles are being turned out in large quantities. Joe Yakish is foreman of the plant.

According to the “Official Catholic Directory” recently issued, Iowa ranks 17th in the Catholic population in the United States. The Hawkeye state has 263,431 of the 17,022,879 Catholics now in this country.

At the Reformed church parsonage on Thursday evening, March 15, at 9 o’clock, Mr. Charles M. Carpenter and Miss Frieda K. Schuessler were united in the holy bond of wedlock. They have already gone to housekeeping on the George Miller farm southwest of Lone Tree.

Only 40 out of the 162 pupils who recently took the eighth grade examination in Johnson county passed in all branches. This is better than last year when only 16 out of 140 passed.

The board of education met Monday evening and reorganized for the ensuing year. The first act of the board was to re-elect all teachers and the janitor for another year.

Fred Henik and wife are rejoicing over the arrival of a daughter.

The threatened railroad strike caused the Rock Island to refuse stock shipments from here Sunday although several car loads were in the yards ready to be loaded.

120 years ago it was noted that there were 25 pupils enrolled in the Lone Tree high school and 40 in each of the other four rooms.

Mrs. Wm. McCullough had the misfortune to stumble over a chair at her home and sprain her knee very badly.

75 years

March 26, 1942

Mrs. Robert S. Fisher, 48, died Saturday at University hospital after a three weeks’ illness. Funeral services and burial were at Curlew.

The construction of the new auditorium-gymnasium at the local school is progressing. It will soon be possible to put on the roof.

National sugar rationing dates were fixed Saturday. Industrial consumers will register on April 28 and 19 at the nearest high school. Individual consumers will register May 4-7 at the public school.

Miss Arlene Walker and Earl Borges were united in marriage March 16 at Ft. Morgan, Colo.

Announcement of the leaders for the agricultural division of the Johnson county defense bond campaign were made Tuesday night. Township chairmen and co-chairmen for this end of the county are as follows: Fremont township, John B. O’Connor and Frank Sherburne; Lincoln township, Emil Meyer and Lloyd Burr; Pleasant Valley township, Glen Fountain and R. N. Spencer.

Frank Smid left Tuesday morning for Logansport, Indiana, where he had been ordered to report for induction into army service.

The fire department was called at about 8 o’clock Monday morning to extinguish a small roof fire at the Attig house. A few shingles on the roof of the kitchen had caught fire, probably from sparks.

About twenty-seven dollars were cleared by the ladies of St. Mary’s church at a bake sale held Saturday afternoon at Kirchner’s store.


100 years ago

March 22, 1917

The ladies of the W. M. S. Society cleared nearly $12 at the Lester Means’ sale by serving lunch.

The Firemen’s social and box supper at the school house last Thursday was a fine success. There was a big crowd out and they were there for a jolly good time. The ladies responded liberally with boxes, which were sold to the eager bidders at good prices. The popular lady contest was won by Miss Grace Miller and the financial results altogether were very satisfactory and their treasury now shows a net result of nearly $100. The two lumber yards: Mellingers and the Eclipse, each donated the fire company a good extension ladder and the boys will soon be equipped to fight fire, much better than Kalona has ever known.

75 years ago

March 26, 1942

Iowa May Snider sold the Wayside Inn property to Dr. S. C. Ware and will discontinue her business because of ill health.

An estimated crowd of 500 farmers were guests of the Kalona Oil Company at their annual “Farmers Day” last Thursday. This event has grown in popularity each year and all those who attend report that it is a day well spent with their neighbors and friends. A free lunch was served. The amount of food prepared and consumed last Thursday was: 16 pounds of coffee, 500 pies, 500 buns, 18 loaves of bread, 40 pounds of cheese, 80 pounds of wieners, 3 gallon of pickles, 250 candy bars and 700 sacks of popcorn.

Katie Ropp was elected librarian of the librarian of the Kalona Public library to the vacancy left by Mrs. Melvin Saforek.

Library offices include president, Mrs. E. J. Hesselschwerdt, Mrs. Ed Kern, secy.treas.; and Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Beck, V. D. Hochstetler, Logan Reif and Mary Hofer.

Pvt. John Bigelow of Camp Polk, Louisiana is passing a 10 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bigelow.

Glenn Sakulin of Richmond is taking Ora Gingerich’s place at the Eclipse Lumber Company as superintendent on outside work. He has a personality that carries well with the public. Mr. Gingerich recently purchased a part interest in a Wellman lumber company.

The churches of Kalona will hold a Good Friday service in the Christian church and a cordial invitation is extended to everyone. Miss Mary L. Kennedy will serve as pianist and Mrs. Ferd E. Skola will direct the chorus of young people who will lead in the singing of the hymns.

50 years ago

March 23, 1967

The Easter Sunrise Service will be held this year at 6:01 a.m. at the Kalona Park. In case of rain, the service will be at the Methodist church. Youth of the Methodist, Mennonite and United Christian and Baptist churches are in charge of the service.

The Deer Creek Ramblers 4-H Club met for their regular March meeting with 20 members present. A demonstration was given by Donnie Showalter and Randy Gingerich on ‘what is good management.’

Twenty-three Alpha Club members and a guest, Mrs. Dennis Kelso, were entertained Monday afternoon in the home of Mrs. Lowell Drake with Mrs. J. R. Bissland as the co-hostess.

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Harland and family entertained guests following the confirmation services at Holy Trinity in which Greg, Mike and Susan Harland were participants. Sharing the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kern and family, Mrs. Lee McGuire, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Kern, Norma Grady, Mrs. Lloyd Strickler, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Gingerich and Tom, and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Jackson and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Miller are the parents of a son born March 21.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rediger are the parents of a daughter Tanya Lee, born March 20.

25 years ago

March 26, 1992

In its fourth trip to the state tournament last week IMS finished as the Class 1-A champions. Their 63-50 win over Clear Creek-Amana Friday, March 20, brought IMS its first team championship in any sport in the school’s 20 years of interscholastic sports.

Lowell and Delores Gingerich are the parents of a son, Harland David, born February 4. He was welcomed by brothers Jeremiah, Zachary and Victor and sister Lynnette. Grandparents are Duane and Marilyn Gingerich and Amelia Bender.

Ladies who quilted at the Ann Zahradnek home Thursday were Mrs. Clarence Swartzendruber, Mrs. Alvin Stoltzfus, Mrs. Katie Hostetler, Mrs. Monroe Yoder, Luella and Mildred Yoder and Emma Yoder.

Dave and Mary Dayton, Orpha Nisly, John and Mary Leedy, Nicholas and Michael, Mamie Nisly, Meagan and Trisha Eicher, Marjorie Nisly, George, Ruth, Brandon and Zion Statler, Simon, Bonnie, Joanna, Jared, Steven and Jennifer Nisly enjoyed a birthday supper March 23 honoring Katie Hochstetler on her 80th birthday.

Mrs. Luella Jirsa entertained at a birthday dinner Saturday evening honoring Mrs. William Knutson and Tom Jirsa. Other guests were William Knutson, Mrs. Tom Jirsa, Chris and Jamie Knutson, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Christner and Barry, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Thrapp and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Basinger and sons, Ramona Shalla and Delores Saforek.


100 Years Ago

March 22, 1917

Wellman has two cases of scarlet fever -- one in town and the other in the country. The victims are Ailene Shiller and Wilson Ashby, who has been attending our high school. We are glad to report that each one is doing nicely and are not considered dangerously ill. In order to do their part toward preventing a spread of the disease, the school board decided it would be best to change the time of spring vacation from a week after next to the remainder of this week, beginning with Wednesday and continuing until April 2.

I wish to announce to the public that I have decided to handle the ice business in Wellman the coming season and will be pleased to take care of your wants in that line. As soon as the season opens, I will start my wagon and will be glad to count you one of my regular customers. The price will be 50 cents per hundredweight. --Joseph Wehrle.

When Rock Island train No. 2 passed thru the city one day this week, one of the coaches resembled a portable prison. The windows were covered with heavy wire netting, and the doors were strongly barred. Several armed guards were also in evidence on the train.

Inquiries among officials on the train revealed the knowledge that the inmates of the car were government charges who had been picked up by the United States officers near the Mexican border. They are being taken east for deportation, it was stated. The passengers consisted of a carload of undesirable immigrants or men suspected of unpatriotic sentiments, according to the guards on the train. --Washington Journal.

75 Years Ago

March 26, 1942

The officers and employees of the Wellman Mutual Telephone Exchange are experiencing some difficulty with people who are making calls late in the evening. Because of the fact that the exchange has gone on “war time,” it seems that people are making numerous calls at late hours. The company warns that unless people of the community cooperate with them by refraining from making unnecessary late calls they will be forced to take some action in regard to curbing these calls.

Victor Rampelberg of Wellman and Ross Davisson of Lime Creek Township have been appointed chairmen for the “Salvage for Victory” board of their respective communities for the duration of the war emergency. The job for these men is to organize their locality in small groups so that the gathering of scrap metal, rubber, rags, paper, aluminum, tin pans, brass, copper and all other salvage material, needed in war production, can be speeded up and be done efficiently.

Iowa weekly newspapers should censor letters from American soldiers and sailors before they print them, according to Prof. Earl English of the University of Iowa journalism school. Since weekly papers have comparatively small circulations, they seem less accessible to enemy agents than big dailies, but it takes only one copy with such information to help the enemy. Letters are valuable as morale builders, but often, if uncensored, are indiscreet.

50 Years Ago

March 23, 1967

A.K. Stoutner, 58, died in an auto accident in Arkansas Friday. He was a prominent Keota farmer and cattle feeder and had been vacationing with his wife in Cherokee Village, Ark. A.K. Stoutner was born July 19, 1908, the son of J.C. Stoutner and Pearl Green Stoutner. He attended the Keota school and married Geraldine Starr. They had lived all their married life in the Keota area.

Spring arrived Tuesday at 1:30 a.m. It was ushered in with fog, cold temperatures and drizzle with the forecast of more rain the remainder of the week. Guy “Juby” Moothart, who keeps a daily chart of the weather, took time to figure the average temperature in Wellman for the past two months. According to Juby’s records, the mean temperature in January was 19 degrees with three inches of snow. The average temperature for February was 16 degrees with another three inches of snow. The lack of moisture is becoming more critical as the planting season approaches.

Final statistics concerning the vision testing of students in the Mid-Prairie Community School District have been released by Donna Teets, school nurse. Miss Teets reports that 1734 students were checked using the Snellen E Chart test. Seventy children, or four percent of those tested, were found to have faulty vision. Letters were sent to the parents of these children urging them to have a professional examination conducted for their children.

25 Years Ago

March 26, 1992

The IMS boys’ basketball team brought home the gold from the state tournament in Vets Auditorium, Des Moines. The large trophy is already located next to the silver one earned a year ago. The Class 1A championship game was against neighboring Clear Creek-Amana from the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Conference. Named to the Class 1A all-tournament team were senior Jason Hershberger, captain, and junior Tim Smith, both of IMS.

Parents concerned about the future of vocational agriculture education at Mid-Prairie received word Monday night that the district has no plans to eliminate the program. Concerns about the direction of the program since the resignation of 28-year teacher Paul Swank were voiced during the open forum of the Mid-Prairie Board of Education. Superintendent Rose Dillard dismissed as “rumor” any talk that the agriculture instructor’s position will not be retained by the district.

Wilfrid Vittetoe of rural Washington has announced he will seek a second term on the Washington County Board of Supervisors in the fall general election. Vittetoe stated that during these tough budgeting times, experience is a much-needed asset for county government. He has four years of experience as a county supervisor as well as knowledge gained from serving as vice chairman of the six-county East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG).

Jerry and Pam Nelson of Wellman celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary March 25. They were married in the First United Presbyterian Church of Galesburg, Ill., in 1967. A family celebration was held in their home March 14.

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