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April 20, 2017 Looking Back - 04-20-2017
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Lone Tree

100 Years

April 19, 1917.

The largest class in the history of the Lone Tree high school will graduate this year on June 1st with thirteen bright girls and boys. This will include Fern Wolford, Pearl Burr, Margaret Bell, Clifford Eden, Isabel Eden, Myrtle Eden, Edna Hawthorne, Joy Keve, Carl Menzer, Reynolds Carl, Lacey Brinkmeyer, Carl Werbach, and Harry Sievers.

Rev. Roy Moorhead sprang a complete surprise on the Reformed congregation Sunday by resigning as their pastor, the same to take effect May 1st.

Carl Menzer, who is a licensed owner and operator of Lone Tree’s wireless station, was obligated to dismantle his outfit last week within 48 hours from the time he received the notice. This is in accordance with the policy of the government in war times not to permit any privately owned stations to operate.

There is again talk of building an addition to the M. E. church.

The Johnson county grand jury visited Lone Tree last week and inspected the jail. It is needless to say that they found it in excellent condition as usual.

The M. E. Ladies Aid society elected the following officers for the year Mrs. J. Morse president, Mrs. Howard Huskins vice president, Mrs. Storm treasurer and Mrs. F. H. Kirchner secretary.

W. T. McGuire is suffering with a bruised shoulder as the result of a kick from a cow last week.

75 years

April 23, 1942

Funeral services for Mrs. John Doerres, 85, who died at her home here last Tuesday evening, were held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon from the Reformed church. Burial was in the Lone Tree cemetery.

Wm. Pruess and W. L. McLean have been showing their friends a device which they have worked out in their spare time at the garage, and on which they have applied for a patent. The device is a wheel nut or bolt designed to prevent the theft of wheels and tires from an automobile. All who have seen the new device think highly of its possibilities.

G. B. Kirchner announced this week that he had purchased the Avery theatre at Garner, Iowa, and expected to take over its operation about May 1st.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Mrs. G. B. Van Kleeck, who died at her home last Wednesday afternoon. The services were held at the Swank church. Burial was in the Columbus City cemetery.

George Aubrecht. 50, died at about 3:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at his home in River Junction following an illness of several months duration.

John Petsel is quite ill at his home having suffered a severe heart attack last week. He is reported to be improving now.

Miss Teresa DeLear fell down the stairs at her home Thursday and is being cared for by her cousin.

Riverside Current

25 Years Ago

April 24, 1992

The Riverside Current carries the sample ballot for the May 12 election on Proposition A. “Shall the following public measure be adopted? Shall the Highland Community School District, in the counties of Washington, Johnson and Louisa, State of Iowa, be authorized to build and furnish a new elementary school building to be located in Highland Township, Washington County, Iowa, including land acquisition and site development construction; and construction of a sewage waste disposal facility, and issue its school bonds in an amount not exceeding $2,417,990 for that purpose?”

Larrette L. Sexton and Douglas L. Kolbe, both of Sac City, were married March 14, 1992, at the Ainsworth Community Church. Larry and Carol Sexton of Ainsworth and Norman and Darlene Kolbe of Sac City are parents of the couple. The bride graduated from Highland High School and Iowa State University in agricultural business and agronomy. She is employed as a soil conservationist in Sac City.

10 Years Ago

April 19, 2007

Continuing static between the Riverside council Monday and iWireless officials is tuning out the communication service for downtown Riverside. Andy Anderson, representing iWireless, and Robert Schneider, Sharon Cooperative Telephone Company, attended the work session prior to Monday’s meeting to negotiate a contract and hear council concerns. In November 2016, iWireless requested attaching two antennas on the city’s water tower. Anderson told the council there is a dead zone coming down the hill to downtown Riverside.

City Attorney Les Lamping reviewed several issues the council had with the contract that included the length of the contract. iWireless requested at least 10 years; 24-hour access to the tower; notification time if either party wanted out of the contract; and when rental payment would occur. iWireless had agreed to pay $350 per month for two antennas.

Sara Jean Griffin and Gordon James Russell III, both of Tiffin, announce their engagement and plans to wed May 5 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Riverside. The bride-elect is the daughter of Paul and Rita Griffin, Riverside, and her fiance is the son of Sheri Sorge, Iowa City, and Gordon Russell Jr., Oxford.

A card shower is planned to help Walter Watkinson celebrate his 90th birthday.

Kalona News

100 years ago

April 19, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hess are the proud parents of a baby girl since Sunday.

Harry Kennard’s little girls have been sick with the measles.

Our town had a considerable fire scare Friday morning, which was well on the way for a destructive blaze. The Alice Crawford residence caught fire in early morning and was blazing out through the roof before it was discovered. Owing to the fact that the town has no sufficient way of giving a fire alarm, only a very few of the fire boys knew anything about it in time to help, but the few who did get the alarm got one of the chemical engines on the ground quickly as possible and soon had the fire under complete control and extinguished without allowing it to do much damage. This was the first real experience with the engines and they proved even more efficient than was expected. Fire Chief, Weller Snyder, says he was surprised at the force of the engine and its success in subduing the fire which already had a good start. He says the engine throws its chemical liquid with force enough to tear the shingles off the roof and get right in to fire. From this first result in actual work the engines were all right. Now what we need is a good fire alarm that will warn the boys and give them a chance to get on the job quickly.

75 years ago

April 16, 1942

Fire of unknown origin raged through the Bender and Marner mill early Monday morning, completely destroying the building and contents. The blaze was first discovered about 1:30, but by the time the firemen arrived the blaze had gained such headway that it was impossible to save any part of the establishment.

Firemen centered their efforts in saving nearby buildings. Several windows were broken on the east side of the Byron Batterson residence by the terrific heat and the blaze threatened the stock yards, but was extinguished before extensive damage was done. Homes in the residential district were closely guarded with the blaze was at its peak as burning shingles were taken northwest over the town and were found as far west as the Walter Ledman home on highway No. 1.

Ben J. Yoder has moved his harness and shoe repair shop from the Hostetler Feed Store to the southwest room in the Buick Garage building.

Expansion of business for both Yoder and Hochstetler required more floor space for their respective establishments.

50 years ago

April 20, 1967

Officers and Board of Control members of the Kalona Alumni Association have met and begun plans for the annual banquet to be held at the Kalonial Town House on May 15. Gary Kallaus is the 1967 president of the Association and committees named to be complete the banquet plans include: Program, Earl Fry, Mrs. Joe Allen, Mrs. Larry Kern and Steve Reif; decorating, Mrs. Reese Trussler and Mrs. Lyle Fry; reception: Mrs. Marie Herner, Louise Kallaus, Logan Reif and Larry Kern; nominating, Harold Peterseim, Mrs. Vernon Hartzler and Joe Chody.

The State Small group Music Contest was held at Pleasant Valley. In the Vocal Department, the mixed quartet, Sue Hartzler, Julie Hartzler, Phil Roth and David Droz received a I rating.

A II rating in the vocal department are: treble voice high, Linda Geyer; treble voice low, Peggy Shalla; girls trio, Joette Hartley, Judy Roethal and Cindy Ulin.

At a special board meeting of Welkona Turkeys, Inc the company and its officers purchased the controlling interest of Welkona formerly held by W. R. Grace & Company of New York City. At the reorganization meeting, the following were elected officers of the company: Lewis Belcher, Wellman, president; Ray I. Marner, Wellman, vice-president; Raymon Troyer, Kalona, secretary-treasurer.

A full page ad for an auction to be held on the west side of Snair Hardware including merchandise from Snair Hardware and Reifs. New and used furniture and stock reduction.

Farmers Savings Bank held a Hobby, Antique and Coin Show. Included were many exhibitors.

Mrs. Gordon Miller and Mrs. Eugene Way were in Washington to attend the quarterly meeting of the country Red Cross Chapter.

Twenty Alpha Club members met Monday afternoon in the home of Mrs. Roland Kammeier with Mrs. Raymond Yotty as the cohostess.

Mrs. Earl Fry and Louise Kallaus were guests Monday when Mrs. Willis Gingerich entertained the ABC club in her home. Prize winners were Mrs. Fry, Mrs. Eugene Way and Mrs. Reese Trusler.

25 years ago

April 16, 1992

Construction of a 10,000 square foot building to house marketing and manufacturing operations for the CIVCO Medical Instruments could be underway before mid-summer, said CIVCO President Vic Wedel.

The third annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Country Livin’ Saturday.

Josh Bailey, a Mid-Prairie senior, was named to the second team, Class 2A All State team. Bailey led in scoring, averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He shot 64 percent from the 3point line and 49 percent from the field.

Wellman Advance

100 Years Ago

April 19, 1917

Fire was discovered this afternoon at about 1:30 o’clock in the basement of the Bowers & Sanders store, and before it could be checked, the building and stock of merchandise were badly damaged. The fire originated in the basement near an oil tank and the explosion of the oil seemed to spread the flames very rapidly. The stock of groceries and dry goods carried by Bower & Sanders is almost a total loss from the fire, smoke and water, and stocks in adjoining buildings were injured by the smoke that completely filled them.

Wellman has one citizen who has started upon his second childhood. He is past 55 years of age and is just learning to smoke cigarettes.

Bullheads are biting. If you do not believe it, just ask John McKinley, Clark Brown, Henry Stricker or some of our other anglers.

We heard of a farmer who lives over toward West Chester who has 2000 bushels of corn for which he has been offered $1.25 per bushel and a couple of loads of hogs, and when he came to town the other day he rushed to the post office to purchase 25 cents’ worth of stamps before they rose in price.

Iowa is “bone dry.” The attorney general served notice on all railroads and common carriers in Iowa that any liquor they might have on last Saturday night would be seized. Attorney General H.M. Havner has sent out letters to reach the 99 county attorneys of Iowa, instructing them to stop at once all liquor shipments into their counties, except to permit holders.

75 Years Ago

April 23, 1942

Retailers and merchants will go to the high school April 28 and 29 to get the necessary information and blanks for the rationing of sugar, which will begin next month. H.E. Ross has been appointed trade registration advisor and registrar for this community and will hold officers hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the above dates. This has nothing to do with the Consumers Rationing Program, which will be held May 4-7.

Sugar rationing to begin May 4-7 at half pound. All persons will be given an allotment of half a pound of sugar each per week for the first eight weeks of the rationing program, according to reports received here. Sugar sales will be stopped at midnight April 27 and will resume about May 5 under the new system. Those having more than two pounds per person, but not more than six pounds, will have stamps removed from their ration books at the rate of one stamp for each excess pound. The ration book is a folder containing 28 stamps.

Mr. and Mrs. Oval Kelley entertained at dinner Sunday at their home as a farewell courtesy to Mervyn Kelley who leaves Thursday to enter the Armed Forces. The guest list included Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Longwell and family of Salina; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Starr and family of Richmond; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bower and family of Washington; Arlo Kelley and Mr. Detweiler of Sharon; the Roy Kelley family and Chub Semler of Wellman.

50 Years Ago

April 20, 1967

Jerry Powell was hospitalized from injuries incurred in a two-car crash at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, six miles west of Wellman on Highway 22, according to county officials. The mishap occurred when a car driven by Mrs. Jim Litwiller attempted to make a left turn into her driveway and was struck by the Powell car as it approached from the east. The impact caused the Powell car to flip over several times, pinning Jerry beneath it. The car was totally demolished. He is reported to be suffering from multiple fractures and a severe burn from the muffler. Mrs. Litwiller was not injured.

Mr. Sam Osborne will be featured speaker at the Mid-Prairie athletic banquet Monday, April 24, at the senior high school. Mr. Osborne, former football coach at Mid-Prairie, is presently assistant football coach at Ellsworth Junior College, Iowa Falls. The banquet will honor all girls and boys who participated in the various sports during the year. The public is invited.

Wellman Mennonite Church will have an Appreciation Day Sunday, April 23, in honor of the Rev. William S. Guengerich and the Rev. George S. Miller. Both men are members of the congregation. Rev. Guengerich was the first resident pastor of the Daytonville Mennonite Church. The Rev. Miller began his service at Wellman in 1939. The congregation built a new church and moved to Wellman in 1940. Miller was 80 years old March 20 and Guengerich 90 April 14.

Mid-Prairie Board of Education has passed a motion, accepting the following building program to be detailed by the architect and implemented by a bond issue vote of the district as soon as possible: 1. Construct a junior high school at or near Kalona (near to mean within one mile of present city limits. 2. Add to the Kalona Elementary School those facilities deemed necessary. 3. Add needed facilities to the high school. In effect, the above board action starts the wheels in motion toward an eventual bond election. No definite date has been set at this time.

25 Years Ago

April 23, 1992

Don Robertson, who served in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for eight years, has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for county sheriff in the June 2 primary election. Robertson could face incumbent Sheriff Yale Jarvis in the election. Jarvis has not officially announced whether he will seek another term. Washington resident Ken Erickson also is seeking the position but thus far is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket.

Wellman Heritage Society has received a $700 grant from the Washington County Historical Society. It will be used to convert the backroom area of the society’s museum into room displays of antique furnishings. The Washington County Board of Supervisors allocates funds to the county historical society for preservation purposes.

The Southeast Iowa Select team, comprised of players from area schools, defeated a very good Australian team from Melbourne 100-99 Saturday night at Mid-Prairie High School. Saturday night’s game was one of 10 the Australians have scheduled during their tour of Iowa. Select team scoring was led by all-stater Jess Settles of Winfield with 26 points. Mid-Prairie’s Matt Larsen followed with 14. Kris Griffith of Washington added 12 and James Penelton, also of Washington, scored 10.

Carisa Driscoll, percussionist, will perform with Iowa’s Ambassadors of Music, a select group of high school and college student musicians. The honor group, comprising band, orchestra and chorus, will tour Europe in July. The 19-day event will include three days of rehearsals at the University of Iowa, two farewell concerts on campus and a 16-day concert tour through England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. Carisa is the daughter of Mike and Marshal Driscoll of Wellman.

10 Years Ago

April 19, 2007

The Iowa Mennonite School Operating Board is pleased to announce that Anthony (Tony) V. Miller has accepted the position of principal at IMS. Tony is a 1978 graduate of the school, and also graduated from Hesston (Kansas) College and Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, where he received his B.S. in elementary education. He will officially assume his responsibilities in early July, replacing Wilbur Yoder. Yoder has served Iowa Mennonite School since 1973, the past 18 years in the role of principal.

The Wellman City Council voted Monday to offer the position of city administrator to an Arizona man at a salary of $45,000 per year, pending results of a background check. At a Wednesday, April 11, special meeting, the council members discussed the various applicants and decided to have the applicant from Arizona come to Wellman for an interview. The visit took place Monday, April 16, but the applicant and his wife had to leave before the council meeting.

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