Newspaper Article Archive of
25 Years Ago
January 24, 1992
Increases for Highland Community Schools range from 2% to 4.25% this time around. The administration, excluding Pat Gregory, who remained at his current salary, received a 2% increase from the board last week. Bev Colbert, board secretary, also received a 2% increase. The teachers’ contracts were agreed upon last year when a two-year contract was negotiated. The teachers will receive a 4.25%, which includes benefits.
Jim Muller of Iowa City, who recently purchased the land behind Joe Pailliotet Co., attended the city council meeting Monday night to present his proposed plans for a mobile home court. The court tentatively would include eight mobile homes, four parking spaces (located between two), trees, shrubberies and paved pads for the mobile homes. The lot is 380 feet by 130 feet. The City of Riverside does not have an ordinance for a trailer court and would need to write one for this addition.
10 Years Ago
January 18, 2007
With a new boiler installed at Highland High School last year, the Highland board expects to have phase II, new ventilation system and heat exchange, done this spring. Final payment for the boiler will be made after “a few last things are done,” said Superintendent Carol Montz. She indicated that there were no serious problems.
Senior night at Highland High School for basketball was Tuesday, Jan. 16. Seniors honored are Collin Bruegge, Cody Crawford, Hannah Elliott, Eric Davisson, Lacy Jenkins, Martin Lamping, Brittany Lloyd, Rachel Megchelsen, Johnny O’Leary, Lupe Rodriguez, Alex Sersland, Ashley Stout and Tina Sweeting.
For the second and third time, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort guests have won a car on the same bank of slot machines. Jacquelyn Simmons from Cedar Rapids won a 2006 BMW Dec. 18. Lori King from West Liberty won a 2007 Mazda SUV Jan. 6.
100 years ago
January 18, 1917
The hearts of many people of this section of the country were saddened this week to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Anna Schillig, one of the earliest settlers of this community and of Iowa. The death occurred Tuesday sometime between midnight and 6 o’clock, the aged women being found dead in her bed by her daughter. Mrs. Schillig was seemingly in good health and was able to walk about the house.
The deceased was regarded as one of the oldest residents of Iowa and was one of its earliest pioneers. She was born in Alsace, France on February 9, 1823. She was 15 years old when the family immigrated to America. They came on a river steamer up the Mississippi and after a short stay went to Richmond in this county.
75 years ago
January 22, 1942
The Red Cross chairman reports that $25.30 was contributed to the Red Cross defense fund, which was the proceeds from the benefit skating party at Southwick’s Skating Rink last Monday.
Plans were made by the Kalona Library Board to launch a Victory Book campaign in this community. This is a call to collect gifts of books for our soldiers, sailors and marines as a supplement to the library services maintained by the Army and Navy in forts, camps, post, stations and on ships.
A Red Cross unit was organized in the Richmond community last Monday evening and an urgent call is made for workers to either sew or knit for this cause. Contact Mrs. Wm. Chapek, chairman, as soon as possible so that she may order the supplies.
Barbara J. Miller, daughter of John C. and Fannie Hochstetler Miller was born November 19, 1887 and passed away January 14, 1942 following a short illness of only 24 hours. Death was caused by blood poisoning which started from an ear infection.
There was no school at the Hartsock school a part of last week because of the illness of the teacher, Mrs. Martha Mills.
Archie Tilten came from his home in Smith Center, Kansas to the Fred Buck home where he spent the night. On Saturday he returned with his household goods which had been stored at the Buck home.
On the 28th of January the county health unit will conduct a child’s conference program. In the afternoon the pupils of the high school will have the opportunity of having a test for tuberculosis. The sale of Christmas seals will cover part of the expense. The amount taken in by Christmas seals in this community was $55.
50 years ago
January 26, 1967
The M-P Hawkette continued their winning streak by defeating the Durant girls Friday night 65-43. Charlee Kleinschmidt and Diane Ehrenfelt led the Hawkettes to victory with 25 and 24 points respectively. Jeanie Figgins added 14 as a starting forward. This was victory number 12 for the Hawkettes whoa re now eighth in State ratings.
Kalona Cooperative Switchboard Co. elected officers with Herman Yoder president, and Mark Koening vice president. Other members include Raymon Troyer, James Strabala, Clair Grout, Raymond Yotty, Amos Mellinger, Wilbur Pribyl.
A housewarming was held by the Ambassador Sunday school class for Willard R. Yoder in Joetown. The evening was spent in playing games followed by a short program. The class presented the Yoders with a linen tablecloth.
Kirk Bailey left for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Saturday where he will begin his service.
25 years ago
January 23, 1992
Renovation work is underway in the central hall of the top floor of Pleasantview Home where walls between former resident rooms were removed to create a new, large dining/activity room. The new room is required by state regulations in order to permit changing the residential area to a nursing unit. The work is part of the phase II project at the home. Richard L. Miller is construction supervisor.
Iowa Mennonite Schools 4th annual Alumni Night is Friday, January 24. The event will be in conjunction with basketball games between IMS and Walnut Ridge.
Ten members of the H. J. Club met at the home of Rita Stumpf January 16. Viola Kasper conducted the meeting. Co-hostess Athlyn Beranek conducted
games and prizes were won by Janie Marek and Doris Yeggy.
James and Kathy Burrows are parents of a daughter, Jami Marie born January 19.
Lyndon and Mattie Ann Hershberger are parents of a daughter, Rebecca Lynn, born January 11. Grandparents are Clarence and Barbara Miller and John and Sally Hershberger.
A daughter, Michelle Rose was born to Merlyn and Myrna Miller. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Borntrager and Mr. and Mrs. Chester H. Miller.
100 Years Ago
January 18, 1917
Some thief entered Charley Perrin’s cellar one night this week and stole five gallons of lard. The fact was not made known until after the blood hounds had left last evening or they would have been placed on the fellow’s trail, and no doubt have taken the scent, as no one had been about the place to cover up the tracks. Charley’s folks have been up at North English since his injury a week ago yesterday.
Sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, J.H. Gardner’s butcher shop was entered via the back door by cutting a hole in the screen and unlocking the door. Their presence was not known until the next morning, when the meat cutter, Mr. Lash, went to open the safe and found that it had been tampered with, and in so doing the burglar had so changed the combination that he (Mr. Lash) was unable to open it. Not being able to get into the safe, the fellow as not going away empty-handed so he took three or four dollars worth of the choicest bacon, and for all that we know, slipped it into his vest pocket. Everybody is of the opinion that it was the work of home talent.
The question of consolidation of schools was voted on at Kinross last Saturday and was lost by only two votes. The vote in the country was 34 for and 36 against, and in town 33 for and 32 against, with one spoiled ballot. Another election will be held a week from next Saturday, and those for it think it will carry this time.
75 Years Ago
January 22, 1942
Members of the Community Club at their first meeting in 1942 and their first since the outbreak of actual warfare discussed their future course of action Wednesday evening. The men present took part in a round-table discussion on what Wellman and its business and citizens are going to have to do during the present emergency. Several men suggested that it was necessary to do something for the young men from Wellman who are in military service. Donald Bidwell, Mearl Munson and E.C. Jones were appointed to act as a committee to do anything they think necessary for the men in service, and funds were placed at their disposal.
A joint meeting of the members and patrons of the Wellman Cooperative Creamery was held at the high school gymnasium Monday, Jan. 19. It was stated that 780,259 pounds of butter were made in 1941, an increase of 68,461 pounds, or 9.6 percent, over last year. The amount of business amounted to $265,000.00. Last year it was $203,000. The average price paid for butter fat delivered at the creamery was 39.11 cents, a 6.49-cent increase over last year.
50 Years Ago
January 19, 1967
Members of Wellman’s volunteer fire department paid special tribute to their chief and assistant chief as they met at the fire station for their annual Christmas party for families of the department. Chief Charles “Chuck” Capper and Assistant Chief Chase Millice have completed 20 years of volunteer service to the department and were awarded engraved watches by Bob Kuhns in behalf of Wellman’s 24 firemen.
Junji Hora, Mid-Prairie High School’s Rotary exchange student from Japan, was honored at the school Jan. 10. Junji was introduced at the beginning of each lunch hour by Fred Wright, student council president. He then thanked the students for their warm welcome. Specially baked cakes were served by the student council members and Junji during the noon hour. He is a house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Logan Reif of Kalona during the year.
Word has been received of the death of a former Wellman superintendent of schools, Earl O. Culver. He was superintendent in Wellman from 1922 until 1926. On his teaching staff at that time were the mesdames Kathryn Miller, Erma Rugg, Cecil Miller, Lois Winegarden and Mabel Foster. Col. Culver, a graduate of the University of Iowa, had been teaching at St. John’s Military School in Wisconsin for the past several years.
25 Years Ago
January 23, 1992
Wellman’s Steve Berger, Iowa Farm Bureau’s 1991 outstanding young member, was awarded top honors at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Kansas City. He was one of three national winners of the Farm Bureau’s young farmer and rancher achievement award. A graduate of Mid-Prairie High School and Iowa State University, Ames, Berger farms as a partner with his parents, Dennis and Janice Berger, a 2000-acre corn and soybean operation west of Wellman.
Wellman Mayor Ivan Redlinger presented the council a list of programs he would like to see begun during his four-year term of mayor. He asked council members to prioritize eight recommendations: (1) remodeling of the former fire station into a community room, (2) a curb and gutter program, (3) enlargement of the library into the former ambulance bay, (4) improvements to the city parking lot along Ninth Avenue, (5) provision of handicap accessibility to the Municipal Building, (6) extension of the sewer system to Daytonville in exchange for voluntary annexation of the entire area, (7) provision of money for a feasibility study to determine whether the city should own its own cable television system, (8) creation of an energy efficiency plan for city utilities
10 Years Ago
January 18, 2007
The Wellman Volunteer Fire Department learned last week that the grant request written by firefighter Matt Latcham has paid off big time. The department will receive a $104,880 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grant, which is the entire amount requested, will pay 95 percent of the cost for 35 complete sets of turnout gear for the Wellman firefighters, including coats, pants, helmets, boots and gloves. Each set of gear costs $1,840. Wellman’s application was one of 574 made from Iowa and was one of 80 awarded in the state.
Mark and Andrea Farrier of Wellman are proud to announce the birth of their new baby girl, Sarah Lois Farrier. She was born Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at 1:09 p.m. She weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and was the first baby born this new year at the Washington County Hospital. Sarah and Andrea are both doing well. Sarah’s sisters, Rachel and Rebecca, can’t wait until she gets to come home.