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December 29, 2016 Looking Back - 12-29-2016
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Lone Tree

100 Years

December 28, 1916

Frederick and Horace Stover, 6 and 13 years old respectively, struggled for possession of a 22-calibre rifle Saturday afternoon. The younger took hold of the barrel to pull it from his older brother by force. He jerked the slide and the gun discharged. A long cartridge pierced his abdomen and passed through his stomach. He lived for perhaps an hour, although a passing doctor was called in and did everything possible to save his life.

The whereabouts of Frank Sweet are still unknown. He left his horse and buggy tied to a hitch rack on Jayne street and disappeared early last week. It is stated that he wrote to his wife later.

A combined golden wedding and Christmas reunion was celebrated at the Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hirt home in Hills Monday when all the sons and daughters were home. Mr. and Mrs. Hirt are the oldest people in Hills.

Dr. C. E. Walters of Clarion, Iowa has purchased the dental office and equipment of Dr. Cardell and will take possession about January 1st.

Mr. Emora Attig and Miss Hazel Harned were united in marriage at three o’clock Christmas afternoon at the M. E. parsonage in West Liberty.

The home of Dr. and Mrs. F. F. Carl of Nichols was the scene of a pretty wedding Wednesday when their daughter, Miss Maleta Carl, was united in marriage to Earl R. Truax.

A heating plant, more machinery and electric power will be installed in the Curtis Handle Co. factory right away and the place will be one of the busiest concerns in Johnson county. Orders are coming in fast for the famous Curtis handles.

The Reporter was 25 years old.

The rural mail carriers had to cover their routes on Christmas but will have a day off on New Years.

The farms of Johnson county are worth over fifty-seven million dollars according to the census of the state.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Swank on December 22nd.

75 years

January 1, 1942

Mrs. Anton Swanson, 63, passed away at 9:15 o’clock Monday evening at Hershey hospital in Muscatine following an illness of two weeks. Funeral services are being held Wednesday from the Reformed church at 1:30 o’clock. Burial will be in the Evans cemetery southwest of Lone Tree.

Charles Rouner, 51, of Lincoln township died Monday at Excelsior Springs, Mo., where he had gone about 10 days ago for treatment. Death was due to a heart attack. Funeral services are Wednesday from the Oathout funeral home in Iowa City and burial will be in the St. Joseph’s cemetery there.

At a church ceremony solemnized by the Rev. Ralph Krueger at the First English Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Miss Doris C. Wyjack became the bride of Harold Schuessler Saturday, December 27, at 2 o’clock.

Two more local young men were added to the armed forces of the country this week when Leo Greazel enlisted in the U. S. Navy, and Alvin Snethen enlisted in the regular army.

Mr. and Mrs. Emora Attig were honored Saturday night at a dancing party in Nielson hall, the affair noting their 25th wedding anniversary.

Riverside Current

25 Years Ago

December 27, 1991

The Riverside Elementary School held the National Geography Bee during the week of December 9 - 13. Preliminary rounds were held in each elementary class of Riverside with three winners per class advancing to the championship round. Those participating in this round included: Grade 4, Joe Poch, Erik Kallaus, Jeremy Fields, Bridget Kirsch, Jeremy Wells, and Randi Johnston. Grade 5, Jessica Harrison, Casey Kellogg, Nic Plecker, Miranda Slemmons, Deanna Buck and Jay Shatzer. Grade 6, Dan Roberts, Megan Simon, Shawn Drake, Eric Keeler, Brandi Bryant, and Mike Strabala. First place winner was Jay Shatzer. Second place was Erik Kallaus, and Eric Keeler was the third place winner. the first place winner will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination.

Central College recently announced its Dean’s List for the 1991 fall term. Eric Cellman of Ainsworth was named to the list.

The Washington County 9-1-1- board has announced the results of the countywide 9-1-1 grade school poster contest that was recently held. Area fourth, fifth and sixth graders were asked to make posters about 9-1-1 following a program that was given at their schoos about 9-1-1-. winners of the poster contest were awarded cash prizes for their posters. The winners from highland Elemnetary were Lindi Hazelett, Bradee Green, Nathan Krotz and Matt Thomann.

10 Years Ago

December 28, 2006

When the members of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church, Riverside, gathered for Christmas Mass in December 1906, it was the first time Mass was said in the just completed church building. Last Sunday, some 500 people attended the 100th Christmas Mass in the church, many of whom have ancestors who were at the first service. It is possible that the candleholders along the aisle also were present that long-ago Christmas.

Jason Snyder of Riverside is going to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, as a member of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band. Snyder plays the trumpet in the band.

Samantha Wieland of Riverside is a member of the Cornell College women’s basketball team. Wieland, a 2006 graduate of Highland High School, is a freshman majoring in education. She is the granddaughter of Larry and Janice Wieland , Riverside. Wieland has played in two games, averaging 15 minutes. She has hit seven of 14 three-point shots and one two-point field goal for 23 points. She has had two defensive rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

Wellman Advance

75 Years Ago

January 1, 1942

Bernard Flanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flanders, came home to spend a few days during the Christmas holidays with his folks, brothers, sisters and friends. He had been employed in government work for the past 15 months in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. He resigned his position there and has accepted a position with the war department.

His father and mother accompanied him to Chicago by automobile where he reported for duty Monday morning in the large new Central post office building where he will work until some day this week. He plans to leave by airplane to some unknown destination near South America. While in Chicago, Bernard is staying with his cousins. Mr. and Mrs. Flanders returned home Sunday evening. They report no snow in Chicago.

Lester Winegarden, formerly of North English was killed in action in the Pacific, according to word received by his mother at North English. He was a nephew of Mrs. Lizzie Winegarden of Wellman. Winegarden had served two terms in the Navy and just previous to his death was employed by the government at one of the Pacific outposts. Beside his mother and sister, he is survived by his wife and one son, both of Elsinor, California.

50 Years Ago

December 29, 1966

Mr. and Mrs. Harve Freel observed their 73rd wedding anniversary Wednesday, December 28. The couple who enjoy good health enjoyed a dinner prepared by their children and grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Arden Freel, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Freel of Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Huber and Mr. and Mrs. Oran Birkey and daughters. Unable to attend were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Freel of Chicago. Tuesday, Mrs. Freel was honored on her 90th birthday.

An eight pound one ounce daughter, Peggy Lee, was born Sunday, December 25, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kuhns at Mercy Hospital. Grandparents are Mrs. Urie Slaubaugh and Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Kuhns.

25 Years Ago

January 2, 1992

Nathan Lindstrom, a fifth grader at Wellman Elementary School, won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee December 13. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the fourth annual National Geography Bee. Lindstrom now advances to take a written test.

Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state and territory will be eligible to compete in their state bee March 27. The National Geographic Society with its co-sponsors will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for state champions and their teacher escorts to participate in the national championship May 20-21. At the national level, the first-place winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.

The Wellman Senior Citizen Center was the scene of holiday activities early last week, and on Christmas Day, 50 people enjoyed a potluck dinner with all the trimmings. Santa Claus was found to be visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Yoder and looking on was Grace Miller and Ortis Miller.

10 Years Ago

December 28, 2006

Jacob Lampe, Brian Stout, Andy Thompson, Ian Michel, Patrick Hussey, Justin Horesowsky and Nick Martin gave an energetic performance of “Sing Noel!” at the annual Cocoa and Carols concert Wednesday, December 20, at the Mid-Prairie High School.

The winning ticket for a Corvette was drawn Wednesday, December 20, by Abbi Patterson as Rotarian Dennis Nygaard holds the cage. Tish Yoder of Kalona won the drawing which was held to help raise funds for the new Parkside Activities Center in Wellman. Patterson is the daughter of Reggie Patterson and Kim Stout. The Corvette drawing raised $32,750 (sold 655 tickets) to help with construction costs for the Parkside Activities Center.

Kalona News

75 years ago

January 1, 1942

Kalona firemen made two runs last week. The first was a call to the Will Brown farm home southwest of Kalona on Christmas Eve, when they were called to help extinguish a chimney fire which threatened the home, but the blaze had burned itself out before the Company arrived.

About 8:30 Friday morning firemen were again called to extinguish a blaze in a car owned by Vernon Stanger. The damage which was confined only to the upholstering was slight.

J. K Mehaffey is now able to sit up in a chair and is rapidly gaining strength. Jack fell and sustained a pelvic fracture also a severe back injury.

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Southwick have received a letter from their son Keith who is the U. S. Navy. They report that he is fine, but his letters are very short.

M. N. Adams has opened a new office in the Eclipse building across the street from the post office which was formerly occupied by Ora Boone. He has redecorated the interior of the building and now makes a very neat office. Mr. Adams has been a real estate broker in Kalona for the past 25 years.

Guests at a turkey dinner on Christmas day with Mrs. Ella Plank were Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Plank, Louis Hochstedler and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Hochstetler and family.

There were forty-one present at the Dewey Weeks home when the H. J. Club members and their families held their annual Christmas party. A pot luck supper was served which consisted of favorite dishes of several notions besides the many delicious American dishes the club members brought. There was real English Christmas pudding made by Mrs. Tom Stirling, a native of Ireland; Bohemian kolaches such as only Mrs. Joe TeBockhorst can bake and Swedish meat balls.

Alpha Club members met Monday afternoon. The president, Mrs. Weller Snyder presided during the business meeting. It was voted that henceforth the hostess would donate the amount spent for refreshments to the club treasury for the Defense Program. Members were urged also to do Red Cross work, and to help in civil defense projects.

50 years ago

January 5, 1967

As a service to the Kalona residents, local Boy Scouts will pickup and destroy discarded Christmas trees this weekend.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Nisly on January 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Quinten Miller are the parents of a son, George Stuart, born December 22.

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Bontrager are the parents of a son born January 3. He was named Todd Duane.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Yoder are the parents of a daughter born January 4.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Brenneman are the parents of a son, born December 28.

Christmas dinner guests in the Stanley Schrock home in Washington on December 26 were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schrock, Emma Jean and Shirley; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schrock and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gray and family. During the afternoon a telephone call was received from Doris Schrock of Oxford, England wishing the family a Merry Christmas.

Miss Cynthia White was honored at a bridal shower Friday evening in the Mike Brenneman home. Hostesses were Karen Brenneman and Mrs. Mike Brenneman. Others sharing the evening were her mother, Mrs. Glenn White, her twin sister, Mrs. Gary Tschantz, Mrs. Emerson Martin, Mrs. Russell Martin, Mrs. Lynn Troyer, Miss Shirley Martin, Mrs. Ed Schlabaugh, Mrs. Don Brenneman, Rosaline Brenneman and Mrs. Noah Brenneman.

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Peterseim had as their Christmas Eve guests, Mr. and Mrs. Don Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Jim L. Yoder, Todd and Tia, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hartzler, Susan and Julie, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Peterseim and Locke.

Relatives enjoying Christmas dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Guengerich and Mrs. C. J. McKenzie were Mr. and Mrs. Lester Strickler, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Strickler, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Strickler, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Grout and family and Terry Redlinger.

Mrs. Mary Yotty entertained at a Christmas Eve dinner including Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Yotty and family, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Yotty and family and Lewis Hochstedler.

Christmas Day guests in the home of Emma Yoder and the Terry Spitzer family were Mr. and Mrs. John J. Yoder, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Yoder, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Yoder and family, Mildred, Luella and Vera Yoder, Mrs. Mary Yotty, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Moore and Mrs., Lulu Bell.

Melvin Miller and James Miller of Frytown are attending Bible School in Ohio.

Relatives enjoying Christmas Day with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gingerich were Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schlabaugh and family, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Swartzendruber and Cynthia, Mr. and Mrs. Dale K. Gingerich and family, Mr. and Mrs. James Conrad and sons.

Dean Feldman was honored for 50 years of service and membership by the Richmond Lodge No 96. He is only the 6th person in the 109-year history of the local lodge to receive his recognition. Feldman has been honored for his work in Masonry many years.

The Amvet fish fry scheduled for Friday has been postponed. Postponement was deemed advisable due to several deaths in the community.

Ray Hendrickson assumed his duties as president of the Kalona Savings bank. Ray is a very pleasant person and from all people making his acquaintance, the reports are very good. He and his family will be an asset to the Kalona community.

Stockholders of Yoder Incorporated have re-elected Lester D. Yoder, Dr. Stan Aldinger, Dean Meyer, Don Rich, Gilbert Alliman, James Rich and Lloyd Cashman as Directors. In his report to the stockholders, Lester Yoder stated that Yoder Feeds has shown as 23% gain in feed sales for 1966.

Allen Haberman came by plane from Cape Canaveral, Florida to enjoy the Christmas weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Haberman. The Habermans’ also enjoyed a telephone call from their daughter, Janet, who is in Beirut, Lebanon.

Kalona Community Sale Saturday, January 7th. Usual run, plus many other items. Paris Miller

25 years ago

January 3, 1991

Workmen braved bitter cold to frame in and install roof trusses for the new Kinneer Furniture store at the corner of B Ave and Hwy 1. When finished the building will be two story. Completion is estimated about April.

Bob and Debbie Yoder are parents of a daughter Stephanie Denise, born December 28.

Ervin and Cindy Swantz are parents of a daughter, Jennifer Lynn, born December 28.

Mid-Prairie Girls Hawkettes lost a hard fought game at Wilton by a score of 40-50. Jody LeFever scored a career high 21 points and Jenny Griener pulled down 13 rebounds.

The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks beat undefeated Wilton 81-51, in conference action Friday. Wilton with a 5-0 record was planning to knock off the 5th rated Class 2A Golden Hawks. Kelby Bender led scoring with 20 points, Josh Bailey added 15, Matt Larsen and Josh Rediger 12 each, Craig Showalter 8, Chris Griener 5 Bryan Tobin 3, Brandon Ropp and Pat Sawhill 2, Todd Boyse and Aaron Kos one free throw each.

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