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Kalona, Iowa

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The Kalona News

June 8, 2017 Looking Back
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100 years ago

June 7, 1917

Registration day in Kalona, passed along very quietly. No disturbance of any kind. 83 young men between the ages of 21 and 30 came in quietly and cheerfully registered themselves as subject to the selective draft. All of them would much rather, that there was no need for war, but since the war has been forced upon our nation, they are ready to answer the call. We have not heard of a single effort to evade conscription.

The cellar is nearly dug out for the Timber church and they will soon put in the foundation and get ready for the carpenters.

75 years ago

June 4, 1942

Cars driven by Kenneth Kos and Maurice Westrick were involved in a collision on highway No. 22 early Sunday morning. The Kos car was crashed into from the rear when it slowed down to turn south on the street in front of the Walter Speas residence. Neither of the boys were injured but both machines were quite thrown into the ditch.

Amos Hochstetler sustained a fractured ankle when he was kicked by a cow while demonstrating a milking machine.

Grace Miller, Doris Marner, Katie Yoder, Arlie Hershberger and Audrey Swartzendruber left Saturday morning for Hannibal, Missouri where they will teach in the Bible school.

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Peterseim and Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. Don Miller and Helen Peterseim and Norman Edge enjoyed a picnic dinner Sunday at the Iowa City park.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Miller, Ralph and Mable and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Troyer and family were dinner guests Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. John F. Shetler.

Rev. Scott Pyle gave a fine sermon at Pilotburg church Sunday morning. He has been having evangelistic meetings in a tent north of Wellman on the Erb farm.

Carl D. Anderson lost a fine cow recently.

50 years ago

June 1, 1967

Coach Jackie Flake and her M-P girls will start the summer schedule of softball games at the Kalona diamond.

Kalona Firemen were called about 11 p.m. Saturday evening to extinguish a rubbish fire near Deer Creek, west of the John Helmuth farm home.

Firemen knocked the fire down and later in the night rain helped finish the job. Mr. Helmuth later reported he had set the fire in the brush and other rubbish that had been placed there. He had waited some time for trash to dry out so that it would burn easily.

The Kalona Golf Club will sponsor lessons. Tim Grady will meet all interested persons at the Kalona football field.

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Meyers of Goshen visited during the weekend with relatives here. Sunday they were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Yoder and family. Others sharing the dinner were Mrs. Mary Yotty, Mrs. Charles Miller and Angela.

Registration for the boys softball league in Richmond sponsored by Amvets will be held until June 10. Boys interested in playing in the league are asked to register with Bob Chapek at Richmond or with Raymond (Bart) Yotty in Kalona.

Mrs. Levi Miller and Mrs. Emil Ropp were among those receiving a high school equivalency diplomas as the first graduates of the Washington County High School course.

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Strabala entertained guests after graduation exercises in honor of Jerry Strabala, who was a member of the class. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sahs and family, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Yotty, Steve and Anna Marie, Lewis Hochstedler, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pieper, Joe and Mike, the Francis Armbruster and Paul Armbruster families, Mrs. Wino Strabala, Jim and Larry, Marge Eckrich, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cran, Donna and Nancy, Jim Knutson, Mr. and Mrs. Urie Stutzman, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Yoder, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Shalla and family, Mrs. Roy Kallaus, Louise and Gary, Sue Kiesey, Janet Kos, Johnny Boyse, Ann Miller, Don Shalla, Jim Miller and Clair Greiner.

25 years ago

June 4, 1992

Robert and Dora Kallaus, owner of the Kalona News for the past 22 years, this week announced the sale of the News to veteran Iowa newspaper people, Ron and Helen Slechta.

The 13th annual Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale grossed $192,000, including the proceeds from the sale of 960 pieces of homemade pie. A true crowd pleaser was the apple butter made by 90-year old Martha Troyer.

The Optimist club met at the park for Bike Safety. Forty-six children participated with winner of the girls bike going to Heather Bender and the boy’s bike was won by Sam Tribby. Safety awards went to Preschool: Matt Herschberger; first grade: Kyle Johnson; second grade: Heidi Bender; third grade: Eric Skaden; fourth grade: Matt Morgan; fifth grade: Althea Beachy; sixth grade: Grant Beachy.

Mid-Prairie Senior Aaron Kos placed 5th in the discus during the state track meet. His best throw was 150’2”.

The Mid-Prairie boys golfers ranked fourth place in state. Tim Miller led the Hawks the first day with 76, Brandon Ropp 78, Chad Harland 81 and Josh Rediger 82.

The Mid-Prairie Girls Golf team fell to third in the girls regional. Jenny Jones 87, Julie Slaubaugh 93, Brandi Poock 96, Jenny Greiner 105 and Nikki Weyant 110.

Gingerich cousins who met for breakfast at the Kalonial Townhouse were Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Gingerich, Mr. and Mrs. George Gingerich, Mr. and Ms. Alvin Gingerich, Nina Miller, Lila Gardner, Mabel and Elsie Gingerich, Mr. and Mrs. Omar Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Truman Schrock, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Zook.


100 years ago

June 7, 1917

The registration Tuesday of the young men of the nation for the selective draft armies to fight Germany was an overwhelming success. It is estimated that more than 10,000,000 men answered the call. In Iowa more than 200,000 were registered. In Johnson county the number was 2205.

On Wednesday evening, June 6, Miss Laura Windess became the bride of Roy E. Gerot. The ceremony was performed at eight o’clock p.m. at the home of the bride’s parents with nearly fifty guests being present. They will go to housekeeping on the Gerot farm near Riverside.

The annual Commencement exercises of the Lone Tree high school was held in the Fisher opera house Thursday evening when a class of thirteen, the largest in the history of the local high school, were presented with diplomas.

Joseph Meisky passed away in Nichols Thursday morning after few days’ illness. He was 63 years of age. The cause of his death was ulcerated stomach. His funeral was held Saturday afternoon.

Rev. E. D. Lantz arrived here from Abilene, Kansas Friday and has again taken up his work as pastor of the Reformed church.

Troop B will be recruited to full war strength by the close of the week if volunteers continue to come as they have the past few days.

Richard Huskins passed away at his home southwest of Lone Tree on Thursday evening, May 31st, after an illness of many months. He had reached the age of 66 years, 6 months and 19 days. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church. Burial was made in the Lone Tree cemetery.

Mr. James H. Bell and Miss Genevieve C. Harney were united in marriage at the home of the groom’s parents on Sunday, June 3rd at 1 o’clock.

John Eden has been in the hospital at Iowa City for a week or more endeavoring to save his left eye which was pierced with a piece of wire on day last week and soon after became infected. It is said the eye cannot be saved.

75 years ago

June 11, 1942

A new three-cent “Win the War” postage stamp will go on sale at Washington, D. C. on July 4 and will be sold throughout the country shortly thereafter.

Petsel Bros. received one of the high prices of the Monday hog market at the Chicago stockyards. There were 59 head averaging 273 pounds and brought $14.15 per cwt.

At the regular meeting of Hukill Rebekah lodge Monday evening officers were elected. Mrs. Frances Plum was elected Noble Grand, Grace Richey as vice-grand, Mrs. Bessie Brinkmeyer as secretary, and Mrs. Anna Eden as treasurer.

Dr. R. V. Mossman, D. V. M. opened an office here for the practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. Robert Mossman expects to take over his brother’s practice in this territory as his brother, Dr. Donald F. Mossman was called to the army last year.

Arrangements have been made by the local post of the American Legion so that contributions to the USO fund may be made at either of the Lone Tree banks.

The Lone Tree theatre installed a new improvement in the shape of new lights in its projectors. The new lights, of the automatic arc type, give a much brighter light and throw the pictures on the screen much more brilliantly and clearly than before.

Friends of Gerald Stout, who is now stationed at Camp Hullen, Texas, in the coast artillery, recently received a promotion to the rank of sergeant.

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Nolan are the parents of a daughter born Sunday at Mercy hospital. Her name will be Patricia Kay.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lear are the parents of a little son born Thursday at Mercy hospital. He weighed seven pounds, nine ounces. They call him Richard Joe.

Mrs. Emma Shafer was elected Noble Grand when members of Bridgeman Rebekah lodge met Friday evening. Other officers to serve with Mrs. Shafer are Mrs. Ferne Lewis, vice grand; Mrs. Anna Reynolds, secretary, and Mrs. Edith Ogren, treasurer.

Mrs. Bertha Agatha Hazen Pike died at her home at 1:20 a.m. Monday after an illness of one year. Funeral rites were held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s church at Nichols with burial in St. Mary’s cemetery.


25 Years Ago

June 12, 1992

Deb Westfall of Riverside and Eric Stewart of Ainsworth were married April 25, 1992, at the United Presbyterian Church, Washington. Parents of the couple are Harley and Karen Westfall, Riverside, and Gary and Nancy Stewart of Ainsworth. The bride was a 1987 graduate of Highland High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently a substitute teacher in this area. The groom is a 1985 graduate of Highland High School and a 1989 graduate of Central College. He is employed at Procter & Gamble in Iowa City.

Bob and Carla Jacobs of rural Ainsworth announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Jennifer to Kevin Powers, son of Don and Joy Powers of Ainsworth. Jennifer is a 1992 graduate of Highland High School and is employed at Hy-Vee of Washington. Kevin is also a 1992 graduate of Highland High School and is employed at Thomann Welding and Paul Revere Pizza. The couple will be married July 25 at Marr Park, Ainsworth.

10 Years Ago

June 7, 2007

Financed primarily by a $50,000 grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, the new EMS vehicle for the Riverside First Responders arrived in Riverside May 30. Total cost of the unit, the second in the Responders’ history, is $54,000. The 2001 ambulance was delivered by Kevin Kloucke, the dealer from Sterling, Ill., who obtained the vehicle for the Responders. The larger vehicle will allow the Responders to carry more equipment and provide even better service. The original Responders vehicle will be kept as a backup unit.

The old public school building on the north end of Riverside may not get remodeled, said Bill Franz, Franz Construction, Iowa City, the new owner of the property. He told the Riverside council Monday night during a work session that he “wants to slow down the process” because bids to remodel the school were 25-30 percent higher than anticipated.

Rain has not significantly slowed the construction schedule for Riverside’s new fire station. Last week, the steel spans went into place and framing is under way for the $1.4 million facility.


100 Years Ago

June 7, 1917

In spite of the weather man who had been giving us a super-abundance of rain and made roads almost impassable for automobiles, the patriotic services which were held in Wellman on registration day were attended by a large crowd.

The forenoon program consisted of music by the martial band and a few selections by the Keota ladies’ band, who braved the muddy roads and made the fourteen-mile drive; drills by several members of the Cavalry, who came up from Kalona the evening before and were on hand bright and early. The Cavalry was joined by our members who secured horses from several of our citizens.

On account of the muddy roads, the parade in the afternoon had to be called off, much to the regret of everyone, and the program was opened in the large lumber shed belonging to Gardner & Grassell.

There has been a lot of “playing hookey” in our school the past few months. Now, it’s not the teachers’ business to run down absent scholars not to question the validity of the excuses turned in. But we make the suggestion: that if you are not satisfied with your child’s school work, look up the number of days present as shown on the report card; that may furnish a key to the situation.

75 Years Ago

June 11, 1942

A.C. Kraft, manager of the Wellman Cooperative Creamery, announces that the month of May exceeded all previous records in butter production through the local creamery. A total of 85,555 pounds was made by the co-op last month. This means that well over four and a half tons of butterfat were produced during the period by cows of cooperating farmers, returning them $28,000 for the butterfat. Of the 85,555 pounds, about five thousand were wrapped in individual pound cartons for local use. The remaining four tons were packed in tubs and shipped to New York markets.

The $5.00 federal use tax stamp for all automobiles went on sale at the local post office Wednesday morning. The stamp is good for one year, ending June 30, 1943. Every automobile, without exception, must have this stamp prominently displayed. The deadline for purchasing this sticker is June 30. “Bud” Durian and Vernie Booth were the first to purchase the stamps Wednesday.

The program of leveling and repairing walks in Wellman continues as various business houses on main street and several homes in the residential section are having the walks in front of their establishments smoothed out. Dr. R.W. Wirtz is putting in an entire new sidewalk around his building at the north end of main street.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilkins received a letter Monday from their son Dean, who is in Australia now. He reports a wonderful trip over there and that he is feeling fine.

Roger E. Miller, son of Dr. and Mrs. Enos Miller, this week received notice of his appointment to West Point Military Academy. He is to report for admission to the academy at West Point, N.Y., before noon on July 1.

50 Years Ago

June 8, 1967

Sp/4c Dale Schroeder has concluded a 30-day leave in the parental Adolph Schroeder home and has been assigned to an Army base in Germany.

To reduce highway accidents involving farm vehicles, Iowa farmers should install slow-moving vehicle emblems on their farm tractors and other implements, and Iowa drivers need to recognize this emblem. The Iowa Legislature early this month passed a bill to encourage the emblem’s use and limit its use to vehicles which travel 25 miles an hour or less on highways. Triangular in shape, the reflective SMV emblem is 16 inches wide and 14 inches high. A fluorescent yellow/orange center is surrounded by a reflective red border.

25 Years Ago

June 11, 1992

Four Mid-Prairie faculty members with 129 years of combined teaching service in the district were bid farewell with great pomp and circumstance June 1. Retiring are Rhoda Hershberger, 30 years at Wellman Elementary; Paul Swank, junior and senior high vocational agriculture teacher for the past 28 years; Richard Oyer, 37 years as junior high math teacher; and Jacqueline Flake, 34 years as junior high science teacher and coach.

Through special arrangement, Duder the clown came to Washington Township Elementary School to spend a half-day residency. The first part of the residency was spent with the sixth-graders analyzing humor. The students learned the reason that an act or a joke is funny is important to anyone who wants to write things that make people laugh.

During the next portion, Duder showed students how he applies each part of his makeup in preparation for a show. He explained the purpose of the makeup, and his young audience watched him become a clown in front of their eyes. Duder forgot to explain that he is a Mid-Prairie graduate and receives his mail addressed to Rob McCain.

10 Years Ago

June 7, 2007

Fran Rogers’ last day at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library was Monday, June 4. She was assistant library director for 13 years, working 20 hours per week. Before that, she worked three hours per week on the card catalog. Even before that, she was a volunteer. Her work at the Wellman library, from volunteer to assistant director, spanned five directors -- Martha Boyes, Loris DeGroff, Holly Huffman, Sandy Aggson and current director Steve Miller. Rogers credits DeGroff with talking her into working more hours.

Wellman’s new city administrator, David Ross, and his wife Kristin are putting down roots in Wellman. They purchased the Mark and Lisa Dosier house and plan to move into it within a couple of weeks. Dave, who began work in Wellman May 14, was born in Minnesota but moved with his family to Arizona when he was 3. He has been a police officer, a police detective, a police supervisor and most recently, an intern for the city manager in Cottonwood, Ariz.

Edwin D. and Mary Jane Miller will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 17 with an open house at Kalona Mennonite Church. The Millers were married June 11, 1957, the first wedding to take place at Sunnyside Conservative Mennonite Church. Edwin Miller spent 38 years as an educator. He was the principal at Wellman Elementary School for 22 years. The Millers are the parents of five children, who will host the event.

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