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May 4, 2017 Looking Back - 05-04-2017
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Lone Tree

100 years ago

May 3, 1917

Rev. and Mrs. Roy Moorhead will not soon forget the farewells given in their honor by Lone Tree people last week. Following the reception given by the Boy Scouts and Campfire girls the Reformed church congregation gathered at the church on Thursday evening where eighty-five people were present for a delightful program. On Saturday evening the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs joined in a big farewell with nearly one hundred gathered at the lodge hall.

Lewis Posten, 18, died Sunday evening. He was taken sick one day last week with appendicitis and underwent an operation at the home of his parents Friday night. It was soon learned that he could not recover owing to the advanced state of the case and he lingered until Sunday evening. Lewis was a sophomore in the Lone Tree high school. His funeral was held from the Reformed church Wednesday at 2 o’clock. Burial was made in the Fountain cemetery northwest of Lone Tree.

Lone Tree people responded nobly last Friday evening on occasion of the Senior class play. The large audience present filled every seat in the house and many were obliged to stand during the entire performance.

Andrew Crawford, one of the oldest Short-Horn breeders of Johnson county, has sold his entire herd to James Brown and will quit the business. Mr. Brown purchased the fifty-two head herd Friday. Mr. Crawford has resided on his farm since 1866.

P. D. Sowers escaped from the county jail Monday night by sawing an iron bar of the south window on the west side of the second floor. He has not been apprehended.

Conscription was decreed by congress on Saturday night. Both houses spend the day and evening in perfecting the bill. On final passage the measure went through by the following votes: House – 397 For; 24 Against, and Senate – 81 For; 8 Against.

Mrs. Joe F. Walker had the misfortune to burn her hand quite badly last week.

The W. W. Horrell home is under quarantine for scarlet fever, three of their children being ill with the disease.

A new axe handle machine will soon be installed in the handle factory.

75 years ago

May 7, 1942

Friday, the first class in the new series of First Aid lessons will be held at the school at 8 o’clock, sponsored by the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The lessons will be given by Dr. C. M. Cantrell.

Joe Gaeta will receive his degree at the commencement exercises at the State University of Iowa Sunday afternoon. He will receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce.

Paul Rapp had a serious accident Wednesday afternoon when he was hauling cobs from Crawford’s corn crib south of town. The wind overpowered him as he was putting on the shovel board throwing him to the ground. He suffered a fracture of one dorsal vertebrae and both bones in his left wrist were broken. He was taken to Mercy hospital.

Frank Hoskins has been appointed as a member of the board of the Lone Tree Independent school district to succeed G. B. Kirchner.

Sugar rationing registration occupied the facilities of the local school all day Monday. About 600 persons have been registered to date.

The town council at its regular meeting Monday night appointed Harry Stock as a member to fill out the term of G. B. Kirchner.

Representatives of the local high school were at Oskaloosa Friday and Saturday where they competed in the state music contest. Those participating were Margaret Stonebarger, Geraldine Wissink, Gwendolyn Kirchner, and Patricia Kilbourne.

At the regular meeting of the Lone Tree Fire Department the following officers were elected: Chief – Fred Wieland; 1st Assistant – Douglas Abrams; 2nd Assistant – Marion Crawford; President – Robert Musser; Secretary – Dana Musser; and Treasurer – Fred Wieland.

The Farmers’ fire truck made a run to the Earl Hinkley farm west of town about 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon where a fire had started in a combination chicken house and brooder house. The firemen confined their efforts to saving other buildings nearby. About 160 chicks were lost in the fire.

Riverside Current

25 Years Ago

May 8, 1992

Washington County Sheriff Yale Jarvis has formally announced his bid for re-election as sheriff. Jarvis made the announcement, citing reasons he should be re-elected by Washington County voters. He began his law enforcement career in 1973, and when former sheriff Don Robertson stepped down, Jarvis was appointed to fill the position. He is seeking his fifth four-year term as county sheriff. Jarvis points to drug problems and juvenile problems as the department’s toughest challenges. Equally hard, though, are the tough economic times facing the community.

Heather Ulrich and Kyle Soukup, both seniors at Highland Community School, were among more than 1,500 Iowa high school seniors recently recognized as State of Iowa Scholars by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, a state agency which administers the annual scholarship program. The designated students rank, on average, in the top three percent of their graduating class and had an average composite score of 29 on their ACT exams.

Jackie Blakley and Jeff Armbruster, both of Riverside, will be married May 16, 1992, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Riverside. Jackie is the daughter of Frank Blakley of Hills and Wanda Blakley of Riverside. Jeff is the son of Paul and Lois Armbruster of Riverside. Both are graduates of Highland High School.

10 Years Ago

May 3, 2007

When Clayton and Jeanette Sexton, with about 175 others, helped begin a new congregation in Iowa City 50 years ago, they didn’t realize how much it would grow. Today, there are nearly 1,300 members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and the congregation celebrated its 50th anniversary Sunday, April 29, with a special service at the church and a dinner and program at the Marriott in Coralville.

Today, there are four generation of Sextons who attend Our Redeemer with hundreds of other members. The Sextons had the opportunity to visit with several of the other charter members who came from as far away as Texas for the celebration.

Lael and Penny Stout of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffany, to Derek Greiner, Keota, son of Marlin Greiner of Keota and the late Bonnie Greiner. Miss Stout is a 2005 graduate of Highland. Her fiance is a 2002 graduate of Keota High School. The couple will wed June 30 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Keota.

Wellman Advance

100 Years Ago

May 3, 1917

F.L. Hicks had a bit of hard luck last Thursday. While leading his cow to pasture, she started to jump and play, when she fell down and broke her hip. He sold her to Chas. Durian for a small sum, probably a fifth of her value before the accident, and she was shipped to Chicago.

The dedication of the new school house at West Chester will take place May 18 at 2:30 p.m. The governor of Iowa will deliver the address. Remember the date, May 18, at 2:30 p.m.

Germans in the United States who have not become naturalized citizens must now wait until the war is over and peace once more declared. All county clerks and others connected with the naturalization of foreign citizens have been notified to accept no applications now.

This may prove a disappointment and hardship to some German citizens who really are loyal and wish to become citizens of this country in every respect, but there is no way out and they will have to wait.

Such a ruling is customary when two countries are at war with each other, for agents of the enemy might seek citizenship for the purpose of being able to better aid their country in the struggle.

A Kansas man has noticed that when a man finds fault with his local paper the chances are ten to one that he hasn’t an advertisement in it; five to one he never gave it a job of work; three to one that he is delinquent in his subscription; even money that he never did anything to assist the publisher to make it a good paper, and forty to one he is most eager to see it when it comes out.

75 Years Ago

May 7, 1942

J.G. Wehrle of the Ford Motor Company reports that three wheels, four tires and four tubes were stolen from a Ford V-8 in his used car lot last Friday night. The thieves jacked up the car, took their loot and left the vehicle jacked up. No trace of the stolen property has been found as yet.

Work is nearly completed on the new front of the Grand Theatre, which is of glass in two colors. The base is a rich deep wine, the remainder of the front a beige color. This certainly makes an attractive front and adds a lot of class (as well as glass) to our main street.

First Grade News: We made May baskets in our room. Before we took them home, we filled them with violets and lilacs. Our radio party was Friday afternoon. The kindergarten came to our room to hear our program. Other visitors that day were Danny Rhodes, Freddie Kempf and Robert Kuhns. 100% spellers are Patricia Allen, Bobby Allen, Jimmie Bringman, Gary Crossett, Stanley Dawson, Jacqueline Darnell, Dickie Griffith, Jacquelyn Griggs, Mary Ann Janecek, Juanita Kuhns, Kenneth Kempf, Lois Miller, Dennis Netser, Marietta Spear, James Whetstine and Mary Yoder.

50 Years Ago

May 4, 1967

The Rev. Harold Thomas was installed as pastor of First Baptist Church, Wellman, Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Thomas came to Wellman from the Rockwell-Marble Rock (Iowa) field. He is a graduate of Dubuque University and Central Baptist Seminary, Kansas City, Kansas. Special music was presented by Mrs. Rex Roth and Philip accompanied by Miss Janice Brown. A reception for the Rev. and Mrs. Thomas, Sheryl and Steven, was held in the lower auditorium of the church. Guests were present from seven neighboring churches.

Sinclair Service Station will have its grand opening Friday and Saturday, May 5,6. Ivan Ulin, dealer, will be giving away a free six-pack of Pepsi Cola with every tank full of gasoline purchased during the two-day affair. The public is invited to stop in for coffee and cookies and a candy bar for the kiddies.

Fred Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wright of West Chester, is one of two selections to represent the state of Iowa at the National Youth Science Camp at Camp Pocahontas, West Virginia, from June 25 to July 15. The academic program will include all fields of science and mathematics. Lectures will be given by professional, governmental, industrial and university scientists from all fields, including the professional staff at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. All expenses, including to and from the camp, will be paid.

Mr. and Mrs. E.V. King of Silverton, Ore., announce the engagement of their daughter, Loree, to Dr. Larry L. Wirtz, son of Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Wirtz of Wellman. The wedding is planned for July in Eugene, Ore.

25 Years Ago

May 7, 1992

A meeting to discuss voluntary annexation with Daytonville land owners and other interested persons has been set by the Wellman City Council. Tuesday, May 19, the council and Mayor Ivan Redlinger will present information and answer questions about the proposal to annex the area northeast of Wellman in exchange for city sewer service. In preparation for the meeting, Mayor Redlinger indicated almost total approval of voluntary annexation among Daytonville property owners.

Parkview Manor is proud to announce the dedication of their new chapel will be held Wednesday, May 13. The chapel area was completed recently, after years of planning. The chapel is carpeted, with an oak altar and cross made by Lester Yoder. Jim Seward made the stained glass panel, behind the altar which will be illumintated. A multi-purpose speaker system was installed in the chapel and adjoining dining room and can be used for hymns or dinner music. The chapel was funded by donations from residents’ families, friends and other interested parties in the community.

Hearty and well-deserved best wishes to Dr. J.R. Miller, who was honored by the Iowa Medical Association for 50 years of service as physician and surgeon. Following graduation from medical school and internship, he served as a medical officer during World War II. He returned to his hometown January 1946 to establish a medical practice with his father, Enos D. Miller. Dr. Enos served the community from 1910 to 1966. In 1985, the Miller and Miller medical office carried the name of a third generation, that of Dr. Dennis Miller, the son of Dr. Jay and Lavera. Several years ago, Dr. Jay relinquished his work load to his son and began to spend winters in Arizona, practicing part-time in the summer months.

Kalona News

100 years ago

May 3, 1917

Walter and Earl Lemly and Jesse Dayton were Iowa City visitors last Monday. The boys are among the new cavalry recruits and some of them were having some dental work attended to before coming up for final examination for admission to the ranks of soldiers.

Mr. Boone of the Princess theater has secured the cinema spectacle, “Civilization” to be shown here Monday. Mr. Boone deserves the commendation and patronage of all in his effort to give Kalona people such a fine attraction.

Scout Master, Ira E. Wells and his boy scouts took a hike last Saturday to Wellman. On account of the rain, they changed their plans and did not walk back, but returned on the evening train.

75 years ago

April 30, 1942

One hundred and seventy-one men between the ages of 40 and 65 registered in the fourth registration at the City Hall.

Pvt. John E. Thatcher visited with his mother, Mrs. Maud Thatcher. Pvt. Thatcher was graduated recently from the Chanute Field branch of the U. S. Army air Corps Technical School.

Members of the senior class of 1942 are: Pauline Gingerich, Virginia Hasty, Miriam Sleichter, Treva Hesselschwerdt, Letitia TeBockhorst, Robert Southwick, Darlene Sojka, Doris Marner, Mabel Miller, Harriet Berg, Jean Fry, Dwight Feldman, Raymond Sojka, Mary C. Grady, Henry Byler, Marvin Brenneman, Harold Peterseim.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Knepp were pleasantly surprised Monday evening when a group of their friends came to their home to help them celebrate their birthdays. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Miller and family, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Boller, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Knepp and Donald, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Erb, Mr. and Mrs. John Yoder and Larry, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Hochstetler and family and Mildred Brenneman.

Word received from Cleldon Grout that he is stationed in Portland, Oregon and is enjoying good health, as his many friends will be glad to know.

Friday, parents and friends of Prairie Dale school enjoyed a picnic to celebrate the last day of another successful term of school. After the basket dinner the school boys played the district boys in a ball game the school boys being the winners.

Mr. and Mrs. Bart Yotty and sons, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Yoder and Monroe, Emma and Delores and Mary Ann Miller were dinner guests at the Sherman Miller home Sunday.

Marie Kathryn Stumpf is ill with the measles.

On Saturday afternoon, Tom Flemings car was parked on the hill at his home and in some way the car got started down the hill, crossed a small ditch, went through a barb wire fence then across the road into another ditch. The car was unoccupied and the damage was confined to an broken windshield, both front axels sprung and the steering rod bent. Mr. Fleming was able to drive the car after straightening the steering rod.

Lieutenant Russell McKray, one of our local men who was injured at Pearl harbor is recovering satisfactorily at one of the hospitals in San Francisco, California. His parents Mr. and Mrs. Otis McKray of Iowa City were able to communicate with him by telephone one day last week.

Juanita Haller of Washington visited at the Raymond Chalupa home over the weekend and the Chalupas entertained relatives Sunday including the Duwa family.

James Chalupa is exchanging farm work with his son Raymond Chalupa.

50 years ago

May 4, 1967

Holy Trinity elementary school of Richmond will close in May of this year after 107 years of operation. Closing of Holy Trinity will place an additional 40 pupils in the overcrowded Mid-Prairie elementary and Junior high facilities at the Kalona attendance center.

John Benell spent Sunday at the Paul Bailey home.

Mrs. Rose Sleichter and Mrs. Nina Grout entertained the Sharon Women’s Club at the Sharon EUB church.

Larry Grout and Tom Bailey were Iowa City callers on Saturday evening.

Miss Karma Grout spent the weekend at the parental Grout home.

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Schnieder and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Waldschmidt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Duwa and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Duwa and son were Sunday evening mushroom supper guests at the L. F. Duwa home.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Shalla entertained guests at a Sunday dinner, honoring their son, Clint Allen, for his first birthday. Those present were his great grandmother, Mrs. Joseph Lasek; grandparents, Earl Waldschmidt and Mr. and Mrs. Clem Shalla; aunt, Ramona Shalla; and his three sisters, Candy, Cathy and Christal.

John Beachy was a Sunday evening supper guest of Darwin Swartzendruber in the Ellis Swartzendruber home.

Mrs. Ray Hendrickson, Mrs. Lyle Fry and Mrs. Wynton Roetlin accompanied the Sweet Adelines of Iowa City to Kansas City for the weekend, where they participated in the district Sweet Adeline contest.

The English River Saddle club will meet at the Kalona Hotel. Menno J. Bontrager will give a talk on horsemanship.

Gale Lea Shaver was honored at a birthday party in her home in observance of her eighth birthday. Those sharing the birthday were Voncille Anderson, Paula Yoder, Karen Ehrenfelt, Peggy Shalla, Jane Niffenegger, Kathy Slabach and Robbie Shaver.

25 years ago

April 30, 1992

When Richard Oyer, who concludes a 37-year teaching career in June, arrived in Kalona, there was no Mid-Prairie School District, no Historical Village and the railroad that created the town was beginning to leave it.

The Mid-Prairie school board has hired Neil Knoblock as new vocational agricultural teacher and FFA advisor. It was announced that the Mid-Prairie booster club received the Booster Club of the Year Award from the Iowa High School Athletics Director’s Association.

Sally Kern was named “Woman of the Year” by Gamma Xi Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, in recognition of her years of community service.

Idris Club met in the home of Mrs. Cal Clark with Mrs. Myron Jones co-hostess. President Pauline Miller conducted a short business meeting.

President Warren Olson presided at the meeting of the Kalona Optimist Club.

Wayne and Dorothy Ropp are the parents of a daughter, Anndra Lynn, born April 16.

Marlin and Joni Yoder, North Carolina are parents of a son, Christopher Doolin, born April 24.

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