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100 YEARS AGO - JUNE 28, 1917
Last Sunday afternoon the shocking news was reported about town that two boys had been drowned in English River about a mile and a half west of town. The terrible news proved to be only too true and the victims of this cruel accident were Garrel Lahey of Kalona and Thomas Dillon living a mile west of town. Men in great numbers hastened to the scene of the drowning, but not being equipped with adequate means of searching for their bodies, little could be accomplished for some time. Word was at once telephoned to Iowa City, for help and the call was answered, The coroner at Washington was also notified and he with Wilbur Miller and others also hastened to the place brining with them a lung motor. By this time the river bank at the place of the accident was lined with a large crowd.
Mrs. John Sakulin and children left Saturday evening for Mason City, where the family will locate for a time. Mr. Sakulin went west to Montana, some time a ago, to buy them a farm, but we understand he did not like the prospect and came back and has decided to live in Mason City.
George Saur of Paradise Hill, Canada, was in our office one day last week and it seemed mighty good to meet him again, for George is one of the best citizen that ever left this best country on earth, to go to Canada or any other place. It was a sad mission that brought him here just at this time. He came in response to the call that his daughter, Mrs. William Flynn was dead. He had a long journey to make and did not reach here in time for the funeral, but her body had been placed in the receiving vault and was not interred until after his arrival. George seems fairly well satisfied with his Canada home. He is holding a government office there and could not prolong his visit here.
75 YEARS AGO - JULY 2, 1942
Young men, ages 18 to 20 in Lime Creek township registered for selective serves at the city hall in Wellman. Of the estimated eight registrants expected, only forty-eight appeared, the others having enlisted in the service or were away working.
The Wellman Civilian Defense Corps will meet at Gobble Inn. Appointments for various duties will be made at this time and instruction regarding these duties will be given.
All able-bodied responsible persons in the community should attend this meeting for the protection of all. Boys and girls and elderly people, too, have work to do. The program is broad; the tasks are many; the time is now.
The third large group of men to leave for army camps in June, departed Friday morning by bus from Washington, bound for the nearest induction center. The quota of draftees for June nearly exhausted the men in the first registration and future calls will include men of the third draft.
Boys from Wellman who left Friday are William Frederick Fehlberg, Richard Marvin Fuller and Richard Allison Huber.
Dr. Jay Miller left Tuesday morning for Chicago where he will enter Augustana hospital to begin his internship.
Wellman golfers won over the nine Kalona men by a total of 16 strokes as they played an 19 hole round on the Wellman golf course Sunday. Low score of the day was held by Glen Smith had low score for the day with a total score of 66 (par). Rex Severt had 73 and Dr. Swain 76 while low score for the Kalona team was held by F. Strickler with 77.
The Rev. W. Ernest Stockley, secretary of the Episcopal diocese of Iowa and rector emeritus of St. Mark’s church, Fort Dodge, died at his home in Cedar Rapids last Thursday following a long illness. He was buried Saturday afternoon at the Swank cemetery.
Paul Raymond is the new manager of the Eclipse Lumber Co. here and took over his duties July 1. Orval Kemp who has served as manager of the yard for nearly eight years recently enlisted in the U. S. Navy.
Due to the fact that results thus far throughout the country have been rather disappointing, President Roosevelt Monday extended the rubber salvage drive for an additional 10 days.
50 YEARS - JUNE 29, 1967
Members of Wellman Garden Club sponsored a most successful Flower Show. A feature this year was an art exhibit which was very well received. Visitors and guests were served dainty cookies, punch or coffee from a tea table which was centered with a colorful floral arrangement.
Terry Tadlock, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Tadlock had the misfortune of fracturing his right arm above the elbow when he fell from a pony Sunday at the Dr. J. T. Palmer home.
Lt. Lee Swain concluded a two week leave Tuesday with his parents Dr. and Mrs. L. C. Swain and family. He will undergo further training the Special Forces at Fort Bragg.
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