July 1913

The Alex Henderson home was ransacked Monday evening (June 30), but the burglars were evidently scared off, as the silverware was found together on the dining room table.

The residents along Main Street have taken up a collection for the purchase of a new sprinkler, which is now in use.

The crowd at the 4th of July celebration was never larger. Estimates run from 12,000 to over 15,000 people.

Story City defeated Roland 6-0 on the 4th. In the local lineup were Charley Severeid, Tom Clayberg, Elmer Severeid, Chris Severeid, Oscar Severeid, Bert Hill, Carl Clayberg, Hank Jacobson and Pete Peterson.

O.G. Hendrickson and P.P. Boyd have their new residences on North Penn well under way.

Knute Tolbertson was kicked by a horse last week (from the July 12 issue), but is recovering all right.

Two horses belonging to U.B. Olson were stolen in Randall on Tuesday morning (July 15).

The hot point of the year was reached July 16 when the thermometer reached 102 in the shade.

O.J. Henderson was elected President of the State Association of Attorneys last week (from the July 17 issue).

Dr. McCarty, Ingvald Fraland and Leo Doolittle have started on their third annual fishing excursion.

A brilliant meteor passed over Story City about 8 p.m. Monday evening (July 21).

Ray Fuller and Earl Helvig on a motorcycle and Peter C. Donhowe in an auto staged a collision north of town on Sunday (July 20). Ray sustained a scalp wound, but the others only suffered nervous shock.

Recent batting averages give Hank Severeid a mark of .301 in the American Association and he is still climbing. Hank is a member of the Louisville ball club.

William Kokemiller is selling his fine Duchess apples for 25 cents a bushel.

The Twedt brothers’ threshing rig went through the bridge four miles north of Roland on Monday (July 28).

Ira Doolittle’s threshing rig arrived Tuesday (July 29).


July 1923

The Randall Creamery paid over $8,000 for cream in May.

President Finley, Vice President Johnson and traffic maanger Walters of the Northwestern railroad inspected the local depot last week (from the July 5 issue).

Most local people celebrated at Lake Comar this year, while others were at Henderson’s Grove.

A Jewell man raised 1200 quarts of strawberries on a 40 by 100 foot lot.

Harry Butcher came here from Salt Lake City to spend the summer, and incidentally got some ink on his nose at the Herald.

One of Elmer Frette’s girls broke an arm in a fall from a fruit tree.

The 12-year-old son of Walter Baldus was badly bruised in a runaway.

Andrew Alfseike is driving a new Star and Rang Haugland a Chevy.

A horse belonging to Theodore Lund was electrocuted when Mrs. Lund tried to tie it to a hitching post near the home place in town. A high tension wire was short-circuited.

Julius Knutson is bruised up, the result of being run over by a car on Main Street.

Charles Severeid has the contract to build a concrete reservoir for the new town well, sunk near the power station.

Buttermaker Gertsen turned out over 16,000 pounds of butter at the local creamery last month.

Hiram J. Olson and Severt Sjurson have laid foundations for new barns.

Selmer Christianson received a bad wound in his neck when a pop bottle exploded as he was putting it into ice water at the restaurant.

Free movies of the town drew a fine crowd on Wednesday (July 11).

Lawrence Donhowe was badly cut on the arm when he stumbled with a tray of milk bottles while going into Jacobson’s drug store.

Oats are a fair crop, but the price looks like 30 cents.

Ole N. Hoveland at Randall was injured when attacked by a bull.

The Farmer’s Grain Company took in 10,000 bushels of grain in one day.

Theodore Heimarck has returned from Minneapolis and is now a mechanic in the Munsen garage.

Herman Murken is building a fine new residence.

The barn on the old Jake Kooser place south of town burned down. The place is occupied by J.W. Gilreath, who lost four horses, machinery and lots of hay. In the excitement, Mrs. Gilreath fell down the stairs and broke her arm.

It is said that people around Mackey bought $2,000 worth of dope from that Indian medicine man.

The Ford motor plant has already made its 1,000,000th car for this year.

Big checks paid out by the Randall Creamery during June were: Henderson & Erickson, $206.19; Charlie Hove, $135.04; and S.E. Swenson, $123.98.


July 1933

A fire starting from the spontaneous combustion of hay at the J.W. Romp place on Friday afternoon (June 30) destroyed property valued at more than $15,000.

The 4th of July celebration was the biggest ever! Guesses on the size of the crowd varied from 10,000 to 25,000.

John Oppedal, Frances Bartlett and Howard Espeland were the winners of the free World’s Fair tours in the contest put on by the Herald.

G.E. Rod of Roland has rented the Grotness carpenter shop and is fitting it up for a gasoline station. He will handle Farm Bureau service products.

Jean Norlin. Annette Hjelmeland, Lena Lehman, Ruth Shreve and Garnet Mohler returned Monday (July 3) from a whole week’s "doing" of Chicago and the World’s Fair.

What started out to be a pitcher’s battle between the locals and McCallsburg ended up with a Story City victory 18-2.

The Densmores formally opened their new lunch and candy shop last Saturday (July 8). They are calling it "The Kozy Korner".

Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the Frank Madden residence the morning of July 5. The entire contents and a pet dog were burned.

The combination band concert, ice cream social and kitten ball games in the park last Friday evening, July 14, drew a record crowd.

Winfred Larson had his Ford stolen in Ames Sunday evening (July 16).

Another old landmark has been destroyed in the tearing down of the one-time fine Gust Amlund residence in the south part of town. The present owner, Ole Thorsbakken, decided to save the lumber while it was still in fair shape.

Two secret service men have been assigned to guard the three grandchildren of President Roosevelt because of the recent kidnapping epidemic.

Lloyd Valline reports that he served over 700 people at his fourth anniversary last Saturday (July 22).

Believe it or not, this community has had nearly twice as much rain this July as it did last year in the same month.

The local junior band will broadcast over KFJB Sunday afternoon (July 30). The editor of the Herald has been asked to give a short talk.

Over 400 people took advantage of the free coffee and cookies at the grand opening of Guy E. Rod’s new oil station Saturday (July 29).

Bert Hill and family are camping in the woods south of town.

Nibe, Matson, Jones and Wier offer these new barber prices: hair cut, 40 cents; shave, 20 cents; short pompadour (Saturdays), 50 cents; ladies’ long hair (Saturdays), 50 cents.

The Ringheim store in Nevada was robbed of 75 ladies’ dresses Monday night (July 31).

Martin Teig broke one arm in two places and burned the other when he was putting on the belt to the threshing machine.

Expenditures for education in Story City have shown a decided downward trend. In 1931, a total of $36,342 was spent. For the coming year the broad figures, according to budget estimates, look to get along on $26,000.