100 YEARS AGO

August 1913

Nels Martens spent the fore part of the week (from the August 7 issue) in Minneapolis on business.

J.P. Anderson left Monday, August 4, for Northwood where he has secured a farm.

The Evangelical Sunday School is preparing to place a float in the Ames Chautauqua parade.

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Fuller and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Frandson returned home Thursday, August 7, from a 600 mile tour of the northwest part of the state.

P.C. Donhowe and family are taking an outing trip to the northern lakes.

Thomas Edison’s latest invention, talking pictures, gave an exhibition at the Dreamland last evening (August 13). It proved highly interesting.

Albert Frandson purchased the Andrew Jacobson farm for $175/acre. The Uthe brothers purchased the Ben Livingston farm for $200/acre.

Emil Twedt turned turtle in the ditch while on a motorcycle ride last week (from the August 14 issue). He was slightly injured.

Pliney and Charley Sowers are building a new barn.

Neah Paulson has taken a position at the First National Bank.

The Grace Sunday School won first prize with their float at the Ames Chautauqua.

H. Lundy has sold his butcher shop to O.A. Sandvig and Elmer Erickson.

O.O. Donhowe has opened a dry goods establishment known as the Ladies Fashion Shop in the Story City bank building.

Henry Jacobs brings a load of melons to town every day.

Hog cholera is raging throughout the state.

90 YEARS AGO

August 1923

President Warren G. Harding died in San Francisco last Thursday, August 2, after a week’s illness. He had been on tour of the country.

The H.B. Hanson harness shop, M.G. Benson’s drug store and P.G. Peterson’s blacksmith shop in Randall were destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon, August 4. The P.J. Okland store, Nelson’s meat market and the bank also suffered some loss, and all of the lumber was taken out of the west side of the lumber yard. The fire was caused by a kerosene stove.

Iver J. Iverson, former employee of the Herald, has purchased an interest in the Hutchinson, MN Press.

Andrew Miller of Randall broke his shoulder when he fell from a pony.

Fire destroyed two large barns, two corn cribs, cattle shed, hog house, chicken house and two small sheds on the Charles Fincham home southeast of Gilbert Tuesday, August 14.

Story City defeated Webster City 10-4. The lineup: E.E. Langland, A. Boyd, S. Hill, E. Hill, H. Kahley, Bill Peterson, A. Olson, H. Stark, O. Hovland and J. Ersland.

Memorial services for President Harding were held in the Immanuel Church Friday afternoon, August 10, with eulogies given by Reverends Heimarck and Orth.

The Pikes Peak Breeze reports that Martha Rierson was among those who reached the top of the mountain last week (from the August 16 issue).

The barbecue held here last Thursday evening, August 9, attracted several hundred people.

Charlson’s Clothes Shop is giving a 1,000 German Mark note with every $2 purchase.

Louise Olson, Agnes Jacobson, Lily Alsager and Mabel Lund are on a fishing excursion to Minnesota. Charles Alsager accompanied them.

Lt. H.H. Myrah arrived home on leave after several years spent at general headquarters in the Philippine Islands.

Alphonse Reinsch had his car badly damaged when driven into the ditch near his home by glaring head lights.

The circus, which struck this town last month, has gone out of business. 51 rainy days out of 57 did the trick. Yes, it does rain rather easily in Iowa this year.

H.N. Donhowe and A.T. Donhowe purchased controlling interest in the Story City National Bank from P.C. and Melburn Donhowe. The latter two bought the Ford sales agency here and in Roland from Amiel Mathison, who will seek a larger field.

Johnny Weismuller, the world champion swimmer, will appear at Lake Comar next week (from the August 23 issue).

Light frosts were reported yesterday morning (Wednesday, August 22).

The Bert Hill and John Ose families are fishing at Okoboji.

Tom Knutson has purchased the Ribbey Estate 80 near Randall for $170/acre.

John Donhowe judged the Shetland pony class at the state fair this year.

Grant Myers is packing up his shoemaking tools this week (from the August 30 issue) preparing to take a position at Wear-U-Well Shoe Shop in Ames.

Oscar Severeid has returned from umpiring in the Mississippi Valley League.

Minnie Jondall and Edna Dale were granted diplomas at the State Teachers College.

80 YEARS AGO

August 1933

Lightning destroyed the barn on the J.A. Butler farm northwest of town; the place occupied by the W.A. Egemo family.

Clarence Williams, who lives on the J.E. Richards place, brought in corn stalks over 13 feet high.

Harold Nelson won the audition contest at Riverview Park in Des Moines Tuesday evening, August 8.

The Hamilton County 4-H Band will go to the State Fair this month to fill its seventh consecutive engagement at the Iowa fair.

A blade of Kentucky blue stem nearly 6 feet high is exhibited in the Herald window, brought in from the John N. Johnson farm.

Elvera Peter, Helen Knutson, Helen and Hyla Beroen, Mildred Lee and Helen Britson spent the fore part of the week (from the August 17 issue) at Lake Comar.

Mildred Hermanson and Hazel Townswick are attending Lutheran Bible Institute at Lake Independence, MN.

Reverend Heimarck returned last week (from the August 17 issue) from a month’s tour of the far west. This week he is in Chicago.

Sherman Holm underwent an operation at the local hospital for the removal of a bone in his shoulder.

Lew Peterson broke a bone below the elbow in a kitten ball game.

Edna Murken received a broken nose Monday, August 14, when the crossbar of the clothesline broke, striking her nose.

The remodeling of the pulpit at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is nearly completed.

The annual Story County Farm Bureau picnic was held at Lake Comar Thursday, August 10, with 1,500 farm folks and friends attending.

Merritt Canady took about all the main prizes offered for Poland China swine at the 4-H show in Nevada. Kenneth Nelson did the same in Spotted Polands.

Tilford Mathre returned last week (from the August 24 issue) from an extensive tour of the far west and says he now has a better idea just how big the U.S. dominion really is.

Mrs. H.M. Kahley took her usually goodly number of prizes at the State Fair: first in orange preserves, first in canned carrots and first in icebox cookies.

M.L. Henderson is having a basement put under his residence in Randall. The work is being done by Pete Moe and his crew.

Lawrence "Larry" Baldus left Sunday night, August 27, for Bedford, MA, where he entered into the seminary to study for the priesthood.

Fire destroyed a barn and corn crib, 7,000 bushels of grain, over 50 tons of hay and straw and three horses on the George Lee farm northeast of Roland.