70 Years Ago

August 1943

Aviation cadet Benjamin W. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Erickson, has graduated from the Army Air Forces Bombadier program and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant at Kirtland Field in Albuquerque, NM.

A surprise black out was staged in the state last Friday night (July 28) a few minutes before 10. The softball game was halted for over a half hour.

Pvt. Richard Doolittle spent his furlough at the parental W.J. Doolittle home this week (from the August 5 issue). He is stationed at Fort Lewis, WA.

Cpl. and Mrs. Orville Paulson of Lake Charles, LA, are spending a 15-day furlough with relatives and friends.

Elwood Rafdal, A.M. 2nd CL of the U.S. Navy, who has been on foreign duty the past year, arrived last week (from the August 5 issue) for a 5-day furlough in the parental T.E. Rafdal home.

Anna Overland, R.N., returned to her duties as supervisor in a Portland, OR hospital Tuesday (August 1) after a visit with home folks here. While en route, she visited her brothers in New Mexico and Colorado.

Jesse Overland, who is with the Medical Corps stationed at Albuquerque, NM, is home on furlough this week (from the August 12 issue).

Robert Hermanson returned home Tuesday (August 10) from army service in Pennsylvania to help with the work at Woodland Farms.

Wesley Doolittle, stationed with the U.S. Army in Alaska, is having a furlough with home folks here and his wife in Radcliffe.

Pfc. Don Wiggin of the Marine Corps left August 11 to take a radio course at Hunter Junior College in Chicago.

1st Lt. Quentin Erickson is on a 30-day furlough in the parental E.M. Erickson home in Randall, after being stationed at Solomon Islands.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bickelhaupt arrived this week (from the August 19 issue) from Dexter, MN and moved into their residence in the south part of town that they purchased from Chester Martins some time ago.

Cpl. Joel Ose is home on furlough from Barstow, CA.

Mrs. Harlan Nibe and two children have come up from Cherryvale, KS and are now at the parental R.G. Kalseim home. Mr. Nibe is expected to transfer to eastern points.

Theo Larson has returned home after nearly a year in defense work in the state of Nevada.

Corp. Donald Furman of Camp Deming, NM is visiting at the parental Lloyd Furman home.

Alton and Albert Rafdal, both in the U.S. Army, have been at the parental T.E. Rafdal home this week (from the August 19 issue).

M.J. Baldus purchased the Theo Carpenter farm northeast of town last week (from the August 26 issue).

Dorothy Egenes, home from Teachers College at Cedar Falls, left Saturday, August 21, for a vacation trip to California.

Harvey Lund arrived home August 25 on an eight day furlough from duties at Farragut Field, ID. Lund has been named honor man of his company on the completion of recruit training at Camp Bennion.

Seaman Floyd Hemness spent a couple days with home folks the first part of the week (from the August 26 issue). He had seen action in the Mediterranean during the recent invasion with the Merchant Marine.

Glynn Aasland accompanied Ted Hoversten to Leech Lake, MN last week (from the August 26 issue) for fishing and a vacation.

60 Years Ago

August 1953

The people of Story City are invited to have a "once in a lifetime" experience Saturday, August 8, to view Burton Gandrup’s new 34 foot boat he built on the streets of Story City, courtesy of the GCC. Burton started work on the semi-prefabricated cruiser that will carry 10 passengers and sleep six. It has a fuel capacity of 120 to 135 gallons and a power plant of 95 to 200 hp. Burton hasn’t decided yet where he will take the boat, either a lake in Minnesota or the Mississippi River. Burton spent over 1,500 hours in construction, with assistance the past 2 1/2 months from Cecil Kalvik.

The 13th Annual Flower Show was held at the Community Hall Saturday, August 1. A total of 43 persons entered flowers, with 41 receiving ribbons. There were 184 entries.

W.N. Larson underwent a harrowing experience when he was caught in the mechanism of a hay chopper on July 25. Larson was assisting Bervin Johnson with the hay chopper on the latter’s farm south of town. When he reached over to turn off the machine, his clothing was caught by the turning shaft. Larson was thrown about so violently that his clothing was stripped from him, and he was thrown several feel away. He was knocked unconcious, but only sustained minor injuries, scratches and bruises.

A deal was consummated this week (from the August 6 issue) whereby William E. Miller becomes owner of the Main Street Market here, which he has managed for Mr. Rushing for several years.

Sealy Golden Sleep Innerspring mattresses for sale at Wierson’s Furniture for only $39.95!

American Kitchens 54 inch sink for only $89.50 at Ose Hardware.

1953 Buick Special 2 door, 6 passenger sedan only $2,286.88 at Munsen Chevrolet-Buick.

Mrs. Florence Robinson has been attending the Iowa Homemaking Teachers Conference in Ames.

Orvie Haugland has completed a course in Practical and Theoretical Radio and Television and has been given a disploma by the National Radio Institute of Washington, D.C.

Russell Clayberg and Philip Jacobson of this place were inducted into the armed services last week (from the August 13 issue).

Ron Valline received his B.A. degree at the graduation of 516 students at the State University of Iowa’s summer commencement exercises on August 12.

Leo Johnson, who has operated the former Sevold Restaurant the past two years, has disposed of it by sale to Roger Hayre of Des Moines. Hayre is a Korean war veteran. The restaurant will reopen for business on August 31.

The Story City Schools will open the 1953-54 school year with a forenoon session only on Monday, August 31.

Arlen Hougland and Stanley Wierson, along with Centralia Farms, have filed entries in the $125,000 livestock event to be held at the Iowa State Fair August 29 thru September 7.

Mrs. Sam Olson has sold her property at 722 Grand Avenue to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Quam, possession to be given September 15.

Lawrence Jacobson of Jewell has bought the fine home built in 1905 by the late M.O. Marvick, west of the Northwestern Depot here. The $8,000 sale includes 10 1/2 acres of land, a large barn, hog house, corn crib and machine shed. The present owner is Mrs. C.O. Highland of Roland.

Holm Hardware was advised last week (from the August 27 issue) that they had won first place in one of three divisions in the state Skelgas appliance sales for the company’s 25th Silver Anniversary celebration, along with Oskaloosa and Hampton. Mr. and Mrs. Holm will enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Kansas City this week as their prize in winning one of the top honors.

A $5,000 fire swept through a barn on the Homer Boyes of Nevada farm on Tuesday, August 18. The farm is operated by Lester Olson and was discovered by Olson at 8 p.m. justa fter he had finished miling and separating.

The new Eclipse rotary power mower is available for $114.95 at Holm Hardware. Also, a new GE Dial Beam radio with phono jack is available for $26.95.

"Room for everything but doubt!" New International Harvester freezers from $289.95 at E.E. Aarvig Implements.

Robert Berchtold, gunnar’s mate 3rd CL U.S. Navy, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Berchtold, is now serving aboard the escort aircraft carrier USS Rendora. Bob entered the Navy on March 7, 1950, and received his recruit training at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA.

Solicitors for the Building Fund of St. Petri Lutheran Church have shown a total of $105,226.54 has been pledged as of last Wednesday night (August 19). The committee had set a goal of $125,000 to be reached before any building of the new church would commence.