50 Years Ago

August 1963

Elmer J. Peterson was engaged this week (from the Aug. 8 issue) by the local school board to succeed retiring Superintendent Harlan Higgins as superintendent of Story City Community Schools.

More than 600 registered at the remodeling open house of Randall State Bank Saturday, August 3. Orchids were given to more than 200 ladies and the men received pens. The bank has served the Randall community for more than 35 years.

The Rae-Gene Studio, a new place of business, was host to 500 guests Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3 at an open house held by owners Mr. and Mrs. Max Brown.

Cuban refugee Consuelo Casas, 48, who fled Cuba when Fidel Castro came to power, will begin a new life in Story City next week (from the August 8 issue) when she is reunited with her family. She has been studying at a special State University of Iowa instituted program that is training her and 29 other Cuban refugees to teach Spanish in the Iowa high schools. Her husband Jose and two children, who remained in Miami, FL while she has been in Iowa City, will fly to Iowa and be reunited with Consuelo about August 15.

Charles A. Richardson has been promoted to major in the U.S. Air Force.

Harold Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Thompson, won the grand champion award in the Holstein Division of the Dairy Heifer competition in the 4-H County Fair recently. Dennis Romsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Romsey, received the Purple Pennant for the Grand Champion Baby Beef showing of his 75-lb. Angus steer named "Baron".

The Little League Champion Dodgers are pictured in the August 15 issue. Members included Doug Doolittle, Calvin Peter, Eric Nelson, Doak Doolittle, Kevin Larson, Steve Phillips, Mike McCoy, Joey Peter, John Nordeen, Steve Moeller, Danny Cockerham, Don Larson, Alan Sansgaard and Mike Chelsvig. Managers/Coaches were Roy Gaard, John Valen and Irv Wierson.

Gail Ann Tjernagel, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard (Dick) Tjernagel, is pictured in the August 15 issue after her excellent recovery on July 15 from open-heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. "It’s like getting a new model for an old one," said Gail’s joyful mother, who says she "wore out three rockers" during Gail’s illness. The family is full of praise and appreciation for all the kind persons who helped during those long, difficult days.

Dale Luckinbill, President of the Story City FFA Chapter, was one of 75 boys in the state selected to serve as a grandstand usher at the Iowa State Fair. Dale will spend nine days at the Fair with all expenses paid.

Michael Ness was awarded the Pro Deo Et Patria medal Sunday morning, August 18 at St. Petri Lutheran Church. This is the highest award given by the Lutheran Church in scouting. Michael’s parents, Robert and Pauline Ness, are pictured in the August 22 issue, along with Rev. George Strum of St. Petri and Scoutmaster Robert Lekwa.

The Amos Weltha children, Marie and Floyd, of Christytown, north of Story City, have enjoyed a summer of fun with a pet raccoon named "Rascal". They are pictured in the August 22 issue.

On Tuesday, August 27, Story County residents voted on the question "Shall the retail sale of alcoholic beverages (exceeding four percent by weight) by the drink be prohibited in Story County, Iowa?" Results were: 4374 Against (Yes) and 5924 For (No). Voting in Ames was 3515, wet, and 1848, dry. In Nevada, 605 wet and 498 dry. Story City went the other way, 222 wet and 414 dry. Turnout was large for the special election. Boone and Washington counties were also kept "wet" by the voters.

Norske Bowl and Dine held a grand opening celebration on Sunday, Aug. 25. Owners are Ted and Lois Hovick. A full page ad was featured in the August 22 issue. A total of 1000 people attended.

Citizens of Story City will go to the polls Wednesday, September 4, to vote on the granting of a 25 year franchise to General Telephone Company.

Mrs. Lloyd Ritland will appear with her show dog "Misty" on the Gordon Gammack program on Sunday, September 1, to be aired on KRNT Television in Des Moines. The Des Moines Kennel Club Dog Show is scheduled for September 8.

Wayne Olson, WHO announcer, has appeared this month in the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s 1963 production of "Under the Yum-Yum Tree". Wayne is the son of Mrs. Paul H. Olson and the late Mr. Olson.

Tom Peter of the Story City FFA Chapter is one of 75 rural youth presently on a five-day tour of Iowa manufacturing plants.

40 Years Ago

August 1973

Dr. Richard S. Munsen, Jr., M.D., visited in the parental Richard Munsen home this past week (from the August 8 issue). Captain Munsen left Sunday, August 5, for Wichita Falls, TX for his service in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves in 10 days for Thailand. Sylvia Munsen also spent a week at home visiting her brother before he left. Sylvia will return to Osseo, MN where she will teach elementary music this fall. The elder Richard, Sr. also recently returned from a six-week trip to Norway.

Carroll Kinseth has been invited back to the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin for a post-graduate session which begins August 5 and runs through August 10. Kinseth is President of Randall-Story State Bank in Randall and Story City.

The remodeling of the new Senior Citizens Center, located at the old C & B building, 1/2 block north of Broad and Pennsylvania, has begun.

Dr. Forrest Barnes, Jr., incumbent, and Harris Twedt, Jr. were the only two to file for the two three-year terms on the Roland-Story School Board ballot. Robert Sweet runs unopposed as well for the unexpired term of the school’s treasurer.

A group of Luther Leaguers from Story City, Gilbert, Ellsworth and Roland left Story City via bus Friday, August 3, for Houston, TX, the site of the 1973 All-Lutheran Youth Gathering. A picture of the group appears in the August 8 issue of the Herald. Alan Post, Joel Peterson and Brian Badger are shown with the banner which will be on display during the youth gathering. St. Petri members Jo Barnes, Myrtle Post, Lois Peterson and Susan Shearer made the banner for the group.

The Norsemen girls’ softball team fell to South Hamilton in the district final 6-3 after defeating Hubbard 10-0 and Nesco 2-1 prior to their loss.

Bill Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Nelson, was one of eight boys advancing to the PGA Regional golf meet in Cedar Rapids on July 30 after scoring a 47 in the 10-11 age group at the PGA Junior Boys Tournament held at the Ames Golf and Country Club on July 27. At the Cedar Rapids tournament, Bill scored a 45, just three shots behind the winning score of 42.

Paul Varnum of Story City and Doug McWilliams of Roland accompanied a group of Nevada Boy Scouts on a canoe trip down the Shell Rock River.

Donald Annis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Annis, has been spending the last six weeks at his parents’ home before embarking on a year’s teaching assignment in England, under a government-sponsored exchange program.

Dr. Phillip S. Frandson was recently appointed Dean of University Extension at UCLA in California.

First Lt. Christine Ritland reported for active duty in the Army Nurses Corp on August 14 at Fort Sam Houston, TX. After six weeks of basic training she will be stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. Mrs. Lloyd Ritland accompanied her daughter to Texas.

U.S. Air Force Captain Alan Ose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Ose, has arrived for duty at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. Alan is a weapon systems officer with the Pacific Air Forces unit. Alan is a 1963 SCHS graduate and earned a B.S. in Business from ISU in 1967.

Vena Mae Larson has received her real estate brokers’ license.

Kenneth Jensen of Story City recently caught a 9 lb. 6 oz. walleye at Hayward, WI while fishing on Grindstone Lake.

Milford Romsey and Lloyd Ritland attended the American Soybean Association annual meeting in Des Moines August 20-22.

Neil Carolan, a high school teacher at Roland-Story, was presented a special certificate from the Iowa Employment Security Commission for his work on a summer youth employment project which found jobs for more than 500 students in the Story City area.

The 1973 Roland-Story football team has 55 players out this year. Head Coach Terry Yocum is assisted by Jim Kinyon and newcomer David Donohue, a graduate of Mankato State College. Pictured at a recent practice session in the August 29 issue are center Larry Nolte, QB Gary Filipiak, FB Brian Sansgaard and HB LeRoy Nunn. The season begins September 7 at Nesco.

Mrs. Frank Doolittle recently returned from a Mississippi River tour which celebrated the preservation of the "Delta Queen", America’s last paddle-wheel steamboat. By special act of Congress, the boat has been given permission to operate through the 1978 season.

"Deliverance" (rated R) is showing at the Story Theater August 31, September 1-2. Admission is $1.25.