70 Years Ago

September 1943

The Greater Community Congress of Story City is sponsoring an Honor Roll Plaque for the service men and women of this community.

In the third Bond Drive, which starts Sept. 9, Iowans are asked to buy almost 200 million dollars worth. Story County’s quota is $1,554,000 and Hamilton’s $988,000.

Andrae B. Nordskog, well known musician and author from Los Angeles, CA is now in Story City for a short time and will hold a master class on voice here.

Kathryn Rose has entered the liberal arts course at Iowa University in Iowa City. Her position as organist at Grace Church has been taken by Barbara Peterson.

All Hands Out to Can Corn! Beginning Sept. 2 the various town clubs and organizations are heeding the appeal of the local canning factory for more help, and will make up a shift of workers from 9 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., or whatever is needed to take care of the fast-ripening corn.

Milo J. Hovick of Roland has purchased the Phillips 280-acre well-improved farm northwest of Story City and will assume possession March 1.

Lt. Charles A. Richardson received his silver wings as an Air Force Flying Officer and his commission at Lubbock, TX on August 30. Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Richardson.

The Rev. E.R. Rorem, recently elected head of the Story City Old Peoples’ Home and Hospital, assumed his duties of Superintendent last Wednesday, Sept. 1.

St. Peters won the championship playoff game Tuesday night, Sept. 7, by a score of 3-2 over Roland.

LaVonne Johnson is employed at Egenes Insurance during the absence of Mrs. Arvin J. Nelson, who is visiting her husband Cpl. Nelson stationed at Santa Anita, CA.

Nayda Doolittle, Betty Gertsen and Gloria Henderson left Sunday, Sept. 5 for Cedar Falls where they are enrolled as students in the State Teachers College there.

Bernice Thorsbakken left on Saturday, Sept. 4, for Kelly where she will teach in the primary department.

Phyllis Malmanger has gone to Otho where she will instruct music in the school there.

Marlys Evenson has finished her telegraphic school work in Omaha and is now set to leave for Ogden, UT for a new position.

Story City won their first football game of the season when they took State Center into camp Friday evening, Sept. 17, by the score of 6-0.

Jack Frost will have to hurry if he wants any part of this year’s corn crop.

Bert Hill, local chairman of the September War Drive, reports that we have reached the tough part of the campaign. We have reached 80 percent of our quota, and the last 20 percent is the hardest.

Ed Heuer, local blacksmith, has accepted a position in the Navy’s giant ship building and repair plant in Bremerton,WA.

Jonas K. Johnson has therefore purchased the Ed Heuer residence on Penn.

Mrs. Emma Paulson left for her old job at the college in Ames on Monday, Sept. 20.

City Clerk Stanton James is spending 10 days in Ohio attending a couple of church conventions.

June Mathison, formerly of Story City, is enrolled at Columbia University in New York City, majoring in music.

A year ago today (Sept. 30) we had the biggest September snow storm in man’s memory!

The Charlie Charlson property was sold at auction on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The estate was willed to Immanuel Church, of which Charlson was a long-time member. Osmund Holland bought the residence on the east end of town and Ed Charlson bought the farm southwest of town.

Pfc Ralph Brown is home on 10-day furlough from Arcadia, CA.

60 Years Ago

September 1953

School enrollment as of the first day of school shows 111 in high school and 345 in grade school.

Gary Thompson, three-time all-state Roland basketball player, has decided to enroll at Iowa State College this fall.

Our Main Street is being brightened up by nice paint jobs. The Wierson Furniture store embellished with aluminum paint. The James building trimmed in buff, and the Municipal frontage in a yellowish tint to match the brick trimmings.

Herald editor, P.A. Olson, is being initiated into the famous Order of the Octogenarians.

Grand Opening of the Main Street Food Store is Thursday, Sept. 3. Free Norwegian Smörgåsbord is at 5:30. Free movie at the Story Theater at 7 and 9. Stop in at Wierson Furniture to get your free move tickets. Formal opening of Wierson Furniture is Saturday, Sept. 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Helge Johnson returned Saturday, Aug. 29, from an 18-day trip which took them over 4,000 miles through the Badlands, Black Hills, Yellowstone and the Tetons, stopping to see Helge’s brother in Missoula, MT and Marilyn Lund in Denver, CO.

Sgt. Darwin W. Hill, son of Leonard Hill, Jr. of Stanhope, is on the list of prisoners soon to be set free from Kaesong, Korea.

Arlen O. Hougland of this place led Story Countians in livestock showing at the Iowa State Fair, as his "Amos Darlene" claimed reserve champion in the junior sow division for Hampshire swine.

A roof fire occurred at the John E. Erickson home Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, as he sought to get a little heat in the house via loading the furnace with an accumulation of paper boxes, etc., causing the Ericksons to receive more heat than they bargained for. Sparks started the fire in the shingles at the top of the chimney. The fire department responded promptly and kept the damage to a minimum.

Story City’s 1953 football opener is Friday night, Sept. 11 against State Center on the home field at 8, under the guidance of first-year coach Al Bagdonas. Larry Batman was lost to the team when he broke his arm in the scrimmage with the alumni last week (from the Sept. 10 issue). As usual, Mr. Mussehl’s fine band will perform at halftime. Eugene Gere is this year’s signal caller. (The game ended up being a success, 24-0.)

Shown loading a 105mm howitzer at Camp McCoy, WI, with the 103rd Infantry Reserve Division (in the Sept. 10 issue) are Iowa reservists, Sgts. Dorrell Doolittle, Homer Olson and Luther Matson of Story City. They are members of Story City’s Battery C of the 384th Field Artillery Battalion.

Roger Lee has acquired the large building on the west end of the lot occupied by the Story City Cleaners. It was originally built by late Samson Grotness and is 28 x 65 ft in size, and is two stories high. Lee has been conducting his business at the body shop south of the telephone building, and plans to make his new acquisition suitable for his purposes. Ole Knutson owned the building previously, and disposed of it by auction, along with the empty lot next to the cleaners, which the cleaners’ owners purchased.

Roy Sweet, head of our local bank, was elected a member of the newly created Iowa Board of Public Instruction, and will represent one of the eight districts that make up the organization.

Marcia, Judy and Susan Anderson, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bervine Anderson, won a donkey at River View Park in Des Moines on Sunday, Aug. 30, by virtue of holding the lucky gate ticket.

Story City’s footballers lost their first game in a dozen outings, dating back to last year, as they lost to Johnston 6-0 on Friday, Sept. 18. Battle was entirely in the Vikings’ favor except for one fine forward pass that scored the six points. Gordon Williams and Lyle Jensen did most of the stopping of Johnston. Story City had 14 first downs to just two for Johnston. Dennis Harris accounted for 110 yards.