100 Years Ago

December 1913

Levi Thompson and George Larson finished picking corn for Paul Kalvig near Ellsworth last week, having put in 25 days and drawing pay for 5800 bushels.

Olai Alsager and Halvor Gravdahl left yesterday (Dec. 3) for their old homes in Norway.

Eli Olson has sold his farm to Alden Anderson for $200 an acre.

Blanche Mathre was pleasantly surprised Monday night (Dec. 8) by a number of her little friends.

Heggon & Stenson are busy moving their grocery store into their new location. The Visergutten (next door to the theater) is also busy installing their new presses.

August Kleaveland and Julius Engelby of Jewell have gone to Norway.

The Farmers Grain Co. took in over 9000 bushels of grain Monday (Dec. 15).

The dandelions are in bloom and the grass is green in the middle of December.

O.A. Johnson returned from Norway on Monday (Dec. 15).

Winners in the Gilbert corn show were: A. Fossel, Bert Baldus, F. W. Heers, Ed Leininger, D.H. Jacobson, N.J. Jacobson, D. Leininger, Charles Canady, J.A. Hansman, E. Sawyer and George Clouser.

Zella Dawson won the Herald’s prize essay contest with "Santa’s Sleighing Party".

John Musland purchsed the Peter Eide residence.

The Grand Opera House had its grand opening on Thursday, Dec. 18, with "The Two Orphans" play.

90 Years Ago

December 1923

The Farmers Grain Co. here sent the first car of corn to the newly organized U.S. Grain Growers Association.

Sixty people attended the Community Congress supper at Grace Church. J.C. Jessen gave a talk on "Our Home Lots" and Mrs. Carl Ristvedt spoke on the condition of the library. Lester Henderson also talked about the cemetery, and Bert Hill spoke about the uses to which the organization could be put.

Gwendolyn McDowell has been appointed as a filing clerk at the State House during the present session of the legislature.

O.J. Sevold has purchased the Chris Juhl residence.

Emma Jessen of Nevada has been secured as the school Red Cross nurse.

The Legion has raised $150 this past year for the Cemetery Fund.

The illuminated Christmas tree looms up brightly on Main Street each evening.

Floyd Severeid has been given special mention on the Des Moines Register’s all-state football team.

The high school basketeers won from Radcliffe 29-3.

M.C. Townswick marketed 15 hogs, which weighed 304 lbs. each at 7 months and 10 days.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Herdner and children left for their home in Buenos Aires, South America, after a visit in the Clarence Hadaway home.

The bazaar at the SS Peter & Paul’s Church cleared over $1200 last week (from the Dec. 13 issue).

Mr. Mason of Ames will bring up a radio to the Owl Club meeting at the J.M. Smith home and will give a program.

Michas Henderson and crew are installing street lights in Randall.

The second edition of the Story City Almanac is out.

A bridge is being built over the Boone River three miles north of Stratford, opening a short cut to Webster City.

Contestants in the local high school declamatory contest tonight (Dec. 20) are: Rolf Anderson, Leora Johnson, Wanda Dale, Margaret Johnston, Gladyce Green, Irene Petersen, Judith Hill, Ordale Olson, Gladys M. Johnson and Alice Paulson.

Nearly 1000 people attended the Harvest Festival at the Gilbert school on Friday (Dec. 14). A basketball game, orchestra music, faculty play and a dinner comprised the evening’s entertainment.

The Farmers Grain Co. handled 420,000 bushels of grain during the year.

Postmaster Ericson reports that the Christmas business was nearly 50 percent more than last year.

Fine Christmas weather - no ice, no snow, lots of sunshine.

The United States is selling 21 warships scrap in compliance with the disarmament agreement.

The Guy E. Rod family moved to town from the farm this week (from the Dec. 27 issue).

Ellen Severeid, nursing in Chicago, is home for the holidays.

Elven Jensen has accepted a position with a drug firm in Cedar Rapids.

H.S. Anfinson arrived from Dilke, Canada, to spend the winter at the T.T. Holm and B.T. Holm homes.

80 Years Ago

December 1933

The Idse Jewelry store is celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall.

A batch of chickens was hatched by a hen on the John L. Anderson farm last week (from the Dec. 14 issue).

Story’s high school basketball teams defeated Colo Friday night (Dec. 8). E. Ose was high scorer with 11 points.

Sarah Sandness suffered a bad wound under one eye when she tripped and fell over one of those old fashioned foot scrapers.

Newly elected officers of the GCC are: Paul A. Olson, President; W.A. Craig, Vice President; Burton Gandrup, secretary; William Petersen, assistant secretary; and C.J. Teig, treasurer.

So far 45 farmers have taken advantage of the corn-hog loan plan for a total of $45,000 being loaned by the local bank.

Winters are growning milder, they claim. The Washington weatherman states that 18 out of the last 21 winters have been warmer than normal.

Duane Goodmanson, five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Goodmanson, fell and broke his right elbow Saturday (Dec. 16). He was taken to Iowa City to have it set.

Fire destroyed the 9-room house occupied by the John Craven family of Gilbert on Saturday (Dec. 16). the house belongs to the Askelson estate.

It was 20 below zero on Tuesday, Dec. 19. So much for the mild weather.

Ellen Severeid is taking treatment for inflammatory rheumatism in the Iowa City hospital.