70 Years Ago

December 1943

The Hans Grocery here has been purchased by John Michaelson. He will take possession Dec. 6. Mr. and Mrs. Hans have conducted the grocery store since Jan. 1, 1920.

Richard Roupe, 3rd Class petty officer, arrived in the parental R.C. Roupe home on Thanksgiving Day for a 30-day furlough. Richard just returned from a year spent with the Navy in the South Pacific.

Margaret Henryson returned to the parental A. J. Henryson home this morning (Dec. 2) from Glendale, CA, where she has been employed the past year by Western Air Lines.

Embert Munsen and Art Olson were in Boone last evening (Dec. 1) attending a meeting of Lions from 25 clubs in Iowa.

Charles Hill, Beloit, WI, and Pvt. Harris Hill, stationed in Texas, have been with the Marines and returned last week (from the Dec. 2 issue) to the parental Art Carpenter home, north of town.

William S. Pyle, Marshalltown, was a Story City visitor on Friday, Nov. 26. He will be remembered by old-timers as one of your stock buyers 50 years ago.

Mrs. Randi Gaard was remembered with a bouquet of roses on her birthday last week (from the Dec. 2 issue) by her soldier son Sgt. Roy Gaard, now in Italy.

Pvt. Lillian E. Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nelson, is with the third All-Iowa WAC contingent, which departed Tuesday, Dec. 7, for the second WAC Training Center in Daytona Beach, FL, for six weeks of basic training.

Pvt. Ivan Anderson, stationed in Florida, has been having a furlough here with home folks.

Pvt. Dwight L. Brown spent a few days with his mother Mrs. Cora Brown. He is stationed at Camp Davis, SC.

Cpl. Sylvania Skeie, stationed at Madison, WI, has been spending a 10-day furlough in the parental Swen Skeie home.

The member banks of the Story County Bankers Association announce that they are prepared to make loans to farmers of Story and neighboring counties on their corn crop stored in approved cribs on the farm.

The locals won two basketball games from McCallsburg Dec. 10. Second team won by four, 15-11. The first team came up with a 38-18 win.

Mrs. Lars Severseike, 72, became a full-fledged American citizen Tuesday (Dec. 14) after taking out her first papers two years ago.

Herman E. Hoversten, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hoversten, has successfully completed the Army Air Force Advanced Flying School Training facility at William Field, Chandler, AZ, and has won his wings.

Aviation Cadet Robert W. Larson has just arrived at Corsicana Field from the San Antonio Aviation Cade Center. He has been assigned primary flight training to the Air Force Training Detachment. Robert is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Larson.

Ensign Phillip Pepper of the U.S. Navy Air Force is home for a very short leave.

Mrs. George R. Sowers has been appointed acting post master of Story City, effective Jan. 1. He is taking the place of Pete Peterson, who has resigned.

The Story City Vikings and reserves lost to the Gilbert boys Friday night (Dec. 17) by the scores of 41-25 and 29-16.

Les Hoffman and Hank Henderson, members of the local football team, were named to the Hawkeye Central Six All-Conference first team on Friday (Dec. 17).

Merle Hemness returned to duty with the Mechanized Cavalry in Louisiana last week (from the Dec. 23 issue), after a visit in the parental M.C. Hemness home here.

Pfc. Hans Dickinson, serving in the Marines at Cherry Point, NC, arrived last Thursday (Dec. 16) for his first furlough since enlisting in December 1942.

Mrs. Marie Archeske entertained several couples at a Christmas Farm Bureau Party Thursday evening (Dec. 16).

Myron L. McDonald has been named honor man of Company 929 at the completion of recruit training at Camp Ward, Farrugut, ID.

Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Benson, Randall, received word last week (from the Dec. 30 issue) that their two sons, Edwin and Arnold, had met unexpectedly on the dock of the ship the first day out on their overseas voyage. The boys had not seen each other since Edwin entered the service in June 1941.

Willard Rod, on furlough from San Antonion, TX, visited the Herald office last week (from the Dec. 30 issue). He is the son of the C.E. Rods of Roland.

Pvt. and Mrs. Myron Rod, Camp Phillips, KS, visited home folks here at Christmas.

60 Years Ago

December 1953

Roy A. Sweet, President of Story County State Bank, was awarded the title, "Distinguished Farm Banker of Iowa". Managing officers of banks throughout the state chose Sweet from a slate of bankers recognized as providing outstanding service to the farm field.

Vernon Ullestad is building a new turkey brooder on lots recently purchased from the city. It is located near the C & NW railroad tracks in the old Captain Wier addition.

Pearl Nelson has sold her residence at 920 Elm to Ira Benson and purchased the John S. Egenes residence at 417 Washington. Egenes plans to build a new home in the spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Crawford and family moved into the Anna Kalseim estate residence at 327 Hillcrest last week (from the Dec. 3 issue). Mr. and Mrs. Milton Joslyn and family moved into the place they vacated at 827 Penn.

You kids, big and small, will of course notice that Santa Claus has two dates with you in Story City - the 12th and the 19th. We thought we would mention it anyway.

Roland won its ninth straight basketball game at the expense of Story High last Friday night (Nov. 27) in Roland, 68-43. The game was originally scheduled for the local gym, but as you know, the gym is not ready yet. John Christenson, Story City center, led both teams with 20 points.

The completion of the new infirmary at the Sunset Home has made it possible to receive a considerable number of additional residents.

Pvt. Darwin Johnson came home today (Dec. 27) from Fort Sill, OK, to spend the holidays with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Johnson. He will report to Camp Kilmer, NJ on Jan. 8 for overseas duty in Germany.

It was 8 below yesterday (Dec. 16), but with bright sunshine, even zero isn’t bad. Christmas music has also been in the air some time and is now coming to a climax.

Jewell suffered its worst fire in years early Monday morning (Dec. 21), and it was not subdued until firemen and trucks from five towns had united their efforts in fighting it. The brick building housing the May Equipment and Jewell Motor Companies was completely burned out and only the bulging walls and steel beam superstructure are still standing. The fire was discovered at 3 a.m.

Purchase of Series E and H savings bonds in Story County during November was $114,000, which gives the county 104 percent of its 1953 quota.

Pvt. John A. Jacobson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theoroy Jacobson, rural Story City, recently arrived in Korea for duty with the 7th Infantry Division.

Engine man Third Class Marvin E. Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Thompson, rural Story City, is now at the U.S. Naval Receiving Station at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA, awaiting further assignment to another naval unit.

The 1954 Fords, with a new 130 hp, overhead valve, Y block V-8 engine, will make its appearance at Donhowe Motor Co. next Wednesday (Jan. 6).

The new 1954 Buicks have also arrived at Munsen Chevrolet-Buick and will be shown next Friday, Jan. 8.

Pvt. Richard Holm of Fort Leonard Wood, MO, came Wednesday (Dec. 30) to spend New Year’s with his parents Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Holm.

Lt. Robert Sweet and wife, and baby David, of Fort Riley, KS, spent Christmas Eve and Day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sweet.

The Northwestern rail line has applied for notice that the passenger train be discontinued from Des Moines to Eagle Grove, effective Jan. 25, 1954. Objectors have until Jan. 15 to file a protest against the discontinuance of this train. The Northwestern claims this train causes a loss of $3,000 a month.