50 Years Ago

December 1963

Story City split their first two basketball games with Eldora on Nov. 22. The girls won 56-50 and the boys lost 70-39. Lynda Bravard had 31 points for the Viqueens. Mary Naig had 16 points, 13 in the first half. Mike Shaw was high scorer for the Vikings with nine points. Rex and Mark Perisho each had eight, as did Gary Brown.

The time is drawing near. Dec. 11, 1963 will be the day voters of Story City Community School District go to the polls to decide upon approving a $160,000 bond issue. The proposal calls for the building and equipping of an addition to the present high school building and also improving the athletic field facilities.

This is the 50th year since the first Christmas tree was placed on Story City’s square - and there have been very few years missed since that December in 1913, when the first community Christmas tree was put in place.

Mrs. Olaf Townswick received a citation for service on November 15 from President John F. Kennedy, honoring her son Donald Eugene Townswick, who was killed on January 29, 1952, at Fairchild Air Force Base, WA. The citation arrived seven days before President Kennedy was assassinated, and carries his signature.

We understand that there have been about 20 more houses built in Story City in 1963. That’s about par for the past 15 years. And there are still lots of lots for sale.

For the seventh time, patrons of the South Hamilton School District have rejected a school bond issue.

Christmas cosmetics for the ladies - Max Factor, Coty, Dana, Faberge and Desert Flower - and for the men - Old Spice, Max Factor, Travel Trio, Signature and Yardley - all at Gandrup Drug Store.

A Man’s Merry Christmas starts here at Charlson’s Clothes Shop.

Toys and Games available at Moulin’s 5 cent to $1.00 store.

The front page of the Story City Herald, reporting the assassination of President Kennedy, has been included in a slide presentation of newspaper front pages on the President’s death, prepared at the University of Iowa School of Journalism in Iowa City.

Over $41,000 was returned to members of the Farmers Coop Grain Co. last Saturday, Dec. 14, at the annual meeting of the company. These were deferred dividends from 1959. The local grain company serves about 550 patrons, the largest number in their history.

The Story City High School bond issue carried very favorably by a 71.6 percent majority - 344 people voted "yes" and 134 voted "no". The school board canvassed the results at a special session on Monday, Dec. 16.

The locals won two exciting games from NE Hamilton on the home court Saturday, Dec. 14. The Viqueens won 43-38 and the boys’ score was 58-56 in double overtime. The Bravard sisters made a total of 33 points - Lynda scoring 21 and Marlys 12. Mary Naig had 10 points. Two free throws by Mark Perisho in the final minute of the second overtime kept the Vikings’ lead until the buzzer sounded. Perisho was then carried into the dressing room for making the winning points.

Starkey & Knutson Clothiers took out a full back page in the Dec. 20 issue of the Herald to advertise their "Quitting Business Sale".

40 Years Ago

December 1973

The Rev. Rhuben Aga has resigned as pastor of St. Petri Lutheran Church to accept a call at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. Pastor Aga came to Story City in May of 1965.

Joan Anderson of Roland, the 1973 state winner of the 4-H Food and Nutrition Award, attended the 52nd Annual National 4-H Congress in Chicago the last week of November. Anderson had the privilege to meet Ann Landers, the nationally syndicated columnist and lecturer.

The "String-Alongs", a group of Roland-Story students/musicians, are busy making Christmas appearances in the area. The group, open to anyone who wants to participate, currently includes Deb Johnson, Kathy Tucker, Jill Edwards, Dan Edwards,Scott Edwards, Rosalie Edwards, Cathy Clayberg, Loretta Healy, Steve Finnegan, Bob Twedt, Scott Clayberg, Jay Egenes and Steve Johnson.

The R-S boys defeated Ballard 54-50 at Ballard Friday night, Dec. 1. Larry Nolte led the Norse attack with 14 points, DeWayne Teig added 13. The Norsemen girls won over Ballard as well, 71-49. Kathy Hennessy led all scorers with 33 points, while sister Carole Hennessy added 21 points. The next night the Norse girls defeated North Polk 76-70, while the boys lost 57-36.

A public meeting for the Ames Lake/Water Resource Project will be held Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines. All interested persons in this area are urged to attend or submit statements. It is of utmost importance that a large delegation from Story City, who are opposed to the Skunk River Dam Project, attend this meeting.

A severe ice storm hit Iowa the first week of December, splitting trees, cracking off limbs and branches and bringing down telephone and electrical wires and poles. Stanhope, Kamrar, Jewell and Randall, as well as numerous farm families, were without power or telephone service for 3 to 4 days. Officials said it was the worst storm ever to hit the area.

Seniors of the Weekend featured in the R-S Norse News this month are: Cathy Stevenson, Kathy Healy, Kathy Hennessy, Kathy Twedt, Cathy Ericson, Diane Weltha, Pam Chance, Denise Frette, Lynn Barnes, Carolyn Chelsvig, Christy Slagle, Deb Gabrielson, Roxie Holm and Carla Tesdall.

Pastor M.C. Hagedorn resigned as chaplain of Bethany Manor on November 13. Pastor Hagedorn came to Bethany Manor in January of 1968.

Dwight Betts, Story City, has recently purchased the Mark II Lounge in Story City from Mr. and Mrs. Mark Britsch, who have been operating the lounge for nearly 13 months. The lounge will now be operated under the new name of "The Hole Inn One". Hours will be M-F 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dwight and his wife Judy have lived in Story City for five years, and they have two sons, Bob, 10, and Dave, 3.

The R-S girls won over Nevada Friday night, Dec. 13, in Story City, 64-48. Kathy Hennessy led all scorers with 37 points. Carole Hennessy had 15. Karen Johnson and Cindy Kammin each added six points. The Norse boys were defeated by Nevada 67-61. DeWayne Teig led R-S with 13 points.

The Story City Senior Citizen Center held an open house Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15 at the newly-remodeled senior center located at 617 Penn.

RCA 25 inch Diagonal XL-100 100 percent solid state color televisions are available at Helland TV & Electric for $619.95.

Approximately 300 people attended the Ames Lake Project meeting held Dec. 20 in Des Moines, with perhaps half of those attending in favor of the dam project, and half opposed. The strongest opposition came from residents in the Ames/Story City area. State Representative Sonja Egenes, U.S. Representative Neal Smith and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Walter Johnson all spoke at the meeting.

The R-S Board of Education named Dale Henricks as the Superintendent of schools at a special meeting held Dec. 18, effective June 1, 1974. He will replace Perry Uhl, who is leaving to become Superintendent at Estherville. Henricks has served as high school principal at Story City and Roland-Story for the past seven years.