70 Years Ago

January 1944

The Rev. T.T. Heimarck read his resignation as pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Heimarck has been pastor of Immanuel for nearly 43 years.

Franklin W. Miller, C.A.M.M. of the U.S. Navy, is having a 15-day furlough while being transferred from the Aleutians to the Minneapolis Naval Air Base.

The Pollyanna Shoppe will hold an open house this Saturday (Jan. 15) in its new quarters in the Henderson block.

Ingvald Hill is the new acting postmaster in Story City, having succeeded Mrs. Sowers, who failed to qualify because of rather strict age limitations.

Peter C. Donhowe is the new president of the Greater Community Congress, having been elected at the directors meeting last evening (Jan. 12).

Madonna Cooper left Thursday (Jan. 6) for Chicago where she will board a plane for New York. She will work for American Air Lines and take six weeks training at LaGuardia Field before beginning her work. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cooper.

The final step in the ground work at the Bible Camp was completed when the General Committee met in Ames last week (from the Jan. 20 issue). Plans are to erect some sleeping cottages before next summer if possible. Plans will be to have three weeks of camps in July. Price will be $4 a week.

Lt. Kathryn Knutson, U.S. Army nurse, is visiting her mother Mrs. Anna Knuston for 12 days. She has just come in from Africa and will be stationed in South Carolina for some time.

Mrs. Jennie Tjernagel received a belated Christmas gift on January 6. It was a bouquet of flowers from her son Olaf who is stationed in England. He had sent word to the Henderson Furniture store here on December 6 asking them to do this for his mother, but the letter did not arrive until January 6.

Boone County nurse Miss Knoche is conducting a lesson on the care of infants and small children at the A.P. Moeller home on January 25.

The Bond Sale campaign is going along strong under the chairmanship of Benj Anderson. The town has reached 88 percent of its quota.

Virginia Baldus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Baldus, a student of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps at Mercy Hospital, received her cap Sunday (Jan. 23). The Baldus family attended the ceremony.

J.O. Anderson returned on Tuesday (Jan. 25) after taking the refreshing baths at Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a couple of weeks.

Another milestone was reached last week (from the Jan. 27 issue) at the Bible Camp when the first cottage to be used for sleeping quarters was put up. It will accommodate 32 campers by the use of double deck beds. Nineteen men donated from one to three days of work toward it.

Cpl. Sylvian Skeie left Tuesday (Jan. 25) for Robbins Field, GA, after a 10-day furlough in the parental Swen Skeie home.

60 Years Ago

January 1954

The local high school boys will play their first game in the new gym next Tuesday (Jan. 12) against Radcliffe.

The new town council, elected on Nov. 3, you remember, took office last Saturday (Jan. 2) when members took their oath of fealty to the constitutions of the United States and the State of Iowa. Members are: Otis Frette, Lloyd Wells, Marvin Ahrens, re-elected; and Rev. Ocee Johnson and Ray Duff, both new. Retiring members were Guy Rod and John Ose.

The United States, with only about seven percent of the world’s population, accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total world production of leather footwear.

Every minute the population of the U.S. increases by five. In the bureau of the census, the growth - computed at the rate of one every 12 seconds - is recorded. Lights flash and the computer shows the increase. The net increase is figured by a huge electronic computer, which makes allowances for births, deaths, the arrival of immigrants and the departure of emigrants.

Jasper Erickson of this place and Robert Mullin of Jewell have formed a partnership under the name of E & M Motor Sales. They have rented the commodious building at 623 Penn, recently vacated by Lee’s Body Shop in the block north of the Store Cafe.

Carl Cunningham of Knoxville has been appointed the new manager of the Randall Farmers Creamery and will take over duties March 1, when present manager Mr. Jorgenson moves to his farm.

The Sorosis Club met at the B.M. Howell home on Jan. 12 and then at the Mrs. Elmer Jensen home on Jan. 26.

Folks awoke Sunday morning (Jan. 17) to discover their thermometers showing 18 below zero, the coldest on record for several years. By Thursday (Jan. 21) the temperature had fallen to 20 below zero.

In spite of TV and other distractions, folks around keep right on reading. That is evidenced by the report from the librarian at the annual meeting held Tuesday night (Jan. 19). The circulation of books during 1953 numbered almost 1,000 per month.

Otis Frette, owner of Frette Truck Lines, gave a party last Friday evening for his employees and their wives at the Community Hall. Since 1941, Frette has hired 60 men and now has a dozen men steadily employed. Payroll for 1953 was near the $30,000 mark. Frette employs more men than any other concern in Story City. Last year Frette trucks hauled over 51 million pounds of commodities and 15 million pounds of livestock. The trucks traveled 550,000 miles and leased over 75 trailers extra for livestock, in addition to the original 15 million pounds.

At the annual business meeting of Immanuel Lutheran Church last Friday evening it was unanimously decided that the women in the congregation be given the right to vote in matters pertaining to the church.

A2c Eugene S. Mortvedt left Wednesday (Jan. 20) for Mobile, AL, after spending a 30-day furlough with his parents and sisters. Eugene has completed 21 months of service overseas in Bermuda and Tripoli.

A2c Orville G. Owenson, Jr., a 1950 Randall High School graduate, is a U.S. Air Force teletype communications operator with the Airways and Air Communications Service at a Japan Air Defense Force installation. He uses teletype to send vital weather data to another Air Force unit. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Owenson of Randall. He will return to the states in April after 2 1/2 years in Japan.

Bertha Braland has sold her residence at 311 Penn to Elida Skeie of Radcliffe. She will move into the apartment in the Ruby Tressler home at 625 Lafayette.

Mrs. George R. Sowers has been re-appointed for the 12th year as a member of the Story County Welfare Board.

The local Lions Club has a new project - and they’re going to need a lot of help and cooperation in realizing it - an electric organ for Story City’s new gym/auditorium. The first fund-raising show will be a Minstrel Show on March 2. The men’s chorus will furnish the music, with others hopefully joining in.