50 Years Ago

January 1964

The Story City Memorial Hospital held an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the community and entire area, with over 500 attending. The public was able to view the new 16-bed addition that was recently built and to get acquainted with the 50 some personnel members. They were able to view the entire modern, up-to-date features that made our facility an outstanding and efficient institution.

Michael Ness, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ness, became the 9th Eagle Scout in Troop 101. There have been 250 boys scouts in our local troop since it was founded in 1938. Mike joined the troop in November 1960 and in three years advanced to the highest rank a boy scout can attain. Mike and his parents were presented to the GCC on December 5 when he received his Eagle Award.

An unusual girls’ basketball game occurred last week (from the Jan. 9 issue) when undefeated and No. 1 ranked Valley of Des Moines came here and left sadder and wiser with a 12-11 defeat. To say the least, Valley was outsmarted. Content to let Story play catch throughout 95 percent of the game, they gave up field goals to the home team in the last seconds of the second and fourth quarters to decide the outcome. Almost flawless handling of the ball, and Valley’s unwillingness to foul and go after the ball, was a deciding factor. When it was needed, with 30 seconds to go, the locals fouled Valley, gave them one point, and then brought the ball down for one shot and the ball game. The deciding plays for Story: Mary Naig shot short in the second quarter with three seconds left and Lynda Bravard caught the ball and made a basket for a 5-4 Story lead. The other play was when :Bravard connected again with three seconds left in the game to give Story a 12-11 lead. Marsha Hoffman then intercepted a pass to end Valley’s hopes.

Mr. and Mrs. William Starkey, better known on Main Street as "Bill and Beulah", are quitting the Starkey & Knutson Men’s’ Clothing business at 606 Broad Street after 28 successful years.

John Fitzgerald of this place was elected chairman of the Story County National Farmers organization on Monday, Jan. 13 at a meeting in Nevada.

Roland defeated the Story City girls Tuesday night (Jan. 14) 74-64. Lynda Bravard played her best game of the season, that’s Lynda, shooting baskets from all angles. Mary Naig also played her best we have seen this season. Roland’s Sue Erickson had too much height and an uncanny ability to make baskets. Marsha Hoffman drew the job of holding down Erickson and did a credible job in spite of a height handicap. The Story City boys lost to Roland as well, by 30.

Irv Wierson has purchased the Dr. C.E. Semler building on Broad Street this week (from the Jan. 16 issue), which has housed the Wierson Furniture store here.

After losing two games in a row, the Viqueens stormed back to win from United Community 69-28 Friday night (Jan. 17) on the local floor. Lynda Bravard led the locals with 27 points, followed by Lana Swenson with 19 and Mary Naig with 17. The cold-shooting Vikings, however, lost to United 44-38 in the second game.

Mrs. Lucille Anderson, Ames, has been employed to teach 11th and 12th grade English at SCHS for the second semester. Mrs. Anderson succeeds Mrs. Sylvia Klonglan, who resigned at the end of the first semester.

In the course of the action Saturday night (Jan. 25) at Grand Junction (East Greene) two local records in girls’ basketball were broken. The high total of 76 recently made in the Gilbert game earlier this season was exchanged for a new high of 79, and Leona Johnson’s high single game score of 49 was raised to 52 by Lynda Bravard.

40 Years Ago

January 1974

Edith Sinn has retired from Story County State Bank after 28 1/2 years of employment.

The new local post office is nearing completion, located directly across the street from the present location. Friedrich Brothers of Ames is the general contractor and the building is owned by Doom & Cuypress of Marshall, MN. The building will have approximately 2,000 square feet of working space.

Kumla Dinner every Monday night. Lutefisk and Cod every Wednesday night. Happy Chef Restaurant.

Peter B. Larson and Robert L. Huffer, both of Story City, have agreed to become associated as partners in the general practice of law, under the firm name of Larson, Huffer & Larson, at their offices located at 414 Broad Street.

Lyle Helm was sworn into office as Story City’s new Mayor at the first council meeting of the year held at city hall on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Helm succeeds former Mayor Arvie Jacobson. Newly elected council members also began serving. They are Roger Auestad and Harold Holm. They will join current council members Gary Tjelmeland, John Pemberton and Bill Tjernagel.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Sampson, rural Story City, are the parents of the first baby born at the Story City Memorial Hospital in 1974. A baby girl, Traci Lynn, was born on Jan. 1 at 5:16 p.m.

The R-S boys lost to South Hamilton at Jewell on Friday night (Jan. 4), 86-60. Dan Whipple was high man for the Norsemen with 16, followed by Doug Brooks with 15. The Norsemen girls defeated South Hamilton in overtime, 60-59.

Kathy Healy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Healy, has been named a State of Iowa Scholar for 1974. She is one of 1,995 high school seniors named in Iowa.

Due to the fact the nation has been placed on Daylight Savings Time, the Roland-Story Schools have adjusted the morning start time from 8:25 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Seniors of the Weekend for January, featured in the Roland-Story Norse news, are Galen Omvig, Jeff Tjelta, Ronnie Moeller, Clark Smith, Doug Brooks, Clark Anderson, Tim Mortvedt, Greg Jacobson and Dave Skaar.

A total of 13 R-S seniors graduated early this month. They are: Leroy Nunn, Larry Mathre, Mike Peterson, Cheryl Stevens, Carolyn Chelsvig, Rhonda Murken, Vickie Jewell, Carla Troxel, Helen Larue, Diane Tate, Tim Mortvedt, Delores Hocking and Leslie Johnson.

John Ose, a junior at Iowa State University, is the promotions co-chair of this year’s Veisha Central Committee. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Ose, Story City. John was also recently admitted into the honors program.

The Story City Jaycees are scheduled to meet the KSO radio Bozos basketball team on Thursday, Jan. 31, in a fund raiser at the high school gym.

Donald Braathun, 22, Story City, was one of 18 new Iowa Highway Patrol troopers sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Jose Calixto of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, arrived recently to make his home for six months with the Richard Munsen family in Story City, as part of the International Cultural Exchange Program.

Paul L. Jacobson has been elected assistant vice president of the audit division of the First National Bank of Chicago. Paul joined the bank on December 17, and was previously with Ernst & Ernst. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Jacobson of Story City.