100 Years Ago

February 1914

A old timer writes an interesting article on baseball in the old days, in which his heroes were Fuller, Hartsell, Ericson, Tegland, T. Henryson and others. he mentions the big scores of those days, particularly a game with Jewell, which the locals won by a score of 42-32. He also said Fuller could knock the ball out of the park equally well with either end of the bat.

The young forger, who recently worked for Nels Larson, has been arrested.

Henry Hovland and son Alvin went to Chicago with two loads of cattle Saturday, Feb. 1.

Alvin Sowers had a flock of chicks hatch on February 4. Now who’s next?

Verna and Rena Johnson have been quite sick the past week (from the Feb. 5 issue) with the grippe.

Carl Switzer, who has been having trouble with a gathering in his head, is able to be out a little each day.

Lewis Oleson has bought out his partner, P.C. Christiansen, in the painting and paper hanging business.

The annual creamery report shows 259,297 lbs. of cream received last year. The average price was 32.2 cents.

S.J. Larson of Randall sold a bunch of hogs last week; one of which weighed 770 lbs.

The Newera Club held an old-fashioned party for their husbands last Tuesday (Feb. 10), at which Mrs. P.C. Donhowe carried off the honors in the spell down.

Hog cholera is making huge gaps in the hog population in Iowa, being quite bad in the Mackey neighborhood.

Martha Belleson of Jewell is now clerking at C.N. Christensen’s store.

Joe Nordskog is carrying the mail on route 1 this week (from the Feb. 19 issue), the regular carrier taking a much needed vacation.

Frank Miller has purchased the Clint Johnson farm in the north part of the state.

Harry Wier, teaching out on Route 2, has been out of school because of tonsillitis.

Ira Dodds has purchased the Manges homestead for $190/acre.

F.W. Heers sold a fine team of matched horses last week (from the Feb. 19 issue) to Jewell parties for $500.

Over 200 people attended the commercial club banquet Tuesday evening (Feb. 24). Charles Allen did the serving.

The Herald’s new lino-type was installed this week (from the Feb. 26 issue), another step in the progress of our city.

The M.F. Nibe family has gone to Balaton, MN to operate a farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thorson have gone to Kanawha where they have rented a farm.

Mrs. Margreta Thorson has moved into her new residence in the Tjernagel addition.

Carl Baldus is substituting for Bill Johnson as assessor in Lafayette Township.

90 Years Ago

February 1924

Fire destroyed three buildings in Randall this morning (Feb. 7). The fire was discovered in the barber shop at 7 a.m., but before it was under control, it had destroyed the restaurant and Dr. Wilson’s office.

Hot school lunches have begun at school. Cost is 5 cents per serving.

The local creamery did a $60,000 business in 1923; a 40 percent increase over 1922. John Baldus, William Merkel and Walter Hermanson were re-elected directors.

Iowa had 15 days of zero weather in January and there were 22 days of sunshine.

Story City beat Iowa Falls last week (from the Feb. 7 issue) by the score of 11-8. The team is manning a tour of northwest Iowa this coming week.

The girls beat Webster City 18-6 with Mamie Kalseim making seven field goals. Other players were Alice Mathre, Alice Alsager, Wanda Dale, Gerda Severeid and Ordale Olson.

The town was very nearly snowbound yesterday (Feb. 6). It took nearly a day to reach Jewell, and basketball games at Randall were canceled.

The young son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Miller fell from a straw stack and broke his right arm.

Beginning Monday (Feb. 18), the M & St. L. will run only one train a day to Story City.

J.O. Vangness and family are moving this week (from the Feb. 14 issue) to a farm near Kenyon, MN.

The neighbors southwest of town had to shovel the road Monday (Feb. 11) to get into town.

Moving is now in order: P.O. Olson to Blue Earth, Bernie Mishler to Kelley, Leo Olson to place vacated by P.O. Olson, Martin Egemo to the Mishler place, Gaylord Carpenter to the Brendeland place and Ed Sevold to the home place east of Randall.

A declamatory contest is being held here Friday (Feb. 15) between Roland, Gilbert, Randall and Story City. Contestants are Rolfe Anderson, Carl Johnson, Elsie Sheffield, Mildred Anderson, Genevieve Johnson, Myrtle Miller, Irene Peterson, Paula Boyd, Clifford Hougland, Gladys M. Johnson and Jordan Johnson. The eventual winners were Carl Johnson of Randall, Mildred Anderson of Roland and Gladys M. Johnson of this place.

Henry Severeid is leaving today (Feb. 21) for Mobile, AL to join the St. Louis Browns baseball team.

Arnie Travase is taking the baths at Colfax this week (from the Feb. 21 issue).

Willard Jensen returned home from an extensive tour of the West.

The town of Randall was lit up by street lights for the first time Friday night (Feb. 15).

The Leo Baldus family has moved to Nevada.

The Frank Uthe children all have the chicken pox.

According to figures recently published, this township had 199 autos and trucks in 1915 and now has 742 vehicles in those classes.

John Heggen sold the old Skaalure 80 north of Rosendale to Albert and Paul Jacobson.

August Kleaveland has completely remodeled his hardware store.

C.H. Charlson purchased the Bendix Olson residence for $4,000. Dr. Rose will continue to occupy it.

Albert Johnson has taken over the garage in Gilbert.

Much moving is in progress: T.H. Torkelsen has rented his place in town to Mr. Vallen and will move to a farm near Roland. Nels J. Nelson has purchased the Luther Henderson residence and is moving in.

80 Years ago

February 1934

The local creamery made 302,382 lbs. of butter in 1933, an increase of 30,000 lbs. over 1932. The price received for butter was 20.1 cents/lb.

January this year was almost exactly like last year in moisture - 1.56 to 1.62 inches.

Charles Canady was exhibiting a flying squirrel the other day (from the Feb. 8 issue). He spied it while chopping wood and shot it with his rifle.

Mrs. Ira Doolittle is again able to be out after a three week siege of rheumatism.

Merle Larson has been transferred from her work at the veterans bureau in Des Moines to Washington, D.C., and left for that place last Thursday (Feb. 1).

The first half of February was 10 degrees warmer than normal.

In the annual report of the Story County Farm and Home there were 69 inmates on the place January 1. The net cost of keeping patients at the home was $82 a year each.

Kathryn Rose will appear on the WOI radio program next Wednesday (Feb. 21).

Thieves broke into the Ellsworth creamery Monday night (Feb. 12) and got away with 188 lbs. of butter.

Raymond Murken suffered three broken ribs, bruises and a bad shaking up in a fall last week (from the Feb. 15 issue) when he was loading machinery to be taken to the place to which he is moving.

Harold Sinn purchased the old Abrahamson building and is fixing it up for use as an oil station.

Kathryn Rose will give a piano recital next Sunday (Feb. 25) at Iowa State College.

Magnus Hemness of Roland has purchased the Hovland farm in the northeast part of town.

Clarence Rafdal sketched a portrait of President Roosevelt and his 6th grade classmates asked their teacher, Miss Lehman, to send it to the president. She did and received a nice letter in reply.

John Malmanger suffered a bad break in the bones of one ankle while working at the Brown gravel pit Tuesday (Feb. 20).

The Junior Class play "Sweet Sixteen" will be given March 1. In the cast are Paul Donhowe, Hubert Egenes, Gaylord Henryson, Edgar Ose, Palmer Peterson, Roy Gaard, Sigurd Tjernagel, June Mathison, Beatrice Crisman, Eunice Jacobson, Evelyn Hauge, Dorothy Ahrens and Ruth Howland.

A special horse sale will be held Monday (March 4). Last Friday (Feb. 23) 40 horses and 150 cattle were sold.

The Waldorf Choir of 48 voices will sing here on Sunday (March 4). It is making its 14th annual tour.