70 Years Ago

February 1944

The number killed in accidents in the U.S. last year was slightly less than the year before, but the deaths numbered the stupendous total of 94,500.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sowers entertained the Randall grade school teachers to a dinner Sunday (Jan. 30).

Mrs. N.E. Quam of Randall has received word that her husband has reached his destination in Egypt.

Jimmy Thompson left Tuesday (Feb. 1) for Kansas City to undergo a physical test for the Naval Air Corps.

Garda Wikre sold her property Tuesday (Feb. 1) to H. B. Olson and Paul Jacobson. Miss Wikre is moving to Thor. Mr. Olson will occupy the residence here.

Cpl. Jennings Knutson, who is stationed at an air field in South Carolina, is spending two weeks furlough with home folks.

The S.T. Johnson family has moved here from Thor, having bought the Munn place in the southwest part of town. Mrs. Johnson’s mother, Martha Malmanger (nee Omvig) came with them.

The John Mickaelson family are moving this week (from the Feb. 3 issue) to the rooms over the former Hans grocery, which they recently bought. The Hans family moved to Des Moines.

The Lester Henderson family is moving this week (from the Feb. 3 issue) to their new home, the former T.T. Henryson place, which has been done over not only for comfortable living, but also fitted as a first class funeral home.

Chris Johnson, local livestock buyer, has quit buying market hogs due to help shortage. he has turned over his present and future bookings to Otis Frette. Johnson will continue to buy cattle of all kinds.

Pvt. Duane Doolittle has sent home several captured enemy trophies, including a Nazi flag and other things, now on display in the Egenes Insurance window. Doolittle is with the U.S. Signal Corps in Italy.

Kathryn Rose, student at State University of Iowa, will broadcast a program of original compositions of her piano teacher Dr. A.M. Alspach over station WSUI February 12.

Several people here have received letters or telegrams from relatives in Denmark and Norway. They come through the Red Cross via Switzerland, and the only drawback is they are five or six months old when they arrive.

On February 15 the Mission Band of the Grace Church put on a much enjoyed Valentine Party for the folks at Sunset Home. A quartet consisting of Robert Ulrich, Gary Brattebo, Richard Holm and Rex Jamison sang old favorites. Ulrich gave a reading on the early life of Abraham Lincoln and Mrs. Stanton James read her original poem, "The Sunset Home".

The local creamery made 351,000 pounds of butter in 1943. The price paid for butterfat was a fraction under 54 cents/pound. the average price received for butter was 46.22 cents/pound.

Staff Sgt. Jennings Knutson left Tuesday (Feb. 15) for Florence Air Field, South Carolina, after a 15-day furlough with his parents.

Emery Munson, stationed at Lubbock, TX arrived last evening (Feb. 16) for a visit with his wife and parents.

Lt. S.T. Corneliussen, with the Navy fliers, San Francisco, is at the parental Fred Corneliussen home this week (from the Feb. 24 issue).

Cpl. Donald Furman, stationed in New Mexico, is visiting this week (from the Feb. 24 issue) in the parental Lloyd Furman home.

Cpl. William Larson, who has been overseas, and for the past few weeks (from the Feb. 24 issue) a patient in an Ohio hospital, has received his discharge and is now at home.

Lt. Kenneth Kreutner arrived home Tuesday (Feb. 22) for a furlough. He is en route from Mather Field, CA to Columbia, SC.

Aviation Cadet Harry Gandrup has just completed his basic flying training at Merced Army Air Field, CA.

60 Years Ago

February 1954

A lot of folks around here are setting themselves for the Baldus Pancake Day. It’s Saturday, Feb. 13.

Norman Hamilton of Ames is taking over Marvin’s Shoe Repair Shop here, with his opening day February 10.

Cpl. Gerald W. Deaton, whose wife Mary lives in Des Moines, is returning to the U.S. after serving in Headquarter Detachment of the U.S. Army Stockdale in Tokyo. Deaton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Laurice Deaton of Story City and entered the army in September 1951, arriving overseas in February 1952.

Ted Baldus, local man employed by the James Thompson Construction Company in Ames, was seriously injured last Thursday (Jan. 28) when he fell through an open elevator shaft at the new science building under construction at the college. He is being treated at the Ames hospital for a fractured pelvis and broken wrist.

Former Story City resident Ardis Frette, son of Mrs. Berdena Frette, has purchased an interest in the 40 year old Louie’s Lunch and Candy Kitchen located in Jefferson. Frette is a SCHS graduate and has lived in Jefferson since 1949.

The 1954 Buick Special V8, 2 Door, 6 Passenger Sedan is now available at Munsen Chevrolet-Buick for $2317.88.

The fire department was called about 11 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 7) for a grass fire near the Virgil Larson farm on the blacktop highway south of town. On Monday (Feb. 8) they were called out again to the Nels Larson farm west of town, occupied by the Joe Romsey family.

Bill Rood’s oil station just south of the artesian well on Highway 69 was broken into again Monday night (Feb. 8) and about $25 worth of candy and cigarettes were taken.

A destructive fire struck the James Sansgaard farm 6 1/2 miles northwest of town last Friday (Feb. 12) at 1:30 p.m. A corn crib, machine shed and two other small buildings burned, together with 4,000 bushels of corn and 200 bushels of seed oats. The cause was possibly a water tank heater. The Boone and Jewell fire departments were called to assist the local Story City fire department.

Over 500 people turned out Tuesday night (Feb. 16) for the first high school concert in our new gym. The band, 70 strong, girls’ (40) and boys’ (30) choruses performed. The setting was most delectable.

Harold Mick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Mick, and Robert Krough, son of Mrs. Hazel Krough, left Monday (Feb. 15) to volunteer for the armed forces.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanton James have been appointed as missionaries to serve in the mission field of the E.U.B. Church in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Jerry Holm, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Holm, is a member of the Waldorf Choir at Forest City.

The local high school will present its first girls’ home basketball game Friday, Feb. 26 in the new gym, as the Ellsworth boys and girls will play here. Fifteen of the 29 girls out for basketball will suit up for the game.