50 Years Ago

February 1964

Clarence Hove and Curtis Henderson of Randall Cooperative and Ray Romsey of Story City Farmers Coop attended the annual convention of Farmers Grain Dealers Association of Iowa in Des Moines Jan. 27-29.

The Viking boys lost two to Colo (74-66) and North Polk and the Viqueens won two over Colo and North Polk (71-68) last week (from the Feb. 6 issue). Lynda Bravard led the girls with 27 and 33 points, respectively, in the two wins. Rex Perisho led the boys with 26 and 20 points.

Senior Silhouettes in the Viking Herald for February include Kathy Johnson, David Jacobson, Elizabeth Larson, Lynn Jacobson, Junior Hobbs, Sue Nelson and Judy Larson.

During the past couple of weeks the school librarians have been processing books for the new elementary library. The elementary library is presently located on the second landing of the elementary building.

Is your house too dry? Protect your family with a Humid-aire furnace humidifier. Only $99.95 at Anderson-Holm Hardware.

Laura Larson is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She is one of 13,000 in the nation to have won this distinction. She plans to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN next fall and major in fine arts.

The FHA Sweetheart Ball was held Saturday, Feb. 8, at the high school. King and Queen Dave Harris and Kathy Johnson were joined by attendants Judy Van Cleave, Mary Naig, Sally Christenson, Ken Bravard, Jerry Alsager and Darrell Erickson.

The Viqueens won three more games last week (from the Feb. 13 issue) over Maxwell (94-34), Dayton (63-47) and Boone (44-43), the latter of which took overtime. Lynda Bravard and Mary Naig scored 36 and 21 points, respectively, against Maxwell. Naig and Lana Swenson scored 25 and 24 versus Dayton. Swenson and Jo Henderson also scored 18 and 15, respectively, against Maxwell. The Viking boys lost all three of their games against Maxwell, Dayton and Boone.

Michael Jensen returned Saturday (Feb. 8) from the Mayport Naval Base near Jacksonville, FL and has now completed two years of active duty in the Navy, much of which was spent aboard the USS Goodrich.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Brown moved February 1 into their new home at 531 First Street, purchased from the Raymond Teigs, who moved into their new house at the corner of 8th and State.

Munsen Chevrolet-Buick has purchased Fred’s Body Shop and is now prepared to do all glass replacement and body repair. Fred Keltner will be in charge of body work.

Senior Anne Hermanson has been granted Honors status by the State University of Iowa in regard to her high academic credentials.

New officers of the Story County Beef Producers Association elected at the annual meeting in Nevada included holdover director Joe Romsey of this place.

The Story City Viqueens advanced in sectional play Saturday night (Feb. 15) by winning over Radcliffe, 62-38. Lana Swenson scored 25, followed by Lynda Bravard’s 21. Guard Kathy Johnson had 12 rebounds. The girls then defeated Dayton 60-46 on Tuesday (Feb. 18), moving one step closer to the finals. Dayton was unable to stop forwards Swenson, Bravard and Naig, or cope with Story City’s stellar guards Johnson, Jensen and Hoffman.

The Story City Junior High boys’ basketball team was almost undefeated this season, until losing their final game to Nesco. The team (shown on the Feb. 20 front page) included: Larry Anderson, Bradley Johnson, Tom Gaard, Richard Olive, Kenny Hovick, Paul Quam, Jim Hovick, Larry Searl, Dave Ahrens, Willie Lykins, Bob Holm, Hugh Weigel and Ricky Moore.

The Story City Vikings played their best game of the season in an attempt to win their first game of the sectionals, only to fall to Radcliffe 57-54 in overtime. Rex Perisho had 18 points, Mike Shaw 13 and Terry Van Cleave 10.

Since this is the first year our school has included Spanish in the academic subjects, the library has just purchased a Spanish dictionary.

The Dorian Music Festival at Decorah was held Feb. 24-25. Story City was among 84 schools from Iowa and neighboring states participating. Soloists from Story City included Mike Helland, tuba; Carl Hermanson, trombone; Sharon Randau, clarinet; and Steven Rod, French horn.

40 Years Ago

February 1974

Rhonda Murken, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Murken, RR3 Boone, has been named Roland-Story High School’s 1974 Betty Crocker Family Leader of Tomorrow.

Arvie S. Jacobson, past Mayor of Story City, was presented an appreciation plaque by the city council and GCC last Thursday night (Jan. 31) at the Community Hall. Arvie was Mayor of Story City from 1966 to 1974 and also served on the council for four years prior to that.

A third line has been installed to accommodate the increasing number of calls coming into the free "767" Time and Temperature service, which serves Randall, Story City and Roland. Calls received in November and December totaled 14,670 and 15,233, respectively. The service is courtesy of Randall-State State Bank.

Sgt. David Keltner, son of Mr. and Mrs.l Fred Keltner, who has been stationed in Okinawa, was discharged on Jan. 18 and returned home on Jan. 22.

A crowd of over 450 attended a fun-filled evening on Wednesday night, Jan. 30, as the local Jaycees played the KSO Bozos in basketball at the high school gym. The locals won 74-59. Proceeds were given to the R-S athletic department.

John Monson has recently been hired as Story City’s new police chief. He began his duties Feb. 1. Monson was on the local police force from 1967 to 1972. Robert Schaudt, former police chief, is now employed with the Norwalk police force.

Herb Plambeck, recently retired assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was the guest speaker at the 88th annual meeting of Central Iowa Mutual Insurance Association policyholders of Roland, Iowa, which was held at the Story Theater on Monday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Marvin Post will represent the R-S Education Association at the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Assembly to be held Feb. 14-16 in Des Moines. He will be among the more than 600 local teacher leaders from across the state.

The R-S boys put together their best game of the season in upsetting the South Hamilton Hawks 65-53 Friday night (Feb. 8) in Story City. Dan Whipple led the Norse with 19, followed by DeWayne Teig with 15 and Doug Brooks with 12. The girls also defeated SH 72-56 with Carole Hennessy leading the way with 43 points.

Tom Miller, attorney from McGregor, Iowa, announced his Democratic candidacy for Attorney General of Iowa.

Seniors of the Weekend for February are: Doreen Oppedal, Cindy Randau, Marge McCoy, Nancy Helland, Mel Frette, Sue Tressler, Eva Brown, Marlene Eischen, Becky Holm and Gail Teuscher.

Junior Joel Peterson took part in the Drake Honor Band in Des Moines, sponsored by the South-Central Bandmasters Association. Joel plays the trombone.

Nola Poklitar will begin her teaching duties at Roland-Story High School on Feb. 18 and will teach secretarial subjects. She replaces Dennis Bauman, who will assume full time bookkeeping duties at the Roland Farmers Coop.

Sherry Johnson took third place at the 6th District American Legion Oratorical Contest held Feb. 14 in Des Moines. Johnson was representing Roland-Story and Story County.

Lloyd Henryson has been named Pride Seed Dealer for the Story City area, including Lafayette Township.

Charlotte McCormick, owner of the new Char’s Hobby Shop, held a grand opening Friday, Feb. 22. The shop is located at 1103 Lafayette Avenue in Story City.

An open house for the new post office, located directly across the street from the old facility, was held on Sunday, Feb. 24. Feb. 16 was the last day at the old location; the old facility having served its purpose since 1948.

Allegro sound system by Zenith only $149.95 at Sowers Radio & TV.

The Iowa State Highway Commission will begin changing the posted speed limit signs on Iowa’s 10,000 mile interstate and primary highways to the new lower 55 mph limit beginning March 1.

KRNT-TV 8 became KCCI-TV on Monday, Feb. 25.

The Roland-Story girls began tournament play with a 63-58 win over South Hamilton at Jewell on Monday night (Feb. 18). Kathy Hennessy had 24 points, followed by Becky Holm with 23. In the sectional final on Tuesday (Feb. 19) the girls fell to Boone 54-50, also at Jewell. Becky Holm had 29 points. The Norse girls still advanced on to district action, however, and following a power outage in Jewell on Thursday night (Feb. 21), were declared the victors by a score of 71-36 over Ballard. Kathy Hennessy had 32 points and Gayle Solyst hauled down eight rebounds. In district semifinal action, North Polk defeated R-S 55-33 on Saturday night (Feb. 23) at Jewell. The loss ended the girls’ hopes of a return trip to the state tournament.