50 Years Ago

March 1964

Story City firemen were called Saturday noon (March 1) to the Howard Conard farm, six miles southwest of Story City, where fire, whipped by strong 50 mph southwest winds, caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. Seven buildings on the farm went up in flames. The chicken house and farm house were saved.

On Monday morning (March 2) the firemen were called out again to the Bernard Reinsch farm, just a half mile north of the Conard farm, where a motor on a well pump was destroyed by fire.

The Story City Lions Club will observe the passing of 25 years of continued service to Story City and community on March 29. A March 19 banquet was held where Charter Monarch Awards were given to founding members Audley Moulin, Embert Munsen, Serral Munsen, Arthur E. Olson and William Starkey.

Story City’s Viqueens were defeated by Lake City 80-60 Tuesday night (Feb. 25) at Fort Dodge in the district tournament, thus ending their season. The girls only trailed 35-30 at halftime, but the ball just wouldn’t go in for the Viqueens in the second half. Guards Kathy Johnson and Marsha Hoffman both fouled out. Lana Swenson scored 34 for Story City, while Lynda Bravard had 25.

A poll was taken at the high school to see the reaction of the students to the new singing craze from England, the Beatles. These are some of their reactions: Jo Jacobson - I love the Beatles! I wish they would have stayed in the U.S.; Claudia Matson - Wow!; Mrs. Goettsch - When I see them I wish I had a "flit gun"; Judy Thompson - I think they are great!; Barry Janvrin - I like them; Scott Raymond - I think they are pretty neat. They dress nice, but that hair of theirs is way too long. Their records are good if you don’t have to look at them sing; Mike Ose - I kind of like’em myself. Their haircuts are kind of wild, but I’d like one anyway. They’ve recorded a lot of neat records and I like them all.

Betty Goettsch, science teacher at SCHS, and two of her students, Mary Jo Baldus and Norman Kammin, have been chosen by the selection committee for attendance at the Iowa United States Army Symposium in Science, Engineering and Humanities to be held on the State University of Iowa campus April 9-11. Mrs. Goettsch recommended Baldus and Kammin as promising science students.

David Disbrowe has completed two years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, most recently aboard the USS Essex. He arrived home from Norfolk, VA.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rahto have sold their property on Cedar Street to Mr. and Mrs. Berger Imsland of McCallsburg.

The South Hamilton Hawkettes qualified for the State Girls’ Basketball Tournament with a perfect 21-0 season record. They managed to reach the final before falling just short.

A new boat house is under construction at the north end of Little Wall Lake. A dock will be included, which will accomodate 12 boats, and the building will also house an office.

March Senior Silouettes in the Viking Herald school news section include: Marla Murken, Roger Nelson, Jim Lowry, Carol Larson, Dick Mason, Shirley Sondall, Randi Jo Jacobson and Richard Munsen.

Tom Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Peterson, has been named the MVP of the Iowa State basketball team for the 1964 season by his teammates. The 6 ft. 7 in. senior is a forward/center and scored 214 points and collected 168 rebounds. He was also one of the co-captains this year.

Stephen Lybarger arrived home after serving two years in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Norfolk, VA and served aboard the USS Randolph.

Clara Rikansrud moved into her newly built home at 710 Oak Street. Mr. and Mrs. William Lyle moved into the residence at 308 Larson.

Robert Olson, Story City, is attending an Advanced Feed short course March 16-20 in Kansas City, MO.

Joe Holland returned Saturday (March 14) from Norfolk, VA after serving two years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Forrestal.

The Board of Directors of Bethany Manor voted to observe the 50th Anniversary of the retirement home sometime this year. The first combined home and hospital was located at 814 Cedar, with the first residents moving into the home in April or May of 1914.

SCHS girls’ basketball coach Charles Skogerboe, who has coached here the past four years, was named director of athletics and girls’ basketball coach at Starmount Community.

Twins Karla and Karma Hill of South Hamilton have been named to the All-State Girls’ Basketball First Team as a forward and guard, respectively.

Lynda Bravard, forward, and Kathy Johnson, guard, were named to the all-area first team and the all-county first team in basketball. Lynda was also voted to the all-conference team first team, while Kathy was named to the second team all-conference.

40 Years Ago

March 1974

Direct dialing of long distance calls for Story City and Randall residents began Saturday, March 2.

Marjorie Charlier, a sophomore in journalism and international studies, is the new editor of The Bomb, the student yearbook at Iowa State University. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Charlier.

The Roland-Story boys’ basketball team played the roll of "giant killer" on Tuesday (Feb. 28), upsetting #8 ranked Madrid 53-47 on their home floor in the sectional finals. Madrid was unbeaten at 18-0 coming into the game. The Norse led by 15 at halftime, 37-22. DeWayne Teig pulled down 16 rebounds and scored 20 points. Freshman Jon Ness scored 15. A three page spread congratulating the boys is featured in the March 6 issue.

Bruce Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hall, has enlisted in the Air Force and began active duty February 15.

Larry Goodmanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Goodmanson, was promoted to Army Private 1st Class in Germany where he is serving as a gunnar in the 3rd Infantry Division.

Kent Crawford began his duties as high school band instructor February 25, replacing Victor Anderson, who resigned to pursue a private business venture.

Lowry’s Department Store will celebrate its 25th year in business the week of March 13. Richard and Edith Lowry came to Story City from Minneapolis in the spring of 1949 to open and manage Lynns store in Story City, an associate branch of Lynns in Forest City. In 1962 the Lowrys purchased the Lynns business and changed the name to Lowry’s.

The Norsemen boys lost a close contest to Earlham 52-50 at Jefferson on Wednesday (March 6). Jon Ness led the scoring with 20 points.

Seniors of the Weekend for the month of March include: Dave Severson, Benjie Anderson, Kevin Watson, Bruce Charlier, Randy Bartness, Mary Henderson, Lu Larson, Missy Eggland, Deb Amenson and Ruth Reed.

Republican State Representative Sonja Egenes will seek re-election to the 43rd District seat for a third term in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Ann Pellegreno has been named to the Who’s Who in Aviation for 1973. She is listed for her achievement in piloting a 1937 twin-engine Lockheed 10 around the world in 1967. She is also the author of World Flight: The Amelia Earhart Trail.

Three railroad cars derailed near Story City last month.

Ames Democrat Tom Harkin announced last week (from the March 22 issue) that he is a candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa’s 5th District. Harkin, 34, was a staff aide to U.S. Representative Neal Smith from 1968 to 1970. His wife Ruth, 29, is the present Story County Attorney, and is also seeking re-election. She is the first woman elected as a county attorney in Iowa’s history.

Marine Pvt. Bruce Henrichs, son of Delores Henrichs, graduated from basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Great Lakes, IL.

Joy Tegels of Egenes Insurance spoke to agents and office personnel at a state conference of the Iowa Association of Independent Insurance Agents held in Cedar Rapids March 12.

Roger Pohlman has accepted the position of high school principal at Roland-Story, beginning with the 1974-75 school year. He is presently the junior/senior high school principal at Rolfe Community School.

Leon Skeie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Skeie, Story City, has been awarded the First Year Outstanding Teacher Award for Community Colleges by the National Hall of Fame. He is a teacher at Orange County College in Costa Mesa, CA.

Ground breaking ceremonies were held Sunday, March 17, at the future site of the God of Prophecy Church in Story City, located at 405 Cedar Street. Pastor Wilmer Peter opened the service. Mayor Pro-Tem John Pemberton welcomed the large gathering.