70 YEARS AGO

July 1943

Lester Henderson has purchased the T.T. Henryson property on Lafayette Avenue and will turn it into a modern funeral home as quickly as government regulations permit.

Harvey Lund and Lester M. Henderson have enlisted in the Navy V-5 program.

Volunteers of America will have a "Red Heart Day" here on July 10. General and Mrs. Ballington Booth, founders of the organization many years ago, saw the need to help destitute mothers and children. The Hearts will be sold by local young girls, with Mrs. Russell Leonard in charge of headquarters and finances. Sponsors are C.J. Johnson, Mayor; Mrs. Edward Charlson, Superintendent G.E. Holmes, Rev. Walter Ulrich, Mrs. Arthur E. Olson and Mrs. L.O. Jacobson.

Pastors and members of the Elim Lutheran Church congregation in Randall are preparing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of their church this Sunday, July18.

Adner S. Swenson of Ellsworth has purchased the Sather-Hia farm northeast of town for a reported $150 an acre.

Dr. E.E. Langland was named new Legion Commander of the Lafayette Post on Monday evening, July 12.

Carl Kokemiller is building a 34 x 50 x 14 barn on his farm west of town. It will have a bell roof and fine hay loft, as well as a place for milk cows, calves, feeding cattle, horses and a granary.

Alvena Holm is attending market week’s fall showing of ladies’ ready-to-wear in Minneapolis this week (from the July 15 issue).

Mabel Lund returned to her home here last Friday, July 16, after four years of labor as a missionary in far off Bolivia.

A total of 150 were enrolled at the Bible Camp north of Story City this week (from the June 22 issue). A violent windstorm came up shortly before midnight Tuesday, July 20, and blew down the main tent, doing minor damage. But everything was back in order by noon the next day.

Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Baldus and Marjorie of this place, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baldus and Alma Baldus of Nevada, are in Chicago this week (from the July 22 issue) attending the National Hatcherymen’s Convention.

Lt. Governor Robert Blue of Eagle Grove will be the main speaker of the day at the annual reunion of old settlers to be held Sunday, Aug. 1 at Bells Mill, northwest of Story City.

St. Peter’s Catholic boys defeated the Lake Center boys 6-4 Friday night to become first half champs in the softball league.

Willard B. Rod, who has been taking preliminary flying at Lexington, KY, has been transferred to the classification center at San Antonio, TX, according to word received by his parents, the C.E. Rods of Roland.

During the 1942-43 trapping season licensed Iowa trappers took $741,621.52 worth of furs.

Serral Munsen has leased the Kenneth Johnson billiard parlor and will take possession August 1. Kenneth is leaving for the service.

60 YEARS AGO

July 1953

Iowa’s dairy industry placed second in the nation for the production of creamery butter in 1952. The Iowa Development Commission says the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the Hawkeye dairy herd produced 174,240,000 pounds of butter last year.

A family gathering was held in the local park Sunday, June 28, honoring Pvt. Darwin Johnson, who is home on leave.

Sgt. Leonard J. Michel arrived home June 20 from Trieste, Italy, where he has been stationed the past year and a half.

The partnership of William H. Larson and Ardis Peterson has been dissolved, and the furniture store has been purchased by Irving Wierson, who will continue it under the firm name of Wierson Furniture Company. Mr. Larson has bought the interest of Ardis Peterson in the undertaking business, and will continue under the name of Larson Funeral Home. The furniture building, for many years known as the Alex Henderson building, has been purchased by Dr. C.E. Semler as an investment.

George Nibe recently bought the building now occupied by the Main Street Food Market from Richard Albaugh. This too was an investment, though the Nibe family has found excellent living quarters in the second story.

Jergen’s deordorant, 39 cents; Halo Shampoo, 69 cents; Jergen’s soap, 10 bars for 49 cents; all available at Moulin’s Store.

Did you know more than 8700 people are currently residing in Iowa nursing homes?

Story City was well represented in the swimming program sponsored by the Red Cross at Carr’s Pool in Ames, with 140 youngsters from ages 5 to 15 taking part. Four bus loads go down each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Richard Peter and Winfred Larson are the bus drivers, and two mothers go down as chaperones.

The Loyal Lafayette Lassies had a special Camp Day at the Jean Nolan home on Tuesday, June 30.

Otis Frette of this place has been appointed Story County Chairman of the Iowa Motor Truck Association. Frette is a livestock truck operator and also recently appeared in a WOI-TV film about the farm-to-market movement of Iowa’s cattle.

Many local ladies are about to achieve a long-harbored or expressed desire to own and wear an orchid, courtesy of Holm Hardware and the Frigidaire Sales Corp. The orchids are coming direct from Hawaii.

The 13th Annual Flower Show sponsored by the Home and Garden Department of the Story City Woman’s Club will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Community Hall.

A1c John H. Thorsness, who spent the past 14 months in southern Germany, has been transferred to NATO Headquarters in Oslo, Norway.

Howard S. Anderson of this place has been appointed to the Farmers Home Administration Committee for Story County.

Nine Hereford steers ready for market were killed by lightning Sunday afternoon, July 26, at the Lew Hanson farm one mile west of McCallsburg.

Mrs. John S. Egenes will likely gain the honor of having caught the largest and most unusual fish of the year. She is pictured in the July 30 issue with the 112 lb. sailfish she caught, along with husband John’s 60 lb. shark he caught, while on a recent vacation to Acapulco. They motored to Mexico City (1900 miles) and took an airplane south to Acapulco, where every facility is afforded for catching denizens of the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Arvie Jacobson is building a cemet block loading ramp behind his Feed & Seed store. A fine new entrance has been built at the Helland radio shop, in the building owned by Stanton James. The Aarvig Implement has had a face lift of new paint. The Garvin Olson residence has undergone quite a change, with a new room added and a change of entrance. And the City Hall has all new, freshly painted windows and doors, and the inside is now getting a new paint job.

Sensational new refrigerator development from Philco! So completely automatic it thinks for itself! Available for $199.95 at Baldus Hatchery and Appliance.