50 YEARS AGO

July 1963

Scoutmaster Robert Lekwa of Story City Troop 101 has announced that the local boy scouts will be living the outdoor part of scouting from July 7-15 at Camp Mitigua near Woodward. Assisting Lekwa in the scouts’ adventure, fun, exercise and learning will be Milo Helland, Bob Ness, Leo Oppedal and Cecil Kalvik.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lenning and LeRoy have sold their greenhouse to Mr. and Mrs. George Olsan of Des Moines, as of July 1.

The Fairyland Circus will be coming to Story City on Monday, July 15, with afternoon and night performances at 2:30 and 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Story City GCC and is the first circus to come to town in a number of years. Over 20 acts will be presented.

Wallace Gandrup, a fourth generation Gandrup, took over the family drug store on Monday, July 1. The store has been in the Gandrup possession since 1873 when W.D. Gandrup started it. W.D. operated it for 27 years, before his son Harry Gandrup took over for 16 years. Another son, Arthur, owned and operated it for another 16 years. Arthur’s son Burton took over after his father died in 1932, until the present time, when Wallace took possession.

Norske Bowl and Dining, Story City’s newest bowling alley and restaurant, is under construction on West Broad Street next to the S & O Coin Laundry. Owner Theroy (Ted) Hovick expects to be open by the end of July, with a grand opening coming in August.

A three-run homerun by Lynda Bravard in the first inning started the Viqueens (5-2) off to an 18-10 win over Nesco. Pitcher Jo Henderson won her fourth game of the year against two losses. Nancy Moore caught the game. Marsha Hoffman had a triple. Liz Larson was the leading hitter, going 3 for 4. Kathy Johnson was the defensive standout.

Four members of the Story City FFA chapter placed fourth in the team standings at the annual Colo FFA Tractor Rodeo July 2. Those competing were Norm Stoll, Alan Hermanson, Bob Thompson and Dale Luckinbill. Norm also placed seventh in the individual standings.

Milton Mussehl, district agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, achieved membership in the Marathon Club for the second consecutive year. Mussehl was cited July 22 for his outstanding sales record among the more than 2,500 company agents coast to coast.

Rae-Gene Photo Studio, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Max Brown, has moved from their home location to the Booth Electric building on Broad Street, next to the Herald office. A grand opening is planned for Aug 2-3.

Story City Community School Superintendent Higgins has submitted his resignation to accept an assistant superintendent and business manager position at Fort Madison Community Schools.

Golf seems to be a popular conversation these days. Quite a number of local ladies have taken up the sport in recent weeks. Maybe we’ll get a new golf course soon!

The Riverside Bible Camp chapel was filled to capacity for their 20th anniversary on Sunday afternoon, July 21. The Rev. A.J. Bringle was installed as director of the camp.

Home of delicious home-cooked meals at reasonable prices! Homemade pastries, short orders, breakfasts! Visit the Story City Maid-Rite, ½ block south of the center intersection. Johnny and Lucile Egenes, owners.

Everywhere you look there’s fun! The 1963 Iowa State Fair will be held August 16-25 in Des Moines. "The Best of Everything" lavish musical revue starring Rosemary Clooney and Buster Keaton (August 19-23), car races, horse races, thrill show! Finest Agricultural Exposition. Fun, Fun, Fun! Horses, Horses, Horses!

40 YEARS AGO

July 1973

Youth summer recreation will be held again this year from July 9 thru August 3. Children ages 5-10 are encouraged to attend the free sessions at the North Park Shelter House from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Rita Coffey and Martha Helland will be in charge.

An open house was held at the "Old Scott Center School" in Randall on Sunday, June 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. Alums and teachers gathered and talked over old times as they looked at old photos and recalled the pot-bellied stove that used to sit in the middle of the school room, as well as the picture of Woodrow Wilson that hung in the front of the school. Scott Center School was open from 1886 until 1947 in Scott Township.

Ken and Joann Peterson, their son Jeff, and Andres Garreton, an AFS foreign exchange student from Santiago, Chile, recently visited the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C. They also went to the Chilean Embassy and toured other places of interest, including the Voice of America.

A barn fire causing more than $25,000 damage and killing eight show horses occurred on the Tom Peterson farm north of Randall about 1:30 a.m. Friday, June 28. The blaze was battled by volunteer firemen from Story City, Jewell and Ellsworth for two hours. Peterson said the horses were valued at $10,000 and the barn and equipment inside the building were valued at $15,000. Flames were seen about six miles away by Sanford Flattebo of Story City, who drove to the farm and alerted the Peterson family. The horses lost were owned by Peterson and Dennis Soderstrum.

The 4th annual Alumni Jazz Band Concert will be held Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m. at the bandstand located at the west end of Main Street.

Story City’s city council resisted bids for a new swimming pool complex and referred the entire plan back to the swimming pool committee for revision Thursday night, July 5. Only one bid was able to be acted upon. The other bid did not meet plan specifications, according to City Clerk Bob Cole. However, the single bid was in excess of $200,000. The estimated plan cost for the pool when plans were set up two years ago was $180,000. Story City voters approved a bond issue that stated it could not exceed $90,000. The federal government had pledged a 50 percent matching funds arrangement. A redesign of the project will now need to be formulated. The pool committee is headed up by Joann Peterson.

The R-S girls won the Tri-County softball tournament 15-0 over Nesco Saturday night, July 7 in Roland. Pitcher Cindy Kammin held the Royals to two hits. Jackie Michaelson (C), Cathy Kammin (1B), Kathy Hennessy (RF) and Cindy Kammin (P) were named to the all-tournament team. Cathy Kammin was also chosen as MVP of the 8-team tournament.

A barn on the Pat Nolan farm southeast of Story City was destroyed in a storm which hit the central Iowa area Sunday night, July 1.

Former resident and SCHS graduate Jerry Holm has been named manager of the Huntington Beach, California office of Southern California First National Bank.

The finishing touches have been added to the front of the Randall-Story State Bank building.

A barn and storage shed burned to the ground at the Mrs. Frank Doolittle farm on Monday, July 16 at around 2 p.m.

As of July 23, Harris Twedt, Jr. and Forrest Barnes are the only candidates to file nomination papers for the two school board positions, which expire in September. The filing deadline is Thursday, Aug. 2.

GTE of the Midwest has begun a major buried cable construction project, which will bring improved telephone service to Roland customers. The cost is $24,000 and is expected to be completed by mid-August. It will provide additional and improved toll line facilities to the McCallsburg central office.

Connie Peter has taken over the management of the Beauty Nook (523 4th St.) and will be assisted by Nancy Mullihan. JoAnn Gregg has opened up Jo’s Beauty Shop in her home at 206 Eisenhower.

Story City Merchants offered many bargains during Crazy Day held in Story City this past Friday, July 27. People flocked to the business district to take advantage of the sales and to enjoy the crazy costumes worn by the merchants and their employees. Costume winners were Joanne Driscoll (1st place, Yantis Clothing), Kathy Healy (2nd place, Sowers Radio & TV), Hazel Kirby (3rd place, Ambrose’s) and Sarah Helland and Susan (Helland) Kester (honorable mention, Helland’s Jewelry).