75 YEARS AGO

May 1938

What is said to have been the heaviest downpour of rain here for about 20 years brought abundant moisture to the area, but caused damage and discomfort when tile drains were unable to handle the large amount of water and basements were flooded in town and large ponds stood in newly seeded fields in the country.

Members of the old "Sandstorm" 34th division during the World War are planning a reunion to be held in Webster City during July. The 133rd Ambulance Company, in which many men from Roland served during the war, was a part of this division.

The Roland High School band made its first public appearance of the season May 4 when an open air concert was given on Main Street. H.P. Stearns of Ames was the director.

The Roland first graders enjoyed the operetta "Pinocchio" on a recent Thursday.

The second grade students have named their class turtle, "Sally Splash." Mr. Tollefson gave the turtle to the class since they are studying the life cycle of turtles.

The seventh grade students are enjoying Harriet Beecher Stowe’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," in their literature class.

At the May 10 meeting of the Roland Community Club, Mayor Wm. Myrland reported that preparations are being made to put in large tile or a culvert through the town dump on south Main Street and fill in the creek with dirt.

Thursday evening, May 10, the Roland Senior Class will present the comedy-farce "Melodrama in Nankipoo."

The Marshall Canning Co. has announced that it will provide its own sewage disposal for corn pack this year. Previously the waste waters from the corn pack have been carried into the town sewer system and the large amount of the starchy water has overloaded the town disposal plant resulting in wastes being carried into the creek creating offensive odors.

Roland first grader Glen Brown recently celebrated his sixth birthday and treated the class to Angel Food cake, Milky Way candy bars, and balloons.

The name of the 1938 Iowa State Fair will be "Iowa Territorial Centennial Fair" during the August 24 through Sept. 2 exposition.

Showing at the Roland Theatre on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 will be "Blonde Trouble" with Eleanore Whitney, Johnny Downs, and Lynne Overman.

Members of the local school board entertained the faculty at a dinner Friday, May 13 served at the Sheldon-Munn Hotel in Ames. The dinner was followed by a theatre party at the Collegian theatre.

Members of the Roland High School graduating class of 1938 are pictured on the front page of the May 19 issue of the Roland Record.

Resident M.J. Britson is connecting up with the town water system at his place on Green Street.

Henry Birkeland has razed the old barns and sheds on his farm on the south edge of Roland and has built a new double garage and workshop.

The city is having some work done on the water system, extending the water pipes at two points, South Linn Street and south end of Cottonwood Street where Henry Birkeland is connecting with the system.

Dr. E.I. Rosheim was at Ames on Wednesday, May 18 at a meeting of the Ames Dental Study Club. A lecture and clinic by Dr. Wm. Joy of Philadelphia on new trends in plate work was the featured program.

Showing at the Story Theatre in Story City on May 22 and 23 was "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" with Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, and Slim Summerville.

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Molstre have resigned their positions as superintendent and matron of the Story City Old Peoples Home and Hospital, the resignation taking effect November 1.

A dedication program was given at the Sheffield Cemetery southwest of Roland Sunday afternoon, May 29 dedicating a large rock with a bronze plaque with a short story of the Schweringen tragedy years ago when the pioneer family perished in a prairie fire.

H.G. Hanson left Monday evening, May 24 for New York, from which port he sailed Wednesday on the S.S. Stavangerfjord for Norway. He has leased the Diamond DX service station to Truman Stenson while he is gone.

Members of the Milford Consolidated School graduating class of 1938 are pictured on the front page of the May 26 issue of the Roland Record.

The United States has the longest coast line of any Naval power. The extent of the defensive coast lines are as follows: United States, 3,860 miles; Great Britain, 1,860; Japan, 1,440; France, 1,100; Italy, 1,380; Germany, 720.

Fourth grader Jack Frandsen completed the most copies of good writing in penmanship. His classmate, James Hanson passed a perfect true-false test over the class unit about China.