75 YEARS AGO

August 1938

The cement pool constructed by the park board in Erickson Park is now finished and was filled with water August 2 for the first time. Since then large numbers of children have been enjoying the water.

Operations at the local canning plant resumed August 4 when the sweet corn crop was harvested and brought to the factory for canning. There are approximately 1600 acres of corn this year and with an abundant rainfall a big crop is expected. It may take five or six weeks to finish the canning of corn.

The Roland School District is calling for a special election at which time the question of issuing bonds to pay for the construction of a new gymnasium-auditorium will be voted on.

The Story City baseball team played a game with the Capitol City Giants, a colored team from Des Moines, a few weeks ago and defeated them by a score of 34 to 9.

The U.S. Navy has opened a recruiting sub-station in Marshalltown to serve surrounding counties. Young men who intend to enlist in the navy are referred to this sub-station.

A Centennial "style show" presenting the wide and varied changes that have taken place in women’s fashions during the past 100 years is being assembled as one of the features of Iowa’s Centennial State Fair in Des Moines, Aug. 26 through Sept. 2.

An old wooden plow with iron plates, one of the first ever used in America, will be displayed at the Iowa Centennial State Fair this month.

Laverne Buland returned Aug. 7 from a two weeks stay at Little Falls, Minnesota, with the Iowa National Guard. Mr. Buland plays trumpet in the I.N.G. band from Boone.

Rev. Peder Buland of Cambridge has been selected as the new superintendent of the Old People’s Home and Hospital at Story City.

At a special election in Ames voters overwhelmingly approved to authorize the Mary Greeley hospital board to raise $60,000 in bonds to be used in financing an addition to the hospital.

Irwin Rosheim returned Aug. 17 from Fort Snelling, MN, where he has completed a second enlistment in the U.S. Army. Mr. Rosheim has been a clarinet player in the army band at Fort Snelling the past four years, having re-enlisted a year ago for a one-year term after completing a regular three year enlistment.

H.M. Bakka, local insurance salesman, sold an automobile insurance policy recently, which is not unusual, but the manner of payment was rather unique. His customer, Harold Norman of Zearing, said he was going to pay cash for the policy and brought out a container full of pennies, 1500 of them for the $15.00 payment!

Evans Bros. are announcing to the public that the sorghum mill on their farm southwest of Roland will not be operating this year. And so comes to an end the activities of the oldest industrial plant in the community. The mill has been in operation for 66 years.

Although storm clouds threatened Sunday evening, August 14, an audience almost as large as former Sunday evenings turned out to hear the program over the Egeland amplifying system.

Pioneer locomotives and trains, which plied Iowa in the early days, will be exhibited side by side with modern streamlined trains as a special Centennial feature at the Iowa State Fair this month.

Among the exhibits at the centennial state fair in Des Moines will be George Larson’s old Studebaker touring car. Mr. Larson kept the 1913 model after he discontinued using it and was requested to send it down to the fair to be put on exhibition. The 25 year old car does not have any tires, but it still has the icing glass side curtains and the 1913 license plates.

The Jay Gould Shows will be the attraction for Roland’s Community Day on August 31. The troupe of entertainers will furnish free entertainment both afternoon and evening with its "Million Dollar Spectacle" show which also appeared here last fall.

Earl T. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Johnson, who has a position with the U.S. Government in the Social Security Board, has been promoted to supervisor of tabulating in the Kansas City-Minneapolis-Denver regional office. Mr. Johnson has been living in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Iowa State Highway Commission has announced that one overpass and five railroad crossing signals will be built in Story County as the local part of the state’s grade crossing elimination and protection program which calls for construction of nearly 300 sets of signals and 10 separations.