75 YEARS AGO

September 1938

People of this community were given a treat July 31 when the Jay Gould Shows put on free performances in the afternoon and evening. Large crowds were present at both performances of good, clean entertainment. The troupe performed on a large portable stage erected on the corner of Main and Ash streets. A dance finished up the day on a portable floor erected on Ash Street and music was furnished by the Gould orchestra.

M.A. Hill of Roland, although out of practice for a couple years, entered the horseshoe tournament at the celebration in McCallsburg recently and won first place. His brother, Jos. C. Hill of McCallsburg, was second.

The Roland fire department was called out at 3 a.m. July 26 to the Rudolph W. Sandvig place a mile east of Randall where the barn was on fire. The barn with its contents was a total loss.

Friday, Sept. 2, is the date of the special election in the Roland School District, calling for the purpose of deciding whether or not the district shall issue bonds in the sum of $12,000, with which to build a new gymnasium-auditorium.

The little town of Ringstad is making plans to handle a crowd of 40,000 people at the state husking contest to be held near that town on October 26.

New York engineers and the Regional Planning Association has surveyed the city’s population distribution, and announces that the exact center of New York City’s population is Calvary, in the borough of Queens. Calvary is a graveyard!

The voters in the Sept. 2 special election approved the bond issue by a small margin of four votes for the district to build a new gym and auditorium.

The Iowa Electric Light and Power Company was defeated in its application for renewal of a franchise at Maxwell in a special election. This is the same company that is now furnishing electric current to the town of Roland.

Glenn Rhodes promoted a boxing match during the recent Jay Gould Shows, for the entertainment of the spectators. A ring was erected on the grounds of the Roland Lumber Company with an enclosure of canvas. In the main bout Dick Nelson of Story City was matched with Don Paggett of Randall in a six round go. Nelson won by a technical knockout in the third round.

A modern new bridge will be constructed over the Skunk River three and a half miles west of Roland this coming year by the county. The new bridge, together with grading and cutting a new river channel, will cost over $20,000.

The U.S. Navy maintains 56 complete bands and orchestras with a personnel of 1,045 men, on board ships of the fleet and on shore stations in various parts of the world.

From the Roland Rockets school column: Marvin Stenson has been trying to play golf and keep the second commandment at the same time; Carroll Tegland predicts that Roland won’t win a football game this year; Harlan Thompson is a new pupil in the seventh grade this year making an enrollment of 28 for that class.

The town dump on south Main Street will soon be a thing of the past and instead it will be a small park. The town council will have the improvement completed by the WPA project with work starting the last week of September.

A group of 10 men, comprising the building committee from a Swedish Lutheran congregation at Stanton, were here Sept. 15 to inspect the Bergen Church. A new church is being planned in Stanton to replace the one that burned a few weeks ago when it was struck by lightning.

The Roland theatre is now open again after being closed during the summer months, the first show being advertised for Friday and Saturday nights.

A new weekly paper has been started in Randall called the Randall Review. The editor of the new paper is Mrs. Geo. Hanson, wife of the editor of the Ellsworth News.

The Roland Rockets, weakened by the loss of Orville Cole, went down to defeat to Randall Tuesday night, Sept. 20 by a score of 4 to 2.

The sophomore class chose Cecil Henderson as their president, Marion Hill was voted the vice president, and Annabelle Quam is to be secretary.

William J. Killan, operator of the Roland theatre, announces "The Awful Truth," as the feature picture for next Friday and Saturday, the second week of the theatre’s opening.

Fire destroyed the large barn and corn crib on the Phillip Allen farm seven miles south of Roland in Milford township late Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 28, the fire reportedly being started by children playing with matches.

A crew of men have started working on the WPA project of making the town dump into a city park under the supervision of Truman Jondall, who is engaged by the town as foreman.

John Michaelson was the Roland sixth grade librarian during the last week of September.

The school assembly this week featured Mr. Mercala telling his adventures with Admiral Byrd on his first expedition to the South Pole.

50 YEARS AGO

September 1963

Four teams from this area will take part in an Invitational Girls Softball Tournament here Sept. 6 and 7. Teams entered include Story City, Hubbard and South Hamilton, as well as the Roland Rockettes.

Edward C. Jacobson of Roland has been commissioned a United States Air Force second lieutenant and awarded silver navigator wings at James Connally AFB, Texas. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Amos O. Jacobson.

On Sept. 9-11, the Army Exhibit Unit Traveling Team will present "You and Survival" by the Army Sho-Coach which will be located north of Marston Hall at Iowa State University.

The Bethany Lutheran congregation at McCallsburg will observe its 70th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 15. It also will mark the 10th anniversary of the dedication of its present church.

A survey conducted during the second week of September shows that more and more Roland young people are going to institutions of higher learning to further their educations. The total number of college students from this community is 50.

The first joint Bergen-Salem Father-Son Banquet will be held Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, in the school gymnasium. Brotherhood President Ray R. Kilstofte will welcome the guests, and Pastor Howard Lybeck will give the invocation. Marion P. Johnson will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Guest speaker will be Pastor Lavern R. Hanson of Mason City.

The election for three school board members on a recent Monday attracted the smallest turnout of voters in history. The incumbents were unopposed. Those re-elected were Aaron Braathun, Truman Stenson and Floyd Christian.

The general contract for the addition to the Roland Community School was awarded to Biernbaun & Jacobson of Mitchellville which had the lowest bid at $90,364.00.

The Kiwanis Club of Roland will be represented at the 1963 convention of the Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District at Omaha, Nebr., Sept. 22-24 by R. and Mrs. T.F. Jacobson, Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Davis, and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Soderstrum.

The seventh grade class of the Roland school will have a bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Noel’s store.

Severson Royal Blue Food Store is offering the following items in its weekly ad: Campbell’s soups 6 for $1.00; Charmin tissue 12 rolls for $1.00; Hunt’s Peaches 4 cans for $1.00; and Folger’s Coffee 1 lb. can 63 cents.

Roland School Superintendent Don Mueller reports in his column in the Roland Record that grade sizes this year range from 21 in the 8th grade to 31 in the 2nd and 9th grades. There were four courses added to the high school curriculum: Typing II, Physics, Physical Science, and Shorthand. He also presents an update on the upcoming building addition.

The hobby of racing homing pigeons is keeping Don Boyd and son Billy busy as ever. Don reports that a pigeon which they have been training was released at 6:20 a.m. on a recent Sunday from Marshalltown. When the Boyds looked out the window at 6:50 a.m. the bird was just going into the trap, having traveled approximately 30 miles in 30 minutes. They expect to enter the bird in a 100-mile race from Cedar Rapids next month.

Reinertson’s U-Save store is advertising the new Gold Bond Gift Book – "The Greatest Gift Show of the Year!"