50 YEARS AGO

An old-time basketball game held at the Roland Opera House headlined the entertainment at the annual Roland High School Athletic Banquet Saturday night, March 30 in the school gym.

The Roland Boy Scout Troop and the Summer Playground program will benefit from Pancake Day, which will be held Saturday, April 6, at the Legion Hall.

The latest in a series of grass fires occurred recently, when weeds along the railroad

right-of-way caught fire. A brisk south wind spread the flames alongside the tracks, and north alongside the road.

Two Roland businesses changed hands the first week of April. The Phillips "66" service station property was sold at auction to Edward G. Sampson. Also, an agreement was reached whereby Argil Amenson purchased the trash hauling service from Leonard Anderson.

A community-wide effort to wipe out polio in Story County will come to a climax on Friday, April 5. All citizens of the county are urged to turn out at immunization stations to receive their final dose of the new Sabin oral polio vaccine.

According to the April 11 issue of the Record, only 65 of 1,054 persons who took the Type I Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine in the Roland community failed to appear for their Type III vaccine last Friday.

Larry Thompson has informed his mother, Mrs. C.P. Thompson, that he is aboard the destroyer, USS Pierce, headed for Nice, France, where he will rejoin the crew of the flagship, USS Springfield, a guided missile cruiser.

An interesting letter from Missionary Gary Sande, who is located in Nigeria, appears in the April 11 issue of the Record.

The Roland Fire Department was summoned to assist the Story City firemen about midnight Friday, April 5 when fire was discovered in the apartment over Gandrup’s drug store there. The fire apparently started in a transformer which operates the store’s neon lights.

Miss Julia Eggland, who has devoted 36 years to the teaching profession, was honored at a surprise "This is Your Life" program on Wednesday night, April17 in the school gym. The entire community joined in the tribute presented as part of the Roland PTA meeting.

The Roland Rockets baseball team won 9-7 over Collins last Thursday, April 11 in the locals’ second game of the season.

Marion P. Johnson, writer of the Roland Record’s "With Tongue in Cheek" column, was singled out for honors at the annual convention of the Iowa Press Association held the week of April 18. Johnson was selected for honorable mention in the competition among Iowa columnists.

Edward G. Sampson, who purchased the Phillips "66" service station property, reports that in partnership with Mrs. Marion P. Johnson, he will remodel the building and convert it into a drive-in lunch business.