Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

1oo Years Ago

September 1916

Knute Knutson was seriously injured near Gilman when the gasoline car he was operating collided with another automobile.

Two buildings, belonging to Randall Lumber Co. and G. Washburn, burned to the ground in Randall at midnight Monday (Sep. 4).

A Sonhordland “Special” was run over the M. & St. L. on Tuesday (Sept. 5) carrying over a 100 passengers from Story City to Morris, IL for the annual gathering.

The Twedt family held their reunion at Lake Comar on Sunday (Sept. 10) with 150 present.

The Story City Band furnished music at Comiskey Park in Chicago Saturday (Sept. 9) on their way home from the Sondhordland lag in Morris, IL.

Our enterprising funeral director, Alex Henderson, has contracted for an auto hearse.

Anna Johnson has entered the State Teachers College.

George Kramme has purchased the Severson Drug Co.

Ole Russell, Story City’s first harness maker, is now working at Holm Hardware.

Milton Olson is the new clerk at Donhowe and Charlson.

Alma Erickson has entered Northwestern University.

Work on our $10,000 improvement of curb and gutters started the week of Sept. 28.

Story City High beat Gilbert 17-11 in the first basketball game of the year.

Eliot Thompson has transferred his connections from the Kramme Drug store to Jacobson Clothing store.

Arthur Donhowe has gone to Cornell College and Nellie Charlson is taking over his duties at the Randall Bank.

90 Years Ago

September 1926

Members of the Jacobson and Hougland families numbering 180 gathered in the Story City park last Sunday (Aug. 29) for their annual picnic.

The Story City Band performed and Mayor Myrah spoke over radio WOI recently.

The Story City Barbecue will be held Thursday (Sept. 9). The Rev. Robert R. Brown of Omaha, NE is chief speaker. The Library candy booth will need lots of candy to make it a success. Prizes will be given for best fudge, divinity, penoche and other misc. entries.

Ben Holm is advertising a reduction sale of fly nets, dusters, covers, nose guards, etc.

Josie Knutson has resigned her position as cook at the old people’s home and has moved to Ames.

Andrew Bickelhaupt has torn down his old kitchen and is building a new one. John Ose is the contractor.

Over 6,000 were fed again this year at Story City’s annual barbecue. The day was bright and clear, with the parade starting at 1 p.m. The Library candy booth netted $30.

Laurentia Donhowe will attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

The Dempsey-Tunney fight will be broadcast over the radio at the Henderson Furniture Store on Sept. 23.

Sienna Heggen purchased the Pederson Cafe building at auction Saturday (Sept. 18) for $1600. She plans to move her book and stationery store into the building.

Gladys Henderson has gone to Minneapolis where she will take up public school music at the Faye School.

80 Years Ago

September 1936

Bethel Lutheran Church will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Friday thru Sunday, Sept. 11-13.

Lester and Ernest Hoversten attended summer school at the University of Iowa.

Helen Engebritson and Rozella Mortvedt have entered the Iowa Lutheran School of Nurses in Des Moines.

Glendora Rod has enrolled at Waldorf College in Forest City.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hokel of Huxley have moved into the Soren Anderson estate residence. Mr. Hokel will be manager of the service station and lunch room, which is beng built in connection with C.O. Highland’s new sale barn out on the highway.

John Ose has started a new addition to the back of his hardware building in order to secure more room for his stock of goods.

Mrs. Nels Donhowe has accepted a position as house mother at one of the fraternities at Iowa State College.

Our “hustling” baker, L.W. Valline, has been fishing in Minnesota.

Baseball great and native son Henry Severeid came in from Omaha, NE for a short visit on Saturday (Sept. 12).

The Herman Ahrens family has moved into the Ose residence, formerly occupied by the Alvin Hovland family.

SCHS opened the football season on the local field Friday night (Sept. 18) defeating Radcliffe 26-6.

The Henderson Furniture Co. has purchased the east half of the building from the bank. The Henderson Co. has owned and occupied the west half for many years.

Leslie Jacobson, a student at Iowa State College, recently pledged to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Wilma Jessen is enrolled at the University of Iowa.

Tom Wicks bought the Gus Hanson property in the south part of town at auction Tuesday (Sept. 22).

Kathryn Rose is enrolled as a pupil at the Rose Lorenz dancing school this fall.