Looking Back in Story City
100 YEARS AGO
H.T. Henryson has resigned as president of the First National Bank and T.T. Henryson has moved up from cashier to president.
Ivar Vikingstad left Monday (April 28) for Montana where he will settle on a claim.
The teachers and patrons meeting at the school house attracted a large audience last Saturday (April 26). The 8th grade spelling contest was won by Paul Olson. Anna Severaid and Inger Hovland were second and third. Lulu Street was the 7th grade winner, with Louise Olson and Pearl Boyd, runner up and third. Arthur Frandson presented a paper on the problems of a rural school teacher.
Nearly $30,000 has been subscribed for the erection of the Old Peoples Home and Sanitarium.
George Wiggins has a pen of pheasants – fine looking birds – having received them from Illinois.
Pete Peterson is the proud owner of a new 5-passenger Buick.
Will Merkel has a new electric, lighted, rubber-tired buggy. He says it’s better than an automobile in wet weather.
The barn on the O.H. Olson place burned down last night (May 14).
Elmer Erickson has accepted a position with the Chicago Telephone Company.
This community was right on the fringe of another cyclone this week (from the May 15 issue). There have been heavy downpours of rain for three days, twice accompanied by a strong wind and mighty flashes of lightning. Three or four silos were blown down east of town and a barn belonging to Ole Lund, northwest of town, was blown over.
Mrs. J.W. Romp entertained the Grace ladies aid yesterday (May 14). A hack load of ladies from town braved the muddy roads to enjoy the day out in the country.
Assessor Johnson’s books revealed the valuation of property in Story City as $1,182,498.
Andrew Bickelhaupt’s new house is almost ready for occupancy. Martin Jensen is plastering this week (from the May 22 issue).
90 YEARS AGO
Martin Jensen has his workers busily engaged putting kellastone on the town hall.
The high school ball team beat Ellsworth 15-2 and Hubbard 8-0 last week (from the May 3 issue).
Mr. Millang, Mrs. John Oppedals’ father, is building a new residence south of the Oppedal home.
Thora Halleland is enjoying a vacation from the telephone office.
L.P. Anderson and Mat Martin took stock to Chicago and watched Hank Severeid play ball. They also had supper with him.
N.P. Larson is hauling lumber for a big new barn.
N.S. Askelson is getting ready to move to California.
Story City won four games in the state high school baseball tournament, but lost the final to Cherokee 7-6. The four victories were over Sac City 2-0, Nevada 2-1, Pilot Mound 10-0 and Massena 10-6. The final game was lost when Bud Knudson tired on the mound in the fifth and Cherokee put over six runs.
Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Johnson returned from their auto trip to Oklahoma and Texas.
Teig & Larson are showing the new King Tut tie.
RFD patrons have been ordered by the government to place their names on their mail boxes.
Amiel Mathison broke his own record selling Fords last week (from the May 17 issue) when he sold six of them in five hours.
Story City will graduate a big class of 24 this year.
The high school baseball team beat Collins 1-0 on a home run by Bubby Hill. They then lost to Nevada 4-3 on a bad series of errors.
Senator M.B. Pitt will be the Memorial Day speaker here.
The sheriff seized a still and 30 gallons of mash near Ames.
A cemetery society was formed here to take care of the bankrupt cemetery. Mrs. N.M. Nelson was named president. The ladies will serve lunch on Memorial Day.
See the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Grand this Saturday (June 2). Also showing is Harold Lloyd in “Grandmas’ Boy”.
80 YEARS AGO
The rain Saturday night (April 29) was a “dirty rain”. The water was impregnated with a reddish clay, which may have blown here from Colorado or Oklahoma.
The GCC is 25 years old today (May 4).
The junior class play is “The Mummy and the Mumps” and will be given May 9. Cast includes Ruth Amulund, Milo Christopherson, Leora Canady, June Teig, Leland Black, Harold Larson, Parker Severeid, Frances Bartlett, Mary Jane Jacobson and Ernest Hoversten.
Practically all of the teachers have signed contracts for next year, expressing a willingness to take a reduced wage during the year.
Truman Sylvester joined Uncle Sam’s Navy last week (from the May 4 issue), and is already out in San Diego.
The Herald is starting a subscription contest with three expense-paid trips to the World’s Fair in Chicago as the first three prizes.
Mervin Boyd, Theodore Howland, Edda Egenes and John and Torkel Hill were trout fishing near Strawberry Point Friday (April 28).
The first dividend of the closed bank will be 21 percent payable tomorrow (May 12).
A class of 22 girls and 15 boys will be graduated from the local high school on June 2.
The Story City school board voted to discontinue football and declamatory work next year. Vocational agriculture will also be discontinued.
It’s safe now to take down your storm windows and put up your screens. The strawberries are blooming extra fine, but most of the lilacs were ruined by the frost just as they were ready to show their colors.
A 10-team kitten ball league has been organized, with the first games to be played Tuesday night (May 23).
Randall has a class of 20 seniors graduating this year.
Dorothy Knudson has secured a position with Swift & Company in Ames.
Mr. Hunter has organized a junior class quartet, which is the youngest in the state. The group includes Billy Craig, cornet; Richard Munsen, trumpet; Harry Gandrup, horn; and Harold Hunter, baritone.
The senior class play “Peg of My Heart” will be given June 1. Cast includes Opal Gertsen Lester Henderson, Arlene Jessen, Berdette Teig, Herbert Donhowe, Howard Donhowe, Thelma Johnson, Lawrence Overland and Geneva Tandy.
Story City’s baseball team beat McCallsburg Sunday (May 21) 22-0.
Ruth Born is listed as an honor student in the freshman class at Iowa State College.
Band concerts start Sunday, June 3 at 8 p.m.
The Memorial Day game with St. Anthony was nip and tuck, with Story City winning in the 12th, 5-4.
The Chicago and Northwestern is offering a roundtrip to Chicago from Story City for only $6.95, with a 10 day return limit.