Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

70 Years Ago

November 1943

A formal dedication of the plaque recently purchased to record the names of men and women in the military took place Thursday evening (from the Nov. 4 issue) at the GCC meeting in Community Hall.

Monday evening (Nov. 1) the local American Legion Post served a pheasant dinner. Members of the legion provided the pheasants. Culinary experts Chick Howell, Jack Pierce and Lou Danielson prepared and served the meal. A number of high school girls served as waitresses.

There will be a Sadie Hawkins Day at the school gym at 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon (Nov. 5).

Sgt. and Mrs. Lloyd Erickson of Camp Claibourne, LA, Cpl. Joel Ose, stationed in California, and Jennings Skare, Chicago, all visited family and friends in and around Story City the first part of November.

Seaman Jasper Jacobson arrived home last week (from the Nov. 11 issue) for a visit in the parental Albert E. Jacobson home. He has spent over a year in the Pacific with Uncle Sam’s fleet.

Andy Nelson left Monday (Nov. 8) for the army.

Pvt. Roy Nyguard is home on a nine day furlough from Camp Carson, CO.

Sgt. Edgar Ose arrived home today (Nov. 11) for a short visit in the parental John Ose home. His brother, Cpl. Joel Ose, is already here.

The Ankeny Ordinance Plant is laying off 1,000 workers. An indication that the U.S. has finally reached the point where we are producing as much material as we can use. Reports show that we have stored up tremendous stocks of trucks, tanks, ammunition, food, etc. that await transportation and use at the various fighting fronts.

Harold S. Olson, son of Mrs. Olaf Olson, received his Bombardier Wings November 13. He was a member of the largest class ever to graduate from the Victorville Army Air Field, Victorville, CA. Harold was commissioned as Flight Officer. He stopped off here on his way to South Carolina.

The Pollyanna Shoppe and Dr. Merrick are exchanging quarters. The former will occupy the east side of the Henderson Furniture building. Dr. Merrick will occupy the first floor of the building that the Pollyanna will vacate.

Lt. and Mrs. Donald G. Wier of Camp Claibourne, LA, visited the parental Harry Wier home over the Armistice Day holiday.

Seaman J. Kenneth Lund is home on leave from Balboa, Canal Zone.

Joe Johnson has gone to Albert Lea, MN to accept a job in the packing plant there.

Sgt. Alvin L. Thompson, in the service for a year, received an honorable medical discharge from the Army Air Corps. He will be employed in defense work and farm work.

Avenelle Richardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Richardson, and Kay Sinn, daughter of Mrs. Edith Sinn, were among 100 girls who enlisted in the government class of Cadet Nurses, which started the week of Nov. 18 in Iowa City.

Mr. and Mrs. Jonas K. Johnson are moving this week (from the Nov. 18 issue) from their farm to the residence property they recently purchased in the north part of town.

Truman Sylvester stopped off here and visited home folks for the weekend (from the Nov. 18 issue) while his ship on the Atlantic was in from the seas.

A goodly crowd braved the cold wind here Armistice Day afternoon to see Nevada and Story City play to a 6-6 deadlock in the final football game of the season.

60 Years Ago

November 1953

With a total of 255 votes cast here on Tuesday, Nov. 3, George B. Nibe, incumbent mayor, received 234 votes. Councilmen Otis Frette (213), Lloyd Wells (195), Marvin Ahrens (188), Rev. Ocee Johnson (147) and Ray Duff (146) were elected. Defeated councilmen were Arvie Jacobson (117), V.R. Orcutt (110) and John Ose (66). Theo. Larson defeated Serral Munsen 125-98 for hospital trustee. Henry Matson was elected to the park commission 126-103 over Duane Orcutt. William Petersen ran unopposed for treasurer and received 227 votes.

Story City businesses will be closed all day in observance of Armistice Day on Nov. 11.

Ernest Johnson has entered upon his 9th year as a specialty photographer in Story City. The Nov. 5 issue has a detailed account of his first years’ experiences.

The trapping season for skunk, raccoon, spotted skunk, badger, opossum, muskrat, mink and beaver opened at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 10. There is continuous open season on weasel, red fox, gray fox, groundhog and coyotes, and a continuous closed season on otter.

Two outstanding motion pictures are coming to the Story Theater Sunday and Monday, Nov. 8-9, and next Wednesday, Nov. 11. They are: “On Moonlight Bay” with Gordan MacRae and Doris Day, and “Room for One More” starring Cary Grant and George “Foghorn” Winslow, respectively. The theater management positively guarantees these pictures as solid, family entertainment. They’re the best movies of the past two years! Come out and see for yourself! These moves were hand-picked, endorsed and guaranteed by the Petersons themselves. They recommend these movies like they never have before.

A new house for Oscar Osmundson of Radcliffe is being built by John Ose on north Lafayette Avenue, just north of the one he just completed. There are five 1940 Story City High School graduates and their families now living on north Lafayette. They are: Joel Ose, Harold Olson, Mrs. Milo Helland, Marvin Ahrens, and the newest addition, not yet moved in to their new home, Arneth Gertsen.

Vernon Ullestad has rented the new Charlson residence with an option to buy. He is going into the turkey business, having rented the property known as the old Capt. Wier place.

Rats at the city dump will receive a poisoning this Friday night (Nov. 13) and citizens are urged to keep children and pets away from the dump for 30 days.

Admiral 150 sq. inch giant screen televisions only $159.95 or pay as little as $2.50/week at Baldus Hatchery and Appliance.

New Hoover triple-action cleaner vacuums for $66.95 at Ose Hardware.

Story City gridders continued their magic over Nevada here yesterday with a 20-6 win over the Cubs on Armistice Day. It was Story’s third straight win over Nevada and the seventh in the last 11 games. In Nevada’s last six appearances here they have scored but six points each time. That should mean the end of the old Nevada “jinx”. Gerald Clayberg scored the first TD on a short line plunge in the first quarter. He also capped off a 99 yard drive with a 40 yard pass to Harris in the third quarter. After Nevada scored their only touchdown in the fourth quarter, Story put the game on ice with a TD on another run by Clayberg.

Story City Viking basketball practice began Monday, Nov. 16, with 17 high school boys reporting. Returning letter men include: John Christenson, Eugene Gere, Gary Knous, Eugene Dale and DeWayne Carlson.

Arling Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Anderson, is the football coach at Luverne, MN and they just completed a successful 6-2 season.

Otis Frette was elected as a new state director of the Iowa Motor Truck Association at the organization’s annual meeting in Des Moines.