Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Looking Back in Story City

50 Years Ago

November 1963

Plans continue to take shape for the school bond issue which will bring an 11,300 sq. ft. addition to the present junior/senior high school building, and also add improvements to the athletic field. The Board of Education and Superintendent Elmer Peterson met Tuesday, Nov. 5, to officially set the bond issue date for Dec. 11.

The 1963 Donhowe Motor Company’s Punt, Pass and Kick contest winners included Keith Cockerham, Dennis Krumm, Jonathan Johnson, Gregory Olson, Doug Doolittle, Kelvin Bickelhaupt, Gary Frandson, Dale Nelson, Wayne Henryson, Claude Hovick, Tony Peters and Ron Hoffman.

Ninety children collected $128.55 for the needy children of the world on Wednesday, Oct. 30 as part of the Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

O.L. Jamison was re-elected Mayor of Story City with 106 votes at the town election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. A.D. Moulin collected 19 votes for the two year term as councilman. V.R. Orcutt (101 votes), Kenneth Erickson (107 votes) and Thomas Johnson (104 votes) were elected to the three four year terms as councilmen. R.A. Sweet was elected hospital trustee with 110 votes. Dave Lilly was elected Park Commissioner with 108 votes and William Petersen won the town treasurer position with 108 votes.

A good place to treat your friends! The Story Cafe, owned by Velda and Spike Johnson.

This year the SCHS music groups were extremely fortunate in having 12 students make All-State Band and Chorus. In the vocal area, two quartets were chosen: Lynn Jacobson, Elizabeth Larson, Laine Matheason and Mike Shaw in one, and Laura Larson, Susan Nelson, Don Annis and Rick Munson in the other. In band, Lynn Anderson, Steve Rod and Sharon Randau made the all-state band. Anne Marie Munsen was chosen for the all-state orchestra. They will perform on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30 at the KRNT Theatre in Des Moines.

The Story City Vikings lost their last football game of the season to Nevada 33-7. The boys tied the score at 7-7 late in the first quarter, thanks to a 14 yard run by Gary Brown, a pass from Mike Shaw to Terry Van Cleave, and another run by Rex Perisho. Mason scored the locals’ only touchdown.

Tonight (Thursday, Nov. 14) marks the opening of the “lefse season” with the dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Ruth Dyvik sold her interest in Arlene’s woman’s shop this week (from the Nov. 21 issue) to Mr. Glover Ambrose of Nevada. Ruth will remain with the new owner as manager. Ambrose is a third-generation owner of Ambrose’s department store in Nevada, which has been in business for over 76 years.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 55, was sworn in as President of the United States in the cabin of the presidential plane on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, immediately following the death by assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Herald had a memoriam to John F. Kennedy, Our Fallen President, on the front page of the Nov. 28, 1963 issue, as well as two photographs taken at the Kennedy memorial service held on Monday by Story City American Legion Post 59 members. The exercises began at the legion and progressed slowly via march to the community hall. All four pastors as well as the band took part.

Story City Maid-Rite, located 1/2 block south of the center intersection, is home to delicious home-cooked meals at reasonable prices, plus home made pastries, short-orders and breakfasts. Johnny and Lucille Egenes, owners.

40 Years Ago

November 1973

The Story City Council awarded a contract for a new municipal swimming pool complex Monday night, Oct. 29. The contract went to Allen Construction of Ames, which submitted a low bid of $154,666. Klute Construction of Boone was the other bidder. The contract was modified earlier this year by changing the shape of the pool from a “Z” to an “L”, and included other technical modifications to cut costs. The council had resisted a bid of over $200,000 in July because it was “too high”. Story City voters already have approved a bond issue not to exceed $90,000. The federal government has pledged 50 percent in matching funds.

Herschel Williams received the 1973 Lions Club Community Service Award last Thursday night (Oct. 31) at the annual award dinner at Community Hall. Otis Frette, President of the Story City Lions Club, made the presentation.

Mike Ose has been employed by the Story City Post Office as a part-time carrier. He replaces Wayne Henryson who accepted a position at the Ames Post Office.

Members of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra toured the Russell Frandson farm on Saturday, Nov. 10. They performed at CY Stephens in Ames last week (from the Nov. 14 issue) as well.

Roland-Story High School seniors Cathy Stevenson and Rosemary Larson were recently selected to participate in the 1973 Iowa High School All-State Chorus to be held in Ames at Hilton Coliseum on Nov. 24. 600 vocalists were chosen from a a field of 4,000.

P.J. Fabrics held an open house on Friday, Nov. 16.

Story City Lions Club members who received their 35 year pins at a recent Lions Club dinner were William Starkey, Audley Moulin, Serral Munsen and Embert Munson. The Story City Lions Club was also formed 35 years ago.

Roland-Story Superintendent Perry Uhl has accepted the position of superintendent of schools at Estherville, effective June 1, 1974. Uhl has served the Roland, Story City and Roland-Story school districts for the past 11 years. From 1963 to 1966 he served as junior/senior high school principal at Roland and from 1966 to 1969 as superintendent of Story City. This year is his fifth at the helm of the Roland-Story school district.

Joan Anderson of Roland was the female recipient of the of the Rotary Achievement Award at the 4-H Awards Night program held Nov. 11. The Rotary Award recognizes the outstanding 4-H boy and girl in Story County based on long-time record and achievements.