From the Roland Record files

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

75 YEARS AGO

August 1939

Among the farmers who are seeking the coveted title of Corn King of Story County and who are shooting at state and national titles as well is Carroll B. Jacobson of Roland.

One of the old buildings on Main Street, the former Enge blacksmith shop, is being raised the first week of August. It has not been in use for a number of years and was in a dilapidated condition.

Operations at the local plant of the Marshall Canning Company the last week of July and a crew of people, men and women, will be employed there most of August. The crop of corn this year is reported to be very good. There was no pea pack here this year on account of the large amount of canned goods carried over from last year.

Besides the regular numbers by the Roland band, H.P. Stearns, band director, has arranged for a number of specialty numbers on the Wednesday evening concerts on Main Street.

Work has resumed on local WPA projects after a week’s layoff. A foreman from Ames is now in charge of the crew.

Providing nearly three acres of space under one roof, the huge new 4-H livestock exhibit barn will be dedicated at this year’s Iowa State Fair, opening in Des Moines Aug. 23. It is believed to be the largest show barn of its kind in America.

Within a few weeks after the announcement of a new “rubber glass” by the Franklin Institute, the development of still another amazing glass product is reported at Corning, N.Y., where the great mirror for the 200 inch Palomar telescope was cast.

There were 9,000 earthquakes and tremors in the world in the year 1938 with the one in Chile being the only one that really amounted to anything. It took approximately 50,000 lives. Another in Japan in 1923 took 99,331 lives.

The crew of WPA workers have completed filling in the old dumping ground on Main Street, and the lots there are now smooth and level with the sidewalks on each side. The crew is now building the extension to the large concrete culvert on the corner of Poplar and Cottonwood streets.

Unless WPA work in the state is curtailed, the town expects to have new concrete gutters put in on each side of Main Street on the center block with WPA labor.

A letter written two and a half months ago from Missionary Carrie Olson in China, tells of her experiences when the city in which she is located was taken by the invading Japanese army last spring. Fortunately the town was spared bombardment and destruction and those who remained in the city, including Miss Olson, escaped injury.

America’s “King of Jazz”, Paul Whitman, will appear in person with his famous swing band at this year’s Iowa State Fair.

The four chief dormitories at the University of Iowa next fall will be able to accommodate 1,738 students.

The Farmers Mutual Fire and Tornado Insurance Association of Central Iowa has traded in its cabinet safe for another with considerable more room. The business is maintained in the Skromme Hatchery building near the post office.

Henry Birkeland, local hybrid seed corn grower, has started construction on a seed corn drying plant and storage house for hybrid seed corn at his place on the south edge of Roland. He has engaged H.E. Evenson for the construction work.

As has been customary in Roland for many years, the local schools will open on the first Monday in September (Sept. 4 this year.) That will be Labor Day, but the holiday is not generally observed in this community.

The town council at a recent meeting approved a new schedule of rates for electric current which goes into effect immediately. The new rates are half a cent per kilowatt lower that the old rate for light and one-fourth cent per kilowatt lower for power. The reduction was made possible by the new contract recently entered into with the Iowa Electric Light and Power Company of Cedar Rapids which is supplying the town with current at wholesale.

An itinerant painter was in town on a recent Saturday and was engaged by the town authorities to paint the town flag pole. He also painted the flag pole on top of the school house.

The Etna Drug Company has been moving the store fixtures and stock to its new location, the former Iver Johnson building which was purchased by E.K. Thompson. The company vacated the former Schlanbusch building where the store has been located the past four years.

When the 14-year old son of the Art Munson family went out to bring in the cows from the pasture Thursday morning, Aug. 24, he found the cattle snorting around several inflated toy balloons in the middle of the pasture. Investigating further he found a loaf of bread attached to the balloons. After bringing it home it was discovered to include a check for $1.00 made out to the bearer and signed by Beede’s Bakery, Pipestone, Minn., and was dated the day before. Evidently the Pipestone bakery had released the balloons with the bread and check, as an advertising stunt for their product, Pan-O-Gold bread. The Munsons got a free loaf of bread and their son Arnold got an extra dollar to spend at the state fair.