Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

100 Years Ago

August 1914

Corneliussen & Marvick have sold their clothing establishment to Henry Jacobson and Elmer Erickson.

E.N. Rognehough has purchased the George Tokheim residence south of main street.

Amil Satre’s oat bin burst last week (from the Aug. 6 issue) and 3,000 bushels flooded the ground.

Dr. DeLon of Jewell made an auto record last week (from the Aug. 6 issue) when he drove to Des Moines from Jewell in 1 hour and 38 minutes. At one time he drove 58 mph.

The five great powers of Europe - after years of military preparedness - have at last rushed at other’s throats. Germany, in pushing its advance thru Belgium, has encountered unexpected resistance at Liege.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry West, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Anderson and Mrs. C.F. Reischauer are spending this week (from the Aug. 13 issue) at the northern lakes.

Ira Christenson was seriously injured last week (from the Aug. 13 issue) when kicked in the face by a horse.

The war in Europe is at a standstill, while the Germans are bringing up their big siege guns to train on the Belgian forts.

Martin Boyd took nine men on a land seekers’ excursion to Minnesota this week (from the Aug. 13 issue).

H.S. Anfinson has gone back to Canada to look after his farm.

Turkey and Greece have entered the World War. The Russians have occupied five points in Prussia.

The clothing store of Corneliussen & Marvick in Stanhope has been sold to Mr. Read and Clarence Tjernagel.

The St. Louis Cardinals American League team has purchased Henry Severeid and pitcher Lowdermilk from Louisville.

Magnus Horness of Roland and Adloph Hemness have gone to the west coast for a visit.

Last Sunday (Aug. 16) was the hottest day of the year. It registered 105 degrees here.

Prof. W.W. Ballard and family have moved into the residence vacated by the Prof. J. P. Street family.

Emelia, Cornelia and Agnes Jacobson have returned from a two weeks’ visit with relatives at Ormsby, MN.

Mrs. Thor Thorson had the misfortune to run a rusty nail in her foot.

Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Peterson are taking an outing in Minnesota.

This year’s school teachers are: W.W. Ballard, Edgar Hervi, F. Lee Stewart, Marie Reinertson, Carrie Brown, Ernestine Mills, Erma Patee, E. J. Stout, Jennie Young, Carrie Hill, Nina Anderson, Leona Severs, Emelia Jacobson and Ida Bilderback.

Lillian Mathre and Della Larson are vacationing this week (from the Aug. 27 issue) in Minnesota.

Mrs. C.W. Wier has returned from a visit with the Dr. Born family in Omaha.

90 Years Ago

August 1924

A storm of almost cyclonic proportions struck the community at 3 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 5), blowing down trees and blowing out windows. The big front window at the Pioneer store was blown out.

Merrill Severeid and Chester Mason are on a hike to Minto, ND.

The house and lots of the Ole Simonson estate in Randall were sold to Ray Anderson of this place.

Emelia Severeid received her degree from Drake University.

J.W. Romp threshed his wheat Monday (Aug. 11) and found it ran 40 bushels to the acre.

The Jewell Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the KKK from holding public meetings.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Charlson and M. and Mrs. Peter Donhowe are vacationing in Minnesota.

Mrs. Pete Bickelhaupt, Eddie Nash, Ethel and Margaret Halstead have returned from an auto trip to Minnesota.

Nels Lein and Erick Alsager returned from a 3000 mile auto trip that took them as far as Winnipeg, Canada.

In the terrific wind storm, which hit in this section Friday (Aug. 8), the barn on the J.A. Hansman farm near Gilbert was completely demolished.

Donald Christenson and William Willson, Jr. of Randall are attending Citizen’s Military Training Camp in Des Moines.

Erma Sowers has returned from spending the summer at the V.A. Ericson home in Huron, SD.

Mr. and Mrs. Julius Johnson drove out from Freeport, IL last week (from the Aug. 14 issue), en route to Omaha, NE.

Nearly a thousand friends and family gathered at the Randall church on Sunday (Aug. 17) to help Rev. and Mrs. G.O. Paulsrud celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

Lars Dale, August Kleaveland, John Hill and Alfred Jacobson left today (Aug. 21) to annihilate the fish population of Minnesota.

Mr. and Mrs. Nels Askelsn and Howard have returned to Iowa to make their home after trying life in California.

About 20 nurses from Iowa Lutheran Hospital came up yesterday (Aug. 20) for a visit with Birgit Skeie.

The T.T. Henryson family returned from their trip to the Twin Cities. Their son Ernest returned here with them.

The 10th anniversary of the Old People’s Home and Hospital was held Tuesday (Aug. 26) and a well filled tent enjoyed a fine program in the afternoon.

Mrs. Theo Howland fell Friday (Aug. 22) and broke one of her legs. She was taken to Iowa City to have it set.

Bernt Egenes lost the ends of three fingers at the Butter Tub factory Friday (Aug. 22).

Harold Yockey is carrying his thumb in a sling, the result of getting gay with the Herald cutting machine.

Aiden Anderson is exhibiting his fine Chester Whites at the State Fair.

Bennie Pederson of Ellsworth purchased the Anderson Cafe and the Andersons moved to Randall.

Hans Tweed and son Arnold have taken a load of sheep to exhibit at the State Fair.

Ralph Day fell on a pitch fork and ran the tines into his chin and forehead.

Lucy Densmore opened the Center school on Monday (Aug. 24).

80 Years Ago

August 1934

As far as we can learn, there have been no yields of oats over 20 bushels an acre.

The drought is making itself felt in the waer supply from wells. Over near Roland, Arthur Hovick is hauling water for his stock from the Roland water system.

Yesterday (Aug. 8) set a new record for heat in Iowa. At Ottumwa it was 115, while Knoxville and Clarinda reported 113. Des Moines recorded 109. Story City could do only a little better than 100.

Richard Sucher returned to Story City after 9 weeks’ absence, during which time he visited England, Scotland, France and Ireland.

Mrs. G.H. Kirby, Maxine, Mary Jean and Dean are taking in the World’s Fair in Chicago and visiting the former’s sisters and brother.

Pete Peterson has received the appointment as the postmaster of Story City.

Lightning struck the Bethel Church steeple Tuesday morning (Aug. 14). No fire resulted, however. This is the third time it has been struck. The first time, over 40 years ago, the building burned down.

The Ames band gave a fine concert here last Thursday night (Aug. 9), in exchange for one given by our local band in Ames last Friday night (Aug. 10).

E.M. Olson purchased the Ristvedt property in the south part of town, owned by Mr. Van Dorn of Des Moines.

Dr. and Mrs. A.A. Rose, and daughter Katharyn, started last Sunday (Aug. 12) morning for Tennessee to visit home folks.

Clara Anderson and Violet Hanson returned Tuesday (Aug. 14) from two weeks visit in Minnesota with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Staubitz and family, along with Hildora Hagen, returned last week (from the Aug. 16 issue) from a trip through the Bad Lands, Black Hills and Yellowstone Park.

Norman Clouser, 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Clouser, was painfully burned Thursday (Aug. 9) when he ran into a pan of hot water his mother was carrying.

Last Friday (Aug. 17) at the market sale here, 1662 animals were sold.

School starts Sept. 3, with F.E. Green beginning his 16th year as superintendent.

Hubert Egenes, Steve Corneliussen, Harold Larson and Gaylord Henryson are fishing, swimming and boating at Leech Lake, MN this week (from the Aug. 23 issue).

Gladys Johnson and Stella Nessa are making a two week motor trip thru the south land in the Nessa Pontiac, with Lexington, KY as headquarters.

P.C. Peterson had corn shellers on his place northwest of town last week (from the Aug. 30 issue) for the first time in the 53 years he has been on the farm. He has always fed it or sold it on the ear. He also attended the State Fair for the 46th consecutive year.

Ovella Swenson was quite badly bruised in a motor accident early Monday morning (Aug. 27).

For the first time in its history, school buses will operate in the Story City schools. Two buses will be used.

Gladys Johnson will teach home economics in McCallsburg and Helen Beroen the 5th grade there this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Lenoard Richardson and children have returned from a two week’s trip to Denver.

Gifford and Gerhard Erickson, Theroy Wierson and I.G. Larson are making a motor trip to Duluth, going by way of the “Little Switzerland of America”.