Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

70 Years Ago

August 1944

Progress is being made in formulating plans for the community’s new institution.

The Rev. L.L. Orth will be the speaker at the open air service in the North Park Sunday evening (Aug. 6).

Mabel Lund left Tuesday (Aug. 1) on the long trip back to LaPaz, Bolivia, South America, to resume her work at the mission station there. Miss Lund had been home on a furlough for one year.

Selma Hill, who has been teaching summer school at the college in Peoria, IL, is visiting in the parental home of Mrs. Haktor Hill. She will teach at Hudson, IA this fall.

Myrtle Christianson is attending summer school at Drake University.

At the end of WWI there were 30 Federal administrative units, including the wartime emergency bureaus. Today there are 205 Federal departments, commissions, boards and independent agencies, and they maintain 1,594 branch offices throughout the country, not including board offices manned in part by paid personnel.

Gov. Hickenlooper was guest speaker at Bells Mill picnic held last Sunday (Aug. 6).

The Rev. O. Holen, Roland, will be the speaker at the open air service Sunday (Aug. 13).

Capt. William F. Kayley, who has been overseas 16 months with the Air Corps, has arrived at Ft. Bragg, NC, and will visit his wife and family before coming to the parental Dr. H.M. Kayley home here.

An alligator five feet long and 28 years old has either escaped or been let out of his pen in east Ames. Searchers traced him until he had slid into the Skunk River.

A letter from Kenneth Bickelhaupt in the Aug. 10 issue written July 24 comes from China.

Mrs. Christine Nibe has accepted a position as cook in Sevold’s Cafe.

John Howell, who is in the Navy, has been spending a week in the parental B.M. Howell home. He came from Corona, CA.

Sgt. Lawrence Omvig, who has been in the Aleutian Islands for overa year, has arrived in Story City to visit friends and relatives.

Arnold Johnson, local Scoutmaster, took a group of scouts over to Camp Mitigwa near Boone for a week’s outing.

Henry Jacobs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Jacobs, is home on a 30 day furlough. This is his first visit home in over five years. He has been stationed in the southwest Pacific since the present war began.

T3 Helmer J. Nibe has been awarded the good conduct medal according to a card from army headquarters in France.

A horse show will be held here Sept. 7, according to arrangements being perfected by a local committee representing the GCC and American Legion.

ACMM Franklin Miller of the World Chamberlin Naval Air Station, Minneapolis, MN, was transferred to the Naval Air Station at Miami, FL. He and Mrs. Miller left for the latter place on Tuesday (Aug. 15).

Frances Weigel, Harold Knight, Gerald Smith, LeRoy Poling and Eugene Eckley were inducted into the army, and also left for military duties on Tuesday (Aug. 15).

Rev. S.T. Nelson, of St. Petri Church, who has just returned from Alaska, will be the speaker Sunday (Aug. 27) at the final open air service in the park here.

Frances Nayda Doolittle was one of among 124 students to receive her diploma at Iowa State Teacher’s College on Thusday (Aug. 17). Frances received her diploma in kindergarten and primary work.

Mabel Lund of this place and Laura Kessel of Jewell were among the passengers who were aboard the boat, the Argentine Steamer Rio de la Plata, with 250 passengers and 83 Americans, bound for various points in South America. One sailor, overcome by gas and smoke, lost his life, all other passengers lost their belongings.

Lewis Springman, Carroll Frandson, Duane Goodmanson and Kermit Miskell were selected to represent the Story City Future Farmers at the dairy judging contest in Waterloo Sept. 2. Dorrell Doolittle will be an alternate.

Kathryn Rose returned home Tuesday (Aug. 22) from Nashville, TN, where she accepted a position as piano instructor at Ward-Belmond, the famous finishing school of the South.

Harlan Kreutner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kreutner, is receiving his initial Naval indoctrination at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL.

Mrs. Eugene Furman returned home Sunday (Aug. 20) after a three week’s visit with her husband, who has been stationed in San Diego, CA. He has been transferred to Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.

Mrs. Robert Mathiason left Friday (Aug. 18) for Norfolk, VA to join her husband, who is stationed with the Navy there.

We note that Joe Donhowe has been appointed had of the committee by the Junior Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for a memorial for Ottumwa service men and women.

Mayme Severseike will be teaching at Forest City this coming year.

Mrs. Carl Sondall returned this week (from the Aug. 24 issue) from a week’s visit with her son, Pvt. Clarence Sondall, who is attending an electrical school in New York.

Richard Ostrem, son of Mrs. Julia Ostrem of this place, has joined the Navy and is taking his boot camp training at Farragut, ID.

Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Bartlett entertained members of the family to a steak dinner Sunday (Aug. 27) in honor of their niece, Cpl. Betty Nelson, who is enjoying her first furlough in the parental Andrew Nelson home. She is stationed at the northeast tip of Maine, with a WAC detachment at Presque Isle.

Ron Rahto is home on a 10-day furlough from his boot training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

2nd Lt. Melbourne Nibe arrived home this week (from the Aug. 31 issue) on leave from Bocca Raton, FL. He expects to report to Lincoln, NE shortly.

A horse show will be held in Story City on Sept. 3 as a benefit for the Story City Memorial Hospital.