Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

60 Years Ago

August 1954

The U.S. Air Force recruiting office, formerly in the Boone courthouse, has been moved to the Ames Post Office.

A major business change was made in Story City this past week (from the Aug. 5 issue) when Aarvig Implement was sold to the Armstrong Construction Company of Ames. The new concern took possession on Monday, Aug. 2, and will be under the local management of Kenneth Holdredge.

Another successful year of swimming lessons has ended, with 145 children enrolled in the Red Cross lessons at Carr’s Pool in Ames.

Carroll Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson, has accepted a position with Snell Funeral Home in Clinton as a mortician.

All pony riders are asked to refrain from riding in the park.

Over 10,000 people from far and near gathered at the little town of West Branch on Tuesday (Aug. 10) to celebrate the 80th birthday of Herbert Hoover, the only Iowa-born man to occupy the White House as President.

During the hot days of June and July many farm tractor operators were noted with attractive, gaily colored umbrellas on their machines.

The Gandrup Drug Store has brand new battleship linoleum covering its whole floor, as well as new shelving for the walls.

The Super Valu store has a brand new awning and Main Street Food Market has a new built in office.

The formal opening of the Norge Hus restaurant will be Saturday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The bus drivers this year will be Myron Rod, Gaylord Johnson, Dick Clayberg, John Hochberger and Ralph Stotts.

The Story City schools will open with a half-day session at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30. Faculty and staff for the year include: Jeanette Swenson, kindergarten; Mavis Warren and Dolores Waldon, 1st grade; Bonnie Chapman and Patricia Raber, 2nd grade; Julia Klaver and Delores Thorson, 3rd grade; Doris Clabaugh, 4th grade; Lucille Tjernagel, 5th grade; Solvay Stole and Elizabeth Moe, 6th grade; Elaine Greiman, 7th grade; Ralph Stotts, 8th grade; High school - John Hochberger, science; Viola Gutmann, math; Loretta Larson, English; Lorraine Richardson, vocal music; Jean Selby, homemaking; James Yunek, coach; Harold Crawford, agriculture; Milton Mussehl, band; Robert Moore, principal and commercial; Earl Hendersop and Dick Jay, veteran on-the-farm training; Louise Henderson, nurse; F. H. Montgomery, superintendent.

An American sailor serving in Sasebo, Japan, has become an “ambassador at large” by returning war souvenirs to their Japanese owners. Henry L. Jacobs, boatswain’s mate 1st Class USN, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Jacobs of Story City, acquired several Japanese battle flags and a picture-filled wallet belonging to a Japanese soldier during the battle of Guadalcanal.

Iowa is one of 20 states reporting more than one million motor vehicle registrations last year.

Walter Lund, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Lund, leaves next Wednesday (Sept. 1) for Ft. Smith, AR where he will take his basic training, From there he will go to Camp Gordon, GA for study in radio.

Milton Mussehl was one of 537 students receiving degrees at summer session commencement exercises Aug 19 at Colorado State Collge at Greeley. Mr. Mussehl received a master of arts degree.

“Gone With the Wind”, the all-time motion picture great, originally released in 1939, is coming this fall to the Story Theater. A definite playdate is not yet set, but as soon as this film becomes available the Story Theater will present the 3 hr. 40 min. feature starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

50 Years Ago

August 1964

Standard Oil of the American Oil Company awarded Bernie Jacobson a Sta-Warm certificate during the company’s first oil heating equipment school. The four-day meeting was attended by 75 Standard Oil agents and was held to teach agents about marketing oil heating equipment.

The Story City Little League team (14-1) won the Story County Little League title Saturday night (Aug. 1) with a 6-2 win over Collins. It was Story’s 11th straight win. Members of the team were: Wayne Henryson, Mike Vogt, Kent Madson, Claude Hovick, Doak Doolittle, Mike Chelsvig, Chad Raymond, Calvin Peter, Paul Tjernagel, Bobby Ness, Tom Peterson, Alan Sansgaard and Ron Hoffman. The team was coached by Dallas Kray and assisted by Gary Harmsen.

More than 260 persons signed the guest book at the Russell Frandson farm two miles south of Story City on Hwy. 69, as part of a pilot project, “tour of area farms”, in cooperation with the Story County Farm Bureau.

Stanton James returned Thursday (Aug 6) from a six week speaking trip to Cedar Falls, IA and churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania concerning the mission work of the EUB church.

A large number of Story City and surrounding area people attended the FFA tractor rodeo held in the North Park on Friday evening (Aug. 7).

The famous Cole 3-Ring Circus will appear in the Story City North Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, sponsored by the Lion’s Club.

Dwight Larson, son of Mrs. Jeanette Larson, Story City, had the top aged sow (2 yrs.), the top fall sow pig and the grand champion sow at the Hamilton County Fair in the open class.

Tragically, three Story City boys died in a two-vehicle crash about 8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 16) on Hwy. 69 between Blairsburg and Belmond. Virgene Boe (20), Michael Nordeen (21) and Gary Olson (19), all occupants of one vehicle, died in the crash. Critically injured were Bruce Swenson (21) and Hope Olive (18). The youths were northbound on their way to a racing event at a track near Belmond.

The Story City golf tournament will be played this year at the Oaks Golf Course north of Ames, as before. The tournament requires 36 rounds of qualifying. Qualifying rounds must be played by Sept. 7 (Labor Day). Standings will be posted at the golf couse and Wing’s Barber Shop. Entry fee is $3.50 and entries can be made at the course or the barber shop. The finals will consist of 27 holes.

The 50th anniversary service for Bethany Manor will be held Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

By-Lo Food Mart has initiated a two-way radio (“walkie-talkie”) operation that, according to owner Lyle Helm, will save time in stocking shelves.

Howard Johnson and Dean Peterson bought the 1095 lb. Story County 4-H Fair Champion Black Angus steer raised by Dennis Lange of Ames for 63 cents per pound.

40 Years Ago

August 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Kinseth of Ames attended the annual convention of the Iowa Independent Bankers at Lake Okoboji, July 25-27, representing Randall-Story State Bank.

A severe hail storm hit northwest of Story City on Saturday, July 27 and early Sunday, July 28, devastating crops to the tune of over a million dollars in damage to the area.

Jon Ness, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ness, received the “Playmaker” award for his outstanding play at the Wartburg Basketball Camp in Waverly held this past week (from the Aug. 7 issue).

The following members of the GCC were elected to offices and boards at a special meeting held July 30 at Story County State Bank: Robert Huffer, President; Milo Helland, Vice President; E.T. Hauge, Secretary; Robert E. Sweet, Treasurer; Tim Yantis, Gaylen Johnson, Richard Thorson, Milo Helland, Ed Ose, Robert Ness, Jerry Sowers, Verlyn Frohling, Harlan Dubansky, Mrs. Dean Doyle, Ed Eustice, John Satre, Dean Costlow, Marv Melling and Phyllis Rekemeyer, Merchants Auxiliary; Gene Twedt, Lyle Wing and William Tjernagel, Decorations and Properties Committee; Peter B. Larson, Robert Sweet, Rev. Paul Beckman, Leslie Jacobson and Dale Henricks, Program and Education Committee.

Gordon Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson, won the Senior Showmanship Award at the Story County 4-H Fair, which ended on Aug. 1 for his handling of his swine entry.

Although the temperature was in the low 60s, the new Story City swimming pool opened on Saturday, Aug. 3 with a few brave souls on hand to enjoy an afternoon of fun. First in line were eager swimmers Cy Henry, Kirk Tjernagel, Billy Nelson and Mike Bohning.

Milford Romsey was chosen Story County Cookout King at the Cookout held Sunday, July 28 at the 4-H Fairgrounds. The event was one of the highlights of the Story County Fair. Miff won in the beef division. He also won the Showmanship Award.

Cindy Pruismann, a senior at Roland-Story, has returned from a nine-day trip to Supreme Assembly International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in New Orleans, LA.

The Roland-Story girls (27-3) defeated Hubbard 10-6 to gain a spot in the State Softball Tournament held this week (from the Aug. 7 issue) at Fort Dodge. Jackie Michaelson and Kathy Twedt each had a single and a double. It will be the 7th trip to the State Tournament for the Norse.

President Richard M. Nixon resigned from office Thursday night, Aug. 8, following a 15-minute televised speech to the nation.

Local riders who participated on “SAGBRAI”, the Second Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, included Marj Charlier, Paul Varnum and Harlan Dubansky.

Galen Omvig, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Omvig, won his third straight championship at the 4-H Fair by showing a champion hereford purebred heifer.

Brent Soderstrum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Soderstrum, took top honors in the Grand Champion Horse category at the recent Story County 4-H Fair.

A delegation of 30 French agriculturists visited the Hermanson Woodland Farms in Story City on Friday, Aug. 9, as part of their tour of Midwest farms and agriculture plants.

The R-S girls’ softball team defeated D.M. East 3-0 and South Hamilton 1-0 in the state tournament last week (from the Aug. 14 issue) in Fort Dodge before falling to Clear Creek 3-2 in the semifinals. The Norse went on to claim the consolation game with a 4-1 win over Calamus. Kathy Hennessy was placed on the all-tournament team. Jackie Michaelson would also be named later to the All-State first team, while Carole Hennessy was placed on the third team all-state and Cindy Kammin made the fourth team.

Andrew Jacobson, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.K. Jacobson, is a designer at the Ford Motor Company Design Center in Dearborn, MI, and helped design the new 1975 Ford Granada.

Duane Goodmanson received a trophy from Nim’s Sportsmans in Ames for catching the largest flathead catfish in Iowa for the month of July.

Julie Keech, with her two year old mare “Choco’s Star Duster”, was chosen Reserve Champion Horse at the recent Story County Fair.

Maytag awarded Jackie Hornbacher $5,000 and a new washer and dryer for having the oldest working Maytag autmoatic washer in the appliance firm’s recently concluded international search. Built in 1949 by Maytag in Newton, IA, Hornbacher’s machine was identified by its serial number as the 12th automatic washer made by the company. The search resulted in nearly 25,000 entries.