From the Roland Record Files

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

50 YEARS AGO

August 1964

The 21.36 acre plot in Milford Township, which the Town of Roland sold at auction on Saturday, Aug. 1, brought $3,131.70, or $146.00 per acre. The successful bidder was John Fitzgerald whose farm is across the road from the property. The Town purchased the property some time ago for use as a dump, but later was able to make better arrangements for that purpose.

Roland High School girls’ coach William Hennessy has been selected as one of seven high school coaches who will speak at the 1964 Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union Coaching School, to be held in Spirit Lake, Aug. 8-11.

The final days of the summer playground featured a parade on Friday, July 24, with approximately 80 children participating.

The opening of Jewell’s municipal swimming pool was held on Sunday, Aug. 2 with more than 400 swimmers, paddlers and bathers trying out the new pool for the first time.

The new addition to the Roland School is pictured on the front page of the Aug. 13 issue of the Roland Record, showing the entrance to the new addition where it joins the old building on the southeast. The new portion also connects with the gymnasium.

Dr. Jordan L. Larson will retire in January after 18 years as Mount Vernon’s superintendent of schools. Dr. Larson graduated from Roland High School in 1917. He came to Mount Vernon in 1946, from Dubuque.

Truman Stenson will succeed himself as Commander of Roland Post 307 of the American Legion for the coming year.

Kay and Becky Jacobson, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Jacobson, are pictured in the Record during their visit to the San Diego Zoo on July 25 while they were visiting relatives in California. The official zoo photographer took their picture with a sheep in the Paddock Area of the Children’s Zoo.

It was a big day on July 26, 1964, when 13 of the 17 members of the RHS Class of 1954 gathered in the Roland Park for their first reunion in 10 years.

It has been announced that design and construction plans are being started for a Bourns manufacturing plant to be built in Ames within the next three or four months with occupancy available in early summer of 1965. The plant will be located on a 55-acre site formerly part of the Municipal airport.

Maxwell’s Main Street will welcome a new face Oct. 1 when its $20,000 post office building is completed. The new office is being erected on the site of one of Maxwell’s first stores. The original store building was moved from Peoria to Maxwell in 1883, the year the town was incorporated, and served at various times as a hardware store, shoe shop, and café before it was razed in 1958.

Clarion Olson, serving in the U.S. Air Force on Okinawa, has been transferred to Vietnam, where U.S. forces are aiding the South Vietnam government in their conflict with the Viet Cong communist forces.

Larry D. Thompson, storekeeper third class, USN, son of Mrs. C.P. Thompson of Roland, recently aided in the fighting of a fire in Villefranche, France while serving aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Springfield in the Mediterranean. The ship’s crew members aided local firemen in fighting the blaze which threatened to engulf many of the old villas in Villefranche.

The 1964-65 Roland school year will get under way Monday, Aug. 31. Book rent for elementary students is $4.25 with lunch tickets 30 cents per meal. Book rent for junior and senior high school students will be $4.50. A 20-meal ticket will be $6.00 or a 5-day ticket, $1.50.

Standard physical education uniforms will be required for the 7th and 8th grade boys and girls this year, according to Coach Wm. Hennessy.

The Ames Laboratory Reactor facility has received a shipment of 1,900 gallons of heavy water costing about $15 a pint, to be used as a moderator and coolant when the reactor goes into operation this fall.