Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

70 YEARS AGO

October 1944

A war fund drive, now for the USO, will start here October 9. Over 40 solicitors have been chosen to call upon the families in Story City and surrounding community. Story County’s share is $27,258. About $5.00 per family.

Waldorf College students Esther Sansgaard and Loarraine Jacobson visited home folks over the weekend (from the Oct. 5 issue).

Russell Hardner of Argentine, South America, and formerly of this place, is employed by the John Deere Plow Company in South America. He was a guest in the Clarence Hadaway home recently.

The men of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clear Lake Township, worked at the church several days last week (from the Oct. 5 issue). They painted the basement floor and the outside of the church. Sidewalks were layed in front and the full length on the south side of the building. The road was surfaced with crushed rock. the women were present and served the working men lunch.

The first, and probably only, Republican rally will be held in Story City this coming Tuesday (Oct. 17). Lt. Governor Blue of Eagle Grove, candidate for Governor, will be the speaker.

First Lt. Bennet Hauge, son of Mrs. H.T. Hauge of Story City, was promoted to that of Captain, as announced by Major General Hoyt S. Vandenburg, commanding general of the 9th Air Force.

A cooking school lecture and demonstration on how to select, prepare and serve meat to the greatest advantage during these war times will be open to the public on Monday, Oct. 16 at Community Hall.

Pfc. Kenneth Jondall, grandson of Mrs. Ole Jondall, is home on furlough from Camp Swift, TX.

Mrs. Serral Munsen visited her sister and family, the W. J. Murrays, in San Antonio, TX for a few weeks (from the Oct. 12 issue).

Cpl. Eugene Arneson is visitng his parents southwest of town while on a 15 day furlough from Stewart Field, West Point, NY. His brother Carroll is stationed at Camp Wolters, TX.

Mrs. Burton Gandrup is visiting her sister, Myrtle Torkelson, in Los Angeles, CA, and also her son, Lt. Harry Gandrup, at Merced, CA.

Lloyd Alsager arrived this week (from the Oct. 19 issue) for a 10 day furlough from Fort Benning, GA where he had finished his training as a paratrooper.

Mrs. N.M. Nelson has sold her house on the back of her lot occupied several years by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Olson. Dr. C.E. Semler, osteopathic physician of Gravity, IA, is the buyer. He expects to take possession in a month or so.

Pvt. Everett Anderson was here last week (from the Oct. 19 issue) on a transfer leave from Camp Hood, TX, to a camp in Mississippi.

Mrs. John Baldus purchased the H.T. Hauge residence property at auction on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Pfc. Herman Murken is visiting his parents while on a 15 day furlough from Camp Hood, TX. He has just graduated from Medical Service School and will be transferred to Ft. Lewis, WA.

The Story City Hospital Committee reported $45,000 had been raised in pledges and cash at their meeting Monday evening (Oct. 23). Story City has a goal of $60,000 and it will be easily raised because of the fine spirit already shown by the townspeople.

Seabee Owen Severseike is home from over 22 months of service in the South Pacific.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Olson have purchased the fine big house which Mr. and Mrs. Ed Peterson have owned the past several years. The Petersons will move to the farm they purchased some time ago in the Rosendale neighborhood.

John Brown, Navy gunner with the Merchant Marine, and a graduate of SCHS, visited his mother in Slater. He says that as soon as he visits Australia he will have been in every country in the world.

Charles Hill is home on leave from the Navy (from the Oct. 26 issue), having finished his boot training at Farragut, ID.

Lester Henderson, Jr. has been home this week (from the Oct. 26 issue) from his Navy studies at the University of Sewanee, TN.

David B. Disbrowe graduated from the Naval Air Technical Training Center, located in Memphis, TN, in the radio field. He will now be transferred to Gunnery school.

Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Pierce sold the Story Theater to Mr. Neitzke of Peterson, IA, according to a business transaction that took place Wednesday, Oct. 18. Neitzke will take possession the second week of November.

60 YEARS AGO

October 1954

The Homecoming Parade was held last Friday (Oct. 1) in a misty rain, so the crowd was small, but enthusiastic. Verne Hill was MC, and introduced Coach Jim Yunek, his two football captains, John Christenson and Gordon Williams, the Queen Nancy Mick, and her attendants, Diane Brown, Janet Thorsbakken and Arlene Larson. The band, under the direction of Milton Mussehl, played several numbers, and the cheerleaders led in several yells. Joe Donhowe, former local football player, said a few words. The game that night was also played in a misty rain, with some brave spectators in the bleachers and more in their cars. The Story City boys played a good game, walloping Colfax 38-0.

Members of the Story City FFA brought home a Gold Award for Excellence at the Diary Cattle Congress at Waterloo on Saturday (Oct. 2). Members of the team were James Sparboe, Nolan Quam and Larry Baldus. Alternate was Jordan Gertsen. The boys were coached by Voc-Ag instructor Harold Crawford. The Story City team was one of 130 teams to participate in the judging contest, and only 20 received gold awards.

There is a movement on to organize a Shuffle Board Body. the committee is soliciting members and an ideal place has been rented in the basement of the Pioneer store. Entrance will be through the former Wier barber shop, which will be used for a lobby. The shuffle court will be in the rear of the building with a two-table, full-length court.

Former Story City footbal player Jerry Holm and Darrell Egemo are on the Waldorf College team this fall. They are both seniors.

Harold Holm was named Story City Fire Chief at the recent annual meeting. Milo Helland was named Assistant Chief and Everett Anderson, Secretary/Treasurer.

Iver Egenes, who has been with the Equitable Life Assurance Society for 37 years, was among 13 members of the 25 Year Club to receive gold watches Monday (Oct. 11) at a recognition luncheon held at the Des Moines Club.

The board of directors for the GCC were selected last week (from the Oct. 14 issue) and the following were elected: S.W. Williams, President; Irving Wierson, Vice President; Milo Helland, Secretary; Arnold Johnson, Treasurer; and Directors Roy Gaard, Sterling Anderson, William Petersen, Serral Munsen and A.D. Moulin.

The Story City Men’s Chorus has increased its membership to 36 for the year and is willing to sing anwhere, anytime. Verne Hill is President, Milton Mussehl is the director and Mrs. Robert Hermanson is the accompanist.

The Main Street Food Market is serving free coffee, cookies and ice cream Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, in honor of their “new addition”.

Ankeny used brute force to beat the Vikings Friday night (Oct. 15), 38-20. Curtis Peter had a 55 yard run for a touchdown, and also scored the other two touchdowns for the locals. Gary Knous and Gordon Williams led a light Viking line against the heavy and hard charging Ankeny line.

Altoona was too much for the Vikings the following Friday night (Oct. 22) at Altoona, and when the final whistle sounded, the locals were on the short end of a 34-14 score.