Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

50 YEARS AGO

October 1964

Dennis Romsey, showing his 970 lb. Angus calf, was named Grand Champion of the Junior Waterloo Meat Show on Monday, Oct. 5 at Waterloo. Dennis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Romsey.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Gaard of Ose Hardware, were guests of Amana Refrigeration at a football weekend for outstanding Amana dealers in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The weekend was highlighted by the Iowa/Washington football game, followed by dinner at the Amana Colonies.

Paul Sowers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sowers, had the grand champion market pig (215 lbs.) at the annual Swine Producers Fall Market Hog Show at Nevada on September 23.

Mel Schendel has leased his oil station to Rapid-Service of Des Moines. It is being managed by Earl Stewart and his wife Dorothy of Stuart, IA. It will carry the brand name of Vickers Gasoline. The Schendel family has also moved to 105 Washington, which they purchased from Kenneth Holdredge.

Fall Festival of Values will be held in Story City Thursday thru Saturday, Oct. 15-17. Hundreds of real bargains in the Story City stores! Make Story City your shopping center! For all your shopping needs!

Frette Truck Line of Story City was named the winner of the sweepstakes award as the Iowa carrier with the most outstanding safety record and safety program in the state. Owner Otis Frette was presented a sizable trophy at the annual convention of the Iowa Motor Truck Association held at the Savery Hotel in Des Moines this month.

Republican headquarters, preceding the November election, has opened her this week ( from the Oct. 15 issue) in the former Starkey & Knutson clothing store on east Broad.

Mrs. Goettsch, SCHS science teacher, attended the Upper Midwest Regional Science Conference of the National Science Teachers Association at Hotel Fort Des Moines on October 2 and 3.

Mrs. Hubert Humphrey was quite happy to have the chance to hold infant Kenneth Eugene Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Brown, on a recent campaign trip. The Browns were at the Des Moines Airport to take pictures of the Gilbert band, which played for Mrs. Humphrey upon her arrival there Thursday morning, Oct. 8. When she saw Mrs. Brown and the baby she asked if she could hold him. Even the Browns don’t know yet whether Kenneth is a Democrat or Republican, but whatever he is, give him another 20 years and 10 months and he’ll be able to vote. (A photo was published of this in the October 15 issue.)

2nd Lt. Edwin A. Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Olson, left for active duty at Webb Air Force Base, Black Springs, TX. He is receiving pilot training.

Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, and the only Iowa born man to attain that high office, died at the age of 90 years on Tuesday, Oct. 20. He had been ill for some time.

The 15th Anniversary of Trick or Treat for UNICEF is Friday, Oct. 30.

A musical festival concert will be held jointly by Nevada and Story City schools in the Story City gym on Saturday, Oct. 24. The cooperative concert will feature musical groups and soloists from both schools.

Karen Lee Anderson, senior from Mankato, MN at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, was crowned Homecoming Queen. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Anderson of Story City.

The fourth annual Punt, Pass & Kick contest was sponsored by Donhowe Motor Co. Winners were: Kent Madson, Lowell Bolstad, Mike Joens, Jeff Murken, Russell Christian, Brian Holm, Danny Cockerham, Eddie Williams, Kirk Romsey, Jonathan Johnson, Mike Chelsvig, Sheldon Bolstad, Darrell Bockmann, Garry Frandson, Curtiss Olive, Steven Peterson and Dennis Hovick.

Judy Van Cleave was named Homecoming Queen Friday afternoon at the SCHS pep rally following the parade in Story City. Her attendants were Jane Severson, freshman; Pamela Hillis, sophomore; Sharon Randau, senior; and Klorys Egemo, junior. Ballard shut out the Vikings in the Homecoming game 27-0. The new athletic field was also officially named “Viking Stadium” after the results of the “Name the Field” contest were announced.

Howard Johnson of Story City was named President of the Iowa Auctioneers Association Sunday, Oct. 25, at the group’s convention at Hotel Fort Des Moines.

A Story County Republican motorcade will arrive in Story City on Friday afternoon, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. The Democratic motorcade will arrive in Story City on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1:45 p.m.

40 YEARS AGO

October 1974

Marion E. James, Story City, has been selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America for 1974. Now in its 10th year, Outstanding Young Man of America is an annual biographical compilation sponsored by leading men’s civic, service and professional organizations. James has been a lawyer with Brekken, Deppe & James since October 1973.

Sue Heintz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Heintz of Story City, won first place with her entry at the Society of Iowa Florists held at the Hyatt House in Des Moines September 22.

Ideal weather prevailed during Moonlight Madness held in Story City last Thursday evening (Sept. 26) from 7 to 10 p.m. Over 800 hot dogs were consumed.

John Karras of the Des Moines Register and his wife Ann, along with Clarence Pickard, 84, the unforgettable character of the first bike ride across Iowa, joined Story City riders on the Tennis Court Bikathon to Boone on October 12, to help raise funds for Story City’s planned new tennis courts. A total of 100 riders took part, raising $3,400.

President Gerald Ford will make his first Presidential visit to Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Chad Larson, 25, son of Attorney and Mrs. Peter B. Larson of Story City, has accepted a position as Supervisor of Teletype and Data Communications for American Airlines. Chad and his wife Janna will be moving from Annapolis, MD to New York City, which is the corporate headquarters of American Airlines.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Johnson of Story City is the host family for foreign student Tomas Eduardo Garreton, 19. Eduardo is a student at ISU majoring in mechanical engineering.

Richard Peter, assistant manager at the Farmers Coop in Story City the past 17 years, has resigned to accept the position of manager with the Farmers Coop in Dunnell, MN.

The Senior Spotlights in this month’s Roland-Story Norse school news are Lori Hall, Jackie Michaelson, Cindy Kammin, Jan Childers, Brian Christian, Doug Stevens and Scott Badger.

A strong South Hamilton offense racked up a total of 416 yards in defeating R-S 26-24 Friday night (Oct. 3) in Jewell. Steve Finnegan scored two of the Norsemen’s three TDs. Darrell Posegate scored the other touchdown and also posted the three two-point conversions.

Winners who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 14th Annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition held Saturday, Oct. 5, were: Chris Zook, David Skare and Terry Webb, 8 year olds; Brent Vigness, Jack Campbell and Joe Finnegan, 9 year olds; Brent Peterson, Tim Harris and Arlen Bolstad, 10 year olds; Mike Webb, Mike Bohning and Paul Ericson, 11 year olds; Marty Rasmusson, Jamie Edwards and Mark Hanson, 12 year olds; and Tony Carlson, Marty Frangenburg and Jon Seibert, 13 year olds. Marty Rasmusson then took first place in the State P, P & K contest at Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines on October 12, while Brent Peterson finished second. Marty will now compete at Omaha on October 19 in district competition.

Erickson Machinery of Story City was picked as having the most informative exhibit on display at the annual Iowa Products Show held October 9-10 at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines.

Wayne Reisetter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reisetter, has been selected as a member of the Waldorf College concert choir.

R-S dropped its fourth straight game on a second half surge by the Nevada Cubs, 38-20, Friday night, Oct. 11, in the annual Homecoming game. Faye Anderson was crowned Queen. Her attendants were freshman Joan Morrison, junior Deb Reinsch, sophomore Becky Sansgaard and senior Kay Michel. Escorts were Paul Larson, freshman; Jon Ness, sophomore; Jerry Severson, junior; Mark Wilkinson, senior; and Queen escort Dave Matheason, senior.

Cathy Kammin led nearly all of Waldorf College’s women’s softball statistic categories this fall, as the college attempted a fall schedule for the first time and had a 9-3 record. Cathy led her team in games played (12), at bats (37), hits (18), runs (20) and was second in batting with a .486 average. She was also one of 10 finalists for Homecoming Queen, which was held last weekend (from the Oct. 23 issue).

Jerry Weuve assumed his duties as Story City’s new Police Chief. He came here following a one year stint on Nevada’s police force.

John Ose is a member of this fall’s ISU Homecoming Committee, working on promotions.

Willis Hollingsworth recorded the fourth hole-in-one this season on the #5 hole at River Bend on Oct. 16. Dwight Betts was witness to the ace.

New teachers/staff at RSHS this year are: Roger Pohlman (principal), Kerry Van Winkle, John Warrick, Marlin Bloomquist, Carolyn Anderson and Cheryl Doolittle.

The R-S junior high football team ended Nevada’s 24 game winning streak with a 25-6 victory Thursday afternoon (Oct. 17) in Roland. Kevin Baldus scored two TDs, Scott Clayberg and Tony Carlson scored the other two. It was the first time R-S had defeated Nevada since reorganizing.

Ellis Anderson of Eagle Grove, and formerly of Randall, has purchased the Yantis Clothing store in Story City. Anderson has taught elementary music at Eagle Grove for the past seven years.

Dr. Forrest Barnes, D.D.S., of Story City, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the DMACC Foundation Board.

Jil Ose, a senior at RSHS, makes her debut as a feature writer in this week’s issue of the Herald (Oct. 30), with a story on Torb Holm, as part of the Herald’s retired businessmen series.

The Norsemen (1-7) lost their final football game of the season, 22-14, to Carlisle on the road. Carlisle led 22-0 at halftime. But in the third period Galen Stole blocked a Wildcat punt out of the end zone for a safety and Mike Jacobson scored a TD to make it 22-8. The Norsemen’s final score came in the final seconds of the game on a 55 yard pass from Darrell Posegate to Steve Mostrom. Stole and Terry Tjelmeland led the Norse with six tackles each. Steve Finnegan had 92 yards rushing.