Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

30 Years Ago

November 1984

The Carousel debt has been reduced to $25,000, thanks in part to more than $14,000 raised through rides and sale items related to the operation of the antique carousel. The final report of the 1984 season shows that enough money was raised to pay off two more $5,000 notes held by private individuals.

The Story City GCC celebrated its 75th Anniversary on October 25 with a Past Presidents’ Night. Former Presidents present and their year in office included: Kenny Erickson, Sr. (1962), Pete Larson (1952), Audley Moulin (1938, 1982), Irv Wierson (1961), Ken Gookin (1976-77), Robert Cole (1971), Robert Huffer (1974-75), John Kruger (1979-80), Don Hoy (1981), Roger Pohlman (1983) and Brian Heinemann (1984). The oldest living GCC President is R.A. Sweet, who served in 1935 and 1958.

Judy Smith, a certified audiologist, has recently opened the Story City Hearing Aid Center in the Heise medical building.

The R-S Athletic Department, athletes and fans have been the grateful recipients of three new scoreboards at the beginning of the 1984-85 sports’ seasons. The football field, the Little League field in the North Park and the Roland Middle School gym all received new scoreboards. The old football board was moved and installed at the Roland Middle School football field, replacing the obsolete manual scoreboard.

The Great Gobbler Turkey Giveaway is now going on, with 24 businesses taking part in the turkey/special gift drawings.

The former Jacobson’s Feed Store was demolished recently to make room for parking spaces for the Randall-Story State Bank. The site is located on Penn between the Christmas Stocking and Gookin Ford.

Republican candidates, with the exception of incumbent Roger Jepsen, were the favorites of Story City voters during the Nov. 6 election. President Ronald Reagan and running mate George Bush were elected to a second term. However, Republican Senator Jepsen was defeated in his try for a second term by challenger Tom Harkin.

Pastor David Hofer was installed as the new pastor of the Salem Lutheran Church in Roland on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Roland-Story placed nine players on the all-conference selections. Unanimous selections on the first team were seniors Andy Cazett (offensive guard) and Jeff Gustason (defensive back). Senior offensive back Tim Tjernagel was also a first team selection. Named to the second team were seniors Jeff Hobbs (offensive end), Tom Jacobson (offensive tackle) and Alan Videgar (defensive lineman). Honorable mentions went to senior Dan Bostwick and juniors Peter Osheim and Rob Morgan.

The Lekwa Family Singers will present a recital of both sacred and secular music on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. at St. Petri Lutheran Church. The singing group is made up of husband and wife Bob and Maxine, and their children, Steven, John, David and Kathy (Peterson) and their daughter-in-law Susan (Zimmer), Steven’s wife.

Vicki Kruger is the coordinator of the “Picture Lady” program at the R-S Elementary, and is one of six instructors who periodically spend time with the elementary students teaching them about famous artists.

Robert Sweet was honored for a Lifetime of Outstanding Community Service by the Story City Lions Club on November 15.

It’s been nearly 40 years since the end of WWII, but Kathryn (Knutson) Chapman, formerly of Story City, still has no desire for ocean cruises. During the war, she made 20 Atlantic crossings aboard the Army’s first WWII hospital ship. Mrs. Chapman was one of the original 35 nurses assigned to the hospital ship Acadia, an old luxury liner converted to hold 776 of the war’s wounded.

It is an event which is not likely to be repeated at the Story City Memorial Hospital in quite awhile. Two sisters delivered babies on the same evening. It was at 6:50 p.m. on Nov. 9 that Patty Hollingsworth gave birth to a baby boy. Her sister Jean Okland came to visit the baby that evening and felt the first pains of labor herself. A baby girl was born to Jean at 11:30 p.m. that same evening. The sisters said they never expected to deliver on the same day, while twice-grandmother Barb Hollingsworth said she felt “super” about the same-day births. Barb was in the labor and delivery rooms with both of her daughters. Patty’s son Tyler Sullivan weighed 5 lbs. 15 oz. and Jean’s daughter Jammi Jane weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz.

Ben Ervin, Butler Manufacturing, presented an award to the safety committee of Story City’s Butler plant recently for their 5 year record of “No Loss Time Injuries”. Committee members included Lowell Scripter, JoAnn McKinney, Cheryl Murkey and Randy Colwell. Plant Safety Manager Glen Baker of Butler’s Galesburg, IL facility was also on hand for the presentation.

20 Years Ago

November 1994

On the weekend of Sept. 10, Richard Munsen returned to Kastav and Kosi in Croatia to thank former Partisans who protected him from capture by the Germans 50 years ago. Dick parachuted into Yugoslavia on March 18, 1944, when his B-17 was shot down by German fighters during WWII combat. Neither he nor members of his crew knew their exact location, but Munsen’s waist gunner Bob Brown wrote down the names of the towns in a small address book he used as a diary. Munsen and his wife Kay returned last month from their 10-day visit to Croatia. (A feature story by Kay Munsen was published in the November 2 issue of the Herald.)

The Roland and Story City American Legions will have a Turkey Cook Off on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Roland Legion hall. Meal will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with judging at 5 p.m.

A quilt panel sewn in memory of former Story City resident David Matheason, who died of AIDS on Feb. 8, 1993, will be one of 800 dedicated when the Names Project brings its memorial quilt show to Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Nov. 3-5. A picture of the panel is featured in the Nov. 2 issue of the Herald, along with David’s parents, Chuck and Ruby Matheason.

Despite finishing 7-2, the R-S football team will miss out on the playoffs this season. On Friday night (Oct. 28) they crushed arch-rival Ballard 34-7 to finish second in 2A District 9. Bryce Fuhrman had 148 yards on 19 carries for the Norse. Chris Hovick had 144 yards on 21 carries.

More than 40 Story City Chamber members jumped aboard “covered wagons” and headed west on Oct. 27 for the “Westward Ho” Mystery Industry Tour of three Story City businesses - American Packaging, Story City Building Products and A & A Horse Sales.

The Story City Development Corporation’s annual election of board members was held in September, with three openings on the ballot. Tom Wynia and Dave Morris were re-elected, along with Dee Sanderson. The other 1994 board members are John Gookin, Rich Olive, Dave Loupee, Dean Costlow, Roger Auestad, Pete Hermanson, Mert Okland, John Halleland and Pete Tekippe.

Joel Njus has been selected to participate in the Iowa Student Legislature in Des Moines Nov. 20-22. Joel will sit at State Representative Teresa Garman’s desk during the model session.

The Story City Tour of Homes will be held Dec. 10-11 and will feature the homes of Dwayne and Dee Fiihr, 134 Frette Drive; Dale and Lynn Henricks, 1115 Johnson Circle; and Wendel and Cookie Peterson, Viking Motor Inn.

Pointing out that “cooperation often bears more fruit than confrontation”, Story City Memorial Hospital Administrator Jim Mullen asked for the city’s support in retaining emergency room services for the community. Mullen, along with members of the hospital board of trustees, and approximately 25 hospital employees and local residents, crowded the council chambers at the Nov. 7 regular council meeting, in which the medical facility’s current situation dominated the discussion.

Howard B. Johnson of Story City was inducted into the Iowa Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame at their convention in Cedar Rapids recently.

Roland Wa-tan-ye members Joan Anderson (President), Pat Martens, Rhoda Nerem, Rachel Hegland, Inge Herigstad and JoAnn Molde attended the National Wa-tan-ye Convention in Mason City recently.

Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe will present the children’s production of “Hansel and Gretel” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27, at 2 p.m. as part of the Yulefest celebration at the Story Theater Grand Opera House.

The grading of new streets in Story City’s east side development area is nearly complete, as roads connecting Factory Outlet Drive, Sunrise Avenue and Broad Street are in place.

The annual Story City Community United Fund Drive held in late October exceeded its goal for the 1994 campaign, raising $10,207 that will benefit local services and organizations.

In a unanimous vote, the Story City Council approved City Administrator Mark Jackson’s recommendation to accept bids from health care providers interested in purchasing the Story City Memorial Hospital.

The Texaco Convenience Store’s expansion project is well under way, as walls for the new west side addition are in place.

Storage units and office spaces are expected to become available in December, as construction on a two building development on north Market has entered the final stages. Owners Dean and Sharee Costlow of Costlow Storage Company, will feature 42 units.

Jason Hyland has been hired as a new associate at Brekken, Deppe, Wynia & Cook law firm.

The Story City Lions Club held an election night Pancake Supper in conjunction with the November 8 general election, serving approximately 200 at the Grand Viking Hall.

10 Years Ago

November 2004

Peg and Kevin Patterson were presented the “Fan of the Year” plaque by the R-S Booster Foundation.

The R-S Norsemen finished the regular season with a clean sweep of 2A District 7, posting a 7-0 record and a 7-2 overall mark by defeating CMB 54-22 at Maxwell on Friday night (Oct. 29). The regular season finale set up a first round home playoff game against Gilbert on Wednesday (Nov. 3).

As was the case four years ago, the 2004 general election held Nov. 2 turned out to be another close race, though not as controversial. The race between President George W. Bush and Senator Kerry was very close in Iowa, as final voter counts were not finalized until late Friday; nearly three days after the election. The final tally showed Bush winning the state by 14,000 votes, when days earlier it appeared Kerry was heading for an Iowa victory. Iowa was the last state to determine a winner, and it was the first time since 1984 that a Republican candidate had won the Iowa popular vote.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for M.H. Eby, Inc. on Thursday, Nov. 4. The new trailer manufacturing firm is building a 32,000 sq. ft. assembly plant near I-35 in the east side business park. The plant will employ approximately 40.

A seven-game winning streak came to an end for the Norsemen in the first round of the 2A playoffs, as the Gilbert Tigers came to town last Wednesday night (Nov. 3) and left with a 24-7 victory over the home team; thus ending the season for the Norsemen.

Roland’s Friends ‘n Service recently purchased four new “Velkommen til Roland” signs, which will be placed at each of the town’s four entrances.

The annual Veteran’s Day program was held at the R-S Middle School in Roland on Thursday morning, Nov. 11. Veterans from the surrounding area were invited as guests of honor and were recognized during the program by era in which they served.

Bethany Manor recently received a Distinguished Service Award from Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) of Marshalltown for inviting MICA to locate a Head Start pre-school classroom within Bethany Manor, and helping to renovate the necessary space.

One Heart Equestrian Therapy was recently presented a gift of two Norwegian Fjord horses from the Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge in Story City.

Annabel Naglak of Roland-Story High School has attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected as a member of the 2004 All-State Orchestra. Annabel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Naglak of Story City.

All-HOIAC volleyball selections were announced and R-S had four representatives. Nyla Evans was named to the first team as a middle hitter. Dena Christian was named to the second team as a setter, as was middle hitter Jenn Hanson. Chandler Minner was given honorable mention as an outside hitter.

The 2004 Tour of Homes will be held Dec. 4-5 and featured this year are: Kevin and Candi Holm, 1105 Timberland Dr.; Karl and Rhonda Ostrem, 1271 Northridge Rd.; and Diane Evans, 12801 Royal Orchard Dr.

Jeff and Suzy Ishmael recently had a visitor stop by, as a bald eagle landed in their front tree at 621 Park on Sunday, Nov. 14.

The Donna and Dane Schaudt family of Story City was honored as volunteers of the month by Heartland Senior Services of Story County in July. The Schaudt family has been helping with the home delivered meals program for six years. The Schaudts’ children, KIaitlyn, Karrissa, Kara and Kollin, helped their parents as well.

New playground equipment was installed at the Randall City Park recently, thanks to three years of fundraising and volunteer work.

A grand opening celebration is going on at the new Security State Bank location in the former Pizza Hut building now through Nov. 27.

LeRoy Kester received the 2004 Story City Lions Club Community Service Award at the club’s dinner meeting held on Friday, Nov. 19. Kester has been a Lion since 1976.

Roland City Council approved the final plat of the new southwest Frandsen development area on Nov. 22.