Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

70 Years Ago

December 1944

Lt. Carlyle Townswick, who has not been heard from for a year, is coming home for Christmas to the parental Olaf C. Townswick home. Carlyle had no more than reported to duty in the Philippines when the Japs struck. He escaped to the hills, and for over a year, nothing was heard from him. Last year the family received word that he was still alive and living the life of a guerilla, but the news was kept from the general public. Now he is with the U.S. Army somewhere in the Far East and heading home.

Kathryn Abrahamson has accepted a position as stenographer in Nevada.

Rober L. Nereim, son of Mrs. Frank McIntyre of Grand Island, NE, has graduated from the Infantry and Browning Automatic Rifle Section School at Camp Pendleton, OR.

Carroll B. Jacobson, who farms and lives east of Roland, was one of 25 men who received the Master Swine Producers’ Award at Des Moines Saturday (Dec. 2).

Sgt. Marvin Zenor of Boone was recently awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action in Italy.

Cpl. Dale Reinsch reported to Jefferson Barracks, MO after a 30 day leave in the parental Fred Reinsch home.

Joel A. Ose, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ose of Story City, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Pvt. Charles B. Hunter, for some time stationed at Ft. Knox, KY, is having a furlough before being assigned to duty elsewhere.

The Vikings lost their second basketball game of the season 42-40 to an excellent Madrid team.

Kenneth Skeie and Helmer Stensland are returning to military duty this week (from the Dec. 14 issue) after extended furloughs at home.

Cpl. Claire Bringle visited Monday (Dec. 11) at the parsonage in Randall en route home from the army hospital in Springfield, MO. He came direct from North Africa after receiving an eye injury. He has an honorable discharge from the Army.

Mary Millang is home on leave from the WAVES, and Nels Anderson left Sunday (Dec. 10) for the Navy.

John Kirkeby, who gave up his teaching job in Minnesota to help Uncle Sam fight the Japs, is stationed at San Francisco, CA.

A total of 168 Christmas boxes were turned in Saturday (Dec. 9) for soldiers of the present war who are hospitalized in Iowa Veterans’ hospitals.

Mrs. Mary Ahrens of Jewell received a letter last week (from the Dec. 14 issue) directly from her son Robert, who is a POW in Germany. The letter was dated August 14.

The Owl Country Club members of Story City were entertained at the William Frandsen home near Roland on Wednesday evening (Dec. 13). The audience was entertained by Harvey Durrel, who showed moving pictures of his home and travels.

Phillip Frandson, student at the University of Nebraska, has been chosen one of two students to go to New York this coming summer. They will make a special study of labor unions, labor working conditions and factories in the metropolis.

Lillian Hove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Hove, received her wings as a member of the final class of women airforce service pilots. She graduated in December at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX.

Floyd Hemness arrived home for Christmas last week (from the Dec. 21 issue) in the parental M.C. Hemness home. Floyd has participated in practically all of the sea action in the European area in the past two years as a member of the crew of the USS Brooklyn.

The local high school basketball teams won two games from highly favored Roland last Friday evening (Dec. 15) on the local court. Ervin Horness was high point for the Story boys.

Home from service for the holidays are Pvts. Harold Swenson and Ron Valline, both from the sunny Southland.

Cadet Nurse Ruth Peterson of the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines is visiting a few days at the Burton Gandrup home.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Corneliussen have moved from Camp Comar to the old Corneliussen residence on Broad Street, where their daughter Mrs. J.M. Kerr and family are living. Mr. and Mrs. Joel Jacobson are now living at Comar. Mr. Corneliussen has opened an office over the Charlson’s store to handle his tax work.

Otis Frette, trucker, has opened an office in what was formerly the Phillips 66 oil station in the west part of town.

Paul Duea, A.S., USNR, of Great Lakes, spent nine days at his home here.

60 Years Ago

Decemer 1954

“Cinderella Cottage”, a 3-act comedy by William Davidson, will be presented by the Junior class on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Story City High School auditorium.

There is going to be more than just normal central Iowa interest in the Iowa State College basketball team this year with the presence of Roland’s great little Gary Thompson at guard for the Cyclones. Already a steady call for tickets is coming into the athletic office, which figures the 1954-55 team will draw the most customers to the Armory since 1948. That year crowds averaged better than 5,000. Few have forgotten the great play of the “Rocket” in the 1951-52-53 state tournaments, where he set all sorts of scoring records, winding up as the greatest scorer in Iowa high school history.

The local high school basketball teams went to Zearing Tuesday (Nov. 30) and won and lost a game. The local boys won 57-50 with Eugene Dale, John Nolan and John Christenson as top scorers. The girls lost to Zearing 52-23. Serena Johnson led the locals with 12 points.

Edith Heers won the 37th prize offered by Drake Hardware Co. of Burlington in the contest sponsored by the Iowa Retail Hardware Association. There were 129 prizes and over 4,000 people competed by completing in 25 words or less the following statement: “The IRHA Hardware Merchant is an asset to my community because….” Heers won a Little Brown ice chest as her prize.

Starting this past week, the Story Theater began an extensive remodeling job within its projection booth and on the stage. During the week of Jan. 3 the theater will be closed and a giant 25 foot wide Panorama screen will be installed. New lenses for wide screen and Cinemascope have also been purchased, but delivery won’t occur until February or March. A soft drink dispensing machine is alo being installed in the inside lobby, hopefully by Christmas. The machine serves any one of three drink choices, and will also make the correct change. The drinks will eliminate bottles and will be served in Lily Tulip cups.

Mrs. Albert S. Johnson will sell her residence in 8th Street near the Story City hospital on Saturday (Dec. 11).

Rex Jamison, State University of Iowa senior, was one of two Iowa nominees for Rhodes Scholarships. Jamison is a pre-med student at SUI.

Paul Olson, son of Mrs. P.H. Olson, was a member of this year’s freshmen football team at Morninigside College in Sioux City. He played end. The Little Maroons went undefeated in their brief three-game season.

Story City businesses will be open every night, Monday thru Thursday, up until Christmas.

Herbert Chenoweth, recently discharged from the army air force, arrived Monday (Dec. 13) at the home of his mother, Mrs. Bea Chenoweth.

Capt. Melbourne Nibe, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Nibe of Story City, was awarded the Silver Wings of an Air Force pilot on December 3 in graduation ceremonies held at Vance AFB in Enid, OK.

In the drawing at Holm Hardware last Saturday night (Dec. 11) Mrs. Toralf Severeid of McCallsburg won the $150 range or its equivalent Skelgas dryer or freezer.

The “Tree of Lights” now has 60 lights shining brightly thanks to generous donations by Story City residents. Is yours shining brightly? Each donation puts a “light” on the tree.

The Rev. and Mrs. L.A. Mathre have arrived here to commencve their new duties as Superintendent and Matron of the Sunset Home. Rev. E.R. Rorem and his wife recently retired from the home and have moved into their newly completed home directly northeast of the Sunset Home. Martin Jensen and his crew built their home.

The residence property of Mrs. Albert Johnson at 707 8th Street sold for $4,000 last Saturday (Dec. 11) to Joseph Ritland. Mrs. Johnson is moving to Ames to live with her daughter, Mrs. Henry Peterson.

The Story City Adult Night School will begin Wednesday night, Jan. 5. with a chili supper at 6:30 p.m. The Story City Men’s Chorus will perform. It is the 25th year of having adult classes in Story City.

The annual meeting of the Farmers Coop Grain Co. was held at the community hall on Saturday, Dec. 11, commencing with a dinner at noon for 280 people present. John Wierson and Charles Kammin were re-elected to the board of directors for another three years.

After 25 years in business in Story City, M.J. Baldus has decided to turn the Baldus Hatchery business over to his two sons, Milford and Norman. Baldus started his hatchery by operating a small hatchery on his farm south of town.

O.L. Monson, RR 2, age 82, called at the Herald office on Tuesday (Dec. 28) to wish us a Happy New Year and to renew his subscription to the Story City Herald for the 64th consecutive year! He is believed to be the longest active subscriber of the Herald. The Herald costs only $2.50/year.