Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

50 Years Ago

December 1964

This year’s community Christmas tree was donated by John Larson, who lives west of Randall, and who has been a donor of beautiful trees before.

Both Story City teams were defeated Saturday night by Dayton in the second games of the season. The Viqueens lost by a 79-55 score and the Vikings by a score of 86-59.

Due to the many changes in the income tax laws, Attorney Peter B. Larson spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-5 in Des Moines attending a tax school sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association.

Two more local young men were killed in an automobile crash late Friday night (Dec. 4), bringing the local tragic death total to five in less than four months. Thomas Clark, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Clark, Fremont, NE, was killed instantly, and David Hanson, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hanson, rural Radcliffe, died Sunday, Dec. 6, from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred at 11:55 p.m. near the entrance to the football field at the east edge of Story City. Others critically injured were David Disbrowe, 21, son of Mrs. Ida Disbrowe of Story City, and Terry Ryan, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ryan of Roland. The 1963 Pontiac, owned and driven by Disbrowe, went out of control and slid across the pavement, striking a tree, virtually wrapping itself around it. All four men were trapped inside. A fire truck and wrecker had to pull the car apart to remove the victims. Three other local young men were killed in August in a terrible crash north on Highway 69 near Belmond.

Earl’s Rapid Service (formerly Mel’s Square Deal) is holding open house Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, with free prizes for the ladies and children, and special inducements for buyers of eight gallons or more of Vicker’s gasoline.

Story City’s Vikings lost their second game of the season 68-36 to the Nevada Cubs. Scorers were Rex Perisho, 12; Mike Shaw, 7; and Mark Perisho, 6.

Roberson’s Inc. auto parts in Story City will hold an Appreciation Day on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free coffee and refreshments all day.

The Rev. George Strum of St. Petri Church has resigned and has accepted a position with the Development Staff at Luther College in Decorah.

Torkel Hill has sold his Hill’s Heating business to the partnership of Wayne Finley and Norbert Gansen, who have now taken possession and are doing business at the former’s location at 623 Penn, under the new name of Story City Plumbing and Heating.

The Viqueens rolled over the Ogden girls Friday night (Dec. 11) 54-44, while the Vikings took a heartbreaking 60-59 defeat at the hands of the Ogden Bulldogs. Mary Naig led the girls with 23, Marlys Bravard and Jo Henderson followed with 16 and 15 points. Rex Perisho led the Vikings with 22 points. Mark Perisho had 17 and Darrell Erickson scored nine.

Byron Ludington, Story City, was among the 125 educators who attended the one-day earth science conference at ISU on December 11.

Deborah :Bochmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Bochmann of Story City, enrolled at AIB in Des Moines, beginning with the winter quarter. Deb is a 1964 graduate of SCHS and is taking the IBM Automation course.

Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Lehman moved to Story City from Northwood the last of November. They have purchased the Ivar Mehl residence at 115 Elm.

Mrs. Marie Oliverson moved last week (from the Dec. 17 issue) from her home on Broad Street to the upstairs apartment in the Dr. C.E. Semler building on Park Avenue.

Mrs. C. M. Bartlett, who has worked in the Story City Public Library since its beginning in 1922 and has served as librarian since 1927, resigned her position, effective Jan. 1, 1965. Mrs. Pat Nolan will replace Mrs. Bartlett on that date.

The Story City Viqueens ended up on the bottom end of a lopsided contest at Jewell Friday night (Dec. 18) 101-40 to the powerful South Hamilton Hawkettes. The Vikings slipped past the SH boys by a score of 76-74. Mary Naig scored 18 for the local girls and Rex Perisho had 24 for the boys.

40 Years Ago

December 1974

This week (from the Dec. 4 issue) marks the beginning of the Story City Merchants’ annual Christmas Card promotion. A total of $500 in prizes will be given away. Each customer receives a card from a participating merchant when the customer makes a purchase. The amount is stamped on the card. When the card is completed it goes into a drawing box.

A consistently growing number of friends of the Story City Memorial Hospital are showing their interest in the hospital’s future through charitable gifts. Barb Frohling, President of the Story City United Fund, presented the local hospital a check for $1,200. This donation, along with $1,000 given by the Semler Medical Clinic, helped spearhead the “Tree of Lights” Christmas Fund Drive for the benefit of the hospital. As of December 9 the hospital has received $2,600 in the “Tree of Lights” campaign.

State Rep. Sonja Egenes (R-Story City) and husband John returned Thanksgiving Day from a trip to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, where Sonja participated in a series of seminars with government leaders.

Eric Nelson is one of 11 members who form an instrumental ensemble that accompanies the 38 member University of Iowa Old Gold Singers for the 1974-75 school year.

The R-S boys won easily over Nesco Tuesday night (Nov. 26) 75-36. Dan Whipple led all scorers with 23 points. Carole Hennessy’s 29 points led the R-S girls’ attack in their 63-32 win over the Royals.

Lyle Helm has resigned as Mayor of Story City, effective Dec. 4, 1974, citing too much time away from his business. Lyle and his wife Charlotte own and operate the Story City Super Valu. Council accepted the resignation and appointed councilman John Pemberton as Mayor to fill the unexpired term of Helm. Tim Yantis was appointed councilman to fill the vacancy created by Pemberton.

A capacity crowd heard the resounding performance of the All-Community Christmas Festival of Handel’s “Messiah” held Sunday evening, Dec. 8, at the SCHS gym. R-S vocal music director Randall Schumacher directed the performance.

Gay Johnson, Story City, was honored Wednesday, Dec. 4, as he celebrated 25 years of selling Fords; 17 years for Donhowe Motor Co. and the past eight years with Gookin Ford.

West Marshall won both games over R-S Friday night (Dec. 6) at State Center. The Norse girls lost 73-42, while the boys were beaten 92-69. Carole Hennessy suffered a knee injury and it is uncertain how long she will be out of action. Cindy Kammin led R-S with 14 points. Dan Whipple had 18 points and 19 rebounds for the boys.

Senior Spotlights from the R-S Norse news for the month of December are: Sherry Satre, Sheryl Johnson, Nancy Uthe, Rita Witthuhn, Sue Henry, Barb Sweet, Caren Van Elsen and Lisa Gabrielson.

The first annual R-S Norsemen Invitational wrestling tournament was held Saturday, Dec. 21 in the Roland gym. The Norse finished second as a team, with Tracy Moore at 98 lbs. the lone champion. Steve Reisetter (138), Morris Beck (145), Galen Stole (185) and Dion Baker (Hwt.) all finished second.

People lined the streets last Thursday morning (Dec. 12) in Story City to watch an unusual site as the old C & NW train depot was transported through town. The 81-foot long structure, built in 1924, was transported by flat bed truck four miles north of Story City to the Dale Fisher acreage, where it will be remodeled into a home.

The average value of farm land in Story County is now estimated at $1,085 per acre.

The R-S Norsemen won a doubleheader at Johnston on Saturday night (Dec. 14). The girls won 41-37 behind 22 points by Ann Drevs. In the boys’ game Jon Ness led the R-S scoring with 16 points, as the Norse won 62-57. Darrell Posegate followed with 14 points and Dan Whipple had 10. Dan also suffered an eye injury and was rushed to the Iowa City hospital and hopefully will return home Thursday (Dec. 19). The night before, on Friday (Dec. 13), the R-S teams lost a doubleheader to Nevada; the boys falling 79-68 and the girls losing in overtime 53-47. Ann Drevs led the girls with 25 points, while Jon Ness had 29 for the boys.

Helen Strain has successfully completed Course II of the Realtors Institute held in Des Moines Dec. 2-7.

Butler Manufacturing of Kansas City announced Dec. 19 that Story City has been selected as the site for a new facility to manufacture the company’s line of grain drying equipment. The plant will be located on 58 acres on the northwest side of Story City and will include an 85,000 sq. ft. building.

Howard B. Johnson has been named to the Randall-Story State Bank Board of Directors. Bank President Carroll Kinseth made the announcement last week (from the Dec. 25 issue).

Dr. F.A. Barnes and Dr. S.E. Senti are now open for business in their new dental office located at 1461 E. Broad St. in Story City.

The R-S boys defeated Ballard 67-51 Friday (Dec. 19) in Story City behind Don Hoffman’s 20 points. Jon Ness and Steve Mostrom followed with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Jan Fincham led the Norse girls with 22 points, as the Norsemen fell short 42-40 to the Bomberettes.

The Dec. 25 Herald issue featured a front page story on Dick and Virgil Peterson and the Story Theater, written by Jil Ose. There was also a sponsored full page congratulating the Petersons on maintaining and operating the Story Theater for the past 28 years.