From the Roland Record files
50 YEARS AGO
DeLon Thompson, who is employed by the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company at Carroll, was recently named winner of a sales contest, winning a free trip to New Orleans for himself and his wife.
The 294-voice Iowa State Singers group will make its first appearance of the winter quarter, Dec. 2, at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the campus of Iowa State University.
NOTICE: There has been considerable tampering with the new lock on the post office door since the new door was installed several weeks ago. Those responsible for setting the lock are warned that such tampering is a federal offense and must be discontinued at once. Post Office Department
Roland High School seniors featured on the Dec. 3 Roland Rocket page in the Record are Dan Eggland and Ed Eischen.
Also on the Rocket page is an article stating that the Student Council has been busy making plans for the homecoming events, Thursday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec, 11.
A pep rally is planned for Thursday evening which will include pep skits by each class. The King, Queen and class attendants will also be announced. On Friday evening, Roland will play the homecoming opponents, Alden. After the game, the homecoming dance will be held in the lunch room.
Gaylord L. Hovde, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Hovde, rural Radcliffe, was recently promoted to corporal, in Germany where he is serving with the 37th Artillery.
A community-wide Christmas Carol Sing will be held Saturday evening, Dec. 19, under the Christmas tree in the town park located on Main Street. The singers will have organ accompaniment, and if the weather is cold, there will be bonfires to warm the carolers and listeners. Don Boyd will conduct the caroling.
The newest fad for teenagers, according to a New York designer, is novel petti-pants fashioned with broad stripes in school colors.
The Roland boy’s basketball team captured an easy victory on a recent Friday night when they defeated South Hamilton with a score of 72 to 53. Rod Larson led the scoring with 19 points, while Ed Eischen followed with 15.
From the Capital Briefs column: Rep. H.R. Gross (R.-Iowa), has figured out that it will cost more to enroll a youth in the Job Corps than it would to send him to Harvard. The annual cost of $4,700 per enrollee is about $500 more than it would cost to send a student to Harvard for the entire school year and pay him $50 a week during the summer vacation, to boot.
As has been the custom in recent years, the post office will be open Saturday afternoon the week of Dec. 19, to help take care of the heavy Christmas mail, according to Postmaster Marvin Nelson.
The pastor and choirs of the Salem Lutheran Church will appear on the Central Iowa Church of the Air on Sunday morning, Dec. 20, from 10:30 to 11.00 a.m. on KRNT-TV, The service will be rebroadcast on KRNT radio from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Fire Chief Geo. Sather presented his annual report to the Town Council, announcing that the community was fortunate in regard to fire losses the past year. Of the 16 calls answered during the year, four were grass fires during a single afternoon. In addition, the firemen had 10 practices, attended nine county meetings, and had one hose and hydrant inspection.
Rev. George C. Strum, pastor of St. Petri Lutheran Church in Story City, submitted his resignation to the congregation during Sunday morning church services on Dec. 13. Rev. Strum has accepted a position with the Development Staff of Luther College in Decorah.
Roland’s Main Street is sporting new Christmas decorations this year. The new decorations are placed on electroliers. On alternate lights are lighted red bells hanging under a wreath, while the others have a cluster of varied colored lights with a “candy stripe” wound around the pole.
Roland High School seniors featured on the Dec. 17 Roland Rocket page in the Record are Ann Arneson and Mike Fagerland.
Pictured on the Roland Record school page are the recent Homecoming King and Queen and their attendants. Ed Eischen was named King, Claudia Strum was the Queen.
The Roland Record has purchased a new kind of typesetting machine. It will be used in the future for setting the news matter for the paper, as well as for the growing commercial printing business.
Among the candidates for Snow King at Augustana College is Bob Sydnes of Roland, representing Solberg Hall. Candidates are chosen from each of the college’s housing units.
Sp/4 Perry Frey came Dec. 16, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on leave from his duties with the U.S. Army. He is visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Frey.