Looking Back in Story City

—researched and compiled by Todd Thorsontthorson@storycityherald.com

100 Years Ago

April 1916

The storm drain now in use cost the sum of $4,000.

A.W. Gandrup is moving here from Clemons to assist his brother in the drug business.

George Peterson drove down from Belmond the other night in three hours.

Luther Henderson left this week (from the April 6 issue) for Rosean, MN where he will work with his uncle.

The Commercial Club and town council met Friday night (March 31) and organized committees to improve six highways leading out of town.

Ole Knutson, who lives in Vancouver, BC, had a narrow escape from becoming cannon fodder in Britain’s army.

Sylvia Thompson has been appointed postmaster in Roland.

John O. Eide is the new carrier on Route 4.

Nels Lein has severed his connections with the Herald and expects to go extensively into the chicken business. Nels has been Herald foreman for seven years and has proved himself a faithful and consistent assistant.

The farmers of the Randall community have organized a cooperative elevator company.

The Junior class play, “As a Woman Thinketh” pleased a large crowd Friday night (April 13).

One old hen on the loose can make an enemy of a neighbor.

Four bids were received for the new Immanuel Church varying from $20,500 to a high of $29,800.

George P. Johnson has put in an art exhibit in the building recently vacated by Harry D. Gandrup. He will sell about 200 pictures for 7 cents each.

A baseball league comprising of six towns are Webster City, Jewell, Stanhope, Ellsworth, Story City and Radcliffe. Dr. Reutz and Severt J. Maakestad represented Story City at the organization.

The war has caused a 100 percent rise in print paper prices.

The high school boys beat Ames 17-2. “Moose” Olson held the college town sluggers to two hits.

Nellie Carlson, who is attending college in Des Moines, spent the weekend (from the April 27 issue) at her home.

Frederick Anderson and family started on their trip to Denmark.

Mrs. Eliza Wier has returned from Eldora where she has been assisting her daughter, Grace, in the millinery store.

Fred Larson came down from Welcome, MN to get his automobile, which he left when he moved up there.

90 Years Ago

April 1926

Andrew Holm, owner of the local bakery, sold his business to Henry Kreutner this week (from the April 8 issue).

Ole Roth and Knut Sydness made a few days visit to Chicago recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Lars Kalvik are leaving for Chicago where they expect to make their future home. Mr. Kalvik expects to work at his trade as carpenter in the big city.

Arthur E. Olson, who has been in Naperville, IL for some weeks, came home and is now entranced as chief assistant in the Herald office.

Julia Erickson and Ethel Townswick, who are attending Teachers College at Cedar Falls, visited home folks this past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hovland have moved to the Ose residence west of the Northwestern depot, just vacated by the A. Mathison family. Henry is finding it hard to get his feet started west when going home, as they have so long been trained to walk east.

Bertha Benson has sold her residence in the south part of town to Martin S. Olson.

The two new teachers for the coming year are Miss Jean Norlin of Dayton and Mr. Golden Thompson of Roland.

W. Arnold Sevold, who has been employed at Sevold’s Cafe for some months, has returned to his home in Radcliffe.

Emma Doolittle slipped and fell Tuesday evening (April 13) and had the misfortune of cracking her hip bone.

Martha and Josie Jacobson have returned from Minneapolis where they have spent the winter. Their sister Susie will return later.

Sorosis Club members and their husbands were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Gertsen last Thursday evening (April 15). Bertha Gandrup and Mrs. Gertsen were hostesses.

The Jack Braden family moved into the Ole Olson house on south Penn Avenue.

In 1925 there were 283 marriages in Story County, or one more than in 1924. In 1925 there were 28 divorces granted, while in the previous year there were 35.

Dr. Rose and M. Silkebakken were among the five thousand fans who sat in the grandstand at the ball game in Des Moines and tried to see the baseball game thru the dust storm.

Fire broke out Sunday (April 24) at the L.O. Sinn farm west of town. Fortunately, it was discovered in time to prevent excessive damage.

Mrs. Bertha Johnson has purchased the residence property of E.M. Olson, which is located just west of the John Musland house on Broad Street.

80 Years Ago

April 1936

The new siren, with a seven horse power motor, which replaced the old three horse power motor, refused to make any kind of noise when it was called on to report the blaze at the Howard Giner place. The good old phone had to call out the men, but the authorities are confident that they have the horses broke in now so they will know what to do when the juice is turned on.

Serral Munsen has announced himself a candidate for the nomination for sheriff of Story County.

Martin C. Hanson, for three years a deputy sheriff and who has been filling out the unexpired term of Verne Lynch, also announced himself a candidate for the nomination for sheriff.

The following received superior ratings at the sub-district music contest in Nevada: Kathryn Rose, piano; Ruth Dale, cello; and the girls’ glee club.

Alice Lund returned last Saturday (April 4) to her home here after spending the winter in Chicago with her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Gus Issakson.

Cornell College student June Mathison spent the weekend (from the April 9 issue) with home folks here.

A windstorm struck Roland last Monday night (April 13) causing damage to the large plate glass windows in the Iver Johnson clothing store, Record office and Swenson hardware. Fallen trees broke electric wires.

Burnice Jacobson has leased the Champlin service station on the highway west of town.

Story County had less auto accidents in 1935 than in 1934. In 1934 a total of 218 and in 1935 a total of 186. A decrease of 32.

A fine Easter it was; a little sprinkle in the morning, but it turned out to be a fine spring day.

Cecil Bielefeldt recently finished a dairy industry course at Iowa State College, and has accepted a position at Rochelle, IL.

Marcella Larson, a nurse at Iowa City, visited home folks here last week (from the April 16 issue).

Ida Christensen has accepted a position as nurse in the Coleman hospital in Estherville.

Agnes Hanson, teaching at Nevada, spent Easter here.

Hyla Beroen, teaching at Boxholm, Eastered with home folks.

Henry Ahrens is back home again, having spent the winter with his children in Boone and Perry.

Robert Egeland, 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Egeland, will again sing over KRNT radio Saturday (April 25). He was the winner of the amateur hour competition at the Story Theater.

Berniece Kalseim graduated from beauty school in Des Moines and has accepted a job in Mrs. Ahrens’ beauty parlor in Jewell.

Donald Wier, Quentin Nereim and Melbourne Hill have entered the CCC camp at Eldora.

Mrs. Lawrence Tesdall has returned from a two weeks visit at Watertown, NY with her aunt, Mrs. George Woodruff.

The men of Grace Church met Tuesday evening (April 28) and organized an Albright Brotherhood. the new organization welds together the three men’s classes into one. Officers elected are: President, Pete Peterson; Vice President, Lloyd Valline; Secretary, Howard Smith; and Treasurer, Iver Egenes.

Betty Harnden, student nurse at Iowa Lutheran, is spending her vacation with her mother, Mrs. Carrie Harnden here.