Looking Back in Story City

—researched by Todd ThorsonStaff Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

70 Years Ago

April 1946

Fred Corneliussen, owner of Lake Comar, is contributing 10,000 bullheads to Little Wall Lake. Torkel Hill and Theodore Howland will transfer them from Comar to Wall Lake.

SCHS opened the baseball season Friday (March 29) defeating Roland 7-2. Randall was then shut out on the local diamond by a score of 4-0.

C.O. Mehuse, who has been on the Mayville State Teachers College staff since 1930, has been granted a leave of absence due to ill health.

Sgt. Arnold Sevold, who recently re-enlisted, is home for several weeks before leaving for Texas, where he will be assigned to the medical unit in an air branch of the army.

Staff Sgt. Elmer James, who also recently re-enlisted, has been stationed at a big government hospital in El Paso, TX, where he is specializing in x-ray photography. He was on vacation recently with home folks in Iowa and Chicago.

This community welcomes its first flying farmers, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Larson, who recently moved here from Ames to their newly purchased farm one mile north of Story City. Bob is a discharged veteran from the U.S. Navy Air Corps and prior to that instructed in aviation at the Ames Field for over three years.

At the music contest at Roland, the SCHS received six superior ratings out of 12 entries. They were: the girls’ glee club, girls’ sextet, boys’ glee club, Sonja Carlsen (soprano solo), Vern Thorson (tenor solo), and an instrumental solo by Palma Wick.

The first fathers and sons banquet to be held at Immanuel Church attracted 205 fathers and sons Tuesday night (April 9). Henry Satre was toastmaster and Vern Hill, Vern Thorson and Rev. Samuel Carlsen provided musical numbers, with Paul Jacobson on the piano.

Among local young men who left last week (from the April 11 issue) for induction at Fort Snelling were: Harold Frandson, Sterling Anderson and Herbert Sheldahl.

The Story City Chapter of the FFA won two superior ratings at the North Central Iowa District FFA Contest held at Eldora on Monday (April 8). Lewis Springman, and the duo of twins Richard and Robert Thorson, won in extemporaneous speaking and as a chapter entry, respectively.

Jean Olson of the Story City Herald attended the Iowa Press Women short course sponsored by the School of Journalism of the University of Iowa in Iowa City Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. She was also recognized for learning the Linotype last year.

Edward Hermanson of the Story City Cold Storage Locker is attending a regional locker meeting in St. Paul this week (from the April 18 issue).

Mabel Espe, Carrie Ose,Ruth Steinhoff, Inger Brattebo and Margaret Booth, Story City beauty operators, entertained the Ames beauty operators Monday evening (April 22) at the Carrie Ose home.

Magne Idse finally got his chronometer for Easter! It is on display at his jewelry store. Mag has long awaited his turn at this very delicate mechanism, which has been strictly Navy priority the past few years. Have a look; and treat yourself to the correct time of day on Mag.

60 Years Ago

April 1956

The plate glass door at the local hospital was blown in by the wind Tuesday afternoon (April 3).

Seven employees of the Frette Truck Line were presented Des Moines Motorways safety awards and a total of $200 in cash awards at a presentation dinner held January 14. Receiving three-year awards were: Reuben Lovig (13 years of service), Olaf Risvold (13 years), Carl Johnson (10 years), Bennett Frette (7 years), Bernie Knous (5 years), Paul Hutter (4 years). Eugene Helland received a two-year award. Otis Frette presented each driver with a $25 cash award.

Robert Moore, SCHS Principal for the for the past two years, was elected Superintendent of the local school on Monday (April 2). Moore succeeds F.H. Montgomery, who resigned recently with two years remaining on his contract, to retire to his farm near Lime Springs.

Last Wednesday (March 28) the Story Theater installed two new Century sound reproducers to each of their recently remodeled Century projectors. The Story Theater now has one of the most complete, modern and up-to-date projection booths in the area.

A new wading pool for the children of Story City is the next project for the Story City Lions Club. Myron Rod is heading up the committee, with assistance from William Starkey and R.S. Lowry.

Forty-two members of the local Lions Club and their wives had a five-course progressive dinner Sunday evening (April 8), followed by a theater party at the Story Theater. The dinner was served in courses from 6 to 9 p.m. at the homes of Joe Donhowe, Milt Mussehl, John Egenes, John Adduci and Embert Munsen. The movie at 9:15 was “All That Heaven Allows” with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson.

Story City Mayor Lloyd S. Wells attended a state mayor’s conference at the state house in Des Moines on Monday (Aprl 9). He was accompanied by George Sowers and Homer W. Larson, constable of Lafayette Township and Town Marshal of Story City.

The new Espeland Produce will have an open house at its new location in Randall in the creamery building on Saturday, April 21. The business is a partnership between father and son, Levi and Lyle Espeland.

The local fire department was called out to extinguish a bonfire blaze at the Truman Egemo country home Saturday (April 14), which threatened farm buildings because of the high winds.

The Dayton Park Dance Pavilion, seven miles southeast of Story City, the last of the old Dayton Amusement Park, burned to the ground Sunday (April 22) at 3 a.m. The flames were first noticed by guests at the Lloyd Steward farm, who turned in the alarm to the Ames Fire Department. When the firemen arrived flames were shooting 40 feet into the air and could be seen for miles. The Dayton Park building was valued at $5,000 and was being used as a warehouse for Iowa State University’s Veishea celebration. The Dayton Park area was built in 1915 as a general amusement park, with games, attractions, a swimming pool and lake. Before becoming a storage building it had been a dance and roller skating pavilion until after WWII.

SFC James Dale and Homer Olson signed re-enlistment papers for their third three-year “hitch” in the Army Reserves with Battery C of the 384th Field Artillery Battalion of Story City. The re-enlisters have already spent six years in the reserves of Battalion C, organized in Story City in 1950.

Spring Specials on RCA Victor Televisions at Helland TV and Electric. Only $329.95.

Great GE Values at Holm Hardware! New roll-around GE vacuum cleaners only $49.95.

Gerald L. Holm, University of Iowa junior and son of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Holm, was initiated into the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.

Lynn’s 7th Anniversary Sale continues through April 28.