Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

50 Years Ago

April 1966

Harry and Laveigne Hanson opened the Story Drive In for the season April 1, starting their second year in business in Story City.

Laine Matheason is a member of the Oratorio Chorus at Iowa State University.

Attorney Peter B. Larson was named the new President of the Story City Economic Development Corporation. Larson succeeds Arvie Jacobson, who is now Mayor of Story City. Dr. C.S. Semler is Vice President, H.G. Kruwell is Secretary and R.A. Sweet will serve as Treasurer.

Over 150 area residents attended the Knous Heating and Cooling open house located at West Broad Street in Story City recently.

Several hundred children attended the annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Story City Saturday (April 9). The kids had a joyous time gathering up several hundred eggs that were donated by the mercahnts and placed in the Elm and Park boulevards by the local scouts. The Story City Jaycees organized the children into proper age groups.

Homer Olson has been attending a special petroleum seminar in Kansas City, MO.

A2c James Lowry has completed his training at Snead AFB in Nevada and left April 6 from San Francisco, CA for duty in Japan.

Over 250 area residents attended the Story City Light Plant open house on Saturday (April 16).

Melvin Brown, Story City, was named “Agent of the Month” for the Marshall-Story Farm Bureau Insurance Agency.

Story City Postmaster Everett Anderson has been appointed to the Nominations Committee for the 31st Annual Convention to be held in Cedar Rapids April 24-27.

Verle Burgason, President of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and advertising editor of the Ames Tribune, will be the guest speaker at the Story City GCC meeting April 28.

On Tuesday, May 5, the people of Story County will go to the polls to vote on a proposed new Story County courthouse in Nevada.

40 Years Ago

April 1976

The Roland Bicentennial celebration is being planned for May 29-31. Committee members are: Craig Hetland, chairman; Robert Bell, vice chairman; Jerry Hanna, secretary/treasurer; Robert Eischen and David Nelson, activities; Mike Stille and Wanda Dickinson, parade; Conrad Fagerland, heritage; Ethyleen Braathun, horizons; Dave Braland, advertising.

Roger Pohlman, R-S Senior High Principal, attended the National Association of Secondary School Principals in Washington, D.C. recently.

Residents of the southwestern section of Story City were alerted Sunday night, April 4, to a leak in an anhydrous ammonia tank at the Farmer’s Coop fertilizer plant.

R-S juniors Tracy Moore and Jon Ness have been selected by Story City American Legion Post #59 to be their representatives at the annual Boys’ State to be held at Camp Dodge June 5-11.

The Roland Jaycees’ Citizen Award for 1975 was presented to Vale Peter for his devoted contribution to the community over the past 13 years.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists that studded tires will be illegal on Iowa’s highways after April 1, 1976. Stuffed tires can be used between Nov. 1 and March 31 each year.

Representatives of Butler Manufacturing Company, soon to open its plant in Story City, began interviewing applicants recently at the Story City Community Hall. The first group of employees will begin work full time at the plant June 1.

A Passion Play depicting the trial and crucifixion of Jesus will be presented by 33 youth and young adults of the community at Riverside Bible Camp on Friday evening, April 16 at 8 p.m.

A total of 22 Roland grade school students participated in the Roland Jaycees’ BB gun safety and education course during the past six weeks. A competition was held on the final night. Jeff Christian won the boys’ division and his sister Angie won the girls’ division. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Christian of rural Roland. Carolyn Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cole, rural Roland, and Steve Moore, son of Robert and Lola Moore of Roland, were runners-up.

The Story City Bicentennial Committee has recently planted trees and shrubs in the Traveler’s Park east of Happy Chef Restaurant as part of the local bicentennial activities. The land where the park is located was purchased by the city from the State Highway Commission for one dollar. Ray Anderson, Story City, a landscape architecture student at ISU, was commissioned by the committee to design the park. In all, 19 varieties of trees and 13 varieties of shrubs were planted.

At 11:05 a.m. on Monday, April 19 the Story City Fire Department was called to Northridge Apartment #3 in Story City to extinguish a fire from a malfunctioning furnace. Prior to that, on Saturday afternoon, April 10, the Story City, Roland, Jewell and Ellsworth fire departments battled a corn crib fire on the Amos Knutson farm five miles north of Roland.

The Gookin Ford Sales men’s bowling team placed first in the Ames area bowling tournament held recently in Nevada. Team members included: Wendel Peterson, Charles Semler, Jr., Paul Mabee, Gaylen Johnson, Russell Clayberg and Wayne Olson.

Jil Ose, who was employed part-time for two years as a feature writer and reporter for the Story City Herald, has accepted a position with the Wyoming Eagle and State Tribune newspapers in Cheyenne WY. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Ose.

Marjorie Charlier, former feature writer, reporter and photograher for the Herald, has accepted a position as wire editor at the Ames Daily Tribune beginning June 1.

Elvis Presley will appear Friday, May 28 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames after arrangements to schedule a performance at this year’s Iowa State Fair fell through.