Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

100 Years Ago

July 1916

The Community Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. C.F. Johnson, is getting ready to sing at the Community Congress. A.M. Henderson was elected President; H.O. Hanson, Secretary; and Hallward Kloster, Vice President.

Edward Charlson has purchased the Herman Jorgensen new residence.

Donhowe & Charlson will open a new store in Goldfield in a few weeks.

226 automobiles and 130 horse rigs were prked on the streets of Story City Saturday night (July 8).

Olaf Hemness has his arm in a sling as a result of cranking a Ford.

Consul and Mrs. B.M. Rasmussen and children left on Sunday (July 9) for Washington, D.C., where the former will attend to some diplomatic matters before going to Gotbeorg, Sweden, where he is stationed.

The Story City ball team is leading the Tri-County League without a .300 hitter in the lineup.

An electric line has just been completed connecting farmers northeast of town with Story City.

C.H. Allen and Albert Brothers have leased the building east of Vold’s store and will start a soft drink parlor.

A.S. Maxfield has sold his interest in the Grand Hotel to John Grogan.

August Kleaveland of Jewell has purchased the Anderson Hardware store.

Hank Jacobson was in fine fettle Monday (Jyuly 31), striking out 13 and defeating Radcliffe 13-6. Story made six errors to help the visitors’ score.

Hank Severeid jumped into the charmed .300 class, and is leading the Browns’ batters with an average of .303.

Louis Jondal is enjoying a vacation from the Alex Henderson store is spending it in Minnesota.

Iver Egenes, Chester Christensen and Pete Paulson and their wives are camping on the banks of the Des Moines River.

Erick Boyd has purchased the Sorem house south of the railroad turntable. Sorem is building a new home east of Alex Henderson’s place.

Lake Comar is getting more popular every week. It is estimated that 1,000 people enjoyed a dip there Sunday.

J.O. Anderson reports that his oats are running 60 bushels to the acre.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Holt left this week (from the August 3 issue) for Goldfield where Ed will open the new store for Donhowe, Charlson and Holt.

90 Years Ago

July 1926

Adolph M. Harstad was installed as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, northeast of Story City, on Sunday (July 11). The Rev. A.J. Torgerson, who for the past two years has served this congregation, installed the new one.

Art G. Christensen is opening a new grocery in Story City this week (from the July 15 issue). It is located in the building occupied by the O’Neil cream station, which his brother manages.

The Camp Fire Girls are enjoying a camp at Lake Comar this week (from the July 15 issue), under the leadership of their guardian, Mrs. John Hill.

Ordale Olson, Ruth Hutchison, Leora Johnson and Helga Holm began work this week (from the July 15 issue) for the mailing corporation in Nevada.

L.A. Dale and son have taken on the local agency for Star automobiles.

Story City baseball fans are again taking delight in the morning sports page. Hank Severeid goes from Washington to New York and gets into the game every day.

Special Sunday fried chicken dinner, 75 cents at the Grand Hotel.

Mrs. Mignon Nichols, who has been working at Ames College, is home for the summer. She is making some improvements on the home of her mother, Mrs. Halvor Erickson.

80 Years Ago

July 1936

The Herald put out an 8-page magazine section with the July 9 issue. It contains the history of St. Paul’s Church, a nice big letter from H.T. Henryson and a picture of Oslo, Norway, where Editor Olson is attending a World Sunday School convention.

Alvan and Edgar Ose are vacationing at Okoboji this week (from the July 9 issue) and intend to enter the golf tournament there as well.

Mrs. Nellie Yockey, Mrs. F.W. Densmore and her sister, Mrs. Crouch of Ames, attended a joint installation of the Rebekkah Lodge in Des Moines on July 1.

Gaylord Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Johnson, has taken over management of the Phillips 66 service station here.

Kathryn Rose entertained 40 friends at a dancing party at the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.A. Rose Friday evening (July 3).

The Randall Farmers Creamery was robbed some time during the night Friday (July 10) and 2,112 pounds of butter was taken.

Orene Madson of Stanhope, violin instructor at Waldorf College, will play a program of violin music over WOI radio on Thursday (July 23).

B.E. Gandrup left Saturday evening (July 11) for Chicago, returning by plane Monday (July 13). He took in some big league games while there.

Ann Uthe left with friends Monday (July 13) for a motor trip to Yellowstone Park.

Pete Peterson is proudly exhibiting his certificate designating him postmaster of Story City.

We understand that C.O. Highland has purchased the Mrs. Elwell 40 west of town for $125 an acre.

Arthur Donhowe, formerly of this place, who has been associated with the Central National Bank in Des Moines, was recently advanced to the position of Vice President of the Central National Bank and Trust Co.

Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Baldus are attending the hatchery convention in Kansas City this week (from the July 23 issue).

Olive Holm and Ruth Larson are enjoying a few days outing at Pine Lake near Eldora.

Sam Hanson and Herbert Egenes are playing ball with the Ames Merchants.

Carrie Ose has moved into the B.K. Johnson residence in the north part of town, which she recently purchased. She plans to move her beauty shop there.

Paul Christensen, son of Ira Christensen of Des Moines, will graduate July 22 from the mechanical engineering course at Iowa State College.

The Tri-County Fair, combined with the 4-H Achievement Show, will be held here August 24-26.

The Elmer Frette family moved this week (from the July 30 issue) to Boone, where he had been transferred.

C.O. Highland recently purchased the Lewis E. Henderson farm of 120 acres three miles northeast of Story City.

Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Heggen and Marie will leave August 1 for Mapleplane, MN where they will attend the Lutheran Bible Institute until the 9th.

70 Years Ago

July 1946

Frances Bartlett, who has been an army hostess at Camp Crowder, MO for the past three and a half years, returned Wednesday (July 3) to her home here. The camp closed.

Former well-known Story City dentist Dr. C.B. McCarty, now of Gideon, MO, is here visiting old friends.

Arthur O. Nelson of Plainfield, IL and son of Story City’s Nelius Nelson, was the winner of a $100 prize in the contest for “Oldest Automobiles” staged at Joliet, IL recently. Art drove a Maxwell of the vintage 1907 year.

George J. Toft of Center Junction has accepted the position as butter maker in the Story City Creamery, taking the place of L.C. Peterson, who for so many years has efficiently occupied the position.

Story City won the ball game from Roland on Thursday (July 4) 7-4. On Sunday (July 7) the locals won from Zearing 4-3. Norman Madson and Jim Thorson pitched for Story City, keeping the visiting hitters well under control. Tesdall was the hitting star. Jim pitched a good game and was helped by his brother Irven, who drove out a brace of doubles.

Nels Martens is one of the oldest businessmen on main street - that is oldest in point of time in business. He opened his tailoring shop in July 1905, 41 years ago.

Charles Bartlett, Art Olson and Alvan and Edgar Ose are playing in the Masters Golf Tournament in Ames on July 27-28 at the Iowa State College course.

Margie Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Severin Anderson, has been accepted for admission and enrolled this fall as a home economics major at the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls.

William Brattebo returned from his discharge from the army after over a year in the European theater.

William Tolbertson brought the old Nash building next to the Herald office at auction for $410.

Vernon Thorson and Sydney Negard have enlisted in the Navy and left for training June 19 in California.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wick left for Minneapolis Wednesday (July 24) to attend the graduation of their daughter, Joann, from the University of Minnesota. She will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Herbert Larson, who has been stationed in Texas for about a month since his arrival from overseas, returned to the parental Sherman L. Larson home recently, having received his discharge.

S3c Harold Townswick arrived from camp at Charleston, SC for a few days at the parental Olaf C. Townswick home. Harold then reported to Minneapolis where he will receive his discharge.

According to figures released by the registrar, 155 campers registered for this week’s camp at Camp Riverside Bible Camp northeast of Story City (from the July 25 issue). Together with teachers and staff the number for the week is up to 180.

The Holm Hardware store is staging its 40th Anniversary this week (from the August 1 issue). Tom Holm was really an “old businessman” of Story City when he bought the hardware store from Henderson & Henderson over 40 years ago.

Ralph Nordeen is off from his duties at the local bakery and has gone to California to see his parents.

Nine local boy scouts of Troop 101 spent the week of August 1 at Camp Mitigwa. Dr. Lekwa, Roy Sweet and T.M. Holm took the group over Sunday (July 28). Arnold Johnson and Henry Matson, assistant leaders, will spend the latter part in camp. The boys attending were: Bob Sweet, Tommy and Richard Holm, Rex Jamison, Bob Ulrich, Norman Baldus, Phillip Jacobson, Conrad Matson and Charles Alsager.