Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

60 Years Ago

July 1956

Darrell Martin assumed his duties as the new high school Vocational Agriculture teacher and is now at home at 423 Elm at the Henry West residence. He hails from Sigourney. Robert Cole, Veterans on the Farm instructor, assumed his new duties here also, and comes from Hudson, SD, moving into the Arvie Jacobson house with his family on south Grand Avenue.

The Rath Packing Company has a new office, a new loading chute and all newly remodeled pens at their place of business at 301 Story.

Milford Baldus and sons are erectig a two bedroom pre-fab house on their property on north Garfield.

New homes being erected in the north part of town belong to Mrs. Herman Ahrens, the M. McCormacks, the Robert Sweets, all on north Lafayette; the George Nibes and Ingram Matsons on north Grand; and Duane Orcutts on north Maple.

East 4th Street has new homes erected by Jim Shaw and Arvie Jacobson.

Honegger’s & Co. have commenced extensive remodeling at their new business at 408 Market.

The Iowa Continental Telephone Co. has erected an additional building to house the new dial system equipment to be ready by early fall.

Story City’s second annual horse show on Sunday, July 1 had a spectator attendance of 2,500 at the afternoon and evening performances at the local park.

Eugene Dale, Kenneth Mathiason and James Clayberg left recently for service in the army, beginning their stints of duty at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Larry Batman also left several weeks ago to serve his hitch in Uncle Sam’s service.

An old landmark on Main Street is gone. The former Sevold Cafe, a meeting place for young folks in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, was sold piece by piece on Monday (July 9), and the chances are very poor that a restaurant will ever be started there again.

The United States government has accepted Iowa’s offer, and the department of agriculture approved on Monday (July 9) the construction of the $18 million federal animal disease research lab near Ames. The institution will study animal diseases.

Work has commenced by John Ose and men on the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Faulkner on the corner of 8th and Park.

Lt. Richard H. Alsager, USN, will begin duty as Gunnery instructor in September in the NROTC unit by Yale University in New Haven, CN.

Kenneth Bickelhaupt had the misfortune of a fall from the oats bin Tuesday (July 10), from which he sustained a sprained ankle and severely pulled ligaments. He is getting around on crutches.

Luther Matson graduated from the Iowa Barber College in Des Moines on Monday (July 16), completing a six months course. He commenced barbering at the Matson Barber Shop here on Monday (July 23), where he will be associated with his father at the local shop in the future.

Men’s Buckaroos now only $2.95. Real western, zipper fly by Big Smith available at Starkey & Knutson.

50 Years Ago

July 1966

The Story City girls’ softball team continues to struggle, losing to South Hamilton 11-5 in Story City on Friday, July 1. The Viqueens’ Nancy Moore went 3 for 3, including a triple, double and single, and Cheryl Padalik was 2 for 3. Prior to the SH game, the girls’ lost to Gilbert 11-10, Hubbard, 17-2 and Radcliffe 9-5.

Rudy Van Drie of Ames has announced that he is a candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives for Story County on the Republican ticket.

Eight FFA boys, driver and chaperone Alfred Larwick and Voc-Ag instructor Dick Gregory spent 10 days touring the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming, and the Black Hills of South Dakota. The boys on the trip included: Greg Voga, Pat Schendel, Paul Quam, Robert Holm, Steven Jacobson, Alan Sansgaard and Dave McVicker.

Perry Uhl, principal and math teacher in the Roland High School for the past three years, will become the new superintendent at Story City this fall. Uhl will replace Jerry Peterson, who is moving to Sheldon. The Uhls, with children Debby, 4, and David, 2, will move to Story City on July 18 and reside at 938 Hillcrest.

A new record was set Monday afternoon (July 11) at the Story City Municipal Electric Utility when electrical use reached an all-time high of 1800 kilowatts; 200 more kilowatts than the largest load last summer.

The SCHS baseball team captured a 4-0 victory over Roland on the road July 1. Larry Hovick allowed only three hits and struck out 10. Leading hitters were Mark Donhowe and Marty Keltner.

Roger Bennett is now serving as assistant marshal in Story City, joining town marshal Homer Larson. Both men will be on duty in Story City and will serve together in the evenings and also be on duty other hours of the day and late at night when needed.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Johnson, Vicki and Cheryl, are among those attending the 17th annual convention of the National Auctioneers Association in Philadelphia, PA.

“Roz” and Walt Mein will re-open the Story Lanes bowling alley on Sunday (July 31) afternoon.

James (“Stoney”) Clayberg is the new owner of the Vickers Station one mile west of Story City.

Fire damaged a large corn crib on the Tjernagel brothers’ farm four miles northeast of Story City on Thursday noon (July 21).

Ronald K. Henderson left Tuesday (July 11) from Minneapolis for Lackland, TX via jet to be inducted into the U.S. Air Force for four years.

The grand opening of Donhowe Motors, under the new ownership of Kenneth Gookin, will be held Friday, July 29. Employees include: Mechanics - Loren Tungesvick, Leroy Tegels and Floyd Kreutner; Body Shop Foreman - Roger Cory; Parts and Service Manager - Gaylen Johnson; Salesmen - Ed Peterson and Gay Johnson; and Bookkeeper - Gayle Gertsen.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coffee, Karen, Sarah, Rita and Calvin, moved to Story City from Phillips, NE on July 19 and will reside at 414 Elm Avenue. Mrs. Coffee will teach 2nd grade in Story City this fall. Mr. Coffey is a brother of Mrs. Lester Stoll of rural Story City.

Miss Eli Stangeland of Kleppe, Norway, near Stavanger, arrived July 11 at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Nikolai Stangeland of Story City.

40 Years Ago

July 1976

The first Butler plant products have been assembled at the new facility, according to plant manager Larry Hayes. Products completed were a dryer, aeration fan and fan-heater. Butler also planned to have a “community preview” on Sunday, July 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Ground breaking for the new expansion at Bethany Manor was held on Sunday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the location south of the 1967 addition.

The Roland-Story girls won the Tri-County Tournament with a 19-0 defeat of Radcliffe. Dee Anderson had three hits, while Carole Hennessy and Robyn Murken each had two hits. Named to the all-tournament team were Lori Austead, Cathy Clayberg, Carole Hennessy and Dee Anderson. Hennessy was named the tournament’s outstanding player.

The Norsemen boys blasted three HOIC opponents, defeating South Hamilton 14-0, North Polk 8-6 and Nevada 5-3 to keep their conference title hopes alive. Leading the offense was Doug Hocking, Galen Stole, Kevin Kolbe, Steve Finnegan, Kevin Severson and Jim Gustason. Severson also recorded two of the wins on the mound, moving his record to 6-0.

The Story City swimming pool staff includes: Maude Neff, manager; Brenda Wing, Sheri Johnson, Sylvia Hermanson, Kay Stevenson, Julia Zimmer, Paula Dunham, Kirk Whitmore, Cindy Tjernagel and Mark Tjelta.

Jon Ness, injured in a two-car accident Friday (July 2) near Story City, is now at home following surgery at Mary Greeley in Ames for a broken jaw sustained in the accident. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ness of rural Story City.

Roland-Story snapped Ballard’s six-game winning streak with an 11-1 trouncing of the Bombers Friday night (July 9) in Story City. The win gives the Norsemen a 15-3 overall record and 11-3 in conference play, to finish second in the HOIC behind Carlisle. Earlier in the week they lost to Carlisle 7-1 and defeated Johnston 2-0. Galen Stole, Doug Hocking, Jim Gustason and John Pemberton led the offense. Kevin Anderson earned the win against Ballard to improve to 6-1, losing only the Carlisle contest. The Norse, unfortunately, were upset in the first round of the Class A Sectional by Radcliffe 5-4 on Wednesday (July 14) at Alden.

Named to the all-HOIC baseball teams were: First team - Darrel Posegate, Doug Hocking, Kevin Severson; Second team - Jim Gustason, Steve Finnegan, Galen Stole; Honorable Mention - Kevin Kolbe, Bob Twedt, Wayne Timmons.

James C. Twedt has become an associate in the practice of law at Brekken, Deppe and James, Attorneys at Law, in Story City.

Crazy Day winners in Story City were: Mike Holbach, Ben Franklin, first place in best individual business promotion; and best costumes - Ellis Anderson, Yantis-Anderson Clothing, first place; Keith Brown, Rae-Gene Studio, second place; and Mary Ellen Moore, Ken’s Paint & Floors, third place.

Rob Miller has recently been hired as assistant manager of the Story City Super Valu, owned and operated by Lyle and Charlotte Helm.

An accident three miles south of Jewell early Friday morning (July 23) has taken the life of Jeff Hanson, 20, of Jewell, and seriously injured Jim Goodmanson, 20, of Story City. Hanson was driving north on Highway 69 and hit a drive way. Both men were thrown from the vehicle. The accident occurred between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Jaws will be shown for four days at the Story Theater July 29, 30, 31, Aug. 1. Admission is only $1.50. Not recommended for small children.