Looking Back from the Front pages of the Northern-Sun Print By: Betty Dahms
February 8, 2013
20 yrs. ago Feb. 5, 1993 Mon., Feb. 1, marked the opening of “RowRena’s Cafe” in Garwin. Rowrena and Larry Tichy are the proprietors of the new business occupying the building where “The Brass Rail” once operated. The Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce that Sara Koster, Gladbrook, has been selected to attend an Americanism Youth Conference sponsored by the National American Legion Auxiliary at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on Feb. 11-14. 30 yrs. ago Feb. 4, 1983 The first winter snowstorm of the season struck Tuesday evening dumping approximately 7 inches of snow by noon Wednesday. Strong gusty winds caused considerable drifting in the rural area. Classes were cancelled at Garwin and Gladbrook. 40 yrs. ago Feb. 2, 1973 In a spectacular fire Tuesday evening three of Garwin’s business buildings were completely destroyed. The buildings housed Lorensen & Beale and Starit’s Plumbing and Heating. The fire started in the Lorensen & Beale Hardware and Feed Store from an overheated furnace and rapidly spread to the adjacent plumbing and heating building. Lyle Lorensen and two of his employees, Tom Ratliff and Bradley Fisher, discovered the fire upon returning from the elevator across the street about 6 p.m. Mr. Lorensen sustained first and second degree burns while retrieving records and books. He was taken to MACH East for emergency treatment. He is heavily bandaged about the head and hands. Fire calls were answered by the departments from Garwin, Gladbrook, Traer, Green Mountain and Toledo. Bob Clemens and Lawrence Aldrich, local firemen, were treated for smoke inhalation at MACH East and released. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Gould of Marshalltown announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Marie, to Bruce A. Thomsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Thomsen of rural Toledo. An August wedding is planned. 50 yrs. ago Feb. 8, 1963 Dennis Luethje has taken over the Winter-Borden milk route in Gladbrook. He replaces Lyle Medberry who recently died of a heart attack. Mr. and Mrs. Jay Dee Shouse became the parents of a son late Sunday afternoon. He has been named John Joseph and weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Claussen became the parents of a daughter on Sat., Jan 19 in a Marshalltown hospital. She has been named Dana Jean. 60 yrs. ago Feb. 6, 1953 Wayne Osborne will open his new cafe in Gladbrook this Saturday, Feb. 7th. The new business will be known as “Bud’s Cafe”. Mr. and Mrs Osborne came from Dows and have an apartment at the Adolph Dahms home. They have one child, a daughter, age three. 70 yrs. ago Feb. 5, 1943 The Putney Hatchery set their first hatch of the 1943 season Wednesday evening. Mr. Putney says this season promises to be the largest in many years and expectations are that over 300,000 chicks will be hatched. Eggs are very scarce this year as many chicken raisers took advantage of the high market and sold off most of the laying hens. 80 yrs. ago Feb. 10, 1933 Fire destroyed the modern two story home of J. P. Koberg in Lincoln early Sunday morning causing a loss estimated at close to $5,000, which was partially covered by insurance. Mr. Koberg, who has been operating a blacksmith shop in Lincoln for a number of years, moved his family to his farm near New Hartford about two months ago. He had returned to Lincoln on business Saturday and was sleeping in the house at the time of the fire. It was discovered about 5 a.m. Sunday in the attic, and may have started from a defective chimney. The Lincoln chemical truck answered the alarm but the fire had gained such headway that it was impossible to make any effort to extinguish the flames with apparatus they had at hand.
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