20 yrs. ago April 16, 1993 Gladbrook Basket of Values Days (formerly Gladbrook Days) will be held Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1st. This year’s event, which is sponsored by the Gladbrook Commercial Club, promises to have something for everyone. 30 yrs. ago April 15, 1983 Special events are being planned at the Gladbrook Public Library during National Library Week April 18-23. Monday, April 18 will be Children’s Day with all children attending story hour launching a balloon enclosing a note with their name and address on it. School age children visiting the library on Monday will receive a balloon. On Wednesday, April 20, Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, an open house will be held during library hours with coffee and cookies provided. All visiting can register for a free Centennial Cookbook to be given away on Saturday, April 23 at 3 o’clock. 40 yrs. ago April 20, 1973 Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hatch are the parents of a son born Wednesday, April 18. The young man, not as yet named, weighed nine pounds and one ounce. He has a sister, Joy, age 9, and a brother, Kenneth, age 5. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Dahms and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hatch of rural Garwin. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Card, Union Grove Lake, are the parents of a daughter, April Hope, five pounds, eleven and a half ounces, born Thursday, April 12. The baby has a sister, Dana. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Duane Card of Aplington and Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Luethje of Gladbrook. Mrs. Stanley Knode of Garwin has been appointed administrator of Westbrook Acres Nursing Home of Gladbrook. She succeeds Mrs. Evelyn Edwards, first administrator at the time the home opened. 50 yrs. ago April 19, 1963 Last Tuesday morning Mrs. Chris Bern opened the door and out flew the family pet-Skipper, a parakeet. Sadness reigned for Guila, Chris and Kerry until Saturday morning when a call came from the Robert Mohr farm that they sighted a bird of “Skippers” description. It was the beloved pet and needless to say everyone is happy at the Bern household, including Grandma Diedrichsen. Mark Goos, with the help of Bob Herink, caught and landed a 5 1/2 lb. catfish from Wolf Creek on Monday. Mark hooked the fish but it came loose on the bank-that was when Bob got into the act to save the catch. They ate it too, but with Worchestershire sauce.
60 yrs. ago April 7, 1953 The Gladbrook School Board this week announced the hiring of Clifford McKee as superintendent for the coming school year. His salary for the 12 month period will be $5,700. He takes over the duties of the local school on July 1st. Mr. and Mrs. William Dettmer of Gladbrook announce the engagement of their daughter, Elsie, to Pete O. Oettchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Oettchen of Beaman. The wedding will take place June 1. 70 yrs. ago April 16, 1943 Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Beddow are the parents of a baby boy born Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Goettsch are the parents of a son born to them last Saturday morning. They have one other child, a daughter, Jeryle. The boy has been named Cecil, Jr. The seniors of ‘43 present their class play this evening at the local gymnasium. It is a 3-act comedy entitled “Early To Bed and Early To Rise”. Cast members include Mary Lee Engel, Dorene Allard, James Hooper, Ethel Koster, Lynn Reinhard, Marjorie Hansen, Russell Hougham, Inez Wrage, Darwin Lynch, Walter Herrmann, and Betty Aevermann. At the general meeting of the Community Women’s Club, held Thursday afternoon April 8, it was voted as being in favor of the serving of the school lunches next year and will cooperate fully with the school in making this worthwhile project a success. A room will be furnished by the school to be used as a canning kitchen during the summer where club women and other women of the community can assist in canning vegetables to be used for the school lunches. The school will arrange and plan the serving of these lunches during the winter months. The club will furnish a lady to help prepare the food. 80 yrs. ago April 21, 1933 Workmen employed at the Tama county rock quarry, who recently pleaded for an increase in wages, and part cash payment, were given an increase of 5 cents per hour, which makes their wages 20 cents per hour instead of 15 cents. Judge B. O. Tankersley ordered in district court that Elmer Charles Dudolski, 13, shall be the legally adopted son and heir of Gilbert Gethmann and Florence Gethmann of Gladbrook. Miss Maxine Billerbeck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Billerbeck, of Lincoln, and Mr. Robert Berry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berry of Tama were united in marriage.