20 yrs. ago April 23, 1993 Angie Sandquist, daughter of Jim and Karen Sandquist, has qualified to throw the shot put at the Drake Relays on Friday, April 23. Her qualifying throw was 39’ 7”, while last year she only threw 35’ 8” and didn’t make the finals. 40 yrs. ago April 27, 1973 You might call Licorice a plain, ordinary housecat-you might, but Virginia Parsons of Gladbrook wouldn’t. Licorice has been named a “Member of the Peerage” and is henceforth to be considered royalty. Mrs. Parsons’ all black housecat has just received certification from the Royal Pussycat Pageant of America proclaiming his “Right of Ascension to the Throne.” This means Licorice has a chance to become the new “King” of Americas 36 million housecats in a national contest now underway. 50 yrs. ago April 26, 1963 A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson last Saturday, April 20th. This is their fourth child. She has been named Gena Mary. They now have two sons and two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Skally of Tacoma, Washington, announce the marriage of their daughter, Joyce, to 1st Lt. Mark B. Schaeferle, son of Dr. and Mrs. L. G. Schaeferle of Gladbrook on Saturday, April 20. A 840 pound Shorthorn steer owned by John Putney of Gladbrook was named the Grand Champion Shorthorn of Houston Texas Fat Stock Show recently. Putney had shown the steer to the Grand Champion Shorthorn spot of the 1962 Tama County Fair. The animal sold for $1.00 per pound. Friends and neighbors plowed and harrowed 55 acres at the Warren Booth farm last Thursday afternoon. Six 3-bottoms units with one unit harrowing did the job. Those taking part were Clarence, Lloyd, and Leon Schulz, Robert Harder, Lyle Lage, and Marvin Otto. The ladies furnished the lunch.
60 yrs. ago April 24, 1953 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Schmitz became the parents of a daughter born at 11:55 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Hospital in Marshalltown. 70 yrs. ago April 23, 1943 Thirty-two seniors of Gladbrook High School began their commencement activities last Friday evening when they presented their class play. Other activities planned are the annual Junior-Senior Banquet on Friday evening, April 30, the annual school exhibit to be held Friday, May 14th, Baccalaureate on Sunday evening, May 16th, Class Night is Tuesday, May 18th and Commencement Night will be Thursday, May 20th. The 1943 grads are: Dorothy Aevermann, Betty Aevermann, Dorene Allard, Betty Bruene, Martin Bruene, Donna Buck, Lois Denbow, Mary Lee Engel, Marlyn Fink, Esther Frericks, Stella Hanegan, Marjorie Hansen, Walter Hermann, James Hooper, Russell Hougham, Mary Jo Gethmann, Ethel Koster, Evelyn Kroeger, Loren Luethje, Darwin Lynch, Marvin Otto, Lynn Reinhard, Carl Rex Stein, James Storjohann, William Tessau, Genevieve Thomas, Van Wert Wiese, Janice Wilken, Donald F. Wolfgram, and Inez Wrage. 80 yrs. ago April 28, 1933 Mr. Henry Knoble, who recently moved here from Mitchell, S. D., has rented the building north of the St. Elmo hotel and will open a weaving establishment in a few days. Mr. Knoble resided in Gladbrook many years and left here about twenty years ago to engage in business and farming in Minnesota. He is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hildebrand of this place and Mrs. Knoble will care for her aged parents while Henry weaves fancy rugs and carpets.