Looking Back-Do You Remember When By: Betty Dahms, Editor
August 23, 2013
10 yrs. ago Aug. 22, 2003 A dead blue jay found at 1207 175th st. in Gladbrook was taken and tested for the West Nile Virus last Tuesday by Deb Qahtani, of the Tama County Public Health Department. The blue jay tested negative for the virus, reported Qahtani. 20 yrs. ago Aug. 27, 1993 According to Supt. Lawrence McNabb, classes at Gladbrook Community School and Reinbeck Community School will officially begin next Monday, August 30th, with anticipated enrollment of 310 students at the Gladbrook facility and 440 at the Reinbeck facility. The Alumni Banquet at the Gladbrook Community School on Sat., Sept. 4th, is fast approaching. The banquet is held every five years and 740 reservations have been made for the 1993 banquet. The theme is “I’m Proud To Be An American”. John and Sara Shouse became the parents of a baby girl born August 11th. Carrie Suzanne weighed 7lbs. 5 oz. She has an older brother, Adam, who is four. Grandparents are JayDee and Sharon Shouse, Gladbrook, and Larry and Suzanne Rhinesmith, Grundy Center. Lee Wegner and David Groth are the proud parents of a son born on August 17th. Austin David weighed 7 lbs. 11 1/2 oz. and was welcomed home by big sister, Lindsey, who is 18 months old. Grandparents are Carroll and Marlys Wegner and Ron and Lois Groth. Last Thursday, August 19, a large crowd could be seen in Wentzien Hardware as a wall-to-wall dispersal auction was being held. Wentzien Hardware Co. is moving to its prior location of Main Street and the present building has been sold to John Bereczki Sr. for the location of an “Our Own” Hardware store. 30 yrs. ago Aug. 19, 1983 Stan Koster, President of the Gladbrook Lions, presented a check in the amount of $600 to Keith Sash, President of the Tama Co. Fair Board, from the receipts of the Lions Club food stand at the 1983 Tama Co. Fair. The money was designated to be used for the hog building. Dennis and Doris Gienger of Gladbrook are the parents of a son, born Wednesday, August 10. Jason Ryan weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Loren and Elanie Thede and Carl and Leona Gienger, all of Gladbrook. Barry and Kayla Reese of Gladbrook became the parents of a daughter, Jessica Ruelle, born Saturday, August 13. She weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and measured 21 inches at birth. Jessica’s grandparents are Bob and Barbara Reese of Waterloo and Sharon Kirby, Indianola and Dean Kirby of Lohrville. 40 yrs. ago Aug. 24, 1973 Connie Oettchen, 16, daughter of the Ervin Oettchens competed in the Teen Queen Contest at the State Fair of August 18th and 19th. She presented a piano solo for her talent. Connie represented the Gladbrook Community School. Services were held Monday, August 20, for Ernest Hobert Cathcart, 75, of Gladbrook, who died at his home on Thursday afternoon last week. Requiem Mass was held at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garwin on Wednesday for Lawrence Terbl, 26, of Gladbrook, who died Saturday morning, August 18th at Veteran’s Hospital in Des Moines, where he had been hospitalized following a one car accident on April 26th. Services were held on Saturday, August 18th for Robert E. Shope, 66, of Gladbrook, who died Wednesday evening, August 15th at his home. Bob had been in failing health for the last few years. Services were held at the Salem Church in Lincoln for Wesley (Jack) Budolfsen, 67, of Lincoln, who died at his home on Wednesday morning. Mrs. May Lou Sienknecht, F.I.C., Lincoln, has been appointed by the Board of Supreme Directors of the Royal Neighbors of America, fraternal benefit society with national headquarters in Rock Island, Illinois, as the new supervisor of the society’s field representative in Eastern Iowa. Henry Ramundt, 74, died Thursday morning of last week, August 16th, in a physician’s office in Traer from an apparent heart attack. Connie Oettchen, daughter of the Ervin Oettchens and Leslie Bruene, daughter of the Kenneth Bruenes recently returned home from a weeks session of Basketball Camp held at Robert Morris College in Carthage, Ill. 50 yrs. ago Aug. 23, 1963 Tama County’s Junior Horse Show was small, but some outstanding individuals were exhibited by the young 4-H members. Kenneth Claussen, Gladbrook, won a blue ribbon for his two year old pony. “Sewing For Fun” will be the Adult Homemaking class offered by the Gladbrook Community School this year. The series of lessons will be on intermediate sewing and may include costume selection, wardrobe planning, and textiles. There are eight new teachers this year on the school faculty. They are: Robert L. Lemke, a graduate of Drake University in May of 1961. He will be teaching Jr. High Math; Wendell Williams, a graduate of State College of Iowa in May 1963. He will teach Jr. High Science and be football and boys basketball coach; Walter Dean Christofferson, a graduate of Iowa State College in May of 1963. He will be librarian and teach American History; Marilyn Plumb, a graduate of Iowa State University in May of 1963. She will teach homemaking and economics; Carol (Eick) Hildebrandt was a graduate of Iowa State College. She will be teaching 2nd grade; Vicki Williams is a graduate of State College of Iowa in May of 1962. She will teach science and math; Jayne Harris is a graduate of Georgia State College in May of 1963. She will teaching Jr. and Sr. High English with class plays; Mary Stattler is a graduate of State College of Iowa in May 1963. She will teach Vocal music. The Lincoln Commercial Club is sponsoring a “Watermelon Day” in Lincoln on Saturday, August 24th. They invite everyone to come to lincoln and join in the fun and entertainment that is being provided. The watermelon feast starts at 1 p.m. and lasts all day. Schools open Wednesday, August 28 at 8:30 a.m. for a full day of school the first day. Flag raising is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. that day. 60 yrs. ago Aug. 21, 1953 Last Friday evening, parade time at Corn Carnival, one of the largest crowds ever to assemble in Gladbrook watched a colorful parade of 49 entries plus a number of horses, ponies, and of course the kiddies parade. It was a parade the likes of which would put to shame many put on by large cities. The crowd Friday evening was estimated at nearly 8,500 people. Mrs. Adeline Callahan, of Marshalltown, has issued invitations to the approaching marriage of ther daughter, DeLoris Arlene, to Peter William Carstensen of Gladbrook, which will take place at Marshalltown on Monday, August 24th. Eddie Badger, of Traer, has purchased the Sunnyside Cafe business in Gladbrook from Tom Carstensen. possession was given last week and the cafe was opened for business this week under new management. The Badger family is living above the cafe in Gladbrook. Mr. and Mrs. Badger have five children, four girls and one boy. Daryl Kuhl, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kuhl, suffered third degree burns on his stomach and body and is confined to a Grand Rapids Minnesota hospital. The Kuhls were vacationing there and Daryl’s clothes caught on fire from the camp fire near their tent. As soon as possible Daryl will be transferred to a Marshalltown hospital. Mrs. Fred Bruene, who was the local chairman of the Cancer Crusade drive was notified this week from the Iowa Headquarters that the $181.75 raised in Spring Creek township was the most donated by any township in Tama County. 70 yrs. ago August 20, 1943 At the regular meeting of the Gladbrook Commercial Club held last Friday evening, A. C. West was appointed by the club as county ration board member for Gladbrook and surrounding community. His appointment became effective immediately. The Tama Northern office was recently appointed by local authorities and state officials as distribution office for ration blanks for this community. This office will serve any party requiring blanks for rationed articles and will inform those asking for blanks where they may secure help if need be in filling them out. The Community Women’s Club canning project was in full swing again when last Friday and Monday a number of ladies of the community met at school and canned 136 quarts of corn which will be served to the students for hot lunches during the winter months. Hunnicut’s Silver Inn has been remodeled this past week. The pool tables in the rear have been removed and replaced with eating tables. Mr. and Mrs. Hunnicut have served lunches and sandwiches for some time and plan to make further changes for improvement for their building in the near future. With Gladbrook short on restaurants this change will be very advantageous for those eating in town during Corn Carnival as well as in the future. 80 yrs. ago August 25, 1933 Music pupils of Mrs. Marian Bruene will give a recital at the Methodist Church on August 25th. R. L. Howell, who has been employed as a printer at the Northern the past year, has moved to Oakland, Nebraska where he will assume the management of the loan business for McMurray-Hill & Co. of Des Moines. Al Gerardi’s Accordion Band will play on the streets of Gladbrook next Wednesday evening. Frank Cold, farmer west of Lincoln, threshed 35 acres of timothy which yielded 6 bushels per acre.
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