Looking Back-Do You Remember When By: Betty Dahms, Editor
August 30, 2013
10 yrs. ago Aug. 29, 2013 Erin Murty, FFA instructor, was granted permission by the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board for six of her students to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in late October. At that time Ryan Bru, a former FFA member, will be presented the American FFA Degree. Enrollment numbers show about 795 students in the G-R District. There are 260 at the high school, 220 at the middle school and a total of 315 in both elementaries. 20 yrs. ago Sept. 3, 1993 A check for $300 was donated to the Gladbrook Playground Committee. The money raised through the PTA’s t-shirt and sweatshirt sales and will be added to the playground fund. On August 25, Larry Reinig of Union Grove lake, was elected President of the Lake & Park Holding Corporation. He replaced Rolland Johnson, who was retired after serving the past five years in that capacity. Also elected were Dick Hildebrand, Vice-President and Susan Kakac, Secretary-Treasurer. On Thursday, August 26, diplomats from 35 nations toured the Doug and Karen Sienknect farm by Lincoln. The program was organized by Senator Grassley for the purpose of showing the world what Iowans have to offer the international market place. Flag raising ceremonies sponsored by the Gladbrook Legion Auxiliary were held last Monday on a rainy first day of school in the gym. Dr. Larry McNabb officially opened the 1993-94 school year at the Gladbrook Elementary and G-R Middle School. The flag was presented by members of the Gladbrook Junior Auxiliary including: Jackie Hamann, Janell Schultz and Jr. President Amanda Koester. Presiding over the program was Auxiliary Americanism Chr. Kathy Keiser. Rev. David Morris of the Chapel Church was guest speaker. Twenty-seven kindergartners began their journey to graduation day in the year 2006. Friday, August 20, the Garwin Community Club (GCC) sponsored a Benefit Dance for area flood victims. A total of $1,200 was raised with the help of generous donations from Farmers Savings Bank and both the Longhorn Saloon and Monte’s Tap. Quite a few people came to town to enjoy the entertainment and to view the autos on display by the Marshalltown Street Rod Association. Matt Moeller, son of Marlin and Phyllis Moeller, is engaged to Dyan Hable, daughter of Jerry Hable and Mary Hoover. The new mini-storage building has been completed and is ready to rent according to owners Carl & Hazel Hoff of Gladbrook. There are 22 spaces to rent consisting of three sizes, 10 X 10, 10 X 20, and 10 X 5. A new dryer has been purchased by Tabor Grain. The new improved and larger capacity dryer can dry 1,000 bushels per hour. The Methodist team won the 1993 Gladbrook Town League Softball Tournament with a 4-2 win over Lincoln in the championship game. Lincoln was the regular season Town League winner. 30 yrs. ago August 26, 1983 Gladbrook Community High School will be the site of an Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Volleyball Coaching Clinic on Saturday, August 27th. Danny Starits won the Sweepstakes Award for the most blue ribbons in the vegetables and fruits division, with his Hybrid Surprise Tomatoes, at the Flower and Garden Show on Wednesday. David Fisher, 17, of Garwin, riding on the motorcycle and a car driven by Vernon Elsberry of Marshalltown, collided at the Minnich driveway on a gravel road in the northeast part of Garwin, about noon on Tuesday, August 23. Passengers in the auto were uninjured. David was taken by Garwin Ambulance to MACH, where he was treated for a broken leg, cuts, and bruises. He will be hospitalized for several weeks. David is the son of Dwight and Carol Fisher and a senior a Garwin School. Harriet lovstad, President of the Wm. M. Saunders American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 71, gave the address at the annual Flag Raising Ceremony Wednesday at the Garwin School. The United Methodist Church of Gladbrook will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its sanctuary and fellowship hall building on Sunday, August 28. Former pastor Yon Schoenmaker will be the speaker for worship service, which will include dedication of memorials since June 1982 and will be followed by fellowship time and slides. The celebration will conclude with an open house in the recently completed family room at the parsonage, featuring a reception for the “new” minister (Rev. Howard Lord was reappointed at the recent Annual Conference.) Friday, August 26th, at 7:30 p.m. the Gladbrook High School football team will hold its annual Purple & Gold Soap Scrimmage. Pat Oettchen was presented with a corsage, a beautifully decorated cake and a needlepoint wall hanging for being named State junior Auxiliary Chairman. Sharon Anne Goettsch and Mark David Thede were united in marriage Saturday, July 30th in a double ring ceremony at the United Methodist Church in Gladbrook. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Judge of Garwin announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Brenda, to Harold (Herk) Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Schmidt of Gladbrook. Herk and Brenda are planning a September 17th wedding in Gladbrook. Monday, August 22, Armour & Co. became known as Swift Independent Packing Company. Armour & Co. had been in operations since 1968. Daryl Brayton was manager there from 1968-1976 at which time Roger Dostal became manager and still is. Wayne Chamberlain of rural Gladbrook who was one of the first farmers to sell to Armour & Co. in 1968 and again Monday was one of the first to deliver hogs to the new Swift Packing Co. 40 yrs. ago Aug. 31, 1973 Glenn Luethje of rural Gladbrook was the winner of the 1973 4-H Beef Carcass Contest held in conjunction with Tama County Fair. His calf, a 995 lb. Hereford graded choice with a 11.3 inch rib eye area and a fat cover of .4. The sellable meat was 67.13%. The calf placed 11th in its class at the fair. Debra Lee Kroeger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Kroeger of Gladbrook and David McGowan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Duschen of Waterloo, were united in marriage on Sunday, August 26th, in the Salem Church of Lincoln. Rural telephone users north of the Gladbrook exchange will be receiving improved service resulting from buried cable construction project by General Telephone Company of the Midwest. The construction is designated upgrade party line service for approximately 235 customers. The buried cable will also eliminate many maintenance and service problems caused by the present open aerial wire. The project is scheduled to take about three and one-half months and will cost an estimated $32,000. Miss Marcia Ann Cooper and Kevin Robert Stamp, son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Cooper and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stamp, all of rural Garwin,were united in holy matrimony at the Garwin United Methodist Church on the Sabbath afternoon of August 26th. 50 yrs. ago August 30, 1963 Richard H. Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ellis , of Lincoln, has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll at the Milwaukee School of Engineering for his academic work during the past quarter. A 1960 graduate of Gladbrook Community High School, Ellis is a student in Electrical Engineering. Alan Lage, son of Melissa (Lage) Frasher, has been seriously ill in a naval hospital in Washington D. C. and undergone major surgery several weeks ago. He shows great signs of improvement at the present time and is now at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Frasher in Maryland. Alan will have to receive treatments for sometime. The unofficial figure for the enrollment in the Gladbrook Community School was announced as 554 on opening day. This is 39 students less than a year ago. 60 yrs. ago August 28, 1953 Lloyd Kogle left Monday for Sioux city where he has accepted an appointment as livestock inspector at the Livestock Exchange Building . Mrs. Kogle will operate the Uptown Theatre. Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Goos became the parents of a son at 3:08 p.m. Sunday. He has been named Gregg. 70 yrs. ago August 27, 1943 Gladbrook’s Corn Carnival was a huge success this year, even with a war on and gas rationing many old-timers estimated the crowds both Friday and Saturday were the largest ever in town. They said the crowd for the 50 year jubilee was even exceeded. There was over 700 tickets at the dance Saturday night. Third District Vice Commander, Louis Caslavka, of Traer, installed the following officers for Ehrig-McTurk Post of the American Legion Monday evening. Harry Foster, Commander; Adolph Dahms, 2nd Vice-Commander; Art Broeker, Adjutant; H. D. Kehoe, Financial Officer; and Roy Kline, Historian. Rev. W. A. Koch, local pastor of the Peace Evangelical Church, handed in his resignation and is effective November 1st. Rev. Koch has accepted a charge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The champion Angus steer belonging to Ethel Koster was sold to Rath Packing Company, Waterloo, at the 4-H Club sale in Gladbrook, the closing day of the carnival. The calf weighed 990 pounds and brought a total of $188.10. 80 yrs. ago Sept. 1, 1933 Gladbrook entertained vast crowds last week at the Corn Carnival. The flower show drew the usual amount of attention. Winning the store window display at the Corn Carnival was Connor & Taylor. Betty Otto won the Table Bouquet division at the Corn Carnival flower show. The moveable dance floor was taken to Reinbeck by mistake from Clemans Garage, but don’t worry it will be back in Gladbrook by the Wednesday dance. The local United Brethren Church held a homecoming day at Conant’s Park Friday. Herman Bein has been made the mayor of Beaman.
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