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Looking Back-Do You Remember When By: Betty Dahms, Editor

January 24, 2014
Northern-Sun Print
20 yrs. ago Jan 21, 1994 Chimneys puff exhaust as they labor to fight the deep freeze weather this week. Temps dropped to the minus 20’s while the wind chill nudged minus 70 degrees. School were scheduled two hours late, then cancelled, then two hours late on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday respectively. Dave Psotka, manager of the Gladbrook Lanes, reported a break-in at Gladbrook Lanes Sunday, January 16th, to the Tama County Sheriff’s Department. Between the hours of 4-5:30 a.m. Sunday morning, burglars broke in at the back door of the facility taking over $1,000 in cash, cases of beer, cigarettes and chips. Due to the East Central Handicap Tournament hosted by Gladbrook Lanes Saturday night, there was a larger than normal amount of cash in the facility. The Gladbrook Fire Department and the Garwin Fire Department responded to a house fire at Union Grove Lake around 7 a.m. Sat., Jan. 15th. The house, owned by Rich and Barb Watkins, was completely destroyed inside. The fire was to believed to have started around a furnace and burned along time before it was discovered. No one was at home at the time. 30 yrs. ago Jan. 20, 1984 The newly elected member of Lincoln Savings Bank board is Wayne Chamberlain of rural Gladbrook. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Sylvan Ames of Lincoln. The Garwin Roughriders moved into first place in the class 1A Associated Press Iowa High School basketball polls this week. The had been ranked second a week ago by the AP panel of writers and broadcasters. Garwin received 14 votes to easily grab the No. 1 spot. Garwin is 10-0 after beating the Baxter Bulldogs Tuesday, 89-40. Jary Hoskey, vice-president at Farmers Savings Bank, Garwin, has been named to the bank’s Board of Directors. The appointment was made at the January 10th annual Stockholders meeting. 40 yrs. ago Jan. 18, 1974 The Gladbrook Panthers won two games last week with a 61-46 victory over North Tama and a 70-63 win over Dysart-Geneseo. Girls basketball, North Tama 63, Gladbrook 36. Dysart-Geneseo 74, Gladbrook 62. Kevin Chizek of Gladbrook, has been named to receive a special award for his outstanding corn yield of 187.6 bu./acre in Funk’s-G Project:200 high yield corn growing program. The announcement was made by his father, George Chizek, representing the Producers of Funk’s G-Hybrids. Erwin Maas, Gladbrook, has been named the new manager of the Gladbrook plant of the Farm Bureau Service Co. The Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service has formed an auxiliary snowmobile rescue unit. The Snowmobile Rescue Unit will aid in transporting the doctor, medicine or patient to a medical facility in time of heavy snow. 50 yrs. ago Jan. 17, 1964 Radcliffe won a pair of Iowa River Valley Conference basketball games from Gladbrook there last Friday night. The Radcliffe boys won, 60-52 and the Cadettes won 59-48. The Gladbrook boys fell to their seventh defeat in 11 games. The Pantherettes have the same record. Fire in the Lundt Feed & Hatchery building last Friday morning caused an estimated $2,000 worth of damage to the interior of the structure, feed, and other equipment. The smoke filled building was discovered shortly before 8:00 a.m. by Jack Jindrich who found the Jindrich Brothers Meat Market next door filling with smoke. The fire broke out when a stoker fired furnace became defective and continued to auger coal into the fire pit. With this type of fire there was a considerable amount of smoke that hampered the initial efforts of the fire department to get to the source. The furnace was located in the basement of the building. The merger of the Traer-Clutier school district and approximately 27 sections of the Dinsdale Consolidated school district was overwhelmingly approved by the voters in both districts last week. The vote was 229 “yes” and 63 “no”. 60 yrs. ago Jan. 22, 1954 An overheated air compressor, inside the Sherman Cities Service oil station at Lincoln, caused a considerable to the station by fire last Friday morning about 10:00 a.m. The fire was discovered by Mrs. Sherman, who operates the station during the day when her husband is on the road. The air compressor had evidently had become overheated and caught some of the contents of the building on fire. Most all the contents of the building were destroyed or damaged. 70 yrs. ago Jan. 21, 1944 Seven of Iowa’s eleven hemp processing plants will be closed as soon as the 1943 crop has been milled, it was disclosed monday, by Fred E. Butcher, Chicago, Illinois, president of War hemp Industries, Inc. The Traer plant is among those that will be shut down and local farmers will not be asked to grow hemp. The Lage farm sale which was held Monday, northwest of Gladbrook, was attended by one of the largest crowds at any sale in this territory this season and high prices prevailed. 80 yrs. ago Jan. 19, 1934 Miss Alverta M. Wiese, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Wiese and Harry Groth, son of Mrs. Emma Groth of Gladbrook were united in marriage at high noon, Wednesday, January 17, 1934, in the Little Brown Church at Nashua. About five hundred people were in attendance at the masquerade dance held in the American Hall Tuesday evening. Les Hartman’s W. M. T. German Band furnished the music and everyone reports a wonderful time.


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