Looking Back-Do You Remember When? By: Betty Dahms, Editor
January 31, 2014
20 yrs. ago Jan. 28, 1994 Two Tuesdays in a row students found themselves staying home from school. This time not because of Arctic temps but freezing rain. Many working people either stayed home of found themselves in ditches along the way to work. All area schools called off classes. Many motorists couldn’t climb the streets in town and sidewalks were nearly impossible to navigate. The mail arrived in town late and there was no rural delivery that day. As we go to press, more freezing rain and snow is predicted for this are. That’s Iowa!! Union Grove Lake was the location for the annual Tamaha District Klondike Derby held last Saturday, January 22nd, for approximately 150 youth and adults. Sixteen Scout teams pulled homemade sleds up and down Legion Hill performing skills. At each station “Igloo Stops”, a problem is presented to the Scouts, which require basic knowledge and Scout skills to solve. The Scouts are then judged on their performance. Some of the skills performed were compass reading, first aid, fire starter, snow shoe race, communication skills and cooking. Gladbrook Pack 327 Webelos consisting of John Lohse, Josh Johnson, and Kyle Ruopp won the first place traveling trophy for their knowledge of scouting skills. Adult leaders were Dave Ruopp and Don Garvey. Manager Dave Psotka reported that the Gladbrook Lanes were broken into for the second time Tues., Jan 25 in the early morning hours. Entry was gained by breaking a window into the kitchen and exiting through the rear door. About $50 in cash was taken along with cigarettes and liquor. The robbery was notice by the bread delivery-man. Gladbrook Lanes was also burglarized on Sun., Jan 16. Troy and Deann Cook are the proud parents of their first child, a son. Colin Kurtis was born January 16, 1994. Colin weighed 9 lbs. 14 1/2 ounces and was 22 inches long. Grandparents are Pat Wiebensohn, Gladbrook and Dennis and Mardean Cook, Cedar Rapids. Great grandparents are Christine Wiebensohn, Marshalltown, Doris and Gene Allen, McAllen, Texas and Marv and Millie Pesk and Ethel Cook all of Cedar Rapids. 30 yrs. ago Jan. 27, 1984 All Iowa motor vehicle owners should have their vehicles registered for 1984 no later than Jan. 31, 1984, to avoid paying a penalty, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Although the state is beginning a registration system where all vehicles except trucks and truck tractors with a gross weight of more than five tons are registered during the owner’s birth months, this year every vehicle must be registered before the end of January to avoid penalty. Then, the renewals will come due in the birth month of the owner. Five Gladbrook boys participated in the LGF Kids Wrestling Tournament, Saturday, January 21st. Dan Sperry, 4th grade; Dan Hatch, 4th grade; and Dan Paustian, 7th grade, won first place in their weight class division, while Alan Sperry, 7th grade and Dave Ryan, 8th grade placed second. Jim and Marcia Clark of Gladbrook became parents of a baby boy, born January 23, 1984. Randall James weighed 8 lb. 14 1/2 oz. and was 22 1/2 inches long. Randy has a sister, Stephanie, 7 years old. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Clark of Beaman and Mr. and Mrs. Loren Pieper of Gladbrook. 40 yrs. ago Jan. 25, 1974 The Gladbrook Panthers recorded two victories during the past week. On Tuesday the Panthers defeated Eldora 61-42 and on Friday the Panthers started the second half of the conference schedule with a victory of Wellsburg 63-52. In the victory over Eldora Jeff Goos led the scoring department with 22. He was followed by Dave Schoel 18, Kerry Bern 8, John Jindrich 7, Steve Miell 4 and Kirk Dahms 2. In rebounding department Jeff Goos, Kerry Bern, and Steve Miell controlled the boards with 13, 12 and 8 rebounds respectively. In the win over Wellsburg Jeff Goos led the scoring with 26 followed by Dave Schoel 13, Kerry Bern and Steve Miell with 12 apiece. Excellent team defense and good hustle were key factors in the victory. The Gladbrook wrestling team upped their season record to 4-2-1 with a 33-16 victory over Belle Plaine last week. Pins were scored by John Mohr at 155 and Don McGowan at 185. The Gladbrook District Farm Bureau Bowling Tournament ended last Friday at the local lanes with area bowlers winning their share of the prize money. Ruth Sonksen stole the show winning first place in all events, teaming with Ellen Sienknecht to win doubles and was a member of the winning team. Other team members were Leona McCreery, Eunice Ladehoff, Lorraine Otto and Dorothy Billerbeck. A local men’s team composed of Walt Gethmann, Mike Quigley, Wayne Sienknecht, Virgil Sievers and Dennis Sienknecht swept the men’s teams with a 3069 score rolling one game over 1000 without handicap. Carole Ann Alvestad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Alvestad and Debra K. Bruene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bruene, were among 1,834 Iowa State University students who were named to the Dean’s List for the fall quarter. 50 yrs. ago Jan. 24, 1964 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Schroeder received word that a little girl was born to their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiemers of Iowa City on Sunday, January 19th. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and has been named Renae Jean. This is their first child. Mrs. Wiemers is the former Shirley Schroeder. In the consolation game of the Girls IRV Conference Tournament at Wellsburg last Saturday evening the gals from Alden were 10 points better than the Gladbrook Pantherettes. The gals from Alden went home the winners by the score of 54-44. The Panthers and Pantherettes both suffered defeats at the hands of NESCO on Tuesday evening at Zearing. The Royals slid past the Panthers 66-53, while NESCO girls edged out the Pantherettes, 54-35. Beichley and Roberts shared top scoring honors for the boys at 15 points each. Sue Moeller was the only Gladbrook Pantherette to score in the double figures and she pumped in 25 points to take game scoring honors. The Belle Plaine High School wrestling team defeated the Gladbrook matmen here Monday night, 27-16. Van Volkens of Gladbrook pinned Larry Goodman of Belle Plaine in 6 seconds in the 138 pound class to register a victory for GHS. Gladbrook also won the 103 pound class by forfeit. Mark Kogle of Gladbrook, decisioned Jerry Bergent, 2-0, in the 145 pound division for the losers only other win in the meet. In the wrestling meet held Wednesday night with West Marshall at State Center the Gladbrook matmen lost 29-14. 60 yrs. ago Jan. 29, 1954 Little Jeffrey, the 15 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Barger, who has been a patient at the Evangelical Hospital in Marshalltown, a victim of pneumonia, is much improved at the writing. A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson on Saturday, January 23. He weighed 7 pounds 13 1/2 ounces and has been named Kirk LeRoy. This is their third child, they have another boy and girl. Gladbrook posted a pair of basketball verdicts over Montour there Tuesday in Mid-Iowa Conference action. The Gladbrook girls were pushed all the way before annexing a 33-28 win over the Montour sextet, reversing the outcome of the recent Tama County tournament’s consolation game, which went into overtime. Gladbrook had an 18-15 half-time lead. Ardella Thede topped the scoring with 16 markers. The Gladbrook boys breezed to a 61-23 triumph after a 24-11 first half. Dick Kienzle’s 14 points paced the winners. Forty-six youngsters started their school careers Monday in Gladbrook’ Consolidated School. Their instructor is Mrs. Viola (Denman) Poland. A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Poland on Friday, January 22, by Caesarian. He has been named Donald Ray and weighed 5 pounds. 70 yrs. ago Jan. 28, 1944 Jake Dunbar, local assessor, is on the go these days and he has his eagle eye cocked for those dogs of the town. It has always been a mystery where so many dogs come from as every year at this time no one seems to own the dogs in town. 80 yrs. ago Jan. 26, 1934 The city officials, Mayor Ralph Hall and Marshal H. J. Williams, Saturday raided two places and seized two and one-half gallons of alcohol. One gallon and a half was taken from the Garwin beer parlor and the remainder from a vacant building. The officers made two arrests for illegal possession of alcohol. Leo Heilberger, manager of the beer parlor, was fined $50 and costs and Art Lincoln was sentenced to thirty days in the county jail. They were tried before J. I. Dobyn, Justice of the Peace. Betty’s “Know-It-All” Calendar Jan. 26-Paul Newman born 1925. Jan. 27-Mozart born 1756. Jan. 29-Thomas Paine born 1738. Jan. 30-Cash register patent 1883. Jan. 31-1st daytime TV soap 1949. Feb. 2-Groundhog Day. Feb. 3-Norman Rockwell born 1894. Feb. 4-1st U. S. Congress 1789. Feb. 5-1st “Don’t Walk” sign 1952. Feb. 6-Elizabeth II ascends throne 1952.
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