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

February 28, 2014
Northern-Sun Print
20 yrs. ago Feb. 25, 1994 The Gladbrook Challenge Class received a trophy and $250 last Saturday for winning the Student Production (K-12) category of “Movies to Go/Iowa Film Awards.” They entered their 26 minutes video, “Gladbrook: Alive and Growing” in the contest. Jim and Deb Osborn are the proud parents of their second daughter, Sierra Jean, born Thursday, February 17th. Sierra weighed 6 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by her big sister, Jamie, 4. Grandparents are Chuck & Shirley Delfs and John & Laura Osborn, all of Gladbrook. Ladies of the Peace Church have been working diligently this winter piecing and had quilting a colorful queen-size quilt titled “Celebration”. Working on the quilt were Kathy Gethmann, chairperson and creator, along with Shirley Miell, Alma Gilchrist, Sharon Shouse and Blanche Hauschildt. Raffle tickets are being sold by the Peace Church members for this quilt, which will be given away at the Peace Church fund-raising public auction on March 26th. Four RebelHawk wrestlers traveled to Benton Community and competed in the wrestling districts. Jamie Smock qualified for the state wrestling tournament at Des Moines this weekend. Smock placed 2nd at 130 pounds. Snowfall in the vicinity measured near the one foot mark after the Tuesday night storm. Forecasters are calling for more snow before the end of the week. 30 yrs. ago Feb. 24, 1984 Three Gladbrook wrestlers qualified for the 1984 State Wrestling Tournament that will be held in Des Moines, February 23, 24, & 25. Scott Dierks, a junior at 145; Senior Scot Storjohann at 155; and Senior Don Snider at 185 advance to State. This is the first time Gladbrook has qualified three wrestlers for State. Coaches are Bruce Sperry and Dick Keith. The Gladbrook School Board met in special session Monday, February 20 to hire Don Hasselmann as custodian. Hasselmann replaces Randy Thompson who resigned. 40 yrs. ago Feb. 22, 1974 Gladbrook Panthers finished the regular season with a conference victory over Dysart-Geneseo, Friday,February 15th. The victory enabled Gladbrook to tie Dike for the conference championship. Gladbrook finished the regular season with a 13-1 conference record and a 16-1 overall record. Steve Miell led the balanced scoring attack with 16 points. He was closely followed by Jeff Goos with 13, Dave Schoel with 12, Dave Denbow with 10, John Jindrich with 7 and Brent Larsen with 2. Jeff Goos led the defensive department with 16 rebounds and was followed by Steve Miell and Dave Denbow with 7 rebounds apiece. The Gladbrook High School Wrestling Team took top honors in winning the Sectional Tournament held at Conrad last week. Six wrestlers advanced themselves into the district Tournament to be held in Conrad this Friday and Saturday. Individual champions for Gladbrook were Buck Jones, Sr. at 126 and Joel Mohr, Jr. at 145. Placing second for the Panthers were Greg Babinat, Jr. at 105; Donn Dierks, Jr. at 138; John Mohr, Jr. at 167 And Don McGowan, Sr. at 185. Placing third for Gladbrook was Randy Ramundt, Fr. at 98 and Steve Read, Sr. at 119. Other team members were Steve Koester, Fr. at 112; Dave Koester, Jr. at 132 and Glenn Luethje, Jr. at Hwt. About 80 friends and relatives called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Buskohl on Friday evening, February 15th in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Hoing of Gladbrook announce the engagement of their daughter, Peggy, to Lynn Rinderknecht, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Rinderknecht of Van Horne. 50 yrs. ago Feb. 21, 1964 A thief or thieves entered or tried to enter four Garwin business houses during the night on Monday. Attempted entries were made at Mason’s Grocery and Wayne’s Tap through the back doors, but entry was not gained at either place though the locks were both jimmied. The Garwin Hardware was broken into by breaking out a window and then opening the back door. Mr. Ochs said Tuesday he could find nothing missing and doubted if the thief even entered the main part of the store, but remained only in the back room. The fourth place entered was the Cobble Shop and Garwin Locker. Here again entry was gained through the back door. The cash drawers of both businesses were rifled with the thief taking only bills, 25 and 50 cent pieces. The pennies, nickels, and dimes were scattered all over the floor. It was estimated by Don Eberhardt on Tuesday that they took a little over $50 from him and $10 to $15 from Mr. Rix. Three Green Mountain area residents announced Saturday that they bought the Producers Savings Bank in that town with plans to operate it as a community bank and to expand it financially. Kenneth R. Lynk, William N. Shipton and W. H. Thomas have purchased from Bertel and G. G. Leth more than 70 percent of the bank’s stock. The assumed management of the bank on Monday with Shipton as president. The announcement followed a stockholders meeting late last Thursday at which plans to sell the Producers Savings Bank to Security Savings Bank of Marshalltown were rescinded. The Gladbrook Fire Department was called to the Jerry Parsons home on West Hill about 6 a.m. Sunday morning when fire broke out in the garage attached to the west side of their home. The damage was mostly smoke and water to both house and garage. It is thought that the cause of the blaze and damage was defective pot-type oil burner that was going in the garage. Bill Swartz and Rita Handorf both set new series records at the Gladbrook Lanes during regular league bowling in the Town and Country League last Monday evening. Mrs. Handorf had a 580 series and Swartz a 658 series. These records were previously held by Doris Beichley with a 560 series and Harold Halverson with a 619 series. Top game honors in league play are held by Ilene Rosenberger with a 237 game for women and Harold McKinney with a 269 game for men. The final game of the current campaign the Gladbrook girls lost to Reinbeck 62-50 in the first round sectional play. Sue Moeller led the Panthers with 26 points. 60 yrs. ago Feb. 26, 1954 A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Thede last Wednesday morning, February 17. She weighed 7 pounds 2 1/2 ounces and has been named Doris Ann. This is their third child, they have another girl and boy. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hooper of Gladbrook announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lois, to Junior Dierks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dierks of Beaman. The wedding will take place Sunday, April 4th at the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Gladbrook. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lubbert are the parents of a daughter born Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. The little miss weighed 7 pounds and 2 3/4 ounces. This is their fifth child, they have three other daughters and one son. Fire, resulting from an over-heated deep-fat fryer Sunday evening did extensive damage at Bud’s Cafe in Gladbrook. The cafe had been closed for the night and the deep-fat fryer had accidentally been left on. The fire which resulted from the overheated fryer was discovered by Ed Rohde, town marshall about 10:30 and though the fire damage was not so great, the damage from the greasy smoke was extensive. Workmen have been busy all week redecorating the cafe so business may again resume as soon as possible. 70 yrs. ago Feb. 25, 1944 An over heated stove caused damage to two rooms at the Emmett Street home last Saturday evening about 7:45. The oil burner had been turned on and had failed to catch fire and when it was lit the excess oil overheated and the stove pipe where it went through a partition wall set the wall ablaze. The fire was soon put out after the firemen arrived, but some smoke and chemicals used in putting out the fire damaged wallpaper, etc., in two of the rooms. One of the largest crowds ever to attend a single party in Gladbrook turned out Monday afternoon and evening to the varied attractions sponsored by the Fairchild Implements, Inc., for their customers. A total of 943 people attended this party. Bad weather failed to keep them away. A free show was sponsored both afternoon and evening at the Uptown Theatre which featured Walt Disney’s famed cartoon, “Dumbo.” Also acts on the stage by the Finchville Melodians from radio station KXEL with “Slofoot”, the comedian, who but rolled them in the aisle with his various jokes. A free dance for the party goers was held after the evening show at the American Hall. The music was furnished by the Finchville Melodians. Donald Fink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fink, who was recently reported missing in action, has been located. He is in the hands of the Germans and a prisoner of war. Occurring at epidemic levels in the state, scarlet fever has broken out in at least 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties and may be expected to reach the others before the outbreak runs its course, the state health department said today. 80 yrs. ago Feb. 23, 1934 Sunday afternoon, a Musical Concert will be given under the auspices of the Community Woman’s Club and the musical talent of our city in the gym. Garwin defeated Tama to become Tama County Champions. Schaefferle and Aldrich were outstanding players on the Garwin team. Toledo defeated Gladbrook in the consolation game by the score 29-20. The ten boys on the Gladbrook squad were, Joe Barger, Charles Plett, Bob Wahl, Louis Mahlstedt, Roger Schroeder Delmer Thede, Vernette Goettsch, Elvertus ploen, Raymond Peterson and Elmer Jones. Notice to Citizens: The city wood pile at the Mustard Factory where strangers in town begging for something to eat should be sent to earn enough to pay for what they eat. This is done to stop begging from house to house and on Main Street. J. H. Wrage, Mayor Betty’s Know-It-All Calendar Feb. 28 - Republican Party, 1854 Feb. 29 - Leap Year Day March 1 - Peace Corps, 1961 March 2 - U. S. Highways numbered, 1925 March 3 - 1st Time Magazine, 1923 March 4 - Automobile Assoc. of America, 1902 March 5 - Boston Massacre, 1770


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