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

March 21, 2014
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20 yrs. ago March 18, 1994 Tuesday, March 8, Kellie Steuhm was chosen by the Garwin Auxiliary to participate in Girls State. Laurel Knaap will be the alternate. Saturday night, March 19, Coach Gary Peterson, from GMG will be honored at the half-time of the high school boys championship game. Coach Peterson will receive recognition and a plaque for winning 400 games as a varsity coach. Linda Kaye Knaack and Robert Dale Brockney announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Parents of the couple are Robert and Marcy Knaack, Gladbrook and Arlene Brockney, Osage and Dale Brockney, Charles City. Tyson Brown, 8 year old son of Michael and Deb Brown, Gladbrook, was the 1st place winner in Bassmaster Casting Kids Competition held in Marshalltown March 6th. Tyson beat out over 100 other participant. Tyson will now go on to the state competition in Cedar Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Michels, Marshalltown, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Rosemary Irene, Indianola, to Tristan Trent Grover, Indianola, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Grover, Naperville, Illinois. 30 yrs. ago March 23, 1984 Ehrig-McTurk Unit 127 of the American Legion Auxiliary has selected their Girls State representative and alternate. Rita McCreery, daughter of Dick and Charlotte McCreery, has been selected as the 1984 representative. Jennifer Ryan, daughter of Steve and Jeri Baumeier, had been selected alternate. The calendar may say Spring, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature as another snowstorm hit the midwest the first part of the week dumping 8 to 10 inches of snow. Schools at Garwin and Gladbrook were dismissed early on Monday with classes cancelled at Gladbrook and Garwin on Tuesday. Classes were cancelled again on Wednesday for Gladbrook and started two hours late at Garwin. If the weatherman gave us a little ray of hope we could be optimistic and think that maybe this was the last one, but they are talking of rain or snow for Friday and Saturday. Hang in there, Spring surely can’t be that far away! Janeen Chamberlain was among the twenty-four Iowa State University students selected as Cyclone Aides for the summer and fall orientation programs at the university. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Konicek, Garwin, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, RaeLyn Marie, to John Anthony Heinrichs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Heinrichs of Marshalltown. 40 yrs. ago March 15, 1974 The Gladbrook and Lincoln town councils have approved the purchase of a new ambulance for the Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service. A $15,000 fund drive is underway. “The pride that most Gladbrook residents have in their community was reflected in the actions of four young people last Saturday afternoon. Mike DeWitt, Russ Mehaffy, Ken Wiebensohn and Ed Brown spent the afternoon picking up bottles, cans and trash from alongside the streets. They collected quite a pile and it sure looks better!” Thanks a lot, Harold McKinney, Mayor A surprise party was held for Mr. and Mrs. August Hauschildt on Friday, February 22. Neighbors and relatives joined them to help celebrate their silver anniversary. The self invited guests brought food and the evening was spent playing cards. The Tama County Cattlemen’s Association and Auxiliary Cow-Belles have been sponsoring a “Promote Iowa Beef” campaign in the Tama County schools. The cattlemen have been contributing money for the purchase of beef for use by the home economics classes. Recently, three Cow-Belles, Mrs. Junior Cooper, Mrs. Art Koester, Mrs. LeRoy Thomsen and Ann, visited the Gladbrook home economics food classes and shared as the students prepared and sampled the various cuts of beef. As part of the preparation in the study of beef Mrs. Lineberry took her classes to Jindrich’s Meat Market to observe the cutting up of a side of beef. 50 yrs. ago March 13, 1964 Donald McGowan, 35, farmer living five miles northeast of Gladbrook met with a tractor accident last Friday afternoon and was pinned under the machine for three hours before being found by his son, Dennis, about 5:30 p.m. McGowan was backing up to a ditch and either the brakes failed or the lip of the ditch coved off and the tractor upset backwards into a 20 ft. ditch. McGowan was pinned under the machine which was upside down. His right leg was caught under the seat. He suffered gasoline burns from the raw gas dripping on him during the time he was under the machine, a broken rib, and badly bruised leg where the machine lay on him. Mrs. Dora Dreessen, Gladbrook’s oldest citizen will celebrate her 95th birthday Thursday, March 12. Mrs. Dreessen who was the former Dora Wrage was born at Schleswig, Germany, March 12, 1869. She and her husband, Henry Dreessen, and four children came to America in 1902 and settled on a farm near Lincoln and farmed until they retired in 1926 and moved to Gladbrook. Her husband passed away in 1940. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kroeger, Marshalltown, formerly of Gladbrook, are the proud parents of a son born to them Tuesday, March 10th. He weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and has been named Kent Fred. The Kroegers also parents of a daughter, Kathy, who is two and a half years old. Thursday evening of last week, Gordon Arp, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs Clarence Arp was hospitalized with injuries he received when a homemade vehicle jumped into a ditch four miles northeast of Gladbrook, near the Wayne Baumeier farm. Arp remains in the hospital with several broken ribs and injured kidney and numerous bruises. 60 yrs. ago March 19, 1954 Anna T. Wieland, Gladbrook’s postmaster, died Tuesday morning about 10:30 of a heart attack. Miss Wieland had been ailing since Friday but her condition was not thought to be serious. She came down for work as usual Friday morning and after opening the post office returned home where she remained until the time of her death. She was in good spirits Tuesday and just finished eating her breakfast with a neighbor when stricken with the attack and passed away immediately. Funeral services are planned for today, Friday, March 19. Anna T. Wieland was born Feb. 10, 1892 in Gladbrook. She became Gladbrook’s postmaster of October 1, 1936, a position she still held at the time of the death. The Cornell College Concert Band will appear at Gladbrook in an evening concert at the high school auditorium. Pvt. and Mrs. Herbert Oettchen arrived in Gladbrook last Saturday for a visit with relatives. Herbert has been stationed at Camp Polk, LA., and will leave April 18 for overseas duty. Jim Zabel, Sports Director of Radio Station WHO, Des Moines, and a familiar voice to thousands of midwest listeners, will speak in Gladbrook at the High School Basketball Banquet on March 25. 70 years ago March 17, 1944 Vernette Goettsch, Leon Fink and Art Buck are among those leaving Tama county today for army service. One hundred and forty voters braved the bad weather Monday and voted at the annual school election. There was one spoiled ballot. Following is the results of the election: For director, two to be elected for three year terms: Dr. L. H. Thompsen, 105; Dr. H. D. Osborne, 84; W. L. Stewart, 34; Chas. Dusek, 1; Paul Klinefelter, 2; Miss Lillian Foster, 1; Kenneth Gethmann, 1; H. J. Goettsch, 1. For treasurer, one to be elected for two years: D. B. Kliebenstein, 118; Agnes Barger, 1. Dean Eggers, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eggers, broke his collar bone Monday evening while sliding. He and a number of children were coasting near town hall and he was hurt while playing. Cleon Schoel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Schoel, a member of the U. S. Navy, called his parents Monday evening from Seattle, Washington and told them he was on his way home on leave. This is the first leave home in 28 months. Both Cleon and Mearl Slate are on the same boat and have been together since shortly after they entered the service. Aviation Cadet James H. Pippert, 20, has just completed the Army’s Primary Flight training course at Thunderbird Field No. 1, at Glendale, Arizona and has now commenced his basic flight training at another field. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Thomae. living southeast of Gladbrook, are the parents of a daughter born on Saturday. 80 years ago March 16, 1934 About 8:30 Thursday evening, two young men clad in overalls drove up to the Standard Oil Station and ordered Harold (Posy) Beddow to fill the tank. As he was doing so he took the number of the car. As Harold turned to receive pay for the gasoline, one of the young men reached in his pocket for the change and drew forth a gun. Nervously pointing it at Mr. Beddow, he relieved him of his change belt and the cash in the money drawer in the office. Thinking the money in the safe might as well go along the robber poked Mr. Beddow with the gun and ordered him to open it. A hurried examination produced no results as the money had been banked during the day. Beddow was forced into the wash room and ordered to be quiet for several minutes. One of the robbers stood at the window a few minutes to see if he was going to obey orders before he ran to the car and jumped aboard driving west by the churches. Officers were notified in all directions, but no trace of the robbers has been found yet. Harold says that he was scared about as bad as the robber, as both were nervous and “wiggled” a lot. It was a daring piece of work and the young men will fall into a trap sooner than they expect.


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