December 9, 1909
The Baptist Church has been forced to get seventeen new panes of glass to replace those broken by air guns, in the hands of small boys.
Miss Ina Lauser, of the News force has been absent from her post most of the time for the past two weeks, caring for her mother, who has been suffering from blood poisoning of one of her hands.
Joe Shaver has bought a photograph business at West Liberty, Iowa and will take possession January first.
Ira Fry who has been working in the automobile shops at Moline, spent Thanksgiving day with his folks at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Small returned from their western visit Thanksgiving morning. When they reached their home great was their surprise to find a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner awaiting them prepared by their daughters.
Frank Figgins and wife and Mrs. John Myers, Sr. have gone to Des Moines to spend the holidays. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Gingerich are looking after the farm.
L.G. Shaver is attending the International Stock Show in Chicago this week. Link, is a director and never misses the greatest of all stock shows.
The A. H. Maas and the Edwin Hummer families went to Keswick, last Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with a brother of Mr. Hummer and Mrs. Maas.
Fred Sommers and family left Friday evening, for Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where they expect to make a new home.
The Misses Ida Snider and Nita Edmondson came home from Burlington Thursday to visit the home people. They are attending commercial college in Burlington.
N.J. Benson is going to quit farming and will hold a closing out sale of horses, cattle, hogs, a lot of hay, corn and other grains, on Thursday December 16.
Sale dates are getting pretty thick. Yost Stutzman has a sale tomorrow, December 3, C.I. Yoder, December 8, J.A. Means , December 6, and D.J. Berkey & Son, December 10.
J.F. Durst has been confined to the house a part of the past week, but is able to be on duty, at the store again.
Dan P. Yoder, Lee and Joe Snider, returned from Chicago today. Dan had five cars of cattle on the market this week.
Mrs. Ollie Manatt and little son of Burlington, were welcome Thanksgiving visitors at the parental L.E. Edmondson home.
Charley McKinzie has moved to the Palmer house south of the depot.
German Christmas post cards at Holyoke's 2 for 5 cents.
John Krotz and family of near Ainsworth, spent Sunday at the J. Yansky home.
Joe Duwa lost a valuable horse Monday.
Elmer Eglin entertained a number of young folks at his home Saturday night.
George Smith bought a cow of Frank Lintz.
Orval Manasmith had the misfortune to break his leg Thursday.
The carpenters are finishing F. Grundbacker's kitchen.
Luke Hughes shipped a carload of hogs to Chicago Thursday.
Abe Lackendar shipped a carload of hogs to Chicago Tuesday.
R.B. Clark and son will have a closing out sale Thursday December 9.
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Sheetz of Cosgrove, spent Thanksgiving at the M. Halter home.
John Kinsinger has purchased the E. Hartsock farm at $100 per acre.
Clara Yordt has charge of the Wagner switch, during the absence of Emma Liebe, who was summoned to her home on account of her mother falling and breaking her arm.
Samuel and Elias Strickler, of Kalona, and Henry Strickler, of Sharon Center, were called to Emerson, Iowa, to attend the funeral of a sister.
Mrs. L. Fullen is here from Chicago to visit at the Walter Hughes and Fred Meer homes.
Mrs. Emily Weekes and grandchildren, John and Laura Winborn, spent Thanksgiving at the Lester Means home near Kalona.
Out students home for Thanksgiving were Melvin and Irving Justice, from Cedar Falls, Elsie and Gaylord Rupener and Clyde Cox, of Iowa City.
Clark Roup departed Monday for the Stock Show in Chicago. He was accompanied as far as Davenport by his wife, who will visit there with her sister, Mrs. Dixon.
Miss Alice Enfield began school Monday in Horseshoe Bend District.
The dance at Chris Hofer's Saturday night was well attended.
O.L. Manatt's spent Thanksgiving at the parental Hesselschwerdt home.
S.D. Yoder and wife spent Sunday at Hintermeister.
Mrs. Liebe had the misfortune to fall last week on the back porch of her home and fracture an arm. She lay over an hour in an unconscious state. Dr. Bradin was called and set the injured member.
Emma Liebe came home from Sharon to attend to her mother.
Mrs. Loeb of Kansas is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Frank Nordeck.
Mrs. Weymer and Lillie Loeb left for Kansas last Monday.
Ray Robinson and Jim Johnson have built a corn crib and hog house for Ray Patterson.
The youngest son of Fred Kettles has been quite sick the past week but is better at this writing.
Delvin Phend and family were Sunday visitors at the parental Joe Butterbaugh home.
Mr. Orr Maple and Miss Alma Sigler were married at the home of the bride's parents Wednesday.
Pilotburg School began Monday. Alta Hampsher wields the rod.
Miss Vera Messenger who has been at the Bert Stafford home returned to her home it Wellman.
Susie Bitting visited over Sunday at Will Schulty's.
Mrs. C.E. Rickey visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. Sim Work.
Harry and Pearl Phillips and Esther Bartholomew and Rosa Faulkner returned to their school work in Pella Monday, after spending the Thanksgiving vacation at home.
Mr. George Brush will have a sale December 9th. Mr Brush expects to move his family to Illinois.
Gladys Knapp is recovering from an attack of the chickenpox.
The young ladies of this community will give a social in behalf of their young gentlemen friends at the G. R. Amlong home.
Lulu Durst is home after spending a couple of weeks sewing near Keota.
75 Years Ago
December 6, 1934
Heavy snow November 30, Kalona without electricity for 24 hours after the storm.
The train from Montezuma east No. 814, never got this far. Both trains bucked snow and derailed their engines.
Patricia Jean is the name of the new daughter, born to Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Thompson at Boone last Thursday.
Mrs. Thompson will be remembered as the former Miss Lois Snair.
Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Reece are the proud parents of a new son born to them in Iowa City. He will answer to the name Billy Dean.
Ferdinand E. Skola, son of Joseph and Ludmilla Skola, was born at Richmond, Iowa February 24, 1876, and died December 1, 1934 at the age of 58 years.
He was married to Harriet A. Brown on October 28, 1902.
Miss Helen Snodgrass and the Messrs Max Boone and Paul Yoder, all students of Iowa Wesleyan College were visitors at their homes.
Joe Levy who is a member of the CCC Camp near Chariton, Iowa was a visitor at the parental Mose Levy home.
Tim Grady, another Kalona boy who is a member of the CCC Camp near Oskaloosa was at home with his mother, Mrs. H.P. Grady for Thanksgiving.
J.R. Swartzendruber, Chief
F.R. Conklin, Asst. Chief
V.D. Hochstetler, Secy. Treas.
Glenn Wahl, Captain
Miss Eileen Hirt spent last weekend at the parental Hirt home.
Rolland Maxwell was called to Muscatine Sunday by the death of his aunt. Mrs. Etta Figgins.
Sam Williamson was called to Iowa City Thursday where his daughter, Gladys, was hurt in an auto accident.
Paul Bailey and Clair Grout were guests at the John Benell home near Kalona Thursday.
Ivan Maas, Howard Bailey, Earl Grout and Leroy Miller enjoyed a pheasant hunt in Buchanan County.
Dec. 4-Mrs. Walter Weeber is improving slowly from her recent fall.
Miss Lucille Smith who is teaching at Percival, Iowa and her mother, Mrs. Cora Smith, of Iowa City visited at the Henry and Laura Ressler home.
The rain and snow storm did considerable damage to fruit trees, telephone lines and the electric light system. Kerosene lamps were in demand. Roads being in bad shape, it has been quite difficult for mail carriers to deliver the mail. On Monday, some of the high school scholars "moved in" to Sharon so as to be able to attend school.
Donna Belle and Lola Jean Brenneman spent last week with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Reber.
Orval Troyer was a Sunday dinner guest at the Jake Marner home.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah Litwiller, Mrs. A.F. Troyer, Raymond and Alma were Sunday dinner guests at the John Hershberger home.
Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus Miller, are the proud parents of a new son born to them. He will answer to the name John Lewis.
Miss Elsie Miller was pleasantly surprised last Sunday, when a few of her girl friends gathered at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Miller, the occasion being in honor of Miss Elsie's birthday which occurred on Monday. Those present were Vivian Stutzman, Eunice Reber, Ursula Swartzendruber, Mary Gingerich, Mildred Iams, Myrtle Gingerich, and Kathryn Yoder.
Talk about the "old fashioned" winters we used to have in the good old days gone by. I rather think we have one now that will hold us for a spell.
How many people would have believed a year ago that corn would be a dollar a bushel by now?
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Knepp, Clayton and Wallace ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Ed Knepp home.
Joe P. Gingerich and his helpers brought his cattle home from pasture at Harvey Gingerich's last Saturday.
Milo Miller's boys inform me that they have some more of those good looking shepherd pups with no charge.
Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Slabaugh entertained the Upper Deer Creek young folks at dinner Thursday evening. After the dinner, the young folks went to Ben Gingerich's. They had a surprise singing for Mildred.
The Misses Viola Beachy and Amy Miller and Paul Yoder spent Saturday night with Roy and Katie Miller.
Miss Elizabeth Niffenegger and Miss Mable Yoder won first prize in the 4-H health contest, and they are entitled to a free trip to Chicago.
The roads are certainly in terrible condition. Cars are very few. Although the mailman always gets through and we're very thankful for that. It seemed like old times to be without telephone service, electric lights and think to most everyone the most missed was the radio.
Miss Forence Kern is working at the Vic Malichy home.
Miss Luella Lasek spent a few days at Frank Horesowsky's.
Hazel Small worked for Mrs. Jim Prybil a few days last week.
Center High School
Those absent on Monday were Doris Slaubaugh, Marguerite Graper, Lynn Wertz, Virgil Grout, Ward Leibe, and Donald Schlaubaugh. On Tuesday, there were none absent. It was too good to last for on Wednesday Doris Slaubaugh, Dorothy Miller, Marguerite Graper, Shirly Erb, Howard Yoder and Lynn Wertz were absent.
One evening last week while practicing basketball, Eldon Swartzendruber had the misfortune to crack his nose.
Martin Levy 2A 2B
Charles Evans 1A 3B
Leona Miller 2A 2B
Dennis Michum 2A 2B
Roman Gingerich 2A 2B
Muriel Michel 3A 1B
Mildred Phillips 4A
Louise Stillwell 1A 2B
Read "Em and Weep
I guess everybody ate plenty of turkey Thursday, Gladys Maxwell has grown at least half a foot since last Wednesday. And Geezer (or so they tell me) weighs at least ten pounds more than he did last week.
7th and 8th grade notes
Play, Make Believe Puritans
Vyrle Moomey, Ruth Thatcher, Virginia Peterseim, Marie Hesselschwerdt, Marvin Gingerich.
In our meeting we also appointed new officers. They were as follows: Harry Levy, President, Richard Snodgrass, Vice president, Maurine Perrin, Secretary.
3rd and 4th Grade
Those on the honor roll for last six weeks are; Eugene Hochstetler, Lorraine Michum, Charles Snodgrass, Ernestine Knepp, Calvin Perrin, and Bobby Snider.
1st and 2nd Grade
The second grade finished their November spelling books. Those who made one hundred all the way through their books are: Richard Conklin, Nela Kern, Beatrice Perrin, Cleo Rowe.
50 Years Ago
December 3, 1959
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Will Schneider on November 27.
A son weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Bontrager on November 28.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Canott are the parents of a son born on November 30.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Gingerich, December 1. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces.
A 6 pound 15 ounce was born Wednesday, December 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Omer Fountain.
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Palmer of near Kalona were honored November 29 at a reception celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Burkley have received work that their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James Gilespie of Los Angeles, have adopted a son, Ray Arthur, who was born November 23.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyall Moore and family of Wellman moved into the former Alvin Hershberger home in Kalona which they recently purchased. Mr. and Mrs. Hershberger and family moved into their home south of town on highway 1.
Linda Russell and Judy Dawson, student nurses at St. Luke's hospital in Cedar Rapids visited during Thanksgiving weekend in the parental Tom Russell and Stanley Dawson homes.
Bill Reif, Jerry Alt and Elaine Hochstetler, students at the State University of Iowa were weekend guests in the parental Logan Reif, Ivan Alt and V. D. Hochstetler homes; Carroll (Butch) Reber of Iowa State University at Ames enjoyed his vacation in the parental Maynard Reber home.
The Kalona Community Club went on record Monday evening as favoring a building site on highway 22, midway between Kalona and Wellman for the proposed Mid-Prairie School District high school building.
Firemen Elect Officers
Chief- C.C. Shimon
Asst. Chief-H.L. Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Shalla, Mrs. Clem Shalla and Ramona attended the wedding and reception of Cletus Waldschmidt and Mary Gase, Riverside.
Paul and Ab Welte were dinner guests of Prof. and Mrs. Norman Kallaus, Anne and Meg on Sunday at the home in Iowa City. The occasion was Paul Welte's birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe TeBockhorst, Mrs. Anna Esher and Mrs. Ardell Pieper attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary TeBockhorst at Harper.
Marlene and Marsha Miller of Lone Tree, Twyla and Terry Watkinson of Cedar Rapids spent last week end with their grandma, Mrs. Ethel Shenk and Hazel.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Speas and daughter were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Zahradnek and family Saturday.
William Halter and Bob Moore delivered cattle to Chicago Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Beckly and little sons spent Thanksgiving at the home of a brother, Dean Beckley near Marion.
The Richard and Gene Scott families ate Thanksgiving dinner with Mrs. Vera Turnipseed in Wellman.
Mrs. Esther Hamilton visited with Mrs. Belle Barger at the Shenk Rest Home.
The following awards were made: Eric Shaver, Bobcat pin and Wolf Award; Jim Garrett, Wolf Award and gold and silver arrow point; Steve Mellinger, 1 gold and 1 silver arrow point; Dean Hershberger, Bear Award; Bill Swartzendruber, Bear Award and one gold and one silver arrow point, Bill Henss, Webelo Award and one gold and one silver arrow point.
Letter of Commendation awarded to Harold Stout, Kalona High School senior, for a superior performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
This week we will interview Gloria Zook.
Female Singer-Connie Francis
Male Singer-Frankie Avalon
Television program-77 Sunset Strip
Pastime-Listening to the radio
Some of his favorites are:
Food-Sour Dill Pickles
Color-Yellow and Charcoal
We have a new pupil whose name is Philip Byler, Mrs. O'Harra showed us films of pioneers and the Battle of Yorktown.
Another classmate had a birthday. Deborah treated us Wednesday, November 25.
Looking Back 25 Years Ago
December 6, 1984
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Escher are parents of a daughter, Regina Marie, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces, born November 19.
Mr. and Mrs. Simon T. Mire are the parents of a daughter born November 25.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Yeggy are parents of a son born November 29.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hochstetler of Columbus, Ohio, are the parents of a 7 pound 12 ounce daughter, Amanda Ann, born December 1.
The Farmers Savings Bank announced two appointments this week: Gary A. Kallaus, who joined the bank in October, 1978, has been appointed trust officer in charge of investments. Kallaus, a Richmond native, is also cashier at the bank.
Ray A. Brown is the new vice-president and agricultural representative who joined the bank this month.
A team of four Chinese representatives from the People's Republic of China toured the DE & EL Poultry operation two miles west of Kalona.
According to Jerry Yoder, DE & EL manager, the team members were "very interested in egg production."
Cleo Troyer, owner and operator of Troyer Auto Parts, announced the sale of the business to Dave Plank, effective December 1. The business will be known as Plank's Auto Parts.
The Iowa Mennonite School junior class officers and sponsors involved in planning the Pork Supper are Leah Stutzman, Linda Schweitzer, June Davidhizar, sponsor, Brian Hershberger, Jeff Gingerich, Dwight Gingerich, sponsor.
Mid -Prairie News
Six members of the Mid-Prairie FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. They were: Gary Marner, Don Bender, Doug Cook, Todd Kiefer, Todd Townsend, Jim LeFever and advisor Paul Swank.
Any Hartsock led the home team scoring with 11 and Julie Marner contributed 7 more. Rounding out the Hawkette scoring were Kim Redlinger and Tonya Richardson with 4 each and Julie Semler and Myra Jo Krotz with two each.
By Bill Jr.
We crossed paths with English River Joe M. Miller at the Horse Sale and he told me a few of his English River Valley buddies and he took a ride out through Snake Hollow, Hair Pin Curve, up the Ridge, through the park, Happy Hollow and Horse Shoe Bend and said my, my purtty fancy Christmas lights hanging along Main Street of Flint Ridge. But I could tell by his crooked grin that what he really meant was that it looked much better than when we lived in the Flint Ridge Park.
We also received a solid handshake and short visit from Al Weaver from down east of Five Points up at the west end early Monday.
We also stopped and enjoyed a neat visit with Chris and Iona Swartzendruber at Poplar Grove.
The Flint Ridge Music Makers are tuning up a bit as they are to appear at the Kalona Recreation Center among other groups which is to be a benefit for the Gingerich's.
Frank Hochstetler and Don Yoder did an accordian-harmonica duet up at Pleasantview Sunday evening which brought many smiles and solid handshakes.
Flint Ridge sure does extend their sympathy to the Hoddy Allen Family at the passing of Maxine Allen who was ushered upstairs last weekend.