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Looking Back By Drake Terven

May 10, 2018
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30 Yrs. Ago May 13, 1988 Wednesday, May 4 the Gladbrook Fire Department burned down an old house owned by Allen Lench on the east side of town. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Niedermann will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 4. Douglas and Andrea Rowe of Green Mountain are the proud parents of their first child, a boy alexander Douglas, born May 4. Grandparents are Ed and Lonna Rowe and Larry and Sandy Raum all of Gladbrook. Vern and Julie Knaack of Reinbeck.

40 Yrs. Ago May 19, 1978 The American Legion Auxiliary veteran-made memorial Poppy will be offered to the public on May 19 and 20. A large livestock barn on the Elmer Gethman farm, between Gladbrook and Garwin, was destroyed by fire early Tuesday afternoon. Gladbrook Panther Track squad has a Mile Relay team running at the State Track Meet. Niles Lundt, Rod Schulze, Herk Schmidt and RIch Ayers. Two-Mile Relay Team representing Gladbrook at the State Track Meet are: Niles Lundt, Rod Schulze, Herk Schmidt and Randy Routier. Ehrig-McTurk American Legion Post 127 of Gladbrook has named their representatives from Gladbrook to attend Iowa Boys State. The Camp will be held at Camp Dodge in Des Moines on June 3 through June 9. The two boys selected to Boys State are: Douglas Rowe and Roger Thoms. This week is a very exciting week for Mona Sonkens, for finally her ultimate goal was achieved, to break the school record in the shot put. Mona threw the shot last Monday night at the Conference Track 36’ 10”, beating the old record by five inches! The old record had been previously held by Bev Raum. Clarence E.W. Ladehoff, 66, of Gladbrook passed away unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Mytych of Warner Robins, Georgia are the parents of a daughter, Alison Marie, born May 12. She has a brother Nathan John, age 4, at home. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Martens. John Herbert Woehlk, formerly of Garwin, passed away on May 10 in California, att he age 78. Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Morris of Garwin are the proud parents of a daughter, Michelle Lynn, born May 12 in Marshalltown. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Busch of Garwin and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morris of Marshalltown are the Grandparents. Great grandmothers are Mrs. Magda Lucht of Garwin and mrs. Linda Busch of Gladbrook.

50 Yrs. Ago May 3, 1968 Mr. and Mrs. Dan Estal, Marshalltown, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Joyce, to Duane Schmitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Schmitz, Gladbrook Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Walton, Union Grove Lake, are the parents of a son born on April 29. They have two other children, Joan and Howard. Leo Bazyn, Marshalltown, was fishing at Union Grove Lake last week and caught a better than six pound northern.

60 Yrs. Ago May 9, 1958 Years of planning and sacrificing will culminate Sunday in the Opening of the New Methodist Church in Gladbrook for services. The first service will be held at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Charles H. Hempstead, district. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sherman of Lincoln, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary Ellen, to Robert Franck, son of Carl Franck of Waterloo and Mrs. Earl Roberts of Fairbank. The wedding will take place June 22 at the Lutheran Church in Gladbrook. The board of education of the Gladbrook Community School District this week announced the hiring of Bob Schultz as a full time janitor in the Gladbrook Schools. Mr. Schultz will commence his duties June 1. This makes three full time Janitors at the school including George Storjohann, chief janitor, and Earl Lubbert. The Gladbrook Fire Department was called to Lincoln Monday night when fire was discovered in the Hoeg & Ames welding shop. The fire was confined mostly to the roof and damage was not to severe.

70 Yrs. Ago May 7, 1948 Mrs. Hohn H. Cooper, living about 7 miles southeast of Gladbrook in Crystal township, passed away Sunday following a long illness from complications of old age. Last rites will be held 2:30 p.m. at Lincoln for Pvt. Geral M. Fink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fink. Pvt. Fink died january 10, 1945, of wounds received in action in Belgium. In the final State Music Contest Held at Vinton last weekend, Gladbrook won three Division I ratings. This is the first time in the history of the school that three ratings of Division I have been received in a state contest. Esther Kuehl, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Keuhl, and Earl Schroeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Schroeder, were united in marriage on May 5. Fred Rowden, 58, passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his home Saturday. Mr. Rowden was a former resident here.

80 Yrs. ago May 6, 1938 David Jipp, 16, passed away at the home of his parents Tuesday. He was seriously sick since Friday with double pneumonia. Helen Allard, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Allard and a senior this year was honored greatly when she was chosen to represent the local high school at the drake relays. Corn Carnival dates are set to be August 18,19, and 20. Monday the new Gladbrook Creamery held their formal opening and over 300 men and women and a great many children called to inspect the equipment and become acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. Glen J. Holcomb the owners. Over 375 cups of ice cream were given to callers.

90 Yrs. Ago May 10, 1928 About the best news in the Northern this week for producers of cream eggs and produce of this section is the item telling about the appointment of William Cohrt as manager of Swift & Co.’s plant in Gladbrook. The plant has been under the management of Earl Tatman this past year and has built up a fair business so we are told. Frank Klink, who went to Germany last fall to visit relatives and look things over arrived home last Tuesday. While away he was married and his wife accompanied him home. It will be remembered that he was accompanied by William Voss on this trip and he too was married but was obliged to leave his wife behind. On the trip home he disappeared and his estate is now being settled by his heirs. Wylie Henderson, for the last eleven years a resident of this city, Sunday afternoon was found dead in a bed in his room at 117 North Center Street, by Mrs. Booth, his landlady. Heat failure was the cause of death and had been found 12 hours later. “Play ball” will be heard for the first time this season on the diamond in Gladbrook, Sunday,May 20 when Gladbrook ball nine and boosters will entertain the Hudson team townspeople.



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