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March 12, 2020
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30 yrs. ago March 16, 1990 Monday evening the Garwin Fire Department responded to a house fire just a mile east of Garwin at the Brett & Andrea Warren residence. The fire evidently started in faulty wiring and was difficult to reach. There was heavy smoke which made approach to the building hazardous for the firemen. There was heavy damage to the top floors of the building and extensive water damage. An ice storm hit the Gladbrook area last Wednesday and Thursday causing damage to cars and the blocking of streets by many large falling tree limbs. Charles V. Herink, 75, Gladbrook, died Saturday, March 10 of a heart attack. Services were held Wednesday, March 14. He was born October 22, 1914, in Vining, the son of Charles I. and Anna Sokol Herink. On October 10, 1942 he was married to Marie Simon. In 1949 he started with the U.S. Postal Service and from 1962 until retirement in 1978 was a rural mail carrier in the Gladbrook area. Steve and Cindy Luethje are the proud parents of a son, Tyler Robert, born March 12 at 10:13 a.m., Tyler weighed 7 lbs. 8 1/2 oz. Grandparents are Robert and Charlene Bellinger, Fort Dodge, and Dennis and Barb Luethje, Gladbrook. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Boege are the parents of a baby born March 10. Ryan Matthew weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. and was 22 inches long. He joins his big brother Nicholas, 2, at home. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Boege of rural Gladbrook and Mr. and Mrs. Merle Parks of Garwin. Tom Rowden, a 4th grader in the TAG program, Gladbrook, and his invention “The Sow-EZ Planter”, were chosen to advance to state competition. Nicole Kaiser, a second grader in the SOAR Class at Garwin, was one of the nine winners chosen at the AEA 6 Invention Convention on March 10 to advance to state competition. Her invention is “Adjustable Jeans”. 40 yrs. ago March 21, 1980 The Gladbrook Wrestling Boosters Tournament for grades 3rd to 9th grades was held Saturday, March 15. One hundred sixty-four wrestlers participated in the tournament. Champions from Gladbrook were Randy Sienknecht in the Pee Wee Heavyweight division, Kenny Hatch, in the Junior division group V, Jeff Storjohann in the Senior division group VI, and Donnie Snider in the Senior division Group VIII. Goettsch-Perrin is happy to announce they have hired Harold and Lorene Koester to manage the Gladbrook Funeral Home. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ambler of Garwin announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lyna, to Jon Bru, the son of Mr. Walter and the late Helen Bru of Marshalltown. Weeding vows were exchanged February 15 at the United Methodist Church at Gladbrook by Mary Junge and Bruce Appelgate. 50 yrs. ago March 13, 1970 One of the Army badges that soldiers wear with special pride is the Combat Infantryman Badge. It was awarded to Private First Class Donald Lubbert near CuChi, Vietnam. Pfc. Lubbert, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lubbert, is assigned as an infantryman with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 25th Infantry Division’s 14th Infantry. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wescott, of Texas, are the parents of a baby boy who has been named Lee. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Westcott. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lee Dolash, Tama, are the parents of a daughter born March 5. She has been named Tammy Renee. Mrs. Dolash will be remembered as Judy Paustian. Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Paustian are the maternal grandparents. Mrs. Loren Moeller received word of the birth of a grandson, born March 5, to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Moeller, St. Louis, Mo. He weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and has been named Michael Loren. 60 yrs. agp March 11, 1960 The Gladbrook Pantherettes opened their title defense successfully on Tuesday at the Iowa State Girls’ Basketball tournament in Des Moines with a 82-48 defeat of Pekin of Ollie. Thus the Pantherettes moved into the quarter final round against Seymour. Lynk hit 36 points while Schade cashed in for 30. A spectacular blaze which sent clouds of smoke curling over Gladbrook last Friday morning destroyed Hy Moeller’s Shoe Store with a loss estimated at close to $15,000. The fire apparently originated in the back shop where Mr. Moeller had most of his shoe repair equipment. Firemen answered the call promptly at 10:30 a.m. and fought the blaze continuously for about three hours in temperatures slightly above zero before it was brought under control. Mrs. Cora Lynn Allard will observe her 96th birthday, Saturday, March 12. Mrs. Allard was born in Indiana and moved with her parents to Tama County when she was a small child. She attended high school in Gladbrook and normal school at Leander Clark College in Toledo, she taught in Crystal and Spring Creek townships. She was married July 2, 1887 to William J. Allard. At age 96 she is now the oldest resident of Gladbrook. Henry Marcus Sass, 76, died Tuesday, March 8. Services will be held Saturday, March 12. Funeral services for Henry A. Landt were held from the McKasson Funeral Home in Gladbrook Tuesday morning, March 8. Mr. Landt died Saturday. Henry Albert Landt was born March 14, 1906 in Tama County near Gladbrook. He lived around Gladbrook all his life. He married Helen Noack September 16, 1952. 70 yrs. ago March 10, 1950 Thirteen high school students maintained a “B” average or above during the 4th six weeks of school here, it was announced this week by Supt. W. W. Murren. The students are: Grade 12, JoAnne Gloe, Phyllis Kahler, LaRue Wrage, and Keith Witt; Grade 11, Robert Engel, Janice Lynch, and Melvin Wrage; Grade 10, Roger Bruene, Miriam Hansen, Janyce Meggers, Dorothy Mussig, Irwin Wentzien and Betty Wiese. Spring thaws and wintry gales staged a big show in Tama County this week causing schools to close, postponement of events, and creating hazardous driving conditions. Mild temperatures melted the county’s heavy blanket of snow over the weekend causing creeks and rivers to swell flooding bottom land all over the county Tuesday night. Many of the roads which had been flooded earlier in the week, became filled with snow drifts when high winds and snow swept across the county. Little interest has been shown in the coming school and city elections which take place Monday, March 13 and Monday, March 27, respectively. Two men have filed for school board directors nomination papers to fill the vacancies of W. L. Stewart and Dr. L. H. Thomsen. The candidates are H. W. Barten and Hazen Fallgatter. No one has taken out nomination papers for city council or mayor. Fire completely destroyed the home of Minnie and May Nichol in Green Mountain Thursday of last week. Little was saved from the home except some furniture, fruit and clothing which was on the first floor. Everything else was lost. 80 yrs. ago March 15, 1940 At the city election to be held here Monday, March 25, there will be two tickets in the field but only one is complete. The People’s Ticket is composed of the following: Mayor, George Koester; Treasurer, C. F. Harris; Assessor, J. A. Dunbar; Councilmen, P. D. Burke, Theodore Lage, Wm. J. Mohr, Laurence Putney and William Rowden. The Citizen’s Ticket is as follows: Mayor, John H. Wrage; Councilmen, William Dahms, Carl O. Eilers, H. D. Osborne, and A. H. Steffa. Officers elected on March 25 will resume their duties the first Monday in April. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Schroeder are the parents of a son, Gary Roger, born Sunday morning at their home. He has one sister, Shirley Mae, eleven months old. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hibbs, LeGrand, are the parents of a baby daughter born Saturday. Mrs. Hibbs is the former Dorothy Gloe. The Uptown Theatre management announces that the motion picture, “Gone With the Wind” will be shown in Gladbrook in the near future. The show is four hours long and the complete show will be shown. Thursday at 12:30 Henry Dreessen, longtime Gladbrook resident died at his home here following a long period of poor health. 90 yrs. ago March 14, 1930 Another change in the business circle of Gladbrook took place last Saturday morning when Charles Engel became a partner of L. J. King, in the ownership of the King Cafe, one door west of The Northern office. The firm will be known as King & Engel and the cafe will eventually be known as the K & E Cafe. William Meyers, of this city, went to Marshalltown one day last week to attend the motor show at the new auditorium. He was one of the lucky fellows and won a beautiful Victor radio worth $238.00, given by Mickel Furniture Co. in one of the contests. Mrs. Lelia King, wife of J. O. King, of this city, has received an invitation to be guest of the federal government on a trip to France to visit the graves of the American boys who lost their lives in the World War and are now resting on French soil. Mrs. King is the only Gold Star Mother in Tama county. Her son Earl, lost his life on behalf of his country and at the close of the war the parents decided to permit the body to rest in the United States cemetery near Argone.
 
 
 

 

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