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March 19, 2020
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30 years ago March 23, 1990 Ken Benard, Gladbrook, caught a 10 lb. Northern Pike that was 33 inches long at Union Grove Lake on the first day of Spring. The fish was caught off the south shore. The surprising part of the catch was that it was a 3 lb. test line taking over 15 minutes to land. St. John’s Lutheran Church, Reinbeck, Iowa, will be the setting for the April 14 wedding uniting Christine Saint, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Saint, Gladbrook and Gary F. Uhland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd F. Uhland of Quincy, Illinois. 40 years ago March 28, 1980 Following the Sunday morning church services many people took the pleasure of eating pancakes and waffles at the breakfast sponsored by the Wolfcreek Whirlwinds 4-H Club held at GLA Health and Social Center. On Saturday, March 22, April Acton, speech coach and 20 speech contestants who received I ratings at District contest attended the Iowa High School State Speech Contest at Ottumwa. Jerry Rohach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Rohach of Garwin, was named the Outstanding Freshman at Central College basketball awards banquet at Pella March 13. The Ehrig-McTurk Legion Post, Gladbrook, has chosen Clark Gamble, son of Dr. and Mrs. R. E. Gamble, and Ed Ohrt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ohrt, as delegates to Hawkeye Boys State. Brian C. Devine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Devine and David R. Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kelly, were chosen by the William M. Saunders Legion Post #71 to attend Boys State at Camp Dodge. 50 years ago March 20, 1970 Mr. and Mrs. George Pappas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by hosting a dinner for relatives and friends at the Amvet Hall, Saturday, March 14. Victorine Eimers and George Pappas were married at Conrad, March 13, 1920. They lived there until 1933, then moved to Gladbrook. Mrs. Leon Schade, the former Patricia Gethmann, was one of three chosen for the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Hall of Fame from this area at half-time activities at the Sate Basketball Tournament Saturday evening. Pat, a guard, who played for Gladbrook in 1959, was First-Team All-State leader of the Gladbrook Pantherettes. Gladbrook took the state title that year by defeating champ Central of Maynard in the final round. Paul Johnson, recently released from Fort Carson, Colorado, where he was stationed with the Army, has purchased Chuck’s Barbershop from Chuck Bearden. Mr. Johnson has been a barber for the past six years and is a graduate of the Sioux City Barber College. 60 years ago March 18, 1960 “Pantherettes Keep the Crown”-The Gladbrook Pantherettes did not have the accompaniment of crashing rolls of thunder and bolts of lightning Saturday night but the headlines are just the same as for 1959, “Gladbrook State Champs.” Mother Nature tried her best to duplicate the storm which kept thousands of fans in Des Moines a year ago and was only a few hours late this year. As the caravans started rolling home Saturday night, light snow began to make the roads slippery and treacherous, but not impassable so that everyone reached home safely while news of the tremendous accomplishment of the Pantherettes was still spreading across the state by radio, TV, and newspapers. In defeating Eldora 67-53 in the State Tournament finals, Gladbrook became the sixth school in history of the tournaments to win the championship two consecutive years. Mr. and Mrs. Gus Goos of Gladbrook announce the engagement of their daughter, Alice, to Worth L. Condor, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Condor of Vinton. The couple is planning an April 9 wedding in Gladbrook. 70 years ago March 17, 1950 Two candidates have filed for mayor of Gladbrook and all members of the present council have filed nomination papers. Henry Harms and Dr. L. H. Thomsen, present mayor, will be seeking election as mayor of Gladbrook at the town election Monday, March 27. A total of 79 ballots were cast in Monday’s school election in Gladbrook with Hazen Fallgatter and H. W. Barten being elected to three year terms on the board of directors. D. B. Kliebenstein was elected to a two year term as treasurer of the school district. Dr. and Mrs. H. D. Kehoe are the parents of a son born to them Wednesday morning. They have tow other sons, Maurice and Gregory. Maude Seele of Traer has sold her 160 acre farm north of Gladbrook to Dave Wrage. The farm is now occupied by Les Carstensen. The farm sold for $175.00 per acre. Mr. and Mrs. Loren Lench are the parents of a baby boy born last Friday. He has been named Dale Wayne. Mrs. Albert Kroeger returned Wednesday of last week from Tujuna, California, where she spent five weeks at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Sawyer and family. Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer are the parents of a new daughter, Ann Marie. 80 years ago March 22, 1940 Saturday afternoon all youngsters between the ages of 1 and 12 who live in and around Gladbrook are invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at the city park. This year more than 160 prizes will be offered to those finding the lucky eggs. The American Legion has furnished 530 eggs which are being colored by the Auxilairy. The Boy Scouts of Gladbrook will police the park before and during the hunt. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 17 for Henry Dreessen. Henry Dreessen was born in Buchholz Schleswig Holstein, Germany, on August 30, 1869. On April 19, 1894, he was married to Miss Dora Wrage and to this union twelve children were born. Seven of whom precede their father in death. Mr. and Mrs. Dreessen came to America in 1902 settling near Lincoln, Iowa and tow years later coming to the Gladbrook vicinity where they farmed until 1926, on this year they retired from farming and came to Gladbrook. 90 years ago March 21, 1930 Saturday afternoon the fire alarm called the fire fighters and the rest of us to the west end of town where the large barn on the M. H. Delfs farm was on fire. The fire caught from a bon fire set by Mr. Delfs as he cleaned up the place. A spark was blown in the barn by the changing wind and before Mr. Delfs could prevent it the barn was set on fire. Jacob Luther Manly, alias Moonshine Manly, for whom authorities in three counties have been looking as the alleged leader of a gang of hog thieves and liquor salesman, was arrested last Wednesday in Waterloo. Manly is 39 years-old and resides in Reinbeck.


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