IAGenWeb Project - Allamakee co.
updated 10/02/2014


Bits of Information
from various newspapers
1930 - 1939

undated clippings


Looking back to January 8, 1930
-Joe MULLEN took a carload of hogs to Chicago.
 -Martha O’MALLEY, medical student at the university, visited the parental Tom O’MALLEY home.
 -In 1929, Waukon depot shipped 342 carloads of hogs, 178 of cattle, 25 of sheep, and five of horses.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to April 9, 1930
-RUSSELL and Son have the cement culverts on No. 13 north to the Minnesota line. Their camp will be near the Hanover Cheese Factory.
 -The Michael Burke farm home was destroyed by fire and most of its contents lost.
 -John HALE, who has been working for Marshall FIELD in Chicago, will work with Hale and Sons.
 -Dale BURGESS gets $100 a month as a truck driver on a construction crew at Guttenberg.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to May 21, 1930
 -Glen RICE enlisted in the Navy.
 -Chief BLACK HAWK, who was born in 1767 and died Oct. 31, 1838, will be memorialized by a bronze plaque on the new bridge.
 -The 1930 Census figures give Waukon 2,526, a gain of 167.  Allamakee County has 16,325, a loss since 1920’s 17,285.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to June 3, 1930
 -Unless the use of electric flatirons is discontinued immediately, it will become necessary to cut off the current during daylight hours, says the Harpers Ferry City Council.
 -August BREUECHERT’s salary as Lansing night policeman is $65 per month.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
This Man Had a Record As a Wood Sawer, Iowa Recorder, July 9, 1930
Joseph Hammel for 75 years a resident of Allamakee County, is dead at the age of 8O. After retiring from farming several years ago he made the sawing of wood by hand his business. He competed successfully with wood sawing machinery. During the season just passed he sawed 39O cords of wood with his hand equipment.
~Contributed by Cindy Bray Lovell
Looking back to July 23, 1930
 -Constance KIBBY and her friend, Lucille CASSIDY, escaped drowning with Lucille waded out on a sandbar.  Loyd BAILEY and several bridge repairmen rescued them.  Hazel DEVITT was also involved in this.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to August 6, 1930
-D. D. Ronan died at his French Creek Township farm.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to Sept. 10, 1930
-Duzzy’s Pavilion had live music by RILEY last week. Unattended ladies paid 10 cents admission. Couples paid 35 cents.
-Married at St. Patrick’s:  Harold WARD and Rita CONNOR; and William MULVENNA and Helen PRATT.
 -Obituaries on the Waukon page: Harrison GARROW, 35, Collette MELLICK, 31, and Leo McCRODEN, 44.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to Sept. 17, 1930
-A girl was born at Hall’s Wednesday to Mr. And Mrs. William RYDER of Cherry Mound.
 -John HEIN killed a coon prowling in his hennery.
 -A boy was born to the Rob REAS at Hall Maternity Hospital.
 -Several hundred signed a petition, asking supervisors to help pay for a woman’s surgery.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to Nov. 5, 1930
-The national Democratic sweep helped elect Ove ROE, representative, and John HOWES and M. E. MOONEY supervisors; the rest of the county went Republican. 
 -Pheasant hunters at Forest City included R. L. SENNEFF, Len O’BRIEN, Ernest KIESAU, Lewander JOHNSON, Dennis COTA, Frank HAUSMAN, Frank McCRODEN and Maurice McCARTY.
 -Work shirts, 3 for $2, at LENZ Harness and Shoe Co.
 -Winnifred CASEY and Christian TEFF were married by Rev. L HAYES.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Just the man I have been looking for ...... Postville Herald, Thursday, November 27, 1930
Sheriff L. J. Bulman of Allamakee County doesn't mind picking a fellow up on the road occasionally, relates Decorah Public Opinion, he was driving along the road toward Postville searching for one W. C. Hill of Des Moines, accused of stealing Walter Joy's car in Waukon Saturday night. The sheriff saw Hill walking along the road and was kind enough to offer him a ride, which Hill accepted. Then after they got going the sheriff told him he was "just the man I have been looking for" and drove Hill to the jail in Waukon. Hill had been working in a Waukon cafe as a cook for a week and was discharged. Then he stole the car. He drove the car 13 miles without water or oil in it, and when the car stalled he abandoned it and started to walk and the sheriff overtook him.
~contributed by Reid R. Johnson
Looking back to Dec. 10, 1930
-I.C. juniors presented a program which included a piano solo by Anna BRESHNAHAM, a vocal solo, “In Colorado,” by Cecilia LOGAS, and “President Hoover’s Message,” by John DUNLEVY.
-Tom KELLEHER and son Reuben and Katherine STRUB drove to Sioux City Sunday and visited with the former’s son, Elmer.
-Ruth LANE was named postmistress at Dorchester.
-For sale: a Kimball piano, $100, by Mrs. August MEYER.
-Baby beefs exhibited at the county fair were sent to Chicago.  Top price was for 800-pounder sold by Cyril MOONEY to Swift for $13.50.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to January 7, 1931
-Approved by the board of supervisors: Harry Orr as engineer; Louis JONES as assistant engineer; and Mr. And Mrs. O. A. DIXON as county home stewards. 
-Mr. A. R. ANDERSON entertained the St. Pat’s basketball players at a dinner.  Present were James REGAN, Charles TIERNEY, Don STEELE, Walter HOWE, Robert ANDERSON, Tom TIERNEY, Charles and Ken BAXTER, John Joe DANAHER, Fr. DRUMMY and Coach SCHWARTZHOFF.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to March 18, 1931
-Haircut prices have been lowered effective March 16 to 35 cents by: R. E. DICKSON, Julius SWAIN, L. A. JONES, Ed COLVIN, Francis and Lou GERKEY, George WHALEN, and Jack LUTHER.
-O’ROURKE Construction Co. of Des Moines had low bid on paving project for No. 9 between Waukon and Lansing: $502,812.48 for $2.13 per square yard.
-M. J. MULLARKEY was awarded a contract to build five bridges and culverts for $2,139.
-LENTZ Brohers have three-section wood lever harrows priced at $34.50.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to April and May 1931
-Thirteen inches of snow fell at Lansing last week, closing No. 9 for the first time this season. 
-The ‘new’ COTA Theatre opens April 5.  It has a lobby restroom and a fireproof concrete operating booth.
-Ben DECKER has men’s work shoes sale priced at $2.75.
-A Luana area man, Alvin SHEFFERT, was shot dead by a railroad detective at Luana for alledgedly raiding a butter cargo. 
-George TONEY was mugged at his Union Prairie Township home, but the robbers got nothing for their efforts. 
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to July 1931
-Both the Journal and the Telegraph Herald reads an ad on page 3: Federal agents destroyed a 100-gallon still and 11 barrels of mash near Waukon Junction last week.
-Ethel HOGAN and Leo MARTIN were married in Dubuque.
-County farms to be sold by the Lincoln, Neb., Joint Stock Land Bank are the MANNING farm seven miles southeast of Lansing for $10,000; the 160-acre JACOBSON farm three miles northeast of Waterville for $4,500; and the 232-acre HART farm two miles north of Waukon for $7,000.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to August and September 1931
-Nine northeast Iowa towns were raided by federal agents after bootleggers, several form Allamakee County, were fined $300 each and spent the night in the Dubuque jail.
-Larry BYRNES of Hanover has brought the 541-acre MARTIN farm on the Iowa River for $6,850. The land was sold at the Opera House at public auction.
-Lansing is having a “paving celebration” Sept. 28.  So 1931 draws near its end with a new bridge here and a modern concrete highway leading into and through town. 
-Ben SWEENEY has his houseboat for rent, $5 per day, minimum of two days, and the charge includes two flats, towing and daily service of mail and supplies.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to October and November 1931
-A bread war was waged in Waukon Saturday, the price of a loaf dropping from 6 cents to 3 cents.
-Farm prices are the lowest since 1910:  $5.44 per hundred pounds for hogs, and 43 cents for corn.  Thanksgiving dinner advertised at Landmark Inn for 60 cents.  The toothsome turkey is cheaper than ever this year.  Farmers will deliver them at 20 cents per pound.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
New Albin news from the LaCrosse Tribune November 17, 1931
NEW ALBIN, Ia.
- Miss Ruth Gerling is home after spending several days in Dubuque, Ia., visiting her sister, Mrs. Charles Beulow.
-Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weymiller, Jr., are the parents of a boy born last week.
-Albert Kuehn spent the week end in Viola, Wis. He also visited his daughter, Mrs. Lyle Smith, in La Crosse and his son, Dr. Alvin Kuehn, of Viroqua, Wis.
-The William Schroeder family, who have been residents of this city the last few years, moved to Eitzen, Minn, where they will live on a farm. During their stay here Mr. Schroeder was manager of the New Albin Co-operative store, S. P. Twite, a former clerk, now is manager.
-Miss Minnie Raddatz returned Monday to Fond du Lac, Wis., after a week's visit here with the Carl Raddatz family.
-Miss Julia Higgins returned to La Crosse Monday after visiting with Mrs. Ellen Martin.
-Saturday evening a number of guests gathered at the home of Miss Maxine Meyer to help celebrate her eighteenth birthday.
-Mr. and Mrs. Aldine Meyer and daughter, Marian June, and Mrs. Meyer's mother, Mrs. McGinnis, all of Dubuque, Ia., were here over the week end visiting in the William Buckendahl. home.
~contributed by LA
Looking back to December 1931
-F. J. SPINNER, dealer, is advertising the new 1932 Chevys as low as $475.
-The annual per-pupil cost in Allamakee this year is town school, $124.99, consolidated, $106.85 and rural, $75.54.
-R. J. HUTCHINSON’S funeral was held at St. Patrick’s in Waukon.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to January and February 1932
-Erickson and Paulson are in the woodsawing game, making two cuts for 50 cents and three for 60 cents a cord.
-Mildred MELLICK and Jack KILPATRICK exchanged marriage vows at West Ridge.
-Captain John H. HALE, 94, founder of Hale and Sons store in Waukon, passed away.
-The Iowa River-New Galena road will receive a coat of gravel as far as Mt. Hope Church.  The county furnishes the trucks and drivers, with the farmers along the way donating the labor.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Youth Shot in Arm by Rifle, Waukon Republican - Standard, Oct. 19, 1932
Leroy Hermanson Injured In Hunting Accident Monday Afternoon
Leroy HERMANSON, 19, of Waukon, came near losing his life in a hunting accident Monday afternoon when a .22 rifle fired while he was trying to fix it. Hermanson went to the Henry BRANDSMEIER farm, east of town, to assist with some repair work. The men were choring, so he passed away the time by hunting squirrels in the yard. After firing two or three times, he thought the gun was empty and he started working on the shell ejector, which had not been operating right. With the gun barrell under his arm, a lone shell that had remained in the barrell, exploded and the bullet went nearly through his arm about half way between elbow and wrist, lodging just under the skin. The bone was splintered some. Hermanson was brought immediately to the Waukon hospital, where his wound was dressed.
~Contributed by Jeannie Hegeman
Galena Maintains Popularity as Place to Get Married
Galena, Ill., Nov. 2 [1932] – Special- Galena’s popularity as a place for couples from all over the country to be married was maintained during the month of October according to the records of the county clerk, Mrs. Minnie D. Fitch. Eighty-four couples received licenses at the clerk’s window during the last month. Of these the largest number by far were from Iowa with Wisconsin second and other states scattered from Alabama to Minnesota and New York furnishing an occasional couple.
On Monday the last day of October licenses were issued to George William De Buhr and Dorothy Mae Williams both of Shell Rock, Ia.; John H. Haehn and Martha Cummings both of Osage, Ia.; Herbert J. Shafer of Green, Ia. and Cloey F. Cook of Patch Grove, Wis., and Edith F. Huston of Montfort, Wis.; Kenneth L. Brooks of Postville, Ia. and Coline Wendel of Lansing, Ia. The first license in November was granted on Tuesday to Albert L. Becker of Waverly, Ia., and Elsie M. Pleggenkuhle of Fayette, Ia. Tuesday evening Justice of the Peace George L. Maxeiner united Gladys Talfrey of Shullsburg, Wis., and Elmer Harwick of Guilford in marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Harwick will make their home in Shullsburg.
~Contributed by Janet Koozer & transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Skeleton With Crushed Skull Is Uncovered At Ghost Town, Nezekaw, Mason City Globe - Gazette, December 17, 1932
Marquette, Dec. 17. -- At the ghost town, Nezekaw, three miles north of here, workmen unearthed the skeleton of an immense man buried carelessly beneath bluff bench point overlooking the mouth of the historic Yellow river as it enters the Mississippi.   "The skeleton, with a perfect set of teeth but badly crushed skull, may have been buried a century or more", stated Supt. J. H. Elder of the Clinton Bridge company, building a new bridge over Yellow river on state highway No. 13 north of here.   Nezekaw and Lockwood were thriving rival towns across Yellow river from each other more than a half century ago with scores of residences and business places dotting the clearings in the forests of the western frontier. The towns have vanished with the crumbling of the last house in Nezekaw three years ago near the site of the discovery of the skeleton.   Suspicion points to murder and secret burial of the man whose skeleton was found, bearing mute testimony of apparent struggle, because of the shattered condition of the skull.
~Contributed by Reid R. Johnson
Looking back, Lansing Journal - January and February 1933
-Emmett SULLIVAN is the new county recorder, and T. E. Kerndt the clerk of court.
-The house on the old REGAN farm at English Bench, occupied by the John Bulmans, burn to the ground.
-The Emmet ZOLLS are welcoming a baby boy.
-William BIEBER discovered a tramp buried in the hay in his barn.  The tramp was taken to Waukon, where he was clothed and fed and placed in the county jail until warmer weather.
-Catherine SCHULTE of Dorchester and Lorainne BURKE, Kathleen DOUGHERTY,  and Laurayne MAHONEY of Waukon received the habit of postulant  of Presentation Sisters in Dubuque.
 ~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - March and April 1933
-Rita O’DONNEL, Churchtown, became the bride of Floyd POTTRATZ at St. Mary’s Lycurgus.
-Bob O’MALLEY had 15 friends help him celebrate his 10th birthday at Lycurgus.
-The Patsy WELCH family moved from a farm in Hanover Township to a farm near Lycurgus.
-Gil Beeler was lowest bidder, $1.95 a cord, for the English Bench school.
-A girl was born to [the] Francis GAVINs at Hall Maternity in Waukon.
-Bernice SANDERMAN and Leroy HERMANSON of Waukon were married in Decorah.
-The Williams ZOLLs celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
-Wedding banns were announced for Lillian HOWES and Urban MAGNER at St. Pat’s
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - May 1933
-A fire at the stockyards in Waukon burned a large shed and 14 hogs; it was said to be caused by hobos roosting there that night.
-P.J. QUILLIN suffered a severe stroke May 1. Rites were held for P. J. QUILLIN [listed May 10] at St. Patrick’s.
-Leonard HANSON, former Waukon resident and cashier at a bank in Byton, N.D., was killed in a holdup.
-The Art O’BRIENs will manage the Foley Hotel.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - June and July 1933
-Funeral rites were held at Hanover for William ZOLL.
-Funeral rites were held in Hanover for John Bertram “Bert” McLAUGHLIN, 27, who drowned at Las Vegas, N.M., June 23.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - August 1933
-Alice McCABE became the bride of Louis WILLIAMS at St. Patrick’s.
-Dr. J. L BRESNAHAM got word he is being awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded twice in the World War.
-Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Hanover for John O’MALLEY, 26 years old.  He died from complications of a bee sting.
-Earl McCORMICK and Lucille LUSK were married at St. Pat’s.
-The Waukon Drum and Bugle Corps won fourth place at the Music Festival in Chicago.
-Tom O’ROURKE bought 160 acres from the W. C. RYAN estate for a little over $6 an acre.
-Rites were held for William K. COLLINS at Lycurgus.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - October 1933
-Boys were born at the Hall Maternity Hospital to the Elmer TROENDLEs and Maurice McCARTHYs.
-Marcella OLSON became the bride of Earl ROBINSON at St. Patrick’s.
-The Reuben KELLEHERS welcomed a girl.
 ~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - November 1933
-A special train of 10 sleepers with 217 reforestation boys bound for Arizona and Oklahoma stopped in Lansing, where they disembarked for marching exercise and shopping.
-County emergency relief has 100 men working on Highway 13 at 40 cents an hour.
-R. F. JORDAN plans to open a dance hall in New Albin.
-Rita RYAN and Ray WELCH exchanged vows at Dorchester.
-The Michael BURKES celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
-Alice DEVITT and Patrick DELANEY were married Nov. 25 at St. Mary’s Hanover.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - January and February 1934
-A girl was born to the John Quillins of Waukon.
-Mrs. Joe ZOLL attended the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Lymen MURPHY at Park River, N.D.
-A double wedding was performed at the Rev. VAN NICE home: Jeanna KRUGER and Harlan JOHNSON and Ethel KELLISON and Myron JOHNSON.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back, Lansing Journal - April 1934
-A girl was born to Atty. and Mrs. Frank TEELING.
-Fire destroyed the James D. O’MEARA home in Hanover.
-Lansing Garage delivered a new Plymouth to Margaret HUTHINSON and a DODGE to Fr. REYNOLDS.
-Sons were born to the Gerald O’NEILLs of West Ridge and the Emmet ZOLLS of Hanover.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to May 16, 1934
-A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis WILLIAMS
-A boy was born to the Maurice O’REGANs.
-A girl was born to Mr. And Mrs. Ray WELCH.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to June and July 1934
-Malcolm HART passed the state bar exam and will assist his brothers, James and Sherman, in their office.
-Marcella COLLINS and Emmet WARD were married at Hanover.
-Mark MAUSS and Leslie DRESSELHAUS were mustered out of the CCC camp.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to August and September 1934
-Sons were born to the Joe FAHEYS and to the Francis A’HEARNs of Waukon.
-Mrs. Alice GRIMM sold the Landmark Inn to Mrs. J. ISELI.
-B. A. Schlader bought the HUTCHINSON grocery store.
-Helen DILLON became the bride of Emmet SULLIVAN.
-Because of the drought, cattle from the Northwest are being shipped to yards at Kirkland, Ill.  Over 200 loads passed through Lansing in a week.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to October 1934
-Lynxville Locks are employing local men at 50 cents an hour for a six-hour day.
-Pat and Martin DEVITT, sheep ranchers from Ladner, S.D., visited relatives at Hanover.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to November and December 1934
-Reber BRESNAHAM suffered a broken leg.
-Francis SULLIVAN and Mryl FULLERTON suffered injuries in a car accident near Cherry Mound.
-Howard HANSON has taken a position with Pleumer and Bakke.
-Violet SHEFFELBINE became the bride of Francis HOWES at Dorchester Methodist Church.
-Mary MARTIN left for San Francisco to care for her sister. 
-Rites were held in Hanover for Michael TIERNEY.
-Lansing has had 15 inches of snow this month and 15 below for a low.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to January and February 1935
-Fire destroyed the Andrew HIRTH - Herman GANG farm home.
-Mr. and Mrs. P. J. KENNEY returned to their Park River, N.D., home after visiting relatives and friends in Waukon and Silver Creek.
-Carl BUSNESS received a contract to furnish 150 cords of wood to the county at $3.75 per cord.
-Twenty-eight slot machines were confiscated in Waukon at several Businesses.
-Reuben KELLEHER bought the Jim ROWE farm.
-Veronica WARD suffered a fractured leg.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to April 1935
-Dennis MALONE’s funeral mass was held at Dorchester.
-Marie MANDERSCHEID passed the bar examination at Springfield, Ill.
-D. F. WOLFE refereed a boxing match against Tuffy BENNETT of Elgin and “Lightning” SPINNER going against Frosty BENNET.
-A boy was born to Reuben KELLEHERS. 
-The county home was destroyed by fire.
-Jack Luther sold his interest in the barber to Arthur WELCH.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to June, July and August 1935
-Mary MANNING and Charles STEFFEN were married in Milwaukee.
-The Landmark INN is now a modern tavern and beer garden.
-Services were held in Postville for D. E. HARRINGTON, the last Civil War veteran in the county.
-A boy was born to the Sherman HARTs.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to September and October 1935
-Lansing Button Co. is selling fine Pocahontas coal for $10.50 a ton.
-Michael QUILLIN’s rites were held at Hanover.
-Leo FERRING bought the James McCARTY farm in Union Prairie Township.
-Funeral rites were held at St. Patrick’s for Loretta KIBBY.
-Mary A’HEARN and Jerry LANNIGAN were married at Hanover.
-An estimated crowed of 2,500 attended the Alferd SIMENSON auction at Hanover Township.
-The Waukon Food Shop was sold to Louis O’TOOLE of Elma.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Misc. Area News from the Allamakee Journal, November 6, 1935
-Congressman  Biermann was honored at a huge homecoming banquet in Decorah.
-Chevrolet announces auto prices for 1936 models: $495 for a coupe and $600 for a sports sedan.
-Mrs. Frank Riser hosted a prenatal shower for Mrs. Herb Stirn and Mrs. Odean Sandry.
-Vince Spinner and Frank Asay are home from several months work with a government surveying crew at Hanover, Ill.
-Mrs. C. V. Schofield will give piano lessons.
-Funeral services were held for Mrs. James Sires at M.E. Church.
-Mrs. Carver Gantenbein entertained at a farewell for Mrs. Gale Gantenbein.
-Delores Wagner and Norbert Mack were married in Caledonia.
-Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Snitker became parents of a son.
-The Lansing Button Co. is making buttons from walnut and butternut shells.
~Contributed by Errin Wilker
Looking back to January and February 1936
-Jan. 22 a cold wave hit Lansing, with 30-below temperature.  Little Falls, Minn., had 55 below.
-John POWERS has a force of 39 relief workers rocking Elon-Village Creek Road.
-Len CAMPBELLs are the parents of a baby girl.
-Redecorating was completed on the St. Patrick’s Church. 
-Jan 29. The Lansing Button Co. is the only factory operating in the county
-Schools are closed with extremely cold weather of 35 to 40 below.  Burst radiators at Immaculate Conception meant Msgr. HAXMEIR offered only two masses on Sunday and gave no sermons.
-One of the plate glass windows of the ASCHOM store fell out because of the cold.
-County Jail occupants have been assigned to work in a rock quarry and several are arrested for intoxication.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Waterville Girls Win Tournament; Boys Are Runners-Up, Waukon Democrat, February 26, 1936
Waterville School Notes. The Waterville girls captured the county tournament Saturday for the third successive year when they defeated Postville 39 to 31. They played Lansing Thursday night, as did the boys Saturday afternoon to gain entrance in the finals. These records are seldom attained in any school. The Waterville girls fought hard throughout the full game against Lansing and when the final gong sounded they had defeated Lansing 26 to 14. In the second half Grangaard was substituted when Hanson was ejected from the game charged with fouling. Fate took a hand and forced Vivian Hermanson from the game due to injury. Puls went to guard and the team went on fighting despite the mishaps. On Saturday night another desperate situation had to be faced. With a substitute in the starting lineup the first five were forced to play superb ball which they did and in a fine manner. The girls passes were fast and good, their plays were complete, and shots were sure which was an aid in being victorious. At the half they led 15 to 6. In the latter part of the third quarter Hanson, who was charged with fouling, was compelled to leave the game. In the last few minutes of play the second team entered. The Waterville girls were again victorious and again the Allamakee county champions. The boys played Lansing in the afternoon which was a fast and hard fought game. They led during the entire game. At the end of the first quarter the score stood 8 to 3. Lansing was not allowed to score in the second quarter and at half time the score rested at 15 to 3. Waterville won 27 to 20. Waukon managed to take the final game of the tournament from Waterville Saturday night when they defeated 50 to 31. The boys were handicapped by playing in the afternoon but played on just the same. Metille was forced to leave the game due to too many fouls. Even though they did not play ball like they can they played as well as can be expected of a team who had played in the afternoon. Although they trailed during the whole game with the exception of a few minutes in the second quarter they made it a hard game for Waukon. Despite the fact that the boys did not win we are proud that they could play in the finals. We also have another team that must be remembered and that is the junior high who defeated the undefeated Postville team and we now can call them champions also. One of the things that stimulated a team to a high degree is too see a number of familiar faces in the crowd. It can well be said that Waterville was one of the towns that was best represented of any of the teams.
~Contributed by Reid R. Johnson
Waterville Proud Of School Basketball Team, Waukon Democrat, Mar 26, 1936
Waterville and the surrounding country again extend their hearty congratulations to coach L. P. Ortale and his county champion girls basketball team. This is the third year in succession the Waterville girls basketball team have emerged victorious in the county tournament under the able coaching of L. P. Ortale. It is a well earned but hard to attain record. We are also proud of the boy’s basketball team who fought hard to attain a like record. The girls and their coach have worked hard and Waterville and community are indeed proud of their attainments. The personnel of the squad is as follows; Gertrude and Clara Gronna, Jean Puls, Vivian Hermanson, Ruth and Harriet Hanson, Arlene Grangaard, , Norma Gronna, Joyce Wareberg, Carma Ellefson, Irene Hermanson, Mary Molitor, Betty Sorenson and Lilah Kolsrud. The first six named are the regular first team players. We are also proud of our boys basketball team, who through their eagerness and aggressiveness were able to attain the honor of runners-up in the boys section of the Allamakee county tournament. Waterville sent a large number of fans to all games of the tournament which were played at Postville last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20, 21, and 22.
~Contributed by Reid R. Johnson
Looking back to April and May 1936
-Dr. Martha O’MALLEY joined a medical circle in Waukon.
-Francis (no last name) bought the home of the late Thomas FULLERTON.
-Married men were disqualified for work at CCC camps
-Rites were held at Dorchester for Raymond DUFFY.
-Eddie QUILLIN resigned at A&P to travel for a wholesale grocery firm.
-A girl was born to the Cyril ELLIOTs.
-Waukon pastor, MSGR. J. C. STUART died suddenly, with services at St. Patrick’s.
-A tornado wrecked the barn and killed six head of cattle on the Larry BYRNES farm in Hanover Township.
-Dennis O’MEARA suffered a hip fracture.
-Rites were held for James FARLEY at St. Patrick’s.
-Rites were held for Dennis O’MEARA at St. Mary’s Hanover with burial at Lycurgus.
 ~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to June and July 1936
-A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer TROENDLE.
-Adeline TROENDLE and Paul HAMMEL were married in Lansing.
-A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LYONS of Hanover Township.
-Eddie SULLIVAN and Charles REGAN are home on vacation from a seminary in Baltimore, Maryland.
-Dr. J. L Bresnaham and family are spending some time in the Black Hills. He plans to receive treatment at National Soldiers Hospital in Hot Springs.
-Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray WALSH and Mr. and Mrs. Francis HOWES.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to August, September and October 1936
-Rites were held for Joe ZOLL, 50, who died in a hospital at Rochester, Minn.
-Rites were held at West Ridge for Mrs. William REA.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to February and March 1937
-The Joe DUNLEVY family moved to Lansing from Omaha, and Joe will be associated with the Journal.
-Gertrude BURKE and Henry SHCULTE were married in Hanover.
-The Arthur GEINAGERS were named custodians of the county home, with a yearly pay of $1,000.
-Floyd BEARDMORE bought the Maurice O’REGAN farm.
-Frank RYAN is no longer a partner at Lansing Garage. Cyril MURPHY is the sole owner of the business.
-At the Oscar SMEBY estate sale, a 25-year-old buggy sold for $10 and a Model T. Ford sold for $11.50.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Misc. Area News from the Allamakee Journal, March 24, 1937
-Gov. Kraschel signed into law a 2 percent sales tax.
-Four hundred fifty pupils and teachers were killed in a school explosion in New London, Texas.
-A boulder estimated to weigh nearly 10 tons fell from Little Hill in Lansing and landed in an alley.
-A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Hill.
-Joe Mullen is having a farm auction.
-A reunion was held at the Fred Spinner home, with all children present.
-June Friedman was awarded a "superior" rating on her piano solo at a music contest in Postville.
-Mr. and Mrs. Ed Benz became parents of a girl.
-Elmer, Walt, Frank and Ed Middendorf visited their sister, Mrs. Martin Roeber, in Tulare, So. Dakota.
-Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Sullivan moved into their new home.
-Dudley and Nathan Hale entertained store clerks at a dinner and social evening.
-Anna Holohan is home from California, where she spent the winter.
-A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ashbacher.
-A Coast to Coast Store opened in the Intlekofer building in Lansing.
~Contributed by Errin Wilker
Looking back to April, May and June 1937
-Jim DREW and William L. HAAS bought the GRIMM Bros. Drug Store.
-Lucille MAUSS and Cyril BYRNES were married at Lycurgus.
-Also married at Lycurgus: Marie DOUGHERTY and Herbert ZIMMERMAN; Luana BRESNAHAM and Linus TEFF.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to July and August 1937
-Margaret HUTCHINSON and Lt. Robert GRIFFIN were married in Waukon.  The Iowa River Norwegian was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
-Rites were held at St. Patrick’s for Harold Gavin, age 21.
-Earl Quillin, 13, was injured in a haying accident at the Jim RONAN farm.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to September and October 1937
-A boy and a girl were born to the Reuben KELLEHERs.
-Mr. and Mrs. COTA opened their newly furnished Town Theatre.
-Louaine MAHR and Earl RYAN were married at Dorchester.
-The Journal and Telegraph Herald are sold together for $5.60 per year.
-Ruby MOEN and Wallace PLADSEN were married in Clermont.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to November and December 1937
-Chester White brood sows brought $16 and $18 each, and Guernsey heifers brought up to $70 at the R. E. HARTONG sale in French Creek Township.
-Bernard DEENEY and Arline SNITKER will be married THURSDAY morning at the Catholic parsonage.
-In spite of Bennie QUILLIN’s long-range shooting, the Lansing boys basketball team defeated Harpers 32-24.
-Rites were held for Mrs. John O’NEILL of West Ridge.
-Frances JACOBSON has purchased the former John DOTSETH bakery for $6,500 from the KAVENYs, who bought the B&D bakery on East Main.
-Young men in Allamakee County can register for the WPA Camp. They will be paid $18.10 a month, with food and lodging provided. They must be at least 18 years old and single to qualify.
-Art GREENLEY has Lansing’s fir electric, computing Wayne gas pump. You can buy a penny’s worth or $5 worth.
-Corn sold for 59 cents a bushel at the sale held by G. M. KERNDT and John FERRING.
-MARTIN Brothers is selling walnut chests as low as $15.
-Last rites were held for Bryan MAHONEY.
-Dr. Martha O’MALLEY was appointed public health physician of the Connecticut Bureau of Child Hygiene.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to January 1938
-Waukon natives who draw huge salaries: Maurice HOLAHAN, vice president of International Harvester in Chicago, $55,826; Clarence SCHUKEI, president of Schukie Motor Co. of Waterloo, $5,000 plus a bonus of $12,142.
-Harry ORR as named county engineer for two years.  His salary is $1,800 per year.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to February & March 1938
-Mike McCARTHY of Caledonia has an 80-acre farm for sale.  It has good buildings and 70 acres of corn land.  The price is $4,800.
-[not local but I’m passing it on for the chuckle. The (Sorry) is theirs...KM] Nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, N. Dakota, tell of a 3-day-old baby able to pronounce her last name.  She’s the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Waah. (Sorry.)
-George WHALEN’s monthly salary as Lansing marshal is $95. Weighmaster W. H. GUIDER is paid $41 per month
-The George METILLES moved here from Dubuque last week and will live on the P.J. SHORT farm in French Creek Township.
-Henry OPFER purchased the B. D. HELMING farm for $11,000.
-Fern MOE and Ray BRESNAHAM [BRESHNAHAM] were married in Waukon. 
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Looking back to April 20, 1938
St. Mary’s Parish, Hanover, was the mecca for Allamakee Catholics yesterday, when Fr. Francis REYNOLDS, nephew of the beloved pastor Fr. Patrick REYNOLDS, said his first Solemn Holy Mass at 10 o’clock.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Local Girls Attend Music Contest, Postville Herald, May 4, 1938
Jean Douglass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Douglass, won a superior rating, and Marian Casten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Casten, was rated excellent at the state contest of Iowa Federation of Music Clubs held at Davenport last week. Both are pupils of Mrs. Nora Jorgenson and members of the Junior MacDowell Club of Postville. Jean was entered in Class A, nine years and under, and Marian was in Class C for those of 12 and 13 years of age. Marian was rated superior by two of the judges, but the Federated contests differ from school contest in that contestants are graded on percentage points and in so doing Marian's grade points totaled two-thirds of one per cent less than required for the superior division. Both local girls were awarded state certificates in a ceremony following the contest participated in by over 150 pupils and are deserving of much praise for the fine showing they made. The girls were accompanied to Davenport by Mrs. Casten.
~Contributed by S. Ferrall
Looking back to June 15, 1938
-The wedding of Miss Francis CURTIN of Waukon and “Sonny” WELLENDORF of Lansing were announced Sunday for the first time at Immaculate Conception church.
-Mrs. J. W. RYAN sold her farm in Taylor township for Frank WAGNER for $6,000, who will take possession March 1, 1939.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)
Sentenced! Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Wednesday evening edition, January 4, 1939
Waukon, Ia. - Henry Metzdorf, 31, New Albin, father of four children, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to commit rape. He was sentenced by Judge W.L. Eickendorf to serve 10 years in the State Reformatory at Anamosa. Metzdorf was arrested on complaint of Mrs. Herman Kinz, who charged that Metzdorf attempted to rape her daughter, Dorothy, 8 years old. He had been in the Allamakee County jail here since Oct. 7, 1938. Metzdorf is the father of four children.
~contributed by S. Ferrall
Guardian Refuses Custody of 3 Small Children, ~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Wednesday evening edition, January 25, 1939
Waukon, Ia. - A court appointed guardian appeared Tuesday afternoon in Allamakee County District Court here and refused to asume temporary custody of three small children of his father-in-law, resulting in Judge H.E. Taylor canceling the order and committing the children to the Orphans' Home at Davenport. Lloyd Roe, Lansing farmer, to whom the children had been placed in temporary custody a week ago by Judge Taylor, asked that the court order be set aside on the grounds that he has three children of his own. The court complied with the request and ordered the children placed in the Davenport home. Arrangements were being made here Wednesday for the removal of the children. The three children are Esther, Myrtle and Nettie Meyer, all under 16 years of age and daughters of Edward Meyer, 49-year-old Lansing laborer. Meyer's wife died several years ago, since which time he has raised the children with the assistance of an older daughter, Irene Meyer, living at Lansing. About two weeks ago Meyer was arrested on a statutory charge involving a Lansing woman and was placed in the county jail here pending disposition of his case. Since Meyer's arrest, his daughter, Irene, has cared for the children, being assisted by the local relief organizations. Last week the court appointed Roe as temporary guardian of the minor Meyer children until May 1, after which time they were to be committed to the Davenport Orphans' Home. Roe is a son-in-law of Meyer, having married another daughter of the man now in custody. Meyer also has a son who lives away from home.
~contributed by S. Ferrall
Looking back to March 8, 1939
-Julius BOECKH has in circulation among Bell Telephone Co. subscribers a petition protesting the proposed installation of the dial telephone system in Lansing and an increased in rates of 25 cents per phone.
-A fair-sized crowd attended the Oscar SORLIE sale held last Friday at the Nels JOHNSGARD place in Center Township, but for the quality of stock offered for sale, the prices paid were quite low in comparison to those paid at other sales recently. High price on a purebred brown Swiss cow as $82; sows, $28; span of mules, $72 a piece; and barley sold for 45 cents per bushel.
-The Clarence FINK auction sale held last Thursday on French Creek ridge was well attended A large crowd of buyers were present and bid good prices for all items sold.  The high cow went for $73; oats 26 cents a bushel, and corn 46 cents a bushel.
-The Peter CONWAY family moved to the FERRING farm near Lansing, having purchased same.  Peter is a good farmer and will undoubtedly do well in his new location.
~clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt (*see note at bottom of page)


*This clipping is from the Lansing papers "Looking Back" collection of the late Harold Devitt. The contributor wrote: "These were given to me, so I don't know when they ran as "Looking Back" items. I still am not certain who typed these pages, but I think it should be noted that many of the entries are just little snippets that somebody chose to type up. I’m sure the original paper has more information on some of these entries." The names in [brackets] are alternate spellings added by the contributor. Also note that some of the news doesn't 'fit' the date of the clipping - researchers should verify these dates with their own research.


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